As the saying goes, there's more than one way to skin a cat. Besides being awfully gruesome and kind of out of touch, there is a bigger concept behind that.
In this case, we're talking about the many ways to make a pussy purr.
You have the rabbit, the bullet, and of course the classic straight tube vibrators all at your disposal. But there's another kind of vibrator thats often overlooked in our phallus-centric view of getting off.
That is none other than the wand vibrator, of course. The classic Hitachi wand dates back to 1968 and was discontinued in 2013, making it one of the longest continuously sold sex toys of all time.
Of course, Hitachi meant for it to be a personal massager, or maybe someone knew all too well the real use of this landmark invention in female pleasure. Either way, Hitachi dropped it since they didn't like how (in)famous the toy had become as a clitoral colossus.
The wand vibrator has since been upgraded, and now we have countless new iterations of the toy that all have their own special flair.
Today we'll be looking at the Doxy massager and figure out if it's reinventing the wheel or worming in on Hitachi's game.
What Is The Doxy Massager?
As much as I love my wireless re-chargeables, sometimes a girl needs something a bit more consistent and reliable than what a lithium ion battery can provide. The Doxy comes with a three meter long cord, so I appreciate being given enough space to work.
The toy is your standard wand massager toy, and its a bit bigger than the original Hitachi and about twice as big as the miniature non-spinning Domi wand. There's one gripe I have with this toy, and that's the head is made out of PVC. The typical issues with PVC is that it tends to be porous and contain phlatates. Doxy says on their page that they use a special PVC blend that is hypoallergenic, non-porous, and free of phlalates. I'm not entirely sure if that's something that's possible. It's less risky than say a PVC dildo because it won't be used internally, and since they are a reputable manufacturer I'd believe their claim of being phlalate free sooner than I would a cheap Amazon toy made from PVC. It's high grade PVC and since it's for external use only, I'm willing to give Doxy a pass on this one.
The phlalates are usually put into PVC to soften them, and in this case the plastic used in the toy is softened through the use of mineral oils as opposed to phlalates, so they are really doing everything right as far as keeping this toy body-safe, it's just a matter of whether or not the PVC is truly non-porous and the fact that there's this general rule of thumb about being wary of PVC sex toys.
They do sell replacement heads for the toy made of silicone which I opted to buy once I used the original head enough to want to play it as safe as possible. This did bring up the price by about $20 but I find erring on the safe side the best way to go. Hopefully in the future they give people the option to choose what head they'd like, as I do know some people are willing to give well made PVC the benefit of the doubt.
There's a lot of different settings on this bundle of joy, much more than I'm typically treated to. They say its 30% more powerful than the original Hitachi, I'm not too sure how they came to that number without using some kind of vaginometer but power is definitely the name of the game. There's something near twenty different power settings that you can cycle through with the up and down arrows, each press up corresponds to an increase in intensity.
The diameter of the rotating head is 2.35'' across which is a pretty nice size overall and should be compatible with mostly everyone's personal biology.
With noise level in consideration, at the highest levels it's definitely loud enough for people in other rooms to hear you, but you might be able to get away with using it at the lower levels under the covers without anyone become wise to the game.
Did I Like The Doxy?
Now came the time to see if the Doxy is all bark and no bite, as many have tried to claim the Hitachi throne for years, with varying degrees of success. There probably won't be another toy with as much celebrity as the Hitachi had, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth a shot.
Using the toy is a breeze and I did end up using the PVC end for a little bit until I decided it was sufficiently used that it might not be the best choice anymore. I liked how smooth and consistent it was, with just enough give to never give the feeling like I'm taking a grindstone to my clitoris. The silicone head was thankfully just as smooth, but just a pinch firmer.
As you ramp up the settings, the vibrations move from a slow, rumbly type of vibration to a much more consistent and powerful end point. The highest settings are reserved for all but the most enduring of girls, this thing has some serious power behind it.
My Hitachi conked out years ago so I couldn't give it a fair comparison, climbing the settings actually had me screaming out to the point where my husband came to check in on me, maybe out of concern, or maybe out of jealousy. I can imagine there's a sizeable subset of people who won't be able to tolerate the highest settings, but if you manage to slowly work yourself up to that point you should know it won't be in vain.
There's a good amount of variance between the different settings and I really think that women who are fed up with toys not having a wide enough range of sensations and intensities will love what the Doxy brings to the table. Supremely powerful, and the fact that it never quits since it has ample cord length is great. I'd recommend being gentle with the toy and making sure you have more than enough space to work with, the cord isn't what I would describe as heavy-duty, but it gets the job done.
Where To Get One?
I'd recommend you purchase the Doxy massager directly from the official Doxy website.
They offer the best price and are trying to do their best to pick up where the Hitachi left off.
Power seems to be their specialty, with high RPMs and strong rumbly vibrations as opposed to a gentle buzz to cap it all off.
I personally can attest to the power but it's more than just a big battery. There's enough settings on the thing to scratch just about any itch.
My Final Thoughts
Besides the dubious nature of the PVC head and how I'm hoping I won't accidentally trip on the cord and break it (I can be clumsy at times), it's a great addition to the collection of any wand afficionado.
I often let my husband work me over with this toy and if he put it on top of the fridge so I couldn't get at it I'd consider it spousal abuse. Well, either that or I'd tell him to put the stepladder back and sleep on the couch for the night while I spend the night with Doxy, but you never know.
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