Lelo Expert Reviews
After winning our competition to review a year's supply of Lelo toys, our Bondara Lelo Expert Jessie will guide you through her experiences of each Lelo toy she tests. Designed in Sweden by luxury toymaker Lelo, each of these pleasure objects has been crafted to deliver high quality stimulation. But does Jessie agree? Check back each month to see her latest review.
Lelo Hula Pleasure Beads Review January 2014: Jessie:
Hula beads are the latest innovation from Lelo which are part kegel exerciser, part love egg and unique in that they not only vibrate but rotate as well.
I was sent the beads in the Ocean Blue colour which is fantastic, I much prefer the bright colours and it looks great so Iím glad this was an option. It comes with all the usual bits like the instruction manual, warranty card, sample of Leloís lubricant, mains charger plus 2 AAA batteries for use in the remote- all inside Leloís beautiful packaging.
The beads themselves are approximately 4Ē in insertable length (plus the retrieval cord which is another 3Ē) and 4.75Ē in circumference at their widest point.
As with other remote toys from Lelo, Hula beads have 8 settings (6 patterns and 2 sense motion settings) which are: constant vibration, pulse, fast pulse, low to high, wave and random plus the two sense motion settings. When the remote is held horizontally the vibrations are at a minimum but they increase as the remote is tilted so when held vertically they are at 100% or the intensity of the vibrations changes when you shake the remote.
After trying the Hula Beads out several times I have to say Iím thrilled with them, they are so versatile and manage to deliver a variety of sensations with little input from me.
For internal use I inserted just the upper part at first, so the vibrator was still outside my body. Initially I didnít feel much as it was on a low setting and my muscles were stopping the rotation and causing the outer bead to rotate instead. However when I increased the speed it felt fantastic! I could have happily stayed like that for hours. I do find when using them like this they are more stimulating if you insert them then close your legs as this stops the outer part from moving around too much and forces the upper bead to rotate as it should.
I was able to insert them fully after a bit of warming up and they are really comfortable to wear.†
One tip I would suggest for wearing internally is to be aware of where you place the retrieval cord. The vibrations carry surprisingly well down the cord so it seems a shame to waste the extra sensations.
They are really quiet, you can just about hear them quietly humming away when theyíre on the highest setting (if you listen out for them) and so I had no worries about wearing them out in public.
Lelo Tiani 3 Couples Massager Review December 2013: Jessie:
The Tiani 3 is the is the latest of this model of couples massagers from Lelo and offers twice as much power as previous models along with changes to the shape of the head to make it more comfortable and easy to wear.
I chose the Tiani in black, this is the only Lelo toy I have in this colour but I have to say so far I think I prefer it to the pinks and purples.
The Tiani is made of seam free, body safe silicone and the remote is also made of silicone and gloss plastic and is approximately 2.5Ē in diameter. Itís rechargeable by a mains adapter and is plugged in by unscrewing the head of the toy to reveal the charging point. It will flash while charging and then stay lit when fully charged.
The Tiani 3 has 8 settings (6 patterns and 2 sense motion settings) which are: constant vibration, pulse, fast pulse, low to high, wave and random plus the two sense motion settings which are: when the remote is held horizontally the vibrations are at a minimum but they increase as the remote is tilted so when held vertically they are at 100% or the intensity of the vibrations changes when you shake the remote.
The remote also mimics the actions of the Tiani itself so can also be used as a vibrator but this can be switched of by holding down the middle button.
I tried this out by myself first of all. It was really easy to insert and easy to just wear as well. I couldnít walk about with it exactly but with close fitting underwear on it stayed in place quite well. I probably wouldnít go out with it in but it is fun around the house. I found that the size of the head of vibrator on this also really works. The depth as well as the width meant it sat really well.
When it came to use with my partner it was really easy. Because the insertable part of the toy is so slim it is very easy to put in and it stayed in place really well. The body contact of my partner meant that I got the added pressure I didnít have when using alone so the vibrations were much stronger so for me.
The only real downside of this for me was that if using lube, when your hands are wet the remote can be a bit tricky to handle which can be frustrating but given all the plus points including the fact that the whole thing is completely waterproof itís a small problem.
Lelo Gigi 2 G-Spot Vibrator Review November 2013: Jessie:
I was really looking forward to trying the Gigi 2 as I enjoy g spot stimulation and while I do own other toys of this kind I tend not to use them as I found just fingers got the best results for me. However Iíd heard great things about the Gigi so I thought if any toy was going to work this would be it.
The Gigi uses a mains cable to charge which plugs into the bottom of the control handle and takes about 2 hours for a full charge. A white light will flash when charging and then stay on when fully charged which gives around 4 hours of play time.
A slight downside is that with the handle being made of plastic when it gets wet itís very slippery and it can make the buttons difficult to press, or in my case keep pressing them when I donít mean to.
Overall IĎm really pleased with the Gigi. Despite taking a bit of getting used to it works really well as a clitoral and a g spot vibrator. Itís rechargeable, completely waterproof and of course fantastic quality.
Lelo Ida Couples Massager Review October 2013: Jessie:
The Ida is the brand new coupleís massager from Lelo and unlike their previous offerings in couples toys the Ida not only vibrates but has a rotating shaft as well, all designed to stimulate both partners during intercourse.
The massager itself looks great. The clitoral stimulator is approximately 2.25Ē in diameter with an insertable shaft that is 3.5Ē long and 3Ē in circumference all made of seam free silicone.
Before use it will need to be charged for two hours but then it will be ready to go.
The Ida can be used with or without the remote. If you want to use it without you switch it on by pressing the button opposite the charging point and then just keep pressing it to scroll through the various settings which are: constant vibration, pulse, fast pulse, low to high, wave and random.
The Ida does however have other settings but you need the remote to use them. To use the remote press the on button on the side of the Ida so it can connect to the remote (this may take a few seconds) and press the + button on the remote to switch on. The middle button on the remote will change the patterns but the + and Ė buttons vary the speed on each setting.
I tried this out by myself first of all. The shaft is really flexible making it easy to insert and I was pleased to find how comfortably the vibrator sits. The large clitoral stimulator means that even if the toy shifts a bit when you move, the vibrator is wide enough that it will still be sitting over the clitoris so there is no need to hold it in place. The internal part wasnít quite as I was expecting. You canít actually operate the rotation and the vibration separately, which I would have preferred, and I thought this would be an issue but the rotation isnít as prominent as I was expecting. I can obviously feel it moving inside me but it doesnít press as firmly into my g-spot as Iíd like and as itís not that powerful in this respect your muscles can actually stop the shaft from going round if you clench too much, however thatís not necessarily a bad thing. I noticed when testing this that if it does stop rotating internally this will just cause the clitoral section to rotate instead which actually feels fantastic.
When it came to use with my partner I have to admit I was a little sceptical as to whether everything would fit but with a little lube it was quite easy, although we did have to go very slowly. However with my partner inside me I found the internal part of the toy all but stopped and felt like it was rubbing in one very small area rather than really stimulating my g spot.
What was great for me was the vibrator. Finding a toy for use during sex thatís genuinely hands free isnít that easy.
Over all a bit of a mixed bag but I do believe that this is a toy that takes a few goes to find out what works best for you and can be great when you find it.
Lelo Billy Review September 2013: Jessie:
The Billy is Leloís vibrating prostate massager. It comes packaged in Lelos signature box along with the warranty card, instruction manual, charger and satin storage bag although I tend to keep it stored in the box.
The main part of the toy is made of smooth, body safe silicone so with a bit of water based lube itís really easy to use. The widest insertable part is 3.5Ē in circumference and the full length of the toy is 6.75Ē with 4Ē of insertable length where there is a flared base to stop it travelling any further. It is also gently angled making it great for prostate stimulation.
I found it takes about 1.5 hours to charge initially and is controlled by arrows and + - on a raised button. The + - controls the speed and the arrows control the 5 patterns which are constant vibration, 3 pulse settings and a wave setting. The buttons are easy to feel when in use and actually light up whenever itís pressed although I did find that sometimes this needed to be pressed quite firmly to get the patterns to change. It is this button that also lights up while charging and flashes red as a warning that the battery is low (although as with a lot of rechargeable toys this is easily missed so best to keep it charged).
The Billy also has Leloís travel lock feature which can be turned on by pressing the control button until it flashes once and do the same to unlock.
Although the Billy is NOT waterproof it is splash proof so cleaning is easy with antibacterial soap or toy cleaner so long as you take care to avoid the charging port which is covered by a silicone tab.
This was my partnerís first toy of this kind and I think he was actually expecting it to be a little bigger so I really think if youíre new to this kind of toy itís a great start. It is worth remembering if you prefer bigger toys that this is mainly for prostate play so it wonít give the Ďfullí feeling you get from some bigger toys and itís also not meant for use as a butt plug so itís unlikely to stay put without keeping one hand on it. However the moderate size doesnít stop the Billy from packing a punch, this toy really does its job.
The vibrations are nice and rumbly and can be increased very gradually to build intensity rather than having to jump up to a much higher setting so stimulation to the prostate can be slow to build. The width and angle of the Billy also mean that the vibrations are focussed on the prostate. And while the vibrations are good and strong on the highest setting they start of very gently so it has a very good range and it is also by far the quietest vibrator we own.
My partner has used this alone but I think he ultimately prefers (and possibly finds it easier) when we use it together as he does enjoy other stimulation at the same time and the quality of the vibrations from the Billy mean that itís great just used on his perineum and testicles. I really enjoyed using this with him and could actually feel the vibrations even when it was inside him.
So far I think this toyís been a great success for us and would highly recommend it, in fact the only real problem has been that I forgot to charge it up the other day, no fun if the power runs out half way though!
Lelo Smart Wand Large Review August 2013: Jessie:
As expected with Lelo products the packaging with this was fantastic. Along with the instruction manual, warranty card and charger the wand also included a Lelo Insignia brooch and a neoprene storage pouch.
Constant vibration, Pulse, Medium Pulse, Fast Pulse, Low to high , Wave, Fast wave and Random.
The Smart Wand also has Lelos SenseTouch technology. If you hold down the middle button for 3-5 seconds it will switch over to this mode. This means that if you hold the wand away from yourself it will vibrate at a very low setting but when you touch it to your skin the vibrations will increase.
The vibrations are very deep and rumbly even on the lowest settings and you can really feel them penetrating your muscles so although I admit I donít generally use it for my back it does really work as a massager.
For intimate use I have to say itís in a different league to anything else I own so I couldnít really compare it to any of my other toys as it is incredibly powerful. Usually when Iím using any of my other vibrators they get turned up to the highest setting quickly but this needed some building up to, I donít recommend turning up to the highest setting and going straight in there if youíre using this for clitoral stimulation especially not without lube.
I have also used it with my partner during foreplay. He also really enjoys the sensations of the wand against his testicles and perineum although Iím still getting used to how much pressure to use when holding it against him. Also during intercourse he actually placed the wand against himself at the base of his penis and I could still feel the vibrations deep inside me.
Before receiving this I would have been undecided as to what wand to get but this really is perfect for me. I think when a toy can make me orgasm within minutes or just give me a massage in the bath Iíve definitely made the right choice.
Lelo Mia 2 Review July 2013: Jessie:
As with all Lelo products the packaging is lovely. The inner box containing the toy looks like a gift box with ĎLeloí discreetly embossed on the top so no one would guess what was in there. You also receive a satin storage bag, a sachet of Lelo lubricant, the user manual and your Lelo authenticity card and warranty.
The vibrator itself is approximately 4.5Ē in length and 3Ē in circumference at its widest point. Itís made of non porous skin safe plastic which means no latex or phthalates and itís also waterproof so very easy to clean. Although these plastics can be used with any lubricants the buttons are made of silicone so if you use a silicone lubricant the buttons may become tacky over time so it might be worth sticking to water-based.
To get started just twist of the cap to reveal the usb port for charging. A white light will flash when charging and then stay on when fully charged. A full charge gives you about 90 minutes of play time depending on which setting youíre using.
It uses two buttons (+/-) and starts off with constant vibrations. Holding the + button down gradually increases these rather than pressing once to Ďgo up a notchí which I really like however this means to get on to the pulse settings you have to wait until the vibrations are at their highest and hold the + button down for a few seconds and release for the selection of patterns to come on. You can then scroll through the five different patterns which include pulses and waves, pressing the -button will take you back to the constant vibrations.
The vibrations are quite deep, not buzzy and tickly like some and although personally the pulse settings didnít do much for me thatís true of all toys, I like strong constant vibrations and the Mia really delivered that and I was able to orgasm quickly.
This is a quiet toy, not whisper quiet but itís not going to bother anyone outside your bedroom especially if youíre under the covers.
Another great feature of this is that you can lock the controls by holding down both buttons together until it flashes (you do the same to unlock) so itís not turned on accidently whilst packed away.
I do have a couple of gripes. Changing over to the patterns is a bit to fiddly and because the buttons lie quite flat against the toy they can be difficult to find during use especially if youíre using lube. However it has become a firm favourite in the toy box and I like to keep it fully charged so itís ready whenever I need it.