Lelo Sona Review:

Testing & Comparing The Sona & Sona Cruise

Written by: Angela Watson | Updated: June 1st, 2023

Ready to make your sex toy experience supersonic?

The Lelo Sona will make all your wishes be heard.

So many sex toys must be made by men because the clitoris is as under-served as ever. The Lelo Sona changes the dynamic entirely by focusing only on clitoral stimulation and it's made me gush entire geysers at a time.

So many sex toys must be made by men because the clitoris is as under-served as ever. The Lelo Sona changes the dynamic entirely by focusing only on clitoral stimulation and it's made me gush entire geysers at a time.

Most vibrators focus entirely on the external structure of the vagina and clitoris with little regard to the underlying structure beneath.

There's nothing necessarily wrong with that, I do like some superficial stimulation but my clitoris is the cheat code to orgasm, as I've found with my sexual partners that some attention to the clitoris goes a long way.

The Lelo Sona focuses entirely on this part of the body and does so in a way that pulsates down to the deepest of membranes and makes my entire pussy quake.

Sonic waves stimulate blood flow to the clitoris & raise sensations felt exponentially.
  • Strong vibrations coupled with minor suction power makes for a memorable experience time and time again
  • The best type of toy to have back to back, powerful orgasms
Get your own Lelo Sona and use DRCLIMAX code to save up to 54% off!

To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect when I originally ordered the Lelo Sona (which I got from the Lelo store for 54% off using this discount).

It's totally unique looking from all of the vibrators in my collection.

When I originally took it out of the box and gave it a whirl, I was pleasantly surprised.

Let's go over what makes this little devil so noteworthy.

How The Sona's Work

Most sex toys are what I would consider low-tech. Most manufacturer's think they just need a cock shaped machine that vibrates and boom, you have an award-winning device capable of making women reconsider their whole outlook on sex toys. Unfortunately, this is just not the case, 90% of sex toys are just run of the mill and can get old after a few sessions.

Instead of utilizing a gyrating motor to reach climax, the Lelo Sona is all about sonic pulses.

Sonic waves do a much better job at stimulating the clitoris than vibrations because the pulses are able to go through the sensitive & deep layers of tissue that make up the clitoris for a vibrator that is very different compared to more traditional stimulation methods. In fact, it kind of creates a suction type feeling once fully applied, but I assure you the feeling mostly due to the special waves produced and not due to the physical parts of the toy. It actually isn't necessary to make contact with your body at all to feel the pulses shoot through your body, but things tend to get sloppy and I recommend using a water-based lube to keep any discomfort at bay should you decide you're going to apply a little pressure.

Remember what I said about most toys just being penis shaped and not really standing out? This toy is made from medical grade silicone and is shaped like a particularly large lemon or maybe some kind of juvenile duck, but that's because it doesn't need to be big for it to leave a big impression. It's bundled with eight different settings and is fully waterproof to boot. Having some submerged fun in the bath is a really cool setting to take in the intense power on display. It's like a science experiment but it gets you off afterwards, Elon Musk vibes, gals. 

Battery life wise, you can expect an hour of pleasure for every approximately 90 minutes of charge.

Vibrators have their time and place, yet they can't go much deeper than the first few inches when you're working with mechanically produced vibrations meant to be transferred through a hunk of plastic or silicone. The reason why this toy stands out is that the use of specialized waves to stimulate the clitoris is hugely under-serviced in the sex toy industry. The clitoris extends much deeper into the body than most women understand, and that's all useful and sensitive tissue that could use some TLC. It's really the orgasm powerhouse of the female body, all things considered.

Here's a great video right from Lelo that sums everything up in a quick minute and 40 seconds:

My Experience Using The Sona

I've used a sonic sex toy before so I'm not entirely uninitiated, but I think the earlier toys I used were when this type of vibrator was in their infancy. This toy is a lot more developed that what I tried a few years ago, namely offerings from Womanizer.

First thing's first, I had to do some myth-busting on all of their tertiary claims about the product. It is not whisper quiet like they advertise it, more like the sound of a small motor whirring. It isn't like a jet flying overhead but I'd say its a bit more subdued than the average electric toothbrush. Not atrocious but I was a little let down, too many advertisers make use of slightly deceptive pictures like a woman making the shush motion with her hand when they really should just tell us how loud it is in decibels or something we can actually interpret.

So now comes actually using it. Quickly I discovered I got way more pleasure out of the thing when I was properly lubricated so I always make sure to start myself off before I use it or look for external help. It is a silicone toy, so opt for a water-based lube. When I'm properly lubricated, there's a very strong suction like feeling around the edges of the toy and this makes for a fully-sealed system that shoots the pressure waves deep into my clitoris.

I typically start at a lower intensity and let my body slowly get used to how this feels. It isn't like other toys where I can just rush right into some intense and strong fun but I have to acclimate myself the same way you introduce a fish to a new tank of water by letting it sit in the bag for a little bit.

After my body gets used to this new feeling, it begins to yearn for more and I'll slowly move it towards my clit until its completely covered. The whole area gets more engorged than usual when I use it, the fact that its making more blood rush to the area probably correlates with why the pulses do so much more for making me orgasm in less time.

I don't last long, I'll tell you that. I typically tap out after no more than 15 minutes with about 6 or so orgasms by the time I'm all done. Impressive, to say the least. I love getting to share the toy with my husband and letting him be in control of my orgasm potential.

The Lelo Sona is without a doubt one of my top favorite vibrators and holds a special place in my sex toy collection. Sonic vibrations are a very unique & intense way of reaching orgasm and the Sona is a useful tool to achieve a higher level of sexual bliss.

Don't just take my word for it. Read more verified customer reviews at Lelo!

The Lelo Sona vs Sona Cruise

The Lelo Sona and the Lelo Sona Cruise look 100% identical, but the Sona Cruise has one feature not present on the original Sona.

An extra feature is added to the Cruise that's referred to a "cruise control" and while it might be hard to figure out how that applies to a vibrator, I'll explain. Firstly, the Cruise has a bit more power going for it, but you can't necessarily get it on demand. Normally, when the Sona is pressed completely to a surface, the total RPM of the toy goes down. The Cruise however gives the toy a bit more power during this point to make sure it always maintains the same level of intensity, whatever power setting you're on, that's what you're getting. The same way cruise control maintains the speed of a car, cruise control on the Cruise maintains the speed of the toy. So if you find a particular setting is best for bringing you to orgasm, the Cruise can help you stay at that power.

To be honest, they should have just made the Cruise an added feature to new regular Sonas, since that's the only real difference.

Where To Buy It?

You can save 54% off on the Sona by clicking here and shopping directly at the official Lelo store.

They offer the lowest prices online (which makes sense since they manufacture them), and have also provided free shipping on all of my orders as well.

Disclaimer: When buying sex toys online, there are countless retailers that sell fake products. This is why I always recommend you buy products directly from the manufacturer.

Final Thoughts

If you're tired of having to fiddle with huge, bulky toys that require tons of effort to get you off, I'd highly recommend the Lelo Sona. The style of stimulation offered by the sonic pulses is completely different from physical vibrations and really knocks my socks right off. The Sona is body-safe, has a pretty respectable battery life, and there's little to no risk of it upsetting your body pH because it's practically an external-use only toy. I suggest picking up the Lelo Sona Cruise since it is the "upgraded" version, but if you want to penny pinch the original Sona works just fine.

I'll share that I reach for it when I'm strapped for time but refuse to compromise on the level of enjoyment I'd like to receive. The highest settings are a bit too much for me, it's not uncomfortable but after a certain level it just isn't as pleasurable as it was at a more moderate intensity.  Some people might like how intense the higher settings are, I just recommend warming yourself up first and letting your clitoris become more engorged before going all out

If this toy doesn't seem to tick all of the boxes for you, I've actually written an entire guide to the best sonic vibrators in my collection.

Other toys can't consistently make me reach orgasm so quickly and so many times back to back to back. It's entirely because sonic waves make all the difference in the end, regardless of the setting used. I recommend this style of toy for anybody who's had trouble reaching orgasm via the clitoris. Since it makes much better use of the entire clitoral structure, it isn't just surface-level pleasure.

If you've read this far and would like to support the website, simply use our affiliate link when making a purchase at Lelo.com.

We'll receive a small commission which greatly helps with the maintenance of this website, since me and my husband both still work our day jobs.

Almost all of the money we earn from these links goes right back into buying new products to write about. We wouldn't be able to afford products like the Sona without readers like you clicking our links before making a purchase.

Oh, and it costs you nothing. You'll still save 54% off on the Sona.

Lelo takes a small loss on their profit and pays us a small percentage of the sale.

Thanks for taking the time to read this review. It means a lot that people take the time to read my written thoughts and opinions. So thank YOU.

We are greatly indebted to all our supporters and readers.

I'll stop now.

If you have any questions regarding the Sona or the Lelo Sona Cruise, just leave them down below and I'll reply as quickly as I can! I typically check a few times a week.

About Angela Watson

I'm a sex therapist by day and a sex blogger by night. I love to crush the taboos surrounding sex toys and help people become more sexually liberated. There's no topic too risqué for me to cover and I hope to educate and inform my readers on all things sex. All things that concern the female anatomy or require a more clinical approach than my husband Don can provide is covered by me. Have any questions? You can contact me via email.

Leave a Reply 8 comments

Sarah Milner - January 17, 2019 Reply

I can’t handle highest settings either, they aren’t for me. Moderate suits my level of sensitivity much better. Sonic toys are fun, I like it more than a bullet vibe if I’m clit-focused on a given night

Jessica - March 19, 2019 Reply

Sonic vibrations are where its at! No more bullet vibrators for this girl!

Debbie - April 21, 2019 Reply

The Sona is by far my favorite vibrator from Lelo and potentially my favorite vibrator ever. It’s nice and inexpensive, I’m SO over getting gipped by sex toy manufacturers!

Marina - October 22, 2019 Reply

I got the cruise and rode that thing til it died. Now that I’m in need of a new one, I was wondering if the regular sona will do the trick or if I should get the cruise again.

Monika L - October 26, 2019 Reply

I was a bit worried with the fact, that sona is so loud as an electric toothbrush. In a really small flat, it seems to be troublesome to use. This problem applies to all sonic vibrators? In the original model without cruise technology it’s easy to turn it off unintentionally by pressing it against the body?

    Angela Watson - January 10, 2020 Reply

    If the specific sound made by sonic vibrators isn’t for you, I will say that other toys tend to have a similar type of noise since they generate the sonic waves in a similar fashion. Different toys have more or less stuff around the inner bits though that can change the overall noise level. If I find a sonic toy that muffles the sound really well, I’ll be sure to update this comment!

    Without cruise control the toy won’t ever really turn off if you apply too much pressure, it’ll just lose overall power. It’s less fixing a glaring error and more just optimization.

Ana - November 25, 2019 Reply


Link for discount doesn’t work. Can you please check and give me a feedback. I want to buy it.
Thank you very much!

    Don Watson - November 25, 2019 Reply

    Hey Ana, you can use discount code DRCLIMAX at checkout, just click here to redeem the discount.

    Currently, since it’s the Black Friday deal, I’m not sure if coupons are working. However the price is quite low currently.

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