Feb 122016

Doxy Die Cast vs Doxy Wand OriginalThe Doxy Die Cast wand vibrator looks like a high-tech work of art. But are the differences from the Doxy Wand Original just cosmetic? I’ve had a number of people ask me lately about the differences between the Doxy Original and Doxy Die Cast, primarily to know if the $60 jump for the Die Cast is worth it. I talked about the Die Cast in a pre-review video a few months ago but didn’t really get into the differences. (Note: In March, the minimum pricing for both Doxy Wands will increase – Original by $10 (so it will be $139 at SheVibe), Die Cast by $20, which puts the Die Cast just over $200 at SheVibe)

The Die Cast’s biggest difference is the looks, of course. A black head and shiny titanium body, glowing blue buttons and a cool grey case. It is pretty bad-ass looking. The head covering is silicone, which is an upgrade over the regular Doxy. They describe it as a “double-weighted” motor.

“Made from aluminum and cast on-site, the weight and mechanism inside the Doxy’s head means it rolls and rumbles, rather than buzzes. Offering powerful vibrations that penetrate deep into the body, it’s extraordinarily effective when used as a general body massager, or for intimate intentions. While many find themselves satisfied with the lower settings, the Doxy can reach up to 9,000 RPM: it’s the perfect tool for those who want the option to play hard and fast.”

Alright What About The Vibrations?

The RPMs: It’s a lot more than Magic Wand, but I don’t really put much stock in RPM. The We-Vibe was last reported as 5500 RPM (and I think the We-Vibe is pretty mild), the Magic Wand Rechargeable at 6300 and I think that the power level of the Doxy vs MWR is damn near identical. So moving on to….

The Double Weighted Head: It’s supposed to make the vibrations feel more thuddy, but I’ve always had a rather impressive measuring stick to hold “rumbly” or “thuddy” wands to: the Lelo Smart Wand Large. And it’s nowhere near that. In fact, the most I can really say about the Doxy Die Cast is that it’s definitely less buzzy vs the Doxy Original (or Magic Wand). I held both the Doxy Die Cast and Doxy Original in a cupped palm for a few minutes, damn near meditating on the differences, and after all of that my hand that held the Doxy Original head felt weird for about 10 minutes after – kinda tingly, kinda numb. On high, the Doxy Original is still numbing to my genitals like the Magic Wand is, but at least I can use the lower settings and be okay. On high the Doxy Die Cast actually numbs me quite a bit less.

Somehow the difference almost makes the Die Cast feel a tiny smidge less powerful; but the vibrations are more comfortable. I think that’s why they originally felt more powerful to me; it was actually because my genitals weren’t going numb so quickly. Hey, that’s a good thing and I’ll take it.

But It’s So Sexy

I’ll admit, the Doxy Original always kinda reminded me of the extra-large TV remotes for older folks back when universal remotes were a new thing and we didn’t have fancy cable boxes so you could get away with a remote with 12 buttons that were huge. The Die Cast just looks sexy. And all that metal means it can be COLD, too, so it’s not a great thing to use in the winter if your house is cold. The metal means it’s 6 ounces heavier (1 lb 8 oz). The silicone head vs PVC head is more firm, and that matters to people who like a lot of pressure with their wand toys. But for some people the cosmetic looks of a sex toy really matter, and the Die Cast is for those people. Plus it comes with its own case, and finding a good storage/travel case for the big wands is always a problem. The case is lovely – it comes with foam padding to keep the wand in place and protected, and the zipper is good. I took out the foam so that I didn’t have to fiddle with getting the large plug situated correctly each time. I actually wouldn’t mind leaving this out for use as a body massager; it definitely looks like something you’d get at Sharper Image (whereas the Lelo SMW is more Brookstone).

Is it noisy? Well yeah, compared to other powerhouse vibes like the Rave or Prism, it is. It’s a wand. I do have the Wands in a water-displacement / noise video which I made for the Doxy Skittle review here. The Doxy Original is at 1:14, and Doxy Die Cast follows it, at 1:35.

Doxy Die Cast with Vixen Gee Whizzard attachment Doxy Die Cast Case

Overall, I’m torn. I wanted the Doxy Die Cast to be more rumbly like the Lelo Smart Wand Large is rumbly; but Doxy’s customer service and warranty is a lot better (read: reliable, friendly, it WILL get replaced) than Lelo. And I do like the Doxy Wands better than the Magic Wand (unless you reallllly want rechargeable, then you’re out of luck with Doxy) because of the vast number of intensity settings. I think most people are gonna go for the Doxy Original because $189 (soon to be $209) at SheVibe for the Die Cast is harder for most people to swallow. I can tell you that both Doxy Wands are made well, and honestly seem to be a little bit better made than the Magic Wand Original. And they’re more versatile than the MW. Both Doxy Wands will be compatible with all attachments meant for the Magic Wand. In fact, I think they are MORE compatible. Just like the Gee Whiz worked far better on the Smart Wand Large vs the Magic Wand, it works far better on the Doxy than the Magic Wand. The vibrations transmit so much better, resulting in a lot of vibration in that shaft! Bonus points: The Gee Whiz matches the blue of the Doxy Die Cast buttons.


Doxy sent me this in exchange for my fair and honest review. Thank you Doxy!

Jun 262014

There are so many “wand vibrators” on the market now. Companies saw that some people liked or needed the power that came from the plug-in electrical beasts (or as they refer to it in the UK, “mains powered”) despite the fact that they weren’t made to be used as a sex toy. When the Magic Wand formerly known as Hitachi stopped being sold in the UK, one company’s answer was the Doxy Massager Wand.  According to their site, Doxy boasts as being the “most powerful”.  This is sort of like naming a bank, in my opinion. I highly doubt that the First Bank of {insert name here} was *actually* the first bank for that town, but it sounds nice, eh?

The Doxy is the world’s most powerful mains operated wand massager. Launched in 2013, it’s attracting an increasing number of enthusiasts, keen to experiment with this heavy duty, but controllable, intimate massager. 

Wanting to offer our customers more, Doxy is the only wand massager with a controlled pulse setting. Taking the rumbly vibrations from low, to high and back again and at variable speed settings, it adds a whole new dimension to your experience.

Ok, I have to take some issue with this. I’ve looked at a few UK sex toy retailers, and see that customers can get a Bodywand or a Lelo Smart Wand. Bodywand Rechargeable does offer a pulse setting, albeit a piss poor attempt. And the Lelo Smart Wand certainly offers numerous pulse settings. As for their claim of being “the world’s most powerful mains operated wand massager”? Well, they are claiming to best anything in “the world” so I hate to break it to them, they’re wrong. I would put the Lelo Smart Wand Large above it in terms of perceived intensity, and the Magic Wand, Bodywand, Fairy Wand, and probably numerous other “very similar to the Hitachi” wands are also either the same as the Doxy or slightly more powerful. It’s a close race, to be sure. 

This isn’t to say, though, that it’s at fault for it’s power level. As I think I’ve mentioned before, the RPM’s of a motor don’t really say anything in terms of power. It’s what you DO with those RPMs. Buzzy, itchy vibrations are irritating but deep, rumbling vibrations are a godsend. I don’t know how one can truly measure a “30%” power increase but for all my testing I cannot say that yes, Doxy is more powerful than the Magic Wand which is what they directly claim on the Lovehoney site: “Bursting with 30% more power than the Hitachi wand and a selection of exciting vibration speeds”.

The Head

Doxy Wand Plush HeadDoxy says that the head is made from a medical-grade PVC material. I’m not sure what to think about this material, honestly. It arrived with an odor that I can’t place, and a week later sitting out it still had that odor. The head is more plush than most of the wands we’re used to. It also, thankfully, is smooth and lacks the annoying trio of edges that can make clean-up a real chore. The head is about the same enough size to tolerate Hitachi-compatible tops (my Vixen attachment fits just fine). Doxy does tell you to avoid using oils or oil-based lubes, as it will damage the material – understandably so since it is PVC and if PVC isn’t softened with phthalates, it’s softened with mineral oil. I’m going to assume the material is still porous to a degree, because it’s PVC (if anyone can tell me different, please educate me). Given how soft it is, I’d also wonder about the chemical stability of it, whether it will begin to deteriorate over time or even if it will stain easily in contact with other toys like my Hitachi wand’s head has.

Doxy in Use

Doxy Wand's Oversized ButtonsWhen you turn it on, an odd thing happens. It starts off at approximately 75% power. You can boost it up a bit from there, or take it down much lower. I’ve never had a vibrator that insists on starting out like this. You’d think I would love that, right? Since I’m all about the power? Except….no. The broad stimulation from the large heads of these wands, combined with the fact that Doxy isn’t nearly as rumbly as Lelo Smart Wand Large, means that I can only use it on the lower settings, otherwise it gets too itchy-feeling for me. But on the lowest settings, it’s quite nice. 

You know how some of us complain about itty bitty buttons that are hard to find during use? DOXY HAS YOU COVERED. Something about the buttons on this thing reminds me of this TV remote we got my grandmother many years, it had only channel up/down, volume up/down and power. That was it. And this, of course, reminds me of the early 90s. So Doxy = 1992?

Size and Noise

For a long time, when a company would make a special sex toy storage unit the big question would be “Does it fit the Magic Wand??”.  Doxy is a bit longer than the Magic Wand (the cord is also longer, by at least a foot). It’s hard to compare the noise levels. I think the Magic Wand is louder because its high-pitched motor whine is easier to hear but when the Doxy ramps up it sounds like an airplane flying by. At 50% and lower intensity, the Doxy Massager is actually really quiet.



I don’t normally mention this stuff, but this time I will. Don’t let the packaging alarm you – it’s fucking huge. The photo of the Doxy Massager on the packaging is larger than life size.


Should You Buy It?

I like it better than the Bodywands and Fairy Wands and the Magic Wand. I don’t like it better than the Mystic Wand, Halo Wand or Lelo Smart Wand Large. Until I know more about the head material, I have to tell you to buy a silicone cap for it, and you should be careful of how you store it, lest the material get stained. Doxy Massager is manufactured in England, of course, but is being made with a US plug and so will be available to US retailers soon. For now, you can get it from Lovehoney but please be aware that anything ordered from Lovehoney.com will arrive from the UK which means customs papers on the outside. It’s not very discreet but it’s necessary for customs. This sort of shipping can also mean that tracking is impossible or difficult.  I’m hoping that it will be available soon from Shevibe.com (nudge nudge) so that you can get it from a US shipper (and my favorite company).

The price is a big deterrent for my overall recommendation. Right now it is going for $135 at Lovehoney or you could get it for $129 at the wonderful Shevibe.I think this is too high for what it is – or rather, what it isn’t: It isn’t waterproof obviously because it’s not rechargeable, it isn’t made of silicone, it isn’t significantly more powerful than other wand vibrators and it isn’t discreet. For $35 more, you can get the Smart Wand Large which has more pleasing vibrations and is rechargeable AND is made of silicone. 

Jun 022014

Bodywand RechargeableSometimes, when you have a review to write, you just want to sum it up with “This isn’t awesome. NEXT!” But that’s not very professional, now is it? Sadly, that’s how I feel about the Bodywand Rechargeable. And, after my less-than-stellar experience with the Original Bodywand, I’m just not feelin it for this brand. They don’t offer anything special or better over other wand vibrators. They’re not super awful, though, so I can’t even put my back into writing a scathing review.

How Bodywand Rechargeable Is The Same

Remember how I said that Original Bodywand was a dead ringer for the full-size Fairy Wand? Well, Bodywand Rechargeable is a dead ringer for the Doc Johnson Mood Fantastic. So identical, in fact, that I’m giving them both the side-eye. Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? Just like the Mood Fantastic, Bodywand Rechargeable has a small push-button that activates a singular pulsating mode and a dial-control for the standard vibrations. The head is the same size as the Mystic Wand, which means it would fit the Mystic Wand attachment. If for whatever reason you own the Mystic Wand and g-spot attachment and you feel that the attachment is grand but the Mystic does not have enough zoomzoom, try out the BodyWand Rechargeable with it. If you must.

Like most wand vibrators, the power level is fairly insane. Even though the top output is probably about 20% less power than the Bodywand Original, it still delivers the same uber-powerful kinda-buzzy kinda-itchy vibrations. I liked the vibrations of the Bodywand Rechargeable at the lowest settings slightly better than the Bodywand Original but it still feels like a bull in a china shop.

How Bodywand Rechargeable Is Different

The primary control mode is the dial switch, but for those feeling a little extra frisky/masochistic you can press the auxiliary button on the side to launch it in to pulsating mode. There’s just one pulsating function, they didn’t go wild here. It’s about as basic as pulses can be, really. It’s not trying to send Morse Code, it’s just a rhythmic, steady heartbeat of a pattern.  Wooowww.

Why I Dislike It

First, it’s still  pretty noisy. Most wand vibrators are, so it’s really not coming as a surprise. But mostly, I dislike it because I’m not thrilled with the brand overall. The Original, now that I’ve turned it on more than a dozen times between writing this review and that one, emits this faint odor during use. It’s like….burning plastic or wires or something. It’s faint, but it’s there and I’ve never experienced this with any other vibrator. The Rechargeable version is now starting to smell like this. Also, the rechargeable doesn’t want to keep a charge. I’ve spent 10 times more time charging it than using it. Sure, there’s a warranty but….I just can’t be arsed to do anything about it because I don’t like these wands. Even if I end up disliking a vibrator to the point where I’ll never use it again other than to compare for future reviews, I try to take advantage of warranties and always have a working version on hand. I can’t find it in myself to give enough fucks about acquiring a non-glitchy version of the Bodywand Rechargeable.

The Specs

The head is made from their “soft touch” material that’s really not soft at all. It’s slightly porous, since it’s (I think) TPR. Overall, the wand is 8.5″ long and it’s fairly lightweight. I have it in all black, but there’s a dark purple version available as well. You can use it while it’s plugged in for charging, which is probably the only way to ensure it won’t die on you. This only works if you jerk off within 2 feet of an electrical outlet, however. Or have a really long extension cord. But by then, it’s no longer a rechargeable but just a plug-in style massager with delusions of grandeur.  As I mentioned before, the head is the same size as the Mystic Wand…which is exactly what I think you should buy, instead of this. Or just get a Hitachi if you really prefer this overkill super-buzzy vibration thing.  Bodywand Rechargeable isn’t waterproof or splashproof as far as I can tell, despite a covered charging port that would suggest differently.

Size comparison: Shibari Halo Wand, Bodywand Rechargeable, Mystic Wand Showing the covered charging port on the side The little silver-colored button to the left of the scroll wheel controls the pulsating patterns Bodywand Rechargeable is a few inches smaller than Bodywand Original

tl:dr – Buy a Mystic Wand instead for nicer vibrations, better quality or a Magic Wand for better quality and the same buzzy-powerful vibrations. Bodywand isn’t a high-quality brand, and has nothing special to offer.


Thanks to Shevibe for sending me the Bodywand Rechargeable to review!

May 052014

WandsThe Bodywand Original is the latest in a long line of high-powered “wand massager” style vibrators meant to knock your socks off and modeled to rival or beat the power of the famed and fabled Magic Wand. Every so often I get in a reviewing jag of gathering up the recent additions to the wand vibrator category to see if there are any worthy innovations–or lately, if there’s anything out there to rival the Lelo Smart Wand Large. As a result, I’ve got enough wand vibes to host a successful orgy.

There are numerous styles in the Bodywand lineup, but the Bodywand Original is the plug-in electric version. Unlike the old Magic Wand, Bodywand uses the dial to ramp up the power. A lot of other companies use this design as well. The dial aspect does get a bit confusing in use depending on how you hold it. If you’re holding it for someone else, and the head is pointing away from you, then thumbing the wheel “up” or away from you will turn the motor down in intensity whereas thumbing the wheel “down” or towards you turns it up. But if you’re using it solo and the head is facing you, then it works as you would want it to.

WandHoldingSelf WandHoldingOther Wands3

Funny thing happened: as I grabbed my other electric wand massagers to do a comparison, I noticed something very startling; the Bodywand Original is a dead ringer for the Fairy Wand Original. The ONLY differences seem to be the way the Bodywand behaves on the lowest setting, the color, and the fact that Bodywand is “designed in Japan” but made in China, while the Fairy Wand claims to be made in Japan. The plastic body design and the head is utterly identical between the two. While Bodywand boasts a vague “soft touch” material for the head, I’ve found that it’s very similar to the material of the Fairy Wand head, only ever-so-slightly less firm. It’s got a tiny bit of give at the edge, but it’s nothing you’re going to notice in use versus the Magic Wand. Bodywand also does this weird gyrating thing at the lowest level where the entire thing visibly shakes. For some reason on the lowest setting it’s susceptible to vibration dampening when pressure is applied.

Is it powerful? Yes. Do I like it?

Nope. No thanks. Take it away, please. The vibrations are that mixture of surface-buzzy and ultra-powerful that leads to a numb vulva  for  a little while after use, and an itchy vulva during use. I had the extreme desire to stop masturbating with these wands and just relieve the itching with some very monkey-like scratching. Sure I was able to orgasm but it was a painful orgasm ripped from me like birthing a small baby. I forced myself to climax as quickly as possible just so that I could remove the damn vibrator from my vulva faster. 

What I’ve really been looking for is a more reliable and affordable version of the Lelo Smart Wand Large. I still love the vibrations it puts out, more than any wand ever and more than most all internal vibrators, but after 1.5 years of not-frequent use, it started having problems. Others had problems right away. If Lelo would offer up a 2 year full warranty and lower the price, I’d still recommend the Smart Wand Large but until that happens I’ll hunt for something comparable. I really feel that the Bodywand Original’s vibrations are nearly identical to the Magic Wand. Powerful, but just not the right kind of power for everyone. Magic Wand, Bodywand and Fairy Wand all feel the same on high — they’re like a rhino on cocaine, where as the Smart Wand Large is like Barry White.  The power of the Mystic Wand can’t quite compare to these beasts, but it’s just a much more pleasant type of vibration, and so I’m able to orgasm easier with the Mystic Wands.  I can’t really compare the vibrations of the Bodywand to the Wahl 2-speed. The Wahl is just so unlike any of the wands, since the two speeds give such a different experience – one is like a hummingbird, the other like a woodpecker.

The head of the Bodywand Original is compatible with attachments meant for the (Hitachi) Magic Wand. It’s not silicone, so it’s probably somewhat porous, but thus far the material is much more resistant to discoloration and staining than my Magic Wand. However, these damn ridges in the head are super hard to clean sometimes – and at the wrong angle during use can actually sort of hurt. The company makes a g-spot and a “rabbit” attachment that will fit only this model of Bodywand; I tried the Vixen Gee Whiz on it and it works ok…not like the Smart Wand Large, but it’s ok. Although to be fair, I’ve had stand-alone insertable vibes that are more powerful.

Bodywand Original - Showing the difference in heads between Bodywand, Magic Wand and Fairy Wand. Magic Wand head is highly textured, it almost looks like a subtle brain pattern and as a result it looks very dirty compared to the others.

I’d still personally put the Smart Wand Large at the top of the list, followed by the Wahl if my clit can tolerate it, followed very closely by the Mystic Wand with a big gap on the scale before we get to the Bodywand / Magic Wand.


Thanks to Shevibe for sending me the Bodywand Original to review!

This is the first in a long line of wand massager vibe reviews coming up this month, all culminating in an epic Wand Off post. Other Wands I plan to review soon are the Bodywand Rechargeable, Doxy Massager, Shibari Halo Wand, and hopefully a PalmPower.

Apr 032014

I thought it would be fitting to photograph my old Hitachi Magic Wand against my old, retro orange countertopThe Hitachi Magic Wand was one of the first really powerful sex toys I reviewed. Except that it’s not REALLY a sex toy, it’s a back massager. That’s what Hitachi thought, until they caved and let Vibratex distribute it instead but with a rebranding of removing the “Hitachi” because they were so ashamed of its fame.  I loved the Magic Wand for awhile. It was cumbersome and clunky, but sometimes I really needed that power boost in order to orgasm.


Nearly 6 Years Later Update…

The more vibrators I try, the more I learn. I learned that although the Magic Wand is certainly powerful, it’s not the *right kind* of powerful for me. I’ve found that what I need is vibration that travels deep and vibration that is rumbly, instead of buzzy. The Magic Wand is pretty buzzy, but you don’t really notice that because of the sheer power. However when you compare it to the deep, rumbling penetrating vibrations of the Lelo Smart Wand Large (not the Medium), you’ll see what I mean. Even the attachments originally made for the Magic Wand, but various companies, perform better with the Smart Wand because the deep, rumbling vibrations travel better. I’ve also found that the head of the Magic Wand is incredibly difficult to clean, when compared to the smooth silicone of the Lelo Smart Wand or even the silicone of the Vibratex Mystic Wand – although the ridges on the side of the Mystic Wand do present a few issues now and then. Also, as much as I disliked the Fairy Wands, I found that the variable speed options on them made for a better arrangement than the Magic Wand’s two speeds.

5+ years later I find that I haven’t touched the Magic Wand in at least a few years (except to use as comparison during review research). It’s gathering dust, because better vibrators have come out – smaller, lighter, less noisy, rechargeable. I find that I actually don’t need the extreme intensity of the Magic Wand if I can instead have the right kind of vibrations. I found that right kind, and it’s perfectly at home in the diminutive We-Vibe Tango. These days I stick firmly to my little We-Vibe Tango, actually. It is used 90% of the time.  For someone who prefers the broad sensations of a “massager style” vibe, though, I’ll recommend the Mystic Wand first, and if you have the cash to plunk down, the Lelo Smart Wand Large. The Smart Wand has mixed reviews when it comes to longevity, though, so really make sure you use the hell out of it during its first year and don’t hesitate to contact Lelo if ANY hint of a problem arises.