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…
You may already know to select water-based lube for use with silicone sex toys and latex condoms, or use oil-based for anal or longer sessions with a partner, but equally important aspects to consider are whether your chosen sexual lubricant contains suspected carcinogens parabens, or glycerin which is sugary and has the potential to provoke thrush – especially since it’s likely to be employed during a vigorous sex session.
Secondary to these aspects come smell and taste, as there’s nothing worse than a mouthful of unpalatable chemicals midway through a steamy session. Happily, ‘smooth ♥ sensual’ newcomer Licx is inoffensive to the nose and scores highly as it’s palatable too. In fact, it’s a great all-rounder for a general use, and although it does dry quickly a drop of water will soon reinvigorate its intended slipperiness.
In Cliterati’s selfless quest for a decent lube, alarming skin rashes have ensued from the testing of lubricants designed to ‘stimulate or ‘excite’, so we tend to steer well clear of these and deliberately haven’t tested any from the Licx brand. However, if you did fancy trying a non-standard stimulant they have made an Arousal Gel for your delectation, and better still there’s a Licx Mix For Her box set comprising a taster of two sachets of said gel, along with two of Cream lube (containing parabens), Gel lube (paraben-free) and some special intimate wipes. There’s also a Travel Licx mix for naughty weekends away. Smooth and sensual indeed….
This piece was originally posted on Cliterati on 16th March 2015
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
Ever on the hunt for a decent sex machine, we were lucky enough to get our hands on the Robo Fuk by Love Botz. Suitable for both men and women it comes complete with realistic accessories, namely a Fleshlight-esque sleeve and a bendable dildo that can be shaped to your preferred angle.
At first glance the RF seems promising: easily set-up and with one page of simple instructions, it’s neither too big nor too small and you can store it under your bed. The first issue reveals itself when you plug the machine in: unfortunately the mains lead slips out at the slightest provocation – rather frustrating when the entire product is designed around moving parts.
The thrusting itself works very simply: you choose the angle of penetration/ reception by rotating a wheel to lock and unlock the thruster in place, and a dial in your hand which is wired to the RF helps you change the speed of thrusts at will. The RK will stop hammering away when it hits against something too firm: assumedly as a safety measure. Unfortunately, this has a consequence when it comes to slow penetration – or indeed any penetration starting from outside the body – as it leads the RK to stop suddenly. You can get around this by placing the dildo inside you before turning the machine on and then turning the speed up further.
The masturbation sleeve and the dildo are made to look lifelike, but neither are stated to be body-safe or phthalate-free, so we would advise to use both with a condom. Certainly Cliterati was glad to have employed common sense before testing the RF, since upon checking it a load of liquid spurted out from between the flesh of the dildo and its metal core. Presumably this was lube, but whether it was your average intimate moisturiser or manufacturing lubrication like WD40 we have no idea!
Another cause for concern is the availability of accessories: if you wanted to go for an upmarket silicone strap-on like one from the Doc Johnson Vac-U-Lock range, or indeed a toy from any other brand, you’d find it incompatible with your RF. Even if you wanted to try a different dildo from LoveBotz you’d have difficulty, as the website only sells what you already get in your initial box set. Bafflingly, although they do sell a separate attachment for use in double-penetration, they don’t actually sell the anal toy itself.
Using the RF with the male masturbation sleeve causes all sorts of other issues: namely that whilst erections point upwards, so does the machine – even the Karma Sutra would be stuck on a suitable position!
When the RoboFuk works well it works reeeally well, thrusting tirelessly with unremitting enthusiasm. Hitting all the right spots, it’s an impressive piece of kit, which could easily become a regular feature in the bedroom were it not for its various drawbacks. For, although this is an entry-level machine, at the £320 price of the RoboFuk we would have expected expressly body-safe, phthalate-free silicone sex toys and a greater variety of accessories on offer (or at least parts interchangeable with other brands). A product like this should open the mind and inspire your sex life towards further exploration, rather than narrow your options for the future: if you wanted to use it with a better quality dildo you’d be Fukd.
The Robo Fuk has all the right parts and the potential to hit all the right places, but it’s almost like the manufacturers lost interest in the finished product as a whole: it doesn’t even come with a storage bag. Decent in principle, disappointing in practice, for this sex machine to stay on the scene it would have to be a helluva lot more right on right on. A missed opportunity.
This piece was originally posted on Cliterati on 13th April 2015
Like the rest of its Jimmyjane stablemates #5 is visually arresting, being beautiful enough to be an ‘objet’ (the Jj designers really do have an exceptional eye). Its shape is unusual but aesthetically pleasing: it has two upright wings like a bird poised to take flight, and its – oh look: Form – screams understated innovation. It even charges in a tasteful way, elegantly displayed on a white stand.
Form 5 is also tangibly pleasing, the soft silicone at the top giving way to a naughty nub (‘Pleasure Dome’) between the wings, settled on a solid base which fits easily in your fist.
Billed as “Pleasure Times Three”, Form 5 works for men, women and couples. For women, the theory is that the fluttering wings caress the labia whilst the Dome targets the clitoris, rather like combining a pebble vibrator with a bullet. You can also use the wings for on-point clitoral massage of a different sensation, or on nipples and other sensitive areas – for example the temple and sinuses (no, not a sex thing, I just found it helped ease the pain).
Unfortunately, the Dome suffers from the same affliction as the nub on Lelo’s Ora: users with a shy clitoris will be challenged to find it with this part of the toy – which is a shame as it’s precisely what it’s been designed for. Leloimproved on this issue with the oral sex simulator Ora 2 and an update from Jimmyjane for the Form 5 would be similarly welcome.
Another improvement to Form 5 would be to make the buttons more visible during use, as once in position it’s darn near impossible to feel, let alone see them! After all, Jj successfully improved the tough-touch buttons on the Form 6 (although the loudness remains a problem), happy proof they do listen to their consumers.
Whilst Form 5 is clearly designed with women mostly in mind, with a lot of (water-based) lube the Form 5 also works well for men. Take for example my husband Roger More, the reluctant recipient of Cliterati’s sex toys for men. An unusually well-endowed chap, his reluctance stems from the eternal disappointment of never finding anything naughty which fits his length and/ or girth. However, running his shaft up and down between the very forgiving and extremely flexible wings – and against the Dome – of the Form 5 elicited a surprised smile.
For me at least there’s a discrepancy between cost versus efficacy with Jimmyjane toys: it’s admirable that they push the boundaries of traditional vibrator design, but a shame that it can result in style over substance (Form 3and Hello Touch, here’s looking at you, Kids). Thankfully Form 5 joins its sister Form 4 as my preferred products from that particular range. If only for my husband Mr More…
This piece was originally posted on Cliterati on 17th September 2015
There have been a number of innovations in the erotic industry since the simple cord or screw-based battery vibrator of a few decades ago, yet these original designs are still selling well – albeit with a few all-essential tweaks.
Take for example Doc Johnson’s eight inch Vibrating Realistic Cock, modeled on an actual erect penis. Available in two tones, Black or Cream, despite its outmoded electronics it updates this classic conception, thrusting us into the present day thanks to its lifelike look and feel. The shaft has detailed veins and a carefully crafted frenulum and glans (not a phrase one expects to hear every day!). It also has a pair of convincing balls at the bottom – albeit balls with a flat base – for that all-important sack-slap against the body.
In practice the Realistic 8” may have a hefty weight to it, but this above-average appendage won’t make your wrist ache like his big brothers Bam, John Holmes or Jeff Stryker (reviewed here), and it gives more of a stretched and full yet comfortable feel. The integrated battery-powered vibrator may be risible in its old-fashioned form (‘multi-speed’ seems somewhat of an overstatement compared to its contemporaries on the market), but the Realistic 8” works surprisingly well when coupled with such a generously proportioned cock.
There’s also a suction cup at the base with which to stick your new best friend to suitable surfaces such as French windows, bathroom tiles and wooden bedsteads or floors. Indeed, when this sucker gets a good purchase on a surface it’s surprisingly hard to dislodge. In terms of versatility, for couples of any gender combination the suction cup can be used with an O-ring harness as a strap-on, or alone in roleplaying a threesome without the associated politics.
This item comes UR3 version (pictured) – short for Ultra Realistic 3.0. That is to say it’s dual-density: softer to the touch than the usual range but just as firm inside. This ensures it warms easily to your body temperature and feels just as realistic as it looks. In addition, the smell isn’t nearly as strong as some of their other dongs such as the Jeff Stryker.
But still, there is something about Realistic 8” that’s irresistible: Doc Johnson understand what they excel at and they play to those strengths accordingly, with winning user reviews on every occasion. This is a textbook case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. That said, it’s probably is time to update the vibrator…
This piece was originally posted on Cliterati on 19th September 2015