Review: Pink Bob Alex Silicone Realistic Vibrator

Pink Bob Alex Silicone Realistic Vibrator 1Allow me to introduce you to Alex, a realistic, phallic-like vibrator made by Pink Bob. My partner and I actually refer to this as Bob, instead of Alex, but I will stick to Alex in this review to avoid confusion. The reason behind the name change is that this toy happens to share the same name as my ex-boyfriend and my younger brother, neither of which I want coming to mind whilst in the bedroom. I think this is the problem with naming sex toys ‘human’ names as there’s always going to be somebody that knows someone with that name and find the toy off-putting for that reason.

Alex and a couple of other review items arrived super fast from the states, in plain, discreet packaging. I wasn’t expecting them to arrive for at least two weeks, but my package was with me within a week of communications, which is pretty damn impressive. The Alex itself arrives in simple, functional packaging, just a white and pink cardboard box with a cut out window on the front and key features on the back. It’s then kept inside plastic casing just to keep it secure and clean during transit. No instruction leaflet is provided, but I think this toy is pretty self-explanatory. One thing I will mention regarding packaging is that it caused some initial confusion, with it saying that the toy is not waterproof, but the back of the packaging and website both claim that it is. I’ve gone based off the website and cleaned this with toy cleaner and water, with all being fine so far.

Alex is made from silicone, so is hypoallergenic, non-toxic and entirely body-safe. It does not contain any latex or phthalates. It does seem unusual to find a silicone toy that’s so inexpensive, but it has passed the tests I carried out and was completely odourless, so I am satisfied that it is what it claims to be. I found the material to be smooth to the touch and it had minimal drag, which is not what I expected. It has some drag around the textured areas, but this is nothing that a coating of water-based lubricant can’t relieve.

Pink Bob Alex Silicone Realistic Vibrator 2I must admit that I generally opt for non-realistic toys, purely because this is my preference, but the Alex isn’t so lifelike that I’m put off using it. It has some gentle texture in the form of realistic veins and a lifelike head and coronal ridge, but it’s not as realistic as some of the other toys on the market. I will say that I’m not a huge fan of flesh tones and this hasn’t changed with this toy, but colour is something I can look past. I know this might be off-putting for others too, so it would be nice to see Alex available in another (non-flesh) colour in the future.

According to the measurements I’ve taken, Alex has a total length of seven inches and an insertable length of six. It has a minimum girth of 3.9 inches around the smallest point (which is the head) and the shaft gradually increases in girth until it reaches the bottom. The end of the textured part of the shaft is roughly 5.3 inches and then there’s a bit of a jump in girth for the remaining section of shaft as this goes up to 6.2 inches. This is above average, heading towards the large category, so I would avoid that last section if you’re not comfortable with bigger girth. The head and textured portion of the shaft should be manageable for most people who are used to penetration. I’d probably recommend something smaller to a first-time user.

Alex takes two AA batteries (which aren’t included) and these are simply placed as directed into the battery compartment. I was pleased to find that this was easy to open as it’s simply a matter of unscrewing the base. Once the batteries are in position and the base is screwed back on firmly, it’s time to discover what the toy has to offer. It’s operated via a singular heart-shaped button on the base of the toy and the vibrations begin with a light tap to the button. If you continue tapping the button you’ll scroll through the ten available settings and once you’ve reached the end of the patterns, the vibrations stop. I would have liked if the settings just begun from the start again instead of the toy turning off, but this is  just a minor annoyance. If you wish to turn the toy off at any other time this is done by pressing and holding the button for a few seconds.

img_2170As I just mentioned there are ten settings to choose from and typically this would be three speeds and seven patterns, but for some reason Alex only has two speeds and the rest are patterns. I would have liked that third constant speed as I personally need more power than the second speed has to offer. I’m not a pattern fan at the best of times, so I’d rather have less of those and more speed options.

Having said that, I was impressed with the strength considering the power source. It’s not the most powerful battery-operated toy I have ever used, but it seems to be good enough that it will satisfy people who aren’t power queens like myself. If you don’t need extreme intensity to get off, then this toy has the potential to be a great fit for you.

If I use this toy internally with a strong clitoral stimulator alongside, then it’s possible for me to orgasm, so this toy still has its uses for me, despite it not being strong enough to produce a solo orgasm. I find that the vibrations were on the buzzy spectrum, but they weren’t numbing or desensitising which I was pleased about. The vibrations are definitely strongest in the head, but they do travel well throughout the shaft, although they cannot be felt at all in the non-textured part of the shaft. In regards to noise, Alex isn’t the quietest vibrator around, but it’s nothing that a TV can’t disguise.

I enjoyed the girth and length of this toy as they’re both within my comfort range and I can see myself using this as a dildo, rather than a vibrator in future sessions. The head is tapered which makes insertion easy and it has a small amount of squish to it which keeps things comfortable. The rest of Alex is extremely firm and rigid with no flexibility, which makes it great for A-Spot stimulation. The texture is subtle and not really noticeable after entry, which is fine, but I had hoped the veins would be slightly more pronounced to provide better stimulation to the vaginal walls.

Overall, the Alex is not the strongest vibrator around, but I think most people who haven’t been spoiled by power will enjoy the settings it has to offer. It would be a great starting toy to those who are used to penetration and I think it’s inexpensive enough that they could work up to something stronger later on without much of a loss financially. I do wish it was available in another colour, had slightly more pronounced texture and a third speed, but apart from that, I think this is a nice, budget-friendly option to experiment with.

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I received the Alex Silicone Realistic Vibrator ($19.95/£15.05) from Pink Bob in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! No affiliate links have been used within this post.

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