From one of the top-selling luxury brands of ‘lifestyle’ toys, Lelo’s Soraya has made waves at Cliterati towers thanks to its flexible clit-stim shaft and all-round effectiveness. Not only does it pack a fair punch on the G-spot and the clitoral areas, but the two approaches can be isolated and used separately, at the same time, or in tandem patterns (for example, the clit-stim shaft growling until the g-spot picks up the pace and then back again to the clit-stim, repeat until orgasm).
Indeed, the Soraya even pipped its revamped, more powerful counterpart the Ina 2 to the post of preferred Lelo rabbit due to its less aggressive pinch. Because, despite being power-hungry (Lelo’s Mona 2 is my all-time favourite vibrator), personally I found the Ina 2 genuinely painful due to the short space between the clitoral stimulator and the main shaft – its rigidity simply didn’t suit my body shape. A lovely Lelo representative suggested the Soraya as an alternative, and she was completely correct – unsurprising really, since the Isla from the Lelo insignia range is one of our top G-spot toys.
However, that same lovely Lelo representative actually prefers the Ina 2 herself, which just goes to show how individual our experiences can be of the exact same sex toy. Also, the Soraya is an older model with mildly less oomph, so if you’re a gadget freak who likes the latest model no matter what the consequences, then you may prefer the Ina 2 – especially as it comes in more updated colours such as a gorgeous lime green.
To this end, if you’re deciding between the Ina 2 and the Soraya, it simply comes down to body shape: because of its slightly superior vibration strength I’d actually choose the Ina 2 over the Soraya if only it physically suited me and – this is a small but notable point – the seamless Ina 2 is easier to clean than the unhygienic ridge between the gold and silicone of the Soraya, which collects gunk like it’s going out of fashion.
If you’re still undecided I’d suggest the following completely unscientific but fun experiment to be conducted alone or with a partner (or two):
1) Insert your index finger into your vagina (with the middle finger too if it makes it more comfortable on your hand), resting your thumb comfortably on your clitoris.
2) Withdraw finger(s) and measure the gap formed between thumb and forefinger using the width of the middle fingers of your opposite hand.
3) If the gap there is ‘significantly more’ than one finger wide then the Soraya might suit you better.
If you have any doubts, since both rabbits are at the higher end of the market and are a considerable financial investment, the Soraya may be a better choice because at least during use you can push down the clit-stim arm with your palm to make it a smaller fit. Meanwhile, the Ina 2 is an impressively powerful yet unforgiving despot with an inflexible shape: when it says, ‘Jump!’ you’ll immediately respond with a breathless, ‘How high?’.
Another alternative is to purchase the Ina 2 from Lovehoney, and send it back if it proves uncomfortable, as Lovehoney have a fantastic returns policy and give refunds on all items purchased even if they’ve been used.
In conclusion, we’d love to see a Soraya 2 – especially one that’s seamless so that we can retire our nailbrushes – but apparently it’s not on the cards. Yet…
Ably pipping its Lelo counterpart the Ina 2 to the post, the Soraya is worth the price you pay for a toy from the Lelo luxury brand (surprisingly this is not always the case, as demonstrated by some of their more ‘experimental’ products of late such as the much derided Pino).
Smooth silicone and powerful vibes combine in the Soraya to boast two motors and six settings for a more flexible experience than the Ina 2. Indeed, it’s the Soraya’s less rigid clit-stim finger that sends it shooting up the list past its Lelo stablemate – in our eyes at least.
If you’re undecided between the Soraya and the Ina 2, then please read our more detailed Lelo Rabbit vs Rabbit review, and test Lovehoney’s amazing returns policy if ultimately you feel the Rabbit you’ve bought doesn’t suit your body shape.
Having tried several of Swan’s upmarket rabbit vibes, including the Royal Swan with its rotating shaft which didn’t quite do it for us clitorally (see? So many functions to factor in for review!), we’re pleased to recommend our favourite: The Whooper Swan. Waterproof, quiet and firmly flexible, it’s made from high-quality soft, sensual silicone with two motors that deliver simultaneous G-spot and clitoral stimulation (or not, since you can also turn either shaft off for a one-prong approach).
Although it comes without pattern settings and with straightforward vibrations only, the vibrations themselves are satisfyingly strong – unsurprising really, since the Swan is by the same people as Cliterati’s favourite lightweweight mains-powered wand the Palm Power (read my Palm Power review here). There’s also something inherently attractive about the shape of the Whooper, and despite its obvious pinkness (in contrast, say with the gorgeous green of the Ina 2), its simplistic design appeals – particularly the bulb-like clitoral stimulator which works far better than any rabbit-eared shaped competitor.
There are a couple of issues to note, principally the fact that you can accidentally turn the Whooper off during use, as much like the Palm Pilot it employs the same button to turn on, increase and turn off the toy. However, this can be turned to your advantage if you’re surprised mid-act and quickly need to switch it off. Secondly, having spoken about its aesthetic, there is seam which scars the silicone of the Whooper, although you can’t feel it during use so this is just nit-picking really. The great packaging the rabbit comes in makes it more than worthy of gift status for a lover.
So if you know that rabbits float your boat and you’re looking for an upgrade, then the Whooper is a solid sex toy with surprising strength: top-notch stuff from Swan.
If you’re looking for an entry-point rabbit then head to Bondara for their own-brand Bondara Silicone Rechargeable Rabbit. At £24.99 it rests easy on your wallet, looks great by your bedside, sits silky smooth in your hands and feels fab in your foo-foo (sorry)!
Flaunting around 4.5 inches of insertable length and a girth of 1.5 inches (circumference) at the widest points, the Bondara Silicone Rechargeable Rabbit has three vibration speeds and eight vibration modes. It’s splash-proof meaning you can use it in the shower, and as it says on the tin it’s also rechargeable, so no messing about with batteries.
Although Bondara’s Silicone Rabbit may not have the strongest vibes around (Lelo’s Ina 2 is in a league of its own here, yet its intensity is too much for many), this really is a fantastic starter rabbit in price and performance. Job done.
Although it was the bright colour scheme of this mini rabbit that first caught our eye (ours came in a gorgeous teal), it was the addition of the removable gold band which really got us intrigued, the idea being that this stimulates the wider external area of the female genitalia which usually gets neglected. Does the band work? Well, kinda (read ‘not really’): this aspect is basically as fun as you make it. Thankfully, with the usual impeccable feisty Fun Factory vibration settings focussing on the clitoris and g-spot, this means going for gold!
Again, although not as powerful as Lelo’s Ina 2 (which is unusual in its potency, even amongst rabbits its own size), this little baby packs a surprising punch and is perfectly functional (removable rubber band gimmick notwithstanding). Especially good for travelling light, the Amorino is a mini rabbit with a huge heart. A surprise success, it comes highly recommended.
And now for something completely different: indeed, dildos don’t get much more unique than MyStim’s wonderfully silky Tingly Timmy, a silicone rabbit with no equal. This is because rather than vibrating or rotating it uses electro-stimulation to er, stimulate the G-spot and clitoris (you can read the in-depth Tingly Timmy review here).
If you’re unsure as to what electro-stim involves then you may like to read Cliterati’s review of the ElectraStim E-80 Dual Channel pack, which should give you a fair idea of the e-stim experience. For us, Tingly Timmy seemed a natural partner to this four-channel starter set– albeit one from an entirely different brand.
With four channels you can separate and choose the stimulation on each pad, which is ideal since the vaginal tunnel can enjoy a lot more than the supremely sensitive clitoris! It also enables you to find the perfect level for you – even more essential in electro-play than with standard rabbits. One for the esoteric amongst you.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to Cliterati’s Favourite Few, then just be sure to choose a silicone rabbit vibrator and not transparent jelly material (which isn’t body safe) from somewhere with a good returns policy. Avoid Ann Summers’ disappointing Expanding One Rabbit, which for our tester fell below par in every aspect.
We were sent the products above in exchange for a fair and honest review. Many Rabbits were sampled though none were hurt in the writing of this review.
This piece was originally posted on Cliterati 25th November 2014