Mar 042012
 

There’s something to be said for the simple things in life.  Sure, sometimes we want a toy with lots of attachments or tons of moving parts, but sometimes we want the comfort of something that only does one thing and does it well.  That’s the joy of bullet vibes: these compact little vibrators are easy to use, versatile, and affordable.  If the only experience you’ve had with these small packages of buzzing pleasure is the cheap metal ones that are handed out like candy, however, with the little button that’s hard to push and their lackluster vibrations, you may be a bit underwhelmed.   Good thing Babeland is here with the Obsession, a powered-up bullet vibe that’s entirely waterproof.  So whether you want some buzzy fun in your bed, in the shower, or anywhere else, the Obsession’s there to make sure you’re not left wanting.

  • Toy: Obsession (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Bullet vibrator
  • Manufacturer: Babeland
  • Material: ABS Plastic
  • Price: $28
  • SMT rating: 0 (Nice and rumbly vibration)

The Obsession is a Powerful, Waterproof, and Affordable Bullet Toy

The Obsession is a plastic bullet vibrator with a small hand-held control unit.  The bullet, cord, and control unit are all totally waterproof.  It runs on 2 AA batteries (not included).  The bullet is about 2 1/4″ long and 1 1/4″ wide at its widest point; this means it’s slightly larger than the more common metal bullet vibes you tend to see.
While some people may prefer the compactness of a cordless bullet vibe, I tend to find that the ones with a control unit have better control and are more powerful than self-contained bullet vibes.  The Obsession has a nice, rumbly buzz at its higher levels, and has 7 different speed/patterns.  The controls are simple: one button to turn it on/off, the other to scroll through the different settings.  One nice touch is that the toy has function memory–when you turn it off and then on again, it will restart on the same setting it had when it was turned off.  So if you find a particular speed or pattern really hits your spot, you don’t need to scroll through to find it again next time you play.  On its low levels, it is quite quiet, and on the highest setting it has an audible buzz, but not as loud as an electric toothbrush or similar item.  When it’s under the blanket or pressed up against/inside a body, it’s nice and quiet.  The control unit makes it easy to adjust the toy without having to remove it or stop the stimulation, which is nice.  It’s an excellent toy for clitoral stimulation, and since it’s plastic, not silicone, it’s safe for use with silicone lubricant as well as the other usual lubes.  It can also be used vaginally, and tends to nestle nicely against the G-spot for many women.  As with any other toy that can only be really retrieved by the cord, I do not recommend the Obsession for anal use.  While the cord seems nice and strong, an embarrassing emergency room visit can await the unlucky vibe-user who happens to have the cord pull out while trying to retrieve the toy.
You’ll recall that with the Honi, another bullet vibe I reviewed a couple months ago, I was troubled by the places on the toy that were difficult to clean.  Thankfully, the Obsession has no such problems; it’s nice and smooth with no weird crevices for stuff to build up.  And since it’s totally waterproof, it’s particularly easy to wash without having to worry about hurting the battery case.
There’s few negatives about the Obsession.  Other than the aforementioned warning about anal play, the only other real qualm is that if you pass by a setting you like, you have to scroll through all the settings to get back to it, since it only has a single function button.  But this is a trade-off with the simple nature of the toy, and those who want a toy with very few buttons to figure out will likely be happy to do a little extra scrolling in return.
Overall, the Obsession is a high-quality, enjoyable bullet vibe.  It’s affordable, but not of cheap quality, it’s easily cleanable, it’s waterproof, and it has a nice buzz for a toy its size.  If you’re looking for a simple bullet vibe that isn’t a wimpy disposable, the Obsession makes a great choice.
Aug 292011
 

 

  • Toy: Ola (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Rechargeable vibrator, mostly button-free controls, touch-responsive vibration, waterproof
  • Manufacturer: Minna
  • Material: Silicone
  • Price: $165
  • SMT rating: Strong 0 if you squeeze hard, but not quite a 1.

The sex toy industry is always looking for the newest, fanciest, prettiest way to seduce you into purchasing a brand new best friend.  Sometimes, these attempts are gimmicky flops, but every now and then one of their crazy ideas really hits the spot, if I ain’t being too subtle.  The Ola by Minna (aka the Minna Ola) gives us a truly original way to control the power of this S-shaped, waterproof, rechargeable sex toy.  The underside of the small part of the S is a squeezable, soft, enticing little touch-pad that reacts to pressure.  Stroke it softly, and it responds with an immediate rumbling purr.  The harder you squeeze it, the more intense the vibrations get, culminating in a very respectable intensity level.

The Minna Ola lets you make your own vibration patterns and control them by touch

The Minna Ola is rechargeable, and its recharger connection is magnetic, which makes it easy to line up and attach.  Thoughtfully, the Ola lets you know how charged it is by vibrating one to three times (three being fully charged) when it’s turned on; this is much more useful for people who are visually impaired than the “blinking light” method of demonstrating charge that many other toys use.  The S-shape of the toy works with the body in all sorts of delightful ways, whether you use it on the vulva or in the vagina.  The main draw, of course, is the touch-responsiveness.  You can use this to create all sorts of fun sensations and patterns, and when you find a favorite, you can use the second button on the toy to memorize and repeat a pattern until you want to give it a new one.  The Ola even comes fully charged, so you can start playing with it right away!
The touch-responsiveness of the Ola may be a downside, depending on what you like from a toy.  If you enjoy upping the vibration intensity or flipping through patterns by simply hitting a button, you may find the touch-pad too fussy a way of controlling the toy.  While this touch-vibration style makes it a great toy for exploring, either with a partner or solo, the creativity necessary to use it effectively keeps it from being totally effortless.  It’s intuitive, but not effortless.  The body isn’t flexible, which could be a plus or a minus, depending on what you’re looking for.  Finally, like any other silicone toy, you need to use water-based lubes, not silicone-based, with the Ola.
Overall, the Ola is a cool new type of  vibrator.  Its touch pad is intuitive and easy to use and allows you to let your creativity shine in what sorts of patterns you make for yourself (or your partner).  It’s a fun, sexy toy, and while the touch-pad is certainly unique, it isn’t a cheap gimmick.  The Minna Ola is being sold exclusively through Babeland, and I appreciate that they sent me a copy of this delicious toy for review.

 

Mar 212011
 

Fun Factory has always had a unique and light-hearted design ethic that I really like.  Maybe it’s our shared German heritage, but the smooth, round lines and bright colors are a reminder that sex toys are meant to be fun.  Recently, they’ve been moving toward waterproof, rechargeable vibes of a more premium quality.  Although I miss their old mid-range items, I have to say that it’s really nice having waterproof rechargeable products from them with the same thumpy, hearty vibration as always.  The Yooo, by Fun Factory, is definitely unique in a surprisingly functional way.  I’ve been calling mine “Bubbles,” but that doesn’t really do it justice.  Anyway, check out the video and see for yourself what makes this one special.

  • Toy: Yooo (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Rechargeable vibrator, outtie, waterproof
  • Manufacturer: Fun Factory
  • Material: Silicone and plastic
  • Price: $119
  • SMT rating: N/A (Would be an SMT 1 if it were an innie; multiple levels of vibrations and throbby pulsation modes.  Has 2 vibrators inside, making it even stronger)

The Fun Factory Yooo's cute, unique shape make it an excellent outtie vibe for women and men

The Yooo is a pleasantly shaped outtie vibrator made of three bubbly spheres.  It’s about 4.75″ long and 2.5″ wide, and is made from silicone and ABS plastic.  Like most Fun Factory toys, it’s rechargeable, and its charger uses magnets to attach to the toy.  Since this means there isn’t any sort of hole for a cord to go in, the Yooo is entirely waterproof.  It has two motors inside, and has strong, thumpy vibrations, particularly on its higher pulsation settings.  Besides the usual “Plus” and “Minus” buttons to control the speed and setting, the Yooo also has a “Turbo” button that, when pressed, sends the toy into a high, strong vibration for when you need that extra little kick to push you over the edge.  The button area is backlit and seems to light up even when merely jostled (instead of only when a button is pressed), which is cute and makes it easy to find the buttons even in the dark.  The Yooo is an outtie-only vibrator, meant to stimulate the clitoris, vaginal opening, labia, or even the penis and scrotum in your life.   It shouldn’t be used as an innie vibrator, but it’s excellent for what it’s meant to do!

Since it’s Fun Factory, it goes without saying that the Yooo is high-quality and has captured my heart.  It’s cute and non-intimidating and comes in a variety of adorable colors.  The bulbous shape makes it easy to grip, even for those with poor hand strength.  Its shape lends itself equally well to stimulating a clitoris as stroking up and down a penis.  It has lots of strong levels of vibration, and all the pulsation settings are pleasantly strong.  The Turbo button is an excellent additional touch that other toy manufacturers could learn from.

I have very few complaints about the Yooo.  Foremost would be that the buttons are all small and a bit hard to press, especially the Minus button.  For those who are visually disabled, if you can’t see the magnetic charging attachment light up when correctly aligned with the toy, it may be difficult to tell when the toy is charging correctly and when it is fully charged.  Finally, it’s disappointing that the Yooo isn’t being marketed toward men as well as women, because it makes a perfectly enjoyable boy toy!

Overall, the Yooo is yet another well-made, interesting and original toy from Fun Factory that is high-quality and enjoyable.

Mar 032011
 

Je Joue makes great stuff, so when they sat down and decided to make a super-powerful little clitoral vibrator, they made sure to make an amazing one.  Sure, you’ve been seduced by cute little outtie vibes before, only to be left wanting more.  This smooth, disceet little number is different; it has a powerful enough vibe to practically knock you out of your panties while still being whisper quiet and easy on the eyes.

  • Toy: MiMi (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Outtie vibrator, waterproof, rechargeable
  • Manufacturer: Je Joue
  • Material: Silicone
  • Price: $80
  • SMT rating: N/A (settings from a hearty rumble to a strong buzz, would be an SMT 1 if it were an innie)

The small but mighty Je Joue MiMi

Je Joue continues to impress with their high-quality toys.  The MiMi is their new outtie vibrator and it’s a delightful small powerhouse of a toy.  It’s an oval shape, about 3.5″ long and 2″ wide at its widest.  It’s made from velvet-textured silicone, with plastic pad and metal buttons on the base; since the buttons are on the “bottom” of the toy with the charging contact, they’re less likely to get bumped in the heat of the moment and change your settings at an inopportune time. The MiMi has five different vibration speeds and vibe pulsation patterns, controlled through its two plus/minus buttons.

Of course, the important question with a small toy like this is: Is it powerful enough? Some small travel-sized toys don’t seem to have the punch necessary for people who like a good buzz, but thankfully, the MiMi averts this trend.  It has a very, very strong motor and its settings range from a decent rumble to a serious buzz that is surprising for an outtie of this size.  Through all the settings, it’s still very quiet.  And, as stated before, it’s fully rechargeable with a magnetic charger that attaches right to the base.  Plus, it glows when it’s in use (to keep you from losing it in the sheets, I guess?).  Unlike some other toys that combine silicone with plastic or metal, there aren’t grooves in the toy that would be difficult to clean between the silicone and plastic.

The only one major concern with the Je Joue Mimi is the buttons; they require a fair amount of hand strength to press, and are pretty small.  While people with full finger functionality shouldn’t have any major problems, people with reduced finger mobility may have trouble pressing the buttons. Due to the small size of the buttons and the fact that they could be slick with lube, it would be difficult to operate them on the side or corner of a table as I sometimes suggest.  On the other hand, the slightly more difficult buttons do reduce the chance of bumping your settings in the heat of the moment, so for those that have the finger strength and dexterity, this may actually be a plus.

There’s really very little bad to say about the Je Joue MiMi besides the button difficulty.  This is a fantastic little outtie clitoral stimulator.  It’s sleek, small, whisper-quiet but quakingly strong.  It’s yet another great toy from Je Joue, and gets a hearty recommendation.

Jan 142011
 

Sometimes you don’t want lots of bells and whistles, but just something simple and pleasant that does one thing and does it well.  If you’re in that sort of mood, then the Buzzlet, by Miuzu, may be just the toy you’re looking for.  This simple hard plastic toy (with some elastomer coating on one side) has simple one-button controls, easy charging method, and a shape that makes it easy to play with externally or insert and enjoy internally.

  • Toy: Buzzlet (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Innie, rechargeable, waterproof
  • Manufacturer: Miuzu
  • Material: Hard plastic and elastomer
  • Price: $80
  • SMT rating: 0 (Moderate rumbly vibration)

The Buzzlet is a nice, simple and functional internal toy

The Buzzlet is about 4 inches long and 1 inch thick and is totally waterproof.  It has a small hole that isn’t big enough to fit a finger into, but which does help get a slightly better grip on its end.  The main reason that this whole is there, though, is for the Buzzlet’s unique inductive charging station.  Unlike most other rechargeable toys, the Buzzlet doesn’t have a port to plug a cord into, nor does it have metal contact plates that need to be touching matching plates on its cradle. Instead, this toy just gets set onto its little cradle station (that has a post which fits through the hole), and voila, it’s charging!  The lack of any holes or metal plates ensures its water-safeness and makes it easier to set-and-forget for charging than toys that may not sit in their cradle quite right.

In terms of use, the Buzzlet is easy to work with.  The one button on this little vibe turns it on and off and scrolls through the different strengths and vibration patterns.  The Buzzlet has a moderate intensity, rumbly sort of vibration.  It’s a decent bit louder than many of the other toys we review here at EI, so keep that in mind if you like your toys quiet and super-discreet.  It’s a nice size and shape for setting to your vibration of choice and then inserting vaginally and holding it in while you touch yourself externally; since it’s only 4″ long, many women may be able to fully insert it and hold it in by tensing.  Or, as with the previously reviewed Soraya and Alia, rope bondage enthusiasts can surely find some interesting uses for a toy with a hole in it!

Those who like their toys to have a bit more variety of functionality and more specific controls (such as the three-button system of many Lelo toys) may not find the Buzzlet to be quite to their taste.  Additionally, as stated before, those who like their toys whisper-quiet are also recommended to look elsewhere.   Finally, as a word of warning that must be made with any toy without a flared based, particularly one this small, do not attempt to use the Buzzlet for anal stimulation.  This toy would be very easy to “lose” anally, since it is thin and short with no wideness at the base.

Jan 122011
 

While innies are great, there’s something special about a good outtie vibrator that hits the spot just right.  In the same aesthetic vein as the Soraya, the Lelo Alia is a sleek silicone-and-chrome outtie that is easy to handle, powerful for its size, and pleasing to the sight as well as the touch.  Find out more about this cute, sexy little egg-shaped vibe below and in the video above!

  • Toy: Alia (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Outtie vibrator, waterproof, rechargeable
  • Manufacturer: Lelo
  • Material: Silicone and ABS plastic (metallic-coated)
  • Price: $119
  • SMT rating: N/A (strong side of moderate)

The Alia is a flirty and fun outtie vibe

The Lelo Alia makes the perfect complement to the Soraya from the same line.  While the Soraya was a delightful innie/outtie vibe, the Alia, on the other hand, is an aesthetically similar and cleverly shaped outtie-only vibrator that’s small and perfect for slipping into a suitcase, purse, or pocket!  Like the Soraya, the Alia has a beautiful, striking look with silicone and chrome-painted plastic.  This toy is an egg-ish shape with a nice hole in the center, perfect for slipping a finger or two into to give a firm grip.  It’s about 3.25″ long and 2.5″ tall, and is both rechargeable and waterproof.

From what I could tell, the motor for the Alia seems to be in the slightly pointed tip, though the vibration (which is a fairly strong moderate buzz) really transmits through the whole toy fairly equally.  The strength of the vibration is quite decent for a toy this size, and it’s very quiet even on its highest setting.  The greatest plus for the Alia is, of course, its unique shape, that gives it a lot of varied possibilities for how it can be held or used.  Those who don’t like to have to hold onto a possibly-slippery toy with a whole-hand grip will be grateful for the nice finger-hold the center whole makes, which makes rubbing the toy along the vulva, clit, or anus easy.  If you do like to wrap your whole hand around something, the Alia is thick but it’s still quite possible to hold it in your hand.  You can loop the toy over a couple of fingers and let the buzz travel down your fingers to give you a vibrating touch, or maybe use it to make your whole hand vibrate lightly for a more stimulating handjob!  For those who are into more kinky activities, the loop-hole in the middle is just begging to have the Alia added to some rope bondage.  And, like other Lelo toys, the Alia’s power and vibration-pattern controls are separate, meaning that it gives you a lot of flexibility in personalizing your experience with it.

As usual for Lelo, I have little of concern to say about the Alia.  I’ll note that while the Soraya’s recharge port was so tiny as to be almost invisible to the eye, my Alia’s recharge port was wide enough that I could see into it; I’m not sure if or how much this affects the waterproof-ness of the toy.  But since Lelo has a 1-year warranty on all their toys, you should be able to get a replacement if it turns out that the toy can’t survive the sexy hot tub fun you might be planning!  Other than that, I will echo my comment on the Soraya that cleaning with the Alia might require a little more diligence than with some other toys, since the edges around the buttons and where the silicone meets the chromed plastic are slightly indented and so have an easy time building up dried lube or other materials.

Overall, the Alia is a sexy-looking and -feeling, portable, and easy-to-handle outtie vibrator.  While I’d particularly recommend it for those with a hard time gripping due to hand strength or other problems, it’s an excellent toy for anyone looking for a new, classy outtie vibrator (and it comes with jewelry, to boot!).