I was sent the Womanizer to review a couple of months ago, but unfortunately I had a few personal issues to contend with and then I wanted to do some thorough testing. I also got the Womanizer W100 during that time so I wanted to compare them and include the differences in this review. To keep this introduction short and sweet, I’m sorry for the delay but I have come to the conclusion that the Womanizer W500 is definitely a toy I’m going to be obsessing over for months to come.
I was super impressed with the presentation of my package, I found my Womanizer and bottle of lubricant, along with a letter contained inside a cute Womanizer bag. I’ll definitely be keeping this as it’s too pretty to throw away, although I’m not sure I’ll get much use from it! The outer box for the Womanizer is much cleaner than I thought it would be, it’s very classic and understated with just a couple of pictures of the toy and the brand name. Inside the box lay the toy and a satin storage pouch, spare XL head, charging cable, adapter and the manual.
I opted for the mint lace colour/pattern scheme as it’s totally different to anything I have in my collection. I don’t have much green in my toybox unfortunately, so if I have the option, I will choose it and I did! I think this is one of the better looking designs that Womanizer currently offer, as I’m not crazy about the leopard print varieties. It has the perfect amount of detailing and is actually very pretty in person. I have to admit that I’m still not crazy about the sparkly button, but it turns out it’s not just the aesthetics I dislike, but I’ll get back to that later.
I quite like the shape of the W500 as it seems to fit perfectly in the palm of my hand and the petite size makes it easier to store by my bed, but the shape of the W100 is my preferred build for this toy, especially when using for longer periods of time. I like the placement of the buttons on this model as they aren’t in the way, but they are easy to access when required. The longer button controls the intensity and is really easy to operate. Simply press the + to increase and the – to decrease, then press the power button to turn off. The power button is the sparkly button I mentioned earlier and this is where my other problem with it begins. I can’t get away with not touching it as it turns the toy on and off, which is unfortunate as I find this button to be painful at times. It’s just so stiff and rigid that its extremely difficult to push down and the slightly pointed tip causes discomfort.
Before getting stuck in, I gave the Womanizer a full charge. I didn’t need to use the included adapter as I simply plugged the USB into a charging port and opened up the small flap on the front of the toy and inserted the jack. I did find this to be slightly fiddly at first, but this seems to have gotten easier over time. The head flashes green whilst the toy is charging and this becomes steady once the charge is complete. A full charge seems to take around 120 minutes, which offers up 240 minutes of play time, which is a fantastic ratio. So far, I have only needed to recharge it a handful of times, despite almost daily use. The only issue I’ve encountered and maintained with charging is that it seems to make the body of the Womanizer quite warm.
The Womanizer has grabbed the attention of many and has intrigued sex toy enthusiasts across the world, but it’s not going to be suitable for everyone. I think this is a toy that is best suited to those who enjoy direct/pin-point clitoral stimulation. If you prefer broad stimulation, you might find the Womanizer to be too intense, even on the lower settings. I think this toy is very interesting, as it doesn’t just vibrate, it offers suction. It’s a pretty exciting development in the sex toy industry and I love the way it blows cool air around the clitoris whilst it flutters.
As I mentioned above, there are two heads to choose from. The regular and the larger head. I’ve read many reviews of people preferring the larger head, but honestly, I prefer the smaller, regular size. I am a huge fan of clitoral stimulation and extremely direct contact, which is what the smaller head provides. The larger head still provides me with the same stimulation, but it doesn’t feel as intense as the smaller size, due to the larger surface area. To sum it up, the smaller head is for when I just want a quick release and the larger head is for longer sessions and/or multiple orgasms.
Once I’ve found the perfect position, I can just lay back (after wrestling with the power button) and let the Womanizer do all the work. I do like to apply a smidge of lubricant to the silicone nozzle as this makes use more comfortable, but the amount I need is minimal. There are eight modes to choose from, starting at a gentle tickle working to a more intense suction setting. This has two more modes than the W100 and those are 2 that I definitely needed. I don’t think the W100 is always strong enough for me, but the W500 hasn’t let me down in that aspect yet. I must admit I’m a power queen and although this isn’t technically a vibrator, the highest settings penetrate below the surface of my clitoris and send me to orgasm central in less than a minute. I don’t find myself pushing the + button to increase further, which is something I have done with the W100.
The Womanizer is not the quietest toy, but it does dissipate as it makes contact with the skin. It can still be heard, but it’s not as loud. It cannot be heard from the next room, unless the house is completely silent. I usually use background music when using this toy as I do still live at home and can’t always have the house to myself.
As for cleaning, this toy is unfortunately not waterproof other than the silicone head, which can be removed. I usually apply a couple of squirts of toy cleaner, rinse and leave to dry before putting back on. I then wipe the rest of the toy down with antibacterial wipes.
Overall, I absolutely love the power of the W500 and without a doubt, I prefer this one over the W100 purely because of that. There are aspects of both that I really like and if I could merge them all into one toy then I think it would be so close to perfect. I’d take the buttons from the W100 along with the shape and the included case then I’d take the power and design from the W500. I was quite disappointed there is no case with the more expensive version of the Womanizer, especially at its retail price! This toy is highly expensive, but it is a fantastic, quality product and I would recommend it, although a waterproof version with all the mixed qualities I listed above would be even better.
I received the Womanizer W500 in Mint Lace from Orion in exchange for my honest review. I also received a bottle of the Just Glide Womanizer Lubricant. Thanks again! You can now purchase the Womanizer W500 from Lovehoney for £149.99.