The Bottom Line
- Made of non-porous, easy to clean, and durable silicone.
- Mini vibrator provides remarkably strong vibrations throughout the toy.
- Vibrator removes for easy cleaning and inexpensive replacement of motor.
- Non phallic, Warhol inspired design will appeal to some (sorry, that'll be the only banana pun).
- The toy has two seams which are visible, and some, but not all users report feeling them during use.
- Vibrator is single speed and may be too strong for some, particularly first time, users.
- The design is more aesthetically than functionally successful (see below for details).
- Banana dildo is made of silicone, removable single speed vibrator is hard plastic.
- 7 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide (at widest point).
- Comes with basic care instructions
- Requires three watch batteries, included with toy.
Guide Review - Sex A Peel Banana Vibrator
Most sex toys are funny looking. In the past few years designers have responded to the dearth of well made sex toys that are designed not only for function, but to read as objects of beauty and desire. It's nice to now have all these sex toys that look more at home in a sculpture gallery than a drug store, but one never wants to lose the sense of either vulgar hilarity or whimsy that comes from browsing a well stocked sex store.
French sex toy company Lovely Planet have added to their slowly and thoughtfully developed line of sex toys with this Warhol-inspired bright pink banana dildo and vibrator. Variously called Sex-a-Peel, Bananarama, Oh Oui, Love to Love, and simply the Banana Vibrator, the toy is a success from the first look and feel, as few people could pick it up and not laugh a little. Sex toys are meant to be fun (among other things) and it's nice to have an object that reminds of this.
The Sex A Peel is made of solid silicone, and comes with a removable mini bullet style vibrator. This is ideal as you can use the banana as a stand alone dildo, or as a vibrator, and since the motor will always burn out before the silicone will, you can easily and inexpensively replace it, making Sex A Peel a toy that will last a long, long time.
Among the many benefits of silicone (hypoallergenic, non-porous, retains body heat, easy to clean, may be boiled or put in the top rack of a dishwasher) the Sex A Peel is surprisingly strong as silicone also transmits vibrations very well. In fact for first time vibe users, this may be a bit too strong. Clearly the greatest benefit of the toy is it's shape. If you've ever wanted to stick a banana somewhere, but just didn't think you'd ever get the peel clean enough (or back out) you now have a safe way to explore food play alone or with partners. The pointed tip is great for both g-spot stimulation and external stimulation. And for straight up vaginal insertion, the top of the banana with the stem makes for a great handle.
The Sex A Peel slips in only a few ways (I promised no more puns, I said nothing about bad banana jokes). Presumably a better quality, and more expensive, manufacturing process could have eliminated the seams that run down the length of the banana. I've spoken to several users, some of who felt the seam and others didn't, but in any case, if it weren't there, it wouldn't be an issue. Another disappointment is in the function of the toy. Once inserted vaginally, one is inclined to want to bend the part of the toy that's out of the body, with the stem, towards the clitoris. The toy bends that way, so it seems like a good idea. However, because of the length and density of the silicone, when you bend the stem toward the clitoris, the part of the banana that's in the body pushes toward the back wall of the vagina. This isn't usually painful, but neither is it usually pleasurable (and it pushes against the rectum, which might make people feel a different kind of urge entirely. Mind you this may fit right into your banana plans, so far be it from me to say this is absolutely a negative). All this to say, the Sex A Peel may not be your every day, multi-use sex toy of choice. But it's a unique little gift that works well for fantasy, and is likely to make you feel good on several levels.