As sex tech gets more and more advanced, we get closer to having toys that can mimic something close to the sensations of real sex with another human. For people who really love oral sex — no matter how attached they are to their favorite vibrator — the artificial vibes just don’t cut it. But that doesn’t mean the folks behind our favorite sex toys aren’t still trying to capture that same magic.
Enter: LELO’s Ora 3 — which comes pretty damn close.
To start: It is a high-tech sex toy from a luxury brand — so it does have a bit of a price tag at $169. But the high-quality silicone and ABS plastic (which is waterproof and typically makes for some sturdy, long-lasting toys) paired with their “PreMotion™ Technology” (which gives that firm, smooth and targeted rotation that feels so unbelievably close to a tongue for a hand-held sex toy) can totally make it worth the money you drop.
So your toy arrives and it comes with a USB charging cord (fairly standard), a satin storage pouch (great for keeping your toy safe after play and clean-up), a warranting registration card (use it! Luxury toys are an investment!) and a detailed instruction manual. The latter will totally come in handy — you can totally intuitively fumble around with this toy but knowledge is power, after all.
When I tried it out, I found it pretty intuitive to use: point and let the rotating nub do her damn thing. It took me a bit at first to get a hang of where it was most comfortable to keep my hands, as it’s a small circular toy and when you aren’t looking at it you can easily get turned around and steer the sensation away from where you want it (which is low-key a mood killer). Personally, I tend to prefer my toys to be a bit more fast-paced and intense — and am not always looking for a toy to mimic a mouth or a penis or a finger — but the 12 different settings kept things interesting and was a really nice change of pace from my other toys. Plus, it’s fairly quiet and is super easy to clean, recharge and store safely.
TL;DR: This is a great pick for people who are super into that slow burn pleasure — the sort of natural build-up you get from sensations like oral or digital stimulation. I could see it as a great pick for people who, unlike me, find other toys to be too intense. But be warned: This isn’t a buzzy wand or a sucky clitoral stimulator that’ll get you off one, two, three. You’re going to need the time (and the right mood) to ride along to O-town. It’s not for quickies and not for the impatient, in my opinion.
However, if you’re looking for a sex toy that gives a realistic sensation reminiscent of a flesh-and-blood partner (and especially if you’re finding yourself as your own safest sex partner in quarantine), this is a great way to get your body reacquainted with some of that sweet, slow and steady pleasure.
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