I’m not a fan of rabbit style vibes. I’m going to say that right upfront. They don’t traditionally do anything for me. When Cal Exotics sent me the Lia Dual Stimulator to test out I was understandably less than thrilled. But like any good sex toy reviewer, I set my mind that I was not going to let any of my preconceived notions of rabbit style vibrators get in my way of doing this review.
The packaging on the Lia is pretty good as far as sex toys go. There aren’t any naked ladies with hugely fake boobs or guys with their packages hanging out. While it’s not as tasteful as some other toys I have in my collection that maintain a minimalistic approach to packaging, Cal Exotics got it right on this line. There are little blurbs about all the “amazing” features of this toy all over the box.
To start off with, the feature I find most attractive about this vibe is the fact the entire shaft is made of silicone. For too long Cal Exotics has used less than stellar materials in their toys and I’m glad they’ve finally heard the call for more body safe materials. The silicone they’ve used here is a silky material and soft to the touch. When you press it with your fingers, it compresses just enough to be both firm and yet have some give.
The backside of the shaft has some ridges that I find … well, troublesome. They didn’t help me when I was trying to thrust this toy initially. I know that a rabbit vibe is not designed to be thrusted and instead remain still while the dual vibes do the work. As someone who almost always needs thrusting to orgasm, this is one of my main points of contention with rabbit style vibes.
My other contention is that frequently the actual “rabbit” part of the vibe is not positioned right. Women do not have the same anatomy as each other and while the clitoral vibrator on rabbits are designed to work for a majority of women, it’s us outliers that get stuck with a less than fully functional toy. I found the clitoral vibe portion of this toy to be fairly good despite my initial reservations. The little clitoral stimulator has two “ears” at the end of it that oscillate when the toy is turned on and personally I think the sensation is more akin to tickling than it is to stimulating. The clitoral vibrator cannot be controlled separately from the main vibration patterns.
Speaking of those vibration patters, there are ten of them in total. Pretty much every variety of straight vibration all the way through pulsing and escalating patterns. I’ve never been one to really enjoy pulsating vibration patters but they do a good job with the variety and intensity. I was pleasantly surprised at that. The vibrations can be felt through a majority of the shaft, but are concentrated at the tip. The Lia takes two AA battery and with those AA battery the vibrations are moderately intense.
The functions on this vibrator are very easy to control. There are two main buttons – one is a quick on/off button and the other is the button to control the vibration pattern. I love that there’s one button for on/off. Some vibrators make you scroll through all the different patterns before getting to turn it off. This one on/off button is a well placed touch and excellent addition.
The tip of the shaft has a “tickler” that is meant to add stimulation to your gspot and other areas inside your vagina. Okay, it felt good … sorta. I didn’t notice too much of a different pleasure wise and it kinda felt weird after awhile. Plus I fear bacterial could possibly accumulate in the recess if not cleaned properly.
Speaking of cleaning, this toy is technically waterproof. I question this though because the gasket between the battery compartment cover and the actual batteries is minuscule at best. I think you can rinse it off just fine, but I would have serious concerns about submerging this in water for any longer than absolutely necessary to clean it.
Make sure to use only water based lubricants with this toy because it’s made of silicone. Clean it thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm to hot water before and after use. The silicone outer layer doesn’t collect a lot of lint or fibers, but it does collect some. Use a condom when sharing it with a partner in one session if you don’t want to have to stop and clean in between partners.
So overall, did I like the Lia Dual Stimulator by Cal Exotics: As far as rabbit style vibrators go, it’s pretty reasonable. Even with it’s pretty well thought out design features, it still doesn’t convince me that rabbit vibrators are for me.