Bbold is made out of two materials: velvety coated plastic and silicone. Most of the toy is made out of black, velvety coated plastic. Along the sides and at the base there is a pink silicone seam. Both materials feel very soft when I run my fingers over them. They do have a bit more drag to them than a plain plastic. Other than that, there isn't any sort of texture to Bbold. The drag the plastic has can add some extra sensations to use, because it creates friction. If you find the sensation unpleasant, simply add some water-based lubricant to Bbold to give it a slick feeling. The material is completely rigid, meaning it will not conform to fit your body.
I would consider Bbold a good choice for beginners. The material has a safety rating of 7, which pretty safe. The toy is nonporous, phthalate free, and hypoallergenic. Since Bbold does not have a complicated texture, it's also pretty easy to either insert or use externally.
I noticed a light scent to Bbold right out of the packaging; however, washing the toy got rid of it. I did not notice any taste to it.
Bbold is a decently sized toy. It measures approximately 7 1/2 inches long. The circumference varies, as the head of the toy and the base are larger than the shaft. The head measures just over 4 inches around at its widest, and the base measures 5 1/2 inches around at its widest. The shaft measures 2 1/2 inches around at its smallest. Compared to other vibrators, the size of Bbold is about average. It's about as long as most traditional vibes, and it's just a bit smaller around than some other toys I have that are similar in shape. The size is ideal for beginners, as it is not intimidating at all.
In addition to the flared head and base, the head also curves up slightly and the base curves down. These curves make the toy easier to hold and use. The gentle curve to the base makes it fit comfortably in my hand and easy for me to reach the control buttons. The whole toy has a slightly smooshed look to it. It's much wider than it is tall.
This isn't particularly discreet in size, shape, or design. Anyone looking at it will know it is a vibrator. It is small enough to hide away if it's packed in the storage pouch. I would, and I would not consider it suitable for travel. It's small enough to tuck away in a bag, yet at the same time, if you need to charge it, you'll need to have access to a computer.
Bbold has 7 different vibrating functions, which I will describe in a bit. These functions are accessed through the controls on the base. Simply click the power button to turn the toy on, and then click the button above that to cycle through the functions. Turning the toy off and back on does not start it at the function it was left at. The controls do not lock to prevent the function from changing during use or to keep the toy from turning on in a bag.
The vibrating functions are:
1. Low constant vibration
2. Medium constant vibration
3. High constant vibration
4. Staggered build up from low to high with pulses followed by a long pulse of high vibrations
5. Half a second long pulses of high vibrations
6. Quarter of a second long pulses of high vibrations
7. Half a second long pulses of high vibrations
If you notice, two of the functions are the exact same thing. Following the faster function, though, that last one seems a bit longer. There really isn't any difference between them when I compared them.
The vibrations in this toy seem to be a bit of both buzzy and rumbly. The lower settings are nice and rumbly, but when the vibrations are at the highest setting they'll feel buzzy as well. Using the toy did not cause my hands to go numb, but they did get a slight tingling sensation to them. The motor is located in the head of the toy; however, vibrations can be felt throughout it.
I personally like the fourth and fifth/seventh vibrating functions. We usually start out with the first or second settings as a warm up.
Bbold is waterproof, making it safe to take with you into the tub or shower. It's safe to use even completely submerged in water.
The noise level of Bbold is pretty high, but I typically expect that with plastic vibrators. It can easily be heard through covers and possibly through a door. I would compare the sound level to that of my fiance's electric razor, which is a bit quieter than an electric toothbrush.
Right out of the packaging, Bbold has some charge to it. I have not charged it yet and it's been running for at least a couple of hours now. You'll need access to a computer to charge it, which can make it difficult to charge if you don't have a personal computer.
Bbold can be washed with soap and warm water or your favorite toy cleaner. I suggest taking extra care to ensure the pink silicone seam is fully clean. Once cleaned, you can either leave the toy out to air dry or dry it off with a towel. The plastic and silicone do attract some lint, but not as much as 100% silicone toys. Dust and lint can be wiped off easily with your hand if you happen to set it down on a dusty surface.
You can store the toy in the original packaging if you don't mind the extra bulk. It can also be stored in the included satiny storage pouch or in another storage pouch. I personally keep it in the storage pouch, and keep the USB cable with my iPod, camera, and other USB cables.
This toy is only compatible with water-based lubes. Since the pink seam is made out of silicone, you cannot use silicone or oil based lubes. These will break down the silicone and make it unsafe to use the toy.
Bbold arrives packaged in an attractive black cardboard box. The front has a small photo of the toy and the back has a very brief description of it. Bbold is described as a personal massager rather than a vibrator, which makes it a bit more discreet to give as a gift.
Inside the box the toy is held in a plastic form. Pulling that out, you'll find all of the accessories for the toy. Since Bbold is rechargeable, it comes with a USB charger. There is also an instruction manual and a black satiny storage pouch. Considering the size of the items in the box, it is a bit bulky for storage. If you choose to toss the packaging it can be recycled.
The instructions are not very informative. BSwish prints off the same instruction booklet for all of their toys, so it just covers the basics of how to charge the toy or change the batteries if the toy requires those. There is a small diagram that shows where you plug the charging cord into Bbold. Other than that, you're pretty much on your own as far as figuring out how the toy works.
My overall opinion of Bbold is kind of mixed. This is one of the very rare vibrators that actually has brought me to orgasm. The vibrations were strong and stimulating for me. At the same time, though, it's a very loud toy. Noise tends to distract me and takes away from using toys. I like to have as little noise as possible when I'm with my fiance. Considering this is mainly plastic, the price tag on it is a bit high. I would expect this price point for an entirely silicone toy, not one made out of a cheaper material. I'm also not a fan of the USB charger. I would have liked to see a regular wall charger, since not everyone has a computer they can charge a vibrator on. Other than these few things, I found I enjoyed Bbold.
We've only used Bbold externally. Usually I have a lot of trouble inserting toys, and the head of this seems to be just a bit too big for me right now. We did use Bbold on my clit and on his penis and testicles, which was enjoyable. The plastic seemed to carry the vibrations very well and felt much more stimulating than other vibrators we have because of that.