Not too long ago, a local California sex toy company called NS Novelties came out with a a few new vibrators. The Bliss Massager looked colorful and interesting, two qualities I adore in my sex toys. I really wanted to check it out and thanks to PinkCherry Sex Toys I had the opportunity to test drive the Bliss.
The Bliss Massager is a small vibrator that I would classify as a clit stimulator, meaning it is not designed to be inserted into the vagina, or anus for that matter. It measures 4.5″ in length and 2″ in diameter. It is lightweight and fits perfectly in my hand. It comes in two colors, black and burgundy, and white and pink. Both colors are attractive but I prefer my white and pink Bliss Massager. Kinda reminds me of Easter candy.
Made of ABS and silicone, the Bliss Massager is body safe and easy to clean. Most of the vibrator is made of white plastic but the tip of the Bliss is a pink, ribbed silicone and there is a pink silicone stripe that runs around its body. NS Novelties recommends using antibacterial soap and water for cleaning, but you can also use a sex toy cleaner. If you are careful you can use a 10% bleach solution on the silicone tip of the Bliss but I wouldn’t want to get bleach on the plastic body. If you want to use a bleach solution, I would suggest dabbing it on with a soft towel. There is a good amount of drag with the silicone tip, so I do recommend using lube during play. As the tip is really what touches your body, you’ll want to use a water-based lubricant. Silicone-based lubes can have a negative reaction with the silicone tip leaving it tacky. Fortunately, there isn’t too much of this silicone on the Bliss as the silicone that is on there does attract a lot of lint.
The Bliss Massager has two of my favorite features in a sex toy. It is waterproof and rechargeable. On the back of the vibrator, in the pink silicone, is the charging port. You can really tell the Bliss is waterproof by how firmly you have to push the charging pin into the port to secure it. When you pull it out, the silicone seals the hole up which is what allows it to be waterproof. As you can see from the images (or rather not see), the port is practically invisible when not in use. During charging, the control panel flashes red. The flashing stops when the Bliss is fully charged…or so it seems. There is no user manual included with the Bliss Massager so this is just what I’ve experienced. I charged my Bliss for two hours or so which seemed to fully charge it, though i don’t know if it arrived with much of a charge. I have yet to run the battery down so I really don’t know how long it will last before another charge is needed.
As I mentioned before, the Bliss Massager fits comfortably in my hand which makes it very easy to use. The control panel consists of a black silicone strip with three buttons, +, o, and -. The + button turns the Bliss on and increases the intensity of the vibrations. It also allows you to cycle up through the different patterns once you’ve changed modes. You press the o button when you want to switch from steady vibrations to patterns and back to steady vibrations again. The – button decreases the intensity of the vibrations, cycles down through the pattern modes, and turns the vibrator off. All three buttons are easy to press and have good feedback. You have to press on them firmly so you won’t change modes or intensities accidentally, just by brushing your finger across one of them.
The Bliss Massager has four levels of steady vibration and six patterns, which accounts for the 10 modes stated on the box. The different modes are as follows:
1. Steady vibration
2. Medium pulse
3. Fast pulse
4. Double pulse
6. Dance Mix
7. Double pulse with escalation
The vibrations are quite strong but they are slightly buzzy; not horribly, but they are certainly not the deep, rumbly vibrations I prefer. I can feel the vibrations in my hand while using the Bliss Massager, which isn’t surprising considering its size. I don’t need to use it for very long before having an orgasm but I suspect those that do may fall prey to buzzy hand syndrome. The Bliss is on the quiet side but it has a weird high-pitched whine in certain modes and when switching between patterns that is rather annoying and louder than the vibrations themselves. I am not sure if it’s just my Bliss or if they all do this.
A totally unnecessary but fun feature of the Bliss is the LED light show it puts on during use. The LED strip down the center of the vibrator lights up when the vibe is on. It increases and decreases each time you increase/decrease the intensity. It also changes colors and flashes in time to each pattern. The only downside of this light show is that you cannot actually see it during use. Your partner might enjoy it though.
In use, the Bliss Massager is a decent vibrator, but not great. I don’t love the vibrations but I don’t hate them either. They aren’t my ideal kind of vibrations, deep and rumbly, but I still have no problem getting off with this vibrator. I enjoy using the Bliss for its shape, comfort, and ease of use but I wish it had better vibrations. They are not so buzzy my clit hurts or tingles but they’re a step in that general direction. Although the tip is ribbed, for what I assume is additional stimulation, I do not feel the ribbing against my clit or labia. The Bliss does a good job on my nipples, though it is draggy without lube, so at least it’s multifunction, which I like. One thing I love is that I can control the intensity of the vibration in each mode. I just increase to the level I want and switch to the pattern mode. A lot of vibrators don’t allow this and I think it’s a big plus.
The packaging of the Bliss Massager is very secure but indiscreet. The outer box has images of the vibrator on the front and back with a list of attributes. There is another box that slides out of this external box. This box has a lid with a plastic window that shows the Bliss. The lid lifts off to reveal the Bliss sitting in a foam cutout. There is a paper flap that hides the charger in its own foam cutout next to the Bliss. The only instructions are on the side of both boxes that tell you how to wash the Bliss and suggest using lubricant, as well as a little blurb on the back of outer box which shows you how to use the control panel. While these directions are sufficient for me, I would like a little booklet to be included. Not only would it be helpful for novice users, but I have no idea how long to charge the vibrator or how long the charge lasts because this information is nowhere to be found. I would applaud NS Novelties for not using the extra paper and going more green by printing everything on the boxes if there weren’t two of them.
Bliss Massager Pros:
• Comfortable in hand
• Can control strength of vibration in every mode
• Strong vibrations
• Easy to use control panel
Bliss Massager Cons:
• Slightly buzzy vibrations
• Weird high-pitched whine
There are some great things about the Bliss Massager that I expected to like and do. I always love a waterproof and rechargeable vibrator. I love that I can control the intensity of the vibrations in every mode, though it is slightly awkward to have to set the strength first then go into pattern modes. The comfort of the shape in my hand and the ease of use of the control panel make it a pleasure to use the Bliss. What dampens that pleasure is the buzzyishness of the vibrations and the annoying high-pitched whine of the motor. Even though the size might make the Bliss a good travel vibrator, the lack of a travel lock would make me hesitant to toss it into my luggage. Who wants to deal with a vibrating bag in the middle of a crowded airport or jump in the bath with your vibrator at the end of a long journey only to discover it has accidentally been drained of all its power? Head on over to PinkCherry Sex Toys to check out the Bliss Massager, and remember, they offer Free Shipping on your $49+ order.