I’m in possession of a brand spanking new Intimate Melody 3 in 1 Lava vibrator to review! Don’t be jealous, I do this for you lovely readers.
I hadn’t used an Intimate Melody product before, so I had no idea what to expect. I was particularly interested in its quality and whether or not it lived up to its ‘Pioneer H-Slot Tech & Advanced Heating Tech Vibrators’ claims, even though I don’t know what that actually means.
So, the Lava – is it hot or not?
What Is The Lava ?
It’s a 3 in 1 heated vibrator. I love multitasking toys. Here’s a quick break down of what you receive for your cash.
- The handle /control
The controller is white and silver with the battery recharge slot at the base. You only need one hand to control it, and it’s a good size to hold in my palm. The actual controls are a simple ‘up and down the scale’ set up. The heating function is a press and hold button that flashed red when it’s warming up.
- There are 3 detachable parts, so you can choose what suits
A bullet. It’s shiny silver with a cord measuring an impressive 43” (approx). The bullet is one inch in width and two in length.
A pink sleeve with a bulbous head and G-spot massager bumps. It measures 1.5 inches at its widest point in width and 5.5” in length.
A purple sleeve with a bulbous head bump and a banana type curve. It measures 1.5 inches in width and in 5.5 inches in length too.
The 3 in 1 Lava was delivered discreetly and gave me a shock because I thought it was the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography I’d bought for my father’s Christmas present. Still, it was a nice surprise because I was feeling a bit crap and needed cheering up.
The box was plain and had no ‘rude sex toy’ marking on it – or any indication of what was inside.
The Lava’s Presentation Box
The Intimate Melody box is a warm brown, good quality box. It’s understated, smart and is no give away. The top is stamped with ‘IM’ for Intimate Melody and the web address is written on the side.
The box is tough, well structured and seems pretty safe to me. Inside the various parts are securely in solid foam and cardboard packaging to stop all the pieces rolling around.
Inside is a lot more colourful than the plain brown box lid. Shades of hot pink, purple and shiny silver stared out at me. Time to smile back!
In My Hands
The Lava gives a good first impression. It feels smooth, sturdy and usable. You’re not going to worry about breaking it. The bullet cord is tough and well secured to the bullet. The silicone sleeves are rigid and firm.
I do like the two sleeve shapes because they are unthreatening. If you’re looking for a present for your girlfriend this is going to be a winner. It’s not a huge veiny dildo, and it’s not a hi-tech gadget. It looks appealing, friendly and gentle. The girly colours are an added bonus.
What’s The Lava Made From?
It’s made from body-safe medical grade silicone, so that’s good news. Intimate Melody says all their toys are non-toxic and phthalate free.
I didn’t have any adverse reactions with either the sleeves or the bullet.
Fixing The Lava 3 in 1 Together
It arrived with the bullet attached to the handle, but unfortunately I’m not particularly techie, so I sat for a while and wondered what to do with the attachments. One brainwave later and I was looking at their website where there was a handy video tutorial. To remove the bullet you twist the handle where it joins the silver parts. Simple.
I encountered a problem fitting on the sleeves because I didn’t twist them around sufficiently enough to click it all together. I spend a day charging and recharging and getting annoyed only to finally twist it hard and hear the click. I literally thought I’d broken its neck, but it worked properly after that.
On a separate note, the instruction booklet and website is written by someone whose first language is not English. You can just about understand it, but the spelling and phrasing makes it seem unprofessional. This is a shame because the toy is much better than that.
Easy times. There’s a USB cable that plugs the Lava into your laptop. Once fully charged it last about an hour and a half. The cable is good and long so you can charge it in a drawer whilst you work on your computer without fear of disruption.
Roadtesting The Lava
- The controls
The Lava 3 in 1 is billed as having an ‘Easy to control interface’. I found it was OK. Just OK. The buttons require a hard press – not easy with lube everywhere and the ‘downscale’ button in the middle is hard to use. I ended up whizzing through the vibes setting inside of reversing back one.
To turn it on you have to press and hold for 3 seconds. It’s the same to turn it off.
- The vibe
OK, the vibe on this vibrator is amazing. It literally blew my socks off like Mount Vesuvius harbouring a long time grudge.
I’d call this a neighbour-terrifying, ceiling-damaging orgasm guaranteer. Road-work jackhammers have nothing on the strength of this vibe. It’s so strong some of the faster vibes hurt a bit. I was impressed by this because some more expensive famous brands don’t have power like the Lava 3 in 1.
There are 7 settings which I tested extensively and then a bit more to be certain it worked properly.
- A simple continuous gentle buzz
- Another continuous buzz, but stronger
- The strongest continuous buzz
- A fast pulse that increases in speed (my favourite)
- A pulse with two short and then one long buzz
- A fast hard pulse buzz
- A three step strong buzz. The final buzz lasts longer and it has a faster tempo than setting 5
- The Bullet
The vibe is so powerful that the bullet attachment vibrated itself off my desk and scared my cat. It’s a good ergonomic shape and great for anal play, especially if you like strong vibrations there.
- The sleeves
Good news that the vibe remains powerful when the sleeves are in place too! Some vibes lose their power once the attachment are on, but not the Lava 3 in 1. It’ll vibrate your teeth loose.
It’s Getting Hot In Here
Except it’s not really.
It’s called the Lava with ‘Advanced imitated human body heat function technology’ so I was expecting something hot. I was a bit disappointed that the Lava only gets to body temperature, and I’d put a bet on it not getting there either.
It does heat up where the sleeve meets the handle – if you squeeze you can feel warmth. This doesn’t reach the tip though. It is warmer than a standard dildo from the bedside drawer though and it doesn’t take too long to reach its warmish temperature.
For a creature of heat like me, I would have preferred something much hotter, so I’ve renamed it the 3 in 1 Tepid.
A Comfortable Ride
I can’t fault the Lava for comfort. It’s a medium size 5.5 inch dildo and that is just about right. The two sleeves are ergonomically shaped to perfection. The purple sleeve has the bulbous head, and the pink one has two ridges – one of which is a great G spot tickler. It protrudes enough to feel, but not so much it ends up hurting.
Cleaning the Lava is pretty straight-forward.
The bullet was a bit tricky though because I like my stuff REALLY clean and there’s a grove around the bullet’s centre part. This required judicious use of an old toothbrush. Lube also gets into the section between the handle and the sleeve, and also into the ‘Intimate Melody’ slogan printed on the sleeves. It’s not too much of a problem because it can be wiped away, but it does require some effort.
But Is It Wet And Wild? Err. Apologies.
Intimate Melody say the toy is waterproof, but I didn’t test it in the shower. I was too scared.
The control looks delicate and the internal parts look like a plug. Getting electrocuted in the shower is not on my ‘to do’ list. I did however hold it under the tap for a minute, with the pink sleeve attached, and it still works.
Sorry guys. I will man-up one day.
The 3 in 1 Lava Pros
- The Lava is excellent for vibrations. The settings are varied and powerful.
- I love the sleeve shapes and the bullet is cute, shiny and even more powerful in use than the sleeves are.
- It looks good, the colours are exciting, and the white and silver give it a touch of class.
The 3 in 1 Lava Cons
- If you need to collect up the lint, cat hair or fluff in your house; simply leave the Lava out for a few hours. It will collect every piece of fluff imaginable. However, in my experience this is true of most silicone toys.
- The controls are clunky, but they work. I think I’m too used to touch-screen tapping on the iPad.
- The heating function was a disappointment to me. I was expecting something hot and this was warmish. Temperature play addicts won’t be impressed with the heating function. You will get more warmth buying an Adam 02 and submerging him in boiling water for 5 minutes.
- It was also noisier than a text notification at a funeral, but I’m not surprised given the power it puts out.
3 in 1 Lava Review Conclusions
Overall I’d say this is a worthy purchase for the girl or boy that wants strong vibrations. I’m thinking of renting mine to the local council so they can dig up the road with ease.
The settings are excellent and well thought out, particularly the 3 step pulse, but if you are looking for heat, then this isn’t for you. It doesn’t get hot, just almost tepid.
The quality is good. I bashed mine around a bit to see if it was sturdy and I’m pleased to say is still works, there are no dents in the silicone and the bullet remained in one piece.
Would I recommend this vibrator? Yes, but it depends on what you need from your sex toy. I lava it a lot for its vibrations, but I don’t lava it for the heating function.