Toy Review: Fun Factory’s Stronic Zwei and Stronic Drei

Stronic Drei by Fun Factory

Stronic Drei by Fun Factory

Having rated the Stronic Eins amongst my Top Twelve Sex Toys of 2012, I was intrigued about manufacturer Fun Factory’s second and third variations on the theme. Stronic meaning ‘strong’ in German, and Eins, Zwei and Drei translating as One, Two and Three respectively, I was interested to see what could be different about a toy which had already broken the mould so impressively. Because the Stronic range comprises not vibrators, but ‘pulsators’: that’s to say the toys thrust with an in-and-out motion rather than rumble like a traditional vibrator. In other words, although the Fun Factory’s product description might state otherwise, really these are best employed for penetration rather than external (clitoral) stimulation.

So what of the Zwei? Well, this is the Stronic designed mainly for anal use, curved as it is for prostate play and with the flared base to avoid any involuntary sphincter swallowing of the toy. Size-wise, well, let’s just say that along with vehement shakes of the head there were a few choice words spoken by Mr More, who was adamant that it was too big for light-hearted use. I had to agree it seemed rather a challenge: the wide girth and length combined with the general invasive ‘Stronic’ thrusting approach of the Zwei suggested it was designed for the more experienced anal fans amongst us – or at least for those who aren’t easily intimidated (or low on lube!).

So I passed the Zwei onto a (gay) male friend of mine, whose eyes had lit up when I’d initially mentioned it to him. His thoughts ran similar to ours: “The Zwei is too big and too bulbous at the end for easy insertion, so it’s maybe one to work towards or to only attempt if you’re a size queen. I thought I was previous to testing this, but now I know different: somehow it’s a different experience in silicone than in the flesh. Either way, enjoy the Zwei with lashings of lube, as once I got it in it was prostate perfect, and I couldn’t wait to try it again – well, as soon as my rear had recovered, that is. So perhaps this toy’s a case of ‘no pain no gain’?!” Or perhaps he should just try the Lelo Billy for all-round easy play – I know men of every sexual orientation who swear by this smaller yet perfectly formed badboy.

With regards to the Drei, well… I can’t say I’d ever felt inspired about trying a curvy silicone caterpillar on for size before, but on this occasion I was right to be excited. That’s right, the Drei has pipped the Eins to be first at my personal Stronic post, and there are several reasons for this. Firstly, just as the width on the Zwei is generally considered too daunting for anal use, the girth of vaginal toys is often disappointing. Although the Drei isn’t unusually wide (and indeed could perhaps be wider), thankfully the clear curve at the end makes it feel bigger than it actually is. Secondly, the tip is of the toy also well-placed and firm enough to deliver what it promises: perfect G-spot or P-spot stimulation, right on target. Thirdly, let’s not forget the ripples, which are most certainly ‘ribbed for her pleasure’ (as the old condom packets used to read), although they don’t make anal play quite so easy.

Being a Fun Factory product, the Drei is also brightly coloured and made of high grade silicone, with a simple mains charger which connects magnetically to the base of the Stronic and recharges for ample battery life (although you have to buy the charger separately – a bit mean of Fun Factory, I’ve always thought, especially considering the Stronic series don’t come cheap). However, since the Drei is designed for prostate or female anal and vaginal use, you do get two toys for the price of one, which makes it a solid investment for any open-minded couple. That’s if you can get it in to your rear – and happily the Drei’s insertion end seems slightly more accessible than that of the Zwei.

I do have a few criticisms of the Drei, of course (I wouldn’t be doing my job properly otherwise!) but they just come down to personal preference: I would have liked it longer for deeper vaginal penetration, and wider for a fuller sensation. If the weight of the motor were in the tip of the toy for extra effect, rather than in the end you hold, that might also be an improvement (and that goes for the rest of the range too – although I’m guessing it’s not practical at this early stage of the motor/ design).

However, really the Drei is an incredible item which along with the rest of the Stronic range is original and inspired.Fun Factory are fast becoming one of my favourite brands, and although it’s expensive – and then you also have to buy the charger separately – the Stronic Drei is definitely worth the investment, especially as it’s unlikely to be like any other sex toy you already own. And although I never thought the Eins could be bettered in its field, personally I’d almost certainly choose the Drei over the Eins for a more likely orgasmic outcome.

So how to use these particular sex toys? Well, contrary to instinct, the lighter you grasp the EinsZwei or indeedDrei from the Stronic range, the better it thrusts. Likewise, the lower (or less frequent pulses) the setting, the more successful the sensation. Speaking of which, a good tip is to wear underwear or tights whilst enjoying any Stronic to keep it from pumping itself out (or your Kegels from inadvertently expelling it), as this also leaves your hands free to focus on your favourite clitoral (or penile) stimulator.

Yes, this is a gentle reminder to expect internal satisfaction rather than external stimulation from the Stronic series, which means the only thing left to do is to choose a vibrator or cock ring from Fun Factory’s extensive collection of impressively designed toys. I’ve heard their battery-powered, clit-stim dedicated Layaspot is good,er…fun, similarly the Lovering 8ight for men. Just don’t forget to purchase some silicone-friendly water-based lube to enhance the experience and some antibacterial cleaner to prepare your toy for the next time you want to indulge: because you will want to, again and again and again. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it…

Disclaimer: I was provided with this product free of charge in return for my honest review. 

The Stronic Eins is available from Simply Pleasure for £128.95

The Stronic Zwei is available from Simply Pleasure for £128.95

The Stronic Drei is available from Simply Pleasure for £128.95

The Fun Factory Layaspot is available from Simply Pleasure for £32.95

The Fun Factory Click n Charge Magnetic Charger is available from Simply Pleasure for £4.95

The Lelo Billy is available from Simply Pleasure for £66.95

The Fun Factory 8ight Lovering is available from Lovehoney for £14.99

Fun Factory Toyfluid Water-Based Lube is available from Lovehoney for £8.99

Fun Factory Sex Toy Cleaner is available from Lovehoney for £6.99

Fun Factory Official Website

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