Jan 152010
 

WahlThe Wahl is easily lost in the shuffle — usually only mentioned in the same breath as the Hitachi as another once-innocent body massager that has been perverted. But the Hitachi has been more universally perverted, so the Wahl tends to be forgotten. Now that I have tried the Wahl, I feel that this is a grave injustice. And I am here to rectify it.

Previously referred to as the Wahl 7-in-1, the Wahl is an 8-inch long, gun-shaped massager that used to come with seven plastic attachments (now comes with four). Each attachment has a vanilla purpose, and they are named for them: scalp attachment, knuckle joint attachment, etc. These attachments fit not-so-gracefully around an inner post, usually after some shoving. The Wahl’s cord is a quite generous 8.5 feet long, with a regular-sized plug, so it doesn’t hog the outlet.

If you are thinking that the Wahl looks really bulky and perhaps heavy — unfortunately, you are right. It is both large, unwieldy, and quite heavy — one pound, two ounces to be exact, most of it concentrated in the chunky head. So yes, the Wahl takes some effort to use, and some patience. When I use it with a dildo, sometimes holding it by the intended handle does not work out, so I end up awkwardly grasping the head. The Wahl also does collide with dildos sometimes, and makes thrusting with dildos more difficult.

But here’s what’s awesome: EVERYTHING ELSE. Mainly this: Wahl’s two speeds are incredibly strong and feel completely different from one another — they really feel like two different vibrators. The first setting is more surface-level and buzzy, but very intense, and not at all numbing. In fact, if I had to choose just one vibrator speed to get off with for the rest of my life, it would be very similar to the Wahl’s first setting. I often orgasm with the Wahl before I can make it to the second setting.

The second setting is insane. It’s deep, with a rumbling, thrumming sensation to it. And when I say that, I mean it. I don’t know if it’s actually moving back and forth, but it feels like something crazy is going on. Like a jackhammer… a really stimulating jackhammer. I have never felt vibrations like this, and I’m kinda in love.

I’m also continually dumbfounded by how quiet the Wahl is. It’s nearly silent on both settings, and sounds much like white noise. With the amount of power this thing puts out, its sound level is miraculous. (Edit, December 2013: I purchased a second Wahl because I kept hearing reports of really really loud Wahls. The second one is just as quiet. Unfortunately it seems like some people get lucky and others do not. See the comments section for suggestions on how to quiet noisy Wahls.)

My favorite attachment is the “spot applicator” — the gumdrop-shaped one. It’s the least obtrusive and easiest to use. Many of the others are simply too big, unless you’re looking for vulva massage. I would warn against ever using the scalp attachment (the pointy one) or the deep muscle massage attachment (the bulls-eye one), because they’re impossible to clean. A friend also pointed me toward a nearly-discontinued attachment called the Spot Tip. It’s just a balloon-shaped piece of vinyl, but it’s softer than plastic and easier to clean (it’s louder, though, for some reason).

I don’t know if you can sense my giddiness over the Wahl, but I’m freaking giddy. This is a really awesome toy. The two speeds are strong enough and different enough that they could satisfy anyone; I actually love going back and forth between the two speeds when I use it. And its vibrations are so deep that I squirted using just the Wahl, with no insertable toys at all.

I always wished the Hitachi could focus on just my clit, and the Wahl does just that. The sensation of using the Wahl is quite different — more concentrated and pinpoint — but the intensity is similar. I will be recommending the Wahl to people who claim they can only get off with the Hitachi. And I will prove them wrong.

But what really seals the deal for me is the Wahl’s price: $15. FUCKING $15! That’s cheaper than a lot of bullets that really suck, and significantly less than the Hitachi. Pretty badass, don’t you think?

[P.S. The idiots at Wahl pulled the toy from “adult” distributors, but it can be found on Amazon.
P.P.S. The Wahl also comes in a heated version. Peculiar. I haven’t tried it.]


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  • Toygirl

    DO WANT.

  • Lilly 2

    I adore this vibe. Where oh where do you get the spot tip?

    I also discovered that suction dildos will stick nicely to the suction looking attachment. Oh the joy!
    I got mine at a drugstore for $17. You can get a heated version for 25. It comes close to the mind numbing power of the hitachi without the clit numbing (or the noise).

    *sigh* must be love.

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    @Lilly 2: I got the Spot Tip here. I suggest you get one soon, because I barely found it at all.

    Good point about the suction cup dildos! I’ve read that elsewhere as well. I should’ve tried it before I wrote this; oops.

  • http://www.askgarnet.com Garnet Joyce

    Something very similar to the wahl was my 1st vibrator and I loved it so. But then I tried a hitachi and I’ve honestly never been able to go back. I think that the wahl will be awesome for some hitachi users and it will surprise them. But for me, I prefer all over vulva stimulation because my clit likes to hide right before orgasm. The hitachi is the best at finding it no matter where it tries to hide.

  • Carnivalesq

    F your wahl. HITACHI REPRESENT. WUT WUT?

    Much love,

    C-Nizzle

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    @Carnivalesq: F YOUR HITACHI. WAHL FOREVER.

  • http://www.undressedreviews.com Mimi

    Alright, fine, fine, fine. I’ll add it to my list. :-p

  • LadyAstolat

    Very nice. Think the heated version may be my next purchase…

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  • sophie2229

    I finally bought this and it’s a little too strong for me – but it’s FANTASTIC as a massager!

  • Selective Sensualist

    All right, chica, you’ve talked me into it. I admit I had always snubbed my nose at the Wahl and its clunky, frumpy appearance. I will definitely have to give this a try. :)

  • Tuesday

    I’m going to have to give this one a more thorough try.

  • Bri

    I dismissed this because of it’s looks too…but after you’ve raved and the price is right…gonna have to check it out.

  • http://twitter.com/sbmsvschoolgirl sbmisvschoolgirl

    Are all the attachments hard plastic? Just wondering if i would have to take my piercing out to use it ;)

  • http://heyepiphora.com Epiphora

    @sbmisvschoolgirl: Yeah, they are all hard plastic. But there is a softer vinyl attachment called the Spot Tip floating around in some places.

  • Crystalline

    O.O Looks shiver-inducing! And the fact that it’s so quiet…*neeeed!*
    Thanks for mentioning its bulk; I was wondering. And good point on the more complicated-shaped attachments. Cleaning would definitely be an issue.
    Thanks for the review!

  • Tuesday

    @Tuesday: Let me rephrase that.

    I’m going to have to give this one a more thorough try. I’ve only tried it briefly a few times at a friends house. Maybe its better when you own it and can use it for longer periods of time.

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  • Chryssa

    Yes, this is absolutely amazing! When my spouse came in the door after a long day at work holding this, I knew exactly what it was thanks to your review, and let me say it did NOT disappoint! I heart setting two. And I, too, was surprised at the (lack of) noise level.

  • Deschutes

    I just recently got a wahl from walgreens.. for fifteen bucks. I must be lucky, because it came with all seven pieces.

    When i first turned it on, it was loud as fuck! But I think I may not have put the attachement on far enough. My friend showed me hers, and it was quiet, so I was a little concerned.

    But because its been three years since the making of this review, I think Wahl changed some things about their attachments.They are still plastic, but they seem more flexible than plastic?

    I havent tried it yet, but I am very curious to.

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  • WindingSheet

    So, I’m really interested in this thing because I want a powerful plug in toy, but I’m dirt poor plus I have a roommate (who is awesome but we don’t have a hahaha-your-vibe-sounds-like-construction-equipment kind of relationship). I’m worried about the possible changes to the toy upping the noise level, though. Anybody else bought one recently? Deschutes, were you able to resolve the noise issue?

  • DrawingDwarf

    I got a Wahl on Amazon last November and I don’t even use it because it’s so loud. It’s kind of a rattling noise, like a power tool with some kind of horrible problem.

    I also thought maybe it was the attachments, but after a bit of fiddling I don’t think it is. It doesn’t seem to matter how hard I wedge them on or if there’s even one on it at all, it’s pretty much the same noise level. I was thinking of just opening it up and seeing if there’s an easy fix since I can’t return it.

  • wordscanbesexy

    Mine started out loud and got progressively louder as I used it. I suspect some are aligned in the housing better than others.

  • Despina Rose

    Got mine about 6 months ago. It isn’t whisper quiet but quiet for the sheer amount of power. It is also more rumbly noise rather than the high pitched noise of wand massagers. I have one of those 7 speed mains one and the Wahl speed 1 is about the same level for speeds 2-4. Wahl speed 2 is about 4-5/. Speed 6 and 7 on the wand is louder than the Wahl speed 2. I thought they were about the same but tested it and Wahl is quieter. It seems louder because of the power though, it’s sort of vibrating you at the same time. Also you are close to it, things further away don’t seem as loud to other people.

  • DrawingDwarf

    Success!

    I got into the innards of the Wahl and found the source of the noise problem: a missing piece of foam padding between to two metal components.

    I should have taken pictures during the dissection, but it was pretty simple so I think you can get by without them.

    What I did was remove the three screws that hold the housing together so I could get inside; Inside there’s what I’m pretty sure is some kind of electro-magnet, the switch assembly, and some wiring. On the electro-magnet there’s a kind of L-shaped metal brace to hold it in the housing, but the magnet bashes against it as it oscillates causing rather a lot of noise. On one side of the magnet there was a thin piece of adhesive closed cell foam, but this was missing from the other side. I unscrewed the magnet assembly from the housing and unscrewed the brace from the magnet to gain access. I had some of the same foam laying around from camera repair stuff, cut a piece, and stuck it on. I put the whole thing back together and tried it out and it’s SO MUCH BETTER.

    The noise is now down a completely acceptable level, although setting 2 is much louder than setting 1 and the entire thing is a lot louder if it’s held with the attachment facing down rather than up, sideways is somewhere in between.

    If you didn’t have the right kind of foam I’m sure you could pick some up at a hobby store or even use a different material entirely.

  • Stephanie Rector

    I just got it and it is awesome! It’s not so strong that it’s overwhelming, which is what I keep hearing about the Hitachi. But it is strong, and the orgasm I had with it was unlike any other. Really quiet too. I also liked using it on my head (with a different attachment) and oddly enough, my cats seem to like it too!

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  • Kat

    I was really looking forward to trying the Wahl, and I was terribly disappointed when it arrived and I discovered that it was WAY too strong (it hurts to use on the first setting, and I don’t even dare to try it on genitals), and this thing’s loudness is around 110-120 dZ. It has the loudness of a chainsaw, and my ears actually hurt after I tried the face attachment on the first setting for a few seconds, and they’re still hurting as I’m writing this. I imagine this can cause hearing damage unless used with ear protection – but mind you, everyone in the house and outside may hear you. The attachments are plugged in properly, all the way in. I don’t see how people can rate this toy’s sound level as anything lower than extremely loud, to the point where it would be seen as unfitting for use. Maybe something broke in the mail, or the product has a defect, so I’ll try to screw it apart and see if I can solve the issue.

  • Kat

    Hold on! After yesterday’s major disappointment,I was inspired by DrawingDwarf and dug out my tools to crew the Wahl apart. It is surprisingly simple to reduce the Wahl’s sound level! Here is the epic journey – with a warning of potential dangers.

    I used a 100mm x 6mm Phillips star to unscrew the three screws that hold the Wahl’s plastic frame together. Inside, there is the button compartment, the wire, and a compartment of copper wiring wrapped enclosed by a metal brace. Now, the plastic piece that we put our attachments on is connected to a metal plate on the inside, and that metal plate hits the other metal when it vibrates. (Which explains why the massager sounded like rattling construction equipment.) If you insert something foamy between this plate and the metal that surrounds the copper wire, the sound will be reduced to a moderate level. I used an earplug, the cheap type that you insert to block sound from your ears. I simply pressed it flat and inserted it in between the frames. It widens and covers the whole opening. Not only was the Wahl quieter now, it was quite intense, but it didn’t hurt on the body! However, I noticed that the Wahl became louder and stronger after a little use, due to the foam being pressed together… hmm… I opened it up again and used two earplugs. Amazingly, the Wahl became very quiet, and mild enough for the intended use! Still I felt that something was wrong, and the lights flashed red when smoke came out. I turned it off and left it to cool down. An inspection showed that the resistance seemed to cause the device to heat up much faster, and the foam was starting to melt and burn onto the metal. Luckily, I had the silicone cover of a cheap, broken bullet around, so I took it off and cut out a small square piece, which I inserted between the plates.
    This time, the sound was quiet, and the strength was all right. Silicone is heat-resistant and rubbery, so I think it is a great material to use for this purpose, if you have some around. But please, don’t use materials that can melt or catch fire. Keep an eye on the temperature and check inside if you suspect anything!

  • http://HeyEpiphora.com Epiphora

    I bought a new one in December and it is just as quiet as my original. I have no idea why some of them are horribly loud, but a few folks have posted homemade solutions if it happens to you…

  • http://HeyEpiphora.com Epiphora

    Thank you so much for cracking open your Wahl and taking the time to post this! I have no goddamn clue why some Wahls are really loud while both of mine (I bought a new one in December just to check) are insanely quiet.

  • Emery

    It’s great for $15. I always get off with it on the first setting (I find the second a little too harsh) and my only real complaint is that it is a pain in the ass to clean

  • CC

    Just bought one about two minutes ago!! First vibe ever in my 23 years lol…soooooo excited!!!

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  • Rin

    I’ve wondered about this one a number of times, but thanks to your review I’m sold on it. And I really can’t argue with the itty-bitty $15 price tag (especially since my toy budget’s mostly used up for a while thanks to me ordering a Joque harness last night, mwahaha!).

  • Elyse

    I bought this about a year ago after reading this review, and I LOVE my Wahl.

  • Elise

    I bought this about a year ago after reading this review, and I LOVE my Wahl. It’s sort of loud, but nothing insane, and the vibrations totally make up for the noise. The first time I used it I think I lost count of how many orgasms I had. The only problem I have is that the attachment can be hard to clean, and sometimes I accidentally turn it off while i’m fumbling around/switching hands/trying to grasp it some other way because of the awkward and heavy shape. But still, it’s the best.

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