Dec 092010

The LELO Isla is one of three toys in LELO’s new Insignia line. These toys are characterized by cut-out handles and metallic cores, but my favorite part is that the toys come with brooches. At the risk of turning a review of a luxury sex toy into a grotesque experience, the brooch just made me think of bro-oches. Which is an awesome association, in my world, but could be nightmare-inducing for you.

As if there is any way to recover from that link, here are some non-frightening facts. Isla is quite slim (a little over an inch in diameter) and lightly curved. The whole thing’s 8.5″ long, but only about 5.5″ of that is insertable. The inner silver core is metallic-coated ABS plastic, so it doesn’t have the weight or amazing sheen that stainless steel does. The 100% silicone (mine is turquoise!) is silky to the touch, but the entire toy is stiff. It’s lightweight, too.

The technique for charging Isla is odd. The toy comes with a little dimple in its base; this must be punctured with the charging jack. When you remove the jack, the dimple appears to close up again (in actuality there is a minute tear that can’t be seen). This is how the toy is fully waterproof; LELO also informed me that “with or without the silicone skin, the product is still waterproof, the skin is just for double protection.” I was dubious, but I tested it in the bath and had no issues. Isla charges for 2 hours, and supposedly runs for 4. Mine has not died after the initial charge yet, so I am content.

Internally, I’m not a big fan of this toy. My policy on hard insertables is that they must either have an interesting texture or they must have a great G-spot curve. Isla has neither. While it massages my G-spot a little if I thrust quickly with it, the lukewarm slim girth detracts from the experience. And frankly, the hardness of the material makes it feel a bit like a cheap plastic vibrator, not a luxury one. However, I do like Isla’s vibration patterns, of which there are six.

Although I don’t use the loop, I still adore the handle on this thing. It’s big and burly, so it’s easy to grasp, and the 3 buttons (vibration increase, vibration decrease, and mode) are perfect. Best of all, the handle does not get drenched in lube! Hallelujah! This is an issue with shorter LELO toys like the Gigi, and is a problem with any short toy that I shove into my black hole of a vagina. It’s wonderful to have a dry thrusting-hand for once.

(Obnoxiously, there is a groove in between the metallic plastic and the silicone that collects dried lube and vag juice. I have to clean it out with my fingernail, as even a toothbrush couldn’t do it.)

I tried Isla on my clit, and I actually liked it. The vibrations are not the most intense ever — similar to the Siri’s, though less rumbly — but they are more than enough to get me off. Isla wouldn’t be my first choice for clitoral stimulation, but it gets the job done without feeling awkward, which is more than I can say for some other clit stimulators.

Isla is a well-made toy with nice vibrations, but ultimately, its shape is muy boring. If you like stiff insertables that are mildly shaped, you’d like Isla. However, would you like a price tag of $159? Probably not. Sadly, I feel the same way about the rabbit-style vibe in the Insignia line, Soraya. Overpriced, man.

Oh yeah, and Isla comes with a one-year warranty and a satin storage pouch. The pouch is elegant and double-lined — black on the outside, white on the inside — which is a step up from LELO’s previous one-color bags. The fact that I noticed this is slightly disturbing.

Alert! The LELO Mona 2 is everything the Isla wanted to be and more.

Get the LELO Isla at SheVibedirectly from LELO, or at Lovehoney (international).

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  • adriana

    Brooch pic?

  • Epiphora

    @adriana: It’s just a little silver thing in the shape of the Insignia symbol (looks like the infinity symbol with an extra loop).

  • LucyLemonade

    Isla looks pretty, but I agree that I would probably wouldn’t enjoy it as an insertable vibe. I am interested in the Alia though.

  • Dangerous Lilly

    That’s odd…all the “first gen” Lelo toys I owned have the dual-color satin bag. I never took note if the Mona has a different bag, I’ll have to look.

  • Epiphora

    @Dangerous Lilly: I can’t find my Ina right now, but everything I have from before that came with either just a white or black bag. So clearly they changed it somewhere along the line.

  • Vega

    The Mona has a two-tone bag also.

    Out of all the Insignia line, the Isla was at the bottom of my list. But the Soraya’s arm thing is completely flexible and a waterproof clit stimulator = yes. That said, the Isla is the only one that came in turquoise so perhaps you made a good decision. It is a bangin’ shade of turquoise.

  • Elodie

    For $154, that inside part should be something better than plastic, imo. The Alia does look interesting, though.

  • Kit OConnell

    Thanks this was a good review.

  • Wilhelmina

    yeah, the shape looked pretty boring to me too; same goes for the liv and the elise. but, as vega said: the turquoise! my god, the turquoise. why don’t the other ones come in turquoise?

    out of the insignia line, i’m most interested in the soraya. i know ina doesn’t work for a lot of people, but it worked well for me, and i’m typically reluctant to try or use rabbit vibes because i can’t see many of them working too well.

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  • The Wizard of Odd

    I had one of these and found it SO hard to clean between the metal and the silicone.