Apr 302017
 

Sensevibe Warm with charging caseThe SenseVibe Warm had a strange advantage right out of the gate: You all know how picky I am, but did you know that there’s one thing that can pique my interest despite all jaded misgivings? 

Cool storage.

Yeah, I know, I know. But I like cases, pouches, bags and totes. I’ve been suckered into buying makeup I don’t need because it’s a kit and comes with cool storage. I’ve fallen for this marketing trick in the past with sex toys; I’d gleefully gone after the long-deceased Topco Vida line because it came with a pocketed pouch AND a mini zippered train-case-style bag only to be massively disappointed in the quality of, well, everything about the set. I even felt swayed a little by the Barbie pink Womanizer case because it was handy and functional and had pockets. Pockets make everything better, yes?? YES.

Casing the Joint

The SenseMax SenseVibe charges through a closed case for discretion – plug the case in (thankfully using standard micro-USB) and then lay the vibe inside the case and shut the lid. If I had to find a complaint about the case it would be that the magnets holding the lid shut aren’t strong enough to use this as a travel carrying case. If it gets turned upside down or jostled in your bag the vibrator will just fall out. For stationary purposes, though, it’s a good case. The vibe nestles in there perfectly, yet is easy to pluck out.

The SenseVibe Warm and open charging case

Since you’re buying a vibrator, though, and not a storage case, I hate to tell you this (spoiler alert): the case is the best attribute of the SenseVibe for me. I wanted to like this vibrator; even though I was pretty certain it wouldn’t fit my anatomy, I still could have loved it for people who aren’t me. Alas.

Shopping in the Petite Department

The SenseVibe is designed and marketed as a dual-stimulation G-spot & clitoral vibrator. Since vulvas come in various configurations there are definitely some folks out there whose clitoris is close enough to their vaginal opening for this design to possibly work. You have to know this about yourself to know if this is gonna work for you, and the Sensevibe’s clitoral nub is definitely way too short for me. Combine the shortness with a lack of flex in any way in the clitoral nub AND the fact that the nub aims away from the clitoris and it feels like it’s going to work only for a specific portion of the population – those with a clitoris close to the vaginal opening who also don’t need super-rumbly powerful vibrations externally. I was able to angle the vibe to get close-ish to my clitoris and provide the pressure I need but then the internal arm was pressing against the rear vaginal wall and away from my g-spot. Not good.

Comparing the SenseVibe to the L'amourose Denia

If you like the idea of a base that doesn’t put the buttons 2 inches away from your body but feel that the base of the L’amourose Rosa/Denia may be too chunky and cumbersome, then the design of the SenseVibe would be right up your alley if everything else lines up. There’s not much to hold on to with the Sensevibe, but it’s within easier reach. If I angled the Sensevibe so that it makes contact with my g-spot, making the clitoral nub far enough away from my body to allow for a smaller clitoral vibe to also be used, I could use this as a g-spot vibrator. I’m all for using sex toys outside of the prescribed use but only if it does the job as well as or better than other things that are otherwise designed for the job. I feel like there are better g-spot-specific vibrators on the market that won’t get in the way of whatever clitoral vibe you want to use.

Sizewise the shaft is a bit petite – larger than the Prism V, smaller than Rosa or Denia yet it lacks that obscene curve or pronounced head that my g-spot likes best. For me, it’s the very definition of “meh”. Tepid. Neither offensive or awesome.

Captain Crunch

There’s a good amount of flex at the base of the internal shaft, much like the L’amourose Rosa or Denia. It can flex in any direction. Even though I really like rigid things up against my g-spot (which makes me prefer the L’amorouse Prism V over my first love, the Rosa Rouge, for g-spot stimulation), I really like flex action for dual-stimulation vibrators to ensure a wider range of fit. However…there’s a disconcerting crinkle-y crunch-y sound when I flex the SenseVibe – and I’m certain I’m not purposely over-flexing it. It concerns me for longevity reasons, primarily. I’m worried about what exactly is causing this sound and will repeated flexings cause a wire to dislodge or break or something? I don’t know. It does have a one-year warranty, though this is a seemingly new company.

You Push the Button, We do the Rest1

The travel lock on the buttons is nice, and a feature that is shared by L’amourose; there are no seams and it is 100% silicone on the exterior, so it is waterproof.

The center button only changes modes2 but there is no “rapid off” feature – you just press the minus button until the vibrations work their way down the scale to nothing. Note: According to the minimalist user manual that is literally part of the box, you should be able to press and hold either the minus or center button to get it to turn off, but this has yet to work out for me. Similar to the L’amourose Rosa Rouge, though, you CAN press and hold the center button to allow the internal shaft to warm up before you start using it.

Speaking of buttons; since they control the motor I’m gonna say that this is the best section to briefly compare and contrast the vibrations. The internal shaft is damn near as rumbly as the L’amourose Denia or Rouge motor – a hair less intense overall (but still quite powerful). It feels more rumbly than That Brand I Won’t Recommend. Like many dual-motor vibrators, there can be dissonance when both motors are running, leaving you with this weird semi-pulsating feel that can be distracting to some. Because the vibrations in the clitoral nub aren’t very strong I don’t feel much vibration in my hand when holding it.  There is one faintly glittering star in this cloudy sky: The vibrators of the clitoral nub aren’t buzzy and numbing. They may not be nearly enough for me but they’re not awful.

It Coulda Been a Contender

I admittedly have a hard time reviewing sex toys completely of their own merit and not comparing them to what I currently own. Would I be this nitpicky if I hadn’t tried the L’amourose line, or the We-Vibe Nova? Price is playing a factor here, too, because the SenseVibe starts at $129 for the “Classic” version. Many folks can only afford a couple sex toys of this cost in their lifetime.

While I know that many people feel that the dual-stimulation, or “rabbit”, vibe is the Holy Grail because it’s two sex toys in one, I hate them because each one is fairly unlikely to hit all your spots unless you have created 3D life-size cast of your vulva AND vagina and know for sure that the measurements will line up for you. So I’m really confused about SenseMax’s decision to only make a dual-stimulation vibe AND for it to have such a short clitoral stimulation section which cannot be adjusted in any way for better fit. I really enjoy the powerful, rumbling vibrations of the internal shaft and I like the button placement over the L’amourose Rosa or Denia. But these two things, plus the charging case, aren’t enough for me to love this vibrator. I can love a vibrator with some flaws, and this is not a bad vibrator but it doesn’t make me want to write poetry about it.

Comparing the SenseVibe to the L'amourose Rosa and Denia

So far SheVibe only carries one item from SenseMax, the SenseVibe (Classic or Warm). I went to the SenseMax website to find out more about their products and it seems the brand is heavily leaning towards virtual reality stuff with their masturbator, wristband (???) and VR goggles. There is an app, Sense Lovers, but it is strangely not in the Google Play app store. The company explains that “unfortunately due to the nature of the content on the app we are not able to be listed in either app store. We sincerely hope Apple and Google will soon reconsider their attitudes towards adult entertainment.” And I’m confused. There are apps for We-Vibe, Ohmibod, and more. Exactly how is the Sense Lovers App so different that not even Google Play store will allow it? I wasn’t willing to find out because I’m not a fan of installing apps outside of the app store, which is what is required here. I also don’t like using apps with my sex toys, so it’s no loss to me on this one. 

In the end, I don’t feel like I can recommend the SenseVibe Warm to most people. Sure, the SenseVibe Warm is much more reasonably priced ($149) than the L’amourose Rouge Denia ($209) BUT the L’amourose Denia has a design I can enjoy with rumbling motors on both shafts and I feel it’s likely to fit a larger percentage of folks. Since the warming feature is only present on the internal arm of the SenseVibe Warm I feel like if you’re considering this design you should just opt for the less expensive SenseVibe Classic, priced at $129. The heat isn’t enough to really feel when it’s in your vag – it didn’t earn the slang term “hot box” for nothing-  but the heat on the shaft is lovely when used externally. Again, though, it’s not comfy or logical to use it that way. SenseMax could definitely be on the map for rumbling, powerful vibrators if only they could improve and expand their designs.

Also: No, I don’t know why it’s called the SenseVibe. There is no “sensing” of anything here. There’s no AI, no VR, it’s just a vibrator and I’m really confused.

 

Many thanks to SheVibe for sending me this in exchange for my very honest review. I feel like the brand is on the cusp of perhaps branching out into something really cool, so keep an eye on SenseMax.

 

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  1. Quote attributed to George Eastman
  2. You can have both motors on, or just internal or just external, and then the rest of the settings employ various patterns which I’ve naturally skipped
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