We were quickly and thoroughly impressed by the remarkable power of this little vibe. If you're looking for a good, powerful vibe that won't break the bank, you can't go wrong with this one. It's at least as powerful as the Warm-n-Glow Vibe we reviewed last month, but it has the added advantage of a nice, squishy outer layer and a better shape for insertion.
Now let's take a look at the details shall we?
Materials: Very nice. The vibe itself is hard ABS plastic, which transmits vibrations wonderfully. But what makes this little baby a cut above your standard plastic vibe is the soft plastic sleeve. It's wonderfully squishy and feels fantastic, but it's still thin enough that it doesn't hinder the vibrations. Plus, with the hard plastic underneath, you have plenty of control, and if a little pressure is what you need, you can get it. All in all, it's the best of both worlds.
Controls: Not bad. To turn the vibe on and off and control the speed, you turn the dial on the bottom. This gives you a lot of control over the speed. You can go from Barely Noticeable Buzz to Small Jet Engine as quickly or as slowly as you like, and hit any point in between as well. If you're going to take advantage of this toy's waterproof-ness, note that the controls can be a bit difficult to operate with wet hands.
Also, the dial is part of the battery cap, which means that if you turn it the wrong way, you'll open the battery compartment. This isn't such a big deal on dry land, but it could be bad news in the tub, so make sure you only turn the dial on the end - not the entire cap!
Runs On: 2 AAA batteries
Vibration Strength: Variable. On the lowest setting it's barely a whisper. Crank it all the way up and... well, you better buckle your seatbelt and hold on tight. It's amazing. I'm pretty sure you could find a speed to please absolutely anyone.
Noise: Also variable. It's not too bad on the lowest settings, but on the upper end, it sounds like a small jet engine too. If you're trying to keep quiet, you'd be better to look elsewhere. That being said, using it in the water does muffle the sound quite a bit.
Pros: Wonderful size and shape; incredible range of speed and strength, nice materials
Cons: Controls can be somewhat troublesome; very noisy on higher settings
Overall: I'd give this one an A. It's a really nice vibe for only $15, and as the name suggests, it would be great for a novice toy user. But don't think it doesn't offer plenty for the more experienced. With it's nice mid-range size and variable speed, I'd recommend this vibe to pretty much anyone.