Suzi Godson says the Magic Wand vibrator may not be the most attractive toy, but if she could pick only one, this would be it.
Q. I have been looking at vibrators and there is an enormous variety available.
How do I choose? Are the very expensive vibrators really worth it?
A. Vibrators are a very personal shop and although buying online is easy and discreet, you can’t really tell what a product feels like, or how powerful it is.
The biggest gripe about sex toys is the lack of power, and this is particularly problematic with battery-operated models.
For this reason, it is generally worth paying more for a plug-in or a rechargeable vibrator. Yes, you do get what you pay for, but only up to a point.
The Lelo Inez, for example, costs €12,000, but only because it is plated with 24-carat gold.
In comparison, The Lelo Elise 2, €179, is a quieter vibrator that has two motors delivering a frequency of 120Hz and, fully charged, provides four hours of use.
Lelo has cornered the luxury vibrator market, and products such as the rabbit-styled INA Wave, €179, which rhythmically presses the G-spot while stimulating the clitoris, are genuinely innovative (although the body-safe silicone of Lelo vibrators is not very soft).
Or you may be someone who prefers the idea of a ‘massage’ type device.
For this I would recommend the Tenga’s Iroha range which provides an almost skin-to-skin sensation and is shaped to fit in the palm of your hand.
For example, the Tenga Sakura, €90, is coated with a soft body-safe silicone and is powerful for such a small rechargeable vibrator.
Similarly, the Je Joue Mimi Soft, €84.99, is a squeezable, ball-like rechargeable clitoral stimulator that you hold in the palm of your hand that has 12 different settings.
If you want to experiment with G-spot stimulation, Je Joue’s G-Kii, €119.99, can be curved into different shapes at the touch of a button.
For combined clitoral and penetrative stimulation. you could try Lovehoney’s Happy Rabbit 2 €69.95. This updated model of its original rabbit vibrator is more powerful and more flexible.
It has a velvety finish and two motors — one in the shaft and one in the clitoris-stimulating rabbit ears.
Rabbit vibrators became a phenomenon in the 1990s because they provided a blend of internal and external stimulation.
The Sh! Jessica Rabbit Vibrator, £40, is a reinterpretation of the classic bunny.
It runs on three AA batteries so it is not very powerful, but the combination of sensations from two-way shaft rotation and internal and external stimulation makes it a good starter model.
The iconic Hitachi Magic Wand has been described as the mother of all vibrators.
It was made as a device to relax sore muscles, until sex educator Betty Dodson used it to teach women how to have what was often their first orgasm.
Hitachi was never that happy about being associated with a sex product and the wand was withdrawn in Europe several years ago.
However, a new distribution deal means that you can now buy the original plug-in Hitachi Magic Wand, £89.95 (€106.22) online.
Renamed the Magic Wand Original, there is also now a rechargeable version for £119.95 (€141.70, www.hitachi-magic-wand-massagers.co.uk
The Magic Wand may not be the most attractive toy, but if I could pick only one, this would be it.
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