Ever since I saw the Sqweel online I have wanted to try it. I love having oral sex performed on me, and while I have a ton of vibrators, I have never had a sex toy that simulates oral sex. I think the idea is great and it’s such a unique looking toy. Having read a lot about the Sqweel, I was curious but not in a big hurry to pick one up based on some of the negative reviews. However, when the Sqweel 2 came out I decided I had to give it a whirl. Luckily for me, FunWares carries it so I was able to get my hands on one.
The Sqweel 2 is made by Lovehoney, a UK-based sex toy company that makes a number of other products, such as my Shag Factory Flower Power, and Realistic Oh! Rabbit Vibrator. I met some of the UK folks from Lovehoney last year at ANE, as well as their American counterparts, and they were all delightful. Lovehoney is also responsible for the original Sqweel, which is supposed to be much less powerful than the Sqweel 2. I’m afraid I can’t really do a comparison though as I don’t have the original.
The Sqweel 2 is a good-sized toy measuring at 4.5″ by 4.5″. Though it looks quite large, it is lightweight and feels comfortable in my hand. The indented sides allow for a good grip during play while permitting access to the control panel. There are three main pieces to the Sqweel 2, the body with the control panel, the hood that covers the tongues, and the wheel of 10 tongues. The body and hood of the Sqweel 2 are made of plastic, while the tongues are silicone. My Sqweel 2 is black plastic but it also comes in white. The plastic hood is clear on both models and is used to protect the tongues from getting dusty or squashed up against things that could damage them.
As the tongues are silicone, it is best to use water-based lubricant with the Sqweel 2. Silicone-based lubes can interact with the silicone of the tongues causing them to break down. The silicone tongues are what touch your body for the most part, though sometimes my labia will rub up against the plastic. When this happens you want to be sure to wash the body as well as the tongues. Of course, it is important to wash your sex toys before and after each use for hygienic purposes. Cleaning the Sqweel 2 is relatively easy but a bit more time consuming than most of my other sex toys. First, you push down and up on the center of the Sqweel 2 in order to remove the front of the toy. This gives you access to the tongue wheel. You slide this wheel off and clean it with antibacterial soap and warm water or a sex toy cleaner, or you can spray it with a 10% bleach solution. I would be careful with the bleach and I wouldn’t boil it as there is a plastic piece in the center of the tongue wheel that fits onto the case of the toy. To make sure the external plastic case is clean, carefully wipe it down with warm water and antibacterial soap or a sex toy cleaner. You can also use rubbing alcohol on the plastic but not on the silicone. Be careful when cleaning the plastic case as the battery compartment is at the back and it is not waterproofed.
Both plastic and silicone are good materials for sex toys as both are latex and phthalate-free and hypoallergenic. Plastic is also non-porous while silicone has teeny, tiny pores that are not big enough to really absorb anything. The plastic of the Sqweel 2 is very shiny, while the pink silicone tongues have a matte look to them. The silicone has a bit of drag so I would definitely recommend using a bit of water-based lube. I’m guessing the success of this toy has much to do with the level of lubrication. The tongues have a fine seam down the middle of each one that I can feel with my fingers but can’t feel against my clit.
The control panel of the Sqweel 2 is easy to use. It is made up of two buttons and a sliding switch. Button 1 is the larger button and it has a play symbol on it. Button 2 is smaller and looks like a power button, which is what I expected it to be but it’s not. To turn the Sqweel 2 on, press down on Button 1. This starts the tongues spinning in one direction. To change direction, press down on Button 2. To change direction again, press Button 2 again. On your third press of Button 2, the tongues will flick back and forth from one direction to the other. Apparently, reversing directions and the flicking motion are new additions to the Sqweel 2′s repertoire. There are three levels of intensity on the Sqweel 2 and you cycle through those by pressing on Button 1. To turn the Sqweel 2 off, press and hold Button 1 for approximately 2 seconds. Both buttons light up blue when the toy is on. There is a sliding switch that has little locked and unlocked icons, which lead me to believe it is a locking mechanism. However, I cannot get it to work. It doesn’t lock and keep the toy from turning on, nor does it lock and keep it from turning off or changing modes. I find this totally confusing. Of course, it’s possible I have a defective unit and the locking feature just doesn’t work on mine. There is no information about it in the owner’s manual so maybe it is something else entirely and I just haven’t figured it out yet.
The Sqweel 2 takes three AAA batteries, which are not included in the box. The batteries fit into the compartment in the back which is easy to open and close. Remember to remove the batteries from your Sqweel 2 before storing it, as leaving them in could drain your batteries and damage the toy. Even the owner’s manual makes a note of this. It is especially easy to accidentally hit the button and turn the Sqweel 2 on so I imagine this could happen in storage as well, another good reason not to leave the batteries in.
In use the Sqweel 2 is…well, interesting. It is certainly unlike any of my other sex toys and feels very unique on my body. It makes a great warm up toy, especially on my nipples. It doesn’t really feel like someone is licking them but it’s a much different sensation than a vibrator. Those little tongues lapping against my nipple feels just amazing. I prefer using the reverse direction on my nipples as it seems to hit them just right. Using the forward motion slows the tongues down a bit and making it somehwat choppy. The Sqweel 2 also feels pretty great against my clit. Again, it’s not the same as oral sex (obviously) but there is a definite sensation of licking. There is obviously a difference between using the Sweel 2 on a forward or backward setting but I don’t really know which one I like better on my clit. The flicking back and forth motion is good as well. I think these were strong additions to the Sqweel 2.
Using the Sqweel 2 makes me wish I had the original so I could compare the power of the two. I find the Sqweel 2 to be more powerful than I expected, but my expectations were lower than my hopes so that could be the reason. You do have to very careful not to press the Sqweel 2 against the body too much or it will stop. It just can’t handle the pressure. This makes me realize how much I actually need pressure to orgasm, which I don’t notice as much with other sex toys as I can apply pressure with them. The Sqweel 2 turns me on when I use it on my nipples as well as on my clit. I really like using it on my nipples while using a separate vibrator on my clit. It does such a great job at stimulating my nipples. I’m just not sure I really have the patience to use it by itself that much of the time. It takes such a long time to orgasm just using the Sqweel 2 that I get impatient and want to move on to another sex toy. I always thought warm-up toys were kinda dumb. What’s the point in having it around if it doesn’t do the job? With the Sqweel 2, I see the point. It really has the capacity to rev me up. I’m just not sure it can always finish me off.
The packaging for the Sqweel 2 is simple and totally indiscreet. Not only do you see the Sqweel 2 up front and center through the plastic clamshell, it says, “ORAL SEX TOY” in ginormous letters on the front and back of the box. Lovehoney wants everyone to know the purpose of this sex toy. The box itself is a typical cardboard box with an open front. Inside the box the Sqweel 2 sits on a white plastic tray with a clear plastic tightly fitting lid. This plastic is very flimsy so I don’t think it’s a good option for storage. Considering the outside of the toy is a sturdy plastic and it has a lid that covers the tongues, you can pretty much just toss it into your toy chest as is. Also included in the box is a small owner’s guide. The instructions are very basic on how to use and clean the Sqweel 2. I would have liked a bit more information, such as details about the materials and locking mechanism, especially for newbies. For example, it says to apply water-based lubricant to the tongues and your clit but doesn’t explain this is because the tongues are silicone. People unfamiliar with such products might think the silicone or hybrid lube they have on hand is perfectly fine. It also says nothing about the locking mechanism.
Sqweel 2 Pros:
• Excellent stimulation
• Strong rotations
Sqweel 2 Cons:
• Can’t put enough pressure on clit
• Cleaning takes longer than most other toys
• Locking mechanism doesn’t work (may just be mine or not a locking mechanism at all)
• Owner’s manual
The Sqweel 2 is such an unusual toy I find it slightly difficult to describe the sensations. It’s almost one of those situations where you’ve got to feel it yourself to know if you’ll like it. As I mentioned before, though I was hoping I would like it I wasn’t sure that I would. I do. Where I’m on the fence is in its power to make me orgasm all by its lonesome. The lack of pressure is a challenge for me but I think that’s just the nature of the beast rather than a flaw in the Sqweel 2. It’s fantastic on my nipples and never gives me a numb, buzzy or painful, over-sensitive feeling in my nipples or clit. While it may end up being more of a warm up/nipple toy than a main eventor for me, I really like it and it has a very special place in my toy box. If you don’t require pressure on your clit to orgasm, you may very well fall in love with the Sqweel 2. As a nipple and warm-up toy I’d give the Sqweel 4.5 stars but as clit/orgasm inducing toy it fails for me so I’d give it a 1.5 stars, which averages out to 3 stars. However, I’m giving it an extra .5 stars because it is just so unique.