It came in a huge box. Not glossy and bright as most other Lelo boxes, but splashed with pictures of the product and information about it. Inside the box, the wand rested within some casing. In a separate part of the box I found a storage sleeve, charger, sachet of personal lubricant, warranty card and user guide. I must say that the sleeve is well-made and looks much nicer than the typical storage bags I use to store my sex toys. It’s also easily identifiable, which is good.
It is made from silicone, which is soft to the touch. The finish is smooth and silky, as is the case with the silicone that Lelo use most of the time. It has very minimal drag to it, but water-based lubricant can be applied to the head and yourself for comfort. It’s marketed as fully waterproof, so cleaning in soap and water is not a problem, neither is using it in the bath or shower. I have never used this in the bath, as I have concerns about water getting into the charging port as it doesn’t appear to be sealed in any way. It’s not that I distrust the claim of it being waterproof, I just don’t like to take any chances, especially when I’ve heard stories about this particular product breaking soon after the warranty runs out.
In regards to charging, the Smart Wand is refreshed through the mains. It takes around two hours for a complete charge and this gives around the same amount of use time on the lower speeds. I have found it only gives about an hour on the highest settings. Having said that, I’ve noticed that my Smart Wand Large doesn’t hold charge well at all. If I use it one day and put it back with half charge left, I can come back two days later to a dead vibrator. It seems to run the battery down so quickly, even when it’s not in use. I expect this somewhat, but not to the extent that it does. Due to this, I can’t use this toy whenever I fancy because I always need to charge it first.
It has a three-button interface, a +, a – and a () button. The + button activates the vibration and increases the strength, whilst the – decreases the strength and turns the wand off. Pressing and holding these buttons down for five seconds will activate/deactivate the travel lock feature. The () button activates the patterns, of which there are eight. This button also activates Sense Touch, which is exclusive to Lelo Smart Wands.
To explore this, press and hold for a few seconds. Sense Touch is a feature where the massage strength builds when the wand comes into contact with the skin. It’s caused by special touch sensors in the tip that recognise when the wands comes into contact with the body. When it isn’t touching, the vibration intensity decreases. When it is touching, you can adjust strength via the other buttons as normal. If you wish to turn this setting off and just use the standard modes, press and hold the () button for a few seconds.
Now I’ll be honest, there are only three vibrators from Lelo that I actually like, the Nea 2, the Mona 2 and this. The Smart Wand Large is one toy that I think they got right. Sure, there’s a few things that I would change, but on the whole, it’s a good product. It’s rumbly, it’s powerful and reaches that level of strength that I crave. Most of the vibrators that I have tried from Lelo have been unimpressive in the intensity department, but this is where the Smart Wand excels. I did notice that I was feeling bruised after use when I first started using this toy and I’m not too sure why this was, but a thick coating of lubricant seemed to ease the problem.
The other issues that I encountered includes the problem with it not holding charge well and the fact that it heats up exceptionally fast. With it being such a high-powered wand I expected it to heat up, as most do, but I wasn’t expecting it to get hot within five minutes or less. I don’t feel as though this is a good sign. I can see this being the means of an end. I am worried that it’s going to break on me within a year or two. I would expect at least fifteen minutes of consistent use before it begins to warm up, especially as it’s not even mains-powered.
Overall, I like the Smart Wand Large, but it’s not perfect. It’s certainly one of Lelo’s better creations and if I were to recommend any toy of theirs, it would be between this and the Ella. However, I no longer support this company due to ethical differences, so I have been searching for an equal to (or better than) equivalent. The best option that I found was the slightly pricier O-Wand. It has none of the issues that I encountered with the Smart Wand and I believe it’s actually quieter too. It even comes with an attachment.
Please note (2016): Since I received this product, my thoughts on this brand have changed completely. I no longer support their marketing, ethics or brand and I would advise you to research their recent behaviour before purchasing their products. I’m mostly saddened by their attitude in recent months – in particular in the insult of using a domestic abuser named Charlie Sheen, who also happened to have unprotected sex with uninformed partners whilst knowing he had HIV, to promote their new condoms. I cannot support a company who put profits and sales above ethics and morals.