Glass dildos are one of the main loves of my intimate life, with my fondness of temperature play being the main reason as to why these particular products grab my interest so much. Pipedream’s Icicles range is one of the most affordable and accessible around and as many retailers stock a selection of these toys, I get asked about this range fairly often. I’ve tried a handful of items from this range now and have had pleasant experiences each time so I was more than happy to accept the Icicles No #55 for review this month for Too Timid. This aesthetically pleasing double-ended dildo looked incredibly enticing with its tale of two textures and as I have made it my mission to try more insertable toys during 2018, I couldn’t wait to give it a test run.
Many of Pipedream’s ranges leave little to the imagination in terms of packaging and sometimes even borders onto misogynistic or unethical graphics/text, but their Icicles line is an exception. The front of the box showcases an image of the product and pulls open to reveal the No #55 behind a window of plastic.
It is classy, simplistic and exactly how I like it. I do find it disappointing that none of the toys in this collection come with storage bags as I like to protect my glass pieces to avoid scratches or chipping but this is personal preference and something of a minor complaint. I would recommend having some storage on hand to keep this dildo in if you’re planning to make a purchase though.
The box mentions some care instructions inside but as I’ve mentioned in every Icicles review I’ve ever written, parts of the text need to be updated. It advises and advocates using microwaves and freezers to change the temperature of the glass but I would strongly advise against doing either. Microwaves can create unwanted heat spots that aren’t noticeable until they burn your nether regions and freezers can recreate that dreaded stuck to a metal pole scenario that we’ve all seen in films. I imagine that it would feel rather unpleasant to experience a toy getting stuck to a sensitive orifice so please stick to the safe, trusted methods of changing the temperature such as the fridge or bowl of warm/cold water.
One of the best things about glass is that it can be used with any type of lubricant. The surface is non-toxic, non-porous, odourless, phthalate free and suitable for use with water bases, silicone bases and even oil bases. This body safe rigid material can also can be cleaned thoroughly by boiling for a few moments or placing in the top rack of the dishwasher.
If you are switching between multiple partners, partners that aren’t fluid bonded or different orifices (particularly going from anal to vaginal) then I would recommend one of the above methods to keep things hygienic and prevent passing infections. For daily cleans, soap and warm water will do the trick and an old toothbrush can be used around the textured areas to remove any traces of fluids.
The Icicles No #55 should be suitable for most users regardless of their experience with insertables. It has an overall length of around 7.5 inches and a maximum usable length of 6 inches. I’m very comfortable using dildos with this amount of length as they don’t hit my cervix if I’m relaxed and well lubricated but will still be able to reach all of the sensitive spots that I want stimulated. The No #55 has a maximum circumference of four inches which is fairly slim and manageable for toy beginners and people who may be new to hard materials like glass.
One side of the No #55 resembles another Icicles piece that I reviewed recently, the #5. Those three inches of shaft are basically made up of a spiral of raised ripples. This spiralled texture feels the same on both dildos although the curve belonging to the #55 is more pronounced and the tip more tapered which makes it easier for it to hit my sweet spots right off the bat. It finds my g-spot with no trouble and as it’s safe for anal use, I imagine it would be capable of doing the same thing with a prostate. My partner is only at the stage of using a small plug or finger so we haven’t tested this theory but from our experiences so far, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work as a prostate massager too.
The combination of chilled glass, a rigid surface and bumps/ridges has always worked well for me and this dildo wasn’t going to be the exception. If I insert it carefully then use a gentle twisting motion or work it around in a slow rotation then the ripples stimulate every internal erogenous zone that they can find. This alone would probably be enough to bring me to the edge of an orgasm but the curvature of the shaft tips the scales and makes that climax stronger. I think this type of texture was well spread out and not overly intense so it shouldn’t overwhelm a newcomer. However, it’s not bland enough to bore the more experienced player either.
Ever wanted to get two toys for the price of one? Then look no further than the #55 and it’s double ends that differ in texture. We’ve covered the spiralled side already but what about the noduled side? It has raised nodules, equally spread across its three inches of shaft that have been rounded for comfortable insertion.
I think this side is perfect for internal massages and relaxing masturbation sessions as well as g-spot or prostate stimulation. It has the same pointed tip and curve below the head which makes it just as great for this kind of contact as the spiralled side. You can simply choose which type of texture feels best for you or switch things up based on mood and cravings.
Overall, I think the No #55 has the potential to be perfect for people who like slim, short and noticeably textured toys that aren’t going to overwhelm the body or overstimulate. I have had great orgasms with it through my testing sessions and play with my partner so I’d happily recommend it to those who like the features I mentioned above. A final tip for fans of the noduled side – try it as an external stimulator by moving it across the clitoris as this seemed to instantly increase my arousal.
You can purchase the Icicles No #55 Textured Glass Dildo (€52.95/£37.83) from Too Timid.
We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.