Review: Partner Couples Vibrator

The term “couples vibrator” is one that sparks a lot of debate on social media, forums and blogs but for the purpose of this review I will be using it. I’m not overly fond of this term myself, but it’s true that the Partner has been designed with two users in mind. Some people may say that it has been created for a straight partnership to use but anyone who has a vulva, clitoris and a partner who can penetrate them could make this toy work.

I haven’t tried many of these couple-style vibrators, but I was interested in this one because of its entry-level price tag. Not everybody can afford to fork out on a We-Vibe Sync or a Lelo Ida, so I hoped that at least one of the Partner models would be a good, affordable alternative. The Partner range is made by the same folks who own Satisfyer, so I wondered whether the brands success would carry over into this new category of sex toys. Read on to find out whether it was a winning decision or mission impossible…

The Partner arrived in a white and purple cardboard box that had product shots on the front and back. The images were tasteful and I feel that helps give this product a welcoming, non-intimidating vibe to those who may be new to sex toys or tools that can be used within their pairing. The box lists some of the key features on the sides, such as the number of functions, materials used and the fact that it’s waterproof. Inside the box I found the vibrator, charging cable and multi-lingual user manual. There’s no storage bag which is a small disappointment, but it was expected from me after trying the Satisfyer models.

Partner Couples Vibrator

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Made from smooth, velvety soft silicone and complimented with abs plastic, there’s no need to worry about this toy being toxic or porous. Both materials used are odourless, latex/phthalate free, easily cleaned and completely body safe. I had expected the silicone of this vibrator to be quite draggy but I didn’t notice much of this during use. There’s some of course, as it is silicone, but nowhere near as much as I anticipated. The brand recommend using a coating of water-based lube on the internal arm, but I’d add a touch to the external area that rests on the clitoris too for maximum comfort. Following use, simply clean with soapy water and leave to dry for next time.

Charging is a breeze. It has a USB connector at one end to go into a suitable port and a magnetic connector at the other end which attaches to the two prongs on the front of the vibrator. The control panel will flash blue whilst charging and turn solid when complete. The manual advises that the first charge could take up to eight hours, but ours came with some juice so it only took about three and a half. Each additional charge has taken roughly two hours and has lasted for just over/under one hour each time. This isn’t bad, but only lasts us two uses per charge.

Partner Couples VibratorThere is one singular button on the Partner, which is located on the front of the external arm, and this controls everything. To turn it on, press and hold this button for a few seconds and the control panel will then light up and the vibrations will begin. Tap to cycle through the various functions and press and hold again to turn off. If you miss the setting that you wanted you have to scroll back through all ten to get back to it, which can be frustrating, but as this is an entry-level model that’s not very wide, I can see why no other buttons were added to make this possible.

One aspect of this vibrator that confused me was the order of the settings. The manual says pressing and holding the button down for two seconds will start it at the lowest massage level but in my case, it didn’t. I don’t know if I got an odd one or whether the manual had a typo? Either way, starting at the highest intensity seems to be becoming increasingly popular in recent toy designs and it makes no sense to me. Most people who use a vibrating toy like to start at the bottom and work up to solid strength, not start on full and work their way back down.

For me however, I generally send my toys up to full power straight away so this wasn’t a huge issue, but I can see why it would annoy others who prefer to do the opposite. I’m a power queen and love rumbly vibrations, but it’s hard to find couples toys that have both strength and depth to them. The lowest setting on the Partner did have a low-pitched rumble to it, which was gratifying, but the other two speeds and the seven patterns were more on the buzzy spectrum. They were the sort of buzzy sensations that are just surface level, rather than the kind that feels like a wasp nest attacking the clitoris, so I can cope with them and even enjoy them when in the right mindset.

Partner Couples VibratorFlexibility was something that stood out to me when holding the Partner for the first time. I noticed that the internal arm was very flexible to the point that I could manipulate it into a straight shape similar to Mystery Vibe’s Crescendo. It also had a fair amount of squish to the silicone, which gave me the impression that I wouldn’t be able to maintain contact with the g-spot or stimulate it.

The internal arm is very slimline. It’s just under two inches in girth at the widest point which makes it perfect for beginners, those who don’t like to be stretched and vulva owners that have well-endowed partners. We tried one couples vibrator previously that had around five inches in length and width and it made it very difficult to accommodate the toy and my partner at the same time. I had no such issues with this Partner model.

I was worried that it wouldn’t be long enough to hit my g-spot as it only has an insertable length of around 2.7 inches, but it seems to be just about right. It may not be the correct positioning for everyone, but I can make it worth with my anatomy. Whilst it does hit the g-spot, I didn’t feel very stimulated by it for two reasons. The first being the lack of vibrations and the second being the lack of firmness. The internal arm on the Partner does not have a motor, so you only receive external vibrations from this model. If you want sensations from both arms, the Partner Plus might be more your thing.

I need intense pressure against my spot for me to feel stimulated and come close to orgasm and I couldn’t achieve that with the internal arm alone as it’s just too flexible. It was different when my partner got involved and inserted himself as his penis sort of pushed the arm up onto my erogenous zone and forced it to main contact and added a little bit of pressure because of his shaft continuously hitting the arm with each thrust. It made the arm bump and grind against me, which did feel good. Unfortunately though, it wasn’t enough to push me over the edge and give me an internal orgasm.

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The classic U shape of this vibrator worked well for me. I had no problems getting the external arm to sit over my clitoris accurately and the internal arm was just about long enough. If I placed this in position and began having sex with my partner it wouldn’t take long for the vibrations to start taking me in the direction of an orgasm and that’s something I can appreciate. It doesn’t steal or force orgasms from me like the Satisfyer Pro 2 does, but it can get me off.

Overall, I think this couples vibrator could be classed as a success. It worked well for my partner and I, didn’t cause any uncomfortable poking once inserted for either of us and the quiet, external vibrations aren’t half bad. It would be a fantastic entry-level choice for someone new to couples vibrators or someone who doesn’t want to fork out over £100 on the We-Vibes and Lelo’s of the world. I also think it will be a popular choice for those who don’t want to use some of the girthier, bulkier options on the market. If you prefer firm internal stimulation, girth or texture then this may not be right for you, but if you like the complete opposite, I’d recommend giving the Partner a chance.

I received the Partners Couples Vibrator from Partner in exchange for my review. Thank you! You can purchase the Partner (£44.99) from Bondara.

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Review: Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup Bra

I probably could have ordered the entire Fifty Shades Darker lingerie line if funds had allowed, but as I’m not a millionaire, I decided to limit myself to just three of my favourite items. The Anastasia Half Cup Multiway Bra was one of them. It was the last item I purchased as I was going back and forth between this and something from the Escala collection for a while but I’m so glad that I finally settled on this piece. The Anastasia collection is described as “blending feminine shapes with deep pink satin and lace to offer a statement of modern femininity and intrinsic desirability” and I think that statement summarizes it perfectly.

I was disappointed and bored with the packaging, or lack of, that the Fifty Shades Darker lingerie arrives in. It’s just a plain plastic pouch. I expect this from Lovehoney as the lingerie is more budget friendly, but Coco de Mer are known for being lavish so I would expect more from them. I’m not asking for extreme levels of extravagance, but even just arriving on a nice satin hanger would have been better than this. If the boat can be pushed out for gorgeous packaging for the sex toy line, I don’t see why the lingerie line can’t also be gift-wrapped.

Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup BraUntil this range landed at Lovehoney, I had never had the pleasure of trying lingerie designed by a Coco de Mer, because again, I’m not a millionaire. I can’t afford to be splashing out a couple of hundred pounds on a basque, robe or bra set. I’d rather buy three £40 options and have variety than just own a couple of nice pieces that I’d have to wear until death to get my money’s worth. The only exception to this will be the lingerie I wear for my honeymoon. That I will go all out for.

Getting back to this piece, I was expecting perfection and that’s precisely what I got. I couldn’t find any flaws with it whatsoever and it appeared to be made beautifully. It’s made up of two main materials, one being satin and the other being lace. Both felt divine to touch and I was particularly impressed with how comfortable they both were. Lace can sometimes be itchy or irritating, but this was not the case with this bra. It was soft and supple as one would hope for considering the price tag.

32B was the smallest size that I could get my hands on, and breasts into, so I went for that one. I usually wear a 30A so I hoped that sister sizing would be my friend on this occasion. It seemed to work out well as the Fifty Shades Darker lingerie all seems to run a bit small. The Anastasia Half Cup Bra has three hook-and-eye fastenings around the back and I wear this on the tightest setting. It fits pretty well. It doesn’t feel loose at all which makes me think that this would be incredibly skin-tight on someone who actually wears a 32.

Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup BraAs for the cups, I was apprehensive. I am obviously lacking in the bust department so sizing up made me worry about things like obvious room left in the cups and gaping. Thankfully there wasn’t much of this. The cups actually seemed to fit very well. There was a tiny bit of room leftover, but not much, so I would suggest someone who wears a B cup to size up to the C in this particular bra. The cups definitely run small. This is great for small chests like mine as they seem to give a bit of a lift and a greatly appreciated boost.

Do I have any complaints? Outside of the packaging, not really. I could have done with being able to adjust the shoulder straps a tiny bit more for maximum comfort, but that’s a minor issue and something I can happily look past. The Anastasia Half Cup Bra is an absolutely stunning piece of lingerie and although I didn’t want to fork out on the matching briefs it wasn’t an issue as it matched a (now discontinued) raspberry Flirty Thong I have from Lovehoney. I  am not typically fond of pink especially when it comes to the bedroom as there’s so much of it in this industry, but I couldn’t resist this gorgeous rich shade. Combine this with the gorgeous front strapping and it’s an absolute winner. I love it.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup Bra (£35) from Coco de Mer. No affiliate links have been used in this post.

Review: Icicles No 37 Textured Glass Butt Plug

I own several butt plugs now and most of them could be classed as small and beginner like, so I decided it was time to branch out. I saw the intermediate sized Icicles No 37 pop up on Lovehoney and knew it would the perfect plug to up my game with. It’s made from my favourite material, has some glorious looking texture and is a touch longer than the other plugs I have. All of these factors made this plug stand out to me and although I’m not crazy about Pipedream, the brand behind Icicles, affordable glass can be hard to find and I like to review sexy things at a variety of price points.

Icicles No 37 Glass Butt PlugIt arrived in the simplistic packaging that is typical of the Icicles range. It’s rather classy considering the manufacturer and I’m pretty happy with it. The front of the box shows off an image of the product and pulls open to reveal the plug behind a window of plastic. Inside, the Icicles No 37 is protected by a layer of foam casing. It’s somewhat disappointing that Pipedream don’t include storage bags with this range as glass needs to be secured safely to avoid chips and the boxes are too bulky.

The box also gives some care instructions inside/on the back, but there’s some questionable areas of text. I have to strongly disagree with their suggestions for changing the temperature as they list the microwave and freezer as options. Nope. Please don’t do either of those things. Microwaves can create heat spots and freezers could lead to potential awkward and painful sticking of the anus to the product. Neither of those would be fun. Stick to safe methods such as the fridge or placing it in a bowl of water that’s at your desired temperature. I personally like to chill mine for twenty minutes or so.

One bonus of glass as a material is that it can be used with any type of lubricant as there are no concerns about material degradation. I like to use silicone based as these tend to be slicker. Glass is non-toxic, non-porous, odourless, hypoallergenic and completely body safe. You can even place it in the dishwasher for a thorough clean. This is particularly important if more than one person intends to use the plug and should be done before changing hands (or anuses). I use soap and water for everyday cleaning, but will run it through the dishwasher once a month for a more in-depth clean. I also use an old toothbrush to remove any fluids harboring around the nodules.

Having heard one or two horror stories about butt plugs with not-so-sturdy finger loops, the very first thing I did was give this one a test run. I’m pleased to report that this one feels very secure and safe to use. I twisted, pulled and tugged to the harshest of my abilities and there were no signs of trauma to the glass or loosening of the finger loop. The rest of the No 37 seemed sufficiently well made too as there were no imperfections whatsoever. Sometimes this happens with hand-blown glass massagers, but not this one. It’s basically perfect aesthetically.

Icicles No 37 Glass Butt PlugAfter slathering the bulb and neck with lube, I carefully inserted the plug. It went in without much resistance and felt comfortable throughout because of the tapered tip. I have taken toys like the Tantus Flurry in my butt previously and have had anal sex with my larger than average partner, so the dimensions were fine for me. I wouldn’t recommend it to somebody who has no anal experience though. It’s still a fairly small plug but it’s bigger than the beginners plugs on the market. It has an insertable length of four inches and a girth of four and a half inches.

One thing that I discovered about this plug quite early on was the lack of difference between the circumference of the bulb and circumference of the neck. There’s not much change at all which means that this butt plug is capable of slipping out on occasion. It has happened to me twice thus far and both times were during penetrative sex. As a result, I don’t feel that I can recommend this as a plug that can be worn during vigorous sex unless you have a spare hand to hold onto the base. That might be a bit of a mood killer and frustration though. In our experience, the Icicles No 37 is better suited to slower love-making and solo sessions.

Icicles No 37 Glass Butt PlugI thought it was great for masturbation sessions and this is where it shined for me. I found that thrusting in and out, regardless of pace, allowed me to make the most of those delicious raised nodules. I can really feel and appreciate this texture when I maneuver the plug and it feels divine. It’s not what I’d call extreme, but it’s not subtle either. It has an ideal amount of intensity for its size and it feels wonderful. If you’ve ever tried the Lovehoney Nubby and liked it, this plug would be a great choice for you as the texture is similar.

Another fun method for solo play was gentle rotation. I’d hold onto the loop and gently twist the plug in circular motions. Lovehoney mentioned this in their product description and it worked well for me, although I don’t know if I’d describe it as feeling like oral like they did. It was pleasurable for me though. If I wore the plug without any sort of movement then the texture wasn’t very noticeable. It could only be truly felt during insertion and removal. I wanted more than that. Playing with the No 37 allows the texture to become prevalent again and included in the build-up to orgasm. If I combine thrusting or rotation with a clit vibe then I can get off quite easily.

Overall, I think the Icicles No 37 is a good quality, inexpensive plug that’s ideal for intermediate anal players. If the bulb has been a little wider then I think it would have stayed in easier during sex, but this isn’t a major problem as there are workarounds. Holding onto the base, restricting use to slower sex or holding it back for masturbation/solo sessions are all viable options. I personally like option three best and have found it most successful. I’d be happy to recommend this plug to people who like relatively intense texture, temperature play and medium-sized butt plugs.

I received the Icicles No 37 Textured Glass Butt Plug (£29.99) from Lovehoney in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! Affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Satisfyer 2

Satisfyer 2When I was introduced to pressure wave technology in 2016, I fell hook, line and stinker for it. My favourite of the five models I tried last year was without a doubt the Satisfyer Pro 2. It’s been around eight months now since I first got it and it’s yet to be replaced or outdone. It still lives permanently charged by my bedside so I can grab it as needed. I can’t get enough of it. So when I heard the news that Satisfyer were going to be releasing four new models, I became eager and impatient. I had hoped to get my hands on a couple for comparison purposes and to my surprise, I received the entire range to review, courtesy of the brand themselves.

The packaging for the Satisfyer 2 is clean and classy, which is exactly how I like it. The box featured some of the key features alongside some glossy shots of the product. Inside, it rested within some plastic casing. The one downside to the Satisfyer range for me is the fact that they don’t include storage. I have a huge toy collection and like to keep things separated and organized, which can get expensive when buying a handful of drawstring bags every few weeks. The competition, Womanizer, do include a case/pouch with the product which gives them a minor advantage.

Satisfyer 2The Satisfyer 2 is one of my favourite models in terms of aesthetics. It’s one of the better looking suction toys on the market at the moment although it still resembles a piece of medical apparatus. It has a lovely white and gold colour scheme and goes back to the roots of the Pro 2 with its shape.

It’s a little ‘boxier’ than the Pro and the head seems to be slightly smaller, but it’s just as comfortable to hold and use. I have a preference for long-handled toys as I find these easier to use and generally more accessible to a wider range of people. Out of the Satisfyer models 1, 2 and Pro 2, I think this one is the best for those who have mobility or reach issues.

It’s made up of a plastic body and a high-grade silicone head, which is removable. It is recommended to use a coating of water-based lubricant around the rim for comfort and I feel this improves the experience massively. It might be one of the cheaper models but Satisfyer haven’t forgotten the key feature that made this brand so popular. It is ‘splashproof’ (as long as the base has been placed back on firmly) so can be cleaned with soapy water but I would not recommend submerging it/using it in the bath as a few of my fellow bloggers have encountered some issues when doing so. The head can be washed separately for a deeper clean. I recommend using a q-tip and some cleaner to remove those stubborn fluids and particles of lint.

Satisfyer 2This model is battery operated and takes two triple a’s. These are placed inside a labelled compartment. To access the compartment, the base of the Satisfyer needs to be twisted off. Make sure it’s back into position before taking the toy near water. It’s one of two models from this brand that have been designed for globetrotters and people who are always on the move. It’s ideal for taking on a plane as there’s no rechargeable batteries for the airline to worry about. Just be sure to leave the batteries at home and pick some up at your destination.

Unlike the Satisfyer 1, the two has a three button interface. It has a power button based at the bottom of the control panel which of course turns the toy on and off when pressed and held for a few seconds and then it has an up arrow and down arrow to change through the intensities. There are eleven to choose from on this clitoral stimulator so it’s nice to have the option to scroll back down should you turn it up too high or accidentally pass the setting you wish to use. On the Satisfyer 1, you simply had to go up to the highest speed and start all over again which could be off-putting to some users.

Satisfyer 2After trying out the other battery operated Satisfyer (which takes the same batteries) I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this version, but I did. I don’t know how there is such a huge difference between the two, but this one is magnificent. I was expecting some lacklustre sensations as the first version wasn’t intense enough for me, but by the time I had reached setting three I knew something was very different.

I cycled through all the settings and was extremely pleased with the amount of intensity this can offer, especially as a battery-operated model. It can be strong and powerful on the higher settings, but delicate and introductory on the opening functions. I can easily have a good night when using settings seven and above, orgasming in a reasonable time frame of around five minutes. It might not be quite as intense as the Pro 2, but it’s much closer to it than I could have ever anticipated. If for some reason my Pro is ever not available or charged, I would be more than happy to reach for the regular 2 in its absence.

I would state that the Satisfyer 2 was the biggest surprise in the box of Satisfyers I received to review. I wasn’t expecting anything special from it, nor was I expecting to like it almost as much as the Pro, but I guess the best things in life can be unexpected sometimes. It’s not as loud as I thought it may be either, which is another bonus. The sound dissipates upon contact as is the case with all suction toys, but I feel this could be slightly quieter than the Pro on the highest intensities, which was another surprise.

Satisfyer 2In conclusion, I’m really impressed with this clitoral stimulator. It solved the two major issues I had with the Satisfyer 1 – the lack of intensity and lack of other buttons to control the functions. I think this one is nicer to look at, more sleek in terms of aesthetics and functionality as-well as being the all round more powerful product. The only thing that I dislike is the fact it’s battery operated as my personal preference is for rechargeables.

Voucher Codes

I received the Satisfyer 2 from Satisfyer in exchange for my honest review. Thanks! You can purchase the Satisfyer 2 (£49.95) from Simply Pleasure. Affiliate links were used in this post.

Review: Satisfyer 1

Satisfyer 1When I was introduced to the clitoral suction technology last year, I absolutely fell in love with it. The best of the four models I tried last year was by far the Satisfyer Pro 2. It’s still one of my go-to toys and I have it permanently charged and ready to go. I just can’t get enough of it. A few months after it arrived, I heard through Twitter that Satisfyer were going to be releasing four new models and I became ridiculously excited. I hoped to get my hands on a couple for comparison and to my surprise, I was sent the entire range, courtesy of Satisfyer.

The packaging for this product is clean and classy, which is exactly how I like it.  A couple of glossy pictures appear on the box, as-well as some of the products key features. Inside the box, the Satisfyer 1 rested within some plastic casing. There’s no storage, which is the one of the only downsides to the Satisfyer range for me. Products like the Womanizer do come with a pouch or case of some sort, which can be a bonus if you have a huge toy collection like I do and like to keep things separated. It’s not a deal breaker, but is a minor niggle.

Satisfyer 1The Satisfyer 1 is the most basic of all the models and goes back to the companies roots. It has the same sort of shape as the Pro 2 and is extremely comfortable to hold as a result. I generally prefer long-handled toys as I find these easier to use and I think they’re better for those who suffer with mobility or reach issues. It’s made up of a purple abs plastic body and a high-grade silicone head, which is removable. I would recommend using a coating of lubricant around the rim of the head for comfort, but stick to water-based to avoid degrading the material.

It does have a couple of visible seams due to the plastic body, which isn’t majorly impressive aesthetically, but it does mean that there’s less lint, so every cloud has a silver (or purple) lining. It is much better than the awful designs of the Womanizer W100 and W500 models but it does look slightly cheap in comparison. It still has that ear thermometer resemblance going on too, but I’m quite used to the weird-looking appearance now. I personally prefer the way that the Satisfyer 2 looks, but for a beginner, I think function is more important than the way something looks. This can always be upgraded at a later date if all goes well.

Satisfyer 1The Satisfyer 1 takes two triple a batteries and these are placed inside a labelled compartment once the base has been twisted off. It’s been described as the must-have toy for globetrotters, as airlines can be funny about vibrators that use rechargeable batteries. Just make sure you leave your triple a’s at home and pick some up at the airport.

It is ‘splashproof’ (as long as the base has been placed back on firmly) so can be cleaned with soapy water but I would not recommend submerging it/using it in the bath as a few of my fellow bloggers have encountered some issues when doing so. The head can be taken off and washed separately for a deeper clean. I recommend using a q-tip and some cleaner to remove those stubborn fluids and particles of lint.

It’s operated via a singular button, which I’d personally like to sit slightly lower for ease of use and convenience and this leads to another minor annoyance. It turns the toy on when pressed and held for a couple of seconds and then increases intensity with a tap. The problem is that it’s not possible to go down a setting if you accidentally go too high or pass your favourite, you have to continue through the rest of the functions and start again. This can be slightly off-putting and a bit of a mood killer if it happen on a semi-regular basis. I’d have preferred a second button where I could decrease intensity as and when needed.

Satisfyer 1Using a clitoral stimulator like the Satisfyer 1 couldn’t be easier. Simply part the labia and find your clitoris, then place the nozzle over the area and find the most accurate and comfortable position before turning it on. It doesn’t need to be moved again once you’ve found the right spot. There are eleven intensities of pressure wave stimulation on the Satisfyer 1 and being the suction queen that I am, I pretty much went straight to setting seven and above. I found that the lower intensities were too subtle for my personal tastes.

I was pleased with the intensity of the pressure waves from settings seven and above, although they were no-where near as deeply penetrating or strong as the Pro 2. It takes me five minutes or less to reach a climax with three of the Satisfyer models, but this one takes more like ten to fifteen. I can get there with perseverance so it’s good for the occasions where I want to prolong an orgasm, but it’s not so good for heat of the moment masturbation sessions. I simply need stronger waves of stimulation but that’s not a fault of the product at all.

Satisfyer 1Overall, I think the Satisfyer 1 is one of the quietest suction toys on the market at the moment, especially when it’s in contact with a clitoris. It’s an ideal product for someone who finds discretion essential and the whirling noise of a mechanical motor off-putting. It’s also ideal for someone who has never experienced a pressure wave stimulator before and doesn’t want to spend £60+ on something that may not work for them.

It’s a great product to test the waters with and one I’d recommend to anyone who’s unsure about these types of toys. If direct clitoral stimulation is your thing, but this sounds as though it might not be intense enough for you, stay tuned for more upcoming reviews on this range as there are a couple of worthy options to follow.

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I received the Satisfyer 1 from Satisfyer in exchange for my honest review. Thanks! You can purchase the Satisfyer One (£39.95) from Simply Pleasure. Affiliate links were used in this post.

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