We-Vibe Gala – Sex Toy Review
The We-Vibe Gala reminds me a lot of the We-Vibe Wish… only with a pair of bunny ears. It reminds me so much of the Wish that I have a feeling that many of the feels that I had about toy I will also be having about the Gala. If you have already read the We-Vibe Wish review, I hope you will still stick around for this Gala review! I am bound to say something totally hilarious or awkwardly off-putting! Also… I do have a bit of a complaint about the Gala… so stick around to found out what it is!
The We-Vibe Gala found its way into my sweaty palms (…Okay, now that I read that out loud I hear how unsexy that sounds… see what I mean about awkwardly off-putting?) via the good folks at Betty’s Toy Box. If you aren’t yet familiar with them, I urge you to check them out! They are a pretty nice little shop with a totally bitchin’ pin-up retro girl aesthetic that I really dig. I reviewed the Shibari Hello Sexy Massager for them awhile back and I am so pleased they don’t hate me and have sent me new review items! (I’m always relieved when a company doesn’t hate me… I have a lot of anxiety… A LOT OF ANXIETY). Since they liked me enough to send me the Gala, I’m going to try to make this review totally awesome so they continue to like me. I WILL FORCE THEM TO LIKE ME UNTIL WE ARE BFFS! See… things are getting weird again.
Anyway, it should be no secret at this point that I really (really, really, really) love all things We-Vibe. They just don’t ever seem to disappoint me. The We-Vibe Nova is one of the few rabbit vibrators that I can actually tolerate (ok, not just tolerate, I actually love it… I love it a whole dang lot…) and the We-Vibe Tango is my go to bullet and one of those toys I feel like I am constantly recommending, especially when someone comes to me looking for a strong external vibe. We-Vibe makes quality, rumbly, powerful vibrators that take me to orgasm-town every time… and the Gala is definitely carrying on that family legacy… for the most part.
The We-Vibe Gala is a palm sized vibrator only about 5 inches long from tip to tail. It also looks like the sort of blobby bunny I would have drawn in elementary school (who am I kidding… I still draw rabbits this way…fat, blobby, and very abstract…) with a long chubby body, ears that blend right into its head, no appendages what so ever and a little white tail (although in the Gala’s case, the white tail is actually just a white bit of plastic where the magnetic charging nubs are housed). It is covered in a deliciously smooth silicone that feels like magic in my hands (and offers very little drag against the skin) and is 100% waterproof and so easy to clean! Build-wise, the We-Vibe Gala is top notch!
Controlling the Gala is pretty straight forward. On the body of the vibrator are three buttons, the standard (+) and (-) and a squiggly line button that controls the Gala’s pattern modes. To turn the Gala on press and hold the (+) continuing to press the (+) will increase the toy’s vibration intensity. Conversely, press and hold the (-) to lower the intensity and to turn power the Gala off. The Gala comes pre-programmed with 10 modes and I hate each and every one of them… which I’m not really all that surprised about… if you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I’m not a big pattern fan… they are just too disruptive and I have no patience for them. If using buttons is too “last season” for you don’t worry, the Gala can be controlled via We-Vibe’s free We-Connect App… so you never have to put down your smart phone, not even to masturbate! The app is great if you want to share control of your Gala with a partner or if you want to create a custom pattern that suits your fancy.
Okay, so now that we have covered the very basics of the Gala, I want to talk more about those ears… or “pleasure tips” as We-Vibe is calling them (labeling anything as a “pleasure” whatever instantly makes that thing sound cheesy to me… I get that it actually is pleasurable, but can we get a little more creative with the names? Like… call them titillation tips… or the recreation rods… or something… I don’t know…). So, unlike most most rabbit toys in the style each of Gala’s pleasure tips (stupid name) can be operated either independently or together as a pair! How freakin’ cool is that?! Downside is… in order to operate the tips independently you will have to connect to We-Vibe’s We-Connect app. The app isn’t terrible, but I also kind of hate that I need to connect the vibrator to the app in order to use the Gala to its maximum potential. I mean, I guess I get that it would be harder to have that level of control using just the buttons on the toy itself (button control could get complicated that way…), but I’m not sure I’m 100% comfortable syncing my sex toys to my phone… for someone who make their living on the internet using a machine… I’m a bit of a Luddite. I’m not sure I’m down with all these fancy new fangled app controlled technologies!
The Gala definitely lives up to strong, rumbly vibrations that I have come to expect from We-Vibe. However… the intensity isn’t completely there for me. It’s not bad and I can definitely get off using it… but I just feel like its missing that je nes se quoi… that little something extra that the other We-Vibe toys seem to have… a little more oomph. I honestly think that the Tango is probably more powerful than the Gala… but it could also just be the lack of true pin-point stimulation that gets me. I’ve tried using the Gala in two ways, the first is just to rest my clit in between the two ears… (actually it’s more like on top of my clit, as there really isn’t enough space between the ears for my average sized clit to squeeze entirely in between it) which works, I can orgasm from it and the rumbly vibrations penetrate down deep… no real complaints. It is a slower building orgasm though… which isn’t always a bad thing… but it is a lot of waiting around for me. To try to get a little more pin-point stimulation out of the Gala I tried turning the vibrator on its side and pressing the tip of just one of the ears down on my clit. This does provide a little more pin-point stimulation, but without that second ear and its second motor the Gala does feel much less powerful and a bit lackluster. So… the design, while pretty neat… might not be the perfect design for the kind of stimulation I prefer.
If we-Vibe could change just a few things about the We-Vibe Gala, I think they could turn it into an amazing toy… I think the ears of the Gala either need to be more flexible or the space between them needs to be larger, something that can accommodate an average to larger sized clit… because right now I think it’s pretty limited. Also pumping up the intensity a bit, if the Gala could even just match the Tango in terms of power the Gala would be an A+ toy in my book.
Overall though, The We-Vibe Gala is a nice toy. It carries the same excellent quality that all other We-Vibe toys have, I have no complaints about the materials or the construction. It is also capable of producing deep, rumbly vibrations… which is what a lot of us are looking for in a vibrator. The only thing that I’m not a fan of is the little rabbit ears (but I’m also really hard to please when it comes to rabbit eared styled toys…), they just aren’t as strong as I would have liked and theres that whole needing to connect to the app in order to really maximize the toys features (which may not be a downside to everyone, but its kind of an annoyance to me). But that being said, I would still recommend the We-Vibe Gala, especially to anyone who likes the broader area of stimulation as opposed to more pin-point stimulation or enjoys rumbly but mild to moderate vibrations. Although I would recommend the We-Vibe Wish more… just throwing that out there.
The We-Vibe Gala was provided to me free of charge by Betty’s Toy Box in exchange for my honest review.