Fairy Wand Massager Showdown: Electric vs Rechargeable

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Aug 302011

I seem to have amassed quite the collection of these “massager style” vibrators. While originally these vibrators were mass-marketed and intended for body massage (not orgasm) the obsession with their power has caused some companies to make sex toy versions that are not found in your local drugstore like the Hitachi Magic Wand or the Acuvibe massager are. I used to be a die-hard Hitachi MW fan. But over the years of reviewing I’ve figured out that it’s less about holy-shit-power and more about the type of vibrations. A rumbly, deep vibration that will stimulate more than just the outside portion of my clitoris is ideal. And it doesn’t have to be Hitachi MW strength to achieve that.

But, on to the review. At the same time that I was testing out all the Vibratex Mystic Wands I had two of the Fairy Wands to try out. The Fairy Wand massager line is a long line from a Japanese Company called Media Craft Inc. They have come out with almost an overkill in sizes – but given what I’ve seen the Japanese do with KitKats1 and Pokemon, it seems to be capitalizing more on the “collect them all!” angle. I have the Fairy rechargeable wand massager and the full-sized plug-in Fairy wand massager. There’s also the Fairy Baby Wand (high-pitched, teeny vibe, USB-charged); the Fairy Mini Wand (plug-in, slightly larger than the Fairy Rechargeable); the Fairy Miniature Massager (either an attachable 6-AA battery pack or a more powerful a/c adapter); the Fairy Pocket Mini (rechargeable, slimmer handle than the Fairy regular rechargeable, shorter in size). Is your head spinning yet? Mine is. You’ll see them referred to in some reviews a little different. Some use the term “mini mini” for one of them, I can’t figure out which one. They’re all pretty much the same from what I’ve read; they’re all pretty powerful, most have that variance wheel for power, they’re all a version of pink and white, none of them offer any “patterns”, they all come in basic cardboard boxes with lots of Japanese text and with very chintzy drawstring pouches. The smaller ones are more “buzzy” (which buzzy + high powered can feel more numbing to your genitals and/or hand).

The plug-in style Fairy massager wand is best compared to the Hitachi Magic Wand in that both are large, both plug in to a wall outlet rather than recharging or requiring batteries, and both are very VERY powerful. Where the Hitachi has only two speeds, “wow” and “holy fuck”, the Fairy wand improved on that idea by using a dial controller instead. Think mouse-wheel. It acts like a dimmer switch, giving you many different speeds. The lower end is rumbly but yet still manages to be a bit buzzy. The lower speeds on the Fairy are definitely less than the Hitachi on low. And with the dimmer switch aspect, you can easily (almost too easily, sometimes) vary the speeds without ever turning it off. The Hitachi’s rocker switch goes “low” then “off” then “high”.

Size Comparison: Hitachi Magic Wand vs Fairy Massager Wand

At first I thought that maybe the Fairy wand was a bit more powerful than the Hitachi wand2. I probably thought that at first because it’s honestly been a long time since I’ve used the Hitachi. Side by side comparisons though show that they’re pretty dead equal when comparing their top speeds. Both also are loud, emitting that high-pitched weed-whacker like noise. So not discreet. Neither Hitachi or Fairy have the nice silicone head like the Mystic wands do, so cleaning/sanitizing/sharing isn’t easy. The Fairy wand heads are all hard plastic, with lots of ridges. Not the most pleasurable feeling on high. (also, a bitch to clean)

Size comparison of the Mystic Wand Rechargeable and the Fairy Wand Rechargeable

The Fairy rechargeable is a bit less “rumbly” than the full-size Fairy, but almost as powerful. Which makes the vibrations a bit itchy, to be honest. It’s loud as well, but lacks that high-pitched whine of the full-sized Fairy and the Hitachi MW. The Japanese companies like to have interesting rechargers, I’ve noticed. The recharger for the Fairy has a weird iPod-like plug for the massager but the plug to the wall is fun: You know how some a/c chargers have prongs that fold so that it’s less bulky when traveling? This one kind of does that except it folds out – so that the base takes up very little space in your outlet. Shown below is folded out and “normal”.


The full-size Fairy has a head that’s pretty darn similar in size and shape to the Hitachi MW, so attachments for the Hitachi could be used on it. The smaller Fairies have specially made attachments (which like to feature “nubs” – way to make an itchy vibe even MORE itchy! no thanks).

If you really like the Hitachi Magic Wand, then you will likely really like the Fairy Wand (unless you hate baby-girl-pink – their only color scheme) because it matches the power but gives more variance. For a rechargeable, the Fairy does pack more of a punch than the rechargeable Mystic wand, but in a less pleasant way for me.

SO. Super high powered is what you want? Go for the original Hitachi or the Fairy plug-in. Otherwise, I’m going to direct you back to the Mystic Wands: Superior looks and materials and a more pleasant-feeling type of vibration.



  1. No, I’m not joking, only in Japan can you find odd flavors of KitKats such as Soybean, Strawberry, Apple Vinegar and more
  2. Ok confession time: I was so anxious to try out the power that I plugged it in and pressed it to my vulva whilst clothed. Cranked it up to high. Went “HOLY SHIT!” and then realized that it um….well…it vibrated the pee out of me a little. I sure as hell didn’t get arousal-wet enough to dampen both panties and pants
Mar 052010

When guys email me for sex toy buying advice for themselves, one of the two topics is choosing a masturbator sleeve. There’s many different types out there. The infamous Fleshlight; the colorful ones that aren’t meant to resemble any part of female (or male) anatomy; and the larger ones that are molded from a porn star and are a big heavy hunk of rubber that is basically the whole pelvic region, like the naughty bits section was sliced out of a mannequin. A Japanese company, Tenga, makes a whole bunch of supposed one-time-use varieties that many men say they’ve extended into multiple uses and then their larger versions: The Fliphole and the 3D “sculptures”.

Time and again there’s only two I’ll recommend: The Fleshlight and the Tenga Fliphole. Yeah, they’re more expensive than a simple jelly rubber sleeve but you’re going to enjoy them a whole hell of a lot more. One concern I hear a lot though from men considering this is: cleaning. They don’t always want to get out of bed after jerking off and clean their masturbator – they, understandably, want to roll over and go to sleep. I get it, I do. Been there, done that. While I don’t recommend you make a habit out of it, you can let it go till morning sometimes. Just keep in mind though that lube and semen wash off much more easily when wet instead of dry.


Fleshlight: The sleeves and the cases are able to separate for both cleaning and to try out different sleeves with different textures and internal widths. The sleeve is open at both ends for cleaning and for suction adjustment. Fleshlight can be nondescript and the design is, obviously, meant to resemble a flashlight (but not realistically). You can get the sleeves in Beige, Pink or Clear. You can get the cases in a few different colors, too. The common is pink sleeve w black casing. The first Fleshlight I bought my husband was the all clear one, so that when I used it on him I could see what’s going on. There is a bit of a difference though in the materials, the clear sleeve is a little more sticky/tacky when not dusted in cornstarch. The colored ones feel more realistic.

Tenga Flip hole: There’s 4 different versions with the Fliphole and if you want to try all of them you have to buy all of them, they don’t have removable sleeves. However, the Fliphole opens clam-shell style to make cleaning (and drying) easier and more thorough. Fliphole looks…..geeky and techie and not like a sex toy but its cool and unique enough that if someone sees it, chances are they’ll ask what it is.


Fleshlight: You have to clean these after use or you will ruin them in short order from what I’ve heard from various sources. (however one of the top male toy reviewers at EF says he has put off cleaning until morning a number of times and no mold ever occurred)  Due to the material you can’t use anything other than water (yes, this means no soap), maybe some isopropyl alcohol if you really need it. Which means it can take longer since it’s a tube and you can only use water. You have to let it dry completely in a ventilated area or it could mildew. My husband wraps his up in a paper towel and then perches it upright in the case.

Tenga Fliphole: Splits in half clam-shell style and you can use water & mild soap to clean them. You can switch around the base to fashion a stand for the Fliphole so that it it can dry standing up and partially open.


Original tunnel fleshlight wonder wave

Fleshlight: They  say that Fleshlight feels more real compared to any other masturbator. You can let the sleeve (and even the lube) sit in a sink full of warm water to bring it up to body temperature. The material is phthalate-free but it’s also porous so it can’t be shared – it’s a softer material with more “give” to it, more like flesh. Fleshlight can more easily accomodate a larger variety of cocks in term of length, girth and sensitivity levels all by changing up the sleeve. The sleeves have different orifice entrances – vaginal, mouth, anal – which offer a different visual look as well as a slight change in sensation. You can vary the suction a little bit by the screw-cap base, having it off or on or partially on.

Hubby has now tried two sleeves – the Clear Non-descript and the Pink Wonder Wave. He got the Non-descript style first, and enjoyed it. I liked being there and watching, able to see what was goin on. When we first opened up the packaging though the sleeve was a little cold; combine that with the sticky and I was mildly squicked. The sticky went away though as soon as it was wet. He liked it; but required the extra tightness of his own hand to kick over that final ledge to orgasm. The non-descript and other “original” orifices are all the same tunnel style – smooth (no texture) and the biggest width. It’s good for guys who are really girthy or really sensitive. Even though Hub is girthy, he prefers more sensation so he ended up liking the Wonder Wave better. Also we both felt that the Pink material felt a little more realistic than the Clear. I would find myself fondling it, actually…….


Anyways. While he didn’t think that the Fleshlight was *better* than real live vaginal or oral sex, he did find it to be a very nice alternative to his hand. Not necessarily his everyday preferred method, but he really likes it. The Non-Descript was 3/4″ tunnel and the Wonder Wave is 1/2″. There are ones that are more snug (with no texture) and ones with more intense texture. The Non-Descript is rated a 1 out of 5 on the “Intensity” scale that Fleshlight uses, whereas the Wonder Wave is a 3 out of 5. For frame of reference, Hubby is about 1.75″ diameter or so and 7.5″ in length. For men that fall into the average cock size range in length and girth, and who like a more intense sensation, Fleshlight came out with their “Sex in a Can” line.  The material of the Fleshlight is super stretchy and soft so that 1/2″ wide tunnel didn’t feel constrictive, just snug. All in all though, the Clear Non-Descript we’ll only use when I’m there; he much prefers the snugness and texture of the Wonder Wave.

Tenga Fliphole: The textures are different on each half of it, and the shapes are kinda like mirror images. For example, where one side has two little nubby balls on the left and right, the other side has one nubby ball in the center and when closed it all lines up. Where one side has two large nubby balls with an entrance slit cut in, the other side has a large convex portion. The clear material has that weird “sticky yet not” thing going on. If it’s dry and you’re dry, and you touch it it feels sticky (yet your skin retains no sticky). If you’re lubed up or it’s wet, it just feels slippery and lovely. It’s very soft and squishy. The Flip Hole has three buttons along its length to change up the suction/tightness. You can make it more snug at the head than the base, more snug at the base than the head, etc. The Flip Hole Black has a most extreme texture of them all, with the White being the most soft and Red and Silver in the middle. My husband tried out the Black version and absolutely loved it.  Tenga has this very technical explanation page that compares the attributes of the different Flip Holes.

Tenga actually makes a “hole warmer” that you would insert for a few minutes and it would bring the material up to something closer to body temperature. The only way to do this with Fleshlight is to remove the sleeve from the case and let it sink in a sinkfull of warm water for awhile.


Lube. Lubelubelubelubelube……and more lube. Water-based lube for the Fleshlight, Tenga according to manufacturer’s directions. Try out a few different viscosities of lube to see what feels the best, and always keep your lube nearby in case you need to “refill” during use.

And also….you get what you pay for. Saving money on the cheap ones, 9 times out of 10, will just leave you disappointed.



Aug 152009


UPDATE:  I’ve just noticed that this post is being linked to and I wanted to point out that this review is VERY old. If I’d known in advance, I would have had more time to update this review (like I plan to do with many other old reviews). For more Magic Wand and other wand attachments, check them out here. If you have any questions, please email me or hit me up on the chat/message button below and I will help you out! I answer all emails!


Sex toy manufacturers have come to realize that electric massagers like the Hitachi are here to stay – so they’d better get their piece of that pie. These types of vibrators aren’t always meant to be used as a sex toy, so additions are needed to better achieve that naughty purpose. There are a good number of these out there, most of them are Hitachi attachments because it is recognized as the most popular of the electric massagers.

Since the heads are different on all of these massagers, what works on one won’t necessarily work on the other. In the charts that I did up for both the plug-in style and the rechargeable style, you can see the size differences as well as notations on which ones have attachments made for (or that will fit) them and about how many.

In this post I’m going to discuss the ones that EdenFantasys carries (which is a good number of them). There are other attachments and sleeves on the market and there are a number that are NOT silicone. Why bother with these things if it’s not a safe material? Anyways, I’ll touch on the basics of ones I haven’t tried and give detailed information on the ones I do own. I had done up a video showing me putting these on the various massagers, turning them on with the attachment on, but editing the video to flow better and figuring out I needed to re-shoot a couple of things made me just give up on it. In fact the video part is what delayed this post by a week. So, screw it. You get photos for now and my expert opinion ;)


The Pleasure Dome by Downunder Toys

puttingpleasuredomeonhitachi pleasuredomeonhitachi

EdenFantasys calls the color “purple”; it appears pink in their photos and in daylight it appears to be a pinkish-lilac hue. With sparkles embedded. If you hate anything sparkly and pinkish, then you might hate this on principle alone (I can think of at least 2 other reviewers who qualify there, hehe). Downunder Toys does make this in other colors that rock; however, EF only carries the one. At the time of this writing I am inquiring why they only offer one color and if/when they plan to update their offerings. I’ll update this post when I find out.

Anyways. It’s pure silicone which means its easy to clean. From the photos you can see that its covered in large nubs – these are soft and unlike the G-pod, not painful under high-powered vibration. You can also turn this sleeve inside out to experience the smooth side. It’s a bit stretchy, it can be rolled over the Hitachi head sort of like a condom or just stretched out wider a bit (careful!) so therefore it’s pretty simple to get this on. You will experience a little dampening of the intensity of the Hitachi by using this attachment. Most importantly though is that it offers a simple and easy cleaning option for your Hitachi whether you share it or not. If you tend to share you can get more than one sleeve for easier and faster swapping.

This sleeve was intended to be used on the Hitachi but will fit the Acuvibe original and the Ideal.

UPDATE: This topper is no longer in production, as far as I know.

Off With Their Head Hitachi Cap by Vixen Creations


Unlike the Pleasure Dome, this isn’t a sleeve or an addition – it’s a replacement. I bet you didn’t know that you can remove the white head of the Hitachi! You can indeed – but boy it isn’t as easy as the directions included with the cap claim it is! I struggled with it for a good 5 minutes until I finally ignored their method and used my own. To get the Off With Their Head cap on, and the Hitachi head off, you need to start prying up the edges of the Hitach head until the edges of the head cover are up above the lip. It’s hard to explain, so just view these photos below to give you a better idea of how to remove the Hitachi head.


The cap is then much easier to get off and on. However, it’s made of that slighty-tacky silicone that will attract dust/lint/fur like an MRI magnet (as you can clearly see in the first photo). You must clean it before use because there’s no way to store it to keep it spotless. It’s silicone as well so its easy to disinfect and share. There is two side of this cap – a few ridges on one, and this odd soft pointy thing. It’s supposed to mimic oral sex – a vibrating tongue that no human could compare to. Well once you apply any sort of pressure to your clit with that “tongue”, its no longer a flappy hummingbird tongue – its just another piece of vibrating silicone. The ridges didn’t really do a whole lot for me.

This cap was manufactured for the Hitachi and *only* the Hitachi has a removable head. The Ideal, Acuvibe, Miracle Massager – these are all spring-mounted heads and will NOT come off. I’ve seen reviewers claim it will work on the Ideal, it won’t. Someone said it can be used on the Acuvibe – well sure but I don’t know why you would. It only covers about half of the Acuvibe head because it’s not *meant* for it.


G-plus Massager Attachment by Natural Contours


This attachment is made by the same company that makes the Ideal. This was made specifically for the Ideal. Hell even the color of the attachment is identical to the head of the Ideal.  It fits on the Hitachi but it must not be a perfect match because it makes the Hitachi louder. It does *not* work with the Acuvibe or Miracle Massager because their heads are a little too skinny for it. When I put the G-plus Attachment on the Acuvibe and turned it on, it rattled and spun around.

While the G-plus is Phthalates free / Latex free, it isn’t silicone. It’s TPR rubber. So it can’t be fully disinfected. Because of the shape, you can’t very well put a condom over it, either.


The G-plus is very flexible. And by flexible I mean kinda floppy. Like a raw hot dog, perhaps. Therefore all this does is provide intense vibration to your G-spot’s general vicinity- there’s no way to apply pressure because it’s so floppy. And that, my friends, doesn’t make my g-spot happy. Also, using this on the Ideal does nothing to dampen its loud rattle. The insertable portion of this is also fairly slender – about 1″.

G-pod (originally by Nexus)


I’ve reviewed this here already, and I hated it. The design appears to be on the right track, but all in all those tiny little raised nubs were murder on my sensitive bits. EdenFantasys still lists it on their site but I heard months ago that it was discontinued. Rightfully so, because it’s not at all good.

Miracle Massager Accessory by California Exotic Novelties


I reviewed this here as well, long ago before I owned a Hitachi. While it did add something positive to my Miracle Massager experience, it still has two flaws. Number one is again, these damn tiny nubs. They’re soft, don’t get me wrong. But at the vibration levels of even just the Miracle Massager, it begins to irritate and make your sensitive parts itchy because of the sensation. The other flaw is that it’s made of PVC – can’t be sterilized, can’t be shared……oh and it melts if you use it on the Hitachi for longer than 10 minutes. It’s a VERY tight fit onto the Hitachi head but I had made it work – only to find that it melted just a bit inside.

A design flaw of this attachment is that, like a number of attachments, the g-spot bit sticks straight up from the head/body. Meaning, using this solo isn’t the best angle. It’s best if someone else holds it for you. And while sextoy playtime as a couple is very hot, it’s a flaw if you are using this alone. Unless you’ve got arms like Gumby. I don’t.

UPDATE: I do NOT recommend this attachment at all due to the material, nor do I recommend the Miracle Massager, if it’s even still in production.



Jollies Attachments – Straight and Gonzo, er I mean Curved.

HSA1001_1 HSA1005_1

These are in the line of Hitachi attachments that are single-purpose: To turn Hitachi from a clitoral stimulator to an insertable stimulator. The curved version is for g-spot stimulation, and the straight one is well….I guess if you like straight dildos that vibrate?

From what I can gather from others that reviewed these, they’re flexible but firmer than the G-spot for Ideal. Once inserted, they can be manuevered so that the cap presses against your clit while the insertable portion is well, inserted. That statement however likely depends on the way your cunt is built. For me, this wouldn’t work. These are available in a few others colors than what I have shown here.

These are, of course, silicone. I would hazard a guess here that these would fit the Ideal quite well, and the Acuvibe moderately well. No-go on the MM or MMM.

Gee Whiz and Gee Whizzard by Vixen Creations


Vixen does pretty oh so well. These are awesome marbled-dyed silicone attachments in blue and green. Again, Vixen manufactured these specifically to fit the Hitachi. It might work on the Ideal and Acuvibe, or it might be a tiny bit loose – I can’t tell because I don’t own one and I don’t know if they need to stretch out over the Hitachi head or if they slide on easily. Very hygienic, sterillizable and sharable.

The Gee Whiz (the blue one shown above) is about on the average side at 1 3/8″. It’s smooth with no special textures or ridges – just a g-spot curve.

The Gee Whizzard (the teal version) seems to be the better choice between the two. Fun bumps/ridges on the opposite side of the cap, and a bumpy/ridgey texture to the insertable part. It’s more slender at 1″, according to the specs on EF’s site, but in photos it appears to be the same width as the Gee Whiz. There are more glowing reviews of the Gee Whizzard than the Whiz and no complaints that it is ill-fitting like the Gee Whiz.

UPDATE: I do own these, and love them. They work even better with the Lelo Smart Wand Large than they do with the Hitachi.


My recommendations

If you’re looking for an insertable attachment, I’d suggest the Gee Whizard.

Unfortunately I can’t recommend any dual stimulation attachments, because I just haven’t found one that is decent.

I welcome comments from other reviewers on this if you have constructive opinions on any of these that you have used, or if you recommend one I didn’t mention.


Aug 022009

This is a continuation, please see Part 1 which talks about the plug-in style.


I already mentioned this but I’m going to mention it again.

The Big Pro:

~It’s cordless. You can use it anywhere that doesn’t have a nearby outlet or even electricity, provided it’s fully charged.

The Big Con:

~It is not “full power full time”. I think most of these have a run-time of about an hour, depending on how firmly you press the head to your body.

To reiterate from Part 1:

Should you choose one style over the other? That depends on the environment you’d be using it in and your masturbation style. The plug-in style boasts all power, all the time, always on. However this means you are tethered by a cord and must be near an electrical outlet to use it. The rechargeable style means that you can take it anywhere you please, so long as it’s charged. The downside is that your usage hours will vary depending on how hard you press down on the head, and you could very well find yourself mid-wank with a waning vibrator (been there, done that). The rechargeable is also more expensive. They aren’t lacking on power though. I’d rate that the Acuvibe falls in between the Hitachi and the Miracle Massager. Whereas the MM can’t get me off, the Acuvibe will. My verdict is to start wherever you want but eventually own one of each style.

Rechargeable Style Massagers

First up is the more well-known and more vanilla of the bunch: The Acuvibe. Because it’s the mother of the rechargeables, it doesn’t have the most ergonomic design to it. It’s in the same boat as the Hitachi. It does however look more modern than the Hitachi. Hitachi’s design clearly has changed very little since it’s conception. Acuvibe comes in a pretty light blue and white design. Is it more powerful than it’s newer fancier cousin, the Ideal? I’m not really certain on that.


Natural Contours doesn’t seem to publish the RPMs (like CalExotics doesn’t publish the RPMs). I think it’s safe to say though that it’s comparable to the Acuvibe but the Ideal is certainly not equal to the Hitachi. But hey that’s not always a bad thing. The Ideal is made by a sextoy manufacturer, and the design is focused on being more ergonomic. The handle is hooked. As I said in my initial review, I love the handle but I hate the noise. Most of the people who’ve reviewed the Ideal mention the excess noise. Above and beyond the noise of the vibrations is this ratting-like-something-is-broken sound. It’s annoying and makes me doubt the longevity of the toy. That rattling noise does disappear when there is any pressure on the head, but that’s not quite good enough for me.


And then Acuvibe introduced the mini. Acuvibe mini is only one speed, it’s smaller, and comes in blue or pink. Because of its smaller stature it is even more portable. I believe the single speed is equal to the full size version’s Low setting, but I can’t find documentation on this. Oddly the RPMs of the original are out there, but not the mini.


One other thing I find disconcerting in my research is that specs aren’t always matching from site to site. Some places claim that the Acuvibe Mini is two speeds – it’s not. Some claim the Acuvibe Mini is 1.1 pounds, or 1.3 pounds. Even on the Human Touch website, their description paragraph says it is 0.6 pounds but the specifications section say it is 1.2 – the same as the original. This can’t be true, since they’re not the same size. (its not, I got out my kitchen scale for the ones I have and asked other Mini owners to look at their packaging insert)\

I do want to mention something here about the Acuvibes – the manufacturer tells you to let the massager completely drain of all power every 16 hours of use or thereabout, to increase longevity of the battery.

Acuvibe Acuvibe Mini Ideal
Price on EdenFantasys $65.99 $59.99 $58.99
Power High is 5700 rpm and Low is 4300 rpm. Compared to Hitachi this means: High is really close. Low is close but definitely less. There’s more difference between high and low than Hitachi. 1400 rpm difference vs 1000 pm difference. I can’t find documentation of the rpm. I think it’s probably say….4800, I felt it was just a touch less than Hitachi’s Low setting. Again I can’t find documentation on the rpm – there is a high and low and I think they’re about comparable to original Acuvibe. From what I can feel, High is pretty equal to Hitachi’s Low.
Noise Level While the manufacturer claims these both have a “vibration damped” motor and are “whisper quiet”, I don’t think that’s accurate. It is certainly quieter than the Hitachi though but not at all whisper-quiet. Low is markedly more quiet than high. Perhaps a bit quieter than the full size As mentioned above, I think that when it’s pressed against something the noise level would be equal to the Acuvibe, but when not? It’s like a mini jackhammer.
Head Design The head is about 2″ in diameter, smooth but with 3 grooves for decoration. These grooves are difficult to clean gunk out of – you need a toy cleaning cloth like Afterglow Wipes and a fingernail or similar. It’s a spring-mounted head but a firm plastic covers the spring – you can’t see it. This head is entirely smooth, but to go along with the smaller body the head is 1 5/8″ in diameter.Same spring-mounted type head as original Acuvibe. Completely smooth surface, easy to clean. Diameter is 2.25″. It is also spring-mounter however when you bend the head a bit you can clearly see exposed spring. Might be bad for the ladies who don’t shave bare or trim to minuscule.
Body Design Straight, smooth plastic where its white and a different plastic where its blue. If I press my nail into the blue part, it indents. Makes for better gripping. Weight is 1.1 pounds. Length is 11.5″. Sliding switch in the upper third of the handle. Straight smooth plastic. Weight is 0.6 pounds. Sliding switch in the upper third of the handle. Angled ergonomic handle, smooth plastic. Weight is 10 ounces. Length is 8.5″ measured in a straight line, or 12″ measured from tip to top. Sliding switch is different from all other massagers – goes side to side rather than top to bottom. Right at a bend in handle.
Attachments There are none made for it. However, a few of the other attachments might work on it. The silicone head cover fits. Perhaps the MM dual stim? None. The head is smaller than all the others and any attachment falls right off. Natural Contours makes one specifically for this vibe, even the color matches. It’s a dual stim. A few Hitachi attachments work with it.
Charging Acuvibe says you should charge it for 8 hours, I didn’t wait that long. They also say it’ll run for 45 minutes, give or take depending on usage. Same as original Acuvibe. Reports say the charge lasts an hour; charging time takes 5 hours. You can certainly wait less time if you must, it’ll be fully powerful it just won’t last as long.

My verdict? I’m torn. I really am. Acuvibe Mini is great for what it is – more portable because of its small size. Also perhaps even more usable during sex because of its small size. But you can’t use attachments and it has one speed. Acuvibe original fits some attachments, has more power. The Ideal has a shorter charge time, a slightly longer use time, the head is a bit bigger so it’ll fit more attachments (even though the intended one sucks) – but….big BUT here… I still hate the rattling loud noise. And that you can see the spring easily. I just wonder about the quality and longevity of this toy as compared to the Acuvibe. All of these are equally discrete and can pass off as a back massager.

Below is a quick video showing the noise levels of the various massagers in both categories

Jul 312009


There’s one big thing to be said for the “electric massager” style vibrators. Actually, two big things.

1. They don’t take batteries

2. They’re inconspicuous, because their original purpose is as a muscle massager

But which one should you try? I’ve reviewed a bunch, the most common ones. In these two reviews I’m going to do my best to compare them to each other to help you pick the best one and the right one for you.

In the plug-in style corner we’ve got the Hitachi Magic Wand; the Miracle Massager and the My Miracle Massager (both by CalExotics).
In the rechargeable corner is the Ideal (by Natural Contours); the Acuvibe and the Acuvibe mini.

Should you choose one style over the other? That depends on the environment you’d be using it in and your masturbation style. The plug-in style boasts all power, all the time, always on. However this means you are tethered by a cord and must be near an electrical outlet to use it. The rechargeable style means that you can take it anywhere you please, so long as it’s charged. The downside is that your usage hours will vary depending on how hard you press down on the head, and you could very well find yourself mid-wank with a waning vibrator (been there, done that). The rechargeable is also more expensive. They aren’t lacking on power though. I’d rate that the Acuvibe falls in between the Hitachi and the Miracle Massager. Whereas the MM can’t get me off, the Acuvibe will. My verdict is to start wherever you want but eventually own one of each style.

Plug-in style massagers

The Hitachi Magic Wand is the more well-known and more established in this category. It’s a powerhouse and generally long-lasting. Built like a tank and as powerful as one, too. Like most massagers it has two speeds, both are pretty darn powerful. I’ve known women whose clits are sensitive enough that they can’t tolerate the Hitchi. If you’ve had a number of fairly decent vibrators that you feel are just not strong enough for you, then I’d recommend the Hitachi. The Miracle Massagers, both of them, are not as powerful as Hitachi. However, they’re more cheaply made (they are CalExotic) and I couldn’t see either outlasting the Hitachi.


The difference between the Miracle Massager and the My Miracle Massager seems to be … not much! MMM is pink and white, and the head has a few “ribs” on it. The MM is black and red with a completely smooth head. I don’t think there’s any other design difference or power differences.


Hitachi Magic Wand
Miracle Massager My Miracle Massager
Price at EdenFantasys
$45.99 $35.99 $41.99
Power Strong! 5000-rpm for low, 6000-rpm for high. The power combined with deep penetrative vibrations means that it can do a very good job at transmitting vibrations through other materials like rope, silicone dildos, etc. High is a bit less power than Low on Hitachi. It doesn’t achieve the same deep throbbing feel-it-to-your-core vibrations as the Hitachi. same as MM
Noise Level Can be noisy. Both low pitch and high pitch sounds to it. Not very discreet through thin walls Quieter than the Hitachi because it’s not as powerful. No high pitch whine like the Hitachi. Probably the same as the MM
Head design Textured “leatherette”. Little bit hard to clean (can use condom over head to negate this). Mostly stationary Head. Can be removed. Head will heat up with extended (past 15 minutes) use but not to the point that it will burn you. I don’t find the heat to be a deterrent. 2.5″ diameter head. Smooth PVC. Easy to clean. Spring mounted head. Head does not heat up. Head size is a bit narrower than the Hitachi, base of head even more narrow. 2 1/8″ diameter head (at widest?) Smooth PVC with 4 ridges/ribs. Relatively easy to clean, take care with cleaning ribs. Spring mounted head. Head does not heat up. Less bulbous head design, slightly narrower than MM at 2″ diameter.
Body design Straight body. Weighs about 1.25 lbs. Entire massager is about 12″ long. Smaller, rocker-style switch is in about the middle of the handle. Curved body. Weighs about 1.1 lbs. Entire massager is about 12″ long. Sliding-style switch is lower on the handle, towards the curved end (which is actually a pain in the ass spot) Curved body. Weighs about 1 lb. Entire massager is about 13″ long. Sliding-style switch is lower on the handle, towards the curved end.
Available Attachments 1 head replacement, 1 head cover, at least 4 internal stimulation, 2 dual stimulation 1 made specifically for it which is dual stimulation, some Hitachi attachments can be used on it with varying success. Likely usable on the MMM. 1 made specifically for it which is dual stimulation, some Hitachi attachments can be used on it with varying success. Likely usable on the MM.

None of these massagers are made of a material that is safe for sharing because they cannot be sterilized. If you’re in a sharing situation, be sure to stretch a condom over the massager head. I clean these with Afterglow Toy Wipes. No risk of getting sensitive electrical parts wet, and they’re tough enough to really scrub the original head of the Hitachi.

My pick? The Hitachi. Not just because the Miracle Massager can’t usually get me off – Hitachi has more attachment options, and the attachments can muffle the powerful vibrations sometimes. If discretion in appearance is a must then definitely pick Hitachi. While the MM and MMM don’t immediately scream “I’m a sex toy”, the “California Exotic Novelties” label does. Perhaps your parents / roommate isn’t familiar with the brand, but the “Exotic” part is a giveaway to me (you could conceal this with electrical tape, however). I also feel the Hitachi is more sturdy and longer-lasting. If any of the following applies to you then I would recommend the Miracle Massager:  you think you’re sensitive enough that any use of the Hitachi would be overkill; you want this as a clitoral vibe and don’t give a shit about attachments for internal or dual stimulation.

I’ll be talking about all the attachment options at length in a separate review next week.

Part 2 is up – the rechargeable massagers!

This is the same video that is in Part 2 but I wanted it on both posts in case someone comes here from a link or search and only looks at this post.