“So, a little double penetration then?” Susan said when we removed our Lelo Insignia Tiani from the packaging. And I think she may be on to something. Although there’s nothing in the included instruction manual about simultaneous vaginal and anal stimulation, the tight horseshoe shape and modest sizing seems perfect for that sort of thing.
Since I take my responsibilities as a reviewer very seriously, however, I simply smiled and shrugged off Susan’s initial suggestion, and instead turned to said instruction manual. “That’s not what this says to do with it,” I replied. (Yes, as I’m typing this, I am totally realizing the idiocy of my ways.)
According to the literature, the Tiani is a “couples’ massager that can be worn by a female partner during intercourse.” There’s also a short paragraph that details how this works; here’s the gist: slip the non-vibrating smaller arm of the horseshoe inside the vagina so that the more bulbous, buzzing end rests right on top of the clitoris.
With the Tiani in place, you’re ready for sex. “It’s easy to get it positioned in the right spot, but I was definitely curious — maybe even a little anxious — about how it would all feel once Rydell was inside me, too,” Susan says.
I second that “a little anxious” notion. In theory, the hands-free clitoral vibration while going about our business seemed fantastic. But I had a couple questions. Would the toy stay in place? Would I get some sort of irritation or chafe on my member from the repeated in-and-out strokes alongside the silicone?
Once we got started, though, it became clear that the LELO designers had already considered these queries. The difference I felt between Susan and the Tiani was barely perceptible, and there was absolutely no issue with me rubbing against the toy (If any discomfort did arise, a little lubricant would almost certainly solve the problem).
As for whether it remained in the proper location, “I was surprised,” Susan says. “The vibrating part stayed right on my clit pretty much the whole time. Some positions were better than others, though. When Rydell was on top or behind me, I found myself wanting to hold it tighter against my clit with my hand to feel the vibrations more. Our bodies did that naturally when we moved to cowgirl, so that was definitely our favorite.”
This is another review point in which Susan and I are in total agreement. When she was riding me — especially when she leaned forward — I felt the full benefit of the vibrator and it added an entirely new feel-good dimension to the fucking.
“Plus,” Susan continues, “when I was on top, my hands really were free, so I even got to take a turn with the remote.”
Ah, the remote control, featuring what LELO calls SenseMotion Technology. Sounds complicated? Scientifically speaking, it probably is, but if you’ve ever played a video game on Nintendo’s Wii system, you’ve got a good idea of the end result. In SenseMotion modes one and two, how you hold and move the circular remote device dictates how the Tiani vibrates.
For example, picture holding the controller flat. In mode one, the Tiani will respond with a minimum hum. As you rotate the remote vertically, the power increases until you’re at full throttle. Click to mode two and experiment with shaking the controller, moving it in circles, and so on, which will run the toy through a gamut of pulse patterns and other high-intensity pleasure arrangements.
See the LELO Insignia Tiani in action.
“It’s really pretty amazing,” Susan says. “I had a lot of fun playing around with it while we were playing around!”
Still, that’s just the beginning. The Tiani has a total of eight modes, the remaining six of which are activated simply by a push of a button. That might sound like a bit of a letdown, but as exciting as the SenseMotion elements are during intercourse, the traditional remote-controlled vibrations might be just as enjoyable earlier in the foreplay process — when your clothes are still on.
“With its size and wireless controller and everything, it just seemed like it might convert to make a great pair of MacGyvered vibrating ‘panties,’” Susan says. “So, one afternoon, I put it in under a pair of jeans and gave the remote to Rydell before we ran some errands.
We didn’t finish running those errands.
“The way it fits while walking around — with half the horseshoe inside and the vibrating end held in place by my panties — it nestles right against my clit, and creates a little pressure from the inside out. It’s just perfect. There were a few oh-my-god moments in the store with that thing.”
Those moments, of course, led to more oh-my-gods back home.
Hey folks, Susan here. Don’t tell Rydell I hijacked his column. He mentioned above about his bypassing of the double penetration experiment, but I don’t really care what the instruction manual does or does not describe, the point of a sex toy is to figure out what feels best to you, right?
So the other night when Rydell was down in his office, I broke out the Tiani and a little lube and tried what I had wanted to since we first opened the box. The vibrating end purred inside my pussy — I used a continuous medium-high setting — while the other arm provided subtle anal stimulation.
It wasn’t an overpowering sensation, but it felt really good — like a nice, steady buzz (the alcohol-induced kind) — and I masturbated to a lovely climax. The bottom line is that the Tiani is a winner, and for many more reasons than are detailed in the instruction booklet.