Sep 242013
 

WeVibe TouchAfter falling in love with We-Vibe’s Salsa, I honestly thought I’d never try something that would come close. Closed minded of me, yes, but I’m being completely honest here. After a rough start I thought I was going to write off the Touch as second best, but now that I’ve thoroughly used it for weeks, I have to say something I did not think I’d ever say. The Touch is giving the Salsa serious competition. They are neck and neck. I have been picking up the Touch more often than I have the Salsa. Boom. Truth bomb.

Alright, first off, I’m going to clear up any confusion about the color of the Touch I’m reviewing. The first Touch We-Vibe sent me was purple, and I used it in my Package of the Day post. When I looked at the innards of the packaging, I noticed I was sent a Tango manual and the Touch was fully charged. I was confused by it, so I contacted We-Vibe. They wrote me back saying they were sending me out another one, that I could keep the purple one or dispose of it like a battery, and that they had found a teal one! I was over the moon about it, because the teal color has been discontinued and it’s the one I’d been wanting.

Okay, moving on. The first time I used the Touch, I was less than impressed. Not by the vibrations but by the extreme drag of the silicone We-Vibe uses. My pussy was bone dry, and rearranging the Touch was extremely distracting. I’m not usually one to be put off by a first experience, but I was in this case. At least for a few days. Then I figured I’d take it in the shower. I fell in love with it. The silicone drag allowed me to keep a grip on it, and the shape of the scoop left little to no error when using while standing. After the shower, I took it to the bed and had a great time there. Since then, I gotten over my initial dislike of the silicone and have grown to like it. I’ve come to appreciate it, since I don’t have to worry about it sliding off or out of place when I’m using it.

Touch scoopMost of the clit vibes I had used before the Touch were bullets. This was the first one I’d ever used that covered the majority of my clit, but still had pinpointed vibrations. I’ve always found putting a plastic vibe directly on top of my clit to be irritating and borderline painful. So I’d always put it to the side of my clit. With the Touch, I’m able to put it to the side, but at the same time cover most of it, and it’s extremely comfortable. The scoop in the tip is the reason for it. Rather me having to find a comfortable position with a bullet, all I have to do it wiggle the Touch in between my labia and I’m ready to go.

The silicone surrounds the whole vibe, except for the dime sized charging port at the base. It’s somewhat squishy, but in no way soft. It has a ton of drag, and picks up lint  like a static-charged balloon. The majority of the silicone is in the pointed end. The silicone is pliable with a small amount of pressure, but it’s still firm in use.

Touch LogoThe strong vibrations of We-Vibe’s design are diminished by the silicone, but I wouldn’t list it as a negative. It’s different. I feel that it takes the slightly buzzy quality of the plastic Salsa out, and leaves just the deep rumble. It took me a second to get used to it. The Salsa is extremely strong, but it does have a buzz to it. I love that about the Salsa, but getting used to, and appreciating, the deep rumble of the Touch took a second.

The Touch has 8 vibration patterns. In order to get to one, you have to cycle through until you get to it. If you want to save your favorite setting when you’re done, hold the button down for 3 seconds. To turn it back on a quick press of the button will turn it back on. If you try and hold the button to start it back up, it won’t turn on. When I was first getting used to the We-Vibe vibes, I kept thinking that they were dead because when I held the button down it wouldn’t start up.

These are the 8 vibration patterns, as seen on We-Vibe’s site.

1  LOW  3000 rpm VIBE

2  MEDIUM  3600 rpm VIBE

3  HIGH  4200 rpm VIBE

4  ULTRA  4800 rpm VIBE

5   TEASE

6   WAVE

7   PULSE

8   CHA CHA

Touch Charging PortThe Touch takes 90 minutes to charge, and has a magnetic charging port. This can be either extremely easy or extremely annoying to use. I personally keep my We-Vibe charger on my nightstand, so I can charge which ever vibe (since it’s compatible with my Salsa too) needs to be charged by just leaning over. I have to make sure the charger has enough slack to stay up on its own, otherwise it’ll keep pulling off of the vibe. You can tell that the vibe is charging by a pin sized light on the charger. It will turn off when Touch is fully charged. The light is annoyingly small. Half of the time I have to search for it to make sure it’s charging. There are two parts to the charger; the charging port and the power cord. You plug the power cord into the charging port and you’re ready to go.

I’ve only really used the Touch on my favorite pattern, Ultra (4th in the cycle) and I get about 50 minutes on one charge (I’m not sure, as I’m not timing my sessions).  It’s annoying when it dies because there is no death rattle, it just stops. No warning and no real decrease in power, just dead.

Touch PackagingThe Touch does come with an over-sized satin-like storage bag for the Touch and charger, but it’s not something I use. I just keep my Touch in a drawer organizer with my other vibes and go-to dildos. The packaging of the Touch, is the same as the packing for the Salsa. My Touch arrived safely, but outside of that, the packaging doesn’t serve a purpose. I hold on to the packaging just in case anything were to happen to the Touch, as We-Vibe has a 0ne year warranty on them.

The Touch packs a thuddy punch that I love, and the shape is EXTREMELY comfortable. Probably the most comfortable vibrator I’ve ever used. It’s comfortable in my hand, comfortable on my clit, the silicone keeps it in place. The vibrations are extremely strong and it holds its charge for a decent amount of time. It is a hassle to clean, since using a wipe is out of the question because of the extreme drag of the silicone. So every time I use it, I have to take it over to the sink. Still, it’s the vibrator I’ve been picking up non-stop for the past month. I’d recommend the Touch to anyone and everyone.

Touch Side Shot

Thank you We-Vibe for providing this Touch in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Jun 212013
 

Before I got the Salsa in my hands I felt like I was living the words of the Bonnie Tyler’s song Holding Out For A Hero. I was waiting for a vibe that would take me away, save me from disposable batteries and the sound of a thousand wasp nests, but had mind blowing power. I was doubtful at first. It was like looking at Clark Kent and trying to see Super Man. You knew it was him, but you couldn’t get past your doubts. Well, I finally did. I got the chance to to fly around the bedroom with this quiet delight.

I feel liberated. I feel free. I feel like I’m finally in the “know”.  I feel like a testimonial on an infomercial. “Before I found the Salsa I spent tons of money on disposable batteries (cue falling money on the green screen), and my husband was constantly waking up when I was using my old toys (cue husband violently tossing and turning). It took me forever to cum with my old vibrators (cue rapid time lapse). Now I’m saving money for new toys, my husband sleeps soundly, and I’m currently a boneless heap of flesh.” Sometimes you have to take the leap of faith with highly revered toys. I did and my feet still haven’t touched the ground.

The Salsa works GREAT as a substitute bullet for vibrating toys. There are some toys that I wouldn’t risk it getting stuck, but there many toys this will work well for. Like bullet sleeves and ticklers. The Salsa takes the nice design and amps it up to 11. Make sure you spread a little bit of lube on the Salsa when inserting it into the toy, this helps getting the Salsa out, without having to reach for needle nosed pliers. Before you stick your Salsa into another toy, check to see how difficult it is to get the bullet out that’s include with the toy. I thought I would be able to stick my Salsa in my Flex by Tantus, but before I did, I used the bullet that was included. Even with lube, the bullet got stuck, and I ended up fucking with it until I broke it. So before you risk your bullet, check to make sure retrieval is easy and safe for the toy.

*With that in mind, do not use this toy for anal insertion. You think losing it in a toy is bad, imagine sitting in the ER waiting for them to call your name. It’s dangerous and very risky. Don’t risk puncturing your colon, just because you think you have a handle on it. So I say this with love, DON’T STICK IT IN YOUR BUTT.

The Salsa is waterproof, so this opens the doors to many fantastic places you can use it. You can use it in the bath, shower, pool, in the rain. It’s up to you. I love not having to worry about it, when I’m hopping into the shower for some fun time.
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Some quick stats on the Salsa –

-It’s made from hard 100% body safe ABS plastic (the same thing Legos are made out of). It’s made from food grade material, it’s non-porous, phthalates-free, latex-free, and hypo-allergenic. Yay! It can be used with all types of lubricants. Which can be tricky if you’re going to couple it with a silicone toy. Do not use silicone lubricants with silicone toys. If you insist on using silicone lube, spot check it on an area of the silicone toy that is not insertable, before you proceed.

-It’s 3 1/4″ long and the circumference is 2 1/4″.  The slightly flared base is 2 1/2″ in circumference.

-It comes with a magnetic charger, that when including the plug-in, reaches 6 feet in length. (This is great if your plugs are in hard to reach places.)
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Okay, now onto the fun stuff. The Salsa.

When you get the Salsa it needs to be charged for 90 minutes. You’ll know it’s charging by a small pin hole light on the charger. When it’s finished the light will shut off. Keep an eye on the clock, as the light may go off if there is a weak connection. Magnetic chargers can be finicky about the connection. When you press the button on the base, you’ll see that you don’t need to press it hard. I’ve found with other vibes that you have to press extremely hard for it register. Not with the Salsa, there’s no need to try and shove your finger in there to turn it on. After it’s on, you can run through the different vibration patterns. The Salsa has 8 vibration patterns.

1  LOW  3000 rpm VIBE

2  MEDIUM  3600 rpm VIBE

3  HIGH  4200 rpm VIBE

4  ULTRA  4800 rpm VIBE

5   TEASE

6   WAVE

7   PULSE

8   CHA CHA

To turn the toy on, you simply press the button. To turn it off, you hold the button down for three seconds. When you start it back up, it will start on the last pattern you used. The only way for it to start on the lowest setting is if you flip through the patterns to turn it off.

Each of these vibrations is relatively quiet. It can be slightly heard from under the covers, but impossible to hear through a closed door. The vibrations of the toy can be felt strongly in your hand when in use, but it isn’t an overly buzzy vibration, so it doesn’t hurt your hand. Nothing worse than feeling like you’re holding on to an electronic shock pad, when you’re trying to get off.

I love that cleaning the Salsa is so easy. You can use a baby wipe, soap and water, or wipe is down with isopropyl alcohol. I love it because I tend to leave my Salsa in a desk organizer in my top drawer of my night stand. A quick wipe, and away it goes.

Now the packaging for the Salsa is interesting. It’s a nice look, but can be a hassle to use for storage. I personally have only held on to it for this review. It comes with a white satin bag that is big enough to hold the Salsa vibe and the charger. Making it nice if you need a small bag to take on the road with you. The white satin bag is folded within a small plastic bag, and in the white box, along with the charger/power cord. Under the small box is the small manual that has extremely basic instructions (basically everything I told you about charging it before use). The actual charging port is removable from the power cord, and is held in place by a plastic positioner along with the Salsa. My Salsa was shipped in a bubble bag and it got to me unscathed. So, know that the packaging is made of sturdy material and will keep your toy safe during shipment (that doesn’t mean you can go stomp on it).

To be honest, it took me awhile to get around to investing in the Salsa, I was a skeptical non-believer. When I heard that We-Vibe was discontinuing it, I knew I had to get my hands on this unicorn before it was nothing but a fantastical legend told by sex bloggers the world over. Fortunately when it came, I had a lot going on, so I was able to leave it on the charger without hovering over it. I took it upstairs for the test. Pants off, laying on the bed, I started it up. It took me a second to figure out that it didn’t take more than a simple press of the button to turn it on, but when I got it up to the 4th setting (my favorite) I had to sit up. I couldn’t believe that such a small vibe held this much power AND that it was so quiet. *Boom* Mind blown. Then when I touched it to my clit, I jumped. I’ve had vibes that dance around in my hand like ferret on crack, but when in use they were seriously weak. Not the Salsa. The crazy dance it did in my hand, was the same on my clit. Even with extra pressure it powered on. Within two minutes the Salsa (with the help of a personal fave from my Spank Bank) had me on the verge of slipping into post-orgasmic coma. I say verge because I had to shake it off and go pick my kid up from day care. I’m happy to say that since then I use it at least once a day or night, and each time the results are the same–Bliss.

I use clit vibes primarily for a quick thrill. I like to be able to stop whatever I’m doing, get out my vibe for a quickie, and be back to whatever I was doing within a few minutes. I don’t always do this, but for the most part, it’s what I’m able to get in during a busy day. Since I received it two weeks ago, I’ve only had to charge it three times (that’s including the first charge). I’ve used it at least 6 different times on a single charge. There is a very slight decline in power as it loses it’s charge. It’s very small but noticeable. Just know that after you feel that slight loss of power that it’s going to come to an end soon, because within two uses it’ll just die. No drawn out death rattle, just done. I keep my charger plugged in behind my nightstand, with the magnetic charging port next to my lamp. The length of the cord is great if you live in a place where outlets are few and far in between.

I love my new found hero, the Salsa. I wish the charge lasted longer, but with the cord being right there, charging is a breeze. I thought the small size would make my hand cramp, but because of its power I don’t have to apply much pressure. The small size makes it great to use with a dildo as larger vibes can pinch delicate flesh between the itself and the dildo of day. I’m thoroughly impressed and am proud to say that I am now a believer.

~The Salsa IS being discontinued. So snatch it up while you still can.~

Lovehoney