I was lucky enough to be sent the lelo Noa Couples vibrator for review from Smoothvelvet.co.uk, it arrived really quickly and in discrete packaging, with lots of protection to stop the box or the toy from getting damaged.
The packaging for the Lelo Noa is pretty standard for lelo, lovely and clear with a nice picture of the toy on the box and some basic information about how the toy works. Inside the box the toy is beautifully presented in a moulded base, with a satin Lelo branded storage pouch included along with a USB charger, sample of Lelo lubricant, very basic instructions for use and the guarentee/warrenty for the vibrator which you get with all Lelo toys.
The instructions which you get with the vibrator are extremely basic, but they do include a link for you to be able to look up the full instructions online, this can be found here , I found that I needed to look the manual up online to get a better feel of the toy.
After standing there for a while the plug in one hand and the Noa in the other, thinking that I couldn’t see anywhere to stick it, I finally worked out that the top of the vibrator unscrews and the wire was attached to the inside of the head of the vibrator. It was only after that that I spotted that there are simple instructions included with the Noa to show you how to do this. The wire that comes with it only has a USB attachment with it, but I used the plug from my mobile phone to plug it into the mains, if you don’t have one you can plug it into you computer or get one from ebay relatively cheap. The Noa takes about 2hrs to charge fully and when the Noa is charging there is a light on the top of it which lights up pink. Once the Noa is fully charged the light will change to a white light to show that it is fully charged. If the light starts to flash rapidly during use, don’t worry it doesn’t mean you have broken it, just that it needs charging again.
The Lelo Noa is made out of extremely soft almost velvet touch smooth silicone, which is 100% body safe with a gold colloured plastic band which has the Lelo brand name stamped into it around the join where the top unscrews from the tail. The screw part on the inside of the toy is solid white plastic with a hole in the middle for the wire to attach for the charger. The Lelo Noa is waterproof, I have received confirmation from lelo that this is the case upto 1 metre this means that cleaning your Noa should be super easy, I would use a good quality spray sex toy cleaner to make sure that your toy is sparkling and clean and ready for you to use.
The Noa is safe to use with waterbased lubricants but not silicone lubricants as it is made from silicone, I would advise using lubricant with this couples vibrator during sex to prevent the toy been dislodged and eventually coming out of the vagina altogether, we found that without lube the Noa can easily come out. The Noa is shaped to allow the penis to slide in and out without it been uncomfortable, always insert the Noa before sex to prevent any discomfort.
To turn the Noa on you have to press the power button on the top of the vibrator twice, each time you press it the light will flash it will then turn on with a constant vibration, the Noa doesn’t remember the last setting that it was on, it will always start with the constant vibration, but it does have other settings
1. constant vibration
3. fast pulse
6. low high pulse
The light on the Noa flashes slowly when it is turned on, and fast if the battery is running out. To turn off the Noa you need to hold the power button for 5 seconds which is slightly longer than most vibrators.
The Noa has single speed but multi patterned vibrations which I would describe as medium intensity, it is definitely not as strong in vibrations as the We-Vibe 3 which is a similar style vibrator but has a remote with it and dual motors, where this only has the one motor.
The Noa is compatible with the Sensemotion remote control, but you do not get one included with it. If you already have one with another Lelo product you can link it to it, if not you can buy them from Lelo for a reasonable price, I am not sure how well this product works with the remote as I do not have one to try with it.
The Noa is almost silent, it is a very quiet vibrator and will certainly not distract either of you from lovemaking.
Our experience of using the Noa was pretty good, we found it easy to position correctly, and to turn on and change the settings while it was in place, even without a remote control for it. We did find that it moved around quite a lot during sex though and even slipped out at one point, this seemed to happen less when we used more lube, so I think it was more to do with how we were using it than the toy itself. We both enjoyed the vibrations and even though this only has the one motor on the top of the vibrator which sit on the clitoris the vibrations traveled down the full body of the vibrator and could be felt by my partner aswell, he described this as a nice sensation.
Overall We liked the Lelo Noa, We loved the feel of the supersoft silicone and how flexible it is, the vibrations could be stronger and I think that it could be improved by having a couple more speeds rather than just the one. The vibrations transferred pretty well down the whole of the toy and we both enjoyed this, and the fact that it is almost silent is great.