I would describe my relationship between myself and my wand massagers as consistent and passionate.
Ever since I laid hands on them I knew they deserved a spot as front line infantry in the battle to close the orgasm gap between men and women.
So when I noticed the Lelo Smart Wand while browsing the Lelo website, I was pretty ecstatic.
Right off the bat I could see that the head itself doesn't swirl around, which means there's no grindstone effect which was typical of some earlier models of wand vibrator.
Lelo tends to be really good at hitting the mark when it comes to toys that people actually want and that are actually compatible with the human body.
They use body-safe materials, their batteries are some of the best in the business, and as far as ergonomics goes I've yet to use a Lelo toy I found so uncomfortable that I didn't want to use it at all.
If the fact I'm writing this review hasn't already given that away, let's just say that after dutiful experimentation I've come to see exactly what makes the Smart Wand so smart in the first place.
Design & Specs
What we're dealing with here is a wand vibrator with a curved handle, the majority of the toy is made from 100% body-safe silicone while the handle portion is made from ABS plastic, another material just as easy to clean & deal with as the silicone itself.
It's exactly 12'' long, while the bulb of the toy itself is around 3 inches tall and two inches wide. If that sounds a bit big for you, they do make a medium sized model that's slightly scaled down. I'll break down the differences between the two models later in the review.
Interestingly enough, Lelo goes full tongue-in-cheek with their promotional video for the toy, showing both men and women alike using the massager to get tough spots on their neck and back. While that was the original purpose of the Hitachi, I sincerely doubt sex manufacturer Lelo is un-ironically expecting people to use their toy for non-clitoral purposes.
Although it might seem like only a small difference, the curvature of the handle actually means a lot when it comes to overall comfort when using the toy. A straight handle isn't easy on the wrists/hands to use yourself, it can end up being a little awkward at times. With the curved handle, it is much easier to find a natural and comfortable way to lay down and enjoy what a wand vibrator has to offer.
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The bulb itself has motors underneath that do the actual vibrating, the bulb doesn't rotate around itself. While that means there's less friction-based pleasure, it totally eliminates any discomfort that comes from having the toy in the same spot for an extended period of time. The bulb also has a bit of give to it that makes it slightly bendy, allowing for some pretty targeted stimulation if you know what you're doing.
The usual Lelo three button controls are present here, with eight different vibration modes to choose from and even a secondary mode that works based on how much pressure you apply while using the toy, referred to as SenseTouch technology. Each of the eight different vibration modes can have their power tinkered with to find an intensity & pattern that works best for you.
The lower settings on the toy are pretty quiet, but the max volume of the toy is 60 dB. That's about as loud as a conversation in a restaurant or an air conditioner that's 100 feet away. If you keep to the lower settings, stealth is absolutely an option.
An added bonus is that it can be placed into travel-lock mode if you plan on transporting it and don't want it to turn on by accident and give itself away.
It's completely waterproof to boot, so bath and shower play isn't just okay, it's recommended. I really like the relaxing feeling of using it in the bath, to be completely honest.
It's also cordless and completely rechargeable. A two hour charge gets you two hours of use, making it pretty hard to actually run empty on this toy if you charge preemptively. It's a lithium-ion battery, so there's no need to worry about the memory effect robbing you of your battery's lifespan.
In case you're curious, here's the differences between the two different models of the Lelo Smart Wand:
The Medium Sized Smart Wand
- Dimensions: 220 x 58 x 43mm / 8.7 x 2.3 x 1.7in
- Weight: 155g / 5.5oz.
- Battery Size: Li-Ion 500mAh 3.7V
- Charging Time: 2hrs at 5.0V 500mA
- Frequency: 120 Hz
- Maximum Noise Level: 50dB
- User Interface: Identical
The Large Sized Smart Wand
- Dimensions: 304 x 80 x 60mm / 12.0 x 3.2 x 2.4in.
- Weight: 395g / 13.9oz.
- Battery Size: Li-Ion 900mAh 7.4V
- Charging Time: 2hrs at 9V 700mA
- Frequency: 100 Hz
- Maximum Noise Level: 60dB
- User Interface: Identical
What Comes In The Box?
Upon opening the Lelo Smart Wand box, you'll be greeted with the following items:
- The Smart Wand (obviously)
- A usb charger which is standard among Lelo products
- A small satin storage pouch
- Your unique warranty registration card
- The user manual
Nothing crazy here, just pretty much everything you'd expect when buying a sex toy.
My Experience Using It
After receiving the toy, promptly re-purposing the included satin pouch for my own nefarious ends (headphones, mostly), and charging the toy fully it was time to give it a go.
I added a small bit of water-based lube to the toy to accelerate me becoming acclimated to how the toy functions. Just enough for a light coating of the entire bulb was enough for my natural lubricant to do the rest for me after things got rolling. Remember, this is a silicone based toy so silicone based lubes are completely out of the question unless you like warped sex toys.
The manual has some good information in it, I highly recommend giving it a quick once over while the toy is charging. As the manual states, starting off slow is the way to go with a wand vibrator. The clitoris is extremely sensitive and unless you give it some time for blood to rush to the area you risk discomfort as opposed to pleasure.
So, I started off on one of the lower consistent settings and let myself get lost in the sensation. After a few minutes, I knew I was ready to go and that it was time to play around a bit more. Besides the standard buzz-whirr-rumble (low-medium-high) settings, the 5 remaining were different kinds of pulses and waves. I really like the consistent wave function that allows for a constant variation in sensation, my clitoris never gets quite enough time to get over any intensity since it varies the whole time. The alternating pulses I find are great for when my husband uses the toy on me, and thanks to the convenient handle there's nothing stopping us from being close together all the while.
For me, the sensations were a little bit dispersed thanks to the large head and it wasn't really easy to figure out how to get more targeted/pinpoint stimulation. I do wonder if the medium model is a better option for those who want a finer touch as opposed to a toy that casts a wide net. Still, it isn't like the clitoris is the only part of the vagina with sensitive nerve endings, the spill-over damaged caused by the large head is desirable to many.
SenseTouch mode can be worthwhile once you get the hang of it. The way SenseTouch works is that the harder you press the toy down into your skin, the harder it will vibrate. So, a gentle touch means gentle vibrations, while forceful touches mean forceful vibrations. Pretty straightforward, and I feel as if they actually use thet full range of the toy's power instead of governing it unnecessarily, an upgrade over some of their early SenseTouch-enabled toys. At first it seems rather unintuitive, but after you learn exactly how it determines the force being applied you can get a lot more consistency out of using it.
As far as the vibrations go themselves, I like that it actually has some patterns that are more buzzy/vibration-y in nature while there are still patterns that are rumbly and strong. The buzzy patterns are best for superficial stimulation and warming up while the hard, worthwhile rumbles are what orgasms are made of. In the end, Lelo made a legitimate option in the realm of wand vibrators instead of simply trying to steal the thunder of established ones.
To this effect, I recommend the Smart Wand to women who don't want the grindstone effect of wand vibrators that actually move around on the outside, and who also aren't too sure what kind of stimulation works best for them. The sound also doesn't travel through walls very well, especially at lower settings. It isn't the most powerful wand vibrator out there for a few reasons relating to its design, but not everybody wants the most powerful toy on the block.
Where's The Best Place To Buy It?
The only place I'd recommend someone purchase the Smart Wand (or any Lelo product for that matter) is directly from the official Lelo store.
Not only will you receive the lowest price available but you can also rest assured that you're going to receive a genuine Lelo product.
Many readers of ours have complained about purchasing knock-off Lelo products, even from reputable sites like Amazon (which allows anyone to be a seller).
Make sure to only buy Lelo products from verified and reputable sellers. Buying directly from Lelo is a good way to get around this problem.
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All in all, it's a nifty little gadget that has no major shortcomings unless you want a toy that's as powerful as they come and pinpoint in its stimulation. The medium sized toy is likely much better for people who want a wand vibrator with a little more finesse than the larger size I bought.
It's excellent for partnered play and it isn't even out of the question that it can be used as a back massager, the curved handle really does make a massive difference despite the fact that it's a relatively small change to make. There's a strong battery life if you hate having to constantly recharge your toys just to have a good time.
Beginners who aren't too sure what they want from a wand vibrator can pick this up and not be disappointed, while those who are sure that the wider head and more sensual vibration strength range is up their alley should also take a look at the Smart Wand.
If you have any questions whatsoever, don't hesitate to leave a comment below! I'll do my best to answer every single comment we receive!
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