As a big fan of Lovehoney’s Desire collection of affordable luxury sex toys and a lover of butt plugs, I was excited to be given the chance to review the latest addition to the range. I tried this remote-controlled vibrating plug recently, which is similar, but the one I’m talking about today also offers rimming features. I was looking forward to seeing how Lovehoney’s Rimming Plug would hold up in comparison to the previously tried, tested and totally fabulous B-Vibe 2. It was made with tons of reviews and snippets of customers feedback in mind, as per the rest of the range, so I hoped that it would be just as gratifying as its predecessor. Did Lovehoney successfully pull this off or should they have left this design to the anal experts? Read on to find out my verdict!
The Desire Rimming Butt Plug arrived in a classy purple and black box with a product shot on the front and traditional Lovehoney heart on the back. Inside the outer box, a gorgeous leather storage case with the same heart logo embossed onto the front is revealed. I am obsessed with these cases as they are really convenient, discreet and can even be locked for extra privacy. Another thing that sets them apart from the bog standard storage pouches is the charging hole that leads out of the back of the cases. It’s beyond useful for charging toys securely and keeping them out of the sight of minors, nosy relatives and pets. It also keeps lint at bay.
Made from a gorgeously silky soft silicone, this plug feels luxurious and high-quality. It doesn’t have as much resistance to it as the previous plug I reviewed from the Desire range but a generous coating of water-based anal lubricant would still be recommended to remove any traces and make insertion and wear more comfortable. I would recommend something slick and long-lasting such as Sliquid Sassy or Lovehoney’s Discover. After use, this waterproof plug should be rinsed thoroughly in warm water and cleaned with soap or antibacterial toy cleaner. If you’re sharing it with a partner then I’d insist on wiping down with a 10% bleach solution instead.
Like the rest of the range, this plug is rechargeable. Plug the USB connector into a port in your laptop or other suitable spot then place the jack at the other end of the cable into the base of the plug. A light flashes whilst charging and remains on when finished. It is said to take around two hours for a full charge and this can give up to an hour of use depending on the settings used. You’ll know the battery is running low when the light flashes to indicate this. The remote is not rechargeable but it does come with the required CR2032 battery. Just slide the back of the remote off and remove the paper disc from underneath before getting started.
To turn on manually, press the button on the base quickly once and wait for the light to flash. A second push will activate the first mode and each further push will cycle through the remaining four modes. To turn off, press and hold for three seconds. To control via the remote, press the button on the plugs base, wait for the flash and then press the central button on the controller. The plug should then start on mode one. To change modes press the central button again. To change the intensity of the vibrations press the up or down arrows as needed. When vibration and rotation are both present (settings 2 through 5) the rotation speed maintains at maximum.
If you travel with your toys then you’ll be pleased to know this plug has a travel lock. I don’t leave the house much so I don’t often use mine, but it’s nice to know it’s there. It can also come in handy if you have a packed toy drawer and don’t want to risk anything randomly buzzing away in the middle of the night as it pushes up against something else. To activate the lock, press and hold the plugs button for five seconds. A light should flash twice to indicate that it worked. To deactivate, repeat the process or plug it in to charge.
Enough of the basics, let’s talk about the modes. The first is a fast rotation that can be felt throughout the entire bulb and neck of the plug. It feels different to b-vibe’s plug as the rotation there was limited to the neck. If you prefer widespread sensations then this might be the better of the two for you. The second mode continues with the same steady rotation but also adds in some constant vibration. These vibes are primarily located in the base but can travel up to the neck too. Mode three is a pulsing rotation and stop and start of buzzing vibrations. Mode four alternates between rotation and vibration and mode five is like a sped-up version of four.
I use modes one and two 95% of the time. It’s no secret that I enjoy constant vibration and the same seems to apply with rotation. Both of these settings offer me that. I feel that the first mode is perfect for the start of a session for warming up and building the tension and the second mode brings out the big guns needed to bring me to the point of no return. I was seriously surprised by the intensity of the vibrations as I was expecting them to be an afterthought to the rotation/rimming mechanism but they’re actually rumbly and everything I look for in solid vibes.
Although the vibrations are mostly situated within the plugs base, they seem to travel up to the neck well and stimulate the entrance of my butt in a way that I’ve only ever experienced with the other rimming plug in our collection. I’m very sensitive around this area and I think both butt plugs work to this sensitivity uniquely. The Desire Plug offers some extra external stimulation from the vibrations whereas b-vibe’s offer internal stimulation and focuses solely on the sensation of rimming around the entrance. If you prefer your sensations all in one place (the sphincter, entrance and skin around those areas) then I would suggest this plug over the other. If you want internal vibes as well as entrance and sphincter stimuli then I’d opt for b-vibe’s.
So, does this rimming plug actually replicate rimming? I would say that it’s not far off. Rimming is a hard sensation to replicate and I think this is a great attempt at capturing the motions. Any mechanical movement is going to feel somewhat different to the movement of someone’s muscles but I must admit that my body reacts in a similar way to this plug as it does to my partner. I can orgasm powerfully with the Desire Plug and I think that’s due to the combination of the rotation tickling all the right sweet spots back there and the extra oomph from the vibrations around the opening.
My partner and I have affectionately named this plug the ‘rocket launcher’ as that seemed most-fitting when describing the shape. It’s super comfortable to wear and insert and the measurements are more than manageable for intermediate anal players. It has a maximum circumference of four and a half inches, overall length of four and a half inches and an insertable length of three and a half. It has a sturdy flared base to prevent unwanted travel and it doesn’t get in the way during PIV. I thought the base might be too chunky at first and prevent vaginal entry but all turned out good. It doesn’t interfere at all and as it has all the extra sensation I could ever need I don’t even need to add a clit vibe into the mix.
Overall, I think the Desire Rimming Plug will be a roaring success for Lovehoney. I’m glad to see them creating something like this as an affordable alternative to the b-vibe 2 as I feel that more people will now be able to explore rimming sensations. I think the shape of this one worked slightly better for me and this one is also a little quieter which makes it the best choice for those who need discretion. It has all the features I could ask for – body-safe material, waterproof, rechargeable, included storage, sturdy flared base, powerful motor and interesting shape. I would be happy to recommend this to anyone who is looking to explore a new kind of anal play who has some experience with insertables.
You can purchase the Desire Remote Control Rimming Butt Plug (£79.99) from Lovehoney.
We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. This is no way changes our opinion on the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.