FYI: I’m comparing the Duet and the FORM 2 by Jimmyjane fairly often in the this review. They are both “dual-motor” vibrators that “hug the clitoris”, so many people might be here to decide between the two.
Duet by Crave
(with lint on it – to prove it’s quality silicone – not because I’m too lazy to Photoshop it)
There is no denying the sleekness and coolness of Crave products. All of Crave‘s toys are beautiful products made by people of talented industrial design and masterful engineering backgrounds. Like the company name suggests, there is a sense yearning or desire of satisfaction. Crave is just so smart and cool and pretty, like those popular kids in school. Craving their coolness!
The Duet makes question myself – am I cool enough?
Eventually, though, a sort of disillusionment with the Duet arose. Kind of like realizing you didn’t have anything in common with the popular kids anyways and decided your better off without them. That isn’t exactly how it went down with the Duet, but sort of.
The Duet and I have had our ups and downs. At first I longed for the Duet. Their Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaign intrigued me. It was pretty, it looked like a tuning fork, it was designed by a woman, they cared about quality, and honestly – I just love that burgundy/crimson color. That was my go-to font color back in AOL Instant Messenger days – the “AIM” days, if you will.
I finally acquired my own Duet. And after years of getting off from the strength of the FORM 2, I guess I’m slightly disappointed. And this is WITH the new Turbo mode on the Duet. Turbo mode is where you press down on the “+” button for a little longer than you would when simply cycling through the power levels. After holding down long enough the vibrator jumps into turbo mode, making the vibrations more intense compared to the otherwise highest power level. For those who care about patterns – you cannot use the patterns during turbo mode.
So Crave listened and knew to make the Duet more powerful, but unfortunately this Turbo mode doesn’t quite make it to the top power of the FORM 2.
After my first masturbation session with the Duet I had a few thoughts: (1) this toy would be useless to me without the Turbo mode. (2) I want more. Not only more power, but more girth. More surface area. My labia feels cold, lonely, under appreciated, and reluctantly untouched!
I get that the Duet is suppose to be a small and discreet vibrator. But it is too thin to really stimulant everything I’d like it to. It is also very pin-pointy. If you love pin-pointy and can’t get enough pin-pointy, get the Duet. If you still want that “hug the clitoris” feature, but would like to cover a little more ground with your external vibrator, go another direction. Go with the FORM 2.
Upon my subsequent sessions with this toy, however, I did start to warm up to it. Change is always hard you guys, but I can adapt.
I found that the thinness actually made made the Duet easy to use with another dildo. I now prefer using the Duet while the addition of a g-spot toy. I got that dual-stim going on, so I don’t neeeed the power of a really strong vibe on my clit.
And, also, the Duet is pretty, remember. I guess I’m a little superficial with sex toys. I’m like a sex toy mid-life crisis. Instead of having my arm around a 21-year-old, I feel good with the Duet around my clitoris.
There is one thing I cannot get used to though.
The buttons. Let’s discuss these buttons. They are all lined up next to each other in a horizontal formation, rather than vertical, like the FORM 2 or most Fun Factory vibrators. There is a “+” on one side and a “-” on either side. These two are for the power levels. There is an “0″ in middle of them, which controls the patterns. This line up is less than idea because I tend to move my toys in all sorts of ways while masturbating.
Let me paint you a lovely masturbation picture:
Here I am, masturbating, flipping the vibrator about, moving it around, you know, blissfully feeling good feels. Things are heating up. I’m getting close to orgasm. It is time to turn up the the power setting to finish myself off. And you know me – I’m all about the turbo mode, so I gun it, full speed. Suddenly, my vibrator turns off.
See what I mean? Not an ideal situation. This happened because I didn’t notice the buttons switching around. I couldn’t distinguish the difference between the “+” and the “-”. The buttons would never flip sides like that with a vertical button formation. Unless, of course I flipped the entire toy around, but I’m pretty sure I would notice that.
Sure the “+” and “-” are embossed so maybe someone somewhere can feel the difference. But I kind of doubt it. These buttons are real small and my hands are covered in lube. If a vertical button formation isn’t possible, then maybe a “+” “-” and then “0″ order would be better because then at least I know the “+” is on the outside.
Summary: I overcame the size and the power, but the buttons will always irk me a bit.
Other cool things about the Duet that I didn’t mention:
- It is super easy to travel with because it is USB rechargeable! No wires, just stick it in the USB drive on your laptop/adapter.
- Silky smooth and safe silicone
- Every time you turn on the toy it will warn you how charged it is: One buzz means you should probably pick another toy. Two means you’ve got some time, but use it wisely. At three and four you’re good to go.
Bonus: The Duet is fully waterproof. Like really actually waterproof. Like an outlandish 100 feet waterproof. The co-founder/engineer used to make underwater video equipment and still uses his expertise with sex toys. Check out this cute video:
The (Sex) Life Aquatic from Crave on Vimeo.
If you want this beaut of a vibrator, you can find the Crave Duet at Shevibe for $149.
If you want the FORM 2, you can also find it at Shevibe for $145, AND THERE’S A SALE RIGHT NOW: $123.25