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!

Aug 062014

PalmPower Wand MassagerAfter reading a number of glowing reviews, some even saying that the PalmPower is their new favorite vibrator, I broke down and tried it. I’m not really a fan anymore of being tied down by a cord, so I had ignored this thing for awhile. PalmPower Wand Massager is made by BMS Factory, makers of that “PowerBullet” you keep seeing in Jopen, Leaf, and other vibes. I had been interested in trying out this design for some time now, back when CalEx was making it. Yes, from everything I can see, the PalmPower is the same thing as the CalExotics Couture Inspire just in a better color scheme, thankfully1according to BMS a few years ago, the only thing as powerful as the Vanity VR6. Since I loved the VR6 (internal arm only, though) I assumed the PalmPower / Couture Inspire would have the same deep, rumbling vibrations.

I was mislead.

Yeah, PalmPower Wand Massager is super strong. And it, at times, has deep, rumbling vibrations. But something is getting lost in translation here, and I can’t put my finger on it. It does feel rumbly on the lower levels, but only on the sides of the cap. The top of the cap has drastically less vibrations on the low-to-mid settings. On high, it’s all a blur. On high, the PalmPower Wand Massager feels identical to the Magic Wand –  just a smaller head.

But the problem with the more pleasing vibrations in the lower range being more rumbly and lovely on the sides, is that now you can feel that cap’s edge since you’re using the sides of the head. If I were to call it a “seam”, it would be the most obvious seam in sex toy history. I found it quite irritating in use. I could feel it, pinching and making me itchy. I kept trying to press it harder against my vulva, trying all levels of power in an attempt to orgasm, but it was so much more difficult than it needed to be. This could be because of the way I’m built, and maybe not everyone is irritated by this. But I am.

And then when I removed it from between my labia, the silicone cap came off.

*sigh* I suddenly have labia of steel?

To make matters worse, it’s tricky to get the cap lined up just so so that it fits on there properly.  I can understand, I suppose, why they made the design this way. It allows for other caps to be put on. They have a set for body parts and a set for genitals. The body parts set did nothing for me, but I don’t really use a wand massager for my hands. So I tried out the caps for dual stimulation with much hope. I figured that this would allow me to harness the power for good, er, I mean, concentrate the power where I wanted it. That didn’t happen. The part that sticks out, sticks out from the top of the vibrating head…..remember me saying I felt a lot less vibration at the low-to-mid range on top? Yeah. In order to then get decent vibrations traveling through the attachment, I had to crank up the power. And it was no longer the rumbly power I was trying so hard to nail down. Neither attachment worked out for me. It was close, but not quite right enough for me to orgasm without fighting for it.

PalmPower Wand Massager Cap PalmPower Wand Massager Cap
PalmPower Wand Massager Attachments

Another aspect of the PalmPower that I dislike  is the single button. You have to press and hold to increase the power. It can be easy to screw this up mid-use and then it turns off on you altogether because you just clicked the button once. I accidentally turned it off a lot during use. The ramp-up to full speed also seems to go on forever. It’s the vibrator version of the longest pee. I clocked it at 8 seconds. Paltry in the grand scheme of things, but annoying mid-use if you want to jump straight to full power. And, while the PalmPower is easy to hold, a good amount of vibrations do travel down throughout the handle.

PalmPower Wand Massager Compared to Hitachi Magic Wand and Vibratex Mystic WandAnd yes, despite the diminutive size of the PalmPower Wand Massager, it plugs in to the wall. They do give you a long cord, longer than the Magic Wand. The cord, oddly, isn’t permanently attached. It plugs in via jack to the bottom, which – from reading Amazon reviews  – is pretty confusing to many people who went on to complain about their “defective” unit not holding a charge.  I can’t find these reviews anymore, of course, since it was Amazon and they were being sold by shady sellers, so the listings with reviews are now gone but there were many reviews that complained about the cap popping off, the motor overheating, and other issues with the Couture Inspire. I don’t know which wand came first, or why there are two. I asked BMS, but never heard back, so my review has to go live with questions dangling like a participle.


You must be thinking to yourself by this point “Jeezus Lill, is there anything you like about this or are you just the pickiest twat on the East Coast?” So I’ll tell you yes, there are things I like. I like that half of the head, and the attachments, are silicone. It’s a nice silicone, with not much drag and it doesn’t attract a lot of lint and fur. I actually do like the smaller size; easier to take with you than the Magic Wand, and gets in the way less if you like to use it during sex. It’s certainly quieter than the Magic Wand. The price isn’t awful. At $69.99 on SheVibe, it’s a bit more than the Magic Wand but still much more reasonable than the Doxy Massager. If they would just make the plain head a permanent “cap” and make it the entire head silicone, with the attachments fitting over that – like every other damn wand is made – it would improve the whole thing greatly. For what it is, it’s pretty decent. It’s not in my top 5 or even 10 because the flaws are too flawed for me to love it. If you adore the Magic Wand’s vibrations but hate the short cord or the large size? This is your vibe. So many other people love it, so I must be the only odd person out who focuses on flaws. That’s the only thing that makes sense here. I just want a high-powered, rumbly vibrator that doesn’t have glaring flaws that stand in my way of enjoyment. Is that too much to ask? Oh, wait……



I was given the PalmPower Wand Massager and its accessories in exchange for an honest review thanks to BMS Factories. I recommend purchasing the PalmPower at my favorite retailer, SheVibe.

  1. Inspire was only available in pastel hues of pink and purple. While the PalmPower still has pink, it’s a much better pink to me, the magenta color as an accent to the dark grey
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.

Aug 272012

Update March 2014: I have added a few notes about my experience with this vibrator. My experience might factor in to your decision to buy one, despite how awesome I think the vibrations are.  Please see my note at the end of the review.

This year, Lelo decided to tackle the vibrator they’ve left untouched thus far: The “wand” vibrator or “body massager”. Up until now, the only wand massager that looked half decent was the Vibratex Mystic Wands. Everything else, such as the Hitachi Magic Wand, the Acuvibe, or even the Fairy Massagers, looked cumbersome, cheap, clinical or just plain ugly. But the Lelo Smart Wands are pretty, I’ll give them that. Actually the first word that pops into my head is “posh”.

Lelo Smart Wand Large in Ivory   Lelo Smart Wand Medium in Black

Of course, posh looks come with a posh price tag. Currently the non-sale price at SheVibe.com is $129 for the Medium Smart Wand and $169 for the Large Smart Wand. That is a lot of money to spend for most people and if they’re going to spend it, it had better be worth it.

What do you get for the price? Looks and the Lelo name, primarily. Plus a fairly intelligent design. Many wand vibrators have a long, straight handle. This isn’t ideal for using them as a back & body massager OR a vibrator. The handle of the Smart Wand is gently curved. And other than the metallic-painted plastic portion, the rest of the Smart Wand is covered in Lelo’s signature silicone skin. This is where they used their brains in design: There are no ridges on the head like the Acuvibe, Fairy Wand or Mystic Wands. There is no horrible texture like the Hitachi Magic Wand. And the neck is also completely covered by this smooth, silicone skin. It makes it really easy to clean. The Smart Wands are also pretty quiet for a wand massager. There is no high-pitched heard-through-walls whine of the Hitachi Magic Wand, and unlike the Mystic Wand Rechargeable, the buttons are silent when pressed.

Acuvibe, Lelo Smart Wand Large, Smart Wand Medium, Mystic Wand Lelo Smart Wand Large vs Hitachi Magic Wand Mystic Wand vs Lelo Smart Wand Medium

Unlike many other wand vibrators, the Smart Wands are both waterproof. I’ve seen countless reviews talking about how they doubt the veracity of the waterproof claim simply because the charging port is large and uncovered. Why on earth would you doubt this?? Lelo is a major company, they would be stupid to tell you the vibrator is waterproof if it is not. If Lelo says it is, then it is, and you should feel free to take this thing into the shower if that’s what you enjoy.

The Large is quite large – about 14 ounces and 12″ long overall. The Medium is drastically smaller, measuring at 8″ in length and not quite 6 ounces in weight.

Lelo Smart Wands - Large vs Medium

Lelo’s New Sensetouch Technology

Like all Lelo sex toys, the Smart Wands are of course rechargeable but that isn’t what sets them apart. Lelo’s “Sensetouch Technology” is a unique feature. Unfortunately, it’s not a feature that I personally think has a value. The Sensetouch sensors allow the vibration strength to gradually build as soon as the head of the wand comes in contact with your body. Sounds pretty neat, right? Meh. The build-up is pretty quick. The wand sits there idling on low speed until it sense that you’re touching it to your skin at which point it’ll quickly speed up to high – unless you then alter the speed or even pattern. It won’t ramp up in speed if it comes into contact with say, your bedspread. When you lift the wand away from your body, the vibrations die back down to low speed. When I first heard about this technology I had assumed that the vibration speed would increase or decrease depending on how hard you pressed it to your skin. That isn’t the case. The Sensetouch feature is something that you’re going to have to really think about to determine if it’s a necessary feature for your lifestyle.

In addition to this weird SenseTouch feature, the Wands also have the standard Lelo settings – 8 pattern settings, including steady vibrations, and I think 6 power settings. And of course the always-present Lelo feature: Button Lock. I don’t know of any other rechargeable wand massagers that have that feature.

Smart Wands….Vibrators or Body Massagers?

Lelo's Smart Wands packaging - nothing here about sexual pleasure!

Lelo’s packaging firmly markets the Smart Wands as a body massager. The new white packaging also denotes that this is from their “Health” line rather than the black packaging of the “Pleasure” lines. As a body massager though, the Smart Wand Medium is pretty underwhelming. As an external vibrator it’s also somewhat underwhelming. It’s not buzzy, it’s not exactly weak but it’s no powerhouse. In fact the Smart Wand Medium is about equal in vibration intensity to the Lelo Mona. Medium is a lot smaller than the Large and would certainly be more “travel friendly”, but again as a body massager it really didn’t do anything for me. There’s a reason that some women flock to the drugstore electric body massagers – they are intensely powerful, meant to replace strong, powerful hands in a simulated deep-tissue massage. So people familiar with what a wand vibrator represents would assume then that Lelo is bringing the power. They’d be wrong……

….Until you get to the Smart Wand Large. In size, it’s pretty comparable to the Hitachi Magic Wand. In fact the head is so similarly sized that the Large Smart Wand can accommodate any attachment meant for the Hitachi. I’ll get to this gem in a few. Both the Smart Wand Medium and Smart Wand Large can be considered “rumbly” but the Smart Wand Land is very, very rumbly. Rumbly here translates to a very low RPM. In fact, it’s so low, and so quiet, that veteran sex toy owners might at first mistake this low, quiet sound with the sound of a dying vibrator. I did at first. Lelo won’t tell me what the RPMs are for the Smart Wand Large, but I would hazard a guess that it’s among the lowest in the industry. When properly equipped, the Large version gives the Wahl 2-speed on high quite the competition – it’s got the somewhat-jack-hammering quality without the “too much” quality of the Wahl1. It is not as powerful at the Wahl 2-speed on High, and not quite as rumbly (that would be nearly impossible to replicate) but it’s really pleasurable for those that absolutely hate surface-buzzy vibrators.

The downside to all this power in the Smart Wand Large is that the handle vibrates with an alarming intensity. The trick though is to hold this thing right in the middle of the handle, the thinnest part of it. For some reason the residual vibrations are the weakest there and won’t cause you much hand/arm problems with longer-use sessions. The handle of the Smart Wand Medium has some residual vibrations, but no more than your average vibrator. If you have to hold the Large by the very end of the handle though you will feel numbness and irritating vibrations after 5 minutes of use.

As a body massager, the Lelo Smart Wand Large is fairly decent. Meaning, I’ve had better but it does have it’s pros and cons. One good point is that unlike many other rechargeable wand vibrators, there is no discernible loss of power when you apply pressure to the vibrating head. I’ve also had this thing last me quite awhile on a single charge. At least 5 masturbation sessions.  The Smart Wand Medium as I’ve said is worthless as a body massager.

Lelo Smart Wand Large with the Vixen Gee Whiz attachmentAs a vibrator, again the Medium has no real benefits. But the Large? Oh it shines. Gloriously. With one caveat: You really must pair it with a Hitachi-attachment for the best results. I purchased (finally!) the Vixen brand Gee Whiz Hitachi Attachment. It fits the Large very well; it harnesses all the broad-range power of the large head into more concentrated power through the um…nose? dildo? What would you call that? Insertable portion? You would think that since this attachment is largely made for internal use that that’s where it would shine but it is equally, if not moreso, lovely when used as a clitoral massager via the insertable dildo portion. It also turns the Smart Wand Large into a very powerful g-spot massager – almost as breathtaking as the Vanity VR6. In fact, the Gee Whiz performs way better when used on the Smart Wand Large than the Hitachi, which is the massager it was made for! The Hitachi’s vibrations are more powerful but they have a much higher RPM than the Smart Wand, and the vibrations just don’t travel as well. The difference in power transference is huge comparing the two. If I had purchased this attachment years ago for my Hitachi, I would have been really underwhelmed. You could also try the Gee Whizzard attachment, I’m sure it would perform just as well. I don’t see how there is any difference in the g-spot curve between the two, but perhaps the Gee Whizzard’s shaft, with the bumps and ridges, is more solid? I don’t know. The bumps aren’t even on the g-spot side of the shaft. It is worth mentioning that if you love the SenseTouch feature, you’ll have to give that up when you pop an attachment on.

The head of the Medium is much smaller than most other wand vibrators, and will not work with any wand attachments that I know of. Not that it would be beneficial, since the Medium lacks the penetrative, rumbling vibrations necessary for vibrations to travel through the silicone of the attachment.

More reasons to get the Smart Wand Large

The Large version is the first Lelo item to deviate from the standard black satin drawstring pouch. Instead, you get a reversible Neoprene pouch – the main side is black with plum stitching accents and the secondary side will match the dark purple of the vibrators. The Medium wand just comes with a standard satin drawstring pouch. The Large also comes with a bottle of Lelo’s sex toy cleaner. One thing also to note if you get the Smart Wand Large: While the male charging portion might look just like all the other Lelo chargers that are interchangeable, this one is meant solely for the Large Smart Wand – and it says so right on the charger. Since the Large has considerably more power than anything Lelo makes, I guess this makes sense.

Lelo Smart Wand Large accessories - reversible neoprene storage bag, plus antibacterial Lelo cleansing toy spray Lelo Smart Wand Large accessories - reversible neoprene storage bag, plus antibacterial Lelo cleansing toy spray Lelo Smart Wand Large charger's warning label

I realize that this is a really pricey endeavor, especially if you take my advice (oh you won’t be disappointed) and get the Gee Whiz attachment, but I’d highly recommend the Lelo Smart Wand Large. Highly. Again, this high recommendation comes on the condition that you use the attachment. Just watch for sales. 

 UPDATE March 2014:  Despite how much I truly love the powerful, rumbling vibrations of the Smart Wand Large, I haven’t used it as much as should have. That is partly due to the fact that the regular Lelo chargers won’t work with it, and I would frequently misplace the charger. Plus, the SWL didn’t really hold a charge beyond a few weeks. I used it a lot in the first year I had it but I’ve had this since July 2012. Recently I charged it up and turned it on. What I experienced was that the highest level of intensity didn’t feel as high as it used to anymore. Then when I held it at various angles (sideways, upside down, etc) all the while holding it on the handle where I should, I heard and FELT the motor suddenly jump up to a higher intensity. But it didn’t stay there. It was frustrating.  I contacted Lelo customer care, but was told that because I was outside the 1 year warranty, the most I would get would be a 50% discount off of purchasing the Wand from their website. As much as I love the vibrations, I won’t be doing this. I’ve instructed a number of readers to purchase this, but have never heard back from them that they had problems. I hope theirs are fine. Another reviewer, Reenie, had bizarre motor issues that I didn’t experience. She had hers replaced, and it had the same motor issues. An Australian retailer tested all of theirs, and found this same weird issue. I’m very torn. The vibrations are unlike anything I’ve ever felt. For those who like and want a very powerful, deep rumbling vibrator, there is no comparison. I prefer the feel of these vibrations to the Hitachi. But if a $170 item is going to fail AFTER the 1 year warranty, making it so that one would have to fork over another $85 for a replacement, I have a hard time recommending it. It is a risk. You very well might be like my other readers and get a unit that continues to function normally.  The following is Lelo’s response to me after I declined to their warranty replacement:

We design the Smart Wand to get the maximum power in terms of motor size, but also keep the life of the motor to maximum. When the Smart Wand powers up and someone takes it to full power the motor will go into free load state, this seems to be going faster / more power. This is due to the design of the neck , the head actually is not attached to the body in a fixed position, it is actually sitting on a silicon pad (under the silicone cover). This silicone pad is in place to stop the vibrations going down the handle. So by holding the neck, you stop the freeload of the motor but you then increase the vibrations down in the handle. So we can balance the power of the Smart Wand, to keep most power to the head. When you actually touch the head it does seem the motor is slowing down, when in effect it is not. The motor is running in the CORRECT way / speed giving that thumping feeling that simulates a massage. So the unit is actually working properly. The product might appear faulty when it is infect not faulty. You can give it sometime and you will actually notice it is always the same.

  1. Clarification – it’s not too much for me personally usually, although once or twice it has been. However it will be too much for women who have a more sensitive clitoris than me. You can just use it on a lower power setting – the rumbly vibrations sing sweet love down the shaft of the Gee Whiz, but for some reason only on the lowest and the highest settings. The 2 medium speeds don’t transfer as much vibration