Once upon a time, sex toys came in one shape: phallis. From long, texturized vibrators to actual penis-shaped dildos, sex toys didn't come in very many shapes—and they certainly weren't very discreet.
These days? Vibrators and dildos have upped their design game tenfold, veering away from the overdone penile profile and leaning more into more thoughtful and creative designs. Today, you can find toys in just about any shape, color, texture, style, length, and girth. There are sex toys so luxe, you won't want to hide them away in your bedside table. Others are so inconspicuous that, at first glance, you wouldn't even know they were sex toys. There are sex toys shaped as birds, plants, vegetables, household items, even emojis.
Now, we add "mollusks" to the list of things sex toys can come shaped in. True to its name, the SnailVibe ($160) is shaped like a snail, complete with a slug-like "body" and swirly "shell." Of all the members of the animal kingdom, I wouldn't peg snails as the sexiest animal—but this purple vibrator had me thinking twice, all thanks to its dual-action G-spot/clitoris stimulation.
The SnailVibe: An honest review
Unboxing this new toy, I immediately got the impression that this is not your average vibrator. Snail-shape aside, it's a little bit more elaborate when compared to other toys I've tried: It's not a traditional dildo, which are designed for thrust and penetration, nor is it your run-of-the-mill clitoral stimulator, which are pretty self-explanatory. The design blends a little bit of both penetrative and clitoral stimulation, which is great for vulva owners—once they figure out how to use it.
Good news is, it comes with a handy dandy instruction booklet that explains everything. After flipping through that and watching an instructional video on Youtube, I discovered I was supposed to insert the vibrating shaft into my vagina. Using my finger, I could unfurl the "shell" as much or as a little as I liked, lengthening the G-spot stimulator to my liking. Regardless of depth, the vibrating "shell" would then sit against my clitoris and vulva, which I could control entirely using the other "shell" at the opposite end.
Sounds complicated? At first, it kinda was... it's a large toy with a lot going on, so adjusting it and figuring out how to control it properly was a learning curve. But once I finally did, I started to get really into it. TBH, it didn't feel like anything I had ever had felt before (and I've tried a lot of sex toys). Between the penetrative shaft vibrating against my G-spot combined with the rumbling of the shell, and I was sent into sensory overload in the best way possible.
Here's what I love about the SnailVibe—it makes you, and your orgasms, feel full. Few dual-action stimulators I've tried have successfully blended the G-spot and clitoral stimulation as seamlessly as this toy. Since it targets multiple erogenous zones so powerfully, it gives you those full-body orgasms that leave you feeling like a melted puddle.
I will say it is a lot of vibrator for a vulva-owner. Both motors in the shaft and the "shell" are no joke, and while you can control their speeds and patterns, it's definitely stronger than, say, your classic clit sucker or wand.
It's also a little clumsy. Like I mentioned before, this isn't your typical "point and shoot" vibrator—it takes some maneuvering to figure out. It took me a few times to really get the hang of it (aka, not fumbling with the spiral control center so that it completely fell out of me) and experimenting with some different shaft lengths, vibration modes, and lubricants to determine what I *really* liked. Don't let the size intimidate you—play around with the different features and accessories to achieve your best O.
If orgasms come at a snails pace (see what we did there?), the SnailVibe might be the answer.
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