Sep 302014
 

OhMiBod Lovelife Adventure, Smile, Discover, and CuddleOhMiBod is commonly known as the sex toy company that makes music– and app-responsive vibrators, but their Lovelife line is a departure, and a valiant effort. It’s a line of less expensive rechargeable toys that do not care whether you’re blasting Meatloaf.

Usually, for a rechargeable vibrator, you’ll spend at least $90, and up to $200 depending on size, functionality, and arrogance of the brand. In the Lovelife line, you can get a rechargeable vibe for as low as $59. Which is not to say that you should — each toy falls in a very different place on the scale of “trash” to “treasure.”

There are seven toys in the Lovelife line, all named after the things that OhMiBod co-founders Suki and Brian believe are important to a lasting relationship: Smile, Discover, Dream, Cuddle, Share, Adventure, and Flex. Hold back your vomit. I settled on four out of seven: Adventure (the triple stimulator), Smile (the little clitoral vibe), Discover (the stout slimline vibe), and Cuddle (the small insertable G-spotter).

I face a conundrum in wanting to critique the ALL PINK ALL THE TIME mantra of this line, which is that there are good acceptable passable reasons for it: it’s Suki’s favorite color, it’s the number one seller according to “market research,” and OhMiBod didn’t have enough money to make the line in more than one color. So, let your eyes adjust to the dusty pink silicone and accept your fate as I have.

Many things in the Lovelife line are proportional: the boxes1, the manuals, the white satin storage bags, and most significantly — the motors. The small toys have surface-level buzz while the larger ones have deeper vibrations. You can hear the difference when you turn them on — the Smile sounds high-pitched and whiny, while the Adventure has a lower, rumblier tone.

But the toys are still identical in several respects. They each charge via USB cord (2.5 hours), feature 6 intensity levels and 7 scalable pulsation patterns (a few patterns are likeable, but have too many gaps — why would I want the vibration to ever stop?), are brandished on the base with the embossed word OhMiBod, and come with a 1 year warranty.

The heart-shaped control pad on each toy has three buttons: plus, minus, and squiggle, which together resemble “a person who’s been hurt in the eye,” according to my friend who I swear is an adult and can normally formulate sentences. The buttons feel cheap and make a chintzy clacking sound when pressed, and they don’t behave the way you’d expect: the squiggle (not the plus) must be held to turn the toy on, and the plus/minus buttons have to be clicked briefly (not held down) to increase/decrease intensity. It took a bit for my brain to adjust appropriately.

One point of contention among reviewers is that the entire line is splashproof only — not waterproof like most rechargeable toys. Again, this was a price point decision,2 and one that in my opinion pays off, because we need more high-quality silicone toys in this price bracket. Obviously, these toys cannot be submerged, but I clean mine under running water (avoiding the charging port) and have had no issues.

The white plastic handles do tend to stain, though. I clean and dry my toys in the kitchen, and a couple of the Lovelife toys have spots on them — maybe from grease? So now the person who was hurt in the eye has a bruise.

Smile ($59)

OhMiBod Lovelife Smile vibrator

I’m a freak and so the Smile is the one that intrigued me the most at first. I don’t know why. It looks like a tiny butt crack. I mean heart.

But it’s the worst of the entire batch. The shape is pinpoint and interesting, but it vibrates in a shallow, one-dimensional way, which newbies may not understand but seasoned vets will immediately recognize. The thing is, newbies deserve deeper vibrations, lest they think all sex toys feel like Rich Cronin’s girlfriend buzzing like a hornet.

The moment I touch this toy to my clit, I think, “how much longer must I endure this?” The answer is always: “not long.” I love you guys, but I can spot a bad orgasm a mile away.

See the Smile in action in the video here.

Discover ($59)

OhMiBod Lovelife Discover vibrator

This short, unassuming slimline vibe would be great if it had any power beyond the buzz. It does not. Its motor is similar to the Smile’s: weak, buzzy, and sad, although marginally stronger.

Again, I’m not quite dedicated enough to my craft to bring myself to orgasm with this. I could do it, but I would be perturbed the entire way.

Cuddle ($69)

OhMiBod Lovelife Cuddle vibrator

Here’s where things get interesting. I really really like the Cuddle. It has the power, adjustability, variety, and shape that folks deserve — at a pretty unbeatable price.

Primarily, its vibrations are deeper and stronger than the smaller Lovelife toys. Cuddle is also a lot stronger than both the LELO Gigi 2 ($119) and the battery-operated PicoBong Moka/Zizo ($47/$40). Most disturbingly, it’s about 75% as strong as my favorite vibrator the LELO Mona 2 ($139), just more buzzy. For literally half the price. HALF.

And let us not forget the sheer number of vibration intensity settings: 6! That’s right, biches, no more 3 “I hope you like all of them” settings. We deserve better, and that is what Cuddle gives us. (So do the other toys in the Lovelife line, but the Cuddle has the motor to back them up.)

The Cuddle is fairly petite but wonderfully curved, which makes it an excellent clitoral vibrator as well as a manageable insertable. Its subtle head makes for effortless insertion, and as I slide it in further it gently hooks up against my G-spot. It’s too small to blow my G-spot’s mind, but it’s ergonomic and hard to mess up.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and call this toy the best thing OhMiBod has ever made. I haven’t tried everything, but I can extrapolate based on past experiences. The Cuddle is the simple, effective vibrator the brand — and the world — needed. Good work, team.

[Update: OhMiBod has released a Bluetooth-enabled version of this toy called the blueMotion Nex|2. Great if you want to be able to control the toy from afar!]

Adventure ($99)

OhMiBod Lovelife Adventure vibrator

Aptly named, the Adventure is the biggest gamble in the Lovelife line. It has three motors, and it vibrates at the lowest pitch, so it’s certainly strong and stimulating. But it’s also oddly-shaped and extremely rigid — so it’s the most anatomy-specific, with some reviewers hailing it as the next messiah while others decry its incompatibility with their genitals. I’m somewhere in between.

The Adventure fits my anatomy well. The shaft is not G-spotty or particularly noticeable, but it locks into place smoothly. The clitoral prong is pointy, so the stimulation feels sort of forceful, which I like, but others definitely won’t. The anal part just barely touches me, but it is pleasant.

This toy stays in place remarkably well, and if I were really determined it could provide a hands-free orgasm, but I like to wrangle it and give it that extra oomph of pressure. I basically settle the clitoral prong into the left side of my clit and hold it there. There is no way to turn off vibration in the insertable part, or adjust the motors separately, but the vibration is strongest in the prongs. As it should be.

And it’s fucking strong. And rumbly.

So while I don’t tend to care for dual/rabbit vibes in the first place, the Adventure is probably my favorite one to date. The vibrations aren’t paltry and I don’t have to finagle it to achieve contact with my clit, so I’m happy. At $99, it’s priced very well — but it’s a hard toy to recommend due to all the different locations of clits in the world. (I’ve heard it’s excellent on the prostate, though.)

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I’m firmly half and half with the Lovelife line. The smaller toys, with their buzzy-ass motors, are a flop no matter how you price them. But the larger ones represent an intriguing — and mostly successful — foray into less expensive rechargeables. (And I’ve never seen OhMiBod implement stupid marketing tactics, which helps tremendously.)

Keeping my absurd love for the LELO Mona 2 in mind, you will understand the enormity of the compliment when I say that the Cuddle is like the Mona Lite — a bit less luxurious, a little less strong/rumbly, and not waterproof, but nearly as versatile and astronomically cheaper. I almost, momentarily, can forget that it only comes in pink. OhMiBod, what have you done to me.

Find the Lovelife line at SheVibe, Good Vibes, Babeland, Early to Bed, and Pleasure Chest.

  1. A lot has been said about how sturdy and reusable the boxes are… which is true, except the boxes are SO ANNOYING to pull apart. I sat on the floor pondering whether I needed to keep any of them. []
  2. “We decided against full waterproof because of overall end consumer price trade off. The costs for the initial molds are much higher and the per product cost increase significantly enough to change the price point — with Lovelife we made this tradeoff so we could keep the price point in the mid range level.” []
  • Perfect evaluation. I hated the Smile, loved the Cuddle and thought the Adventure would probably be great if it fit me. I’m glad you had better luck with it than I did. The Cuddle is the one that I can safely recommend to most people.

  • AlwaysTheLittleSpoon

    Totally agree, the Cuddle is the vibe I recommend the most to my budget conscious studenty friends. Glad to read it has your blessings too!

  • Emma

    Wholeheartedly agree on cuddle, but you knew that already. My partner has a prostate and can verify that the adventure is rumbly and awesome. He also looked at the share cock ring and thought it was trying to be a butt cheek? Maybe that was their plan all along. Maybe Suki and Brian like big butts and they cannot lie!

  • Stephanie R.

    I think I would enjoy using the Adventure when I was really tired, just by inserting it and lying on my stomach so that the handle gets pushed up and the insertable part is pressing on my G spot. And nowadays I can always appreciate toys that I can use when I’m tired. (Thinking of getting a Stronic for the same reason.)

  • You have inspired me to get the Adventure for myself…and I haven’t cared about any particular toy in a long time.

  • ‘Tis a wonderous thing for the prostate, but I still find myself wanting my Pure Wand more often than this. Thanks for the linkage, Piph! Good review/line intro.. I think I’d go insane trying to write about so many in one post!

  • Jane Patterson

    How long does the charge last on the cuddle?

  • T.J.

    Interesting review . . . I’d seen them in person at a local sex-shop and sort of stayed away because of the price, but it’s good to know that there are reasons for it (and that the owners were consciencious of it! Whoo hoo!). Hmm . . . maybe I ever get enough money . . . as if that’s a reality . . .
    Also, it is just me, or did you just create a tag specifically for the buzziness???!?

  • Cecilia Karlsson

    of course pink is the most selling colour if a lot of toys only come in pink to start with >.>

  • Oh, I meant to mention that somewhere. All of them seem to last a good amount of time on a charge. I didn’t do any scientific tests, but I didn’t have to re-charge them much at all during the testing period.

  • Hahaha, I did, but that tag has been around for several months now.

  • #fact

  • Lia Heavvymetalqueen

    I got to poke these the other day while visiting Babeland with my friend, and they looked quite nice! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to afford a Mona but the Cuddle, now….that’s a lot more within my range! (and Lovehoney’s got it so I don’t have to incur in terrifying overseas shipping! Woot! Wishlist’ed!)

  • Rin

    I must admit, the warm-and-fuzzy part of myself is happy that the apparent winner here goes by the name “Cuddle.” I’ll probably pass on it, though – internal vibrations don’t do much for me (dildos all the way, woo!).

  • Ha, yes, cuddles win over adventure and smiling!!

    It’s a great clitoral vibe, actually.

  • Rin

    Hmm… Mayhaps I’ll see it at my local store. Seeing toys in person always makes decisions way easier. Though at present I’ve decided that my next purchase will be a Pure Wand. You’ve corrupted yet another!

  • We tried these out a week or two ago at a local shop and I was… less than impressed with all of them, but I also don’t have the appropriate anatomy to get the best results from them.

  • Mad Amrita

    oo grrl i cant wait for my adventure to arrive especially after reading this!!

  • When these came out I had a conversation with Brian at OhMiBod where I said “Epiphora will say things about the pink and hearts. It will happen. Be prepared.”

    I’m telling you, if the back part of the Adventure hit the perineal sponge instead of the anus, I would probably never leave my bedroom.

    in my new office several boxes from this lines are being put to use, but yes, stupid hard to open.

    The motor jump when you go from Cuddle to Discover is just heartbreaking.

  • trix23

    On the Cuddle, do the vibrations tend to travel up the holding hand and arm? I’ve noticed that with the Mona when I turn it on in a store, which has been the one thing (other than price) holding me back from one. (I don’t have full-on carpal tunnel per se, but my wrist does tend to get uncomfortable with kickback vibrations…)

  • The vibrations do travel, but not as much as with the Mona. I’d say the buzzing sensation is about half that of the Mona, probably because it’s not as rumbly/strong so it doesn’t try to jump around as much.

  • Fodra Sun

    I want the adventure so badly now. I’m hoping it fits. I think it would, since my clit is pretty large and far away from my vaginal opening, but I’m not sure. Do you think it would work for someone who has a clit that’s around an inch and a half from the vagina?

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  • I will have you know I procrastinated answering this comment because I am terrified I will steer you wrong. Finally, I decided to measure the distance between my vagina and clit. IT’S HARD.

    I discovered that in a relaxed non-aroused state, with my legs spread wide while sitting on the floor and juggling a mirror, the distance between the very bottom of my vaginal opening and my clit is about 2 – 2.25″. I’m not sure where you are measuring your vagina from (that is a phrase I just wrote), but I decided to go with the very bottom of the opening for clarity.

    I took a couple pictures of the Adventure for you as well. In each I am holding the tip of my measuring tape flush against the shaft of the toy. I hope this helps you make your decision!

  • Ana

    If my Cuddle dies, my soul dies with it. My love for this toy doubles with each orgasm we share.