Jul 022018
 

Womanizer Starlet in purple against a wood backgroundAs soon as I received the Womanizer Starlet from SheVibe I immediately wondered if somewhere in the marketing meetings there was a mix-up over at the company making Womanizer products and the ‘Starlet’ name was supposed to go to the large lipstick look-alike version. The classic red lipstick evokes Hollywood and glamour and feminine ways, all things that I think of when I hear the word ‘starlet’. The Womanizer 2GO is hailed as the travel version yet it’s comically large where the Starlet is comically small and can be compared, size-wise, to the Satisfyer Pro Traveler.

When I first read about the Womanizer Starlet I was intrigued and happy – finally, a Womanizer product under $100! But would the Starlet retain all of the features I’ve loved in the Womanizer brand? For a long time, despite the gendered name, I have been steadfast with preferring the Womanizer brand due to the build quality, the motor, and the features – features like the up/down/off buttons, long battery run, better head/nozzle, good range of intensity. I knew that the name, and the price, was such a big deterrent but I had good reasons. At this point, especially after hearing strong rumors that the (much better) Womanizer Pro40 is being phased out with the Starlet being kept as the “affordable option”, I’m losing my loyalty to this brand. Fair warning!

Showing size difference between Womanizer 2GO, Womanizer Starlet and Satisfyer Pro Travel

How the Womanizer Starlet is Different

Have you ever seen what is done to a drag race car to make it more lightweight therefore giving it more speed? They gut it. Seats? Bah. Who needs ’em. That’s kinda what they’ve done with the Starlet. They took away the thing I’ve loved about the Womanizer models – the buttons. The Starlet has just one button to do it all. I notoriously like being able to skip around up and down the settings as I need more intensity, then less, then way less, and suddenly more more whoa nelly stop and back to level 1. Can’t do that with one button. They also nerfed the battery life, giving you a mere 30 minutes run time.

Another aspect I’ve loved is that the Womanizer models – at least the Pro40, W100, Pro 500, and Plus – had lower-intensity levels. The sensation you get from Womanizer and Satisfyer pressure wave air products kinda almost requires an easing-in. Every model that just jumps straight to serious intensity has been too intense for me. The Womanizer Starlet, having only 4 settings, kicks things off in high gear and it’s too high for me.

To save space and money they also did away with the wider-opening head. Sure, you can buy it yourself but it’s not included.

And a feature that has never mattered to me personally, the waterproofness, has been nerfed to just “splashproof” – no underwater playtime with the Starlet.

Showing the difference in the nozzle and body of the Womanizer Starlet vs Satisfyer Pro Travel

What I Like

I like to masturbate at my desk, often, pants on and everything. All the other Womanizer models made this difficult due to the elongated handles. The Womanizer Starlet makes this possible. It also makes it possible to tuck into a pair of snug panties while laying down and let it do its thing, hands-free.  Could this also mean that the Starlet is easier to use during partnered sex? I can see that, yes. But I feel like the intensity of it combined with stimulation from my partner would put a serious expedite on my orgasm – which can be good or bad.

Laying down in bed my use is more limited. My reach and flexibility makes using this while laying down a little bit tricky. Luckily the single-button placement is at least in the best spot – the side opposite the nozzle, the side away from your body, so the button isn’t buried in my labia the way it is with the Satisfyer Pro Traveler

I also like the micro-USB charging cable. They started off with that style in the original model and the Pro 500 but lost it in the Plus and Pro40. If everything could be micro-USB cable compatible, multiple-vibrator owners would be SO happy.

Unlike the 2GO, the Womanizer Starlet feels much more travel-friendly. I don’t need a plastic cap to pretend something is travel-friendly. The tiny size of the Starlet means it’ll fit in an array of little satin pouches alongside the small USB cable.

 

What I Dislike

Everything I loved about the length of the Plus is lost in the Womanizer Starlet. Every feature I love in the Pro40 is gone from the Starlet. Honestly the Womanizer Starlet feels like a good idea that needs a little more time and work. It’s overpriced for what you get. Fewer settings, fewer controls, no extra head for different sensations/bodies, lack of waterproofness. It does also seem to be a little more noisy than its higher-priced siblings, which doesn’t surprise me. And the battery life? YIKES. I can get many sessions from the other Womanizer products but not the Starlet. Battery life on the Starlet is a meager 30 minutes – but charge time is also only 30 minutes.

As noted above they took away my favorite features like lower intensity levels and multiple control buttons – these are features that made me pick the Womanizer. I had had high hopes for a $79 Womanizer but instead, I think I’m going to recommend the newest Satisfyer Pro 2  – the Next Gen model finally brings in extra buttons to their flagship model! Satisfyer still lacks the dual head sizes, and I do still prefer the style of the Womanizer head but when given the chance during testing to use the Womanizer Starlet or the Satisfyer Pro 2 Next Gen? I picked the Pro 2. And it’s currently $15 less than the Womanizer Starlet (but lacks a warranty). If you can afford to spend a bit more money then my pick is the Womanizer Pro40 or Plus if you’re flush with cash however rumors as of this writing are that Womanizer is yet again toying with discontinuing the Pro40 to leave the Starlet function as their “lower cost” option and rake is as much as possible from the overpriced upper models. To be honest this decision might be the thing that brings down my Berlin wall of approval between Womanizer and Satisfyer.

The dictionary defines ‘starlet’ as “a young actress with aspirations to become a star” and I feel like that is pretty accurate – the Womanizer Starlet has aspirations but probably isn’t ever going to become the star of the lineup.

 

Thanks to SheVibe for sending me the Womanizer Starlet in exchange for my honest review!

Apr 032018
 

Black Lelo Sona Cruise on a gray knit backgroundYears ago I swore I’d never review another Lelo sex toy, but my commitment to trying most of the Womanizer and Satisfyer toys meant that I had to try the Lelo Sona Cruise, much to my dismay. For now, I can’t compare the Lelo Sona Cruise to the regular Sona but I feel like my assessment of the Sona Cruise is going to be enough and I really don’t want to go through the rigors of testing two of these horror shows. I’ve disliked my experience from first to last.

I was so extremely skeptical of Lelo’s claim to be doing the pressure air technology different – by incorporating sonic waves, aka sound waves – that I had to feel it for myself. Let me be clear, though: I still don’t support Lelo and I never will – I broke up with them years ago and my decision has been reinforced by their marketing choices and that terrible, troubling condom. I 100% feel that you can get an equal or better identical product by choosing Womanizer or Satisfyer over the Lelo Sona or Sona Cruise. Yet I’m still spending nearly 2,000 words talking about an inferior product that has made some people bleed because I’m thorough, damn it.

The Lelo Sona Cruise is…Sonic?

EffinBirds: "I read some shit on the internet, I'm an expert now" Lelo’s ad copy says: “SONA Cruise is a sonic clitoral massager. That means it doesn’t rely on vibrations like a conventional sex toy. Instead, it uses sonic waves and pulses to stimulate the entire clitoris – not just the external part you can see and touch.” 

I’m side-eyeing that real hard, folx. They’re right on one thing, it’s not relying on vibrations. Neither does the Womanizer brand or Satisfyer brand of pressure air pulsators. So basically Lelo is claiming to use SOUND. 

Yes, there is sound – there’s always sound. But I can see and feel the little fluttering gizmo that is producing the air pulse sensations, and it is just like the Womanizer and Satisfyer models. Do they feel the same? Mostly, yes. I think that the Lelo Sona Cruise is more intense right off the bat (not a great thing in my book) but I believe it’s because there’s less physical space between the fluttering motor and the point of clitoral contact. The nozzle is also thinner inside in width than most Womanizer and Satisfyer models; I noticed that that aspect also leads to a more intense sensation, like I saw in the Womanizer 2GO. For comparison, the inside width of the Lelo Sona Cruise nozzle is .454 inches or 11.53 mm, and it is circular – the smallest width of the oval Womanizer nozzle is 12.3mm.

Despite their “sonic” claims I cannot feel any discernible difference, other than initial intensity, from Womanizer and Satisfyer models. Yes, due to designs there is varying sensation between all of the Womanizer and Satisfyer models — some more intense, some less, some more thuddy, some more shallow/buzzy. A few people have reported to me that the Sona worked for them where a Womanizer or Satisfyer did not, but I don’t know why – maybe it’s an intensity thing? So yes, the short distance and narrow opening means the Lelo Sona Cruise is more intense right away compared to some other models, but I do not think it feels different enough to warrant the “sonic waves” claim.

What is this Cruise Control Bullshit?

EffinBirds: "Come back when you get your shit together"“Specially developed by LELO and exclusive to SONA, Cruise Control is a feature that reserves 20% of SONA’s full power during normal use, so that when SONA is pressed hard against the body and the motor begins to drop power, that extra 20% is unleashed so that there’s no reduction of intensity. It’s not a setting, it’s completely automatic, and it eliminates the single most common complaint against pleasure products.”

That…..It’s….That is not a Thing That Happens in these types of sex toys. I’ve never experienced a drop in motor power if I pressed a Womanizer or Satisfyer harder against my vulva. Not once. Yes, it feels different and maybe a little less intense but that’s not what they’re saying here. They’re saying specifically the motor drops power. Typical to Lelo’s infuriatin marketing tactics over the last 5 years they are inventing problems that don’t exist and then “solving” them. Yes, a traditional vibrator will see a power decrease as more pressure is applied but we’ve already established that this is not a vibrator. 

In practice the Cruise Control is simply infuriating and reminds me of the problematic Smart Wand’s “SenseTouch” which would supposedly increase the vibration the harder you pressed, except that many users found it would act erratically. I experienced that same erract behavior when using the Lelo Sona Cruise – sometimes it would seem to increase, and sometimes it would decrease. Sometimes the increase wouldn’t stop even when it was literally not touching my vulva, when I had it just hovering over my clitoris because the sensations were too intense.

Cruise Control is trash, for me. I don’t want to guess at the intensity level I’ll get – I want to have control over it. That’s why there are various intensity levels! Pick the one you want! I want it to stay at a lower intensity on the lower levels until I’m ready for something more. I’m actually laughing at the disparity in their name choice for this “feature”.  Cruise control in a car means you maintain the same speed so congratulations for naming it like you’re in Bizarro World.

I would hate the Lelo Sona about 20% less because it lacks the useless, horrible Cruise Control. So if you must, just get the regular Lelo Sona. But, I mean, still don’t get the Lelo Sona.

Patterns? What Fresh Hell is This?????

EffinBirds: "You are not capable of producing a useful result"Patterns. They’re controversial but most people don’t like them. They are the bane of my existence, they are the thing I almost always accidentally turn on and then frantically try to reverse. Patterns are what I only resort to if I’m trying to fool my clitoris into thinking the vibrations are more rumbly or more intense than they are, and it nearly never works out for me.

The Lelo Sona Cruise buttons are closely-aligned and difficult to distinguish by touch alone. Given how un-ergonomic I feel the entire design is, combined with the diminuitive size I hate, I’m usually pushing the wrong buttons. Entering into patterns on a pressure air sex toy, one that is already intense, is akin to that burst of pain you feel when you consume a hot or cold liquid and you have dental pain. That sharp, wrong-feeling, nerve-zapping makeitstoppppp feeling is what I felt any time I accidentally went into patterns.

To be honest, this feature alone would be enough to make me never pick up the Lelo Sona Cruise again, but wait…there’s more.

It’s Painful

The Lelo Sona Cruise caused me pain in two unexpected ways. The first was while holding it. It’s a combination of the size, the button placement, and the weird way the body of it bends away from you where the controls are. Every press of the button would rock the nozzle away from my vulva so I needed to keep an anchor on it by pressing my fingers around the back, and lower. It is awkward to hold in ways that straight-bodied models like the Pro40 or Satisfyer Pro 2 are not. I would actually rather use the potato with the pokey button, aka the Womanizer Pro 500 Deluxe Whatever They’re Calling It now.

The second way the Lelo Sona Cruise is painful to me took some time to figure out, and I may not have understood what was happening without Aurora asking me specifically if I’d ever heard of anybody bleeding after use. By the time she asked me I’d forgotton about this thread on Reddit where multiple people reported bleeding after use, and a few others on Twitter mentioned bleeding1. I can’t say that it made me bleed because I never paid attention (and didn’t know what was happening at the time) but I know that it cut my vulva a bit or irritated it to the point of localized pain. The last few times I used the Sona I had to pee shortly after and noticed that when I wiped, it hurt. Like an open cut. It wasn’t excruciating so I ignored it. I didn’t connect the two facts until I used it again after Aurora’s question and it hit me.

EffinBirds: "Our expectations for you were low, but holy fuck"The culprit is the short distance between the exterior opening of the nozzle and the “flappy bit” motor inside the nozzle that causes the air pulsation. No other pressure-wave sex toy has this short of a distance – not even the smallest Satisfyer or the smallest Womanizer. There is, without a doubt, a short enough distance between the edge of the nozzle of the Lelo Sona Cruise and the motor to allow a clitoris or labia to come into contact with semi-moving parts. I say “semi-moving” because there is a squishy skin-like membrane over the flappy bit. It’s not like there are sharp edges but it is enough to cause irritation to my vulva/clitoris.

How short of a distance? When the motor is on, the distance is halved; if I insert my pinky finger then it’s just equal to the distance between the tip of my finger and the base of my nail bed aka 7.8mm or .3 inches. That’s it.

This is ridiculous.

How the Lelo Sona Cruise Compares to Other Brands

Effinbirds: "Basically you're fucking incompetent"Given Lelo’s penchant for drastically overpricing everything they sell I’m absolutely shocked that the most expensive Sona is still considerably less expensive than the Womanizer brand. That said even though I strongly prefer and recommend the Womanizer brand over the Satisfyer brand I still would rather see you get a Satisfyer than a Lelo Sona.

Unlike the Womanizer and Satisfyer products, the Lelo Sona Cruise does not have a removable silicone nozzle for easier cleaning. Yes, this means that the Lelo Sona is covered in silicone (except for the large plastic plate on the backside) but it’s not a “good feature” to me. Unlike most Womanizer models the Lelo Sona Cruise has only one opening size and that opening is pretty small. This is not a sex toy for larger clits but given it’s penchant for cutting up smaller clits, it’s not for those either. It’s for NO clit.

When we talk about the pressure-wave air stimulators we have to talk about the noise level because despite not having a vibrating motor, these can still get kinda noisy. Lelo would, of course, have you believe that theirs is superior: “It’s quiet and restrained – perfect for users who need discretion.” Strangely, unlike most other models, the Lelo Sona Cruise gets much more noisy when the nozzle is covered. With most Womanizer and Satisfyer models they are a little noisy until they come in full contact with your vulva, then they are extremely quiet. Check out the Instagram video to hear the strange noises it makes. Also note the sounds you hear after I remove my thumb from the nozzle, you can hear the motor stepping back down in strength.

You’ll get much less use time out of the Lelo Sona Cruise, as well. Nearly all of the Satisfyer models give you 2 hours, and many Womanizer models boast use times of up to 4 hours on a single charge. Womanizer also gives a better warranty – 2 Years to Lelo’s 1 Year.  I’m not adding the Sona specs to the Womanizer vs Satisfyer guide spreadsheet but you can see how they compare.   

I can’t recommend the Lelo Sona Cruise, at all. I hate every single thing about it and feel that nearly any model of Womanizer or Satisfyer pressure air sex toys is equally as good or better. 

 

Much thanks to SheVibe for providing me with a Lelo Sona Cruise in exchange for my honest review!                                                                                                                                                              

 

  1. Check out Amber’s review too
Jun 222017
 

Womanizer 2GO next to some regular-sized cosmetics. It dwarfs everything. Folks, I gotta tell ya – I’m worn out from all these “pressure air wave” sex toys. But it’s become my Thing. Some people review All The Wands, and this is my deal ever since I sealed my fate with the Womanizer vs Satisfyer Comparison Guide. People start asking me if I’ve tried the latest models before they’re even released and I feel compelled to stick with this and review every fucking one of them. I was, at first, excited about the Womanizer 2GO because I thought, for sure, that it would be smaller and easy to hold, and come with a more manageable price tag. But then they slapped a $169 price tag on it and now I have to figure out if this thing is worth that high price. And yet, like with any Womanizer, I feel like I can’t seem to tell you much except that I prefer it over the Satisfyers.

It’s Yuge. Lorge.

We can’t get any further without discussing the hilarity of the size of Womanizer 2GO. The product photos lulled me into a complacent acceptance that this would be a certain size – when you see a photo of an apple, with no size signifiers, you assume the object was average apple-sized, right? It’s what our brain does. Sure I was skeptical about a Womanizer literally the same size as a lipstick; I wondered about the nozzle and how it would be big enough to work well. I wondered how the motor could fit into such a tiny housing when prior versions are all very large.  So when I opened the Womanizer 2GO box I just couldn’t stop laughing and the feeling was mutual – we were all shocked at the size. This was the kind of laughter that gets mocked, that isn’t pretty – full of snorts and wheezing and animal sounds.  This isn’t the first time I’ve been surprised by the size of a sex toy but was definitely the most hilarious.

womanizer 2GO collage   

I get it – no lipstick vibe, not even the well-designed Tenga Iroha Stick, will actually fool anybody upon inspection. Most lipstick vibes on the market are a scootch bigger than an actual lipstick but never are this far off the mark. I am not going to pretend that this will fit nicely in your travel makeup bag. I’m not going to find some other obscure cosmetic to favorably compare it to. Let’s be real – it’s ridiculous; but when the cap is on it definitely doesn’t look like a sex toy. I think that snoopy, curious people may look at it funny – and it definitely won’t blend in with your lippies – but it still is a discreet design? Sort of? I mean I felt comfortable leaving it out on my nightstand when we had HVAC people at our house this week, doing work in our bedroom. So it’s got that goin for it, at least.

I think that the most interesting part here is not just the comedic effect of the hugeness, but the fact that it’s really not that much smaller than some other models. It’s about the same length as the Deluxe W500 and a slight bit longer than the Satisfyer Penguin.

Size comparison of the Womanizer W500, Womanizer 2GO and Satisfyer Pro Penguin

Now that I’m done mocking the size (for now), let’s get down to business.  How does it perform? We’re seeing numerous design changes here – a different head, a single button, an uncommon body angle. They’ve even changed the number of intensity levels, taking it down to just 6.

Womanizer 2GO – How does it feel?

One thing that I’ve loved about the Womanizer models is their first few intensity levels – they’re mild and if air pulses can feel thuddy, that’s what these are (unless it’s the Womanizer Plus Size). The uppermost levels of the Womanizer products have air coming so fast that you can’t hardly distinguish the pulses anymore, it’s suddenly more like a vibrator.  The lower levels  allow you to ease into the intensity of these concentrated sensations and even, for me at least, allow me to leave the sex toy in place during orgasm to seek out an even more intense orgasm and perhaps let me continue on to a second orgasm without stopping – it’s not something that happens a lot, but I do try for it. But that can only happen if I can quickly drop down to level one with the touch of the power button.

Whether it’s a different motor or the pressure waves are simply greatly affected by differences in design and size, the Womanizer 2GO feels different. Even more surprising to me is that the two heads feel very different in use! I only noticed a minor difference in use between the two white silicone heads found on the other Womanizer models but with the Womanizer 2GO the difference for me is night and day.

All of the Womanizer heads - standard sizes on the left, XL sizes on the right  Showing Womanizer 2GO head differences

The “original” head has comfortable, rounded edges that feel better to me than any other Womanizer head, but it makes the air pulses on the lowest level feel really intense – they’re thuddy, but intense. Sometimes too intense for me! Using that head I almost never go above level one. The “XL” head loses the rounded edges and has a wider, cone-shaped interior. This head made the Womanizer 2GO feel like a normal intensity (as Womanizers go) and less thuddy. Using the XL head I needed to go up to level 4 or 5 to orgasm. It was still a good, strong orgasm but it was no quickie like the original head!

Original head: 
Interior: 12.6 mm x 17 mm
Exterior: 21mm x 25mm

XL head:
Interior: 19.5mm x 23.9mm
Exterior: 22.5mm x 26.8mm
 

The Single Button

You know the thing I raved about with the PRO40 – the up and down intensity levels? Or how any model of Womanizer allows you to quickly go back down to the “gentle” level 1 with the tap of the power button? Of course you do, I talked about it three paragraphs up. Yeah, that’s not the case with the Womanizer 2GO and boy am I sad.

Showing the bottom, and button, of the Womanizer 2GO

Some folks may like a single button but I like having more control. And yes yes I know I know, there’s no room for any more buttons. I know. But it’s hard to accept when you’ve become accustomed to the multi-button way of life with these things. Womanizer, you spoiled me with multiple buttons! How can I cope with just one?

Unlike other models the Womanizer 2GO requires you to press and hold the single button to turn it on or off. This means that, unlike their other models, it won’t turn on accidentally in your travel bag. The only other model that is protected from this is the discontinued original model which came with a case that helped prevent accidental turn-ons. Unless I can find a similar hard-sided foam case for my Pro40 it looks like the Womanizer 2GO will end up being my travel Womanizer.

The Design

Before I talk about the functionatilty of the design I need to talk about the femme and gender stereotyping going on. epi24 has never been a progressive brand in terms of gender and such; their earliest designs were in line with what a clueless dude might think “all women” want: pink everywhere, animal prints galore, and faceted baubles. The Pro40, especially in white, is pretty incognito (it looks a lot like a cheap ear thermometer). There are a lot of ways they could have done a “travel friendly” Womanizer without picking the tired cliche of creating sex toys that look like cosmetics. Something this overtly femme bulldozes over the fact that not all clitoris-owners identify as female or feel comfortable with something this femme.

All of that said…I actually really like the lipstick-shaped head. The “original” head fits me well and feels comfortable. What I didn’t personally love is the straight shape of the body – it’s much less ergonomic for me during use versus the standard styles we’ve seen thus far that bring the handle/body towards your belly versus pointing out away from your vulva.

Previous Womanizer styles had a confounding red glow to the head which was done away with for the Womanizer 2Go. Instead, the power button glows red during use because how else will we know it’s working? What can I say; I don’t like my sex toys glowing brightly in the dark.

In addition to looking like a classic-style supersized lipstick, the cutesy “W” has caused many Americans to say “Um….that looks a LOT like the Walgreens logo” and sure enough, the similarities are striking.

Womanizer 2GO cap logo vs the Walgreen W logo

There are a few aspects of the design that I really dig – namely the silicone nozzle shape and the cap. It’s a built-in case and prevents the silicone from attracting any cat fur or dust! And the nozzle won’t pop off easily like the Satisfyer models do. I have the tendency to just toss my in-use sex toys in a drawer, on the desk, etc so this cap thing is super for me. However – and this is a big however – the cap comes off easily. If you tossed this in a bag with other items the cap will come loose. I knocked it over (on the bed) and the cap came off. I held it “wrong” and the cap popped off. I have to wonder if a super-thin itty-bitty smear of silicone caulk on the inside of the cap might make it stay on better, without making it impossible to put on or remove – but I haven’t tried that yet.

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Super Important Note: As I mentioned above there are actually 2 nozzle heads for the Womanizer 2GO. I found this out by accident and after Sarah did much searching for me1 it turns out the extra nozzle is stashed under the plastic tray, like up inside of it. I looked through the box when I initially received the product and never saw it. Since the 2Go isn’t on the Womanizer site I don’t know how consumers will realize this. I found this tidbit out the day before I wanted this review to go live and the thought of more pictures, more measurements, more testing exhausted me just thinking about it. But I must soldier on.

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Overall I’m torn on recommending the Womanizer 2GO – cartoon prop-size notwithstanding the case/cap is moderately handy for travel/keeping dust off the nozzle and the fact that you need to press-and-hold the single button is a de facto travel lock. The silicone nozzle is comfortable and they include two sizes. The angle I have to hold the thing it at isn’t comfortable, though. You can see why I go back and forth on my feelings for it?

I was initially listing the higher-intensity as a bit of a “con” before I found the larger head and noted that it provides the lower intensity. The price is still holding me back, along with the fact that personally I still prefer the Womanizer PRO40. If the Womanizer 2GO came with a more reasonable price tag (and okay, a separate power button) I’d be more able to forgive the body angle, the single button, the cap that falls off easily and the stage-prop size.

 

The Womanizer 2GO was provided to me by epi24 with no expectation of review or links; I’d recommend shopping at Shevibe.

Wondering how the Womanizer 2GO compares to the other “pressure wave” sex toys and other Womanizer models? Check out the Womanizer vs Satisfyer Comparison Guide.

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  1. I was at work when I found this out and my curiousity wasn’t going to wait 7 hours to find out the truth
Jun 202017
 

Womanizer Plus SizeThe Womanizer Plus Size information was up on the Womanizer website for months before I could get my hands on it, but I was excited – a sex toy designed for plus size people?? Could it be?? When I noted last month that the Womanizer Plus Size marketing campaign seemed to be a bit light on “plus size” people a rep for Womanizer made it sound like they weren’t interested in this being something specifically for plus size people1 and in fact the “name is wrong on the site” (i.e. they’re changing a product name after the fact, again) and it’s just going to be called the Womanizer Plus – actually, it’s been styled as Plus (+) which is utter horseshit for SEO. The “Size” is referring to the literal size of the product – it’s longer. I’m pissed about a lot of this, but I’ve already ranted about it.

So yeah – I waited with excited anticipation for months, sure that this would be my favorite Womanizer model. My excitement was dampened a lot when I found out the price would be the same as their high-priced Deluxe / W500 model$219 at SheVibe. Yes I love the Womanizer tech, but, that price is fucking ridiculous.

Womanizer Plus Size Design

I love the longer handle of the Womanizer Plus. LOVE. LOVE. It’s almost perfect. It brings the buttons within easier reach  – most of them.  The buttons you’ll use the most often, the increase and decrease intensity buttons, those are up at the tip of the handle and within easy reach. But if you’ve read my other reviews you’ll remember that Womanizer has had a feature I’ve used extensively – the ability to hit the power button once to quickly bring the intensity back down to the lowest level which allows me to leave the Womanizer in place during orgasm – and even continue using it for a second orgasm without stopping. With the Womanizer Plus Size this feature is mostly useless for me because the power button is placed all the way down at the head – practically out of reach for me. It’s the dumbest design and damn near ruins it.

Womanizer Plus Size vs Womanizer Pro40 vs Womanizer Deluxe W500

Womanizer Plus Motor and Intensity

12 Levels! I worried about this at first – the upper levels are already so incredibly intense!! But instead they’ve added more levels at the lower end. I thought that I was having an off day because I needed to quickly  increase the intensity a lot more levels than I usually can tolerate!

I can’t figure out what the difference could be chalked up to but the sensations feel different. All other Womanizer models that came before it – PRO40, W100, W500/Deluxe – have lower levels that feel gloriously “thuddy” – it’s like a ghost tapping your clitoris2. You could feel each puff of air and it was amazing. But the Womanizer Plus Size feels lighter, less intense and maybe slightly…buzzy? It’s not as annoying as the Satisfyer motor but the change means it takes me longer to get off with the Womanizer Plus Size than with the Womanizer Pro40. I actually prefer the motor on the Pro40.

I still like the Womanizer Plus Size motor over the Satisfyer motor, though. I think that folks who may worry that the intensity could be too much for them should consider this model over other models.

What Else?

The Womanizer Plus Size does come with an additional head, the larger size, like most models do. It also includes a simple drawstring storage pouch. It’s USB-rechargeable but requires a less common charging cable – unlike other versions which are micro-USB ports. This means I have to keep track of another cable.

Looks-wise it’s a more “elegant” design but the overall construction doesn’t feel like a $200+ sex toy – the seams between the plastic pieces, for example. The fact that there’s no travel-lock – or even just low-level accidental-turn-on barriers like requiring a longer press of the power button – also irritates me for the price.

The Good News: That 30-day money-back guarantee that Womanizer has had since the early days does apply to the Womanizer Plus Size – and of course there is a warranty.

Womanizer Plus Size vs Womanizer Pro40Despite how much I love the added length of the Womanizer Plus Size handle I still have to choose the Womanizer Pro40 as my favorite model. I wasn’t expecting that. If the power button on the Plus Size were not down at the head, maybe I’d feel different but I have to go with overall comfort and ergonomics and that makes me lean to the Pro40. Combine that with the better motor and Pro40 having a more manageable retail price, and the choice seems obvious to me. The difference between the two motors is minor, but enough – you’ll only know this if you have them to compare, of course. If you have been waiting for a more accessible (in use if not price) version of the Womanizer and don’t care about the placement of the power button like I do, the Plus could be the one for you. If you can’t bring yourself to spend that kind of dough, however, catch the Womanizer Pro40 when it’s in stock at SheVibe – it seems to be so popular that they’re frequently waiting on new stock! Even with the recent price hike from $99 to $129, the Womanizer Pro40 is much more reasonably priced.

 

Thanks to SheVibe for sending me the Womanizer Plus Size in exchange for my honest review!

Wondering how the Womanizer Plus Size compares to the other “pressure wave” sex toys and other Womanizer models? Check out the Womanizer vs Satisfyer Comparison Guide.

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  1. He claims that their marketing uses “all shapes and sizes” when in fact they do not – there are literally only 2 images of very slightly plus-size folks in ANY of their marketing, and those people appear on the page for the Plus Size. They also seem to use exclusively white folks, as far as I can tell. If I’m being generous I may assume there’s a Latinx in there or two
  2. No, I have never had a ghost tap my clitoris. I’m not sure where I pulled this extremely strange analogy from but I’m sticking to it for reasons I also cannot explain
Feb 072017
 

Satisfyer 2 Review

This is my 3rd Satisfyer review in as many days and I feel like the Satisfyer 2’s theme song should be “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)”. Due to my love of the Womanizer PRO40, in large part because of the up and down intensity navigation buttons, you would think that I’d be recommending the Satisfyer 2 over the Satisfyer 1 (or any Satisfyer model), right?  However, button placement is equally important to me and if I can’t hold the thing ergonomically/easily and still access the buttons in use, what good are they? This, my dear readers, was my biggest disappointment in the Satisfyer 2. Before I got it in my hands I was excited that least one Satisfyer model was made “right” but then they proved that there’s no prototyping or research done before they pick a strange design. If someone had done research they would have understood how dumb is it to have these buttons alllll the way down at the bottom (head). Oddly, though, I still find the Satisfyer 2 is slightly easier to hold and control than the Womanizer Deluxe W500.

Compared to the Satisfyer 1, the Satisfyer 2 is a few dollars more and also powered by 2 AAA batteries. The batteries, and the pressure-wave function, are where the similarities end. They couldn’t be more different!

Pro/Con List

The Satisfyer 2 has a gender-neutral color scheme that at first, I liked – I admit, I’m a sucker for copper accents. I like rosy, champagne-gold colors. But overall, the more I looked at it, the boxy Satisfyer 2 controlsdesign and color scheme is very 1970s-basement-rec-room. If you squint, it can look like the Nike logo or a straight-stem pipe. As I’ve already bitched about right out of the gate, those damn navigation buttons are down by the head vs farther up the handle. The buttons don’t have a bright, LED glow, so, hey, that’s a plus.

But the Satisfyer 2 is also the loudest of the bunch, by far. The Satisfyer 1, Satisfyer Pro 2 (updated), Satisfyer Pro Penguin and terrible Satisfyer Pro Deluxe all purr like a kitten compared to the clunky Satisfyer 2. Even when the nozzle is completely covered up and sealed, the Satisfyer 2 rattles loudly enough to make you cringe in a quiet house. If discretion during use is important to you, definitely do not go with this model.

Bigger Nozzle

Satisfyer 2 nozzleCompared to the Satisfyer Pro Penguin and Pro Deluxe, this nozzle seems large. Yet compared to the pillow-y style of the Satisfyer Pro 2 or Satisfyer 1, it seems small (and definitely small compared to the Womanizer). When we go by caliper measurements, though, the inside diameter of this nozzle seems to be the biggest of the bunch. You’ll see these numbers in the chart in the Comparison Guide. This larger opening can be good for folks with a larger clitoris OR for folks who want to be sure the nozzle head doesn’t touch the sides of their clitoris. I have nearly no inner labia and a small, buried clitoris; the nozzle on the Satisfyer 2 wasn’t uncomfortable but I did struggle a little to get a good seal. When I did? Whoa, baby.

Luckily I haven’t had issues with this nozzle coming loose easily, like I do with the Satisfyer Pro Penguin or Pro Deluxe.

The Motor

Proof that the batteries don’t matter, the Satisfyer 2’s motor is way more intense than the Satisfyer 1; in fact, it ranks up there with the most intense motor of all models. Only the Satisfyer Pro 2 can compete (under water, the Satisfyer Pro 2 beats the Satisfyer 2 by a lot). Perhaps because the distance from tip of the nozzle to back of the body is bigger than most models, it does feel more “thuddy” and gives stronger “tapping” sensations on the low to medium settings, while still devolving into manic, white noise at the upper-most levels of intensity in true Satisfyer fashion.

When you have a motor this intense it feels even more necessary to have those extra buttons that allow you to navigate the intensity settings in both directions, versus pushing a single button 20 times to get back down to level 2 if you find level 3 is too much for you. Even though the power button sometimes acts up and is non-responsive, the dual navigation buttons respond to an easy touch, which is a plus.

Other Quirks and Thoughts

Satisfyer’s ad copy states that this model “cannot be missing from any toiletry bag”. At 7 inches long, that’s gonna take up a lot of room in a toiletry bag! I’m also not sure what the difference in build quality is between the Satisfyer 2 and 1, but the batteries tend to rattle around in the Satisfyer 2. This may lend a bit to the overall noise level.

I’m disappointed in this version, but I’m also being incredibly picky. If the noise factor and button location doesn’t bother you, and you really feel that you, like me, need the extra plus and minus intensity navigation buttons, this is a begrudging green-light to buy this if you can’t yet afford the superior Womanizer PRO40.  I will forever curse the button placement on the Satisfyer 2 because it coulda been a contender.

If you’d like more detailed comparisons between all Womanizer and Satisfyer models, as well as detailed specs on this and every model, head over to the Womanizer vs Satisfyer Comparison Guide:

Womanizer vs Satisyfer Comparison Guide

tl;dr:  Yay: Dual navigation buttons plus a power button; very intense Meh: Takes 2 AAA, not included; nozzle may be a bit large for some. Nay: Loud as fuck, buttons are terribly placed, body is not ergonomic to hold and is very long.

Better than: Satisfyer Pro Deluxe, Womanizer Deluxe (W500)
Worse than: Womanizer PRO40, Satisfyer 1, Womanizer W100
On Par with: Satisfyer Pro Penguin, Satisyfer Pro 2

 

Thanks to Shevibe for sending me the Satisfyer 2 in exchange for my honest review. There are many retailers you can shop with but I recommend Shevibe over them all; they have the best customer service and overall pricing/selection. They’ve been in business for over 10 years and can be relied upon for discreet shipping!

 

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Feb 062017
 

Satisfyer 1The cheapest in price, the Satisfyer 1 is battery-powered and simple. The silicone nozzle head is the one that is the most similar to the Satisfyer Pro 2 (and the Womanizer line) – it is large, fits securely over the plastic head guide, and appears to be more comfortable due to its fat shape and curved edges. It actually has one up on the Womanizer line – the edges of the silicone nozzle that are in contact with your vulva are rounded and a bit fat, versus the more defined edge of the Womanizer line. Since both are a medium-firm silicone I find both styles to be equally comfortable.

How picky can a person really be about cheap sex toys? Pretty damn picky, if you’re me. To date, my favorite pressure-air clitoral stimulation sex toy is the Womanizer PRO40 due to its price and features but the affordability of the Satisfyer line of copycats is irresistible to others. For some, they simply cannot make themselves buy a sex toy named “Womanizer”, and I get that.  And maybe you don’t expect a lot from a sex toy priced under $35, but maybe you do. I’m here to assume that you don’t want the flowery prose of marketing copy and instead want to know every flaw (or feature) so that you can make an informed decision.  I’ve tried to read the ad copy and figure out what they mean when they say that “The curved head on this pressure wave vibrator creates never-experienced-before climaxes”, especially when it’s said about every model, each with a different head. I don’t think there’s any logic, to be honest.

While this review is important and thorough, the Womanizer vs Satisfyer Comparison Guide is equally important to help you decide which model to get. Check it out after you’re done here:

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Picky Concerns

I’m not sure why, but the Satisfyer 1 has a strange, green glow from within during use. In the dark, I could see this green glow escaping through the seams in the plastic body which really concerned me. I mean, sure, it does possibly add to the illusion that you’re using some sort of futuristic/outer space thing on your bits, but if the seams are too wide, then I worry about build quality and longevity. The seams in the body are so cheaply done that when I ran a fingernail in one crease to clean dried lube out of it, I noticed it lifting slightly and could hear the distinct sound of dried glue crackling. Eek! Also glowing is the single control button – bright enough white LED to read by, if you wanted to. You wouldn’t, but you could. At least it’s facing away from you, unlike the brightly glowing button on the Satisyfer Pro Penguin. Fine for solo play, annoying as fuck for partner play if you’re in a semi-dark to dark room. All I’m saying is that the Satisfyer buttons are the brightest in the business.

I don’t like the button placement; it’s way down at the bottom, on the backside of the head which means it’s awkward for me to use. Not everyone will share this opinion and many who are more flexible than me simply won’t care. 

Batteries Not Included

Unlike other pressure-wave sex toys we’ve seen so far the Satisfyer 1 takes 2 AAA batteries and says you’ll get approximately 2 hours of use time out of this. I set mine at medium and got at least 2 hours from my batteries1. Since many folks will be able to orgasm more quickly with this type of sex toy, your use-time per-orgasm is potentially less than many budget vibrators. However, the cost of batteries will add up over time. If buying a big pack of AAA batteries for around $10 (this 24-pack will get you 24 hours of run-time) is more doable for your budget than increasing your sex toy budget by $25 to get to a half-decent rechargeable model, and you don’t mind lower-quality construction and single-button controls, I can’t really complain too much about the Satisfyer 1. You may get more orgasms per battery, though, from the Satisfyer 2.

Engine Room

Let’s talk briefly about the motor. Honestly, I didn’t expect much from a battery-powered pressure-wave sex toy. It’s not that all battery-powered sex toys are weak, but I’ve always retained a healthy dose of skepticism from the start when it comes to this variety of sex toy. The intensity of the Satisfyer 1 is a little more than the Satisfyer Pro Penguin, more than the Womanizer W100, and somewhat weaker than the rest. The upper intensity levels lose their “thuddy” “tapping” sensations more quickly than other Satisfyer models such as the Satisfyer 2 or Pro 2, instead turning buzzy like a vibrator. This may be related to the overall length from the motor to the tip, like I discussed in the review for the Satisfyer Pro Penguin. In the large spreadsheet at the Comparison Guide this measurement is listed as “tip to back”, and the Satisfyer 1 is the 3rd shortest distance, with the shortest going to the Satisfyer Pro Penguin and Pro Deluxe.

Satisfyer 1 has a more-than-reasonable price point at $31 from Shevibe and I feel like we can’t expect too much from something so inexpensive. It’s basic and does what it came to do. Even if it doesn’t last, at this price point you probably can afford to replace it if the warranty is too much of a pain in the ass. Yes, there is a warranty, but I don’t have details beyond the information here.

tl:dr: Yay: Good shape, comfy nozzle, not extremely intense, very affordable Meh: Brightly glowing LED button; not as “thuddy” or intense as other models; takes 2 AAA batteries, not included Nay: Crappy button placement; lacks the superior up/down navigation buttons, build quality probably low

Better than: Satisfyer Pro Deluxe, Womanizer Deluxe Pro (W500), Satisfyer Pro Penguin
Worse than: Womanizer PRO40, Satisyfer Pro 2, Satisfyer 2
On Par with: Womanizer W100

 

Thanks to Shevibe for sending me the Satisfyer 1 in exchange for my honest review. There are many retailers you can shop with but I recommend Shevibe over them all; they have the best customer service and overall pricing/selection. They’ve been in business for over 10 years and can be relied upon for discreet shipping!

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  1. tbh I gave up after 2 hours, that was way past my attention span for babysitting a running device
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