If you follow Bean Fiddler or have checked out My Toy Box, you’ll see that I have a reviewed a fair amount of LELO Pleasure Objects and I generally enjoy them. When EdenFantasys asked if I would be interested in trying out the LELO Insignia Isla I jumped at the chance. I know it’s not one of their newest vibrators, but I love my waterproof sex toys, so when I had the the opportunity to review such a high quality vibrator, I was excited.
LELO is a Swedish company that produces high-end luxury sex toys, or as they call them, Pleasure Objects. The LELO Insignia line is their relatively new line of waterproof vibrators. They are differentiated from the other LELO sex toys by their gold plastic accents, and of course by being waterproof. This allows you to take the Isla into the bath or shower and makes cleaning the vibrator mostly a breeze. As the LELO Insignia Isla is made of silicone and plastic, you have several options for cleaning. LELO recommends warm water and antibacterial soap, which is generally what I use to clean my Isla. You can also use a sex toy cleaner. A 10% bleach solution can be used to sterilize the silicone but I am uncertain as to how it would effect the gold plastic. I am concerned it might damage the finish and therefore haven’t used bleach with mine. I do not share my toys with other people, so I have no real need to sterilize the Isla. Though you can use alcohol on many plastic toys, LELO warns against using it with this vibrator. I do have a major issue with cleaning my LELO Insignia Isla, but I’ll address that in a bit.
The silicone of the Isla is the typical soft and smooth high-quality silicone that I have always found with LELO toys. I love this silicone. It feels so silky against my skin and it does not attract lint and dust, which is impressive for a silicone vibrator. Due to the silicone, it is best to use a water-based lubricant. A silicone-based lube can cause a chemical reaction with the silicone of the Isla and leave it tacky. If you do plan on using a silicone-based lubricant, use a high quality one and do a patch test first.
The LELO Insignia Isla is not an overly large vibrator. It measures 8.5″ in length, with 5.5″ being insertable. It is almost 1.5″ in diameter, which is about average. The shape is slightly different than many of my other vibrators. Rather than being round it is somewhat oblong. I notice the difference when I hold it in my hand but it does not feel any different inside me. There is a slight curve to the shaft of the Isla, making it the g-spot vibrator of the Insignia line. The sleek silicone lays over what I assume is a hard plastic. There is absolutely no give to the LELO Isla, so you will definitely feel that girth inside of you. The Isla has a handle at its base that can be used to manipulate its movements.
While I do like the shape and overall looks of this vibrator, I have an issue with the design. As I have mentioned, the LELO Insignia Isla is made of silicone and plastic. As you can see in the images, the exterior of the vibrator is silicone, with the interior being the gold plastic. There is a tiny seam all along the outside of the gold plastic where it meets the silicone. Now this seam is no big deal when the vibrator is inside me. I don’t feel it at all. However, it makes the Isla a big pain to clean. Lube and bodily fluids love to crawl up inside this seam everywhere they possibly can and I feel like I need a special tool just to clean them out. A good wash in the sink is simply not enough, there is always some residue left in the seam when I am done. I really need a toothpick, fingernail, old toothbrush, something to get into that seam. I would be hesitant to share this vibrator with a partner unless we were fluid-bonded because I do not have confidence the Isla can be sterilized due to this annoying seam.
As with all of LELO’s vibrators and cock rings, the LELO Insignia Isla is rechargeable, which I love. Though it can be nice to have a few vibes around that are ready in a pinch, I would much prefer to charge my vibrators than spend the money and waste resources on going through a ton of batteries. To charge the Isla, you simply plug the AC charger into the port on the back of the vibrator. The LED on the control panel pulses white during charging and glows steadily when the charge is complete. A full charge takes approximately two hours and gives you up to four hours of play time. If the charge is running low, the control panel of the Isla will blink rapidly when you turn the vibrator on. A full charge should give you about 90 days of standby time, though LELO recommends you charge your Isla once per month.
The control panel on the LELO Insignia Isla is much like the control panels on the remotes of the Insignia Lyla, the Insignia Tiani and the Tiani 2. There are three buttons lined up vertically on the handle, the + button, the () button, and the – button. These buttons have the same function on the Isla as on the rest of LELO’s Insignia line. The + buttons turns the vibrator on and increases the intensity of the vibrations. The – button decreases the vibration intensity and turns the Isla off. The () button cycles through the vibration modes. One great thing about the LELO Isla is that you can increase and decrease the intensity of the vibrations in each mode by using the + and – buttons. It does not have a memory chip so every time you turn it on the Isla starts at the lowest level of steady vibration. As with other LELO vibrators, the Isla has a travel lock. Hold down on the + and – buttons for five seconds to lock and unlock. The LED will flash once to let you know you have been successful.
The LELO Insignia Isla has six different modes of vibration and within these modes, there are variable intensities. They are as follows:
1. Steady vibration
2. Slow pulse
3. Faster pulse
4. Medium, longer pulse
5. Revving up
6. Dance Mix
In use, I think this vibrator does a good job. I find the vibrations to be deep and rumbly, like many of my other LELO vibrators. They are quiet and can certainly be used with someone in the next room, as long as you have a closed door between you. No need for music or TV to muffle the sound. I really enjoy the different vibration modes and tend to use Dance Mix the most. I like the hardness of the shaft which allows me to feel the full girth of the vibrator inside of me. I do like my sex toys with some girth to them so 1.5″ is not large for me. I love the handle as it makes thrusting supper easy and keeps my hand from getting all slippery from lube and other fluids. It is comfortable to hold onto and makes the control panel easily accessible. The vibrations are strong and more than sufficient to get me off. I think many women will feel the same way. At the right angle, the tip of the Isla does hit my g-spot but it really doesn’t shine as a g-spot toy for me. It feels more like a traditional vibrator. I do enjoy thrusting with it and it works great on my clit. I can get off in very little time with the LELO Insignia Isla, which to me is the sign of a good vibrator.
The packaging of the LELO Insignia Isla is the same high quality packaging of other LELO vibrators. The external box is black with an image of the Isla on the front and back. Inside is the traditional black hard storage box with LELO printed on the lid. This box is totally discreet and can be left laying about unless you have little kids or nosy friends who open your stuff without permission. Inside the box, the Isla lays in a bed of black velvet foam, with the signature gold Insignia pin beside it. This pin is included with all the Insignia vibrators and I have yet to figure out what to do with them. I suppose I could wear one around exchanging winks with anyone else silly enough to do the same. Also included in the box is the charger, a black satin storage bag, a sample of LELO’s personal moisturizer (lubricant), a user manual, and the typical LELO one year warranty/10 year quality guarantee. This 10 year quality guarantee is something I have only seen from LELO. If your LELO vibrator dies after the one year warranty is up, LELO will allow you to purchase another toy from their website for 50% off. Pretty cool.
LELO Insignia Isla Pros:
• Strong vibrations
• Great handle
• Well-placed controls
• Can control the level of intensity in each mode
• High quality silicone
LELO Insignia Isla Cons:
• Seam between plastic and silicone
There are many qualities I love about the LELO Insignia Isla. It is waterproof and rechargeable. The silicone is silky smooth and does not attract lint. The vibrations are powerful and quiet and I like the patterns. The handle makes thrusting and hitting buttons a pleasure. The Isla lives up to the high standards of many of LELO’s vibrators, and more importantly, to my high expectations. It really isn’t a true g-spot vibe for me, but I’m much more clit oriented so I don’t see that as a drawback. The one thing that really bugs me is that seam. It pisses me off every time I wash the Isla. If it wasn’t for that annoying seam I would give the LELO Insignia Isla a rating of 4.5 beans, but I’m knocking off one bean because cleaning this vibe sucks. Nonetheless, I do really like this vibrator and its good qualities totally override the cleaning issues, especially as I don’t share the Isla with anyone else. Therefore, I highly recommend it…if you don’t mind the hassle of cleaning it.
You can find the LELO Insignia Isla at EdenFantasys. I suggest you hurry and head over there because right now the LELO Insignia line is on sale for 20% off! The entire LELO Insignia line doesn’t go on sale terribly often so it’s a good time to pick up one of the vibrators. This sale ends at 2 PM EST on Friday, 11/16/12, so go check it out now!
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