Oct 092015
 

LamouroseDeniaThe L’amourose Rosa Rouge very quickly became a Top 5 toy for me for its rumbly goodness, intensity, and warming element that made clitoral stimulation with it awesome. The L’amourose Denia lacks the warming element but as a dual-stimulation vibe I actually still like it quite a lot – this doesn’t sound like high praise but consider the source; I rarely recommend or use dual-stimulation “rabbit” style vibrators. Would I love the Denia more if the clitoral arm had the warming element? Yep. The added warmth that Rosa Rouge brings aids in blood flow and increases my ability to orgasm. Previously the Jopen Vanity VR6 held the position as “most loved rabbit vibe” for me, even though it wasn’t perfect – the clitoral arm didn’t hit me just right, and the clitoral arm was kinda clampy. The Lelo Ina 2 was okay but again the clitoral arm just didn’t have enough oomph for me. But the L’amourose Denia has all of the rumbly intensity I need and something else I didn’t think I needed – flex.

Flex and Shift

Normally I need a solid tool for internal g-spot stimulation because I need a LOT of pressure on my g-spot. This changes when the internal vibrations are very strong and very deep/rumbling like the L’amourose Rosa Rouge or the L’amourose Denia. Intense and rumbling vibrations on the internal arm was why I had a love-hate relationship for so long with the Vanity VR6 – loved the internal arm, hated the clitoral arm. And while, in the end, half of the time with the L’amourose Denia I need to use the internal arm externally to tip me over the edge, I don’t think most people will have that “problem”. If I had more patience (which I rarely do, these days) I could actually orgasm with the Denia used properly. It’s probably the first rabbit / dual-stimulator that fits me properly because of the “Flex and Shift” action – meaning there is flex and movement at the base of both arms. Usually the clitoral arm is a branch off of the internal arm and the internal arm is rigid with no flex or movement. That’s what makes the Denia different, and able to actually fit me comfortably. I did find that the clitoral arm of the Lelo Ina 2 was also more comfortable over the original Ina and the Vanity VR6, but the Denia still wins out with even more comfort and right-spot-hitting. And while there is a lot more flex to the Denia, overall, this doesn’t mean it lacked pressure for me on the clitoral arm which I do need. It provided pressure, but not too much, with the ability to adapt to my body. The intense, rumbling vibrations inside stimulated my internal clitoral legs and g-spot more than most vibrators can.

LamouroseDeniaVR6Ina2There is a bit of an oddity that comes with the Flex and Shift technology, something that may bother some people. The ability for both of the arms to flex, combined with motors so intense, leads to some vibrator “dissonance” in some positions – I’ve never owned the Jimmyjane rabbit-eared Form (I cannot keep the damn numbers straight) so I’m not sure if it’s a similar thing or not. I don’t feel it all the time but when I do it’s kind of like using a subtle pattern. It’s not exactly bad but it can be a little distracting for me sometimes. The L’amourose Tech Department explained it thusly:

Although variables of motor rotation can be controlled with electronics, motors are still physical machines and subject to several physical consequences. A key factor in the issue you cited has to do with sympathetic resonance, or in your case, dissonance. In simple terms, this means that one motor directly affects how the other behaves. This is further complicated by variances in vibration intensity, how you are holding the product, how the product is flexed during use, etc. We maintain the highest quality in all of the components of our products and assemble each one with care, however there is no way to control something like sympathetic resonance when using motors that are as robust as ours.

Like the L’amourose Rosa, the Denia sits on a faceted gem-like base to charge magnetically. Not so good if you have an asshole cat who likes to bat things and knock them over, but otherwise it’s fine and I don’t mind it. When it sits on a base, versus having a fob that must dangle and be subjected to gravity, it won’t disconnect and stop charging. The battery on the Denia also holds a charge for a really long time; longer than Lelo does for me. I hadn’t used the Denia since probably February and I pulled it out in June to start writing this review1 and it still worked like a champ.

Some people dislike the fat base/handle on the Rosa and Denia; for me it’s a godsend because instead of having a longer handle that sticks out from my vagina and away from my arms, this base means I can easily reach and manipulate the vibrator. For my arthritic hands a fat base is also easier to hold. A lot of people dislike the buttons on the L’amourose stuff – they’re part of the silicone skin and you only have slightly raised markings. There are no discernible buttons, and they’re on one side of the base. For me this makes it a bit easier to avoid accidentally turning it off during use but it can be a bit of a pain to find and reach the buttons during use.  I personally allow such imperfections when the overall result is body-shaking orgasm – I don’t make that statement lightly, but the L’amourose motors just do it for me.  The design of the L’amourose Denia, and Rosa/Rosa Rouge, is a part of why I love it so and why it’s so comfortable for me to use. It simply works better for my body size and my limitations. You may not find this to be true.

But Oh My God The Price

Updated July 2016: L’amourose dropped the price, and it’s not $169 at SheVibe, whereas Lelo has raised prices and the Ina 2 is now $189 at Shevibe.

Once again with L’amourose, I have to talk about the price and if it’s worth the price. At Shevibe, who has a better price than Lovehoney, it’s $199. This is a significant chunk of moolah. Only a few Jopen Vanity models are more expensive than the Denia. It’s $10 more than the horrific Lelo Ida; $10 more than the disappointing, mild Lelo Ina Wave; and $50 more than the regular Lelo Ina 2. Even the now-dethroned Vanity VR6 is significantly less at $129. The vibrations overall are barely stronger than the Lelo Ina 2, but the vibrations are more rumbly and the clitoral arm has just that extra edge of intensity and rumble that I need (plus added comfort). The warranty on L’amourose is a little longer than Jopen and Lelo, it’s 18 months whereas the former two are 1 year. From what I’ve found so far it seems that the build quality of L’amourose is superior to Jopen and Lelo. I’ve also had readers write to me complaining about customer service in regards Lelo’s warranty department, and Jopen will always require you to mail them the failing vibrator for them “to check”, on your dime, and it they may not even decide it’s broken. All in all I’ve probably tried just under a dozen dual stimulation vibrators; I try to avoid them because most will not work for me. But the L’amourose Denia blows everything else out of the water. It’s just that much better, for me, than everything else I’ve tried.

L’amourose Denia vs Lelo Ina 2

It’s funny, reading over my review for the Ina 2 I wonder “why don’t I use this more?” and then I go to turn it on after a few months and find it dead. Oh, that’s why. The Denia sat dormant for 4+ months and still kicked to life, full throttle. I said that “the clitoral arm on the Ina 2 provides the proper amount of pressure for me and hits me in the right spot.” in regards to the Lelo Ina 2 and it does have a lot of flex at the base of the clitoral arm. But the Denia has flex on both arms and this, for me, gives it a bit of an edge. Is this bit of an edge worth the vast difference in price? I think that if you prefer the traditional style of rabbit vibe where the handle sticks straight out from your vulva; if you need obvious buttons; and if you really really need to cut down on cost, get the Lelo Ina 2. If you need a little more power, a little more rumble, a bit more comfort? Go for the L’amourose Denia

L’amourose Denia is Great For:

  • Those who hate finicky charging cables
  • Those who need a lot of power and deep, rumbling vibrations
  • Those who hate clampy clitoral arms that don’t offer enough flex to fit you
  • Those who don’t require intense pressure on the g-spot
  • Those who sometimes want to turn off either the internal or external arm – Denia allows you to have only one running at a time
  • Those who like their vibrators to be waterproof

 

L’amourose provided me with the Denia long ago to review, but I was so blown away by the Rosa Rouge that I almost forgot about the Denia! Then life hit, and all reviews took a backseat. I can’t recommend the brand more, as brands go. Get your L’amourose from Shevibe, they carry just about the whole line. 

  1. yes, yes, I’m slooowww lately

OVO K2 Rabbit Vibrator

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Sep 022014
 

OVO K2 Rabbit VibratorI’ve been eyeing up the OVO brand for a little while now. Silicone sex toys for less? Could it be true? Could they actually be decent? So far, the only reviews I have seen were for their cock rings which were panned pretty hard. But I didn’t worry, cock rings are usually never the highlight of most manufacturer’s product lines. So my first subject is the OVO K2 Rabbit Vibrator. It’s priced UNDER $50 at SheVibe, which is super good for a rabbit. OVO K2 would have blown the competition away if included in my previous round-up of under-$50 rabbits a few months back.

What I dislike: The weird joint where the insertable arm joins the rest of the body, right above the clitoral arm. It makes cleaning a tad bit more irksome than I’d like but it’s a minor seam when compared to the Lelo Insignia line or really, any Lelo. And the clitoral arm could use a tiny bit more power. If you are concerned about this then I suggest the Picobong Kaya. The OVO K2’s power balance has the internal arm a bit stronger than the clitoral arm and the Kaya is reversed. That said, the clitoral arm does have more oomph than say the Fun Factory Amorino or any of those crappy CalExotics cheap rabbits.

What I like: It has a substantial handle to it, and good button placement. There are patterns, but they don’t go crazy with them. The silicone of the usable portion is LIM type, matte-finish and mostly repels dust and fur. It’s similar to the silicone from Picobong and Je Joue. The handle and even battery cap are also covered in silicone, instead of the hard plastic that Picobong and Lelo favor.  It’s even “showerproof” – so take it in the shower, just don’t try to submerge it in bathwater.  Was the vibration level enough for me? No. I require a lot more than this on my clitoris. But unlike other vibes, I feel okay recommending this to people who need less than I do. It’s definitely not surface-buzzy; the clitoral arm is just on the precipice of truly rumbly – it needs just a touch more power. It’s still better than many, though. This is one of those times where I know that just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it’s a bad toy. I actually like it well enough that I look forward to reviewing more things from OVO.

The OVO K2 is a bit on the short side for the insertable portion, and definitely not girthy. 1.2″ at the widest is the best my aging eyes can discern. There’s just barely 4 inches from the shaft’s tip to the clitoral arm joint, but the clitoral arm extends a whopping 2.75″. The shaft doesn’t have too much of a curve for the g-spot, but the shorter length should help for g-spot placement for many people with a shallow g-spot, located up in the front of the vagina. The clitoral arm is super flexible. It’s about the most flexible one I’ve come across, I think. The Lelo Ina 2 and Jopen Vanity VR6 are definitely kind of “clampy” and can press down hard on the clitoris. If you need “less”, then this is for you.

Top to bottom: Jopen Vanity VR6, Picobong Kaya, OVO K2, Lelo Ina 2  - shown for size and shape comparison. Ina 2 has a more girthy internal arm with a more drastic curve, same as the VR6. Kaya is longer than them all. OVO is clearly the thinnest.

Basically, this is a very decent dual-stimulation vibrator with a really great price tag. Currently it’s $43 at SheVibe. Picobong needs to take note because OVO’s pricing is way more on the mark. There is a shocking 15-year warranty, but you may have to send it to Germany for warranty replacement – I’m waiting to hear back from OVO for confirmation on this, and how it would work. The vibrations are moderate, and won’t work for someone who needs more help than average at reaching orgasm. If you really feel that you definitely don’t need strong vibrations and don’t want a thick shaft, the OVO K2 could work out great for you.  If you think you need a bit more contact on the g-spot and clitoris, the OVO K1 might be the better choice. From what I can tell, it’s still the same smaller width and shorter insertable portion, but there is a different design that is shaped more like the Ina 2 or Vanity VR6. I think I’d end up liking the shape of the K1 just a bit more; hopefully I’ll report back on that one!

 

Thanks to SheVibe for sending me the OVO K2 in exchange for my honest review! SheVibe is my favorite retailer, and an awesome company.

May 222014
 

RabbitVibratorsBurlesque Toy Shop asked me to give a few $50 and under “affordable rabbit vibrators” a run-through to see if they stand up in material quality, build quality and so on.  Ever since that Sex and the City episode, the Rabbit Vibrator is hailed as the holy grail. Yet it’s probably the most finicky sex toy on the market. I could buy 10 different rabbit vibrators and probably only have 1 fit my anatomy properly.

Burlesque Toy Shop and I looked through the options and chose what we thought might be contenders. The catch? Nothing short of true silicone would do. They sent me the Blush Novelties Ohm Lotus Flutter, the CalExotics Posh Double Dancer and the CalExotics Entice Belle to put through their paces (Picobong Kaya and Toxic Piece of Crap shown for reference, provided by me). All three seem to have passed the flame test; all three run on batteries and all three are admittedly a LOT smaller in size than I expected. After all, the average “bells and whistles” toxic/porous rabbit vibe is twice the size!

CalExotics Posh Double Dancer

Let’s get this one out of the way first. It’s awful. It’s so, so awful. There’s this weird plastic base that extends past the battery cap, and on mine the material is all chewed up and rough. Granted, that isn’t the part that will be inside you, but it makes getting this thing clean and sanitary an impossibility. The weirdness on the silicone next to the seams is also concerning to me. You see how it’s just….well, different? It’s like they glued the halves together, put tape over the seam line while the glue was trying, and the tape left something behind. It doesn’t feel different but I’m still slightly concerned.

PoshDoubleDancer PoshDoubleDancer2 PoshDoubleDancer3

 It runs on only 1 AA battery, but I’ve seen vibrators running on the same pack a much better punch. The Posh Double Dancer might just win the award for the most wimpy vibrator I’ve ever tried. The motor is in the middle of the shaft, so your g-spot and clitoris receive the least amount of vibrations possible. There’s no motor for the clitoral attachment, and it’s essentially two wibbly antennae. You will get zero pressure, and pretty much feel nothing externally. It has one simple button that has a very loud audible click, and 3 paltry settings. I cut open the vibe once I was done testing it, to see what was what. The little plastic-housed bullet in there actually does have decently powerful (albeit buzzy) vibrations; I’ve certainly had other plastic vibes that weren’t as powerful. But combine the thick silicone skin, the ill-placed single motor, the empty space in the tip….and there’s no way the vibrations are going to amount to much in use. It’s a dumb design.

CalExotics Entice Belle

EnticeBellaThis one is the tiniest of the three.  Possibly good for those with a shallow g-spot who don’t like girth and don’t need a lot of internal vibration.  The Entice Belle runs on 2 AAA and also has one single button for use, and of course the “bunny” attachment. There actually is a decent amount of surface-buzzy vibrations coming from the bunny ears but they feel entirely too pinpoint for my tastes. The shaft is …. well, it’s boring. It’s really boring. The Entice Belle is priced a little higher than the Posh Double Dancer; what you get for that extra boost is construction that doesn’t look like a drunk poodle assembled it, and an extra motor with more power. In the end, it doesn’t really matter to me because the vibrations are incredibly surface-buzzy. You would be able to apply pressure to the clitoris with this one, unlike the Posh Double Dancer, but the rapidly vibrating little ears could still be annoying. The single button on the end will cycle through 3 power levels and 4 pulsating settings, and won’t turn off until you press and hold the button for 3 seconds. The noise level is quite tolerable for such a cheap vibrator.

Blush Novelties Ohm Lotus Flutter

BlushOhmLotusI realize the “flutter” bit is supposed to resemble a butterfly but at first glance I can’t help from humming “Oh Canada!”. Even my husband said “Why is there a maple leaf on that vibrator?”. For as pinpoint as the Entice Belle bunny ears are, the clitoral stimulation from the Ohm Lotus Flutter is broad. And weak. Ohm Lotus Flutter is nearly as weak as the Posh Double Dancer. I can’t even figure out where the motor is, or if there’s more than one. At certain random ways of holding the vibrator the motor gets “off kilter” and rattles horribly loud. It’s a shame, because the g-spot stimulation from the shape and size is the best on this one out of the three. The packaging of the Ohm Lotus Flutter is also the best of the three and it even comes with a decent storage bag. But none of this matters when the vibrations are so damn weak. The copy from the box reads: “The soft fluttering stimulator goes from gentle to intense with the touch of a button”. Blush Novelties, I don’t think you know what that word means. Then again, you should never trust any sex toy manufacturer when they use the word “intense”.

Do We Have a Winner?

Burlesque Toys wanted me to see if any of these should be stocked by them, which is why I am not linking to the toys on their site – they’re not there yet. I’m honestly tempted to say that none of these should be considered, but at least the Entice Belle had discernible vibrations — The other two were barely a gentle breeze. I personally dislike the thin shaft and the pointy bunny ears on the Entice Belle, but I know some people love to have those bunny ears split and surround their clitoris. If the motors are the same on the entire CalExotics Entice line, I’d consider recommending the Marilyn or Viviene but without personally handling them I really can’t take a guess.  Even though the Picobong Kaya doesn’t fit the “under $50” budget and feels overpriced for what it is, the vibrations are at least fairly decent.

A line of vibrators that we didn’t look into is OVO. They appear to retail for under $50 and I heard from one person that the vibrations were decent. I might end up investigating this line, despite hearing lackluster reviews about the cock rings. Regardless, from what I’ve seen there are affordable rabbit vibrators, but they are terribly simplistic – if you expect rotating shafts and swirling rows of pearls with dual motors and dual motor control? You’re out of luck. Then again, nearly all of those types of rabbit vibes are porous or toxic.

What do you think? Have you ever had an affordable, safe, rabbit-style vibrator?

 

Burlesque Toy Shop provided me with the CalExotics Posh Double Dancer, the CalExotics Entice Belle and the Blush Novelties Ohm Lotus Flutter in exchange for my honest review.

Lelo Ina 2 Review

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Mar 252013
 

Lelo Ina 2

Not usually like me, I’m pretty behind the times on reviewing the Round 2 versions of many revamped Lelo products. Honestly I wanted to review the Ina 2 partially out of sex toy reviewer obligation, partially out of a pipedream that Lelo could produce something to rival my only dual-stim love, the Jopen Vanity VR6 (which was never perfect). So what I’m aiming here with this review is to answer two questions: if you owned and weren’t impressed with the original Ina, should you give the Ina 2 another shot? And, if you’ve not tried Ina at all, is it worth the money and will it have a limited or broad scope of appeal?

While I find that the Ina 2 is most definitely more powerful than the original Ina, it still retains a commonality with the VR6 that I don’t quite understand: on its own, the clitoral arm is pretty unimpressive vibration-wise. However, the internal portion is packed with a nice amount of rumbly power so if the clitoral arm were say, equivalent to the We-Vibe Tango? I might be coming in a minute flat. A quick orgasm is really nice sometimes, and there’s always the ability to turn down the power, right? Well, sort of.  For some reason, there is a great divide in the world of Rabbit Vibes. If you insist on silicone, then you will have fewer bells and whistles. If you want all of the bells and whistles, then you’re stuck with a vibrator made of TPR or Jelly, which may or may not contain phthalates and VOCs but it’ll rotate in 2 directions, have a shaft of pearls under the TPR skin, and allow you to have complete control over the external and internal arm independently; one on, one off, one on and at high power while the other is on at low power, etc. With the silicone rabbits, you’ll be lucky if you can find one that rotates (and is actually 100% pure true silicone). You won’t always be able to have either/or running on the external internal portions, and if you can then it is only going to be one arm is off while the other is on. You can control the vibration settings, but the power levels will affect both the internal and external simultaneously if they’re both on.

As is standard these days in Lelo toys, the Lelo Ina 2 is waterproof and rechargeable. The control pad locks for travel, and the standard accoutrements are included: satin bag, sachet of lube, manual, 1 year warranty, charger.

Ina 1 versus Ina 2

Lelo Ina vs Ina 2 - top view Lelo Ina vs Ina 2 - back side Lelo Ina vs Ina 2 - sideview

So the Ina 2 will let you have either the internal OR the external arm running and change the power settings / patterns, or have both arms running at the same speed and same pattern. The Ina 2 is a claw-shaped rabbit vibrator, meaning it will apply pressure to your clitoris (many rabbits have a more V shape to the design, the clitoral arm extends straight out at an angle from the body, whereas claw shaped curves in). The original Ina applied too much pressure, and that is one of the major changes in the Ina 2.  In fact, a lot of things in general were changed. Let’s review:

  • The clitoral arm is positioned farther away from the g-spot tip on the shaft
  • This allows for more insertion length of the internal shaft – original Ina had about 3.5″ insertable, Ina 2 is closer to 4.5″
  • The clitoral arm is angled slightly more away from the internal shaft, giving a less “clampy” tight feel, less pressure applied to the clitoris
  • The seam between the while plastic handle and the silicone skin seems to be more snug, allowing for less dirt and fluid build-up to stick around after a quick wash
  • The vibration intensity of the internal shaft has been doubled (however, the vibration intensity of the clitoral arm remains the same)
  • The clitoral arm flexes away from the internal shaft more easily, while still applying pressure to the clitoris

One clarification that I want to reiterate, one that I wish I’d known before getting this, is that the vibration intensity is labeled as “100% more power than the original”, yet they fail to differentiate that this only applies to the internal shaft. The clitoral arm’s vibration strength and style is exactly the same. Since I prefer my vibrations to be primarily on the clitoris, I’m disappointed that they did this. However. I will say that the increase in strength in the internal shaft did make a big difference. I wasn’t able to orgasm most times with the original Ina, but I can with Ina 2. The increased vibrations on the internal shaft do a good enough job of stimulating the internal clitoris that I almost don’t mind that they didn’t increase the power overall. Almost.

Another oddity that seems to be more noticeable in Ina 2 is that the two motors can become imbalanced fairly easily. In the position I tend to use it in, there is nearly always this slight ~~~~~~~~ going on. I can’t really describe it in words. The vibration strength doesn’t waiver, just the motors themselves. And if I’m honest, I can’t say I complain about this. It allowed me to just position the Ina 2 into place, keep it in place with my thighs (since the handle is so short, my arms are short and yadda yadda) and get this nice added slight sensation with the vibrations.

Lelo Ina 2 versus Jopen Vanity VR6

Lelo Ina 2 vs Vanity VR6

 How does the Ina 2 compare to my much-loved Vanity VR6? It definitely is not as powerful on the internal arm, however the clitoral arm on the Ina 2 provides the proper amount of pressure for me and hits me in the right spot. The VR6 doesn’t quite, which is odd because when you look at them, visually they are very similar. I think it is because the arm on the Ina 2 is more flexible, allowing it to “open up” more and sit where it should. The VR6 has no patterns; the two buttons control the internal and external portions separately, which the Ina 2 does not do. You can lower the intensity of the internal arm on the VR6 whilst keeping the external arm at high, or whatever you want. On the Ina 2, as mentioned, it’s either both motors are on, or just one is on. The clitoral arm on both Ina 2 and VR6 feel powerful when you hold the vibrator in your hand and lightly touch the clitoral arm; but when pressure is applied, the vibrations dampen drastically on the VR6 and significantly on the Ina 2. Yet the internal arm doesn’t suffer this same fate.  The Ina 2 is less girthy compared to the VR6, in all facets. I appreciate the internal girth of the VR6 over the Ina 2, but like the Ina 2 clitoral arm better than the VR6.

I still prefer the vibrations of the VR6, but the fact that the Ina 2 fits me a bit better means that I’m not working as hard for the orgasm. And while the Ina 2 still isn’t built right for my round body and short arms, the VR6 is even worse with a smaller handle length. Both of these, though, provide definitive pressure on the clitoris. If you do not like that, then you will not like this style of rabbit. Many Lelo users have stated that the design of the clitoral arm and flexibilty is the reason behind them choosing the Soraya over the Ina 2, however the Soraya is much higher priced ($195 vs $144 Ina 2) with serious cosmetic flaws that will occur for most users.  You could consider trying the Picobong Kaya, but the g-spot curve is not as pronounced. The clitoral arm appears to be a little more flexible perhaps than Ina 2, but not by much. The Kaya also seems to have a much longer shaft so if your g-spot is shallow then you’d do better with the Ina 2. Most who have reviewed Kaya vs Ina did so with the original Ina. I would hazard an educated guess that the Ina 2 would be a little more powerful than the Kaya, if the vibrations of the Kaya are similar to the Moka. The Kaya is a lot less expensive ($90), but it is battery powered, not rechargeable like the Ina 2 and Soraya.  Of course, with any rabbit-style vibrator, these are far from one-size-fits-most.

Nov 102011
 

rabbit vibrator The Rabbit Vibrator. Were it not for Sex and The City1, would this type of sex toy ever have gained the popularity that it has? Probably. Why? Because we are lured into the promised land of one toy (and therefore one hand) doing the job of two or even three toys, stimulating many spots at once like a talented lover or two in bed with you. My opinion? Rabbit vibrators are perhaps the biggest gimmick in the sex toy industry. Why “Rabbit”? While I don’t know the detailed historical timeline of these toys, the infamous Rabbit Vibrator2 used in Sex and the City is made by Vibratex, a Japanese company, and we know how they like to use animals in their vibrators. The clitoral stimulator is a cute wittle bunny wabbit head and ears…ahem. sorry. Theory is that the long jelly/TPR ears will flutter and stimulate your clitoris. Great for women who don’t want direct vibration on their clits – terrible for women whose anatomy doesn’t fit the exact length of the toy or who want more vibrations on their clit. Companies that stick with the animal theme have gone with dolphins (they have a snout) and beavers (for the cliche?) and other choices. Some of the clitoral stimulators rely on the fluttering of the extended material while some models have the vibrating portion directly on your clit.

Many Rabbit style vibrators (for this term is now used synonymously with “dual action” vibrators, even if the blessed thing thankfully doesn’t resemble any animal of any kind such as the Jopen Vanity line or Lelo or FunFactory or many others) are praised and put on pedestals, recommended to beginners and frustrated collectors alike. My question is…..WHY? Just like I don’t understand the hype and prevalence of vibrating cock rings, I don’t understand why a sex toy expert or enthusiast would recommend a dual-stim / dual-action / rabbit vibrator as a great toy for the masses but especially confused on why it would be recommended for a beginner. 

Three things you need to know to buy a Rabbit Vibrator that will work for you:
  1. The exact layout of your vulva including how far in your g-spot is, how far up your clitoris is from the opening of the vaginal canal, and also how long your arm is or how flexible you are
  2. Does the vibrator in question have the type and intensity of vibrations you like and has it stood the test of time with other users
  3. The exact specifications and dimensions of the vibrator, not just length of the insertable portion or the clitoral arm but the angle and etc

I’m betting most buyers don’t know that stuff. I once bought a Rabbit style vibrator long ago and far away. A Doc Johnson one. I’m not sure if it was jelly or pvc but the material was sub-par but that was common back then. Did I like it? Hell yes! I loved it the first few times, but loved it more when my partner used it on me because he could get a more appropriate angle on it than I could solo. It also didn’t last very many uses and it certainly didn’t live up to its price which was over $75 at the time. There are certainly even more expensive dual-stimulator vibrators on the market (Hello, Lelo and Jopen Vanity). I still ask for them to review sometimes….it’s like the hope for winning the lottery. It lingers despite your logical brain knowing the odds. On Shevibe.com there are 170 sex toys in the “Dual Stimulation” category. That isn’t even every single one available on the market, I’m sure.

A rabbit vibrator or dual-stimulation vibrator is usually going to be expensive – if it is not, it is made from jelly/rubber and you all know how bad that is, right? And, sadly, price (as we all know from my reviews) doesn’t line up with quality or longevity or compatibility with your body. I have reviewed or purchased I think 5 of these rabbit / dual-stimulation vibrators and ALL were over $100. Only one of those, the Vanity VR6, comes close to pleasing me but even that one is not perfect for my anatomy and certainly won’t be for even half of you. The Lelo Ina 2 is similar to the Vanity VR6 in design, but the clitoral arm is less clampy and the internal portion is less intense. It is still pretty decent though, and I’ve been able to orgasm from it. I recommend it but with cautions and caveats. The other downfall of the typical rabbit/dual-stim vibrator is that it is straight – even if the shaft is not straight (which, most of them are except the newest ones) the handle is straight and this is just not ergonomically proper. Unless you are in good shape, slender and are not cursed with shorter-than-average arms you will have a bit of trouble using the vibrator at the angle it is supposed to be used at. If you pull the handle/base of any vibrator or dildo upwards towards your body it of course angles the toy the other way – towards your ass and away from your g-spot. I’m not invalidating all the reviewers or other women who own a rabbit style vibrator and genuinely love it. All I’m saying is that they are expensive and can be very frustrating. I would much rather have to use both hands and two toys to achieve the type of penetration and clitoral stimulation that I enjoy, all at once, than choose a singular toy that does both things half-assed.

 

In the midst of writing this I just had to go download and watch the episode of Sex and the City, since it’s been a very long time that I’ve seen the first season. I put together the clips from that episode that focus on the toy. And now that I watch it I see it all with a very different point of view – I saw something…somewhere…like the greatest moments in tv for sex or something…I can’t remember. Anyways the Rabbit moment was discussed. It was put in a positive light, like talking about vibrators on the show opened things up for women everywhere. Maybe it did. But the way Charlotte, Miranda and even Carrie talk about the vibrator is pretty sex-negative. They’re comparing the vibrator to men, and of course men don’t stack up to it. In the show they’re pretty much choosing it over men. Is it any wonder why we have to deal with men who are insecure about their partners wanting a vibrator? Can a vibrator give me orgasms that a person can’t: Yes. For me personally. But that doesn’t mean I would choose a solo session with my vibe over a sexy hour with a partner! Sex and orgasms are about so much more than the final moment. But that’s a topic for another post…..anyways here’s the video clip I made up.

  1. Season 1, Episode 8 title “The Turtle and the Hare” which aired in 1998!!! So yeah I had to go download and watch it before finishing this
  2. But the box actually says “Rabbit Pearl” which uses the remote shown in the episode and this one is elastomer, not jelly
Mar 052011
 

The blandly named Vanity VR6 by Jopen has shattered two really big “never” statements for me:

  • 1. I don’t like “rabbit”/dual stimulator vibrators
  • 2. Internal vibrations never do a damn thing for me

The second statement is actually the biggest ear-turner for me because it’s far and away the part of this sex toy that I love the most. Something about the internal portion’s motor on this toy acts kinda like the Pure Wand – as a direct link to my clit from the inside. It makes my clit more sensitive, it makes orgasm easier and the vibrations make my g-spot so very, very fuckin happy. And I know that it’s the motor to credit here because if I insert the toy with only the clitoral stimulator’s motor running, it’s very “meh”.

The internal portion has a very nice girth and curve, quite similar to the Lelo Mona – except that because of the clitoral arm, I can’t utilize just the shape and size of the VR6 to stimulate my g-spot. The vibrations are quite necessary. They’re strong and holyshitRUMBLY. I’m serious it’s like it vibrates my clit from the inside out, really and truly that’s what it feels like for me. Like its going beyond just g-spot stimulation and hitting the long internal portions of the clitoris.

But being a dual-stimulator means that it’s not a Holy Grail item because it’s not going to fit every woman’s anatomy, or even most women. At first glance when looking at the Vanity line , I was impressed by the range of similar yet different dual stimulators. It’s like they finally listened and took the same basic toy but just changed lengths/widths/arms/etc. The reason why I say that it’s not going to be universally liked is because of that clit stimulator arm. Even I’m not 100% sold on it but it does get me off wonderfully overall. The arm is a bit….clampy if it doesn’t hit you in the exact right spot without the toy being inserted to the hilt. That’s the best way I can describe it. I needed the toy to go inside of me just a little bit further than it seemed the arm naturally wanted to go, so I had to lift up the arm manually and press the toy in to just the right spot for both inside and out. And that is when the arm got “clampy”. If you need to do this to the toy to make the clit arm reach your clit in the spot you like, then to like this toy you have to enjoy pressure on your clit. And I do. I really do. The arm IS flexible (at the joint) but not floppy. In the photos below you can see how far I can lift up the clit arm, but I’ll be honest it requires some hand strength (says the girl with a weak grip and carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome) to keep the arm from clamping your clit. Perhaps for a woman with a less “fleshy” mound/outer labia it won’t be quite as clampy as it was for me when the toy was fully inserted. Again, let me say this again: Unless you need the toy to be inserted as far as it will go, it’s not clampy and that arm does not put on a lot of pressure but there is some. If you have preferred the fluttery whispers in the past of rabbit ears or butterfly antenna then this style isn’t for you.

Sadly the clit stimulator’s motor is not the same delicious, strong rumbly pitch of the internal portion – it’s not exactly buzzy, but it’s not my perfect pitch, either. It’s not weak, but it’s not wow-strong. For me though it doesn’t exactly need to be because of how strong the internal portion is and what it does for me overall. As I said before, if I turn off the internal portion the whole thing is very meh and wouldn’t be able to get me off. Occasionally when I’m having trouble crashing over the edge of orgasm I end up pulling the clit arm to the side and applying a different vibrator that has the correct pitch and intensity to please my clit completely. This makes things a bit awkward and can make it difficult to keep the internal portion in the right spot.

Since all of the VR line is “Powered by Powerbullet”, you’d think that all of the VR line would be as powerful as the VR6 – naynay, I say. At one point, even Powerbullet admitted that the VR6 was THE most powerful, above and beyond the others in the line. The exact page where it’s talked about has been updated and it is no longer stated as such, but you can see on the Wayback Machine that it was once the claim.

One method I like with this is to get it all in the right spot and clamp my thighs together. A slight rocking of my pelvis is enough to massage both my g-spot and my clit and get everybody happy or at least at a high enough level of endorphin-producing happiness just before orgasm that even if a pinch-hitter is required for my clit, it’s still all good.

The buttons on this thing are a little weird. To increase the intensity you don’t click-click-click, you just click and hold. While it’s on, a single click to the button will turn off that motor instantly. It’s a little weird to get used to at first, but for someone like me who just goes straight to the top level of power it’s fine. There’s one button for the clit portion and one button for the internal portion.

For being a slightly-veiled line of CalExotics (which surprised me at first), it’s a little bit pricier than I think it should be. Sure, it’s rechargeable and all rechargeable vibes get a big price bump. But unlike other luxury brands, the packaging is average and it’s not “perfect”. No dual-stimulator is, nor is any vibrator perfect for every woman but I’d feel better if the Vanity line were closer to $100 or a little less. Yep it’s silicone, and a nice velvet-y silicone at that (meaning, if you’re not soaking wet, use a little lube as this type tends to create friction) and it’s classy-looking because of the simplicity in design but it still might not quite be worth the price tag. It’s waterproof despite having no cover on the charging port (but it looks to be the type that has only a tiny slit that kind of “seals” back up) and the buttons can be locked for travel. The bag is average but at least it’s huge; way bigger than necessary for the VR6 but I presume it’s because they made only one size and it will fit even the larger VR11 types.

Of course, to feel that kind of vibration on my g-spot, I disagree on it being over-priced (somewhat). But then I waffle because it’s almost-but-not-quite-perfect for me. That clit arm can give me trouble and sometimes I wish I could just remove it and use my own bullet vibe. And then I waffle back to the giddiness I get when I feel that vibration on my g-spot; it’s like nothing I’ve ever felt. I’d be much more inclined to recommend this over the Zini Roae or the Je Joue G-Ki if power is something you like, if you prefer rumbly vibrations to buzzy. I also think that the internal portion on this is more g-spot worthy than the Roae or G-Ki, as well. I’d be tempted to recommend the VR9 but I have no idea if the motor on that is identical to the internal portion’s motor on the VR6. Also for some reason I had a really hard time getting an accurate photo representation of the purple of the toy. It’s not Royal Purple like the photos on the site, it’s more of a reddish-purple. Not quite magenta, more of a Barney Purple.

 Update: After recently owning the Lelo Ina and Ina 2, the design on those is similar to the VR6 but less intense  – both on vibrations and the “clampy” factor of that clitoral arm. The Ina 2 has enough power to satisfy nearly most users (I was able to orgasm, eventually, so that says something decent), and the clitoral arm is less clampy and more moveable than the VR6.