I have been a fan of doing pelvic floor exercises ever since I realised that strong vaginal muscles equal strong orgasms, long before I actually needed to do them. I’m forever banging on about the importance of doing regular kegel squeezes, and in this instance I practice what I preach.
Doing your squeezes benefits not only in a pleasure sense but also in a “business” one. As in, it takes care of business.
A strong pc muscle offer more control, which in turn help take care of accidental leakage. Running around after kids, enjoying a good belly laugh or a surprise sneeze can all have damp, inconvenient effects in the gusset area.
I usually use weighted balls for my pc exercising as I find the additional weight is good for toning, plus it can be really good fun with the ball/s rubbing up against the G-spot whilst doing housework.
I had heard there was a new, cool kegel exerciser in town – and a vibrating one at that! – so I jumped at the chance when my Boss asked I wanted to try one for testing purposes.
But as soon as I had Luna Smart Bead in my hand, I had several questions:
- What’s with the “belt” half way down the shaft?
- Why is Luna Smart Bead battery operated?
- Why is Luna Smart Bead so expensive?
- Why isn’t Luna Smart Bead remote controlled?
In my opinion, these are all design flaws. I think Lelo has run with a great idea and released it out on to the market long before developing it to its full potential – Luna Smart Bead is not yet where it could be. Or should be….
Here’s the low-down:
Like all other Lelo products, Luna Smart Bead is made from super-smooth silicone and thus feels great to touch.
Despite the soft, sensual material, I recommend adding a good measure of waterbased lubricant before inserting the Smart Bead. Trying to insert it without the added lube will ensure a tight, uncomfortable squeeze and nobody wants a sore muff…
The bottom part unscrews in order to slip in 1 x AAA battery and when you put it back together again, you are left with a small, white “belt”. Like an indent.
This indent is hard to clean and whilst the Smart Bead is waterproof to the depth of 1 meter; lube, juices and water can – and do – sneak inside. Because of this it’s best to separate the two parts, and remove the battery, before cleaning. Make sure both parts are fully dry before assembling again.
Covering Luna Smart Bead’s entire body in silicone and making it a rechargeable product that doesn’t need taking apart would easily take care of this problem.
All other Lelo luxe products are rechargeable, which is one of their main selling points. Luna Smart Bead is battery operated, but the price (around £70) is high-end and what I’d expect to pay for a rechargeable vibrator.
The Price is an Issue.
For the price, the customer isn’t getting much to be honest. Yes, it’s beautiful. Yes, it’s silicone. Yes, it’s Lelo. But it’s still a product that runs on 1 x AAA battery, which in the world of sex toys isn’t all that.
Luna Smart Bead emits a gentle vibration, and for me personally, the vibration is far too low for any kind of pleasure.
In comparison, our Mini G-Spot vibrator, which also takes 1 x AAA battery, has several settings to choose from, is made from silicone and retails at a fabulous £18.
Making the product rechargable would also improve the intensity of the vibrations, ensuring that Luna Smart Bead could be used as a sex toy. We are all for multi-tasking products!
A Good Reminder
Luna Smart Bead is perhaps best aimed at those who forget to do their pelvic floor squeezes and need a gentle reminder (albeit from within!).
There are 5 cycles to work through, each harder then the last, and Luna Smart Beads remembers which level you are on. As your muscle strength improves, Luna Smart Bead takes you up to the next level.
The Smart Bead emits a low vibration in a pre-programmed pattern, and this is your cue to squeeze your pc muscle. This can easily be done in front of the telly of an evening.
It’s like having a personal trainer for your vagina!
Lastly, I’d like to see a remote controlled version of Luna Smart Bead. This would allow the user to start, or finish, the exercise at their leisure.
As it is, you slip in the egg and then wait 30 seconds for the exercises to begin.
Should someone step into the room at this point, you have no way of switching Luna Smart Bead off – this could lead to all manner or fun/not-so-fun situations!
A remote control would also let you control intensity manually, which would be great if you wanted to use Luna Smart Bead as a sex toy.
All in all, Team Sh! have unanimously agreed that Luna Smart Bead with its tricky leakage vs cleaning issue and over-pricedness won’t make it on to our cherry-picked product list.
For now, we’ll be sticking with weighted love-balls. Sorry Lelo!