The matte silicone is velvety but without any drag. The ABS plastic along the inner loop and sides has a metal look and has a smooth transition to the silicone. The ABS plastic helps keep the weight of the toy nice and light, while still sturdy. The materials are body safe, odorless, easy to clean, and beautifully rendered.
The construction of this toy is intuitive and sleek. The loop in the handle makes for perfect position adjustments, thrusting, and easy one-handed use...even in the shower! The size of the clitoral portion is not too big and not too small - thus, it provides strong vibrations that are pin-point enough while still resonating throughout the clitoral area without being too diffuse. It is flexible and does not push too hard against the clitoris, it lays there without firm pressure. For more pressure, you can loop your finger around by the base, which works well with how you hold the toy overall. No concerns about cramping hands or awkward positioning - it was designed like this for a reason. Two fingers through the loop and one behind the clitoral stimulator is very comfortable. Angling the toy upward also increases clitoral pressure. The insertable portion is slim but rigid - it has a vertically bulbous design meant to provide good g-spot pressure when angled or thrusted. The Soraya is not as large in circumference as the Lelo Ina, and not as bulbous, but gives good stimulation, similar in size to the Lelo Gigi but with stronger vibrations and better patterns.
Aside from the amazing innovative and ergonomic design, the functions are where Soraya shines boldly. The control pad is a revelation for Lelo! The buttons are slightly embossed in the the silicone - responsive but not too sensitive. They got it just right! A simple press does the trick but no worries about accidentally changing modes, and conversely you don't have to press to hard either. This toys is perfect for travel, as it is rechargeable and the interface can be locked. The interface lights up when you press a button but does not remain lit up. It flashes while charging until fully charged. To charge, push through the dimple of silicone that cvers the charging port on the handle end of the toy. The port is vacuum sealed, so that thin skin of silicone is there more for the user's convenience (not having to clean lube out of this area or dust getting in there) and not so much for protection from water.
Three simple buttons control the functions: +, -, and (). The + turns the toy on and increases the vibration power, the - decreases the vibration power and turns the toy off, and the () changes the patterns and stimulation modes. The design and orientation of the controls make it easy to use with one hand in the dark. Also, there are no worries about getting lube or fluids in the control pad, as the embossed buttons are part of the solid silicone design. And oooh my, the simulation modes and vibrations! Power, depth of vibrations, and interesting and pleasurable patterns are all part of this awesome package. The Soraya boasts 8 unique and powerful stimulation modes at variable vibration strengths. There are deep rumblings within some of the modes, and even on steady vibration, it is not just high-pitch. The vibes are quite intense. It is so quiet that I have used it without waking my partner while he was asleep beside me. The Soraya is remarkably discreet.
And the most exciting thing about the entire Insignia line from Lelo? It's waterproof! Yes! Finally! I tested it thoroughly, several times - it functions completely whether in the shower, underwater, or otherwise. It is 100% waterproof. This undoubtedly makes many Lelo-lovers very very happy indeed.
Super easy to wash and care for. To wash, simply use soap and water. You cannot boil a toy like this because it has internal motors and such, but you could spray it with a 10% bleach solution, use soap, wipes, or simply use toy cleaner. It is wonderful to not have to worry about getting water in the control pads or charging port - wash without worry! Just make sure that you let the port dry before you plug it in to charge. You can store the toy in the satin bag or in the Lelo box. Water-based lubes are recommended for the Soraya - silicone lubes may not be compatible with the silicone of the Soraya and could cause degradation of the velvety texture... so stick with a good water-based lube for play time.
Lelo's iconic packaging got an upgrade! The sturdy and tasteful black box has several compartments, including a hard velvet and foam cut-out to perfectly nestle the Soraya. The comprehensive instruction manual and warranty information is included, along with the charger, a satin drawstring Lelo travel bag held in the lower compartment, and a silver Insignia symbol brooch pin. This is such a nice presentation - it oozes luxury. I think this would make a breathtaking gift for any woman.
I was overjoyed to hear about this line from Lelo. More so when I finally got to play with the toys. Waterproof and powerful? Count me in! I will use this toy for years to come, I am sure. I love the design, the functions, the waterproof aspect, and even the gorgeous salmon-y pink color. I thought the Siri (coupled with the Ella) was going to be my favorite Lelo toy combination ever ever ever - but now the Soraya has a place on my bedside table too. This is what all dual stimulators should aspire to, and is a very exciting sign of times to come from Lelo and hopefully the toy industry overall. It is a good time to be a woman, y'all!
I charged the Soraya for about 2 hours when I first got it. I have used the toy about 7 or 8 times so far in 2 weeks and have not had to charge it again yet! I found it was easy to use within the first minute of insertion - I found a comfortable handhold and angle very quickly. I have played with all of the modes over the last few weeks, and like the steady vibration almost all the way up best (mode #1), with the crazy rumbly rollercoaster pattern (#7) being my second favorite. I like the A, B, A, B pattern of #4 too. All of them are good for getting me worked up; #1 and #7 are the ones I use when I have like 5 minutes or less to get off quickly. I have had intense 2 minutes sessions with Soraya, as well as drawing it out a bit when I have felt like it. If you liked rabbit vibes or you use two toys simulataneously, this is the toy for you - no doubt!