When given the chance to review a clitoral vibrator, I almost always jump on it. I was particularly excited to try Nomi Tang’s Better Than Chocolate 2, especially because the original was an award winner. I didn’t try the original so I can’t determine any differences between them, but I can share my experiences with the latest and tell you whether or not it’s the greatest. I’ll quickly mention now that I like the name of it, despite not being a chocolate eater. I feel like it’s a good play on something the majority of the target market enjoy and often joke about enjoying more than sex. I’d love to hear from some chocoholics who’ve tried this toy to see whether you think it’s truly better or not!
I was rather impressed with the packaging for Nomi Tang’s products. It’s classy and simple, which is exactly how I like it. It has a glossy outer box featuring branding and product photos and a sturdy storage box inside to house the vibrator. Alongside the Better Than Chocolate 2 there was a small instruction manual and the charging cable. It doesn’t come with a storage pouch, but it can be stored in the gift box, so I’ll excuse it.
Being made from FDA grade silicone, this vibrator is completely free from latex and phthalates. It’s non-toxic, odour free and hypoallergenic too. If body safety is as important to you as it is to me, you’ll be pleased to note this passes all the tests. The silicone used is of the smooth, matte variety but it is perhaps rougher than some of the others on the market. I mean this in the sense that it has quite a bit of drag to it. I’d describe it as being similar to Fun Factory’s silicone, rather than a company like We-Vibe who use the velvety soft stuff. This is not a bad thing, I just found I needed to use a little extra water-based lubricant with it.
After use, it can be rinsed with toy cleaner or soap and water. It’s waterproof up to 1 meter and I’ve had no issues rinsing it in the sink or using it in the shower. I can’t account for baths though as I have not submerged it. I would recommend rinsing before each use as silicone can attract the lint fairies and I don’t think anybody wants to be pressing cat hair and bedding fluff up against their intimate areas. Make sure to dry it with a cloth or leave to air dry before turning on though.
In order to use the Better Than Chocolate 2 I had to charge it up. To do so, plug the jackpin into the port located on the toy and the USB into an available port. You must ensure the jack is pushed inside all the way or the charging will not work. I thought it was a bit stiff for the first couple of charges but this has eased up over time. You’ll know that the charge is working when you see the red light flashing on the front of the vibrator. It turns blue once it’s finished. A full charge takes around five hours and this gives two to four hours of use depending on the settings used.
Controlling this clitoral vibrator is a little bit different from others I’ve used. In fact, I’ve never tried a vibrator with this technology before and I own over a hundred vibrators, so that’s saying something. It has a regular power button located on the silicone body which turns the toy on with a tap and off when pressed and held for a few seconds.
You can tap it further to cycle through the five vibration patterns. It then has this innovative touch slider which is used to adjust the speed of the vibrations. You just slide your finger up or down it, depending on the speed you want. I thought this was really unique and cool, so huge thumbs up from me on this feature. It also comes with a travel lock. Activate by pressing the Nomi Tang logo for five seconds until the light turns red. Deactivate by doing the same or pressing the power button.
I’d describe the shape as a cross between the Lovehoney Desire Clitoral Vibrator and the Vive Minu, although it’s more compact than both. It’s the perfect size to be used between partners during sex, but I found that I needed to keep one hand on it at all times as it’s too small to be held between my legs. I have to hold it in place or move it around the clitoral area slightly in order to make the most of the vibrations. I tend to start by moving it around in gentle circular motions to spread stimulation across the vulva and clitoral hood. I then hold it in place directly over the clitoris to begin the process of working towards an orgasm.
This is not a toy that I would reach for in moments where I want a quick orgasm. It takes some work to get to that point with the Better Than Chocolate 2. When I say work, I mean using a mix of two types of stimulation, both broad and direct, on maximum power, for about 20-30 minutes. This is longer than I’d typically like to be using a clitoral vibrator for as I don’t want to be overstimulated, but I can deal with it on days where tease and denial is the type of session I’m craving. I don’t feel numb after using this for that long, but I definitely couldn’t go for round two for a while.
I feel that the reason behind the time it takes to bring me to climax is the type of vibrations and their intensity. I wouldn’t say these are the buzziest vibrations in the world, but they’re not rumbly either. I think they’re directly at the midway point. I can deal with the buzzing, but it’s not strong enough to rock my socks off. It sort of just removes my socks slowly like I have all the time in the world. The vibrations are not weak by any means, but I’m a power queen and need more strength in my vibrators than this can offer. If you’re a person who likes mid range power, this would probably be great for you. It’s also rather quiet, so those who need discretion shouldn’t have an issue with it.
I prefer pin-point stimulation to broad, but both are options with this toy. You can rest it flat against the vulva & clitoris for broader stimulation or you can place it upright so the tip rests directly upon the clitoris. I feel like I can reach orgasm faster if I start with broader stimulation and then gently tip the toy so that it’s in more of a pinpointed position. I will experiment some more with it over the coming months to see if I can improve the experience & will report back if I find something that works better.
Often when I review a clitoral vibrator I use it against my male partner to see if it can work for him and on this occasion he had the same sort of reaction as I did. He usually loves the toys that I don’t find strong enough, but he had mixed feelings about the Better Than Chocolate 2. He couldn’t really find a placement against his penis that felt comfortable. I don’t know if this is due to the rigidity of the material or the shape, but it just wasn’t happening. He liked it against his nipples during play, but there are other toys he’d rather use for that purpose.
To conclude, I am conflicted. I love the shape for use on myself, I like the fact it can be used for two types of stimulation that are very different to each other and I also enjoy the innovative control slider. I don’t particularly like the amount of time it takes to satisfy me, the lack of depth to the vibrations and the absence of ruthless power. It’s a nicely designed toy, that has been made well, and I give props for the innovations used, but I feel that a little more time selecting a motor could have made this so much better.
I received the Nomi Tang Better Than Chocolate 2 in Red Violet ($89.90/£69.84) from Nomi Tang in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! Affiliate links have been used in this post.