Great starter vibe for beginners. Great back-up vibe for toy connoisseurs.

I love luxury vibes, but someone starting out needs quality options at a lower price point. I would never recommend a beginner use a poor quality or low powered option, as it might put them off sex toys forever. The Bottle Rocket line by Evolved is a great choice for beginners. I've culled most of the cheap toys from my collection, but Apollo is still in my naughty drawer because I still use it. It's a great value, and I think highly of it.
Published:
Pros:
Affordable,quality starter vibe
AA batteries
Waterproof
Friendly appearance
Cons:
Only one speed
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review

Use

This is a vibe that can work for everyone, from sex toy beginners, to sex toy snobs like me. I own several rechargeable vibrators, and the Lelo Mia or Lily are generally the ones I reach for when I want clitoral stimulation. But sometimes the charge runs out mid play, and that's when you grab a battery operated toy. Apollo is the one that's always at reach in my naughty drawer, ready to jump in and save the game.

Like Mia, the vibrations are pinpoint, right at the very tip of the vibrator. This is ideal for clitoral stimulation, as well as nipples or labia. It can be inserted, but only shallowly. Depending on your anatomy, you might reach your G with this, but don't expect much filling sensation or thrusting.

Being quiet, small, and discreet, it's perfect for travelling, but be sure and remove the battery first!

Since it's waterproof, you can use it in the tub as well for bathtime fun.

This toy should not be inserted anally by any means, though external use around the anus and perineum should be safe as long as hygienic precautions are taken.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Solo
    • Everyone
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
    • Tub/shower/pool
    • Campus/roommate living
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Clitoris
    • Labia
    • Nipples

Material / Texture

The Apollo is made of plastic with what's called a "velvety" texture, though I tend to think of it more as silk. It has a slight drag compared to shiny plastic, but does not collect lint like silicone does or fingerprints like shiny plastic does. It is rated as 8 on the safety scale, being non-porous and phalate free.

This texture is one of my favourites for toys, because it gives enough texture to be interesting, without requiring a lot of lube or worrying about the lint factor. The lower bit that unscrews for the battery compartment is a smooth plastic, and shaped to be easy to hold onto.
    • No odor
    • Not porous at all
    • Rigid

Design / Shape / Size

I'm a bit of a design snob. Show me two toys that are nearly identical, one with slightly better performance, and one with slightly better looks, I'll go for the looks every time. Apollo is a shape that is friendly, functional, and easy to use.

(Please excuse my terrible photography!)

Apollo Bottle Rocket
This picture shows the tip, which is where most of the vibrations are focused. I love this part! It reminds me of my Lelo Mia.

Apollo Bottle Rocket
This should give you a good feel for the size, at least if your hands are as small as mine. You can also see the control button resting on my index finger.

Apollo Bottle Rocket
This image and the one following it, shows the Apollo with my finger on the button, ready to put it to use.

Apollo Bottle Rocket
Easy to use! Let's get started. Playtime now!
    • Beginner
    • Discreet look/design
    • Whimsical / artistic

Functions / Performance / Controls

The Apollo is dead easy to use. Push on, push off. There is only one setting, so if it's too strong for you, you have to modify it yourself by using it through clothes or on your skin at a distance from your most sensitive places. You can also cheat a little by using weak batteries, as the strength will go down as the battery is depleted. It uses a single AA battery - no struggling to find weird type batteries when it runs out!

I'm not much for water play, but I did test it by turning it on and dropping it in a glass of water, and it continued to buzz around happily. It is noisy enough to hear in the same room, but can't be heard through a closed door, at least not a door made of solid wood. I make no representations for its ability to be heard through hollow doors, but turning on the radio or a fan should take care of any suspicious buzzing sounds.
    • Discreet sound
    • Easy to use
    • Single setting

Care and Maintenance

Though this toy claims to be safe for all lubes - water, silicone, or oil, I haven't run tests to verify this. I prefer to use a water based lube that works well for my sensitive bits as well as being safe for all of my toys. However, if you prefer oil or silicone based lubes, this toy should be safe to use with them.

Cleanup is very simple. Since the toy is waterproof, it can be washed under the tap with soap and water. You can use isopropyl alcohol or an antibacterial toy wipe or spray to kill germs. Though it can't be completely sterilized the way some toys can, I would consider it low risk to share this toy with someone you trust, if you are careful about cleanliness.

This toy is not at all appropriate for anal insertion, but if you use it for teasing around the anus or perineum without insertion, be sure to use a toy cover or clean it with antibacterial cleaner before returning to the vulva area.

For storage, it can simply be tossed in your toy drawer willy nilly, or you can return it to its bottle packaging. I like to put it in a small pouch with the battery removed to extend its life, but if you don't want to bother, try simply unscrewing the end a few turns to avoid the vibe getting turned on accidentally in your naughty drawer.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store

Packaging

The Bottle Rocket line comes in a cute little plastic bottle made to look like a bottle of pop. This would make a great naughty gift for a 21st birthday or a hen night / bachelorette party. It's cute and innovative, but is not as useful long term as the Evolved metal boxes usually are. You can reuse the bottle for storage, but it's an odd shape. I ended up throwing mine away, as cute as it was.
    • Would make a nice gift
    • Whimsical packaging

Personal comments

I am giving this product 5 stars not because I think it is as great a vibe as the Lelo Mia, which I also gave 5 stars to, but because I am comparing price to quality. For its price, I believe the Bottle Rocket Apollo does everything that can be expected of it, and more. It is friendly to a first timer, easy to use, made with safe materials, powerful, quiet, and sexy. If Mia sold at this price point, I would certainly recommend it to every first time sex toy user I knew. But for someone with a limited budget who isn't ready to invest in luxury toys, this is a great place to start.
    • Beginner pricing
    • Value for money

Experience

Even as a sex toy snob who owns multiple rechargeable toys, the Apollo is my backup, ready to leap in and save the game if the rechargeable toy has run out of oomph. It's never disappointed me, despite my experience with far more expensive toys. This is a toy that can please anyone, from beginner to toy snob, and I can't praise it highly enough for its value for money.
Follow-up commentary
I've owned this vibe for about a year now, and I haven't gotten tired of it yet. If I didn't also own rechargeable clit vibes, this would be the one I always reach for. I actually like the texture of this one better than my Mia, but Mia wins out for having multiple speeds and being usb rechargeable.

It still deserves it's 5 star rating. I wish I could go back in time and give it to my 19 year old self as my first vibe.
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  • Pixel
    Pixel  
    Great review! I had seen the Bottle Rockets line in my local toy store, and was wondering how they stacked up.
  • LaLaLouise
    LaLaLouise  
    Awesome review! We carry these at a sister location and I've always wondered.
  • Silverdrop
    Silverdrop  
    I'm really picky with vibes, and I think you simply can't go wrong with this one.
  • Elnoa
    Elnoa  
    Thanks for the review!
  • unfulfilled
    unfulfilled  
    I read a blog somewhere before coming to EF that talked about the bottle rockets line and I wondered about them. I'm going to have to give one of them a try.
  • Missmarc
    Missmarc  
    Thank you for the review and pictures.
  • Zombirella
    Zombirella  
    Thanks for the review
  • sunkissedJess
    sunkissedJess  
    Great review! I love the bottle rocket collection by Evolved!
  • Brandonn
    Brandonn  
    This is where the actual pictures come in handy. It'a alot smaller then it looks in the product pic. Nice bottle case though.
  • lovebites
    lovebites  
    thanks for the review!
  • britanny0620
    britanny0620  
    WONDERFUL review, thanks so much for sharing
  • darkkitty
    darkkitty  
    Nice review!
  • Mr. E
    Mr. E  
    Very nice review. This is smaller than I thought.
  • geekkink
    geekkink  
    Thank you, for your review still looking for a bottle rocket that is right for us.
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