The iGino One

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The iGino One provided for review by iGino

Mimi

As anyone that has read other reviews of vibrators on this blog knows already, my body appreciates a pretty limited range of vibrators. This isn’t something I’m proud of, it’s just a fact. Whenever I’m given a vibrator to review, I feel a bit guilty anticipating a less than shining review, which is not necessarily the fault of the product. We’re just not compatible (although sometimes the vibrators totally suck).

iGino One really surprised me. It’s small, compact, precise, and resembles an iPod. Typically vibrators that meet that description don’t work too well for me because they’re not powerful enough or they’re too hard to hold in place during sex. With the iGino One, not only did the sensation feel good both alone and during sex, but I had… an orgasm! Every time! The specificity and intensity of the vibrator tip can still be a bit awkward to control, especially if you use lube during sex. That said, in my experience using it thus far, it gets easier with practice. There are no settings, just an on or off switch located on the side, so you’re unlikely to accidentally turn it off or mess up your settings during use.

For people who find the vibrator too powerful and lament not having any options for intensity, iGino One includes a clover-shaped EVA foam add-on to ease the sensation. This also disperses the vibration to a slightly wide range if you’re finding it too pointed.

The novelty of covertly carrying a vibrator in my purse is also not lost on me. When you often use a vibrator that could bludgeon someone to death, it’s not exactly easy to bring it with you on vacation, booty calls, or random semi-public sexcapades. And it’s not just that the iGino One is small, I’ve got other great, relatively small vibrators, like the Lelo Gigi. Part of what makes the iGino One design special is that if someone happens to see it in your purse, in your suitcase, on your night stand, etc. they’ll probably just assume it’s an iPod, smart phone, or digital camera.

I wouldn’t want it to be the only vibrator that I own, but it has definitely earned a special position in my small circle of vibrators.

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Joseph

The iGino-one is an impressively innovative sex toy produced by an independent firm. On its face, there is nothing terribly remarkable about this vibrator. It is a small plastic vibrator with a rechargeable battery. However, upon getting familiar with it, I became more and more impressed.

First off, its form is very well thought out. Rather than be vaguely phallic shaped and therefore hard to explain if someone were to find it, it is a rectangular shape roughly the size of a deck of playing cards – or a smartphone. That shape is totally inconspicuous in a pocket or purse.

Also because it is flat it can theoretically be laid flat in-between the body of you and your lover. We have not been able to make that work because it is too hard to keep it in place since the vibrating head is fairly small. Just because we couldn’t make that work doesn’t mean it can’t work.

The intensity that this little rectangle puts out is pretty astounding. It is akin to a smaller Hitachi. In fact, if the Hitachi were a superhero (and let’s be honest, it kind of is), the iGino would be its portable sidekick. It also seems like it would be the one to make all the snarky comments.

The charger is usb and swivels out of the base of the iGino which is nice because it means you can charge it basically anywhere and you don’t have to worry about remembering to bring the cable, though it does come with a cable if that’s more your speed. According to the documentation that came with it, an 8 hour charge will power the IGino for “a full session” but that a full charge (good for 40 minutes of continual use) takes 12 hours. I doubt you will need to use it for 40 minutes continuously, though – it is very intense.

The charger also holds my one and only complaint with this product, and it is a small one. When you plug it in, a blue light glows from the base of the usb arm. That would be cool if it indicated to you that it was charging and went off when it was done charging, but it doesn’t. It just glows. Forever.

Aside from that one nit-picky complaint, I love this vibrator. I love how powerful and portable it is and I love that it gets my wife off without fail.

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The Naked Truth 

The Naked Truth
Aesthetics: ★★★★½
Intensity: ★★★★☆
Volume: ★★★½☆
Ease of Cleaning: ★★★☆☆
Functionality: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★☆

Dildo Buying Guide

With all the easily accessible resources online for sex toys, such as She Bop and Vibrations Direct, as well as the amount of options, it can be really overwhelming to decide what dildo to buy, especially if it’s your first time buying. In an effort to make this experience less daunting and potentially disappointing, we’ve put together a short guide.

First of all, I would encourage you to try to keep an open mind and be patient with your body. You may not really know what kind of stimulation you want. That’s okay! And if you buy something that doesn’t immediately knock your socks off, that’s okay, too. Often new toys take some getting used to, some experimentation.

Budget

You know the saying, “you get what you pay for”? That’s definitely true of most sex toys. Be prepared to spend at least $40, give or take a few bucks. Depending on your budget, this may seem like a lot to spend on stiff object to stick in your holes, but it’s totally worth it to get a good quality sex toy that you won’t need to turn around and replace in a few months. Also, these toys tend to be made of materials that you can sterilize, making them versatile and safe for continued use. There are exceptions, of course, but approach with some skepticism.

Aesthetics

Visual attractiveness is not always indicative of a product you’ll love — the Hitachi Magic Wand and the Eroscillator come to mind — but it helps if you find your soon-to-be sex toy appealing. Look over your options and try to pin down what you immediately find attractive. Do you find yourself turned on by the realistic, flesh-toned dildos? Do you prefer the dildos that look more geometric and colorful? Or perhaps some version in between? Does a certain texture look sensationally interesting? I wouldn’t pick a dildo on aesthetic alone, but it certainly helps to be aware of what you find attractive.

Size / Shape

Just as preferences for style vary, so do preferences for size or shape. Some dildos are long yet slender, others are short and wide. There are many variations. It’s probably not wise to select a particularly large or wide dildo if this is your first one, just because you may find yourself unable to use the dildo pleasurably. However, depending on your sexual experience, you may know that you prefer smaller or larger than “average” sizes.

Functionality

It’s really important to consider what functions you want this dildo to serve. Do you want it to vibrate? If so, obviously you’ll want a dildo that vibrates. Do you want it to be able to stimulate your g-spot or prostate? If so, then you want to look for a curved dildo with a bulbous tip. If you want to be able to use the dildo anally, without a condom, or possibly share it with partners, then you should buy one that is made of 100% silicone*, glass, or aluminum. These materials can be boiled in between uses to sterilize the dildo. Also, in the case of anal insertion, please look for a dildo with a wide base, such as the Tantus Curve. (You wouldn’t want to lose anything in there!)

There you have it. The basics. I hope this little guide helps you decide on which dildo to buy. Remember to keep an open mind, trust your own desires, and read product descriptions thoroughly for dimensions and material information. Happy hunting!


*Silicone toys need to be used exclusively with water-based lubricants. Silicone lubricants will destroy silicone toys.

Ode to a Legend – The Hitachi Magic Wand

Hitachi

The Hitachi Magic Wand is the first sex toy that I ever encountered. I saw it while my wife (then girlfriend) was getting a condom from her “toy box” and was terrified.

“That thing is freaking huge! She puts that inside of her!?! Holy shit. How am I supposed to satisfy someone used to that monstrosity?”

In case it’s not obvious, I was much less educated about sex toys than I am now. Over the years I have come to have a great respect and appreciation for the Hitachi Magic Wand. Speaking of years, it is worth noting that my wife has been using the same Magic Wand for the past 6 years. That’s quality craftsmanship.

Hitachi introduced the Magic Wand to the market in the 1970’s as a personal massager for soothing sore muscles and tendons. It vibrates at a maximum of 6,000 rpm and delivers these vibrations via a 2.5” rubberized head. Though it is certainly powerful enough to be used as a muscle massager, it is indisputably a sex toy. An iconic, legendary sex toy. Popular since its inception, the Magic Wand (commonly referred to as the “Hitachi”) was propelled to fame when Betty Dodson, a pioneer in sex education and pro-sex feminism, wrote and talked about it during the course of her career.

The Hitachi Magic Wand’s stint in the public eye did not end with Betty, though. It has been featured in many popular media venues like Sex and the City. It is also one of the most widely accessible sex toys on the market. You can buy one everywhere, from high quality sex toy stores like Babeland to crappy, shady little sex toy stores in the Bible Belt of America. Walmart and American Apparel even carry them on their websites.

Though primarily used by women, it can also be rather pleasing for men to use. The same deep, powerful, and well-dispersed vibration that makes it earth-shattering for women also feels great for men. Placed along the shaft or against the head (on low for me, thanks) can be quite fun. If you’re into anal play, you can also use it to vibrate a plug.

Surprisingly, to my knowledge there have not been any sonnets or love songs written to or about the Hitachi Magic Wand. Yet.