Lelo has certainly been featured on this site before, and as we have always noted, they are considered a reliable luxury brand for women’s sex toys for some very good reasons! It makes sense why I was so excited when I heard that they were sending me their high-tech version of the benoit balls, the Hula Beads. At first glance, I thought I was looking at an anal toy, but after a little bit of investigation, I realized that this is in fact something that should only be inserted vaginally.
I’ve spent a good while playing with my new toy, so without further ado, check out what I’ve discovered!
Discreet Packaging for the Win
Lelo goes out of its way to make sure that its customers have all the privacy that they wish, and it shows in their packaging. The Hula Beads arrived at my door in this discreet UPS flyer package, and when I checked the return address, there was nothing to suggest that I was getting a sex toy. Well done there!
Opening the flyer revealed a cardboard box sealed with packaging tape. The tape informed me that if the seal was broken, I should verify the contents. That, along with the bright orange label stating that I was getting Hula Beads, means that this second layer is a bit less discreet, so be wary when you open the plastic packaging.
Finally, we’re to the good parts, and after removing a foam wrapper, there’s Lelo’s signature classy packaging. A cardboard box is opened to reveal a nicer, sturdier cardboard box inside, and in the foam lining, we’ve struck gold, or in this case, black and chrome.
Insertable Toy, Charger, 2 AA batteries, Key, Bag, Instructions, Toy Lubricant
Lelo really earned its luxury branding when I figured out exactly what the Hulu Beads come with. In the first place, you’ve got the insertable toy itself and the controller, which I get to below, and you also get the 2 AAA batteries that the toy itself comes with. That already saved me a run to the drug store, so major thumbs-up there.
As with every Lelo toy I’ve bought or tested, there is a packet of toy lubricant, called personal moisturizer, and a bag to store the whole lot in once it is out of the box. As always, there are some very thorough instructions, and even some handy illustrations this time around.
First Impressions: What a Cute Toy, and My, It Feels Nice!
When I got a good look at the toy itself, I liked the look of it. I’ve used benoit balls before, and though they’re fun, there’s not much to them. This is obviously a toy designed with the vagina in mind, and I noticed that there was a little tilt to the rounded heat, which is where it should rotate against the G-spot quite nicely.
I quickly got the toy plugged in and sat down to read the instructions and to figure out the controller.
The controller consists of a black body and a chrome cover. Once you pop the batteries in, the cover settles over it, and you insert the edge of the key into the notch in the cover and turn the cover less than a centimeter to the right, locking the cover on.
Reading over the instructions, I discovered to my delight that this toy is completely water-proof, which means both shower fun and easy washing up. I also learned that it requires a water-based lubricant. I appreciate the lubricant that is sent along, but as with most toys, I prefer to default to Liquid Silk.
When the toy is charging, there is a white button flashing on the rounded part below the rotating head, and once the white button simply shines steadily, you’re good to go. I will say that the instructions told me to charge it for two hours, but it charged fully in less time.
The Learning Curve: Really, Read the Instructions
Now let me be up front. Hula Beads are not hard to use. At all. They are in fact ridiculously simple.
However, they are more sophisticated than your average sex toy, and that means that you need to pay attention. Before I got started, I fiddled with the controls and figured out what they do and how they work. It took me a little bit before I was really comfortable. There are three modes to get into, and they all have different strengths.
For those who want the quick and dirty usage instructions, first, turn on both the controller and the insertable. Hit the button marked () once on the controller, and the power button on the insertable once. At that point, you should be ready to go in Mode 1. Hitting the () button again takes you to Mode 2, and hitting the () button again after that takes you to Mode 3.
The controller vibrates in in tandem with what the insertable is doing. If you are holding the controller and using it on someone else, this gives you a good idea of what they are feeling. If you want to disable the feedback vibration, just hold down the () button for five seconds.
To turn off the toy, hold down the power button on the insertable for 3 seconds, and the () on the controller for 3 seconds.
I actually had the toy inserted before I figured out the finer points, and it might have gone faster if I’d been more diligent about testing it out!
Insertion’s a Breeze if You’ve Used a Tampon
The instructions actually tell you to insert the toy as you would a tampon, and that’s pretty convenient. For me, given the fact that I have relatively full labia and a narrow vagina, that means putting one foot up on the chair and inserting the toy so that its head is pointed towards the base of my spine.
A little bit of water-based lubricant on the head made this a lot easier than it would go without, so do be liberal with the lubricant.
Once in, I found this toy very comfortable. I had to push it in rather firmly to make sure that it was in all the way, but once inserted, it did not make me sore and I did not feel like it wanted to slide out. The string did not get in the way at all, and walking, lying down on my back and my stomach, and bending over were not problems at all. Sitting down takes a bit of care, but can also be accomplished successfully.
Now that it was in, it was time to play with the controller!
Mode 1: Tilt to Increase and Decrease the Vibrations
Mode 1 and Mode 2 are definitely the ones to play with with a partner.
In Mode 1, holding the controller horizontally will keep the rotation of the head and the vibration of the toy at a very low but still discernable buzz. Holding the controller vertically will bring the toy to a spot just shy of its maximum vibrations.
I experimented with this, and it was a lot of fun playing with how finely you could control the vibrations this way. This is far and away superior to other toys which have almost had audible clicks as you change the frequency, and the action is nicely consistent compared to other remote controlled devices.
Mode 2: Shake to Create Vibrations
Another click of the () takes you to Mode 2, where shaking the controller itself will lead an intensity of the vibrations. This is an interesting feature, and it is one I think has a lot to do with getting your partner involved. This puts the vibration that you are experiencing totally (and literally!) into their hands, and that’s a fun power trip!
I found that you got the most intense vibration with a very sharp, quick shake. I held between my thumb and forefinger and just shook from the wrist, rather than the elbow.
Once again, the Hula Beads proved themselves to be very responsive, and it was a lot of fun to shake the controller and vary what the vibration was doing.
Mode 3: Six Vibration Styles to Choose From!
In Mode 3, we’re into what I would think is the best option for solo play. Like every Lelo toy I’ve gotten to test, the motion and vibration is powerful and steady, and these toys are designed very much for solo pleasure. While there’s nothing saying that you can’t use this mode with your partner, these are the ones that you can easily have some fun with on your own.
If you do decide to use this on someone else with the controller in your hand, it’s worth leaving the vibrating feedback on. The vibrations on the controller mimic the vibrations going on in the insertable, and you will always know what the person wearing the insertable part is feeling.
At this point, it’s worth pointing out that while these vibration styles can be accessed on the controller, you can also access them by pressing the power button on the insertable itself. There are six different modes to choose from, and though I’m pretty sure that everyone is going to have their favorite, it’s worth learning about all six of them. So, taking them one at a time, check out what’s available! All of them have the same rotation on the head; the only thing that changes is the vibration.
Vibration Style 1: Steady
This is the basic garden-variety vibrator buzz, but with Lelo’s use of rechargeable technology, remember that you are getting a lot of power! This is steady vibration is perfect if you are someone who needs something very regular to get you off.
Vibration Style 2: Pulsing
These vibrations pulse off and on, going right from a low buzz to a strong buzz. I like this less well than Vibration Style 1, but it does come in a close second.
Vibration Style 3: Short, Rapid Pulses
The short rapid pulses for Vibration Style 3 are maybe twice as quick as the pulses for Vibration Style 2. I ended up liking this one a lot less, and probably won’t be using it.
Vibration Style 4: Escalating
Think about this vibration style like an escalator to no where. The vibrations ramp up and then abruptly stop cold before starting up again. This is too abrupt for me, but I know there are other women who would love it.
Vibration Style 5: Increasing and Decreasing
Think about this Vibration Style as getting on an up escalator and then getting right on a down escalator. This style is one I like a lot better than Vibration Style 4, and I could see using it for a long time just to ride out the sensations. I don’t think I would orgasm from this one, but it would be a really nice work up to something I could orgasm from.
Vibration Style 6: Random
The random setting throws pulses all over the place, and I’m just not a fan. Maybe this would be handy for a teasing game, but I couldn’t orgasm with it, and it’s my least favorite. I’d give this one a pass.
Hula Beads as the Best Bullet Toy Ever
You can use the Hula Beads as an insertable, but you can also use the toy as an amazingly powerful bullet. The smooth shape and the powerful vibrations make it a perfect clitoral toy, and it makes for a truly intense orgasm.
This is perhaps an unintended feature for this toy, but it is entirely one that is worth exploring!
Noisy If You’re Not Careful
One of the reasons why I like remote control toys is that they’re fun just to wear and play with as you walk around. Because of that, noise is a factor, and I was curious about how Hula Beads would measure up.
First, if you are going out, be absolutely certain that you take the controller off of the vibrate mode by pressing the () button down for five seconds. The vibrations make the controller extremely loud!
If the insertable part of the toy is actually not inside you, the rotation of the head can make quite a clatter! Make sure that the toy is inserted before you actually begin to play. These are all things that you want to keep in mind if you are going out for some quiet kinky fun!
Cleaning Up Is Quick and Easy
A quick spritz of toy cleanser or a rinse with soap and water will take care of this toy for you. The instructions assure me that we do not need to worry about getting the charging port wet at all, and the suede finish comes clean in a very short amount of time. Total win overall.
Easy to Use, No Strain On Wrists or Hands
Once this toy is in, it is very, very comfortable to use, both genitally and otherwise. Unlike other toys or vibrators, it does not have to be held in place, and though you need to be able to jab the buttons with a fair amount of control, it is very easy to get this toy to do what it needs to do.
I would not hesitate to recommend this toy to anyone who had mild joint or hand issues; it comes away as one of the best toys for people who are dealing with those problems.
Quick Warning: No Anal Insertion!
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, I thought I was looking at a toy for anal play, and though I quickly realized I was wrong, it’s worth repeating. Do not insert this toy into the anus. There is no flared base that will lock it to the muscles of the sphincter. There are other vibrating toys that are designed for anal play, so make sure that this one is vaginal only!
Excellent Vibration, Innovative Design, Creative Modes and An All Around Good Time!
This is a fairly specialized toy, and it does the thing that is designed to do very well. The rotating head hits the G-spot efficiently, and it is a very comfortable toy to use. When used as a clitoral stimulator, it does quite well at that as well.
The vibrations are powerful and the remote control is effective up to the 12 recommended feet. I believe it is effective beyond that too.
This is absolutely a toy I would recommend, and though it is not as much of a versatile toy as say, a rabbit vibrator or a magic wand, it definitely does what Lelo promises!