Sunday, January 6, 2013

Extase Elegance Vibrator Review


Vibration Strength: 4/5 
Noise: 2/5
Ease of Use: 3/5
Ease of Care: 4/5
Material Safety: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

Pros:                                           Cons:
+ Buttery smooth silicone              - Cheep feeling controls
+ Two motors                              - Hard to press buttons
+ Rechargable                              - Strange Smell
+ Water Resistant                         - White Silicone Charge Cover
+ Fancy Packaging and Storage Bag



Overview

     The Elegance vibrator by Extase is a multi-speed traditional vibrator designed perfectly for thrusting. I personally really love thrusting with my internal toys and I find that many luxury toys are designed more as dual stimulation (rabbit) vibrators (which make it difficult to thrust as the clitoral stimulator gets in the way), or as g-spot vibrators (which are often shorter as they are designed to hit a shallower spot than some of the more sensitive areas in the back of the vaginal canal) so I was really excited to find this one. Despite it's simple design it cannot be seen as anything other than a luxury toy, the silicone is buttery smooth, the vibrations are strong and it even features TWO motors!

Materials, Texture, and Care

     The entire body of the toy is made of 100% silicone with a small amount of a plastic like material covering the control pad. The silicone is totally body safe, non-porous, phthalate-free, and hypoallergenic. It can be sanitized by cleaning it with a 10% bleach solution but for simple cleaning before and after use wiping it down with warm soap and water should be sufficient. It can be stored easily in a the storage pouch that is included with it or in the sturdy packaging.


     Can I just begin by saying that I am absolutely in love with the silicone on this toy, it is delightful. I had heard the phrase "buttery silicone" before and I never really understood the phrase until now. This toy is so smooth that I can just sit there running my hands over it! Also, this type of silicone does not seem to collect very much lint so that makes it even better. The texture is relatively smooth except for 6 ringed grooves in the surface around the tip. I only noticed them a little bit but they are relatively deep and would definitely be noticed by those that are texture sensitive. You also need to be sure to clean out these crevices after use as it is easy for bacteria to get caught here. I recommend a soft bristled toothbrush to scrub it clean. I did notice that out of the packaging the material had a strange smell, slightly chemical but not bad, almost like a cheep purfume. Despite the washing it has not gone away but it has lessened, I notice no taste and the smell does not concern me.
Measurements


     At 9 inches long (approximately 5.5 inches insertable) and 4.5 inches in circumferance at it's widest point this is far from a small toy but it also isn't a size queen exclusive. Despite these measurments the design of the shaft makes it feel quite filling. The end that features the control panel is the widest then it thins out around the middle and curves slightly upwards and swells at the tip, similar to the head of a penis. This design could be used to glance along the G-Spot but it would not be a toy that I would recommend for someone specifically trying to explore the G-spot.


Vibration Functions/Controls

     The Elegance has a similar control pad to Lelo's products, featuring up and down buttons as well as plus and minus buttons. Each time you push the buttons they illuminate, push the (+) to turn it on and increase the speeds and the (-) to decrease the speeds and turn it off (revolutionary I know!). The up and down buttons are designed to cycle through the five (5) patterns available. Hold both the up and down buttons for five seconds and you will notice the lights illuminate and then dim; The toy is now locked for travel, do the same to unlock it.
     What's really unique about this toy is that it features two motors, one in the tip and one further down the shaft. This creates a really unique sensation with the motors wirking either simultaniously or bouncing back and forth off of each other. This is probably for someone who not onlys patterns but is also the type to enjoy leaving the toy inserted, I personlly perfer vigorous thrusting so I feel that the movement makes the vibration patterns less noticable. I actually had to check the box to see how many speeds there were as they were very difficult to count, I will try to describe them to the best of my ability below.
  1. Steady vibration in the motor in the tip
  2. Steady vibration in both motors
  3. Alternating between motors
  4. Faster alternating between motors
  5. Really awesome pulsing/rotating between the motors. It took me forever to figure out a way to describe this one, I had to wrap my tip tight around the tip to really feel it.
     The vibrations themselves are very rumbly I only wish they were a bit more powerful. On it's highest it ever so barely falls short for me and makes it a bit difficult for me to finish, though it is possible if I am very turned on. What is fantastic is that even with this much power they are virtually silent, a very low 2/5 and only when both motors are engaged, only with one motor it is easily a 1/5.
     My biggest complaint about this toy (and probably the only thing keeping it from being a 5/5) is the control panel. It feels a very cheap considering how much it costs, and compared to the rest of the toy (especially the yummy silicone). Its a thin plastic with the buttons fitting into it, the buttons themselves aren't very responsive, especially my (+) button. The remainder of the buttons work the majority of the time but they are still quite difficult to be sure that they are being depressed (which makes the light-up console very handy). I'm quite dissapointed in this considering the ammount I paid for it and I wish that they had put in the extra effort to make it match the quality of the rest of the product.

Charging

     The Elegance is rechargable through a small port in the base. The port is covered with a white silicone cover (which I'm not a fan of, I wish they had made it match the rest of the toy, it stands out like a sore thumb and looks rather odd) which makes it at least water resistant if not waterproof. I would be more than comfortable using it in a shower and I don't worry while washing it but the manual cautions against submerging it. The charger itself is USB but it also comes with an AC adapter for a standard US wall outlet. It cannot be used while charging and should not be charged for more than 24 hours at a time. You'll know it is time to charge you Elegance because the control panel will emit a red sheen, once it is plugged in the lights on the control panel will pulse.


Packaging

     I must admit, I'm a sucker for toys in fancy packaging and this is no dissapointment. It is made of a hard cardboard with a hard cardboard lid that fits over the entire box. The lid it white with the image of the toy and tons of information on the side describing its features. While it is very informative I wish they had made it a plainer more discrete top, I remember reading one review where the reviewer covered the top in a decorative paper, and I might do the same. The base it a simple black box where the toy sits and a drawer that sits below containing the directions, charger, a pamphlet listing some of their other toys and a really really REALLY nice pouch. No really, this is probably the nicest pouch I have ever gotten with a toy. It is just the right size for the Elegance (unlike some companies that give you massive pouches for tiny toys, I'm looking at you Jopen) and is made of a relatively high quality suade with what feels like a purple nylon liner. It even has a draw string with little metal tips and a thick metal to tighten it (which works quite well). The bag is so nice that I begin to wonder if they took the money they saved on the control panel and used it here! In all serriousness though, this is a really lovely bag and it means a lot to me to see a company goes the extra mile like this.


Performance


     There are so many things that I absolutly love about this toy, most importantly is the reason I bought it. The length and shape is perfect for thrusting and hitting the deeper and harder to reach sensative areas around the cervix (what some people may refer to as the U-spot). The ever so slight curve and swelling at the tip makes it perfect for that as well. The instant I opened the fantastic box and felt the silicone I was it love, it was by far the smoothest I have ever felt. Then theres the vibrations! They're so unique since they feature two motors, I really love the pulsing/rotation between the two motors, it almost feels like the contractions you can feel in the male penis during ejaculation. So cool!
     Unfortunatly, despite all of this, there are some, few, but some things that I do not love, namely the control panel. It's like putting a big zit on Olivia Wilde's otherwise perfect face. The plastic feels cheap and the buttons feel weak and non-responsive. So many times while I'm playing I need to stop and check the control panel while I fiddle with the buttons looking for the light that means I'm getting some responce. Please Extase! Re-release my Elegance with better controls, and a tad more power! I'll buy it I will! But also get rid of that strange smell...

Overall
 
    I want to tell you to drop everything, go to your nearest store (or favorite website) and buy this toy, and then stick it wherever makes you feel all warm and fuzzy and toe-curly. Unfortunately, the control panel is holding me back from giving it a full fledged 5/5, and it's ability to be the closest to the kind of power I need without being quite right. For now this is my favorite toy (since I'm waiting on a replacement of my Jopen vr5, and anyway,  can't thrust with that, its more for rocking) but unfortunately I can see it being easily replaced. While the vibrations are lovely, the silicone is delicious, and the dual motors is just plain nifty, it just turns out being too much work to control.

Find the Extase Elegance at Eden Fantasys! It's even on sale at the time of this posting!

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