Feb 212011

[Update: LELO has updated the Mia since this review. Read my review of the Mia 2.]

LELO is a sex toy company that listens to people. When consumers loved their uniquely-shaped Gigi, they invented a dildo version named Ella (which, by the way, changed my life). With the success of their rechargeable cock ring, Bo, they came out with an updated version called Tor. And now, the adorable USB-rechargeable Mia has been overhauled — and, I must say, greatly improved.

I was forgiving to the original Mia. I blamed my clit for not responding enough to Mia’s vibrations. Hey, it was 2008 and I hadn’t quite perfected my snarky attitude (and high standards) yet. The truth was, Mia was just not strong enough. I never used it. It went into a drawer, never to be seen or used again.

Until this email.

LELO will be launching a new version of the MIA in mid-February. We’ve reworked some of the old MIA’s issues, including giving it more power. I remember this was one of your complaints — so would you like to give this version a try and see how it compares?

This is the kind of email sex toy reviewers love getting. It delightfully inflates our heads. I proceeded to ask the only important question — which colors does the new Mia come in? — and my LELO contact replied, “Sadly, no turquoise or lime green this time… I think the only new colour will be black.”

#1. What! A manufacturer who knows that I long for turquoise and lime green? I mean, I do make it painfully obvious, but still — I’m impressed.


Okay. So. What else is different, other than the new black Mia being totally sleek and sexy as hell? (Which, oh jeez, it really is. It’s so shiny and gorgeous.)

The new Mia is undeniably stronger. Yeah, man! This is not one of those it feels about the same but I’m gonna say it’s stronger because the company claims it is moments (which I would never pull on y’all, but some reviewers do). It really is stronger. But more importantly, the nature of the vibrations is different. The original Mia is extremely buzzy, very surface-level, and the vibrations feel like they’re not concentrated anywhere — like they’re frustratingly hidden somewhere inside the body of the toy.

The vibrations in the new Mia are much more rumbly, stronger1, and there’s no doubt about where they’re concentrated: in the tip, where they should be! If you compare the two Mias side-by-side, you can see with the naked eye that the old Mia stays stationary, while the new Mia vibrates rapidly back and forth. And, of course, on my clit, the new Mia can make me come much faster.

This pleases me greatly.

The new Mia is also quieter — much less buzzy and obnoxious-sounding — and it doesn’t emit a subtle high-pitched whine anymore, thank goodness! My ears and obsessive tendencies appreciate this.

A smaller change is that the new Mia’s cap has plastic guides in it, so that the cap can only be pushed over the USB jack a certain way, and it feels more secure when it’s in place. Mia is still not waterproof, though.

Other than that, the original Mia and new Mia are very much the same. Same design, same buttons, same three pulsation patterns (slow, medium, and fast). It can be locked for travel, and should last for 1.5 hours on a single charge (I have no reason to doubt this). Mia charges via USB port, and it can be plugged directly into it, which is just badass. Awesomely, if the toy’s battery is running low, the light will glow red as a warning. Mia comes with a USB extension cord, satin drawstring pouch, one year warranty, and 10 year quality guarantee.

Will this new Mia replace my other clitoral favorites, like the LELO Siri and the Eroscillator? No, not in 95% of situations. At home, surrounded by piles of sex toys, I would not choose Mia first. It still feels a bit too small on my clit, and it’s not as strong as the Siri. However, Mia is the best travel toy that I own, especially now that it has been revamped. And it remains the easiest toy to power up, ever. It’s made of plastic, so it doesn’t attract dust and lint…

…and holy fuck, it’s black.

Mia is a toy that I would truly be happy to recommend to a newbie. And I’m not just saying that — it really has everything that beginners generally want. It’s discreet, decently powerful, easy to use, and come on, it’s swanky. Newbies love the swank.

Get the LELO Mia at one of my fave shops:
SheVibe, LELOBabeland, Pleasure ChestCome As You Are (Canada), or Lovehoney (international).

  1. Although not as strong as, say, LELO’s Siri, but definitely acceptable. []
  • Jake Holden

    This is great, I’ve always loved the design of the original Mia but been put off by reports that it’s less strong than it should be. Lelo really do know what they’re doing when it comes to getting good press and doing ‘the right thing’ don’t they!

  • “Newbies love the swank.” Snirk.

    I’m really glad to hear it lost that stupid whining sound (and the pink coloring) and isn’t super buzzy anymore – like every other geek, I can’t resist the idea of a USB charging vibe. I wanted a Mia soso badly when I first saw it, but… with that whinewhinewhinewhine I would’ve wanted to snap it in half, just like my Liv.

    Now we just have to hope they decide to follow your tendencies further with the color and come out with a special Epiphora-edition in turquiose. Then I’d have one plugged in on every computer.

  • Bri

    I always avoided the Mia before due to the not so awesome reviews and my clit’s needs. Guess it’s time to give it another chance. I’m impressed with how much LELO listened to feedback!

  • Navigator

    This makes me ridiculously happy. Lelo has always been one of my favorite toy companies, and the fact that they listen to what their customers want and adapt when necessary (something that should be commonplace but isn’t) just really impresses me. Also, I heartily second the MOTHERFUCKING BLACK sentiment. (Pink and Dark Pink were the other reasons I never got one of these.) Looks like my Luna Balls might get a roommate. 😀

  • Delta O.

    That’s pretty rad, a sex-toy-fail with a happy ending! Lelo deserves some props for absorbing all the feedback about the little Mia.

    I made the mistake of snatching one (the original Mia) up on Amazon after listening to ONE podcast review that claimed the Mia was “just as strong as ANY of the bullet vibes” she had ever used. : ( Only to find quite the opposite once it was pressed on my OWN clit. I was new at sex toy shopping though, and didn’t know to check out at least a couple reviews on something like a luxury vibe, first.

    And…the black! OH the shiny patent-leather-mother-fucking black! Swoon.

  • Delilah

    I love lelo toys and I have always wanted a Mia but the pink and reviews of buzzy not so strong vibrations put me off. So glad they have updated this!

    “newbies love swank” is soooooo very true! My first toy was a Lelo Nea because it was A) swanky, B) cute and C) not intimidating.

  • Sarah Marlatt

    I want the Mia so bad. I can’t believe they have it available in black now. Awesome!



    I totally meant to say, given that I went out and bought the old Mia anyway, weak, buzzy vibes and all, because of the geek factor, there is no way I’ll be able to resist the stronger, sexy black version.

    Though I totally second the idea of a special-Epi-edition turquoise Mia2. That would rock.

  • Ooh, yay for sexy black! I’m definitely going to have to invest in a Mia as my travel vibe. *grin*

  • This is awesome!

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  • Danielle

    I bought Mia 2 years ago–and, after all that time, it finally stopped working (during a rather unfortunate moment). I’d loved my first Mia, so I re-purchased it. Although I bought pink (which was the same as my first), the caps were different. The new one had the USB holding ridges, while my old one didn’t.

    I also noticed a difference in power. Wow! I was very happy with the original Mia, but I’m even happier with this new one.

    I’m glad you got to enjoy Mia, this time–since the old one wasn’t quite enough for you. Excellent review, as always! I don’t get to comment much on your reviews … time isn’t on my side lately, but I do enjoy reading them.

    And I agree, Black Mia is awesome! I’m wishing I bought the black instead of pink, haha. Oh well, when this new one dies out … in 2+ years, I’ll buy the black … or whatever new colour they have (especially if they get a green one!)

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  • Asseroo

    Lelo toys are awesome!

  • Is this different than the “Mia 2” they just released, or the same?

  • Different. This one was not really publicized much.

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