I’m back with another review. This one is the Evolved True Love (Amore edition) – the second traditional vibe that I’ve tried out so far.
First of all, as always: the packaging. Such an important aspect in sex toys, and I’m only half joking. The Amore True Love comes in a tin box that closes with two clasps on either end, and lies in what appears to be some foam material that’s trying to be velvet. The box design is kitschily attractive, and I actually like it quite a bit. If it wasn’t for the obvious phallic cutout and “waterproof Amore” on the front, I’d probably use it to store writing materials on my desk. At least it can still be used to store the Amore itself, which is useful. The foam lining, I don’t like as much. Since the Amore attracts dust like nobody’s business, the foam was a particularly poor choice. My first experience with the Amore was to try and brush the multitude of minuscule foam bits off of it, to no avail.
A quick wash later, the Amore was ready to go. But then I ran into another obstacle – the battery compartment. I had more trouble with this battery compartment than you would ever believe. It made me feel pretty stupid. (I felt better about myself after both F and my younger sister tried and failed as well.)
You can find the battery compartment by unscrewing the Amore’s base. The Amore takes two AA batteries. Hold on: more specifically, the Amore takes only the best kind of AA battery, and not if it’s already been used. First, I tried the unknown brand of battery that Vibrator.com had generously provided. (The Amore itself doesn’t come with batteries included.) Nothing. I flipped the +/- poles around. Still nothing. (The little sticker on the compartment, indicating which battery should have its + pole facing upwards, wasn’t really a big help because if I turned the Amore around, the two poles on the sticker would flip over again.) I tried the Energizer batteries from my camera. Nada. (The battery bar on my camera was still pretty close to full.) After a bit of correspondence with Vibrator.com (I thought this particular Amore might not be working), they had an Amore sent over to them and messed around with it a bit, and suggested that I try a better / more high powered brand of battery. So I bought a fresh pack of Duracells. The first time I put them in, the Amore worked. Great! The second time I tried, it didn’t. Wha? It took me a while to figure out that the compartment has to be closed very tightly, otherwise it won’t work.
So, now, onto the Amore itself. Finally. The Amore is made of TPR (thermoplastic rubber) which is phthalate-free, but cannot be fully sterilized. It also feels cheaper and less smooth compared to silicone. One plus is that TPR can be used with all kinds of lubes, and this vibrator was more bendy than most silicone dildos/vibrators I’ve encountered, though I’m not sure that’s true of all TPR vibrators.
The Amore comes in a pretty, iridescent blue color, which was part of the reason why I picked it. However, the Amore looks better in its pictures than it does in the flesh. Compared to the Vibrator.com product picture, the blue is a lot duller. It’s also semi see-through. Maybe you care to see the inner workings of your toy, but I don’t.
OK, so how does the Amore hold up performance-wise? It’s waterproof, which is an instant plus. Strong vibrations, if a little unsexily loud. Three vibration settings, which you cycle through by pushing the button on its base. The vibrator is placed at the tip of the shaft, which is an excellent idea. More vibrations on the g-spot! It’s also very girthy. I couldn’t take it the first few tries, probably due to the lack of a tapered head as much as the girth, and had to build myself up to it with smaller toys first. Even then, it stretched me out almost uncomfortably. The waves on the shaft didn’t provide intense texture, but I could feel them, which was good. The vibrations felt quite lovely, even on the first setting.
I’d recommend this vibe to someone who likes more girth. But since the Amore only saves you a few dollars compared to a silicone-sleeved vibe, why not just get the silicone-sleeved one instead?
Material: Phthalate-free TPR
Insertable length: 6 1/2″
Colors: Blue & Purple
Price @ Vibrator.com: $43