Editor's Note: As you might already have guessed, Kinkly teamed up with LELO and the Redhead Bedhead to play a little April Fool's prank on readers. Sorry folks, but DEXTRÜS, LELO’s fabled sex toy for right-handed people, is a hoax. The good news is, so is the research behind it, which means that all you right-handed people out there can get back to having amazing orgasms (and stop worrying that they aren’t as powerful as your left-handed friends).
Review: LELO DEXTRUS
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The Product: LELO DEXTRÜS
The Verdict: (Out of five)
The adult toy market is full of products that claim to be innovative, so I've gotten a bit cynical about such claims. That’s why when LELO approached me about testing their newest product, DEXTRÜS, I kept my expectations low. I figured there was no way it could live up to their claims. So, here’s the part where I eat a big dish of crow ... because DEXTRÜS is actually really cool.
So, what’s the deal with this toy?
This is not just a sex toy, folks. Also, it’s not designed for everyone, literally. DEXTRÜS is a "right-handed vibrator" designed to help righties stimulate the parts of the brains that, according to studies, allow lefties to experience greater sexual pleasure, and creative thought.
How does it work?
So this is actually pretty cool — the toy is multi-use. One use is intended to help achieve what LELO is calling (stay with me here) "The Left-Handed Orgasm," while the other use is simply to help stimulate the right side of the brain, aiding in creative thought. While I can tell you what to do with the toy I’m going to have to rely on LELO a bit to help explain why you should do it. Listen up, it’s interesting stuff.
For "The Left-Handed Orgasm" (LHO, if you will) you just continually squeeze the DEXTRÜS in your left hand throughout sex. According to LELO, "Every squeeze prompts the touch-sensors to emit the same series of powerful vibration patterns that can be applied all over the body, while at the same time allowing the user to access a left-hander's state of mind."
For the not-orgasmic use (seriously, you can just do this at work), you can just squeeze the toy. According to LELO, "Every time pressure is applied to DEXTRÜS, its Right-Squeeze™ technology causes whisper-quiet vibrations to travel through the left-arm and stimulate the right-side of the brain, blocking distractions and encouraging smarter, more creative thought."
For more explanation of all of this, check out this video from LELO
Seriously, does this work?
Like I said earlier, I was super-skeptical going into this. The first couple of times I tested my DEXTRÜS I stuck to the sexual side of things. After a couple of half-hearted attempts where there was a LOT of giggling and I kept eventually dropping it, I finally committed to squeezing it throughout. I turned to my partner right after and said, "That was...different."
I couldn’t quite put a finger on it, but I knew I wanted more. It took two more attempts before I achieved the fabled "Left-Handed Orgasm" (orgasms take a lot for me), and for reals folks, it was different from anything I had ever experienced. Broader? Deeper? The orgasms are just different. I feel them everywhere and there is so much more going on. It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt. Orgasms Jim, but not as we know them.
Now, on to the use that is supposed to make you smarter, aka "the one that made me scoff the most." I was sitting at my computer trying to write a piece the other day and drawing a complete blank. I spied my DEXTRÜS and thought "what the hell, why not?" I picked it up and gave it a squeeze and 5 minutes later I was back to writing. I wrote it off as a fluke, but I started squeezing DEXTRÜS whenever I sat down to work (you know, just in case) and I noticed that I was spending a lot more time being productive and a lot less time stressing about not getting stuff done. Now I’m kind of wanting a second one because I keep shuffling mine from bed to computer bag... yes, I squeeze it publicly in coffee shops and stuff. Don’t judge me.
Things I’m Down With
- Yay, silicone!
- This is a cool, innovative product that, believe it or not, seems to do what it says it does.
- Color choice! The DEXTRÜS will apparently be offered in four colors; mine is lime green!
- I love that it has uses outside the bedroom! I have started taking mine with me everywhere, like a security blanket ... I may be a little too attached.
- The orgasms. Seriously, I know I’ve poked fun at the special orgasm name (LHO 4 eva!!) but the orgasms this toy helps produce are fantastic.
Things That Make Me Go GRRR
- It’s kind of inconvenient to have my left hand occupied during sex. (It has made me very creative with my right hand though!)
- I am concerned that there’s an element of "right shaming" in the marketing - remember you are fabulous just as you are!
- The price tag is a bit steep at $299.
Reviewer's Note: This product was provided to me free of change in exchange for my honest review. My review policy is simple: I will never lie about liking a product if I don’t, but when I do like something it’s hard to get me to shut up about it.
JoEllen is a writer, speaker, researcher and mental health advocate whose work explores the impact of depression on sex and relationships. Since 2012 she has written about sex, mental health, and how none of us are broken on her award-winning site The Redhead Bedhead.
JoEllen's book The Monster Under the Bed: Sex, Depression & The Conversation We Aren’t Having is now available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook.