Minna Limon Review

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~
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I am a sucker for toys designed for couples.  Of course toys designed for solo use are fabulous, but when I see toys designed for couples specifically I have to drop what I’m doing and read about them.  There are so many toys designed for couples that are done wrong, which is why I was so disappointed in We-Vibe 3, and in love with We-Vibe 4.  When I find a toy designed for couples that actually works, I get really, really excited.  And the Minna Limon has me pretty darn excited.

A little bit about it: The Minna Limon is a silicone, waterproof, rechargeable vibrator that is billed as a couple’s vibe.  It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and powerful at the same time.  Its main draw is the interactive “squeezable interface,” which allows you to control the strength of the vibrations with pressure.  The harder you squeeze, the stronger the vibrations.  If you want to use a pattern, you can use the record setting and squeeze the Limon in whatever pattern you prefer.  Switch to the lock setting and the pattern is locked and and repeats over and over.

What I loved: As excited as I was to try it, I had a mild suspicion that I wasn’t going to like the Limon.  It was too adorable, too new, too technologically interesting to actually pan out for me.  I was totally wrong.  I love the Limon.

limon2First off, there’s that squeezable interface.  I’ve never had a toy that you could control in that way, making the vibration and pattern settings nearly infinite.  It’s a fully customizable vibrator!  You can make the vibrations so gentle you can barely feel it, or strong and rumbly.  I may be a little irrationally in love with this feature.

Let’s talk vibration strength specifically.  Like I said, the range of the strength is pretty broad and mostly concentrated in the hard nub on the end, but can be felt to a slightly less degree all over the vibrator.  If you have issues with vibrations on your hands, this is something you want to be aware of.  On it’s highest level, the vibrations are a mid 4 out of 5.  I pulled out several other clitoral toys to try to find something to compare it to, but it was more rumbly than even the Salsa.  All my rumbly clitoral toys were buzzy by comparison, so I really have nothing to compare it to.  It’s a good problem to have.

The silicone of the Limon is not the glossy silicone that has a lot of drag, but the silky silicone that glides across your fingers.  It’s very close to the material of the We-Vibe 4.  In short, it’s fabulous.  I wish all clitoral silicone toys were made out of this type of silicone.  At the risk of sounding cliche, the material just feels delicious.

I was really concerned about how well the shape would work during sex, since it’s so round and only two sides of the vibrator are soft, not the whole thing.  However, in cowgirl position (woman on top), it fits very snugly and comfortably.  It doesn’t get in the way, and doesn’t grind against Husband’s pubic bone, which is a problem he’s had with in the past with other toys in this position.  Missionary is a different story, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

The last thing I want to touch on in this section is the battery indicator light.  When you turn it on, the Limon will flash three times for a full or near full charge, two for some charge, and one for low charge.  For anyone that ever had a toy die on them right after they start, this is a fabulous feature.

What I didn’t: Even though I loved the Limon overall, there are a few things that bothered me.  First, the minor annoyance of USB chargers.  I really don’t like them, but more and more toy manufacturers are using  them.  I admit that some people love them, but I’m not one of them.  Charging via USB means I have to charge my toys in parts of the house that aren’t exactly private.  Having to arrange toy charging so I don’t have to answer questions is doable, but annoying.  Give me a wall charger any day that I can plug in discreetly where I choose.  It’s not a deal breaker, but a minor annoyance.

Next up in minor annoyance is having to use the valve on the bottom all the time.  The soft sides are filled with air, and when the Limon encounters changes in pressure, the sides can deflate.  They can be inflated by just pressing the tiny metal valve on the bottom.  With the constant changes in atmospheric pressure lately where I live, I find myself having to use the valve every single time I want to use the Limon.  The first time I used the valve, I noticed that I couldn’t get the Limon as full of air as it was when it first arrived.  I was able to fix this by just puffing some air into it when the valve is open.  Again, not a deal breaker, just a bit annoying, but at the same time I’m glad they gave a way to inflate the toy.

I said before that the Limon fits perfectly between us in the cowgirl position, but not the missionary position.  The problem is that though in this position the vibration helps Husband, the Limon just ends up grinding painfully into my pubic bone.

Finally, we come to my main issue with the toy.  You can’t just turn it on and let it go.  There are no presets.  Update: My fabulous contact at Minna alerted me to the fact that there is a steady pattern setting.  You can access it by putting it on the record setting, squeezing to your desired strength with one hand, and while still squeezing, hit the button again to lock in the steady vibration.

Final thought: With the really great, deep vibrations and interactive interface, the $119 price tag is going to be worth it to most people.  The exception would be those that can’t tolerate the feel of vibration on their fingers, and those that have problems with their hands that would not allow them to squeeze the sides of the Limon properly.  For everyone else, the Limon is an amazing customizable toy that I highly recommend.  I will be keeping it close by in my Most Used Toybox and look forward to what else Minna produces in the future.

Want your own?  Drop by Minna and grab one up!

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~


Comments

Minna Limon Review — 12 Comments

  1. I dislike the USB chargers too. It seems like they could spend an extra buck and include a wall plug to plug the charger into. I picked up a few at monoprice.com, where the quality is good and the prices are pretty reasonable (you can get them on ebay cheaper but I’m always concerned about safety if there’s no company standing behind them), and I use them interchangeably with the USB-charging toys. Not that you should have to purchase anything extra to charge a $100+ toy…

  2. AAAAH! I want this little cutie! I hesitated after reading so many bad reviews about it though. Now you’re making me have second thoughts! Should I try it? It sounds so wonderful. Seems to be something I will enjoy…I think… erg… struggle struggle…

    • It’s hard to say. I’m usually the one hating vibrators that other people loved (*cough* We-Vibe 3 *cough*). There is something about this one that I just can’t get over. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      If you’re unsure, try to find a reviewer that seems to have similar attitudes toward certain toys that you do? That might give you a better idea. That’s what I did when I got the Mona 2. I wasn’t sure of it, but another blogger that seems to have similar tastes raved about it.

      Let me be clear: we’re not talking Magic Wand here. It’s closer to the Touch, I think. The depth of the vibrations make up for it not being earth shaking, but at the same time it is pretty strong.

  3. I’m a bit skeptical about how this would work for my body, but I must admit it sounds tempting.
    Glad you enjoy it so much. The fact that you put up with having to refill it with air is the highest praise I’ve heard so far 🙂

    • It’s really a nice toy, but I should add that even though the nub concentrates the vibrations *some*, it’s really more of a broad stimulation toy. I like broad and pinpoint, so I didn’t catch the problem other people had been having until Beck pointed it out to me.

  4. We’ve been using the exotic California (with a wire to the remote) for years, and have had to replace, replace, replace. Tired of it not working when we want it to, I think we’re ready to up the pricetag and invest! I think you’re like me and need a high setting to really get a good climax, and I’m wondering if you can compare your assessment of the 4 out 5 rating for strength to the highest setting on the run of the mill bullet. As well, I’m confused as to how the Limon stays in place? Would the we-vibe 4 be a better investment and have the vibration strength I’m after?

    • Hello, JB! The issue with bullet vibrators is that they have very buzzy vibrations, while (most) of the higher priced vibrators have more deep, rumbly vibrations.

      The Limon stays in place for us just because of the friction of our pubic bones together, especially in the cowgirl position. But it may or may not work that way for everyone. You may have to use your fingers to hold it.

  5. I am wondering about all the annoyances with USB charging toys – can’t you just use a USB charger? Most people already have them for their phones, and most of them are basically a plug for the wall socket, and a seperate USB-to-mini USB cable, which can be replaced by a USB-to-anythingIneed cable. Couldn’t you just use such a charger and voila, your USB toy can be charged in the wall socket?
    I am not very experienced with toys (hence me being here :P) so I do not know if there are issues with voltages and stuff, but it seems an easy fix

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