Jul 062011

The world of luxury1 rabbit vibes is not an expansive one. Fun Factory has some with varying degrees of success; Cal Exotics is trying really hard with a bazillion styles in their Jopen line; once in a while some moron will release one with dubious “technology” in it. But generally, when someone wants a luxury toy, they think of LELO.

The LELO Soraya is sort-of like a mash-up between the LELO Ina and the LELO Isla, two vibrators which caused me immense pain and immense indifference, respectively. I am pleased to report that the Soraya does not cause me any pain, but… I do feel pretty indifferent toward it. Like, I’m mildly pleased with it, but that’s as far as I’ll go.

The Soraya is operated by three buttons on its (unnecessarily looped) handle: one for increasing strength, one for decreasing, and one for changing the vibration function. There are eight functions total; LELO can’t be arsed to describe any of them in their manual, so here are my boring-ass descriptions.

  • Steady vibrations in both the shaft and clit stimulator
  • Steady vibrations only in the shaft
  • Steady vibrations only in the clit stimulator
  • Pulse between the shaft and clit stimulator, back and forth
  • In sync pulse in both shaft and clit stimulator
  • Wave/pulse between the shaft and clit stimulator
  • Indescribable sort of constant vibration, but with something else pulsing around too
  • Steady vibration along with erratic pulses

The last two are the coolest. I enjoy the indescribable one. The erratic pulse one doesn’t provide enough clit stimulation for me. Patterns are fun, but I mostly use my Soraya on the first setting. The vibrations reach a decently strong level that gets me off just fine.

There’s a catch to the Soraya. To utilize the clit stimulator, I have to be turned on enough for my vag to suck up the entire length of the rigid shaft (5″). The shaft has to be fully inserted and angled just right before the clit arm will reach. This is not always something that happens easily.

Once the clit stimulator nestles against my clit, it does not apply much pressure. If you want pressure on your clit (A LOT OF IT), get the Ina, which clamps down on one’s clit like a newly-minted clothespin. Sometimes, though, I prefer the certainty and brute strength of the Ina’s clitoral arm over the Soraya’s, which is wimpy and weak by comparison (both in terms of pressure and in terms of vibration power).

Besides, simply not causing me discomfort does not make the Soraya awesome. You see, I am quite irritated by the shape of the Soraya’s shaft. It’s so boring and so stiff. It’s long. It does not come anywhere near my G-spot. It feels like a chunk of plastic. And often, the silicone starts dragging and requires more lube.

This is a far, far cry from the squishy shafts with rotating beads that make rabbits the laughter-inducers at sex toy parties. And it’s a far cry from what I’d prefer to have in my vag.

Obviously, Soraya is a high-quality, rechargeable toy, which puts it ahead of creepy jelly rabbits. But I gotta say, maybe the creepy jelly rabbits are onto something with their soft shafts and rotating beads. At least they provide some sort of interesting internal stimulation.

Often after using the Soraya, I yearn for a second orgasm (usually with my Pure Wand and Wahl) because my G-spot feels deprived. That’s a sad state of affairs.2

Also, the Soraya is a complete bitch to clean. There is a tiny gap between the silver plastic and the silicone; this gap collects vag gunk that even a toothbrush cannot expunge (I had to resort to using my thumbnail). If you have grand plans of sharing this toy, I would advise against it.

The Soraya comes with the usual: a double-lined satin storage bag, an excessively long box, a one year warranty, and 10-year quality guarantee. Oh and how could I forget — a pin. You know, for your lapel? No, I don’t get it either.

As a rabbit, the Soraya does its duty. It requires but one hand to use, and the clit stimulator reaches my clit once I’m aroused. The vibrations are strong enough to bring me to orgasm, although they’re not particularly deep or resonant like Ina’s. The toy is made of hygienic materials and is rechargeable.

But… this is a rabbit that is priced at $239 on most sites. That is just outrageous, especially considering that the Ina is much more powerful and costs less. I guess Soraya could work for you if money is no object and you’re not picky about your insertables. Me? I’ll take a nice dildo and a fantastic clit toy instead. I don’t mind using two hands.

Get the LELO Soraya at one of my fave shops:
SheVibe, Babeland, LELOCome as You Are (Canada), or Lovehoney (international).

  1. silicone, rechargeable []
  2. Well, besides the second orgasm, which is usually pretty great. []
  • I always feel better/validated when someone else agrees with me on a toy. Ok well I don’t have this one, I had the Isla but you know what I mean. I’ve seen SO many GLOWING reviews and I’m like….wtf….is it ME? No. You’ve nailed it. Boring boring and wtfstoopid on the plastic-meets-silicone groove. Yeah, fingernails. I broke one trying to clean my Isla.

    If I were to say what I truly, honestly think of this line……it would really piss off the people who have given them really good reviews 🙂

  • @Dangerous Lilly: I didn’t realize how bad that groove was until I took my Isla out of storage and looked at it up close. Blegh. Gross.

  • Suzi

    I’ve only used the Alia – I’m weird shaped and just never get on with rabbits anyway, something’s always in the wrong place – but didn’t find it all that bad with the gunk-gathering. Maybe it’s just because it’s smaller, or only really external, but dunking it and giving it the usual quick rub caught everything from the gap.

    I also lost my brooch thingy, which makes me mucho sad. 🙁

  • Dusk

    Nice review – I think I was put off most by the un-cleanable gap. BLECH.

  • JaneBlow

    @Dangerous Lilly:

    *ahem* Ditto. I can think of at least 5 improvements.
    Makes me wonder about the G4 line from FunFactory.

  • LucyLemonade

    I’ve seen a lot of reviewers talk about the uncleanable gap on this series of toys. They are nice to look at, but the overall look doesn’t seem “vagina-friendly” to me in the least.

  • Bex

    Damn I wish you had written this review before I bought mine. Biggest waste of toy money I’ve ever spent!!! Not only did it not get me off but the gunk has put me off so much that every time I go to use it I can only think of the gunk and it puts me off. I would also have to be a medical miracle and have my clit somewhere alot further north of where it currently resides if I actually wanted it to get any sort of stimulation from this toy. To all the reviewers that gave it a good review – do they know something I don’t or did they get paid for a good review???

  • @Bex: Ugh, I’m sorry you had such a horrible experience. Rabbits are really individualized toys — the Soraya hit my clit, but can just as easily miss someone else’s. That is the worst.

    I think people feel obligated to positively review LELO toys, because they’re luxury toys and therefore should be awesome. Some people are more willing to overlook certain downfalls, too. I don’t know.

  • Kisses and Kinks


    I’m rethinking getting the Isla. I had been planning on saving up for it. Fail, Lelo. Fail

  • I really felt the same with my Alia. Mildly pleased. Kind meh.

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  • Kinky Kupid

    Great review on the Soraya (as well as insight into Ina). I was looking at this and couldn’t decide whether I wanted to try it or not. I’m going to pass :-/ Thanks for the info!!

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  • LinToxic

    Well, I actually have three rabbit vibrators right now (two bought using gift cards and one won from a contest), and I have to say that none of them quite match my anatomy. I have the Evolved Short and Sweet Spice, which is too weak and has a terrible clitoral arm that does nothing for me except slap my clit unpleasantly, and the Bimini Flash, which is a toy that I love right now, but seriously wish had a longer, more powerful clitoral attachment. I end up using it like a clitoral vibe once I feel like I am lacking vibrations in the area.

    As for the last one… it’s scary and big. It’s the Pirates rabbit vibe by Digital Playground… er… I havent had the courage to stuff that one in my pussy yet… it’s just so girthy!

    So I was really eyeing the Soraya. It looks like a sculpture and the shape looks like it would hit the spots I want. However, I am apprehensive about the gap. I hate having to clean difficult to clean stuff! I’m thinking of getting a Jopen but I’m not sure about them either.

  • Thxbtnothx

    Uh…First time visitor and you already hate the greatest toy in the history of forever? Don’t get up. I’ll see myself out.

  • I feel like you didn’t read this review. Or you don’t understand that when I hate something, I HATE something.

  • lulu

    1st time commentator. I actually LOVE the Soraya. That being said, I do not like “pressure” on the clitoral area. I hated the VR 4.5 bc it pinched my clit & that hurt. The VR 10.5 was better BUT I have to turn it sideways so the clitoral part isn’t sitting directly on my body. The Soraya is spaced far from the shaft of the toy t& so it sits under the clitoral area or with some shifting it will lightly lay on top.

    I prefer clitoral stimulation & just like a feeling of fullness so the Soraya feels nice internally to me as well. It’s not as strong as some other g-spot toys but works well for someone who isn’t as into internal vibration.

    Anyway, love your site & appreciate the reviews but I just had to point out that it works great for women who don’t like pinching/pressure but still need power. If that makes any sense?

  • Natalie

    After using Soraya regularly now for two months I FINALLY understand 2 out of its 3 great mysteries. 1) the length, shape and stiffness of the shaft – when it’s full length is inside me and I suck it up even further with my PC muscles it hits my AFE zone perfectly. Beautifully. If it was shorter or softer it would not work as well.
    2) the looped handle – the loop allows me to “scoop” my AFE zone a la Comet! It just doesn’t seem to move the same way if I’m just holding the bottom of the handle bulb. 3) the seam. I can’t explain this and I think this will always be a mystery.

  • Kittycat102

    I got this a few days ago and I’m exchanging it for a Rosa lol it’s a piece of shit, no way near enough choices for a luxury vibrator 🙁

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