This Bluetooth-Enabled Sex Toy Might Be 2019’s Best
Lovense Lush 2 Review
For thousands of years, sex has been about touch. If two people aren’t touching each other, can anything that happens between them really be considered sex?
However, thanks to technologies like the internet, wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the 21st century has brought about a raft of sex toys that are muddying the waters a little bit. Our tech devices can talk to each other from across the globe, and naturally, our sex toys are trying to keep pace.
But among all the most high tech sex toys out there, perhaps none of them has been as big a hit as Lovense’s Lush 2 vibrator.
An unassuming little pink curl that looks more like an embodied cutesy punctuation mark than a source of orgasmic bliss, the Lush 2 took the spotlight with its usage in online cam shows.
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It wasn’t long before it began popping up in amateur porn (and then in mainstream porn, too). It turns out a vibrator that can be controlled by someone other than the person who’s wearing it is powerful enough to deliver serious sexual pleasure, and quiet enough to be used in public, is a pretty compelling concept.
Sex toys, however, are somewhat infamous for conceptually outpacing their actual usability. Just because something can work in theory doesn’t mean it can work in practice, and unless the working is seamless and smooth, it doesn’t take long for arousal to fade while you’re trying to work out a glitch. So we decided to try it out.
Who Is the Lovense Lush 2 For?
Best for: Straight or lesbian couples who are in long-distance relationships, exhibitionists or people who are into public sex play, couples in Dom/sub relationships, couples with cam shows or amateur porn stars.
While you could technically use the Lush 2 in an anus, it’s an internal vibrator intended to be used for vaginas, meaning this sex toy isn’t much for gay guys.
That being said, if you have a vagina and/or you’re sleeping with someone who has one, the Lush 2 has a lot of love to give.
What Exactly Is the Lovense Lush 2?
The Lush 2 is one of Lovense’s many internet-connected sex toys, and likely its most successful to date.
It’s an internal vibrator designed to stimulate the G-spot, while its signature pink tail dangles out of the user’s labia. Its on/off and control buttons are at the tip of the tail, and it’s through the tail that the Lush 2 communicates with other devices.
It’s waterproof, USB-rechargeable, made from body-safe materials, and the Lovense website boasts that it’s good for up to three hours of continuous use.
Its powerful motor makes it a fun toy by itself, but what really makes it special is what’s in that tail — the connection to the internet, along with Lovense’s app functionality, which lets other people control the toy — whether someone the user knows, or someone they don’t.
There aren’t any additional gadgets in the box, and you pair the toy to your phone (or your partner’s) by downloading the app, signing up and being within range, rather than entering a specific code.
For all the toy’s relative simplicity, the Lush 2’s app is relatively tricked out, and once the two are paired, you can explore all the functionalities at your disposal.
Close Range mode has the following options: Alarm (wake your partner up with a jolt!), Music (pair the vibrations to the beat of your favorite song), Remote (control the intensity of the vibrations on your phone), My Patterns (create personalized vibration patterns), and Sound (sound-activated vibrations).
Long Distance mode, meanwhile, allows you to add, request or block other users, as well as chat with them within the app. You can also create unique ‘control’ links that allow them to control the toy for different lengths of time (from just a second to a full hour), and Patterns mode offers you a sampling of vibration patterns other users have created.
Why We Love the Lovense Lush 2
The Lovense Lush 2 is a really fun toy for all kinds of different couples, as well as people who are interested in letting other people have a measure of control over their sexual pleasure.
It’s perfect for public play
While its powerful yet quiet motor makes it perfect for secretly pleasuring a partner in public, any audible moaning on the wearer’s part may give the game away. You might not want to try it in a library, but at a busy bar, a concert or a party, no one will have a clue what you’re doing.
It’s ideal for Dom/sub couples
Do you and your significant other have a bit of a kinky power-play situation going on? You can turn the intensity of it up by exploring the Lush 2’s basic functionalities. One partner using their phone to control the other partner’s pleasure from near or far, whether in public or in private, can be extremely hot.
It’s great over long distances
Good news for people in long-distance relationships, people with far-away crushes and people who want strangers to be able to control their pleasure: The Long Distance function means you can let anyone in the world control the toy remotely by sending them a secret link. There’s only about a one-second lag between the adjustments made in the app and the toy’s vibrations, which means it’s basically in real time.
It’s great for cammers
If you and your partner want to make some money using your webcam to get sexual with strangers, having a Lush 2 seems like a no-brainer. Being able to send users control links means you can charge them for the ability to play with the toy’s intensity for a little bit. That kind of real-time control over a stranger’s vibrator half the world away is unrivalled.
The app is chock-full of functionalities
The toy itself might be pretty straightforward, but the app is clearly the product of a lot of work, too. It’s got a unique and cohesive look, and options like waking your partner up with vibrations or timing the vibrations to a sexy song take the concept from good to great.
The Drawbacks of the Lovense Lush 2
Many strong points aside, the Lush 2 isn’t quite perfect. For starters, Long Distance mode is a lot less flexible than Close Range mode — rather than being able to loop patterns, you’re left with a simple up-and-down slider to increase or decrease the intensity.
The lack of clitoral stimulation also means that the toy is really just a very high-tech internal vibrator. If you want a blended orgasm, you’ll have to bring something else to the table, whether oral, manual or a second toy.
As well, if you’re in a hetero relationship where the woman plays the dominant role (or in a relationship where neither of you has a vagina), the toy isn’t much use. Its core remote control functionality seems to work best for couples where a woman is submissive, regardless of her partner’s gender.
Finally, as Lovense is an internet-connected sex toy company, there’s the possibility that you could be vulnerable to a hack of their data. That’s not to say it’ll happen, but any company with data on you can be vulnerable to hacking, and considering the particularly sensitive nature of this data, that’s worth considering.
Where to Buy the Lovense Lush 2
You can get the Lush 2 from Lovense.com for $119.
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OhMiBod Club Vibe 3.OH Panties
If what really gets you going about the Lush 2 is the potential for teasing and pleasing your partner in public, another option is OhMiBod’s Club Vibe 3.OH remote control panties. Unlike Lovense’s version, the vibrator rests in a pocket at the front of the panties with no internal component.
Depending on the wearer’s preference for G-spot stimulation or clitoral stimulation (or whether vibrating panties feel mildly less scandalous than an internal vibrator when it comes to public play), it might be a no-brainer choice. If you’re into both, it’s worth considering that the Club Vibe’s reviews note that it’s not particularly quiet.
KIIROO Onyx2 & Pearl2 Set
For many people, long-distance sex is just mutual masturbation over phone or video chat. With the KIIROO’s Onyx2 and Pearl2 couples set, digitally linked toys help to imagine things in a totally different way.
If what turns you on about the Lush 2 is the ability to pleasure a partner from far away, KIIROO’s toys might not be a bad alternative. Comprised of a pairable stroker toy and internal vibrator, the set translates your thrusts to your partner’s toy and vice versa, so you can get the sensation of actual sexual back-and-forth rather than the unidirectional vibrations of the Lush 2.
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