I had heard positive things about SinFive vibrators in the past, but had never owned one. Then SinFive seemed to disappear and I thought perhaps they had gone the way of the dodo. Suddenly, up popped the Grace and Sue (I am a little weirded out that one of these vibrators has the same name as my step-monster.) and SinFive was back on my radar. I decided to give them a try, so I picked up a SinFive Sue Vibrator to take for a spin.
Upon removing the SinFive Sue from its box, I was surprised at its size. Yes, I know I could have checked the specs before I purchased it, but sometimes I forget. I was really thinking of the SinFive Sue as a clit vibrator, so the 6″ in length was unexpected. Due to the size of the vibrator, you can also use it as an insertable, up to approximately 3.25″. It is 1.25″ in diameter and its curved and pointy tip is meant to stimulate the g-spot.
This vibrator is made of silicone that is super draggy, so I recommend using a good amount of lube, even if you’re only using it for clit stimulation. It does not glide across the skin like other silicone sex toys I have. As I do not know anything about the quality of SinFive silicone, I suggest using water-based lubricant only with the SinFive Sue. In general, silicone-based lubes can negatively interact with the silicone of the toy and damage it.
I can say that due to the fact the SinFive Sue is made of silicone, it is latex and phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, and body-safe. Unfortunately, this particular silicone is not only draggy, it is also a lint magnet. Neither quality is uncommon in silicone sex toys, but it’s always great when I find silicone without these characteristics.
The silicone of the SinFive Sue is a soft layer over a mostly hard inner core, where the motor is located. The curved tip of the Sue is solid silicone and is bendy and a bit squashy. The vibrations travel very well through the body of the SinFive Sue to its tip. On the back of the vibrator, about two thirds of the way down, is the word “SinFive” in raised letters. It is a non-issue when it comes to use, as this part of the vibrator never enters the body. Similarly, there is a seam that completely wraps around the body of the SinFive Sue, just above the lettering. This seam can be clearly seen and felt with fingers, but even if you insert the vibrator that far into your body, it’s not significant enough to be felt.
The SinFive Sue is a rechargeable vibrator and it charges magnetically. This means there are no open ports or plugs on the Sue so it can be fully submersed in water, making it a good option for the bath. This also makes cleaning very easy. You can wash the SinFive Sue with warm water and mild soap, use a sex toy cleaner, or a 10% bleach solution. Using bleach will disinfect the vibrator, killing bacteria, so it can be used amongst non-fluid bonded partners. Do NOT attempt to boil or wash the SinFive Sue in the dishwasher, as this could damage the motor.
As I mentioned above, the SinFive Sue charges magnetically. The two silver metal buttons on the front of the vibrator are actually the magnetic contacts that attach to the charger, as well as the control panel. The charger has a small oblong, black plastic head with + and – signs on top. This is to show you how to align it with the SinFive Sue, which also has + and – signs next to the silver buttons on its body. What’s weird about this charger is that you can attach it either way. I have a handful of vibrators with magnetic chargers and if you try to apply the charging piece in the wrong direction the magnets repel each other, so you know it’s wrong. I have never seen one that can attach in either direction and I find it a bit odd.
The two buttons that make up the SinFive Sue’s control panel are not the easiest to press. They require quite a lot of pressure, so I do not think this vibrator would be a good option for people with issues of strength and pain in the hands. Quite frankly, it is a literal and figurative pain. The buttons are also confusing because the + and – signs are not on the buttons themselves, but on the silicone body of the vibrator next to the buttons. Of course, I immediately assumed the signs were the buttons. How foolish of me.
Turning the vibrator on and off is simple enough. The + button, located above the – button, turns the SinFive Sue on and scrolls up through the different modes. What is interesting is that once you hit the highest level of steady vibration (Mode #8), pressing the + button not only takes you into the pattern modes, but will continue to cycle through them as you continue to press the button. The vibrator does not go back to Mode #1 and start all over. The SinFive Sue does not have a memory chip, so once turned off, it always turns on at the lowest level of steady vibration, Mode #1. As you might expect, the – button scrolls down through the different modes and turns the vibrator off. Turning the SinFive Sue off is easy. You just press and hold the – button for about two seconds.
The SinFive Sue has 12 different modes of vibration, eight levels of steady vibration and four pattern modes. I think it’s silly to list the first eight modes separately. Just know they are all steady vibrations that increase in strength.
1-8. Steady vibration
9. Fast ramp up
10. Slow ramp up followed by quick ramp up
11. Slow roller coaster
12. Dance mix
The vibrations are fairly quiet and cannot be heard through a bedroom door. They are also very strong. I can get off on the mid-level vibrations, I do not need to be at the highest level to orgasm. I also really like the patterns, especially 10 and 11. The vibrations are also deep and throbby. They may not be the deepest frequency vibrations ever, but they do the job well.
I am not a huge fan of insertables that only penetrate a few inches. I don’t need 10″ of penetration, but I tend feel that 2″ is a bit of a waste. So as far as that goes, I don’t see the insertability factor of the SinFive Sue as a bonus, nor do I like to use it that way. Along those lines, if I do use it for penetration, it doesn’t do a great job with my g-spot. It’s a bit too bendy and not firm enough for me. As for clit stimulation, which is how I use the SinFive Sue, it is pretty damn good. The strength of the vibrations was surprising, as I often use the highest power level on many vibrators during masturbation. As I was scrolling to test each level, I was taken aback at how quickly I found a level that would do just fine. When I continued to up the power frequency, I discovered that the highest levels were definitely more power than I needed, which does make having to go through them to get to the patterns a pain….almost literally.
Without a good amount of water-based lubricant, the silicone of the SinFive Sue does not slide along my skin as easily as I would like. I want to be able to use it on my nipples without getting my breasts all lubey. The buttons are not as bad I thought they would be during play. They are accessible, large enough, and spread far enough apart that they should be easy to use, and in theory they are, but not in practice.
As I mentioned previously, the buttons are so hard to press. They remind me a bit of the middle button on the Je Joue Uma and the Je Joue FiFi. I can’t decide if my nails are a help or a hindrance in this situation. They make it more difficult to to hit the buttons with the flat of my finger, but they also give me something strong and pointy with which to press them. If you look closely at the images of the SinFive Sue, you can see the buttons are actually located in a small recess on the bottom of the vibrator, which just kills me. It makes trying to press the stupid buttons even more difficult.
I do enjoy attractive and clever packaging, even though most of it gets tossed/recycled, never to be seen again. SinFive’s in neither. It is very simple, which I am fine with, but I find it to be incomplete. The SinFive Sue comes in a hard black box, which I actually like very much. This box is strong and sturdy and has no markings on it to indicate what is inside. I wish it were much smaller, as it is far too long for the SinFive Sue. I am betting they use the same box for the SinFive Grace, hence the length. The box is held shut with a wide black elastic band that says SinFive on it. Secured against the box with this band, is a piece of paper with the name and an image of the Sue. However, this paper is not physically attached to the box in any way and can easily be removed from under the elastic band.
Inside the box, the SinFive Sue is sort of gripped in place on a piece of black cardboard by another black elastic band, but (at least in my box) it does not do a good job of holding the vibrator in place, so it slips and slides along the length of the box. Underneath the black cardboard with the ineffective band, is the SinFive Sue’s charger. It is a relatively short USB cable. While I really like the option of being able to charge vibrators via USB, I still want the manufacturer to include the AC power source so I can plug it into the wall when I want. SinFive fails to do so. The only other thing included in the box is a card with the most basic information on it in several languages. There is no other user manual, not that I think this puny thing qualifies in the first place. Granted, it does tell you how to turn it on and off, though I feel even those directions are slightly misleading, and it does say the vibrator is waterproof. I have no idea how long the vibrator takes to acquire a full charge or how long this charge will last. There is no information about what lubricants are safe to use with the SinFive Sue, nor is there any safety information. It also states there are three vibration patterns, so maybe I am feeling something that really isn’t there in the fourth pattern…
I know that most people do not read safety information. I also know that most people who are experienced with sex toys or are averagely intelligent will figure out how the SinFive Sue works. Still, why should anyone have to struggle to do so? I think it’s fair to say I am an experienced user and it took me a bit to sort the control panel, because it’s misleading and does not work as I was expecting. This is not a big deal for me, but what about someone who has just purchased their first vibrator? How unnecessarily confusing for them. What happens when they pull out their favorite silicone-based lubricant and slather it all over the vibrator and end up with an unusable toy? Perhaps I am way too much up in arms about this, but I find it extremely frustrating when manufacturers create a unnecessarily challenging experience for newbies.
Usually in a situation like this, where little to no information is provided, I hunt down the manufacturer’s website for more information. In this case, the website provides absolutely no information whatsoever. It does not even seem to be completed. All I can tell you is that the SinFive Sue is made in Germany, which is a bit of a surprise as my experience in the past with German manufacturers has been very positive.
SinFive Vibrator Pros:
• Powerful vibrations
• Deep vibrations
• Good shape to hold during play
• Rechargeable (via USB)
SinFive Sue Vibrator Cons:
• Buttons are recessed and very difficult to press
• Buttons are slightly confusing
• No dedicated pattern button
• Does not include an AC power supply
• Heats up when charging
• No user manual
• Lint magnet
I find myself vacillating somewhat on the SinFive Sue Vibrator. There are so many things that piss me off about it. It’s fantastic that it’s rechargeable but why no AC power source? Surely it’s not a cost issue. How much can those little plugs run? I know I can just use another USB compatible plug, and maybe in the end SinFive did my a favor by not adding another one to my collection. Nevertheless, I feel gypped. Also, a weird thing keeps happening when I plug the vibrator in to charge. It starts vibrating at a low level for a few seconds. Generally, vibrators don’t work while charging, and we’re always warned not to turn them on while they are connected to a power source. It’s not a huge thing but I don’t like even a little power source oddness around my computer. The vibrator also heats up during the charging process. It’s not the first time I have had this experience, but it actually happens rather infrequently, and again, this one is charging right next to my computer.
I have already complained about the difficult to press buttons in their little recess, so there’s no need to go on about it again. While I do appreciate a simple control panel, and two buttons is certainly simple, the SinFive Sue needs a dedicated pattern button. The fact that the vibrations are so strong means I really need to keep the vibrator away from my body while I’m searching for the pattern I want or I run the risk of zinging my clit.
I know the lack of a user manual is not the end of the world, but it frustrates me immensely. It just seems lazy and irresponsible. As a general rule, silicone tends to attract lint, so I really shouldn’t hold that against the SinFive Sue. It’s just that with all the other little irritants, adding the fact that I can’t make it from the bathroom after washing it to the bedroom to use it without it grabbing onto every piece of lint, dust, and hair in the city, does not put me in a good mood.
And yet, once you get past all the things that make me want to throw it out the window, the damn vibrator is effective and efficient at its most important purpose, getting me off. I’m so mad about all the downsides of the SinFive Sue that I want to give it a low score, but I can’t bring myself to ding it that much when it makes me orgasm so quickly. The vibrations are strong and deep, which will be pleasing to many people. It is submersible, which is a priority for some. It is rechargeable, a priority for others. Its silicone, while draggy and linty, is easy to care for and body-safe. It also has the added attraction of some penetration and g-spot stimulation. As you can see, this vibrator does have a lot to offer. Still, I can’t let it get away unscathed.