Review: Revel Body SOL Sonic Vibrator

 
 

Revel Body is back with an updated version of their original sonic vibrator. You can read my review for the original Revel Body ONE Sonic Vibrator and get a lot more detail here.

There was a lot of hype when Revel Body released the original version of their sonic vibrator earlier this year. The vibrator featured their groundbreaking TrueSonic(R) technology and it was claimed that the revolutionary motor could produce a greater range and greater power than other vibrators on the market. Whereas that might be true, you have to keep in mind that just because a motor can produce more power doesn’t mean that it is necessarily more effective.

A number of reviewers were left underwhelmed with the strength of the vibrations and the many buzzy, high frequency settings the Revel Body ONE offered.

Revel body took consumer and reviewer feedback and set out to address these areas of concerns, and now they’re back with a new and improved version.

Meet the Revel Body SOL.

 

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The SOL features quite a few areas of improvement, including:

 

  • More power at all settings.
  • Being able to withstand more pressure.
  • Easier to remove the piston and replace the attachment tips.
  • Quieter operation.
  • Improved underwater suction and vibration.

So I’ll go through and address what I thought about each area of improvement.

 

Improved power and fewer buzzy settings:

The Revel Body SOL comes with 6 vibration speeds instead of 10, but to me the overall range from low to high feels be about the same. Of the 6 settings, the first 3 are rumblier, with a lot more in-and-out movement in the piston. Once you reach the 4th setting you will instantly notice that the vibrations take on a different, buzzier quality. They are faster and high pitched, and the piston doesn’t visibly move in and out anymore because the movements have become very small and fast. The vibrations sit on the surface of the skin instead of penetrating deeper like the first few settings. These high frequency vibrations remind me of what my Sonicare toothbrush and Clarisonic face brush feel like, so if you’ve experience either one of these items you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about. Personally these kind of buzzy vibrations don’t do anything for me.

As far as the first 3 rumbly settings, I can definitely feel a difference in power when I have the Original Revel Body and the SOL in each hand. The SOL’s vibrations on its most intense setting is thuddier than the ones from the original version. This is because the SOL’s piston is moving in and out much further than the original. Because of the in-and-out motion, the vibrations do feel a bit different from what you would expect from a traditional vibrator’s motor. I would describe them to feel something like the Eroscillator or Wahl massager,  which is more of an oscillation than a vibration.

And this is where I’m torn, because although those vibrations are stronger than those of the original, they just don’t feel quite as good to me. I tend to be more of a fan of vibration than oscillation, but I know there are some folks out there who will prefer the style of stimulation the SOL offers.

 

Improved performance under pressure:

The SOL can take a little bit more pressure before totally killing the vibrations, that much is true. But it still can’t take a ton of pressure before the vibrations weaken to where they’re not as rumbly. They won’t be totally killed with a bit of pressure, but they still won’t be as strong.

 

Piston Changes:

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Original piston (left) SOL piston (right)

As you can see the new Piston is longer and has a soft silicone pad on its back. There are also a few slightly raised lines along the top and bottom, but they don’t show up it photos.

The SOL’s newly designed piston has noticeably weaker magnet in it. It seems that the changes in the power settings made the super strong magnet like the one in the Original Revel Body’s piston unnecessary. It can now be easily popped out, which is very nice when it comes to removal.

 

Tip attachments:

 

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The new system for replacing the difference attachment tips is a major improvement over the old system. Instead of having separate pistons for each tip, there’s now a single piston that the individual silicone tips attach to. I like this system a lot better since you don’t have to deal with completely removing the piston, which could sometimes be a chore (and ruin your manicure). And I also appreciate that you no longer have to keep more than one highly magnetized piston around. The tips can be popped on and off with relative ease and seem pretty secure.

There are still the same 5 tips shapes as there were with the original, but they have gone through some updates as well. The silicone tips feels more plush than the originals, and most obviously, they are now red instead of pink. I also have noticed that I don’t see any seams on them like some of the originals had.

The most noticeably changed is that Fawn, which now has larger bristles/nub which are softer and more flexible.

 

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Original Fawn (left), new Fawn (right)

One big plus is that now instead of receiving just the standard tip (the Rose) with your Revel Body purchase, you now get a total of 3; Rose, Fawn, and Ever. There are 2 additional tips, the Cona and Niko, that come in a pack together for  $14.99 USD. This is a significant price drop from the original $19 a pop for each tip.

 

Noise level:

I have noticed a difference in the noise level, but it’s not exactly what I expected. With the original version, you could often get a little bit a rattle on the lower speeds depending on the angle you held it at. I’ve found that the SOL has much less of this rattling, which is good. BUT I have noticed that the SOL now has a constant whirring sound on all the settings.

Also, I did notice that the SOL’s higher settings have an even higher pitched whine than before and overall it is louder. I don’t know if the SOL I received was just an odd one that makes a little more noise, but it’s definitely not quieter.

 

Improved suction and vibrations in water:

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Original (left) SOL (right)

I was excited when I heard the new SOL was designed to have better suction on the concave side. It looks as if the shape has been changed ever so slightly, the concave portion on the back seems like it might be slightly shallower.

I didn’t personally notice any improvement with the suction, but then again I never had an issue getting suction with the original version. I do see how this slight change could make this toy better for a wider variety of users.

 

Other minor changes:

 

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Original (left) SOL (right)

Buttons:

The buttons have been updated slightly, the power button is still bubbled like the original, but the SOL’s (+) and (-) are now concave. This helps a little bit in terms of not accidentally hitting the power button when trying to change the speed, but I still can’t tell the difference between the (+) and (-) by feel and half the time I press the wrong one.

 

Finish:

The silicone outer body of the SOL seems a bit more smooth and refined. The seam that connects the front and back is a lot tighter and smoother. Also, the plastic portions on the back and on the charging base are now completely frosted.

These are little things, but the new SOL does look a little more polished.

 

Some things that did not change:

Overall the charging base and connectivity seem to be about the same as the original. I still had some issues with the SOL not sitting perfectly on the base and losing connection somewhat easily. I feel like this could be improved upon.

Also, do keep in mind that the charger that come with the unit is USB, so you’ll need a wall adapter if you want to plug it into a wall outlet instead of charging from a USB port. Revel Body does sell a wall adapter in their store for $4 if you don’t have one lying around.

 

Final Thoughts

I will say that the SOL is stronger than the original, but the sensation produced by the piston’s movement just isn’t  quite doing it for me. And I also feel like there’s still the same range in vibrations, but it’s been condensed down into 6 settings instead of 10. And out of the 6 settings, I only use the 2nd and 3rd levels, which are the 2 most intense feeling. Unfortunately they still don’t quite pack as much of a punch as I would like. I’m just one of those people who like strong, rumbly vibrations.

I do like the SOL for using in the bath, just like I did with the original. The SOL’s vibrations are noticeably stronger underwater compared to the first version, so that’s a plus.

Bottom line:

If you are not a person who needs super strong vibrations or a lot of pressure, this might be something you’d really enjoy. You also might like it if you like more of an oscillation than standard vibration.

The good news is that the SOL does come with a 30day, risk-free money back guarantee if purchased from Revel Body’s online store.

 

Already own the original Revel Body Sonic Vibrator?

Revel Body recently released the QuietCore Attachment Set which is an upgrade that can be purchased for $29. The set includes a new piston that can easily be swapped out with the original piston in the ONE. The new piston is the same style as the one that comes in the SOL and has the new easy tip attachment system. The new piston also has some other added benefits such as improved functionality under pressure and quieter operation. The Rose, Fawn, and Ever tips are included in this set.

 

 

Thank you to the folks at Revel Body who were kind enough to send me the SOL in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.