Standard Innovations has been improving on their flagship couples’ toy, the We-Vibe, for awhile now. We’re on the 4th version of the We-Vibe, so it’s about time they upgraded the much-loved We-Vibe Tango and We-Vibe Touch! In this review I do primarily focus on what has changed since the original versions. There is still a good bit of info from my original review that should be read, though.
What’s Changed for the We-Vibe Touch?
The We-Vibe Touch was never my favorite, but I didn’t hate it. I liked the size, the ergonomic shape. The motor was supposed to be identical to the Tango. But the motor being surrounded by a hunk of silicone led to quite a bit of vibration dampening – moreso when pressure was applied or it was held too firmly. Plus, the silicone of the original We-Vibe Touch was shiny; it attracted ALL THE FUR. ALL THE DUST.
Thankfully, the Touch has received the same silicone upgrade as the We-Vibe 4 – it is now a silky matte finish that stays relatively clean. The difference between my original Touch and my new one is that I’m not noticing nearly as much vibration dampening. It was extreme and obvious on the first one, it sounded like it dropped down 2 or 3 whole speeds when the tip would be surrounded by flesh. For that reason I could never recommend it to those who needed a powerful vibrator. New & Improved We-Vibe Touch is absolutely improved. Better silicone and hardly any vibration dampening, so it is much stronger.
What’s Changed for the We-Vibe Tango?
The We-Vibe Tango and it’s dearly departed sister, Salsa, is my vibrator obsession. It’s my holy grail, my “stranded on a deserted island”, and always my answer to “if you had to pick just one sex toy”. For me, it’s just THAT good. We-Vibe Tango is versatile, portable, has the most perfect type of vibrations and remains my #1 recommended external vibrator. I heard back from a lot of people who got one under my recommendation or won one of the many Salsas I’ve given away; every person fell in love with it completely. I personally have 3 each of Salsa and Tango – one died after 15 months, but it was my most-often used in the bunch by far simply because it was my first one acquired and I probably used it 320 times in that 15 months.
The Tango is still made of shiny ABS plastic to transmit the most oomph for your buck, but the size and shape is slightly different now. They’ve also changed their color lineup. It’s now available in a sort-of cornflower blue shade that I actually really like, and a bright fuchsia pink. The length of the new Tango is just a fraction of an inch longer, with a more pronounced tip and slant. It doesn’t affect how it works for me based on how I use it, but for those who enjoy a super pinpoint vibration it will be a little more enjoyable. There’s still the flat surface of the slant or you can apply it more sideways like I do. I was a bit concerned that the added length and shape change would affect the ability for Tango to replace watch-battery style bullets (like those in Tantus toys), but so far I’ve not had any problems. The body of the Tango also seems to be wider, by just a millimeter or so, so if you had one and it was a tight fit for the bullet it was replacing, it will be just a bit more snug. A touch of lube will help.
Overall Changes to Both Tango and Touch
I’ve had great luck with my Tango/Salsa units, and they’ve gone on to work like champs for me. Of the ones I’ve given away from contests, only one person reported an early failure. Unlike a certain company I cut ties with, Standard Innovations has thus far been really great about replacing dead units for people, as far as I’m aware. I’ve not heard of any customer service problems. However, others aren’t as lucky with longevity and I’ve seen some reports of multiple unit failures. In response to this, Standard Innovations listened:
“Based on the assessment of some failed units we made changes to the electrical board that should decrease the failure rate for Touch and Tango. We’d love if we could guarantee every unit would be perfect, unfortunately that is not realistic. We really encourage that people take advantage of our warranty because not only does it help the customer receive a functioning product but it helps us document issues, see trends and make changes as required. We truly want the best experience for all users of We-Vibe products.”
A number of people, myself included, hated the magnetic charging base. It was a little round thing, and very finicky about staying connected. The new base or “cap” is rectangular and is USB only. Sorry for those like me who still prefer wall chargers! You can plug it in to a USB wall adapter though if you have one (which you should, since this is clearly the way rechargeables are going now). I think that the magnets are stronger, and the contact pegs on the newer versions are just a bit longer. I’ve not had nearly as much trouble getting the cap to stay connected to the unit during charging – it’s much easier on the new versions but even if you pair a new charger with an older Tango, it will still hold on better. It was pointed out to me that Shevibe carries a nifty little adapter in case you don’t already have one – you plug the large USB end into it, and voila, you have a wall adapter for charging. Thanks for the tip, Dizzygirl!
The Tango and Touch also now have a low-power alert. I can appreciate it, especially during use and right after to remind me to charge it. But when it’s laying around somewhere like my nightstand or my desk, the yellow blinking light is annoying to me. Of course, to shut it up, all I need to do is put it on the charger. I’ve managed to get another orgasm out of it while it’s still blinking, because it doesn’t take me half an hour of use to come with these.
— Dangerous Lilly (@dangerouslilly) March 3, 2014
Who Do I Love The Most?
While I’m still in love with Tango and will continue to recommend it heavily, I’m now much more apt to recommend the Touch. Touch is not quite as powerful as Tango because of the silicone surrounding it, true, but the new silicone and the lack of vibration dampening has won me over quite a bit more. I find it funny that in my initial review of the Salsa/Tango/Touch I didn’t seem to quite portray how much I loved my vibrator. Sure, I said I loved it. I said that the rumbly vibrations are the best I’ve ever felt in any vibrator this size (and in most any vibrator). But I noted that there downfalls. So I went back to do an update on the review post to mention about the Salsa discontinuation issue and I find that my words still apply so I’ll use them again here:
The Tango is my go-to vibe now. For the last year plus I’ve used little else; they (plural because I own a bunch of them) continually rock my world. 99% of my sex toy collection is collecting dust, because these little vibes are the only thing I need. My listing the price as a con? NO NO. I take it back. I’d happily pay that price for these vibrations. They’re worth it. Crappy storage bag? No travel lock? SHUT UP LILLY THIS IS THE BEST VIBRATOR EVER. FULL STOP. GO HOME. I’ve yet to find another external vibrator that matches (much less exceeds) the rumbly goodness of the vibrations coming from this little powerhouse. It’s astonishing.
I also want to note something: With nearly every vibrator I’ve ever owned, I can’t orgasm until it’s on high, the highest setting it has (if it’s ever going to get me off, that is). With the Tango? I’ve been able to orgasm from the second power setting. There are FOUR. Sometimes I need the fourth power level, sometimes I don’t. It’s because of the type of vibrations this thing has. It’s the rumble. The rumble is just that important.
I was provided a Tango and Touch courtesy of Standard Innovations in exchange for my honest review. SheVibe.com is sponsoring the giveaway. Much love and thanks to both!