If you have been following Bean Fiddler recently, you know LELO has recently released three exciting new vibrators, or as LELO calls them, pleasure objects, as part of the Insignia line. You also know that I have mentioned these new LELO Insignia Pleasure Objects several times on Bean Fiddler. I was lucky enough to receive the LELO Tiani directly from LELO for review.
So, let’s start off with the packaging. As usual, LELO’s packaging is lovely. The external box is a shiny, lightweight cardboard with images of the Tiani and its remote control. There is a fair amount of text in multiple languages describing what the LELO Tiani is meant for so it may not be the best thing to leave laying around. The internal box is the typical hard black cardboard box that quietly says LELO on the lid. It is very discreet and classy looking. No one would guess what is inside unless they are familiar with LELO.
Inside the black box is a layout of black felted styrofoam with the Tiani, the remote control, an Insignia pin, and a black cardboard flap that say LELO. The Insignia pin is a gold metal pin you can wear on your lapel or anywhere else you desire (to give the sneaky nod to anyone else in the know). It is the elongated figure eight of the Insignia logo. The gold of the pin matches the gold accents on the LELO Tiani and its controller. Underneath the black cardboard flap are several useful and important items. There is the instruction manual, a booklet that describes the one year LELO warranty, and a booklet that describes the 10 year LELO quality guarantee. There is also a condom-sized packet of LELO personal moisturizer, which is glycerine and paraben-free. Additionally, there is the rich feeling satin storage bag LELO includes with all of their pleasure objects, a special plastic key designed to open the Tiani’s remote control, and…hallelujah…the two AAA batteries necessary for the remote. Not only does LELO include batteries, but they are Energizer batteries, not just some low power off-brand. You really get what you pay for when you invest with LELO.
The LELO Tiani comes with a standard one year warranty, but what is not so standard is the ten year quality guarantee. If at any time within the first ten years of owning your LELO Tiani something goes wrong, you can send your LELO toy into them. Once they determine the problem, they will give you 50% off your next LELO website purchase, to help allay the cost of replacing your LELO sex toy. They will also dispose of the Tiani and its components in an eco-friendly way.
As you can see, the LELO Tiani is a wearable U-shaped silicone vibrator with a smaller flexible arm for insertion and a hard pleasure point that vibrates. One of my favorite things about LELO vibrators is that they are rechargeable and the Tiani is no different. It is very easy to charge. You simply unscrew the pleasure point from the body of the Tiani and plug the charger right in. You should be able to get about one hour of use from two hours of charging. This unscrewing allows you carefully clean your Tiani as well, which I find necessary to do as bodily fluids seep in through the seam. The remote control is a round disk of silicone and plastic with three buttons, +, -, and () in the center.
Per LELO’s recommendation, the best way to clean the silicone of the LELO Tiani is with warm water and antibacterial soap. I am very careful with the remote as I am not sure it is waterproof. I suggest using a damp cloth rather than submerging it. Also, don’t submerge the pleasure point when it is unscrewed from the body of Tiani as this would allow water to get into the charging port. You may need to use a wet cotton swab or your fingernail to get all the bodily fluids and lubricant out from in between the seam of the Tiani’s pleasure point.
As the Tiani is silicone, LELO recommends using a water-based lubricant with it. I find I need very little, if any, lubricant with the LELO Tiani because the silicone is smooth and sleek and has practically drag. Of course, this silicone is latex and phthalate-free, non-porous, hypoallergenic and body-safe.
First, be sure to charge up your Tiani and insert the included batteries into the remote controller, then you want to sync the two. Press and hold down the + button on the remote and you will feel it begin to vibrate in your hand. Then press the communication button on the top of the LELO Tiani’s pleasure point. There is a small LED which will begin to flash when the two objects have synced up. You will then feel the Tiani vibrate as well. It seems the remote needs to be close to the Tiani during this process to ensure communication. If communication is lost during play, simply bring the remote close to the Tiani again and they should re-sync.
What truly makes these New Insignia vibrators unique is the SenseMotion technology LELO has utilized. Each of the three new vibrators, Tiani, Lyla, and Oden, are controlled by a remote control and have two special SenseMotion modes. In these modes, the vibrations are controlled by the actual movement of the remote. It is really quite amazing. In SenseMotion Mode 1 you tilt the remote to change the Tiani’s vibration level. Tilt the controller to a 90 degree angle to increase the vibration or keep it horizontal to decrease. In SenseMotion Mode 2, you rotate or shake the remote to change the intensity of the vibration. The faster you move the remote, the more the vibrations increase. To switch between SenseMotion Mode 1 and 2, press the () button. It is also, important to note that the remote mimics what is happening with the Tiani, so your partner will feel in his or her hand what you are feeling when you are wearing the Tiani.
LELO Tiani has eight modes in all. If you don’t want to to use either SenseMotion Mode, you can use any of the LELO Tiani’s five preset patterns. You can cycle through these patterns using the () button and with each pattern you can control the level of intensity with the + and – buttons. If you want to turn the Tiani off during use, simply hold down on the () button for approximately three seconds. You can do the same thing to turn it back on and will pick up from where it left off.
1. SenseMotion 1
2. SenseMotion 2
3. Steady vibration
5. Faster pulse
6. Ramp up
7. Roller coaster
8. Dance Mix
The LELO Tiani fits my body well. The insertable arm slips inside comfortably and the pleasure point sits nicely on my clit. The arm is thin and flexible so it doesn’t feel like I have anything inside me, which makes it nice for penetration, either with a penis or a sex toy. I can also walk around easily with the Tiani in place and it fits easily under clothing. However, during play as I get more and more lubricated, the LELO Tiani tends to lose traction and slip out of me. During solo play or with My Man controlling the remote, it seems to work best with me face down on the bed so the Tiani is held inside me.
I have to say it is a very weird feeling at first to feel the vibrations on my clit and in my hand at the same time. Obviously, not an issue when playing with a partner. It’s also a bonus because you basically get two vibrators in one. You or your partner can use the remote on your nipples, neck, thighs, or other erogenous zones while wearing the LELO Tiani.
Knowing where your remote control is at all times is especially important because you cannot use the Tiani without it. However, you can use the remote from another LELO SenseMotion Insignia vibrator, if you happen to have more than one of these sex toys. If you lose the key that opens the the remote, I think you could use a coin in its place, though the directions do advise against this. I have a feeling it would work but would also scratch the hell out of the backside of the remote. So, don’t lose the key or the remote! I keep both in my storage bag along with the Tiani.
I enjoy playing with the LELO Tiani by myself and it is great fun for My Man to be able to control me without touching me. The SenseMotion remote really does add an interesting dimension to play. We both love that he can control me simply by moving the remote around and it is even more torturous when I watch what he is doing knowing I have no control. However, he just can’t get too far away or the Tiani and remote lose connection. Even though, the Tiani is supposed to work up to 39 feet from the remote, I don’t think it can be used from across a crowded room, at least mine can’t.
A downside of the LELO Tiani for me is that it also can slip out during penetration with a penis or a dildo. It seems to do this more during solo play with a dildo, possibly because the silicone of the LELO Tiani and the dildo catch on each other. Or it could just be the angle at which I have the Tiani inserted. This may not happen to everyone, as the way the Tiani fits will depend upon your body and your partner’s body. I also find the Tiani moves around quite a bit during penetration and doesn’t always stay put where I want it.
When wearing the LELO Tiani, the remote does need to be relatively close to turn it on, though it did work at about an arm’s length away. However, I noticed that the computer seemed to interfere if I was too close to it. Also, it seems easy for the Tiani and its controller to lose communication during play even when the controller is close by. To restart the Tiani, you just bring the controller in closer. There does not seem to be much rhyme or reason to when the Tiani buggers out. Obviously it has to do with body parts and such getting in the way of the signal, but I can’t figure out how to keep it from happening, nor does it always happen. This can make play frustrating.
LELO Insignia Tiani Pros:
• Wireless remote
• SenseMotion technology
• Fits my body well
• Storage bag
• Comes with batteries
LELO Insignia Tiani Cons:
• Remote loses contact
• Vibrations may be weak for some
• Vibrations could be rumblier
• Cleaning can be a drag
I am a bit on the fence about the LELO Tiani. I like it in some ways but find it disappointing in others. For me, it is better used as a wearable teasing vibrator than something I want to wear during penetration. Its tendency to move around and slip out of me is a definite downside. I would also like stronger vibrations (as I often do, though I would not say I have a clit of steel), but I do think these vibrations are relatively strong for a sex toy of this size. What I would really like are rumblier vibrations, that would do it for me. However, I can still get off with the Tiani.
I had very high expectations of the LELO Tiani and I am sad to say it has not lived up to them. However, I love the SenseMotion technology. Not only does it appeal to my geeky side, but it is just damn fun to play with and creates all sorts of opportunities. It is just as fun during solo play as it is with a partner, and having two vibrators is also a plus. I really wish the wireless remote worked better. Maybe I just haven’t found the sweet spot yet. I can say will continue to investigate and play with the Tiani so I am glad I have it.
Bean Fiddler Rating: