Womanizer W100 Review

The notorious Womanizer W100: a sex toy that erupted onto the scene like your eccentric old aunt, showing up to the family reunion in a faux-fur coat that more closely resembles a shag carpet, embellishing her sentences with fake-jeweled fingers flying dramatically through the air, and wanting to know when that damn valet is going to park her Geo Metro.

Luxury. Am I right?

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Womanizer W100The Womanizer is utterly cringeworthy in both name and design. It’s left sex toy reviewers befuddled as to how anyone could possibly think that such a hideous disaster is synonymous with “female pleasure.” (Although it helps if you first reduce all clitoris owners to their most narrow & cisnormative gender stereotypes.) It’s a toy that gave Dizzy flashbacks to the 80s: all animal prints & glittering rhinestones. Lilly aptly nicknamed hers “Blanche.” And Epiphora‘s review is to blame for the horrifying mental image I had of “sucking snot” from a clitoris. Sadly, they are all incredibly spot-on.

The Womanizer W100 looks like someone got the ridiculous idea to make a designer ear thermometer — and only asked for fashion tips from 12 year old girls. It’s available in varying colors of leopard print & crocodile skin, red roses, and edgy tattoo designs. (There’s even a $500+ limited edition Swarovski crystal version.) No matter what the style, one thing is consistent: it is always ugly.

Womanizer - buttonsMaybe I’m being a bit too harsh. In an industry where innovation is often advertised — but very difficult to actually come by — the Womanizer succeeds in being a one-of-a-kind sex toy. You place the nozzle (or “treatment head,” as they disgustingly call it) over your clitoris, pressing just enough to seal the edges against your skin, and passively wait for an orgasm to wash over you.

Its magic is often attributed to a subtle combination of suction & vibration, but I’m with Lilly in not being entirely convinced that suction is what’s actually going on here. It may feel like suction at first, especially when pressed against rounded parts of your body: the pad of your finger, tip of your nose, or yes — even your clitoris. But if you hover the nozzle over your lips (one of the most sensitive & discerning parts of your body), you’ll actually notice that the Womanizer seems to be blowing cool air rather than sucking it in.

Womanizer’s promotional video describes the technology as “pulsating pressure waves” and it’s exactly these pulses, like tiny quick bursts of air, that I think might be responsible for most of the vibrating sensation too. If you place your finger on one side of the nozzle, you won’t feel hardly any movement (even at maximum intensity). That sensation only comes from the inside — “vibrating” the edges after you’ve successfully prevented the air from escaping.

Bravo, Womanizer. This shit is genius.

Womanizer - packagingLike any respectable toy, the Womanizer is made from nonporous & body-safe materials: silicone & hard ABS plastic. However, unlike many “luxury” toys, it is not waterproof. (Thankfully, the silicone nozzle is removable for easy cleaning. You can simply wipe the body of the toy with a moist cloth.) At about 6″ long and 2″ wide, it is chunky — but still light as a feather. This may create the impression that it is cheaply made, but it also makes the toy extremely comfortable to hold.

The Womanizer has 6 different intensity levels to choose from. The obnoxiously huge gemstone button increases the intensity, but the toy does not decrease unless you press the power button. This immediately returns you to its lowest setting. (The controls are definitely a pain if you’re having a Goldilocks moment, trying to find a middle setting that is “just right.”) To turn the toy off, press & hold the power button for 2-3 seconds.

The Womanizer comes packaged in a thin cardboard box that is much more tastefully designed than the toy itself, though certainly not discreet. (Photos of the confusing-looking toy get paired with amusingly sexual tag lines such as “your private delight” and “100% lust & good feeling.”) Also included is a hard-shell storage/travel case, an extra silicone nozzle, a widely translated instruction manual, and a USB charging cord without an AC adapter. A full charge takes 4 hours and lasts for up to 90 minutes.

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As you’ve probably guessed by now (or read in the reviews of other bloggers), using the Womanizer is a unique experience.

Womanizer - nozzleWhen I first apply the nozzle of the Womanizer over my clitoris and turn it on, I amp up the intensity to its maximum setting. Because nothing is coming into direct contact with my clit (except for air), this still feels gentle compared to my favorite vibrators. Waiting for the toy to do its magic, I try very hard to keep my hand steady — but I always fail.

Tiny spasms of pleasure, or simply the slow passage of time, will invariably cause me to lose the perfect placement. Sometimes the sensations simply get too overwhelming, bypassing pleasure and going straight to discomfort. (Similar, but not nearly as intense as Redhead Bedhead‘s negative experience with this toy; a fantastic reminder that all bodies are different.) Whatever the cause… I’m forced to start over, spreading my labia out of the way again and readjusting the nozzle, trying to ignore that horrible gurgling noise that reminds me of the sound a toy airplane would make if it were flying through pudding.

I repeat this process at least 5 more times.

Womanizer - glowAll the while, that damn nozzle is glowing red like a clit beacon that mocks my inability to stay still. For a brief moment, I get frustrated & question whether this is really worth the effort. It feels good, but my orgasm still seems small & far away — until suddenly it doesn’t. The Womanizer makes my orgasms sneak up on me, very similar to my experience of receiving oral sex. My body instantly goes from the sexual equivalent of a dying white dwarf to an exploding supernova of pleasure. And just as quickly as it arrived, it’s over; the “pulsating pressure waves” turn into torture devices for my oversensitive little clitoris. I panic & rip my hand away, focusing on only one goal: Make. It. Stop.

Womanizer advertises that their product avoids over-sensitivity and assists with multiple orgasms, but this has NOT been my experience. There’s simply no good way to go from maximum intensity to a slow & gentle comedown with this toy; no way to patiently ride the waves of an orgasm as they gradually disappear. Even hitting the power button (returning to that first level) is too large of a jump, ending my orgasm prematurely. I’ve tried to amp back up again, but it doesn’t work. My clit remains unamused & far too exhausted to keep going. 

Womanizer W100And yet — despite how much of a pain in the ass it is — I somehow find myself reaching for the Womanizer. I crave its gentle-yet-relentless onslaught of magical air pulses. The feathery soft vibration that perfectly stimulates the area surrounding the clitoris, never touching it directly but teasing it into a frenzy.

My orgasms with the Womanizer are short. They are not necessarily better or stronger than what I can achieve with a strong vibrator. But they are subtly different — and that is something that I, as a sex toy reviewer, really appreciate.

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This is certainly one of the most confusing, on-the-fence reviews that I’ve ever had to write. When it comes to sex toys, I enjoy unique sensations. But that doesn’t help me to formulate advice on whether or not I think that this toy will work for you, dear readers. That’s part of the reason why I chose to link to so many other blogger reviews in this post — because I think that maybe one of us will describe the sensation in a way that works (or doesn’t work) for your body.

Womanizer W100It’s tough though. At $189, the Womanizer W100 is NOT cheap. And it’s certainly not easy for many of us —myself included— to drop that much money on a sex toy (especially one that receives such varied reviews).

So, I will simply say this: If you really enjoy pinpoint clitoral stimulation, find yourself getting bored with traditional vibrators, are willing to patiently fiddle with a toy that has a bit of a learning curve, and can ignore the horrible gaudiness of gemstones & animal prints… you might just enjoy the Womanizer.

Love it or hate it; if you try this toy, I would be absolutely thrilled to hear what you think. Leave a comment below, letting us know how YOU describe this one-of-a-kind sensation! 

4stars

Pros: innovative air technology, unique sensation, pinpoint clitoral stimulation, body-safe & nonporous, 6 intensity settings, removable nozzle tips for easy cleaning, rechargeable, comes with sturdy travel/storage case

Cons: horrible name & design, makes weird gurgling noise when not pressed against skin, no way to slowly back off if stimulation becomes overwhelming, not waterproof, nozzle glows red (can be distracting for some), expensive


Huge thanks to my affiliate, SheVibe, for providing me with this product in exchange for an honest & unbiased review. 

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Main Squeeze Heavy Double

Lovehoney Main Squeeze: Heavy Double Kegel Balls Review

Those closest to me like to joke that whenever I decide to try something new, I go “balls to the wall.” In this instance, I can’t think of a more fitting phrase — or one that would amuse me nearly as much.

On somewhat of a whim, I decided to request one of the heaviest kegel exercisers that Lovehoney has to offer: the Main Squeeze Heavy Double Kegel Balls. Although kegel exercises aren’t exactly new for me, my experience is still somewhat limited. I have a wonderfully adorable app called Kegel Kat (which I hardly ever remember to use) and I own the Lelo Luna Beads (which have only ever tried to escape from my vagina once). Despite that one very awkward closed-leg walk across the gym, I still consider my pelvic floor to be pretty strong. And hey… Your vagina only lives once, right? Why not challenge it?

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For anyone who is unfamiliar with Kegel balls, their intended purpose is to be placed and held within the vagina in order to exercise the muscles of the pelvic floor (those that support the bladder & uterus). Exercising these muscles can have certain health benefits, such as treating or preventing urinary incontinence & pelvic prolapse — as well as potentially creating stronger orgasms. Kegel balls are great because they allow your body to passively engage in Kegel exercises while also providing additional weight.

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The Heavy Double Kegel Balls by Lovehoney weigh in at 90g and measure approximately 5.5″ long (3″ of balls/2.5″ of retrieval string) with a diameter of 1.25″ on each ball and 0.5″ in the middle. (For comparison, even the heaviest combination of Lelo Luna Beads max out at 74g!) But don’t worry. If you’d like to start with a lighter size, Lovehoney still has you covered. Main Squeeze Kegel Balls also come in 2 other weighted varieties: a single 30g ball & a 60g double-ball.

All of the Main Squeeze Kegel Balls are made with a nonporous & body-safe silicone coating (complete with a silicone retrieval loop at the end) and contain free-roaming weights inside. The structure is very firm, with no flex or bend between the balls. The purple silicone has a velvety matte finish that doesn’t attract loads of dust, lint, or hair — or create much drag. However, because of the solid, bulbous form and the fact that most individuals use Kegel balls when they are not aroused, a good water-based lubricant can be extremely helpful for easy, comfortable insertion.

Lovehoney Main Squeeze pkgThe product packaging is plain & simple: just a small cardboard box with pictures of the toy and information about its purpose. Inside, the Kegel balls themselves are sealed within a clear plastic bag. Also included is a small sheet of instructions [viewable here], perfect for those who have never used Kegel exercisers before. (As Peep pointed out in her wonderful review of the 60g version, the packaging & instructions are impressively gender neutral and sex positive. No vagina shaming here!) Of course, Lovehoney values customer privacy and all of this was placed within a plain brown cardboard box to be discreetly delivered to my doorstep.

It’s important to note that because these toys have no flared base, they are absolutely NOT anal safe. If you want jiggle balls for your bum, please take a look at Fun Factory’s B Balls instead. 

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I’ll admit; I find it nearly impossible to tell if Kegel exercises are “working.” Because I haven’t had much trouble keeping other Kegel balls inside of my body, I’ve been somewhat bored and confused by using them. It’s a continuous guessing game, trying to gauge the strength of my own vagina. Should I try something smaller? Heavier? Should I do jumping jacks? Am I even doing this right at all?! 

Lovehoney Main Squeeze Retrieval LoopAt first, Lovehoney’s Main Squeeze Heavy Double Kegel Balls were the same way. I applied a bit of lube (but not so much that it would cause them to slip out prematurely), slowly pushed them inside of my vagina, and went about my normal day-to-day activities. I felt the constant pressure of having something solid & unyielding inside of my body, but that was all. I couldn’t feel the weights rolling around inside of the casing. I didn’t feel my body actively working to keep the balls in place. And my muscles never did feel “tired” — even after wearing them for nearly 4 hours.

So, I turned it up a notch: I tried dancing. Finally, I found a way to challenge my body. My poor vagina was suddenly having one hell of a time keeping these 90g weights in place. The bottom ball would constantly work its way down, resting at my vaginal opening, playing an annoyingly awkward game of peekaboo until I would reach down and gently push them back up into a more secure position. (Thank goodness I decided to try this in the privacy of my own home.)

Lovehoney Main Squeeze vs Lelo LunaMy only complaint is that I never do feel the weights rolling around, no matter how much I move. As someone who finds the very noticeable “thwacking” sensation of the Lelo Luna Beads to be somewhat pleasurable, I do miss it. But if that extra sensation is annoying or too intense for you, then you’ll be happy to know that the Lovehoney Main Squeeze Kegel Balls are much, much more subtle.

“What about the results,” you ask? Well to be honest, I haven’t noticed any — at least not verifiably. I’m already in pretty good pelvic health. And although I sometimes feel like I can squeeze my partner’s penis even harder during PIV intercourse, I’m also well aware that this could simply be a placebo effect. The only real, noticeable change is that I tend to produce more natural lubrication when wearing Kegel balls of any sort.

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If you’re looking for an easy & effective way to do Kegel exercises, the Lovehoney Main Squeeze line is a great choice. They’re body-safe, very affordable (30g – $19.99 | 60g – $22.99 | 90g – $24.99), and offer a variety of options — for beginners and experts alike. The 90g Heavy Double Kegel Balls are the only exercisers that have managed to challenge my vagina, actually providing me with a goal that I can work towards. And although I don’t receive any pleasure out of the rolling weights (like I do with the Lelo Luna Beads), I also recognize that “pleasure” is not what these items are intended for. They do precisely what they are meant to do: exercise the pelvic floor muscles.

I will say, however, that even though 3″ doesn’t sound like a lot…it is approximately the average size of an unaroused (and thus untented) vagina. For some, this could mean that these Kegel balls are too long to fit comfortably inside of the body. (Personally, they seem close to the upper limit for me, but are still wearable. I simply have to remain careful about pushing them in too far, so as to avoid any brief & mild pain.)

If you’re concerned about the length — or about choosing the right weight — Lovehoney does offer free 365-day returns. This way, if the Main Squeeze Kegel Balls don’t work for you, you can either get your money back or try a different size and it’s no big deal.

3star

Pros: nonporous & body-safe silicone, very affordable, variety of weights to choose from (90g was actually challenging for me!), shame-free packaging, 365-day return policy

Cons: couldn’t feel free-roaming weights moving around (could be a pro for some), stiffness & length could be an issue for some body types


I’d like to thank my affiliate, Lovehoney, for providing me with this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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If you’d like to purchase the Lovehoney Main Squeeze Kegel Balls, you can do so here: 30g, 60g, and 90g

Traz Rhino: Sleek & Genesis [review]

Confession: I have a bit of a size queen fantasy.

I classify it as purely a fantasy because I’ve never actually had vaginal intercourse with anyone who is “above average.” My collection of vibrators & dildos doesn’t even include anything larger than 1.75″ in diameter and 7″ in length. But I do enjoy the sensation of being full, and I often seek out pornography with very well-endowed male actors.

A few years ago, my partner & I decided to explore my fantasy by purchasing a cheap cock sheath. Unfortunately, I knew absolutely nothing about body-safe sex toys, and the first time that we used it quickly became the last. The questionable material led to a burning sensation in my genitals, and the (very uncomfortable) strap broke once my partner tried to remove the toy. It was not an experience that either of us cared to repeat, and we hadn’t looked into extensions since.

But when Traz contacted me about reviewing their Rhino line, I was instantly intrigued. A silicone penis extender that doubles as a male masturbation sleeve?! How could I possibly say no?

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Rhino PackagingThe Rhino by Traz comes in three different sizes, but my experience is limited to the Sleek (8″ long with a 1.5″ diameter) and the Genesis (8″ long with a 2″ diameter). I chose not to review the third size, the Stampede, because I found it much too intimidating. (According to the lovely Kara Sutra, the Stampede measures 8″ long with a 2.2″ diameter. It also has wider spaced internal ridges than the other two models.) Each size comes in three different color options: vanilla (pictured in this review), chocolate, and cinnamon. The Sleek is also available in a fun glow-in-the-dark version.

The Traz Rhino is packaged in a tastefully designed cardboard box, printed with basic product information and featuring a glimpse of the toy itself. Inside the box, you will find instructions for use and 3 main components: the hollow & internally ribbed extension, an inner “sizing core,” and a very small “no slip grip tip” plug. Every part of the Rhino extenders is made from body safe and non-porous silicone that is very flexible & squishy. (Just to be sure that it was in fact silicone, I flame-tested the sizing core and it passed with flying colors.) Its semi-matte finish also attracts a ridiculous amount of dust and hair, making my Lelo Toy Cleaning Spray very useful for this toy.

Rhino PartsThe instructions (viewable here and here) are lengthy, but pretty simple. First, trim the sizing core to fit the space between the tip of the penis and the tip of the hollow sleeve. (Although it says to use scissors, an X-acto knife seemed to create a more clean cut.) If the sleeve itself is too long, this can also be trimmed for a better fit. Then, with the help of some water-based lubricant, insert the sizing core and the penis. Finally, make sure that any excess air has been squeezed out and insert the plug into the small hole at the tip of the sleeve. This creates a vacuum seal and allows the extension to stay in place without the use of straps or buckles. It seriously works like magic! (Though I still wouldn’t take the risk and use it for anal play.)

Experience

Penile Masturbation

As my readers know, I do not have a penis. Therfore, this portion of my review is thanks to my awesome partner and his willingness to experiment.

Honestly, my partner did not have high expectations for this toy. He has a history of being underwhelmed by strokers like the Tenga Eggs, and he didn’t believe that this would be much different. He was also unconvinced that (1) his penis would fit comfortably into the extension, and (2) the plug would be enough to maintain suction.

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He was pleasantly surprised to find that the Rhino fit him perfectly: easy to penetrate with the help of a little lubrication — but snug enough that the silicone gripped his penis with or without the use of the plug. This grippiness seems to allow for a unique masturbation experience that doesn’t require large stroking motions and also doesn’t overstimulate the genitals (like vibrations can). As someone who becomes severely hyper-sensitive after orgasm, this product provided the perfect amount of sensation throughout his entire experience.

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He did have a preference for using the Sleek rather than the Genesis. The thinner silicone allowed for more nuanced pressure and sensation from his hand. There were also benefits and drawbacks to using the sizing core. With the core inserted, he risked uncomfortably bumping into it. But without the core, the end of the extension was a little floppy and awkward. It’s really a matter of personal preference.

5stars

Vaginal Masturbation

sleek genesis compareBecause the size of the Traz Rhino extensions made me a little apprehensive, I decided to pair them with the most realistic & average sized dildo I own, the Tantus Bound. However, the Rhino sleeves are stretchy enough to accommodate larger sizes as well. (For example: With extra lube and a bit of muscle power, I was able to insert the Tantus Vamp‘s 1.75″ diameter into both sleeves.)

My masturbatory experience with the Sleek was essentially problem free… but sadly unremarkable. After a small amount of resistance during the initial insertion, thrusting was fairly easy and I experienced no discomfort. Unfortunately, without a curve or a distinct head, I also experienced no internal stimulation outside of feeling stretched. All claims to its “G-spot targeting” capabilities were lost on my anatomy.

Moving onto the Genesis proved to be much more of a challenge, no matter how much I warmed-up or added lubricant. Not only was there resistance during insertion, but I experienced actual discomfort due to the constant, unrelenting girth. I could not manage to insert the full length of the Genesis. And even with very cautious thrusting, there would be moments when I would move a certain way or my vagina would clench around the toy, causing a brief but very distinct pain.

Rhino SquishThe good news is that Traz’s choice of silicone provided an especially squishy layer that lubed up easily and did not create much drag during use. This, and the fact that there is no texture, definitely made the large size of these items a bit more manageable — especially for someone pushing their size limits.

2star

Partnered Sex

I was surprised to find that using the Rhino extenders with a partner was very different from our experiences of using them alone.

The Sleek, while relatively easy to use during masturbation, was suddenly difficult and unpleasant with my partner inside of it. Although I was gradually able to adjust to the girth, the length was a major problem — painfully slamming into my cervix time and time again. My partner (who was experiencing decreased sensation through the sleeve) quickly became concerned about hurting me, causing his thrusts to be awkward & reserved, which significantly reduced his pleasure as well.

We did find that we had the best luck (and least pain) in the “spoons” position, where thrusting is much more limited. The added length even prevented him from accidentally slipping out. However, our lubricant dried out on both the interior and exterior of the sleeve long before either of us could reach a climax. (My partner suggests adding more lube than you think will be necessary in order to prevent feeling raw eventually.) In the end, every time we tried using the Rhino Sleek, we removed it because it created too many complications & not enough pleasure.

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 As for the Genesis… We tried. We failed. And I am convinced that it is impossible. (Seriously, it’s a beast. With the Tantus Vamp inside, it is nearly the size of a damn soda can!)

On the bright side, all the awkwardness & experimentation did help us to test how well the product works during the loss of an erection. For the most part, it stayed fairly securely attached. (I might suggest keeping ahold of the base with one hand as an added precaution though.) Overall, if the receptive partner can handle the extra girth, it does seem like this toy might be a good option for those dealing with some types of erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.

2star

Cleaning

Despite silicone being non-porous, I still worried that cleaning the interior of the toy would be a hassle. However, I’ve found that briefly soaking the Rhino sleeve in a sink full of warm soapy water, while squishing water through the sleeve and out through the plug hole, does a wonderful job. Just to be safe, my advice is to slide out the sizing core and clean all the individual parts before lubrication and body fluids have a chance to dry inside the toy.

Recommendation

As a penile masturbation sleeve, I cannot recommend the Rhino enough. In fact, both my partner and I wish that Traz would abandon much of their “bigger is better” marketing (which we feel panders to male insecurities) and put more focus on the unique masturbatory experience that they offer. As I’ve mentioned, the Rhino extensions are made from high quality and body-safe silicone, which is super rare to find in penile toys, and that is something that Traz definitely deserves praise for!

As far as vaginal intercourse goes… Fantasies are sometimes better than reality, and unfortunately these toys were simply not for me. My vagina is way too inexperienced for it. However, if you love large toys, I think that this would be a very wonderful addition to partnered sex. It certainly adds a bit of novelty to an otherwise familiar experience, keeping sex fun.

However, if you’re looking for a toy to use primarily during female masturbation, my advice is to get a more detailed, girthy silicone dildo elsewhere. If nothing else, it’ll be much less of a hassle than handling 4 separate parts — and will probably be similarly priced ($50-$80).

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A special thanks to Traz for sending me the Rhino Sleek & Genesis in exchange for an unbiased review! If you would like to purchase your own Rhino product, please consider ordering from my affiliate, SheVibe. If you would prefer the Glow-in-the-Dark Sleek or the Rhino Stampede, you can find those items at Traz’s website.