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…
Luxury mark Lelo is fast becoming the under-performing offspring of the adult industry – and regretfully so. It’s been downhill ever since designing Cliterati’s favourite vibrator, the outstanding Mona 2. After relentless disappointing attempts at effective innovation we’ve seen so many damp squabs seemingly rush-released by the brand (hello all versions of the Ora, Tiani and Ida – among others) that reviewer faith has been rocked beyond repair. So, when the Mona Wave and Ina Wave arrived at Cliterati Towers it would be fair to say they were received with trepidation.
As with all Lelo items, the Wave range comes packaged in exquisite boxes with a ten-year quality guarantee and one year warranty. The toys’ sensual silicone is smooth and seamless of the high standard we’ve come to expect from Lelo, and the colours are deep and luxurious.
The vibrations of the Ina Wave are suitably rumbly and quiet, whilst the rotating finger wags like a disappointing aunt NOISILY. Apparently the internal shaft is supposed ‘to rise and fall like an expert lover’s fingers’, but whilst our own expert lover can go fast or slow, the Ina Wave plods along at a pedestrian speed which is somewhere in-between.
Due to the narrow area between the main shaft and the clitoral stimulator, Cliterati found the Ina Wave’s predecessor the Ina 2 to be unremittingly uncomfortable – rather like being held in a sharp pincer grip – so we didn’t have high hopes for the Wave version of the toy. Fortunately, the clit stim finger on the Ina Wave is far more flexible than its older sister and immediately more comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s still the wrong shape and dimensions for this particular reviewer’s body. Lelo blurb says the main shaft is angled at 30 degrees for perfect G-Spot stimulation, yet when it comes to inflexible plastic objects precious few people are ‘perfectly’ shaped to match.
That said, we can imagine that if the Ina Wave did suit your dimensions it would do so screamingly well. Indeed, if Marmite were an adjective it would fit here quite comfortably, since both Ina toys are definitely of the love-or-hate variety. Perhaps it would be advantageous for Lelo to offer toys in two sizes (as they did with their Wands), as whilst the main shaft of the Ina Wave may be welcomingly unthreatening for some, for others it could be considerably longer and wider to better embrace the unfathomable variabilities of the female form.
This discrepancy between design intentions and user dimensions makes playing with the Ina Wave more complicated than expected: yes, the new controller interface is pleasingly smooth and the memory setting a welcome addition, but we found the handle itself far too short and tricky to angle or manipulate during use. Luckily, the Ina Wave lends itself well to hands-free fun. However, this has repercussions, as when the vaginal muscles are clenched tightly not only are you unable to feel the toy moving inside but in the meantime the external clit stim end flails wildly around your outside: this can be hit or miss depending on the user’s body shape. It’s worth pointing out that if your PC muscles are really strong you may even be able to stop the inner motor from rotating altogether, a controversial feature of the Wave range considering orgasmic spasms are the name of the game.
Ironically, the best settings of the Ina Wave are those in the more generic rabbit mode that alternate between the two digits: just like the Ina 2 the main shaft of the Wave vibrates before the clit stim buzzes and back again, building up a gratifying rhythm. The vibration and rotating finger patterns are well programmed, and it’s great that you can have one without the other, although when used simultaneously the power of both can feel lessened. With the Ina Wave the internal finger can rotate as well as vibrate, sometimes both at the same time – impressive stuff!
Whilst it’s great that Lelo are innovating where others seem reticent to progress, the brand’s new gizmos continue to fall short of satisfying their intended aim, and for such high unit prices this is inexcusable. Admiring as we are of the Lelo brand, we have to admit that this is testing customer loyalty to the limit.
Cliterati desperately wanted to like the Wave range, but unfortunately although the Ina and Mona Waves have all the right components, as a team none these seem to play together particularly effectively: for all their potential they feel like warm-up toys rather than game-changers. Indeed, judging by their recent performances, if Lelo were a football team they’d have been relegated a good few seasons ago, currently seen languishing at the bottom of the lower divisions.
So pull your socks up Lelo, as we’re all on your side and wishing you every success. But let’s not forget that adult toy production is about customer satisfaction – in more ways than one. Presently, with poor products outnumbering the positive, Lelo are in dire danger of alienating even their most loyal fans. We can only hope for a return to form in future.
This piece was originally posted on Cliterati on 22nd November 2014
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
Since my Tiani 2 review is one of the most popular on my blog, I thought it would be useful to share Lelo’s very first e-book – You Two and Tiani 2: A Guide to Positions & Possibilities.
No stranger to the winner’s circle – with the highlight being winning the prestigious Red Dot Design Award 2012 – Tiani 2 is also a Lelo customer favourite. Their brand new e-book responds to curious customer enquiries and feedback about how users can take advantage of all the benefits Tiani 2 has to offer.
The ten exciting and challenging positions include the Bath of Bliss and Divine Appetizer, as well as eight other inspiring ideas – so be prepared to experiment and enjoy!
Download Lelo’s free e-book ‘You Two and Tiani 2: A Guide to Positions & Possibilities’ here
Wondering what sexy treat to get your lover for Christmas? Well luckily for you (and for me!) I’ve spent much of this year in pursuit of the perfect sex toy, and many testing hours later I’ve come up with my 2012 Top 12. You can thank me later.
For sheer beauty and exquisite ‘objet’-ness, these handmade dildos remain unsurpassed. If your lover has generic sex toys aplenty, then this will complete their collection nicely.
They also have a bespoke service where you can design your own wooden dildo, from length and girth to shape and ridges. Mine is modelled on my husband Roger: my dream double-team!
Mona 2 by Lelo
My all-time favourite vibrator the Lelo Mona just got dumped for a younger model: welcome the Mona 2.
Ticking both G-spot and clit stim boxes, it may be expensive but with vibrations that strong (I – wait for it – had to turn it…down!) it’s worth every goddamn penny. And you can quote me on that.
From packaging to performance, it really is the perfect gift. ‘Nuff said.
The Mona 2 is available from Lelo for £84
A thrusting dildo rather than a vibrator, this is the future of vaginal masturbation, and for good reason it’s the hottest sex toy on the market right now. Best for internal rather than external play, the Stronic is like nothing you’ve ever tried before. It takes a moment or two to get used to using a pulsating product, but once you’re there we guarantee you won’t be going back – just don’t forget to buy a Fun Factory charger too if you haven’t already got one. Fucking fantastic.
To the untrained eye the Pillow Foreplay is a completely crazy idea: in layman’s terms it’s an adjustable inflatable pillow with a hole in which you stick your favourite vibrator.
You then ride the pillow-vibe combo like a cowgirl, or even clasp it missionary style above you if you prefer. It’s so simple it works like a dream, also proving popular with male partners due to the visual aspect. Plus it can be used during sex as a handy prop for the more athletic positions.
The Pillow Foreplay has to be tried to be believed, and luckily there are three different versions for girls, guys and gays alike. I’m now a believer – especially as they also do a bespoke service meaning you can have it in latex, leather or even with BDSM-friendly D rings should you so require. Highly recommended.
With phenomenal packaging this really is a truly gorgeous gift: our jaws literally dropped when we saw The Matryoshka’s box – and that was before we’d even opened it!
As its Russian Doll namesake suggests, The Matryoshka is beautifully feminine in shape, and has its own presentation case (pictured) which you can use to conceal it as it charges (although you will need to buy a European plug converter separately).
Not only is it genuinely gorgeous and unique, but it works a treat: surprisingly powerful, it’s the ideal clit stim toy. We were so impressed we had to test it again, and again and again…
Rianne’s Forbidden Fruit apple vibrator is also said to be outstanding, but we’ve yet to test it ourselves.
Leaf make the most gorgeous green eco toys we’ve ever seen at Cliterati HQ. I’ve tried the fresh and flexible Bloom and was amazed not only at how powerful its separate vibrations were at both ends, but impressed at the unique design which allows you to reach your required intensity simply by keeping the button pressed until you get there (rather than flicking through the vibrations level by level).
Presented in a Fairtrade-style tea box with a cute canvas storage pouch, this phthalate-free silicone toy is an absolute beauty. Clever and cool, it brings a whole new meaning to the term tea-bagging!
This little lady is a true delight: a vibrator that looks like a silicone cupcake – complete with cheeky cherry – and feels like the best foreplay toy you could ever hope to own.
At a perfectly reasonable £35 it’s utterly seductive – especially with lashings of lube – and the icing on the cake is a retro baking tin. Well, actually the icing on the cake is the icing on the cake, and then the icing on the cake of the icing on the cake is the tin, metaphorically speaking.
Anyway, if you’re still with me, the Cupcake Vibrator is an appetising addition to the sex toy table, and like most delicious treats is even better to share. Bon appétit!
If Pony Play’s been on your to-do list for some time but you’re not sure where to start, then I’ve put together this tempting taster trio to get you geared up for the horsey highway to heaven.
First up is the Leather Harness: this version’s no-frills and functional so perfect for beginners. However, you’ll need to buy your own presentation box for it as it comes in a plain plastic bag – not very sexy!
Secondly we have the Glass Vibrations Pony Tail Glass Butt Plug. There are several versions of this on the market, including plastic plugs, but this looked the best quality and least synthetic hair for the price, and it certainly felt fantastic when worn: an extremely erotic experience to say the least. A surprisingly lovely item in itself.
Finally we tried the handblown Icicles Glass Cat-O-Nine-Tails Flogger, which not only has sexy suede strings but also doubles up as a rather classy glass dildo: a sensuous toy with a welcome sting in its tail.
Just ensure in advance that your partner’s up to experimenting in this area, and with Lovehoney’s superfast delivery you’ll be saddled up in no time.
For prostate stimulation and general anal play, this is our preferred pegging dildo set. The adjustable harness fits like a dream, the pegging dildo is the perfect size – not too big or too small – and if you’re female you can even buy the additional Capsula dildo to insert inside yourself as you pleasure your partner.
Yes, finally it’s your turn to give as good as you get – especially if you purchase one of Vibrator Kingdom’s bespoke storage boxes to go with it. What would you want written on yours?
If you know a woman who likes a good spanking then she’ll love this: a latex skirt with the rear removed for easy arse access.
11) SPUNK Lube
A new addition to the bedroom, this ground-breaking lube that looks exactly like spunk comes in three different kinds: Silicone for longer sex sessions or shower play; Hybrid for use with silicone toys; and Pink, just for the fuck of it.
If you or your man have a fetish for bukkake, cream pies or threesome MMF fantasies, then this Spunk Lube is for you. Plus it’s a genuinely great product, and we can’t help thinking that as well as the Spunk Lube trio selection we’d like luscious Spunk Lube CEO Jeff in our stockings for Christmas too please, Santa!
Visit Spunk Lube US (with international deliveries aplenty)
I’m not going to pretend this is the most glamorous of gifts, but it may just turn out to be one of the most common-sense presents.
Yes, I realise common sense isn’t sexy, but when you learn that a vinyl sheet is ideal if you’re a squirter, into sploshing, water sports, getting oiled up or even just for fucking during a period, this is an unbeatable present as far as practicality is concerned. And that, my friend, is sexy.
Various Vinyl sheets are available from Lovehoney
OK, I lied – there’s one more, and a very lucky number it is too:
13) Antibacterial Toy Cleaning Spray by Lelo
Essential for any sex toy enthusiast: does what it says on the tin. You need this in your life!
Antibacterial Toy Cleaning Spray is available from Lelo for £6.90
Following feedback from customers and reviewers alike, upmarket intimate toy favourites Lelo have recently brought out upgraded models of some of their best-selling items. The Oden 2, Lyla 2 and Tiani 2 may have been out for a while now (read my Tiani 2 review here), but now the Mona, Ina, Elise and even the Kegel-busting Luna Beads come in updated, improved models.
The Mona 2, Ina 2 and Elise 2 offer increased vibration power (trust us, the Ina 2 we were sent was eye-opening in its intensity!), and are fully waterproof. They also come with Lelo’s usual impressive 1-Year warranty and 10-Year Quality Guarantee.
Meanwhile, the Luna Beads Noir are a sleeker sexier version of Lelo’s original Luna Beads, and are more focussed on delivering sensual pleasure – whilst still giving your pelvic floor a healthy workout. Improved orgasms are only part of the pleasure…
The Mona 2 is £84 from Lelo
The Ina 2 is £99 from Lelo
The Elise 2 is £105 from Lelo
The Luna Beads Noir are £24 from Lelo
Lelo Personal Moisturiser is £16.90 from Lelo
Lelo Antibacterial Toy Cleaning Spray is £6.90 from Lelo
Well, where to start this review of the Lelo TIANI 2 except to say that the words “mind-blowing sex” may have been uttered more than once following its various testing sessions. Yes, this is Lelo’s most recent incarnation of the original TIANI 2, this time with more wireless capability (“3x greater range than all other wireless masturbators”, according to Lelo) and fifty percent more powerful vibrations for added Oomph – or even Ooooh. Happily it’s also fully waterproof for bath or shower fun.
Indeed, the TIANI 2 offers a whole world of pleasurable possibilities, as there are simply so many variations of use. Let’s start with exploring the remote control itself: in SenseMotion Mode 1, tilting the remote from a horizontal to a vertical position increases the vibration intensity of the massager, whilst SenseMotion Mode 2 makes the massager vibrate more or less depending on how fast or slow you shake the remote (forget air guitar, this is the very latest in air wanking technology).
Since there are six different vibration settings to choose from, this gives you an irresistible array of play options. Not only that, but you can also use the remote as a vibrator as it mirrors the main massager – unless you want to turn this feature off, in which case the remote flashes instead of vibrating, allowing you to keep track of what the massager’s doing without your hand rattling in tandem. In any case, being able to adjust the intensity without interrupting your flow (for example in order to remove the internal massager and manually fiddle about with its settings) is just blissful – literally. You can also use the massager entirely on its own without the remote should you choose to do so.
Essentially what this all means is that practically the TIANI 2 consists of two separate vibrators, which for a couple makes it a wonderfully democratic toy – especially as when the remote’s in vibration mode it tunes to the exact same setting as the massager, letting you both enjoy the same sensations at the same time. Unless of course you decide to use the two parts of the TIANI 2 on one partner at once (wholeheartedly recommended)!
That’s the theory, so what’s it like in practise? Well, it’s worth bearing in mind that the first time Cliterati used the TIANI 2 during sex we weren’t convinced: Mr More is extremely well blessed, so it was rather an uncomfortable squeeze to fit him in alongside the toy. However, the second time we tested the TIANI 2 we added extra Lelo Personal Moisturizer, extended the foreplay, tried some different positions, and our minds were blown – again, and again, and…yes, just there, please don’t stop, oh god that feels good, again – and we wondered how we’d ever lived without it.
Because once you’ve found an arrangement that suits and got your head around the controls, the TIANI 2 is actually pretty simple. Instead of hard plastic, the silicone is firm yet soft against your skin, and the slim flexible end of the massager (which fits into your vagina or anus) is easy to manipulate so that the bigger vibrating end sits comfortably on your clit (or perineum). Although it isn’t strictly necessary, in order that we could bounce around the bedroom without fear of the TIANI 2 slipping out (yes, you’ll be glad to hear Cliterati is athletic where it counts), we found that the best way to hold the massager in place was to wear it with the sexiest pair of knickers we could get our hands on (Lelo’s silk French Maid shorts would do nicely). Since Cliterati’s undies were still in place and had to be pushed aside for penetration, this also had the added bonus of making our play feel even naughtier.
Likewise, the power games the TIANI 2 lends itself to are endless (such as one partner holding the remote whilst the other partner can only feel the vibrations if – and when – the controller decides), as are the potential role plays. These options become even more mind-boggling when you consider that for Cliterati the remote worked throughout the upstairs of the house, right through the walls. Now not only does the TIANI 2 put a whole new spin on romantic evenings out or a night on the dancefloor, but suddenly the daily commute, the housework and even an obligatory dinner with your partner’s colleagues doesn’t seem so bad…
As an alternative wedding present for open-minded friends, you couldn’t go far wrong with gifting the TIANI 2(think about it: their marital sex life would be set up for…life). But since they say charity begins at home, Cliterati suggests you delve deep, take the plunge, and experience TIANI 2 “mind-blowing sex” for yourselves: its limitless pleasure and play possibilities make it the perfect toy for couples. A joy.
If you’re looking for fun and innovative ways to use your Tiani 2, then Lelo have released their own free How-To Manual: You Two & Tiani 2 which you can read more about here.
First published on Cliterati