LoveNuts Vibrator Review: Do We Need a Connected Sex Toy?

No space is free from the internet, LoveNuts has just launched a connected Vibrator on Indegogo and we’re here to answer the question: Do you really need a smart vibrator?
by Nicole on August 9, 2017
Positives
  • Elegant & Discrete Design
  • Remote Control is great for those in a long distance relationship
  • Excellent Battery Life
Negatives
  • Encryption is the minimum requirement to keep my online sexual space safe, however, just enough is not good enough.
  • Could be stronger
  • Flashlight could be brighter, it might be a cover, but I would love to be able to use it as an actual flashlight

LoveNuts is a smart connected vibrator that hopes to keep your sexy secret by pretending to be a flashlight.

Design

  • Acorn shape with soft flat top that has a raised nub in the center
  • The Flashlight is more of a cute gimmick and not a good flashlight.

The LoveNut looks like a nut and its design has two primary functions, to pleasure your nether region and to look like a flashlight. If anyone has ever had their friends over to hang out in your room and you’ve inadvertently left your vibrator around you’ll know the shame.

Pro

  • Elegant
  • Does not immediately look like a vibrator
  • Comfortable to hold

Con

  • The flashlight is dim. I understand it’s just a cover story, but I could actually use a flashlight in the bedroom

Hardware

  • Good first vibrator
  • Wireless Charging
  • IP56 Rated

LoveNuts Specification

Materials: FDA-approved Medical Grade Silicone / Medical Grade ABS / Stainless Steel
Measurements: 50mm x 50mm x 67.4mm
Wireless charger: 50mm x 50mm x 21.3mm
Battery: 4 hour charge time, 10 hours of battery life. 800MAh battery
Remote Controllable: Bluetooth 4.0 LE 10m range
Maximum noise level 50db
Vibration Modes: 3 built-in modes with more updates in the near future
Warranty: 1 year
Colors: Cherry Red, Grape Purple, Mint Blue, Lime Green, Stealth Black

Pro

  • Acceptable vibration levels
  • Can be used without the App, though only in standard vibration mode
  • Strength can be adjusted on the device itself

Con

  • IP56 is good for cleaning or showering, but not for immersion in a bathtub.
  • Could over stronger vibrations
  • Hard to tell which is the increase or decrease button through feel
  • Wide flat surface with nub is good for clitoral stimulation. Adding a more ridged edge to compliment the flat soft surfaces would make the device more versatile.

Should your phone be such an integral part of this experience?

To answer this I think you have to look at what experience you’re looking for. LoveNuts has 2 opens, Play Yourself or Remote Control. If it’s a solo moment, using the phone to change vibration style detracts and distracts from the experience. If you’re looking the LoveNut as just a vibrator with our the app, its capabilities are limited to just varying intensities of vibration.

If the experience you’re looking for it not a solo one, then LoveNuts makes a very good argument for involving your phone. Being able to invite someone to control the LoveNut while having a bit of pillow talk makes a lot of sense. LoveNut is also working on including streaming from adult websites into the app, for those of you who might be alone and disheartened by the play with others option that appears every time you log into the app.

Using the LoveNut with out your Phone

1. If you want to activate the vibration feature without using your phone, you can switch to
offline vibrator mode. First, long press both the (+) and (-) buttons at the same time for
3 seconds. Second, long press on the (-) button for 3 seconds to turn off Lovenuts.
Third, long press on the (+) button for 3 seconds to activate the vibration feature.
2. Once vibration mode is activated, you can press (+) or (-) to adjust the intensity of the
vibrations. You canʼt choose vibration modes, though.

Software

  • Cute animations showing the 3 different vibration settings: Squirrel (standard vibration mode), Car Sex (rhythmic pulsing) Washing Machine (on and off).
  • Video call quality is pretty good too, though low light performance on most smartphones is pretty poor and the iPhone is no exception.
  • Remote Control lets you call someone and give them control of your LoveNut.

Pro

  • Easy set up and it’s easy to use
  • Good streaming video quality

Con

  • Only supports iOS, Android support will be added at a later date.

Security

I’m not worried about someone hacking my vibrator to make it go off randomly, but I am worried that someone could hack my sexy video feed.

LoveNuts peer to peer media stream is encrypted with 128-bit AES, in accordance with HIPAA Policy. Remote control actions (ex.vibrate, stop or adjust the strength on the screen) and the signaling of video control are secured by standard HTTPS SSL/TLS protocol. And third-party platform TokBox handles the WebRTC connection.

Pro

It has the minimum security level which would accept

Con

A higher level of security is warranted, in theory, 128bit encryption should be enough. It would be more than enough if it was just a smart device. However, LoveNuts has a focus on streaming personal video of a sexual nature. It is possible that I might feel the level of security will never be high enough. So, going with the bare minimum feels like they are coming up short.

Price

LoveNuts is launching on Indiegogo today and is available for $89. We think this is a completely acceptable price tag since the chat app does add an extra layer of value. We’re more inclined to recommend a product like Discreet Fix from Heart Vibe if you don’t need the connectivity. It is a 10 speed heart shaped vibrator doesn’t look at all vibrator and it’s around $20 on Amazon. If you really feel like you don’t want anyone to pick it up and discover it’s a vibrator then spend the next money on the LoveNut. However, if you’re not as sensitive and don’t need connectivity the price tag feel a little high.

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Rating
Design / 8
Camera / 8
Sound / 8
Performance / 7
Battery Life / 9
Software / 7
Price / 7
Editor's Choice / 7
Hardware / 7
LoveNuts

LoveNuts is a great first vibrator for someone looking to shy to pick up a more obvious in your face product. 70% of women need clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm so starting off with a vibrator focuses on just that, is a good idea.

The video chat app is a nice touch, it works well had no lag and the stream itself has good call quality. However, we do think that it could over more than minimum security encryption since it the nature of the content is known and could make LoveNuts a target for hackers.

The product itself feels well designed and premium and if you’re in a long distance relationship this might just be the perfect device to help narrow the divide. However, if you’re not looking to increase intimacy with someone far away and your bed side table is already well stocked we might give this a miss.

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