LELO SONA cruise in original box

The recent buzz within the sex toy world has been for touch free orgasms. Most of us have heard of Womanizer or Satisfyer or have extoled the virtues of these clever little devices ourselves. When LELO contacted me to ask if I would review their latest release, The SONA Cruise Clitoral massager I was very excited. Knowing nothing more than it was a clitoral stimulator I expected a vibrator.

LELO have tapped into the touch free orgasm wave with their own offering. The SONA cruise differs from existing products in that it utilises sonic waves to create a massaging sensation. Compared to say the Womanizer or Satisfyers which create a sucking sensation. When writing this review I’ve tried to make it more of a SONA comparison. More like SONA vs Womanizer, or SONA vs Satisfyer.

Comparisons

In appearance, the SONA Cruise looks very high end, packaged in the familiar black LELO box. The presentation is simple and understated, allowing the product to speak for itself. Opening the box, the SONA Cruise is made of super soft silicone and ABS. This makes it body safe and incredibly easy to clean.

My SONA Cruise is pale pink in colour, which is great as that’s what I would have selected. However, LELO offer a range of three colours, black, pale pink and cerise. It would have been nice to see one less pink in that selection and maybe a blue or green. I know some people really don’t like pink sex toys.

Curvy Shape

The LELO SONA Cruise Clitoral Massager has a similar basic shape to some of the Womanizer models in that it has a rounded body leading to a nozzle. However, the SONA feels curvier and sits comfortably in my hand. The reverse side of the SONA Cruise has a shiny ABS panel stamped with the brand name.

The controls sit on the base of the inside of the body of the SONA. These consist of three buttons a + a – and a mode button. The body of the LELO SONA has an outward curve making it easy to handle during use, it’s almost ergonomic.

Charging and Controls

The LELO SONA Cruise Clitoral Massager is USB rechargeable and comes complete with a charging cable. LELO recommend a full charge before use. A full charge takes about 2 hours and gives an hour of use.

Once charged I was so keen to see what the LELO SONA would feel like on my clit. Switching the SONA on is easy, just press and hold the plus button and the unit bursts into life. The LELO SONA boasts 8 settings. These can be scrolled though using the centre button. Once you find a setting you enjoy you can adjust the intensity using the +/- buttons to meet your needs.

The 8 settings vary through extreme pulse patterns to gentle waving ones. Setting 4, 5 and 6 were by far my favourites and I found myself defaulting to them every time I used the LELO SONA. I found it advisable to apply a little water based lube to my clit before using the SONA as this helped the nozzle create a seal.

Serious Intensity

So, what is the LELO SONA like in use? The first thing to note is if you’re used to a Womanizer or Satisfyer the SONA is not the same. It is much more intense. Where the air pulse is like sucking the sonic waves feel more like a movement. LELO say the sonic waves reach the entire clitoris and I have no problem believing this. When I first switched the LELO SONA on belied by my experiences with the Womanizer I whacked the SONA up high. Big mistake. The intensity was crazy and far too much for my clit straight off.

After removing the SONA and letting my clit calm down I tried again. This time setting the intensity at the lowest and picking the gentle waving fourth setting. This felt amazing. The sensation seems to come from inside you. Instead of being focused singularly on my clit the pleasure waves out across my whole pelvic region and deep inside me. I found my body quivering in time with the waves of the LELO SONA. I almost felt as though I was no longer in control. It’s quite an experience the first time.

Building Pleasure

Whereas with the Womanizer the sensation feels as though it is centred in the tip of my clitoris the SONA radiates through my body. I was expecting a quick result, as with all my air pulse style toys the sensation is 0-50 in 2 minutes. The LELO SONA is a much slower building climax.

It feels almost as if the pleasure waves in and out with the sonic waves of the SONA and I can actually feel the slight pull on my clit as the sensation feels like it’s ebbing away. It’s very surreal and the pleasure is extremely intense.

Shaking

To give you some idea of the intensity level during my first orgasm with the LELO SONA I never managed to get off the bottom level of intensity. The waves just built and built until I was a shaking mess and could take no more and then it hit me. The orgasm itself was deep and long lasting and left me feeling quite emotional afterwards.

With the Womanizer or Satisfyer, I often play for a long time, due to the fast pay off nature of the device I can use it to get multiple orgasms. With the LELO SONA I found my second orgasm came faster than my first, which is the opposite of with the Womanizer.  For my second orgasm, I could turn the intensity up more. My clit had adjusted to the sensation of the sonic waves and I could tolerate it better. In the build to my second orgasm I was able to enjoy the experience more fully as I knew what to expect. Using the LELO SONA is a hell of a ride.

Start Slow

The intensity of the LELO SONA is such that I don’t think the more staccato patterns of sonic waves will ever be any good for my clit. They’re far too severe and the intensity is too much. If you have a very sensitive clit be very aware about trying the higher levels of intensity on the LELO SONA. I tried the very top setting of the most stuttering setting and it was so intense I had to stop straight away.

My advice is start low and slow and build. If you do this you give your body a chance to enjoy the massaging waves created by the LELO SONA. As your clit adjusts so you can increase the level. I found using the LELO SONA addictive. But I did find my first experience with it a learning curve. So, please take some time to learn the settings and device before bouncing into nestling it over your clit and expecting it to perform.

Cruise Control

The other major difference I noticed was in what LELO call the “cruise control” function of the SONA. Often with air pulse devices such as the Womanizer you can lose power if you hold them tightly to your body. I notice this especially as I approach orgasm. Some of my Satisfyers stall where I press them against myself so hard. The LELO SONA’s cruise control means you lose no power no matter how hard you press it against yourself. At no point during any of my rather drawn out play sessions did the SONA’s power drop or the pattern interrupt. This can be so jarring during play so I’m really excited by this feature.

In comparison with the Womanizer I felt the LELO SONA gave an altogether longer more elaborate experience leading to a very deep and fulfilling orgasm. It’s worth noting I never needed more than 2 SONA orgasms to find myself a shaking mess, I was totally sated. Sometimes I can push for 4 out of the Womanizer to feel the same level of fulfilment. It’s just a different depth of orgasm.

The Nozzle

The nozzle of the LELO SONA is integrated into the body, meaning unlike with the Womanizer you can’t remove it to clean it. However, the inside of the nozzle is one complete piece so it’s very easy to use a cotton bud to ensure total cleaning. Because the SONA is waterproof there is no issue with submerging the device. The edges of the nozzle are a good thickness of soft silicone. This is super important as if the nozzle walls are thin they can become uncomfortable when held against you. I’m firmly sold on the power of sonic waves for clitoral stimulation, it’s such an addictive feeling.

At the moment LELO have a special introductory price for the SONA of $99 instead of the usual $179.

Thank you to the great people at LELO for sending me the LELO SONA cruise to review. I was sent this item free of charge in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

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