[Toy Review] The Lovely 2.0

The original Lovely came out several years ago after crowdfunding via in Indiegogo campaign. However, this toy only came onto my radar recently when I was asked to review the brand new Lovely 2.0.

Meet Lovely

The Lovely 2.0 is a vibrating silicone cock-ring. It’s a compact little toy, about three inches in length, with a stretchy ring to go around the penis and a larger base area that vibrates to stimulate the clitoris during penetrative penis-in-vagina sex. As it’s very stretchy, one size will fit the vast majority of penises.

The Lovely 2.0 is USB rechargeable and comes with a little docking station that you plug into any USB cable or outlet. It does not come with a cable, but most of us have several micro-USB cords lying around at this point anyway. The Lovely is completely waterproof, so you can use it if you like to get it on in the bath or shower! (Or hot tub. Or pool or lake. I’m not judging.)

My Lovely 2.0 is a nice deep green colour. It also comes in soft pink, if that’s more your style.

Body Safety and Hygiene Things

The Lovely 2.0 sex toy The Lovely 2.0 is made entirely of silicone, which as you’ll know is my favourite material for sex toys. It’s non-porous and completely body-safe. As it’s non-porous and waterproof, you can wash it with some warm water and gentle soap, or sterilise with a body-safe medical wipe. If you’re using barriers, take extra care when putting the ring on – toys can sometimes snag and tear condoms if you’re not careful.

App Functionality & User Interface

The app is the really cool thing about this product. You can change the settings between the ten different vibration patterns, and there’s also an easy-to-use slider feature that enables you to change the speed on each setting. Not only does the app mean you can change the setting without lots of fiddly button-pressing, it also has a couple of other fun additional features.

The “Desire Sensing” technology is fun. After sex, the users can share “feedback” and desires in the Lovely app, and it will give a series of personalised sex-related ideas and suggestions. The idea is a combination of this and the way you use the toy (settings, duration etc.) and the app “learns” what you both like in bed. The Lovely original was described as the “Fitbit of sex” and I think that description is quite apt here. You can even specify particular areas of interest – say, BDSM or threesomes – and your tips will be further personalised based upon your preferences. Just hit “daily tip” and you’ll get a sexy idea. Then rate the tips you get to help the app learn even more about your desires, likes and dislikes.

When you sign up to the app, you need to sync it to the toy – this uses Bluetooth and takes about two minutes – and then add in your partner (if you wish) via their email address.

I don’t really use or love the “calories burned” function personally, and think it could be triggering to folks with a history of disordered eating or body-image struggles.

You could use the Lovely 2.o without the app if you don’t have a smartphone or don’t like the idea of your phone keeping such intimate data about you. The Lovely 2.0 minus app operates on a simple one-button interface in the centre of the toy. You hold the button down to switch the toy on, press repeatedly to cycle through settings, and hold it down again to switch off. That said, this is a bit fiddly to do when you’re in the middle of sex and requires pausing to get your hand between your bodies and press buttons. It’s also much harder to tune the setting to exactly where you want it. On the whole, the app enhances this product’s functionality a lot and I don’t really recommend trying to use it without.

So what did I think?

I really like a lot of things about this product. It’s one of the best app functionalities for a sex toy I’ve seen. I like its compact size and the way it fits between bodies during sex. Unfortunately, where it really fell down for me was on the level of power. I’m a self-confessed power queen, and even on the highest level the Lovely just wasn’t strong enough for me. I enjoyed it for some extra clitoral stimulation during sex, but when I was ready to orgasm I found myself reaching for something stronger.

Final thoughts – do I recommend it?

If you’re looking for a wearable vibrating toy to use during PIV intercourse, the Lovely 2.0 has a lot to recommend it. I cannot recommend it if you’re someone who needs really powerful vibrations to get you off – as I said above, it’s not super strong. But if you’re into gentler vibrations or are just looking for a bit of extra clitoral stimulation during sex, this could be a great choice for you. The app and its additional features are a big part of what take this product from “fine” to “good” for me!

I particularly suggest this toy to new couples or those who are new to exploring more adventurous sex – it’s a great way to share more and learn more about each others’ desires in a fun and low pressure way.

The Lovely 2.0 retails for $139 (about £108) and ships worldwide.

Thanks to Lovely Inc for sponsoring this review and providing me with the product to test. All opinions, as always, are my own! Pics of the toy are by me. App screenshot is property of Lovely Inc. If this review was helpful to you, please consider buying me a coffee to say thanks.

 

[Toy Review] Satisfyer Pro 4 Couples

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I try really hard not to be prejudiced against a toy before it’s even been anywhere near my bits. But I have to admit there was a part of me that hated the Satisfyer Pro 4 Couples on sight. Perhaps that’s why it’s languished at the bottom of my “to be reviewed” pile for six months. My bias is a little bit because I get pissed off when “for couples” is used interchangeably with “to be used during penis-in-vagina intercourse,” is if that’s the only type of sex couples have. It’s a little bit because I hate the late-nineties text-s  peak tweeness of “4” instead of “for”. And it’s a lot because I looked at this fucking thing and went “there is no way that’s gonna be effective”.

Facts ‘n’ Figures

The Satisfyer Pro 4 Couples lying on my laptop keyboard.

The Satisfyer Pro 4 Couples is one of the models in Satisfyer’s new generation line, which also includes the G Spot Rabbit (which I quite enjoyed) and the Pro Plus Vibration (which I adored). It’s V-shaped, clearly vaguely modeled after other wearable-during-intercourse vibes such as the We-Vibe Sync (which I recently reviewed for Sex Tech Guide). It utilises Satisfyer’s signature contactless stimulation via rapid pulses of air or “pressure waves”.

There’s a large bulky part which sits against the vulva and houses the pressure wave/suction clitoral stimulator. The second arm is shorter, very slim and flexible, and is designed to sit inside the vagina and vibrate.

This toy boasts two separate motors. The clitoral stimulator has 11 different levels of intensity, and the internal arm has 10 vibration patterns. They are controlled by separate buttons and can be used together or independently.

The Pro 4 Couples is fully waterproof and USB rechargeable. It retails for $99.99 on Lovehoney USA. At time of writing it is not available through the UK site.

Care & Cleaning of Your Satisfyer…

Like all Satisfyer products, the Pro 4 Couples is body-safe. The exterior is matte silicone, the buttons are plastic, and the silicone nozzle end is removable for easier cleaning. Being waterproof, you can submerge it to clean it fully, or use a medical wipe for a quick clean-up. It’s not really condom/barrier compatible.

As always, I recommend water-based lube for silicone toys.

The Satisfyer Pro 4 Couples lying on a white lined notebookGood Points

No toy is all bad. (Scratch that: some toys are all bad). It would be unfair not to acknowledge the Pro 4 Couples’ good points, even though the overall product didn’t work for me.

I really like the air pressure technology Satisfyer use for their clitoral stimulators. It provides intense pleasure without numbing, and this toy is no exception.

I also liked that you can control the clitoral arm and the internal arm separately. I hate vibrations inside my vagina, so being able to turn them off was a godsend.

What I didn’t like

Literally everything else?

Though I’m sure it will work for some people, this product just feels really badly designed to me. For one thing, it doesn’t stay in place! I struggled to get it to stay on my clitoris without using my hands when I was using it solo and staying very still. There is absolutely no way this thing would remain in position during any sort of thrusting..

Secondly, I found the internal arm not only provided no pleasure but was actually painful! This is quite a feat considering how small it is. It tapers to a point for some reason, and when I put the toy in the right position so that the suction nozzle was over my clitoris, this pointy end poked painfully into the wall of my vagina.

Third, there’s no way I could get a penis inside me alongside this toy. I tried valiantly with a dildo (a small dildo!) and it just made the painful poking feeling worse.

Finally, the internal vibrations are buzzy as fuck. I tried them on my clit, just for fun, and I was going numb within a few seconds.

I’m willing to accept that this toy might work well for some people as a solo toy, if their vulva happens to be shaped in exactly the right way to fit with it, but as a toy for wearing during intercourse it’s simply not fit for purpose.

Needless to say, I don’t recommend it. But what should you get instead?

If you’re looking for a pressure wave clitoral stimulator for solo use, get the Satisfyer Pro Plus Vibration. For dual clitoral suction and G-spot stimulation, get the G-Spot Rabbit. Or for a toy to use for clitoral pleasure during intercourse, get the We-Vibe Sync.

I can see what Sayisfyer were going for with the Pro 4 Couples, but it just misses the mark in so many different ways. A really disappointing offering from a manufacturer I usually like.

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[Toy Review] Atom Cock Ring by Hot Octopuss

Remember that terrible cock ring I reviewed (read: made fun of mercilessly) a few months back? This is… not that.

I adore Hot Octopuss. Their innovative products, their anti-stigma work and their community-minded stance all put them firmly in my “Amy’s Favourite Companies” list**.

I’ve previously reviewed their Queen Bee and Pocket Pulse, and was thrilled to receive the new Atom Cock Ring to test.

Let’s Take a Look, Shall We?

My hand holding the black Atom cock ring. The purpose of cock rings is to keep blood in the penis in order to make a person’s erection harder and bring about a stronger climax. Vibrating rings have the added bonus of providing clitoral stimulation during penetrative sex. It’s a simple premise, but one that is so often executed really badly.

Hot Octopuss describes Atom as “the next generation in cock rings”. It retails for £69 (heh) directly from the manufacturer.

The Atom is a stretchy black silicone ring, with a large contact area with a raised nub to sit against the clitoris. It is adorned with a simple metallic-coloured ABS band with the company’s crown logo, on which the up/down speed buttons sit. The company name is also stamped into the silicone. The aesthetic is minimalist, masculine, and sexy as hell. Also provided is a useful little drawstring storage pouch.

The Atom is rechargeable via a USB cable, and completely waterproof – useful if shower sex is your thing! It is controlled via three simple buttons, and has six settings in total – constant vibrations and five different patterns. Each one of these can be adjusted up or down in intensity.

A word for the girthier penis-owners: you’re gonna need lube, friends! This ring’s diameter is only about 1.5″ so, though it is nice and stretchy and should sit comfortably once it’s on, you should be sure to use plenty of lube to slide it into place without discomfort. As ever, use water-based lube with silicone toys.

Body-Safe and Easy to Clean

The entire surface of the Atom is coated in super soft, silky silicone. The decorative band is ABS plastic. This means it both feels lovely and is completely body-safe and non-porous. As it’s waterproof, it is also easy to clean with warm water and some gentle soap. For a quick clean, as ever I recommend toy wipes or body-safe sterile wipes (I buy in bulk from medical supply sites).

When it comes to cleaning, the only issue is the seam where the band connects to the main body of the toy. This area could be a germ trap, so take extra care when cleaning it.

Oh, and a quick note on matte silicone: as a material, it picks up lint and fluff like nobody’s business. Expect to have to give your toy a quick rinse before use if it’s been in storage for a while. It’s generally a good idea to do this anyway.

What We Loved

The Hot Octopuss Atom on a white and purple dildo with little hearts.
Feat. Ambit by Godemiche dildo, because obviously this very masculine cock-ring needed to be paired with the most femme dildo I own.

The Atom boasts by far the strongest vibrations I have ever felt from a cock-ring. They are powerful, rumbly and on all levels, immensely satisfying. My limited experience with vibrating cock-rings in the past has been that they are so weak as to be either pointless or annoying. No such problems here! The vibrations are more than strong enough for even my power-queen clit. Finally, Hot Octopuss have made a cock-ring that will actually give the clitoris-owner some pleasure when used during PIV sex!

It was also tight enough to actually have the desired effect of giving my partner a stronger, harder and longer-lasting erection.

Of course, I also love that it’s body-safe, well made, and from a company whose ethics and business practices I trust.

What We Didn’t Love

The biggest problem with this toy from my perspective is in the placement of the buttons. They are, as I mentioned, situated on either end of the ABS band across the top of the toy. (The on/off/change pattern button is separate, and is embedded into the silicone just below the “down” control). This button placement means that changing the settings during sex is difficult and will almost certainly interrupt your flow. We had to pause to look more closely at which button was which, and then to change between the settings. The single biggest improvement Hot Octopuss could make to this toy, should they bring out a second edition, would be to include a remote control.

There are no other major issues. We do have the issue that Mr CK likes patterns while I like constant vibrations, but that’s definitely an us problem (/excuse for him to torment me, because I have a teasing and denial kink).

Atom or Atom Plus?

Hot Octopuss actually released two cock-rings last year, the Atom and the Atom Plus. I have not tried the Plus personally; however, I will tell you what I know about it so that you can make an informed choice about which to get.

Whereas the Atom features one motor primarily designed for clitoral stimulation, the Plus has two. (“The world’s first cock-ring to house dual integrated motors,” according to Hot Octopuss. Exciting!) The second motor offers intense stimulation of the perineum, the area between the testicles and anus which is extremely pleasurable for many people. So if you’re into this kind of stimulation, you might want to get the Plus. If you’re not fussed, you can stick with the Atom. The Atom is worn just around the shaft of the penis, whereas the Plus goes around both the penis and balls. The Plus is, of course, physically bigger and more expensive – it retails for £89.

So do we recommend it?

Yes, we do. It’s really hard to find quality, body-safe toys with good motors for people with penises. Hot Octopuss are ahead of the curve in redressing that balance. If you’re a fan of cock-rings and looking for something to take your sex to the next level, or if you’re after clitoral stimulation for you or your partner during penetrative sex, you can’t go wrong with the Atom.

In Mr CK’s words: “hands down the best cock-ring I have ever used!”

A banner ad for sex toy company Hot Octopuss, who sponsored a post on sex and mental healthThank you to Hot Octopuss for sending me the Atom cock-ring in exchange for an impartial review. I am an affiliate with Hot Octopuss and if you buy any product from them directly using the affiliate links in this post, I will make a small commission. The Atom (and Atom Plus) are also stocked by SheVibe and Peepshow Toys, for my non-European readers. Thanks also, as always, to Mr CK and his extremely patient Stunt Cock for allowing me to do things to his genitals in the name of journalism. 

Pictures of product by me, other graphics by Hot Octopuss. Not to be used without express permission. 

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