Mia - sex toy by LELO - review by Mia Fey

La Mia Bella

Some may have sticker shock when looking at the Mia, but this toy is worth every dollar if you want something that travels well and is discreet. It is an easy introduction into luxury toy lines and Lelo is dependable. It is a reliable toy that will ignite the techonophile within while looking sexy charging in your laptop or in use. This is a good investment for those new to toys and a fun addition to those well seasoned.
Sexy and sleek, Discreet and chargeable practically anywhere, Travel-friendly, Versatile
May not be powerful enough for some
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


The Lelo Mia is a vibrator designed for clitoral stimulation, but also does quite well stimulating the vulva. This toy can be inserted into the opening of the vaginal canal, but due to the lack of liquid proof exterior, it should not venture very far in. This toy is not designed for any internal stimulation, so look elsewhere for G-spot stimulation needs (unless you happened to have a very shallow G-spot). This toy would also provide a perineum (taint) massage. This toy should NEVER be inserted anally since there is no flared base. I would strongly warn against using this toy for stimulating the sphincter of the anus if you also plan to use it around/on the vulva, or in the entrance of the vagina. This can spread bacteria and cause a Urinary Tract Infection, or a vaginal infection. You should have separate toys for anal play so that there is less risk of infection. If you do plan on using this toy for sphincter stimulation, then (which I once again caution against) ALWAYS clean thoroughly before you use it on the vulva/vagina and be very careful not to let it slide inside the anus.

Mia is not a one trick lady. It can serve as an entire body massager, especially friendly with the nipples or other tender bits you want to give special attention to. The Mia could also be used on or with a partner. It is small enough that it can be fit in during any type of sexual play (works really well for vaginal intercourse) and won’t immediately numb out your hand as you hold it. Those with a male anatomy could also find many uses for this toy since it can massage the entire body and focus on the penis, scrotum, or perineum. There is still a risk of bacteria transmission if the Mia is used on the entrance of the anus, so clean thoroughly before using the toy on anything else.

The Mia is designed to be discreet and travel-friendly while also appealing to the alpha geek in all technology fans. Anywhere you have a laptop, computer, or device with a USB port, you can charge the Mia while explaining it away as a larger than most USB data storage device. No one will be the wiser unless they have prior knowledge of Lelo designs. The use of USB charging is versatile and adapters can be purchased to make use of wall outlets, though they will not be designed by Lelo or specifically for the Mia.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Everyone
    • Solo
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere except tub/shower/pool
    • Campus/roommate living
  • Features
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Quiet
    • Super discreet
    • Travel friendly
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • All over body
    • Clitoris
    • Nipples

Material / Texture

The main component of the Mia is a hard, body-safe, chemically inert plastic. It has a glossy and slick finish, which makes it glide right across the body. There is a small amount of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) silicone used for the covering the operating buttons and surrounding the USB unit. The silicone is medical grade, which makes it heat resistant, bacteria growth resistant, water repelling, and has a low chemical reactivity (which means it is close to inert and will not react easily). There is no accompanying smell and it is compatible with water-based lubricants and high grade silicone lubricants. Those who want to use silicone-based should perform a patch test to determine if the lube will mar the silicone on the buttons. Be careful not to get lubricant too far up the toy since the cap is not water tight and the USB may not enjoy your lube as much as you do.

Mia in the box
    • No odor
    • Not porous at all
    • Smooth

Design / Shape / Size

The colors are not as diverse as most would like, but they are elegant and add to the illusion that the toy is a lipstick tube. It is small enough to fit into pockets, clutch purses, and stay safely tucked away until it is time for action. The black Mia is the revamped version, but Lelo makes all of their Mia toys with the new internal components since sometime in 2011. The hard plastic exterior and lack of lint attraction makes the Mia easy to throw into a bag, purse, or drawer without damage.

The Mia is approximately 11.1cm (4.4”) in length, 2.2cm (7/8”) in diameter, and 7cm (2.75”) in circumference. The Mia tapers to provide targeted stimulation or can be held at an angle so that it can work a wider area. It is bigger than the average tube of lipstick, but about the size of most lip gloss. This toy is aesthetically simple, streamlined, and sophisticated. The cap part of the toy is separated from the unusable end by a shiny metal band. The cap has been redesigned from an empty interior to having a network of plastic to nestle the USB into. The vibrations carry into the cap, but this toy is not watertight, so do not use the cap for play around bodily fluids.

The Mia is designed to plug into a USB port to charge, and comes with a small extension cable if you do not want to connect directly into the computer. There is a small, purple LED light between the + and – buttons that alerts you when the toy is charging. The light will flash red when a the power is low, and the red light will stay constantly lit when you are holding both buttons for about 5 seconds to lock it. Hold the buttons for about 5 seconds again and the light will flash for a moment to alert you that the toy is unlocked and ready for use. This will prevent any accidental battery loss or discovery that this is a vibrator should grasping hands find it.

Mia size comparison
    • Beginner through advanced
    • Discreet look/design
    • Ergonomic

Functions / Performance / Controls

The Lelo Mia is not an extremely powerful toy, so those looking for clit-splitting, earthshaking vibrations should look elsewhere. The Mia is moderately powerful and can last for several sessions before needing a charge, but depending what power level it is run on and for how long, it may not last as long for everyone. It may be a good warm up or teasing toy in a particularly long fun session.

This toy is very quiet and the motor starts out at a deeper pitch, but increases in frequency (and buzz) as the power increases. Overall the toy in not very buzzy or deep, but fits right into the middle. Lelo’s website says it is 120Hz and under 50 dB (decibels), which makes for a pretty quiet toy considering how powerful it is. It will not be heard on the low settings in the same room, but the higher settings may require more distance between you and the other person in the room or thicker covers/blankets. It will also not be overheard from outside of the room unless you have your bed right next to the door and ridiculously thin doors. Any quiet or moderate ambient noise should be sufficient to drown out the Mia’s noise.

The buttons on the Mia are raised above the main surface of the toy and have a + and – sign raised out of the silicone. Since this toy is small, the buttons are small, so some people may find that they push the wrong button in the heat of the moment or in the dark. The vibration intensity increases every time you press the + button and decreases similarly with a press of the – button. Mia has 4 stimulation methods, which consist of a constant vibration and 3 vibration patterns. The constant vibration mode has 10 vibration intensities and then holding the + button after reaching the most intense will activate the vibration patterns. The patterns are simple and are as follows: burst followed by a pause of about 1 second and then repeated (slow pulsation), burst followed by a pause of about ½ a second and then repeated (which is faster in tempo, medium pulsation), quick burst followed by a quick pause at a very fast tempo (rapid pulsation).

The Lelo website says the Mia lasts up to an hour and a half after charging for one hour. It also mentions that the amount of time it can remain unused (or partially used) and still retain a charge is up to 90 days. Since the Mia has a Lithium Ion battery, there are some important things you can do to keep the battery lifespan going as long as possible. Leaving Li-Ion batteries plugged in all the time is bad for their longevity, so it is important that you do not leave it plugged in for much more than the time needed for charging. Li-Ion batteries also last longer if they are not run all the way down to depleted and get regular use (which means regular charging). It is best to run these batteries down to about 50% and then charge them (and charging not quite to 100% is best for their battery as well). Run the battery down to almost dead or dead every so often, but don’t make a regular habit of it if you can. The battery life will also be greatly extended if this toy is kept away from heat. The light under the buttons will flash when the device is charging and then remain constantly lit when charging has commenced.
    • Discreet sound
    • Easy to use
    • Rechargeable

Care and Maintenance

Care is needed when cleaning the Mia since the USB component needs to be kept dry and the toy is not totally liquid safe. The User Manual cautions against submerging the toy, boiling the toy, using alcohol/silicone/petrol/acetone-based cleaners, putting in direct sunlight, and using the toy while it is plugged in or charging (hopefully most of those were commonsense). It can be cleaned with toy cleaners that are not alcohol-based or soap and warm/hot clean water. Make sure the cap is securely fastened before cleaning. Holding the toy at an angle where the water will drip down the toy away from the USB is the safest way to make sure the cap doesn’t let water or cleaner in. The User Manual recommends that toy cleaner be applied to a cleaning cloth to clean the toy and that the toy be cleaned before and after use. The Manual also recommends that the Mia be charged at least monthly. It is important to note that Lelo does not cover water damage in their warranty. If you do accidentally get water inside the cap or on the USB, then the manual describes how to remove the water safely. This is not a toy for those who like to dunk their toys in water or cleaner and be done. It takes a few minutes to make sure it is thoroughly clean and not water damaged.

Mia well lit

The Mia comes with a perfectly sized satin drawstring pouch for storage or the plastic insert and the original box will suffice. Lelo uses a very high grade silicone, so there should be no worry of it fusing to any other toys.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store


Lelo ships their packages very discreetly and the initials “H.M.” will be the only designation on the outside. The actual product box is sleek and shiny in the color of the toy you purchased with a picture of the item you purchased on the back side. This makes the outer box less discreet, so if you are going to store it in a box, it is probably a better idea to do it in the inner box. The inner box is a sexy matte black and contains the Mia in a black hard plastic tray with a clear plastic layer on top. Nestled under the toy is the USB extended cord for charging, the User Manual, the warranty manual, a sample pack of Lelo’s water-based lube, and the storage drawstring bag.

Lelo Mia outer box
Lelo Mia outer box back
Lelo Mia inner box
Lelo Mia contents
    • Discreet looking inner packaging
    • Good for storage
    • Minimal

Personal comments

I LOVE this toy and I cannot praise it enough. It was my first vibrator and I do not regret purchasing it at all. I bought it almost exactly a year ago, so I feel like I have had sufficient time to become well acquainted with it. It suits all of my needs for discretion, moderate power, and style. This toy is travel-friendly and will serve you well should you want to have fun on the go, in semi-public or public places, too. It may be pricey, but it is a wonderful investment (and it doesn’t hurt to hunt for a sale either). This is a fantastic beginner toy in general since it is super discreet, quiet, and not intimidating for those who have never experienced sex toys. College students or those rooming with others will especially love that it can be left lying around the room looking inconspicuous and be used while the other person is in the room (or with very thin walls).
    • Excellent toy for anyone but especially beginners
    • Simple and elegant
    • Tons of fun


I have actually owned 2 Mia, so I thought I would include the differences between the new version and the old version as well as talk about Lelo’s customer support. The older model had a hollow cap and the newer model has a network of plastic that fits the shape of the USB in the cap. I actually liked the older cap better since it left enough space that the plastic wouldn’t rattle into the USB and it fit a little better on the toy. While in use, I have only noticed a slight change in the sound from the old cap to the new cap, and it is very intermittent. The new sound seems to happen when the toy is pressed against something and only occurs on the lower settings when the USB makes contact with the plastic in the cap. This never occurred with the older model, but the sound really doesn’t change the overall loudness of the toy. Just something to make note of if you are sensitive to how your toys sound, and it may not happen in all of the newer models.

As for customer support, Lelo is timely, polite, discreet, and professional. I had issue with my first Mia losing its charge and gradually holding no charge at all. I contacted Lelo’s customer support and they sent me a brand new one once they received and diagnosed the old one in a little over a week. I have no qualms contacting Lelo about any questions or concerns since they were so helpful when my first Mia was having trouble.
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  • brevado
    Thanks for reviewing the Mia
  • AllenGinsberg
    Good product. My partner really enjoys this product, and I'm glad to see it being given due respect by a more than competent review. Many thanks.
  • thornrose
    good review
  • Princess Zelda
    thank you
  • MissCandyland
    Very good review! Great information! Thank you!
  • Wonderstruck
    Thanks for the review!
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    Thanks for the pics esp the size one
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    thanks for the review!
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