Anyone who knows me knows that I love wands. I’m pretty much obsessed with them. No other toys hit my sweet spots in quite the same way. So I was pretty excited when TooTimid offered me the Pink BOB Allure Wand vibrator to review.
I’ve got to be completely upfront and state that I hate this manufacturer name with a vengeance. BOB stands for Battery Operated Boyfriend and this just upsets me on a ridiculous number of levels.
Say it with me now: toys are not replacements for partners! Sex toys and partners occupy completely different spaces and functions in one’s life!
That said, once I finished raging at the name, how did the Allure Wand actually stack up?
My first impression of the Allure Wand when I took it out of the packaging is that it’s really, really light. Like, ridiculously so for its size. This could be a really significant plus for those who find the heavier models too cumbersome.
The Allure Wand is mains powered and the cord is a massive 9ft long. It’s about 12″ long and the classic “magic wand” shape. It boasts 20 different speeds and pattern settings.
In use, I found it… okay?
The Allure Wand does not match the higher-end wands on the market. At all. Do not be fooled into thinking you’re getting something comparable for a much cheaper price, because you’re not.
I can get off with the Allure Wand if I ramp it up to the top setting, but I wouldn’t say I found it particularly enjoyable or pleasurable to use. The vibrations are strong but they’re pretty buzzy and after a while by bits felt semi-numb and tingly. It took me about 40 minutes to orgasm with it, which is a pretty poor show for a wand.
The noise level is reasonable – wands are never going to be silent toys, but my partner couldn’t hear it through the floor the way he can with some toys.
I did notice the head got a little warm after about 30 minutes of continuous use, so you might want to bear this in mind if you like to use your wands for long periods of time without a break.
I didn’t have to struggle to get off with this one! And for that, it is to be commended.
My Ratings (all scores out of 5★)
The head has a silicone cap, which is body-safe. (It’s definitely silicone, it passed the flame test.) It’s really weird silicone, though – it feels kind of rough and grainy. Under the silicone cap are foam inserts, for some reason!? I suspect this is a money-saving technique but it’s kind of cheap and gross, not to mention unsanitary. The body is ABS plastic.
You all know how I feel about pink! (Spoiler: I’m kinda sick of it). The Allure Wand is actually slightly less obnoxiously pink in real life than it looks on the pictures. The real colour is slightly darker and less in-your-face. It’s still very pink, though, and I’m not here for that. The grainy texture of the silicone cap just makes the whole thing look really cheap and slapdash.
Ease of Use: ★★★★
Again: this wand is ridiculously light for the size and level of power, which is one of the things I really love about it. It’s mains powered, so needs to be plugged in to use, but the 9ft cord makes this easy – even if your socket is on the other side of the bedroom, it’s got you covered.
It operates on a simple two-button interface. One button turns the toy on and off and changes the pattern, while the other adjusts the speed. It does have that annoying problem of so many toys, wherein you can’t change down a speed or go back to the previous pattern without cycling allllll the way through. Seriously, when are manufacturers going to figure this out?
On the plus side, the buttons are intuitively placed, press easily, and make a nice satisfying “click”. The flexible neck is really annoying to me because I like to be able to press a toy hard against my vulva. But for others it might be a nice touch, as some “give” can enable more precise placement to the right spot.
Ease of care & cleaning: ★★
The silicone head makes clean-up relatively easy, though I am always a bit wary when it comes to cleaning mains-powered toys as they can’t be submerged in water. It’s best to clean them with a sterile wipe – I like to use the ones you can buy in bulk from a medical supply store. There is a seam around the head which could trap bacteria, so be extra thorough when cleaning that area. And, again, those foam inserts are bacteria traps from hell. For toys like this, I always advise popping a condom over it if you’re going to share with a non fluid-bonded partner.
The Allure Wand has so many settings! I love how you can use any of the patterns with any of the different speed settings, so the combinations are endless. It’s designed for clits, but would work nicely for dicks too.
The power level is decent, though still not what I’d expect for the price. And the vibrations are really buzzy, which makes the toy far less enjoyable and leaves my bits feeling numbed out and pissed off.
Overall Score: ★★
My overall impression is “unimpressed.” This toy is way too expensive for the quality and though it uses body-safe materials, it’s shoddily made and feels like it might fall apart any second.
Safe to say it didn’t rock my world.
Thanks to TooTimid for commissioning this review! All views are, and will always be, my own. Image is courtesy of TooTimid and reproduced with permission.