If you had asked me a year ago who my favourite luxury toy brand were, I probably would have answered Lelo. If you asked me now, I’d tell you to seek out better companies like We-Vibe, L’Amourose and Doxy. I don’t support Lelo anymore, due to ethical reasons briefly explained in the disclaimer at the end of this review, but I thought it was still worth sharing my thoughts on one of their popular toys that I purchased pre-hex era, named the Gigi 2.
One thing that I cannot fault this brand on is presentation as I’m a sucker for luxurious, simplistic packaging. Inside the cardboard sleeve and box it arrives in, the Gigi 2 appears within some casing for added protection. In a separate area of the box I found the charger, warranty card, user manual, a sachet of personal lubricant and a satin storage pouch. The warranty lasts for one year, but there is also a ten-year guarantee, which is registered through their site.
The Gigi 2 is rechargeable via a three-pin plug which is plugged into an outlet and the jack goes into the base of the toy. A light will flash on the control panel as the toy is charging, which then goes steady once the charge is complete. A full charge takes around two hours, which is supposed to provide around four hours of use. I find this is less if using it consistently on the higher speeds, but the play to charge time ratio is still much better than I had expected.
It has a four button interface, the + turns on the vibrations and increases intensity, the minus decreases intensity and turns the toy off, the up and down arrows control the patterns. There are five patterns to scroll through and three different speeds. There’s also a travel lock feature on this toy which is activated by holding the + and – down for a few seconds and doing the same when it’s time to unlock.
This toy is made from silicone, with a plastic handle. The silicone is soft to the touch and has minimal drag to it, but I’d still recommend using some water-based lubricant for the best experience possible. It doesn’t attract as much lint as I thought it would, but even if it did, it’s waterproof so it can be easily removed. I think the Gigi 2 has very manageable measurements and should be suitable for most users. It has an overall length of six and a half inches, with four inches being insertable and a circumference of four inches around the widest point.
Have you ever heard the saying “Lord, give me strength”? I found myself mentioning this phrase often during the testing process with this toy and I think it’s the perfect summary of how I feel about it. I have felt stronger vibrations from toys that are operated by a single AA battery and that makes this toy so incredibly disappointing. I didn’t try the original Gigi, but after this experience, I’m incredibly glad about that because it would have been a complete waste of money. I’m having a hard time believing the original would have provided anything more than a tickle.
The buzzy vibrations from the Gigi 2 are honestly what I’d expect from a cheap, first-timer kind of vibrator, not a toy that costs over £100. I fail to see why an expensive vibrator like this couldn’t have included a better motor. Power is one of the most important aspects of a vibrator, but it seems that it was completely overlooked when this toy was made. It appears to me that Lelo were simply trying to make a vibrating version of the Ella, so they could make more money. I have both and I hands down prefer the Ella and I would choose it every time over this awkward, disappointing attempt at an upgrade.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this vibrator, especially at the rising prices that Lelo are setting for it. It might be quiet, rechargeable, body-safe and have a wonderful shape for g-spot stimulation, but I would much rather use a dildo than a vibrator that does absolutely nothing for me. I couldn’t bring myself to orgasm no matter how I used it, either internally or externally and I couldn’t even enjoy the surface level stimulation enough to get a build-up to orgasm.
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