SEX TOYS AND PRODUCTS
We-Vibe Tango X: Sex Toy Review
Petite but powerful, the We-Vibe Tango X packs a punch of pleasure!
The Verdict: (out of five)
For the past ten years, the original We-Vibe Tango has put other bullet vibrators to shame - and has been one of the best-selling bullet vibrators in the entire industry. Its power, easy-to-use design, and versatility have made it a favorite in many a bedroom, and it's one of those toys that becomes a staple in the toy drawer for its multiple uses. Even if you pull out other vibrators more often, it's that reassuring, tiny vibrator that's there in case you need it for a multitude of uses, so it never falls out of favor.
We-Vibe managed to take that fan-favorite and craft a redesign with the We-Vibe Tango X. Improvements include a thicker, silicone handle, a redesigned charging port and cable, three buttons instead of just one button, and a more powerful motor - all in a vibrator that's slightly longer than the length of a finger. (Or, hey, if you have longer fingers than me, it's probably shorter than your finger.)
So, do the improvements on the We-Vibe Tango X make a difference? Let's find out on my We-Vibe Tango X review.
How'd You Use It?
Bullet vibrators earn their keep within the bedroom for their serious versatility. No other vibrator offers the same type of versatility. A bullet vibrator can (truly) go anywhere you need it or want it - like inside another toy, between bodies during sex, into the tiniest pocket in your pants or into your purse/luggage, or just as an easy-to-carry toy for those last-minute sexual encounters. It's the chameleon of vibrators; it can be whatever you need it to be whenever you need it to be it.
Normally, the trade-off with bullet vibrators is the power. With the small size comes smaller motors - which means softer vibrations. While that's still the case with the We-Vibe Tango X (it isn't going to be as strong as a Magic Wand, for example), it isn't nearly as much of a difference as you'd think. The powerful motor inside the Tango X really opens a whole lot of doors - to the point that it's noticeably more powerful than some of my full-sized, 7" or 8" vibrators - especially the battery-powered ones.
So when you pack a bunch of power into a vibrator that was already amazingly versatile, you get this perfect vibrator to do pretty much anything. That's pretty much the We-Vibe Tango X in a nutshell. With its powerful vibration, surprisingly quiet noise level, and easy-to-use functions, it's an astoundingly amazing bullet vibe that puts 99% of the bullet vibrator market to shame.
And "pretty much anything" is what I do with it. It can go from intercourse to slipping into a pocket. I can tug it along to go out in public - and it can easily hide at my computer desk for easy use.
While the pandemic has really limited my ability to do this yet, I'm 100% sure the We-Vibe Tango X is going to become my love as soon as kink events start back up. It's so small that I can easily pack it into any toy bag without any extra weight - and since it's entirely rechargeable, I don't have to add batteries to my packing list either. Once I'm at the event, it's so versatile that it could really be used for pretty much anything. I can press it up against the base of a dildo during a scene, I can easily use it on myself (or someone else) and sterilize it later, I can slip it between my legs and use my thighs to hold it there while my hands are otherwise occupied for my own bit of pleasure, or I can use it on a penis - or even on nipples. It can pretty much go anywhere I want it to - which is what makes it so fantastic!
If I "planned better" or could always estimate what was going to happen at a kink event, I'd probably be better-off bringing the "right tool for the job", but that's the fun of the We-Vibe Tango X. It's a "one and done" vibrator. It's so tiny and lightweight that I don't feel bad about taking it everywhere, and it makes sure that I have a powerful vibrator that can do virtually anything at a split second's notice. Especially when play opportunities materialize that I never expected, having a toy that can go anywhere is amazing; otherwise I end up traveling with pounds and pounds of body safe sex toys "just in case" - which makes packing a chore.
This is also what makes it so nice in the bedside drawer. Aside from sliding into a butt (it doesn't have a flared base so it isn't safe for anal play), it can do pretty much anything else. When we're both lazy and just want vibrations (or pleasure!) and don't want to get out of the bed we just reach in the drawer and grab it, the We-Vibe Tango X takes up virtually no room in the bedside table. It can provide pleasure pretty much anywhere - and it's powerful pleasure.
The slanted tip of the We-Vibe Tango X does exactly as it claims to do - it really focuses vibrations into that spot with a broad surface to enjoy the vibes with. The plastic tip of the vibrator - just like the original Tango - really transmits every ounce of the vibrations while the slanted tip works well for small, targeted areas - like a clitoris, the frenulum, or the nipples. You really do get every ounce of power that this vibrator can put out. At no point does it feel like the vibrations are softer because of the design of the vibe.
My only big complaint is that it doesn't fit all of the places my original We-Vibe Tango bullet vibrator can go. The slightly longer length - partnered with the thicker base - means that the We-Vibe Tango X doesn't easily slide into the bullet hole base of most of my dildos, and it just doesn't fit comfortably into my Spareparts Joque strap-on harness anymore. Both of those things are two of the things I love my bullet vibrators for, so it's definitely a bit o f a disappointment there. As I said on my comparison between the We-Vibe Tango and We-Vibe Tango X on Kinky World, though, I think both the Tango and Tango X have their own benefits and places in the sex toy world; I'll just be really upset if We-Vibe chooses to discontinue the original Tango in favor of the Tango X.
How Else Could It Be Used?
With its small portability and quiet vibrations, the We-Vibe Tango X also makes a fantastic public-play vibrator. You'd probably want to use it in those bathrooms that tend to have blaring, loud music going on (versus the very quiet ones), but you could likely use it with no issues as long as loud music was going.
The We-Vibe Tango X still has enough slim length at the tip of the vibrator to slide into dildos with holes in the bases (like the Tantus Goddess). The thicker base now sticks out too much to slide that dildo into a strap-on harness for use, but as long as you're holding the dildo in your hand and can hold in a way that doesn't annoy you with the vibrator in the base, the We-Vibe Tango X still can turn your favorite vibrator into a vibrating dildo - and still leave all of the controls pretty accessible while it's in.
Finally, the We-Vibe Tango X makes a fantastic travel vibe. Whether you're heading on a work trip or out to your families, the travel lock functionality, small size, and quiet vibrations make the Tango X a really nice travel vibe. It doesn't add much weight and can charge on any standard USB port.
In addition, if you're someone who tends to hit up the bars - or anywhere you might end up with a casual encounter, the We-Vibe Tango X is fantastic there too. It's even small enough to fit into the smallest of pants pockets with no issue and easily fits into a purse. Its small, non-realistic size isn't likely to be particularly "threatening" - even to complete strangers - but it puts out enough vibrations to really add a lot of pleasure.
For easier handling, the We-Vibe Tango X is made from two different materials. The base of this vibrator (the thicker end) is made from silicone - which offers a whole lot better "gripping" surface than the smooth plastic that's found on the opposing side of the vibrator. The silicone also deadens some of the vibration sensations so they aren't transferred your hand so much - while the plastic end allows every ounce of those vibrations to make it to the spots where you're using the vibrator.
At the tip of the plastic end, the vibrator is built with a deep slant. This slant allows for full coverage on any area where you want vibration - like the clitoris. This is where the vibrations are focused - but to be honest, the vibrations feel about as powerful anywhere on the entirety of the plastic area of the vibe.
As a bullet vibrator, the We-Vibe Tango X is extremely lightweight and about the size of a finger. I've had pens that were heavier than this vibrator.
The We-Vibe Tango X has a deep, rumbly vibration that puts most bullet vibrators to shame. Seriously, it's a deep, strong vibration that's amazing. Putting the We-Vibe Tango and We-Vibe Tango X next to one another, it's honestly hard to tell the difference between the vibrations. The We-Vibe Tango X feels a bit deeper and more under-the-skin, but I did a blindfolded test on both partners, and the consensus was that I was cheating and only using the same vibrator over and over. So while We-Vibe claims a power increase, I really can't see one, it certainly isn't easily noticeable.
That being said, I don't know if the We-Vibe Tango X needed a power upgrade. The power of the original We-Vibe Tango was never in question. It has always been an uber-powerful vibrator - and that's why people love it. The We-Vibe Tango X carries on that tradition with powerful vibes that are more-than-enough for orgasm for me - and I imagine that would be the case for most people. It isn't a surface-level, buzzy sensation. It's a deep, rumbly vibration that feels fantastic.
Somehow, most of the We-Vibe sex toys end up being some of the quietest vibrators out there. I have yet to figure out why, but I know the We-Vibe Nova 2 is still one of the quietest AND powerful vibrators I've ever used. (Remember my We-Vibe Nova 2 review?) It's easy to be quiet if you have the motor of a feather, but We-Vibe sex toys usually pack some great power - and some pretty quiet vibrations too.
The We-Vibe Tango X is no different. With the vibrator snuggly pressed between my legs, I have a hard time hearing it while actively using it; it doesn't require me to turn up the volume on my porn or anything else. It does make a "buzz" that sounds unique compared to an air conditioner or background noise, so if you have others around, you'll likely want some sort of noise going on. With my partner in the same room while watching a movie, though, they were unable to hear the vibrator from across the couch until the movie came to a stand-still quiet portion. It's definitely capable of being discreet.
We-Vibe Tango X Measurements
Width: 0.95" at the widest point
How It Works
The three-button design of the We-Vibe Tango X means this bullet vibe is extremely easy to use - and it's much easier to get to your desired vibration level and pattern compared to other single-button vibrators out there. The three included buttons are easily recognizable from common symbols we're all used to: +, -, and ~. The Plus and Minus increase and decrease intensity through the 8 equipped intensity levels while the Tilde functions as the control for the patterns.
Hold the + button to turn on the We-Vibe Tango X. The - button can be held down in order to turn off the We-Vibe Tango X, though it usually takes the vibrator about two seconds to turn off because it cycles through the entirety of the decreasing-vibration options.
Speaking of holding down the buttons, if you're someone who wants to hop to the strongest vibration intensity immediately, the + button can be held down - and it will slide all the way to the strongest vibration.
A single press down on the ~ will allow you to access the 7 different pattern modes that the We-Vibe Tango X is equipped with. While in all of these pattern modes, you can control the intensity of the patterns as well, so each one of the patterns has 8 different intensity settings you can choose from.
The We-Vibe Tango X is also equipped with a travel lock. This "locks" the vibrator from turning on at all. Essentially, this keeps your luggage from vibrating awkwardly on a family trip - or removes the concern that TSA might consider your luggage a dangerous threat. It also prevents the vibrator from turning-on mid-trip, causing a last-minute let-down when you reach the hotel and find out that your favorite vibrator is dead.
To activate the travel lock, hold the + and - buttons down simultaneously for two seconds. The vibrator will pulse twice to let you know that it has received your command, and the entire vibrator will be locked. Any single button presses will do nothing, and it will essentially be inert plastic and silicone. To remove the travel lock, do the exact same button combination - or plug it in to charge it up. Charging the vibrator automatically removes the travel lock.
Unlike the majority of We-Vibe's line, the We-Vibe Tango X is NOT compatible with the company's free wireless phone app. While the original Tango's lack of app compatibility made sense - since it was released when the app control wasn't a huge thing - the fact that this brand-new release from We-Vibe doesn't feature the app compatibility is a bit weird - considering virtually every other toy in their line-up does. I wonder if it bumped the price too high - or the wireless chip wasn't small enough to fit into the toy without sacrificing power or something else. Either way, it was not designed to work with the We-Vibe WeConnect app.
Materials and Care
The We-Vibe Tango X is made from plastic and silicone - and is fully waterproof. Not only that, but the vibrator is small - and has zero nooks and crannies that need special attention. This essentially means that taking care of it is an absolute breeze, and it can be cleaned up in less than 30 seconds.
Warm water and mild soap are all you need in addition to a bit of "elbow grease" to clean it thoroughly. Make sure to clean the vibrator in the sink rather than holding it above it because the plastic end of the vibrator can get a little slippery when wet and soapy. Combined with its small size, it can be easy to drop the little guy when trying to clean it up. It handles the drops fine, but might as well minimize concern if the likelihood of dropping it isn't small.