I’d been lusting after the Minna Ola for a long time before one showed up at my doorstep a month ago. Everything about it just seemed so perfect. Now that I’ve used it I see that no, it’s not perfect, but nothing really is, right?1 I love the Minna Ola and it is an all-around awesome vibrator. It lets me enjoy two things I’m not usually so keen on: patterns and internal vibration.
A lot of sex toys get labeled “unique” and “innovative” but honestly they’re just… not. Minna’s products definitely do not fall into that category. They’re the real deal. No gimmicks here. What sets Minna’s products apart from other sex toy manufacturers’ is that their toys feature a squeeze control and allow you to make custom vibration patterns. The pillowy pad that you squeeze manipulates the intensity of the vibration. It’s intuitive; the harder you squeeze, the stronger the vibration.
You can use the Ola in three different modes. The first is “freeplay” mode, where it depends on you to keep squeezing the pad to make it vibrate. Then there is a “loop” mode, which will replay whatever sequence you create until you squeeze the pad again. And finally, there is the “locked loop” mode for when you really like a pattern you made in loop mode. This last mode will record your pattern and loop over and over again until you go back to freestyle or record a new pattern in the loop mode.
And how does it feel? Incredible. The vibration is rumbly and goes from fairly weak (if you squeeze lightly) to quite strong (if you squeeze as hard as you can). It’s rigid and made of smooth, seamless, matte silicone (with the exception of the squeeze pad, which is squishy, plush silicone). I love the way the Ola’s silicone feels. It isn’t draggy and I find that I don’t need to use much lube, if any. Oh, yeah, and it isn’t a lint/pet hair magnet! Yes!
The size of the Ola is pretty average at about 1.5 inches at its widest point and just over 7.5 inches long. It’s curved, but not extremely so. For me it feels great on my g-spot since I don’t like intense g-spot stimulation, but I’m guessing it might be a little disappointing in that regard for folks who like more intense stimulation. But it’s not necessarily marketed as a g-spot toy, so maybe don’t expect to be absolutely blown away by the g-spot stimulation it provides.
I’ve made it clear that I’m almost never a fan of vibration patterns, so you may be wondering why I like the Ola so much. Well, with preset patterns I always find myself wishing there wasn’t a clear break between pulses, or that the pulses were longer, or stronger, or whatever. They almost work, but not quite. With the Ola I can tailor-make patterns that do work for me. I like to use other vibrators’ patterns as inspiration and tweak it to whatever pleases me. You can even set it to a steady vibration by squeezing the pad with one hand and pressing the “loop/lock” button with the other hand. I wish that there was an easier way to have steady vibrations, but at least it is possible. Plus, it’s fun to use with a partner, letting them create patterns for you or creating patterns for them.
Okay, so, I’m pretty infatuated with the Ola. But as I said, it isn’t perfect. Here are the things I’m not so crazy about:
- One small complaint is that the buttons can be a little difficult to press. Well, at least when it’s inside of me and it’s harder to reach and everything.
- It’s a shame that you can’t save patterns. I would love to be able to store the patterns I like the most, because typically what happens is I make a good one and the next time I use it I can’t replicate it. Damn.
- I don’t like that it only comes in pink and purple. I am not very fond of those colors in general, but I must admit I do like how both colors look for the Ola. Fortunately, I think Minna has figured out that we want more color options, with the Limon available in a teal color that I just need in my life, and their kGoal is available in my favorite colors, orange and blue! Thanks, Minna.
I am sad that the Ola isn’t strong enough for me to use as an external vibe, too. It’s alllmost strong enough but no matter how much I want to, I simply can’t get off that way. However, it is rumbly and quite strong, and I don’t doubt that many people would find the Ola satisfying to use as a clit vibe but for a power queen like me it’s not enough.
Now that I’ve gotten the few cons out of the way, let me remind you why I love the Minna Ola. It is what I expect from a luxury sex toy. Good design, quality silicone, sleek and seamless, easy to use, strong vibration, fully waterproof, decently quiet, rechargeable with a long battery life (and it tells you how much life is left when you turn it on!), comes with a nice little storage pouch that fits the toy and its charger, and even the packaging is cool.
THANK YOU Minna for sending me this product in exchange for my honest review!
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