The business end of the Caressing G is made of a flexible TPR, whereas the controller portion of the toy is made of ABS plastic. The TPR telt more flexible than I expected, but it was still rigid enough for penetration. The material is phthalates free, hypo-allergenic, and latex free. Neither the TPR nor the ABS have a discernible taste or odor. I've heard a lot of different stories about the compatibility of silicone based lubricants with TPR, but to be on the safe side, I would stick with water-based lubricants.
The surface of the TPR has a sort of rubbery texture. It isn't smooth or velvety like some of the nicer silicone toys I have, but it doesn't create as much friction as most plastics. Frankly, it wouldn't be my first choice of material for a toy intended for a lot of thrusting, but as a clitoral vibrator or gentle internal use it works just fine. Apart from the surface texture of the TPR, there are three raised, arrow-shaped bumps on the shaft of the toy. Suffice to say, this creates additional friction and makes the toy a bit uncomfortable to use.
I simply cannot imagine what compelled the designers of this toy to include jagged-looking ridges on the shaft of something intended for insertion into any part of the human body. It's like marketing a Fleshlight lined with sandpaper. Anybody with a rudimentary understanding of the human body should have been able to figure out that this was a poor choice. It isn't as bad as it looks, and certainly doesn't render the toy unusable, but aesthetically it's a big turn off.
Aside from the ridges, the toy is really cute. The size isn't so large that it's intimidating, the color is a whimsical pink, and the buttons are cute little heart shapes. The shape, while phallic, is perfectly suited to somebody who might be uncomfortable with more realistic looking toys. However, I remain puzzled by the shape at the base of the toy, which curves in the opposite direction of the point intended for g-spot stimulation. This point at the base has a hole in it, the intended purpose of which I am not sure. It appears as though it might be intended for a rope, so that users might be able to hang it in the shower, as it is waterproof. I prefer to imagine that it's intended to be hung on the enormous keychains of female prison guards.
The controls on the can be a little difficult to master, but the number of functions is impressive, particularly for the price. The G sports a selection of vibration patterns that rivals many of the more expensive vibrators on the market. The power of the vibrations is also impressive for a battery powered toy without being very loud. I was surprised to find that the G even performed admirably under water. While my tub isn't deep enough to submerge the toy more than a few inches during use, the water didn't appear to impede the function.
The Caressing G runs on two AA batteries, so if you don't have any rechargeables, you'll probably want to invest in some. The manufacturer recommends that you take the batteries out of the Caressing G while storing it to prolong the battery life, and having done so, my batteries are still going strong after two weeks of regular use.
TPR is more porous than silicone, and therefore if you're planning on sharing the toy, I'd recommend using a condom. Even though the Caressing G is waterproof, the toy has moving parts, and neither TPR nor Plastic should be boiled. I'd recommend against dishwashers as well, and stick with a water and mild soap or a toy cleaner.
As mentioned above, you should always remove the batteries from the Caressing G between uses to prolong battery life. This can make for a lot of awkward fumbling in poorly lit drawers, so you might want to consider getting some sort of pouch or box to house the batteries with the Caressing G.
The Caressing G comes in a clear plastic package meant for hanging on display. It certainly isn't as nice as the packaging my Lelo toys came in, and it's anything but discreet, but it gets the job done. The downside of this packaging is that I've kept the packaging some of my other toys came in for storage: this isn't really possible or advisable with the Caressing G. However, the Caressing G does come with instructions for use, which can be important when it comes to changing speeds and functions, although even with the instructions I still feel like I'm tapping blindly, hoping it does what I want. It usually does. The other downside is that the G doesn't come with batteries, so you'll have to pry some out of your Wiimote or buy some separately.
I should point out that my experience with this toy is painted with the light of my own experience. My girlfriend hasn't used any g-spot specific toys before, and she admits that she may simply not be used to the sort of pressure she feels when using the Caressing G. However, the way she describes it, it doesn't seem like something one would want to get used to. Moreover, never in all the reviews I've read about g-spot stimulation have I heard the terms "pinching" or "jabbing", so I'm pretty sure the Caressing G just isn't built to stimulate my girlfriend's g-spot properly. However, take the criticism in the light that she has never been able to have a g-spot orgasm before, and although we've tried to use the Caressing G many times now, she has a poor basis for comparison.
My disappointment with the toy's performance internally aside, the woman still reaches for it nearly every time we have sex. It's shaped perfectly for couples play, and it's fun to play with the different functions. Even if the Caressing G doesn't serve its intended purpose, it's still a great vibrator.