Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Review: FixSation Couples Vibrator

She Says:

Being a couple we're always very keen to try out the latest offerings in the growing market of couples toys. Needless to say, we were delighted to be sent a FixSation vibrator, an "innovative new couples' toy", from the kind people at Sex Health.

I have to say, I've been rather underwhelmed by most couples' toys up until this point. I'm absolutely desperate to fi
nd one which really works for us. Clitoral stimulation is a must for me if I want to reach a climax - so a hands-free device that could provide me with this during sex would be absolutely fantastic. So here comes the big question: does the  FixSation live up to my expectations? Sadly the answer is no.

I am so, so disappointed with this product, not only because it failed to send me soaring into ecstasy, but because of how close it comes to being a brilliant couples toy in so many ways. Unfortunately it has one major, and in my opinion, unforgivable flaw: a serious lack of power.

The  FixSation vibe is quite different to other couples vibes we've tried so far. It is a medium sized pebble-like vibrator that attaches to a pair of specially designed crotchless knickers which you can wear during sex. The knickers are black and lacy and actually very attractive when on. I ordered a size small, which was meant to be an 6-8, I am a 10 but had a feeling that it would be better for this product to be a bit tight rather than a bit loose, falling off wouldn't really be ideal. In fact the small fitted me perfectly, so if you're on the bottom end of their size guide I would go for the size below. The elegant and sexy design of the knickers is a nice step away from other "butterfly" style vibrators which are often attached to the wearer by cheap and nasty clear plastic straps. It is very easy to remove the vibrator part for cleaning, but at the same time it is very secure when it is all fastened in and we had no problems at all with it falling out of place.

As for comfort during use, out of all the couples vibrators we've tried, whether they've been strap-on devices like this, vibrating cock-rings or hands-free couples toys that sit internally (like the we-vibe), this has been by far the most comfortable. We found it extremely comfortable in all positions, including missionary, which was a great advantage. Often with couples toys when Alex is on top and his weight is on the toy it digs uncomfortably into my pubis; we had no issues with the  FixSation in this regard.

I'll leave Alex to talk about more of the specifics with regards to the battery and charging whilst I get started on the most important aspect - power. As you may or may not know, I am rather power-hungry when it comes to vibrators. Many fail to impress me, and this is one of them. Although it's certainly not the weakest vibrator I've felt in terms of power, it still fails miserably in the all important task of making me come. I think the main problem is that the vibrations are very superficial, and not at all rumbly. It's quite a buzzy vibration and for me that just doesn't do it. I know some people will be a lot more sensitive compared to me when it comes to vibrations, and I think those people are going to rave about this product. However, if like me it takes more than a gentle buzz to tip you over the edge, I'd avoid purchasing this product. It frustrates me so much that no-one (as far as I have tested) has made a couples vibrator with a strong vibrating part! I mean, obviously it is possible to make something that small and powerful, I have proof in other products that I love. So why someone can't make a couples vibe with some decent power behind it is beyond me. Anyway, rant over. There are 3 speed setting on the  FixSation and no "pattern" settings; personally I never use the pattern settings anyway, so this doesn't bother me at all. You turn it on by pressing the button and holding it for 3 seconds. I find this feature quite useful as it prevents any embarrassing accidental activation in your bag whilst you're on the move.

In conclusion, as I've said already, the main reason I am so disappointed with this product is that it has the makings of a truly great couples toy, but is unfortunately let down by its lack of powerful vibrations. If you are reasonably sensitive to vibrations, I would perhaps recommend giving this a go, because everything else about it is great. I really hope that  FixSation make a second generation of this toy with a more powerful vibrator. If they succeed I will be singing its praises.

He Says:

My feelings about this largely echo Lucy's. It is a fairly innovative approach to the whole hands-free/couples' vibe area. The combination of the lacy knickers part and the flattened but curved profile mean that it sits in place well over the clitoris, yet avoids interfering with sex more than any other couples' vibe we have tried thus far. This is helped by the fact that you can position it anywhere along the dual straps, accounting for varying anatomies and positions. This is despite the actual vibrating unit itself being of a fairly substantial size. It is fairly light though, and sounds slightly hollow when tapped, which suggests to me that the designers could have taken greater advantage of the ergonomic profile and packed in a more powerful motor! The look is not my absolute favourite (as I say, slightly chunky in my view), but I agree with Lucy about the lack of plastic straps being a major plus point. The texture of the unit is quite a nice matte, velvety, brushed effect.

It is rechargeable, as most toys in this price bracket are, with quite lengthy charging times of an initial 8 hours, and 4 hours subsequently. The battery life is advertised as 2 hours, and seems pretty impressive; we have not managed to run it down in our uses thus far. Again, it just makes me think you could sacrifice some of that battery life for power! The same principle applies when I say its very quiet; we would happily have it a bit louder!

Like Lucy, I am especially frustrated with this considering how may things it has going for it. It is difficult to know how to summarize this though. For us, a lack of power is a deal-breaker. For others it may not be, and some may even favour a more subtle sensation. If that is the case for you, we found this more comfortable and easier to use than its competitors, so you may want to consider it. Otherwise, our advice would sadly be to steer clear.

Thanks again to Sex Health for sending us this product to review.



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