When I sat down to write this review, I was reminded of a vibe by Big Teaze Toys that’s been popular for about a decade or so, I Rub My Duckie. It’s designed for folks with an age-play fetish, and it’s probably the stealthiest vibrator I’ve ever seen. If this isn’t your kink, but you love the idea of a vibe that’s cute, bath-friendly and highly discreet, I’ve got something for you! It’s even shaped like a bird, too.
Tori is produced by the innovative Japanese brand Iroha, which is Tenga’s vibrator division. Tenga is best known for adapting the world-famous pocket pussy, Fleshlight, into the futuristic non-representational design of the Flip, easily one of the best stroker toys out there. Iroha, which makes toys for vulvas, offers a range of vibrators from luxury rechargeable models to super affordable battery-operated ones (that are still covered in body-safe silicone!). Tori, from the origami-inspired Iroha+ line, was my first experience with the brand, and I was pretty impressed.
First of all, Tori is gorgeous. It’s got a rich burgundy color and looks like a sleek origami bird. When sitting on its charging dock next to my computer, Tori looks way more like an external hard drive than a pleasure tool. And then, you touch it. Full disclosure, I am a typical Taurus, in that sensate pleasures are quite literally my favorite part of being a human. I can listen to a new song I love up to 100 times in a day, or stare at a beautiful painting until my contacts dry up. So when I say the silicone on Tori was made by the GODS, take it with a grain of salt. But also, believe me. It’s the fucking best.
The silicone is silky-smooth and deeply squishy, with a thick layer of it circling the inner mechanics. Stroking and squeezing Tori is so satisfying. When I’m turned on, I exert a lot of energy through my hands, and Tori accommodates that unlike any other toy. I can pinch the material like flesh between two fingers. I can relieve a week’s worth of stress with one good grab. Plus, it’s a perfect massage tool. The best sex toys often are.
Stellar silicone aside, it’s Tori’s shape that contributes most to its success. Many broad external vibes are flat like a pebble, which the body is not. Flat-shaped toys rarely hit all the right spots at once. Not so with Tori! On my body it hugs the whole curve of my vulva, from my cilt to my perineum. While this is an inspired design feature, it doesn’t actually add much to my particular experience, as I always pinpoint external vibes directly on my clit.
However, the fact that Tori is built this way means that someone who isn’t sure exactly which way they like best can buy one toy and experiment, making it ideal for beginners. Personally, I’m best acquainted with Tori’s “beak,” as it is the most direct point on the toy. Iroha seems to have intuited that many people use Tori like I do, and so the vibration is stronger in this end than in the body of the toy, a strength or a weakness depending on your own preference.
Now, here’s the rub, if you’ll pardon the pun: this vibrator is not a powerhouse. It lacks both strength and range, with three measly consistent speeds and two pulsation patterns. Unfortunately, you cannot adjust the intensity of a pulsation pattern; it is what it is. The vibrations sit about midway between buzzy and rumbly. They surpass serviceable, but frankly they’re the least exciting thing about this product, which is nearly unacceptable for a vibrator.
But Tori really is special. This is the rare rechargeable vibe that only has two total buttons, and they’re large and clicky. In fact, they’re some of the most accessible buttons in my toy collection. The settings are plotted on a loop, which I like because I can easily go back if I click a step too far. The charging dock even comes with a plastic cover for protection, which is practically unnecessary with Tori’s dust-repellent silicone. These are the details that add up greater than the sum of their parts. Are they enough?
I spilled a lot of ink over the sensual poetry of this toy, which is genuinely pleasing and really sets it apart from other external vibrators of this class. It’s a terrific choice for exploring different sensations, or if you want something simple but luxe (as in submersible waterproof, rechargeable, and with an elevated aesthetic). But the truth, is this vibe was only just strong enough and just rumbly enough to satisfy me.
For folks who don’t need lots of power, love new textures, need discretion, or want a toy that actually hugs the body’s curves, I will endlessly sing Tori’s praises. If you know you need real power, you might want to pass on this whole brand. Though I have to say, while I often wished Tori packed a bigger punch, it did always make me come. Clearly it wasn’t useless.
You may have noticed my use of the past tense just now. I regret to inform you that Tori died an untimely death during the process of writing this review. We were together for a little over a year. I was pretty shocked. My pet bird was well taken care of, and I expected to have Tori for much longer. I’m pretty sad about it. But the motor’s lack of strength, range, and longevity make it really hard to justify dropping $140 on a replacement. Frankly, the motor might be too pathetic to drop $140 on in the first place, especially with fantastic alternatives available for less. Tori is terrific, but the value just isn’t there.
Today my Tori is a beloved, kitschy desk companion and squeeze toy which, like my Vespers, can either be completely discreet or a fun conversation starter. Although I must say, the people around me are starting to conclude that any object in my space they can’t identify must be a sex toy. They’re usually right.