The Iconic Smoothie is made from a hard plastic that is phthalates free, hypo-allergenic, latex free, and a food-grade material. It's smooth and slick, so little to no lubricant is needed and it's easy to insert. It's also odorless and tasteless and doesn't attract lint. The control dial is ridged to give a bit of grip and make adjusting the intensity easy. The hard plastic carries the vibrations well; the majority of the device vibrates instead of just the tip like some products.
The Iconic Smoothie is based on the 'smoothie' vibrator design that appeared in the 1940's, according to JimmyJane's information in the package. It's a basic cylindrical shape with a tapered, rounded tip and a dial base control. It's white, so it's fairly innocent looking and could easily be mistaken for a 'personal massager', stuffed into a pillowcase, or maybe even camouflaged as a kitchen instrument of some sort (though not with the cutlery, because it could scratch). It's small enough to travel easily and fairly discretely. It's average sized, so it's enough for advanced users but not intimidating for beginners.
The design is simple, but there's a reason it's been around for SEVENTY YEARS: it works.
This vibe is extremely easy to use and functions just like it's supposed to - strong, uniform vibrations, no cutting out or stopping, smooth transitions to the the next setting. The dial at the base adjusts the vibrations easily, but on the same token doesn't easily accidentally slip into a different setting. It's quiet; the only time noise is a factor is on the last setting, and even then it's not too much to be heard in a different room with the door closed (and, if mostly inserted, even the last setting isn't loud). It's waterproof, and performs just as well in water (though extra care should always be used in making sure the cap is fully on before getting anywhere near the shower).
The iconic smoothie is made from hard plastic and is compatible with all lubes. It's also compatible with all condoms, which is handy since plastic is a porous material. It can and should be cleaned after each use with mild soap and water or a toy cleaner; make sure the cap is closed securely when washing to avoid damaging the toy. It cannot be fully sterilized, so if sharing a condom should be used. Its material won't interact with other toys, so it's safe to store it with the rest of your collection (or in a drawer, or a bag, under your pillow, or in the box it came in - just keep it away from the dog).
This vibrator is packed in a smooth paperboard and cardboard box with a picture of the toy on the outside. The packaging belies that it's clearly a vibrator, but does so in a classy way; there are no x-rated pictures or text, and it's presented in a way that would be very acceptable for gifting. The history of the Smoothie Vibrator, cleaning and safety information, and warranty terms are all spelled out on the inner flap. Finally, bright pink cardboard holds contents snugly. All in all it's presented well. The pink did transfer to one part of the the vibrator at some point during shipping, but it came off with a few washes.
It comes with the two AA batteries required for the vibrator, which is pretty handy. The batteries have the JimmyJane name and web address on them, though, so they may not be suitable for use in anything except the vibe if you have curious kids or roommates.
I personally really enjoy this toy and the concept of JimmyJane's 'The Usual Suspects' line, which is a line of iconic vibrators that have been streamlined and made a bit better quality.
My experiences with this toy have only been good. Since it has both low and high intensity settings, it's good for any 'mood' you might be in. It's also one of those vibrators that I just find easy to achieve a quick orgasm with... or to draw it out and make it a slow build-up to climax. The pointed tip makes it easy to pinpoint the right area, or the whole vibe can be laid down to encompass a broader area.
Since it's so easy to use, low-maintenance, and good in the 'orgasm' department, this is one of the vibes that I'd consider an 'everyday' vibe - the one you stick in the nightstand or under the pillow for when the urge hits you, but you may not have more than a few moments or not really feel like getting out of bed to face the day yet.