Dec 112013
 

Revel Body sonic vibrator... plus jump drive and "competitor model"I’ve seen a ton of presumptuous sex toy marketing in my day, but I’d never seen a sex toy that so audaciously attempted to convince me of its superiority — until the Revel Body.

As I unboxed it, I came upon an organza bag containing what appeared to be a cheap white slimline vibrator already loaded with batteries. A piece of cardboard explained: “compare Revel Body to the standard competitor model.”

Oh.

Oh really.

It also came with a branded jump drive. I was hoping it would be like 1998 when I’d get a CD and put it in the computer to find sweet easter eggs. Sadly, it only contained photos, press releases, and a video in which dudes look into microscopes, point at whiteboards, and twiddle dials on important-looking machines.

Borne of a suspiciously successful (to the tune of $162,000) crowdfunding campaign, the Revel Body claims to be the first “sonic” vibrator, with a linear motor rather than a traditional rotary one. Here’s how they explain the difference:

Most vibrators on the market are battery-powered devices, and virtually all use a rotary motor.

Simple and cheap, these motors operate by spinning the out-of-balance weight at the end of the motor shaft. As the motor spins faster, vibrations of increased frequency are generated . . . Rotary vibration motors generate limited vibration compared to what you can feel. That’s because they have limited power, especially at low speeds, and the range of adjustability is small. Because the weight at the end of the motor is fixed, the only thing users can adjust is the speed of the vibration, not its amplitude or power.

. . . TrueSonic ® motors are based on a linear motor design. Unlike rotary motors, linear motors produce vibration or force along their length and can be used to create high performance vibration. Linear motors operate by delivering magnetic pulses of alternating polarity to a magnetized reciprocating element. Revel Body’s patented TrueSonic technology allows the timing of these pulses to be precisely controlled, allowing the user to determine both the speed and power of the vibrating element over wider ranges than conventional rotary motors.

My clit loves new experiences, so it was armed and ready for some exciting sonic pleasure. But for all the bravado Revel Body spews forth, all 179 129 dollars consumers must pay for this thing, the payoff is laughably meager. There’s a reason I’ve taken to calling it the Shit Orb.

Of course, if you ask the promotional materials, the Revel Body is better than all these other vibrating mistakes…

Pile of vibrators from Revel Body promo video

Which, oh hell no. Not my beloved Eroscillator. You don’t get to do that. You actually really don’t, because the Eroscillator has its own unique oscillating motor going on — and to pretend otherwise is quite disingenuous. But the folks at Revel Body take the shit-talking even further with a “scientific” graph that shows how the Revel Body’s motor is adjustable in two dimensions (power and speed), while mere mortal vibrators are not…

Revel Body vs. other vibrators graph

Which, oh fuck no. You came for my Eroscillator, you came for my Mona, and now you must die. (That’s how that poem ends, right?)

Color-coded graphs are no match for my clitoris.

Oh sure, it feels better than the “competitor model” they sent, because that vibe is weak and buzzy. But there are literally 3 settings on the Revel Body — OUT OF 10 — that are pleasurable in any fashion. They are just at the cusp, too. They work for the first orgasm, when I have new Danny Wylde porn and I’m already halfway there. But after that? They are not usually enough.

The way it works is thus: the orb has a hole in the middle which holds a piston with a flat, pink silicone tip. The power of magnets keeps the piston in place. In use, the piston moves back and forth, to varied success. The sensation ranges from a joyless wriggling (speeds 1-2) to a rapid thumping (3-5) to a useless and barely-perceptible buzz (6-10).

Those higher and higher frequencies may sound like leveling up in a video game, but they feel, clitorally, like the exact opposite. I highly doubt these speeds could get anyone off. Never before have I encountered a toy in which turning it up actually made it less pleasurable, in which accidentally hitting the plus button could halt or ruin the climb toward orgasm. But this is the Shit Orb’s world — we just live in it.

Speeds 3-5 are the sweet spot for me. That’s when the piston is thumping back and forth the most strongly, when it actually feels good. But you know what it’s reminiscent of? The second setting on the Wahl… a $15 vibrator.

And yes, there are two power modes. One of them simply makes all the settings slightly stronger. Come on now. This feature is a joke.

There are other attachments available for $19 each, as well as a carrying case that you have to buy separately. I thought the Niko attachment might be up my alley, but the Revel Body people wouldn’t send it to me.

I will say that despite being the size of a tennis ball (roughly 2.5″ in diameter), the spherical shape ended up feeling more ergonomic than I’d anticipated. But this thing is not cute. It looks like a crusty old webcam staring at you.1 It also rattles pretty loudly on the few settings I like. It’s far from silent — a supposed hallmark of the “TrueSonic” technology.

Look, I don’t doubt that different technology is happening here. I feel the magnetic force field of the toy when I put the piston in. I see the way the piston moves. And yes, I feel it. But it just doesn’t translate to pleasure in an impactful way, and certainly not $179 $129 worth of pleasure. That kind of money should get you surefire orgasms, at the very least.

In a last ditch attempt at finding any redeeming factors, and because ArchVixen enjoyed it in water, I took a break from finishing this review to take the Revel Body in the bath. “You might still hate it, though,” she warned me. Yep! It was about 50% less pleasurable under water, and I couldn’t achieve any suction from the indented side.2 However, I was amused that the toy makes a really cute water fountain:

Cleaning the Revel Body is a challenge, since the piston has to be shoved out of its socket with significant force, and I am not about to ruin the nails that I spent 27 years learning not to bite. The orb charges on a circular base that plugs in via USB or the wall. And the manual that comes with it… well, that is a treat that I simply have to share with you.

I see ridiculous warnings in sex toy manuals all the time, but the Revel Body’s are outrageous. There are literally 55 of them, including “if device catches fire, do not attempt to extinguish with water” and “if used on hairy parts of the body, small hairs may become trapped between core and device body which could result in hair being epilated.” It warns users not to use the toy on loose skin because “there is a potential for pinching,” nor should people use it near cell phones, computers, and credit cards because “the strong magnets in the device can harm or destroy magnetic media.”

My favorite, though: “DO NOT use on or near children, invalids, disabled persons or animals.”

Good god, I feel like I have a terrorist in my midst. An egomaniacal terrorist who purports to be my friend but gets drunk and makes extremely insensitive jokes about “disabled persons” at parties. A terrorist who is secretly stealing all my money and wiping all the data off my computer. How can my vulva be safe? Oh wait, it’s not — it has loose skin and hairs!

I don’t appreciate a toy that doesn’t want me to get it near things, not even my own body.

One night as I was railing against the Revel Body to a friend, she pointed out that without all the bullshit surrounding this toy — the white slimline “competitor” vibe, the deeply offensive warnings in the manual, the graph, the denigrating of the other toys that I love, the CEO threatening to sue me for talking about his product on Twitter — I would not be nearly as rabid about my feelings. I wouldn’t be calling it the Shit Orb.

She’s right. At its essence, the Revel Body is just a spherical, overpriced attempt at innovation. It doesn’t live up to its own hype, and it doesn’t feel pleasurable on 70% of its settings, but that’s about it. It would’ve been epic if the company’s big huge pretentious shit-talking gamble paid off. But instead, the Revel Body goes into the trash heap of toys which promised technological advances and instead failed clitorises everywhere.

If you want something that feels unique and is worth the money, get the $140-$195 Eroscillator. If you want something powerful and thumpy, get the $15 Wahl. If you want actual perceptible innovation, get the $200 Stronic Eins. If you just want a good solid vibrator, get the $139 Mona 2.

As for me, at least I got a slick jump drive out of the deal. I can totally sell that on eBay for $129, right?

The Revel Body is available at SheVibe, Babeland, and its own site.
It comes with a free travel case right now if you get it from SheVibe.

  1. Sometimes literally crusty, after I get a hold of it. Haw, haw? Too far? []
  2. Don’t worry, my new Minna Limon finished the job. []

Did you like this? Subscribe for more of it!

Get new posts directly in your inbox!

Get my less frequent Snark Digest newsletter with posts + exclusive content!


  • http://loraxofsex.com/ Lorax Of Sex

    I can’t tell you how gutted I feel every time I read even a wishy-washy review of this. I hear they’re coming up with an updated version, and maybe I’ll try that for a comparison, but I dunno. I just dunno. Stronic sure seems like similar tech, and that shit is the bomb. This just… no.

  • http://loraxofsex.com/ Lorax Of Sex

    But remember, I’m not supposed to even use it- because of my hairy loose skinned disabled self.

  • ArchVixen

    I’m right there with you when it comes to the settings. Sadly there are only 2, maybe 3, that I’m able to enjoy. I feel that if the piston had more in/out movement throughout all the setting that it would have been so much better. I’m curious to see what they’re going to do next.

    And I totally get where you’re coming from as far the advertising. The fact that it was promoted as being better than a lot of the toys that we already know and love (including the beloved Eroscillator and Mona 2) built our expectations very, very high. In the end it doesn’t look like that was the best move..

  • cjd2004

    “invalids”…?

  • Navigator

    I remember when the marketing stuff first came out for this thing, and I took a good, hard look at the graph and technobabble and thought, “wow, that sure is a lot of words to say almost nothing”. I can’t see how this thing would feel good at all; it sort of just looks like it would poke your clit over and over.

    Also, who the fuck thinks “invalid” is a term that should refer to a person?

  • http://www.revelbody.com/ Revel Body

    The mn

  • InquisitiveClam

    I can’t stop laughing. This line was the kicker for me, and I actually teared up from being unable to breathe.

    “How can my vulva be safe? Oh wait, it’s not — it has loose skin and hairs!”

  • http://www.revelbody.com/ Revel Body

    Opps….

    Decent review of a pre-production sample, but not relevant with our current product. Revel Body has a single power level, manual does not say those things. 80% of the review is out of date.

    Too bad Epiphora did not take us up on offer to send her the current version.

  • Sammi Jawsome

    This is everything I feel about the Revel Body. Also as someone who likes the sensation of pressure, the Revel Body just stops when you put any pressure on it. Seriously not worth the money.

    FYI, apparently if you put some water based lube around the piston it should cut down on the noise.

  • Ash

    Example A: How companies SHOULD NOT respond to reviews.

  • K

    Well, as a disabled person, I guess I’m never buying a sex toy from the company that makes these.

  • leabee

    frankly, I’m amazed this thing exists at all. As a flex-funding Indiegogo, I assumed it would just be a scam. Like I understand you can’t put a sex toy on Kickstarter, but flex funding is the scammiest.

    I guess in a way it was a scam, because it promised physical pleasure and the only pleasure it gives is the giggles upon seeing it flailing in water. But not, you know, legally a scam.

  • xtina

    Ugh, who in their right mind would even allow those kinds of warnings to be used? That’s another company off my list.

    And also, congratulations on not biting your nails! I stopped in July after 23 years, and now I can’t stop buying nail polish! ^_^

  • Run Amok

    Sooo, why the FUCK did the manual say those things in the first place?

  • http://heyepiphora.com/ Epiphora

    Pre-production? No. Mine is version 1, after version 0 which you shipped to me and then informed me was malfunctioning (and I had to get rid of it myself). Maybe if you didn’t want reviews of earlier versions, you should not have shipped them to reviewers?

    I don’t have time to re-review each new iteration that comes out. If you really cared, you should’ve sent me version 2 ASAP before I even finished this review. But perhaps my hesitance was also influenced by you threatening legal action against me because you couldn’t handle me mentioning your product on Twitter, hmm?

  • http://www.queeriebradshaw.com/ Lauren Marie Fleming

    Absolutely NOT the way to respond to a bad review.

  • leabee

    Well, it’s pretty good to know that both those things weren’t hugely relevant to the fact that the device at any setting is not very pleasurable at all. Sounds like the review still touches on the relevant bits.

  • http://noveltiestoymeetsgirl.com/ dizzygirl

    Legal action? Seriously? Um, it’s REALLY not a good idea to threaten reviewers with legal action.

  • http://heyepiphora.com/ Epiphora

    Hi Epiphora,

    I have been following your comments on twitter.

    I understand that you did not like using our product, but it is probably fair to say that not everyone likes every product in the adult industry. We have been working very hard to build a better product as well as to fix any issues with our product, but I think you may be going over the line on with your tweets and other online comments.

    If you continue there are many legal issues that you may face including defamation and trade disparagement. Lawsuits are very expensive, time consuming and painful processes. I would like to think we could avoid that.

    Please to cease and desist from making any more public comments about our product, company or employees.

    Thank you,

    Robin Elenga
    CEO | Revel Body

  • Run Amok

    Wow. WOW. Never, ever buying from them or anyone associated with them.

  • http://www.queeriebradshaw.com/ Lauren Marie Fleming

    Don’t ever send me a product to review if you don’t want me to tell the truth. Ever. Ever ever ever. Also, you’re friggin’ Epiphora. Didn’t they read you first? You are brutally honest.

  • http://heyepiphora.com/ Epiphora

    That still slays me.

  • http://noveltiestoymeetsgirl.com/ dizzygirl

    Very bad form, Robin Elenga. It’s not illegal to voice your opinion of a product. I don’t think you’ve made any friends in the reviewer community by doing this. Stop being a bully.

  • WOMPWOMP

    You are really earning some mega brownie points amongst sex toy buyers/reviewers. GOOD JORB! A++++++

  • SeptimusReviews

    Your review is, as always, wonderfully written and a joy to read. But the real treat here is the company’s shitty response. So much fail there. :o)

    Thank you for continuing to bring us HONEST reviews, even when under the “threat” of legal action!

  • Pantophile Panic

    Seriously? This is how you represent yourselves? You threaten and bully reviewers? I am never buying shit from your company. You owe this woman an apology.

  • Joan Price

    I wanted to like this product, seriously I did. I like innovators, and I’m always looking for a vibrator that grabs my attention. But this one grabbed my pubic hair (worn as nature provided it) and I had to say no. Fortunately, it didn’t have a chance to grab my every-loosening (year by year) skin.

    I love my Eroscillator, by the way — have you tried the marshmallow attachment?

  • http://loraxofsex.com/ Lorax Of Sex

    THIS. THIS is where I need the mic-drop gif.
    I got the same treatment. In fact, our experiences have been remarkably paralleled, except I got my unit a while after Piph got hers, so I suspect mine is a v1. It wasn’t until I saw a tweet (which I balked at) about a v2 that I started hearing any concern over which version of the toy I had.

  • S.T. SPECIALIST

    I work for a very well known adult retail chain and we’ve had these in stock for two months and I can attest to Epiphora’s review being 100% accurate. I already thought the product was a sad failure in features and functionality (we’ve literally had to damage out more copies than we’ve sold), but seeing the response from the team involved in making the product towards Epiphora is very disconcerting. It will certainly make me think twice about recommending their products.

  • http://www.dangerouslilly.com/ Dangerous Lilly

    I don’t understand, then. I was sent a Revel Body on behalf of Shevibe, and my manual is the same. Mine also has two power levels. So, I spent hours and hours and hours doing my best to thoroughly review this for Shevibe, and you are telling me that I actually reviewed an already out-of-date product that isn’t indicative of what Shevibe customers would get?? That does not sit well with me.

  • http://lotusbloomsalexandria.com/ Rebecca Hiles

    I got a chance to look at and see how this toy worked when I was in Boston, and I’m really glad to see this review, and also how the company handled it. And I have a few reasons for that:

    1. Epiphora never fails to amuse me, and I could literally spend days lost on this blog.
    2. I was honestly considering trying to carry this toy in stores, because it’s so interesting, and now I wont because of how badly it’s been reviewed overall.
    3. I really enjoy when companies show their bad behavior, because it makes it much easier for me to recommend products from companies with consistently good PR.

  • Lucas Brooks

    Not to laugh at your misery or anything, but I really love when you hate things so furiously.

  • gardenlobster

    Too bad you expect anyone to buy that. “Opps…” (sic) doesn’t begin to cover the fail here. Whoever is posting to comments and social media needs to turn the testosterone down a notch and listen. In the marketing media, the only woman I saw was a model – not the designers, not the leadership team, no one who claimed to work on the thing. That’s a red flag. A bunch of DUDES said “hey let’s make a vibrator! Bitches love vibrators!” You did a bunch of research on the most popular toys. You figured out a way to put this vibrating mecanism inside a toy that looks different, and you end up with a product that can’t be used by a woman with pubic hair. I’m not even going to go into the manual (some of those statements are copy/pastes of translated warnings on imported strong magnets). Look, at some point you should have said, “we don’t have a woman on our team but we’re making a product mainly for women. Think we should hire a couple? Or at least, get some opinions from one?”

    At some point, a woman would have looked at this and said “yeah, but aren’t pubes going to get caught? Couldn’t we coat it in some sort of covering? Is there a machine we can use to test the perceptible force to make sure it really is strong enough to compare to these others we’re throwing in a shit pile for the commercial? Hey, actually, maybe we should contact some of those other big companies and find out more about how they run their operations – maybe we can collaborate.”

    You know – she would have had ideas on how to proceed so you don’t make fools of yourselves?? Your appropriate response HERE should be “Piph, thanks so much for the honest review. We truly regret the brand comparison technique in our advertising, and will move forward in a different direction. The last thing we want to do is alienate ourselves amongst discerning consumers, and as a neophyte organization, our competitive streak got the best of us. We’ve also decided to take your feedback and those of others, as well as commentors, and look at how we can improve the design. I’m truly sorry this product offended you at worst, and failed to come close to your expectations at best. We value your opinion, as it helps us improve our product and our business.”

    Would that have been so hard??

  • http://rollinthehay.blogspot.com/ rollinginthehay

    Waaaait wait wait. Wait. So you can’t use it on parts that have loose skin and/or hair. That really, really, REALLY narrows down who would be able to use it “safely.” At the very least, you could call the toy exclusive to a certain small group.

  • http://loraxofsex.com/ Lorax Of Sex

    Fun fact: they did their pre-production prototype testing at a sex club local to me, and did their prototype tester outreach on… wait for it… FetLife. Ayup.

  • Skies

    Never trust a company that thinks disabled people shouldn’t use their products tbh.

  • Wicked Wahine

    Oh, that is a fabulous response you wrote! Heck, you should be hired by them to clean up this mess they are making. However, hubris is clearly a problem with this company!

  • http://grumpybozo.tumblr.com/ Bill Cole

    It’s extremely rare for a CEO who has actually spoken to a competent lawyer about possible defamation to send a lawsuit threat themselves. It’s pretty much the first thing a lawyer will tell them to NOT do.

  • guest

    BOO. JUST BOO. DO NOT WANT.

  • http://grumpybozo.tumblr.com/ Bill Cole

    Nice try, but from your own FAQ:

    “The first version of the Revel Body comes with two power levels.”

    Clearly your company felt the need to document the feature in a version customers could have, so it wasn’t “pre-production”.

    It’s generally a bad idea to argue with reviewers in public, but doing so with lies is particularly unwise.

  • http://heyepiphora.com/ Epiphora

    Indeed!

  • http://heyepiphora.com/ Epiphora

    Of course! I love the marshmallow!

  • http://heyepiphora.com/ Epiphora

    @dangerouslilly:disqus shared with me the list you sent her of the improvements in version 2. Let’s share with the class…

    1. An improved manual with much decreased warnings, see here
    2. Better charging interface.
    3. Quieter piston
    4. A single power level instead of two
    5. Better case fit
    6. Better button features
    7. Some assorted software improvements

    None of these tackle the main issue of actual function. OK, it’s quieter, your manual isn’t insanely offensive, and the power level I deemed “a joke” is gone, but I see nothing here that would make the toy more pleasurable.

  • Kid Nickels

    I really wanted to like the Revel Body but ultimately it just fell short. I like pressure and deep thrumming, neither of which the Revel provides. It gets weaker the more you press on it, and the settings are not intuitively designed to increase in power. The concept is intellectually interesting and the shape is ergonomic but I don’t orgasm from clever concepts alone (most of the time).

    It was frustrating, especially since I had a willing test subject and techie guy there with me. I was trying to be all domme about it but eventually I told him to put it down and had to smack him around a bit in order to get the mood back. I recognize that not all toys are designed for all people but give me a $15 bullet and the orgasm isn’t too terribly far away. Unfortunately nothing the Revel did was going to get me off.

    The response from the company is disappointing. I know a great deal of time and effort went in to designing this toy and I can appreciate that, but sometimes you go to reinvent the wheel only to realize that squares don’t roll well. Then you say, ah oops, and go back to the drawing board instead of being defensive and threatening.

    Less hubris, more pubis, please.

  • http://loraxofsex.com/ Lorax Of Sex

    “Less hubris, more pubis, please.” Perf. Just perf.

  • http://loraxofsex.com/ Lorax Of Sex

    Funny how they sent them to me though. Y’know, me- a disabled person.

  • Skies

    Psh, disabled people don’t have sex. [sarcasm tag]

  • http://loraxofsex.com/ Lorax Of Sex

    Not to mention that retailers STILL HAVE v1 for sale. Anyone who got in on ground-level with this will have v1. That means people who bought it as a gift, people who backed the flex-funding, and retailers. There was no formal recall on the v1, as evidenced by Piph (and I, and Lilly, and and and) having v1’s still in our possession and NOT having v2’s. An OFFER of an updated model doesn’t constitute a recall, and so long as v1’s exist in the wild- reviews of such are both relevant and needed. Duh.

  • Navigator

    Congratulations. This is the reputation you’ve chosen to give yourself. Rest assured that if your company makes anything else, we WILL remember this.

  • Nentuaby

    That’s one vague damn C&D. They say you *might* in the *future* say an undefined defamatory thing, and thus you must cease talking about them *at all*? LOL. Classic, as they say at Popehat, “censorious thuggery.”

  • http://karasutrareviews.com/ Kara_Sutra

    I was someone that championed it when they had the fundraising shit going, now I’m fairly pissed off and totally disinterested. They fucked up. Like royally.

    p.s. I’ve been offered a prototype twice, told they were sent, never received a thing. Was then offered the v1 twice, told it was sent, never received a thing. Then a mere week ago I was asked if I wanted to try the ‘updated version’. NO. Just no. I’m over it.

    Sorry you’ve had to deal with people that are so unprofessional.

  • Becci Burt

    I love that on their own website, the only reviews are from men that have bought this toy for their partners – supposedly.

    Also I thought the company would LOVE to know that this and their terrible PR has went international.

    As an employee at a well known sex toy selling company in the UK I will definitely be making my views heard about this company and toy in the bid that we never stock it.

  • http://www.dangerouslilly.com/ Dangerous Lilly

    If I had been a backer on the campaign, backing enough money to snag me one of them INNOVATIVE VIBRATORS, and I then received a shoddy version that would be quickly outdated and “upgraded”, leaving me with a malfunctioning non-pleasurable unit I would be mighty pissed.
    Of course, this is also why I will never support a crowd-funded sex toy.

  • http://www.shevibe.com/ Sandra

    Truly a perfect statement.

  • Pixel

    I’m a huge dork, but I want to know who looked at a vibrator and thought “Hrm. I think that could stand to be a bit more sonic!”.

    Also, wow. The company’s behavior just saved me a lot of money, because after their reaction to your review, I’m definitely not giving them any money. (Though I don’t think I would have been allowed to, as I’m disabled!)

  • Joan Price

    @dangerouslilly:disqus, the MinnaLife Limon is also crowd-funded, and they’re treating reviewers right. You gave a lackluster review to the Limon, but I liked it a lot. My review: http://betterthanieverexpected.blogspot.com/2013/12/minna-limon-cute-squeezable-vibrator.html.

  • http://rollinthehay.blogspot.com/ rollinginthehay

    Doctor Who. Doctor Who would want it more sonic.

  • http://www.dangerouslilly.com/ Dangerous Lilly

    Joan, I don’t really think this is at all the time or place for this in this discussion or to be sharing my links to a review for a completely different product, but I would hardly call my review lackluster. I simply don’t ignore when there are aspects that don’t work for me. Otherwise, I spoke very highly of the vibrations, and I even named it my runner-up to Best Vibe of 2013. I do actually like the vibe, I just don’t love it for reasons I mentioned in my review.
    When I saw that I won’t support a crowd-funded toy, I mean that I will not support their campaign. There are always going to be stand-out cases. Minna was a totally different scenario. They were an existing company.

  • Joan Price

    OK, I see, and I misunderstood, only got on the Minna track because it seemed to fit the discussion of supporting crowd-funded products or not. I apologize for calling your review lackluster — I perceived that you were lukewarm about the way it worked, but I see now that I was wrong. Sorry if I got off track, and Piph may decide to delete these Limon-related comments. (I didn’t share your link, just to be clear — I shared mine.)

  • Pixel

    :P That’s what I was angling for. Reminded me of this scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAnyYitia3E

  • Kristine

    Hi Epiphora,

    My name is Kristine and I’m the newly appointed CMO of Revel
    Body and wanted to reach out to you and your community to address much of the chatter. First allow me to say that we are a small business of five people; three women, and two men. I joined the company in mid October and have been working towards rectifying many of the issues you addressed in your blog. As you can imagine when manufacturing any new technology for the first time, there is bound to be a few surprises. All forms of new technology evolve and become much better over time. Innovation, consumers and even bloggers aid in bettering products. I personally enjoyed reading your blog, and your platform allows me the opportunity to address many of your concerns.

    An improved manual with much decreased warnings
    I couldn’t agree more. Our manual is lengthy. It gave me a headache the first time I read it. Most companies produce their manuals online, and only include a quick start guide. We are actually working on our new manual
    and a new quick start guide as we speak, in fact the copy has been trimmed and rewritten, and is now in the hands of our designer. You’ll also find that the copy was trimmed down from v1 product to v2 product.

    Regarding specific language to “Do not use on or near children, invalids, disabled persons or animals”.
    At first glance it appears as though this warning was misinterpreted and or taken out of context. In the original v1 manual this copy was actually placed to protect those that may not be able to respond or vocalize pain or discomfort. We consulted with a number of medical professionals prior to launching the product and it was advised that we include this detail in the
    manual. Now having said that, we listened to feedback from our retailers and consumers that this language could be offensive, so removed it from the v2 manual.

    Better charging interface
    Yeah that sucked. I agree. When I received my device after joining the company, I couldn’t even tell it was charging. I’m happy to say that this has been resolved with v2.

    Quieter piston
    Agreed. I’m happy to report this too has improved with v2, however not to our satisfaction. I’m sure you’ve been told put a drop of water or your favorite lube into the device piston area and voila’ whisper quiet. But that still isn’t good enough for us. We want to make this thing quiet without priming the device. We are getting there.

    A single power level instead of two
    We decided to remove the additional power setting due to feedback from consumers and retailers on ease of use with the power level button. So, we simplified the product by removing the second power option.

    Better button features
    I’m happy to report that the response to button reaction and response has been improved. Hallelujah!

    Some assorted software improvements
    We are continually making improvements to the software, but are very satisfied with the improvements made with v2.

    Glow lighting feature
    We’ve received great feedback regarding the improvements made in v2 to the glow lighting with a greater dimming effect.

    Pleasurability (I’m coining the word)
    Ah, yes in search of the Big O. I think each woman is unique. Sensitivity and what make one woman’s orgasm compared to another is more of an
    art than a science. I just don’t have an answer for you here. I can tell you
    that we have had many positive reviews, and then again we have had some negative reviews given this very topic. For instance we have found that if you are an avid user of the Hitachi Wand, chances are your not going to like our device.

    Power
    Similar to pleasurability, to each her own. However, clearly power is something that we will continue to address. I can share with you that we have been testing new power ranges that I’m very pleased with. Our product truly is the most powerful battery operated vibrator on the market, however that’s subject to ones response to power.

    Our CEO
    What can I say the man is very passionate about this product, and has the right to defend it. He has invested a number of years, and his personal money into making this a relevant and meaningful product for women. I’ve personally known Robin for 12 years and can tell you that he is one of the most pro women people I know. He truly values women beyond belief. Robin was raised by his mother, and his aunt who have been at the center of his world since infancy.

    Investors
    Robin has funded much of this business himself. Yes, we have a few angle investors, and yes we did launch an Indiegogo campaign. It is very normal for businesses that launch new technologies and products to launch campaigns on Indiegogo, Kickstarter and other online crowd funding platforms. This not only allowed us the ability to manufacture the product, but it also demonstrated consumer’s interest and demand.

    Again,
    thank you for your honest review. We take all of your feedback, and the
    feedback from others as a way to improve and inform on future development.

    – Kristine

  • Juliettia

    “Our CEO – What can I say the man is very passionate about this product, and has the right to defend it. …blah blah insert sob story…”

    This does not excuse his behavior. There are more diplomatic ways he could have handled his disappointment with Epiphora’s honest review than to have a childish outburst in her comment section, the vague tweets directed at her on the company twitter account, and now what appears to be a suspicious false persona twitter account to defend the product. If his “passion” leads him to these behaviors maybe someone else needs to manage that area of the department until he learns how to properly respond to such criticism in a way that a CEO and any decent PR person would.

  • http://PrettyBoiVin.Tumblr.com Vincent Alexander

    For all this, I don’t see an apology for his abhorrent behavior. Being passionate about something doesn’t give someone the right to throw a tantrum, or to threaten people.

    All he has managed to do, rather than defend his product, is offend and alienate an entire section of the community.

    I intend to not ever purchase anything frim his company now, not because of the review (it seems nearly every company has studs and duds), but because of his behavior. I hated bullies in school, I hate them now, and I will not support them.

  • Skies

    Protip: don’t listen to “experts” who think that disabled people can’t communicate or consent. I go nonverbal during activities on occasion but I assure you I can still express discomfort. Also, in fact, don’t listen to any “expert” who can’t imagine a disabled person would use a product on themself.

  • http://www.naughtynuala.com nuala macmoragh

    Wow, the marketing person’s threat to sue you over Twitter just shocked the hell out of me. Poor marketing move, to be threatening one of the best known sex toy reviewers, or any reviewer for that matter, OVER DOING YOUR JOB. I was curious about it because I really enjoy exfoliating my brazilian a little too much with my Clarisonic body brush (which I highly recommend, even if you don’t have a brazilian).

    And yay, more hand porn for me!

  • tonyinabag

    someone get a tshirt maker, stat.

  • http://heyepiphora.com/ Epiphora

    Oh, that’s not the marketing person. That’s the CEO.

  • Caitlin M.

    I’ve been following this pretty closely as a reviewer who also has a v1 that was sent to me for review, and I’m very glad that someone from the company has calmly talked through the issues that have been brought to light- however, I don’t think it’s redemptive.

    I could talk through how things could have been done- i.e. your CEO not having a temper tantrum in comments sections, threatening lawsuits (it has been thoroughly researched after a few other companies have pulled something like this- when reviewers state an honest opinion based on facts, there is no legal ground for a lawsuit. Any lawyer would tell you the same), and possibly creating fake twitter accounts for no purpose beyond harassment- which are still active. Having someone else come and apologize seems ingenuine.

    It would also do good to realize that if you send out a v1 for review to multiple reviewers (myself, Lorax of Sex, Dangerous Lilly, Epiphora,to my knowledge- and others, I’m sure) and the v1 is for sale at SheVibe, Babeland, and other stores /and/ your website doesn’t hint much at a v2 in the copy about the product, on the blog, or in the “news” section- the v1 will be reviewed. It’s applicable because the v2 doesn’t seem to be out on the market yet, and there are v1s out in the world being bought and sold either way. It is the job of reviewers to a) review the products given to us by a company for review and b) be honest and helpful for our readers. Right now, the v1 is available to people who want to buy the product. Through your website and through retailers.

    The behavior of your CEO, who I understand has worked very hard on this, put a lot of money into this, and has a lot of feelings about this- is regardless, inexcusable. It shows a general lack of respect and understanding of how the “system” (system isn’t quite the right word- it wasn’t put together, it came together) currently in place works. It is public, and it is very damning in the circles of those who pay attention- reviewers, their readers, sex educators, and stores are all interconnected, more often than not. We know each other and we talk. I’m not saying this as a threat- but in order to point out that this sort of behavior has real world consequences, no matter how many soothing voices are deployed in an attempt to shuffle it under the carpet.

    I’m all for new technology, innovation, and experimentation. In fact, I’d like more of it going on in the industry. That’s why I took one of your products for review in the first place- the idea is cool. I wanted to see it refined and improved upon, because I like so much about the concept that I want to see it work in a way that makes me feel like the price tag is worth it so I can recommend it to my readers- to spur further innovation.

    Without some serious and honest attempts at making it up to the review community as a whole, without transparency in your company, I cannot really support you after this debacle. This isn’t just about the review community- this is about your customers, and about the stores that do or are considering carrying your product. You owe it to them to be transparent, honest, and understanding. I know that isn’t always easy, but life isn’t easy.

    I feel like I can speak from experience knowing people like Epiphora and other reviewers to say that we are not conniving bitches who want to ruin people. We are not power hungry. We are honest people, trying to support sex toys, sex education, sex positivity, and good companies that make good products.

    In the end it’s a relief to me that in the grand scope of things, it doesn’t matter. Even in the scope of reviewing, this doesn’t matter. Revel Body is just one fish in an Ocean of possibility. Cheesy, I know.

  • http://www.dangerouslilly.com/ Dangerous Lilly

    “For instance we have found that if you are an avid user of the Hitachi Wand, chances are your not going to like our device.” In fact I don’t even like the Magic Wand anymore, but your product had no hope of getting me off.
    I don’t think that putting down all of these other sex toys is the way to make your mark. Especially since the ones you chose for your video are notoriously weak, so your comparison tells us nothing. And, it’s misleading since you cannot use the Revel Body and these other vibrators the same way, so power or not it very well may not work. And the only way someone can get their money back is if they buy from your site. This is one of many reasons why I couldn’t recommend that my readers purchase it. Despite how much I love and support Shevibe and want them to make sales, not lose money on stagnant inventory, I just don’t believe this thing is pleasurable for most people. I’ve heard MORE negative than positive about it. Where are all these positive reviews? Are they blogger reviewers? Because I’m not about to believe Random Person 137 Who Bought The Revel Body. Who are they? Can I ask them a question? No? Then their opinion isn’t of any value.

  • http://www.naughtynuala.com nuala macmoragh

    Even worse.

  • http://www.naughtynuala.com nuala macmoragh

    I’m sure you’re shaking in your booties.

  • Corabella

    The comments here make for one heck of an interesting soap opera, lol.

    Rather than commenting on any of that, I just wanted to pipe in and say that I bought one of these myself (before ever reading this review though) and had I only had the lame ass flat-ish attachment that comes with the device, I would agree completely with this review. I will say though that when used with the more pointy attachment (called Niko for some bizarre reason), the Revel is much better at it’s goal of providing pleasure, because the moving tip is actually physically capable of touching your clit without smashing the rest of your vulva in the process. It’s kind of stupid for the company to be sending this thing out to reviewers with only the basic attachment. They are practically asking to get bad reviews that way.

    FYI- the basic attachment IS good for one thing I’ve found: It’s excellent for helping relieve migraines. Just put it on low and run it over your temples and eyebrows. It doesn’t shake your skull like most vibrators, and actually does a good job of providing pain relief. Won’t give you orgasms though!

  • khám nam khoa trung tâm

    Not to laugh at your misery or anything, but I really love when you hate things so furiously.

    sex

  • Pingback: Featuring HeyEpiphora! | She’s a Funny Gal! | kissmekasi()

  • Pingback: Dangerous Lilly | The Best (and worst) Sex Toys of 2013()

  • Robin McClanahan

    Right? Come on, you’re not even supposed to use this thing *near* us disabled folks. Ugh, what assholes.

  • Rin

    Shouldn’t be used anywhere where there might be loose skin or hairs? … So, don’t use this vibrating sex toy on your genitals, basically. Gotcha.

  • Pingback: Toy Review: The Revel Body SOL | Emmeline Peaches Reviews()

  • http://primalfetish.com Primal Nymph

    Wow. Just… wow. As other commenters have said, you’ve done absolutely nothing illegal. They just can’t handle the negative criticism in a mature, adult fashion. I will never give this company a chance with current or future products. Not because your review on this product was negative. 100% because this CEO is a grade-A bag of moldy dicks.