Iroha YUKI Vibrator

For those of you who are familiar with Tenga, you know them as a leading manufacturer that designs a line of masturbation sleeves and accessories for men. Not content to rest on their male masturbatory laurels, Tenga has created a new line of sex toys under the name Iroha. I actually posted a Spotlight on the new Tenga Iroha vibrators not that long ago. The Iroha line currently consists of three vibrators designed for women, by women. I am lucky enough to have had the opportunity to test the Iroha YUKI.

Iroha YUKI Vibrator

The word YUKI means snow in Japanese, which probably explains the Iroha YUKI’s snow white color. Made of the most amazingly silky and squashy silicone I have ever felt, called “Soft Touch” by Iroha, YUKI feels like a giant marshmallow, albeit a bit firmer. It somewhat reminds me of the Eroscillator’s Ultra Soft Finger Tip. This Soft Touch material provides a layer of squish over a hard inner core where the motor is located. Iroha strongly recommends using water-based lubricant with YUKI, going so far as to say that silicone and oil-based products will damage the Soft Touch material. The marshmallowy Soft Touch is so smooth and silky, it slides across my skin without a hitch. I use the smallest drop of lube, if any.

At 3.5″ in length and just under 2″ in diameter, the Iroha YUKI is small enough to fit in my hand. It looks like one half of one of those Russian Matryoshka Dolls or a bowling pin someone squashed down. The smaller “head” piece of YUKI can actually be inserted about 1.5″ into the body. For me, that isn’t much, but for some people it could really add to the quality of their play.

The Soft Touch material appears to be more delicate than other forms of silicone. Iroha clearly states to wash YUKI with tepid or cold water and mild soap, and to never use hot water. They also warn not to leave YUKI in water for an extended period of time, as it is water resistant, not waterproof. Therefore, it is not submersible. The silky, smooth silicone comes clean very easily and the control panel on the back, made of ABS and metal, does as well. Just be sure not to soak the buttons, as I am guessing that’s where water could leak into the motor.

YUKI is rechargeable and has an awesome charging solution. Yes, it’s not the first ever vibrator to charge while in its storage container, but it may be the coolest looking. That said, I kinda wish it was opaque just so I could leave it sitting out without being afraid of anyone seeing it. Sometimes you gotta sacrifice beauty for peace of mind. You align the triangular buttons with their magnetic counterparts and pop YUKI on the charging base. When charging, the light on the base will glow steadily. This light goes out when YUKI is fully charged, which takes about two hours. This two hour charge provides approximately 90 minutes of play time, depending on what mode you use your YUKI. Obviously, using it on the highest level of power will eat battery power much more quickly than only utilizing the lowest level. If you need to clean the charging base, use a damp cloth. Do NOT submerse it in water.

Not only can YUKI be charged by the traditional plug it into the wall power adapter, it can also charge via USB. Awesome. It’s easy. The mini USB cord plugs into the charging terminal on the back of the base and then into the wall adapter. Of course, this charging base is also part of the YUKI’s storage solution. Attach the clear Polycarbonate top to the ABS charging base and your YUKI is kept safe from dust, lint, kitten claws, and other sex toys. It’s important to mention that the YUKI’s silicone is so slick it does not attract a significant amount of dust or lint. I even tried to get it all messy but failed. Turns out YUKI has an anti-dust coating on its silicone, something I had never run across before.

YUKI has quite strong vibrations. In fact, when I turned the vibrator on for the first time I thought perhaps it was already on the highest level of vibration. I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. They are also deep and throbby, as well as quiet. YUKI has four modes, three steady vibration modes and one pulsation pattern. They are as follows:
1. Low steady vibration
2. Medium steady vibration
3. High steady vibration
4. Pulse pattern

The control panel is super simple, consisting of only two triangular shaped buttons. The button on the left (coincidentally pointing to the left), marked with a – sign, turns YUKI off and moves to the previous mode. The button on the right, (yet again coincidentally, points to the right), marked with a + sign, turns YUKI on and cycles to the next mode. To turn the vibrator on or off you press and hold the corresponding button for about two seconds. The buttons are large and easy to press with minimal pressure, which will be a good thing for those who have issues with their hands. YUKI has no memory chip so regardless of what mode you are on when you turn it off, it will be on number 1 when you turn it back on.

In use, the Iroha YUKI performs well. The Soft Touch silicone material feels so sleek and velvety against my skin. It slides along my labia and pops inside me with ease. I’ve mentioned that I prefer larger insertables, but YUKI really isn’t an insertable. It’s a clit vibrator with a bonus. From that perspective, I can appreciate the 1.5″ of insertable length that YUKI offers. The vibrations are strong, deep, and quiet. The roundish head creates more diffuse vibrations as opposed to the pinpoint stimulation I prefer. However, YUKI does get me off and the diffuseness of the vibrations is great for nipple play. I find YUKI comfortable to hold and operate during play, with the large metal buttons easy to feel and press. The fact that the vibrations can be felt throughout the entire vibrator is both good and slightly not great. It means that any part of YUKI can be used for stimulation, but it also means my hand can get a little buzzy after a while. It’s not nightmarish, but something I notice.

The packaging of the Iroha YUKI is a cut above the rest, just like the vibrator itself. First is the outer paper sleeve with an image of the YUKI on the front, as well as the back. The back also has an image of YUKI’s siblings, MIDORI and SAKURA with some basic information about the vibrators. The sleeve is wrapped around two boxes. One box contains the DC wall adapter, mini USB cable, and the instruction manual. In the other box is the Iroha YUKI snug and safe in its storage box/charging base. Within the box, the YUKI is actually sitting in a black cutout that has instructions on how to use YUKI’s control panel. All in all, pretty nifty.

Iroha YUKI Vibrator Pros:
• Feels like squashy marshmallows
• Rechargeable
• Nifty charging/storage box
• Super silky silicone
• Very attractive
• Anti-dust coating
• Quiet
• Comfortable to hold shape
• Strong vibrations
• Easy to use controls
• Versatile

Iroha YUKI Vibrator Cons:
• Somewhat diffuse rather than pinpoint vibrations
• Possible buzzy hand syndrome
• Water resistant, not waterproof

So many wonderful things about the Iroha YUKI, where to start? I think I must begin with the fabulous, squashy, marshmallow-like, anti-dust coated silicone. Actually, I basically said it all in that one sentence, other than adding that Soft Touch is AWESOME and I want more. The vibrations are strong enough to get me off and the vibrator is so very quiet. Though I’m generally not one to bother with a 1.5″ insertion, it is a nice tease. YUKI’s shape makes it easy to hold during use and the control buttons are very accessible and simple to operate. Combining storage with the charging solution is fantastic and particularly attractive in this case. The USB charging option is becoming more popular and I highly approve.

As far as the downsides, there are not many. I always prefer waterproof to water resistant, because it makes my life easier, but I can live with water resistant for now. The small size and design of YUKI almost necessitate buzzy hand syndrome. It really is not a flaw of the design, it’s just what you get with this style of vibrator. That being said, YUKI may not be the best choice if your hands are uber-sensitive. My biggest issue, which again is not a flaw but rather an issue of shape, is that the vibrations are more diffuse than I would like. The round head of the vibrator spreads the vibration over a greater surface area, which is very good nipples and labia. As I prefer pinpoint stimulation to my clit, it is not the ideal shape for me. I would probably do better with the Iroha SAKURA. That being said, the vibrations are not too diffuse to get me off.

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