Toy Review: The Lelo Ora 2

If ever there was a toy that was utterly incompatible with me the Lelo Ora 2 is it. This came as a rather big surprise; I like the sensation of oral sex, I like the feeling of items running across or around my clitoris, and I generally adore Lelo’s silicone, vibrations, and SenseTouch technology. However the Ora 2 just didn’t work for me at all and so I’ve been left unsatisfied.

Despite this it’s hard to write the Lelo Ora 2 off as a lost cause. In fact the Ora 2 might work very well for others but the sensations it provides might not be quite what you expect.

The Lelo Ora 2

The Lelo Ora 2 follows up from its predecessor, the Lelo Ora—the first sex toy ever to win at the Cannes Lions Festival in the category of product design, which is no small feat.

The Lelo Ora 2 is marketed as an oral sex stimulator and, to achieve this, it has a rather quirky design. Essentially the Ora 2 has a large nub which sits under a thin layer of silicone and swirls around to create its ‘oral’ sensations.

The Ora 2 sports a nub under a layer of silky silicone intended to excite.
The Ora 2 sports a nub under a layer of silky silicone intended to excite.

Ten different stimulation modes resides within this pleasure device, with + and – buttons to vary up the intensity. When playing with the Ora 2 you can choose if you want to enjoy both the nub and the vibrations or just the nub—making it great for those who love variety and patterns. In addition to this the Ora 2 takes full advantage of Lelo’s SenseTouch technology—which ramps up the vibration intensity upon making skin contact.

The Lelo Ora 2 also has many of the benefits that you would expect from the pleasure purveyors that are Lelo. It’s USB rechargeable, 100% waterproof, comes with its own storage bag, and has the 1-year warranty and 10-year Lelo quality guarantee. It can be travel locked and has a standby function which can last for up to 90 days. And, of course, the silicone used for the Ora 2 is so silky smooth that stroking it is its own form of indulgence. Being made of silicone and ABS plastic the Ora 2 is phthalate-free and body-safe too.

With just three buttons the Ora 2 is easy to use.
With just three buttons the Ora 2 is easy to use.

So why didn’t this toy work for me? Well, there were a lot of reasons really.

The first had to be the shape. While the design of the Ora 2 might work fantastically for some it just felt awkward for me. Using it as the product picture suggested left my thumb uncomfortably pressed against ABS plastic while my short fingers had to struggle to comfortably navigate the controls. Meanwhile the nub section of the Ora 2 was too broad to get a happy fit with my body. This meant that, right from the get-go, using the Ora 2 was a struggle.

That wasn’t all though.

For me, the nub felt too hard to be pleasurable. Once applied the Ora 2 rigidly swirled on or around my clit with a distinct lack of delicacy. I tried to vary this up—mainly by trying different amounts of pressure—but, try as I might, I couldn’t meet the perfect level of suitable stimulation without unwanted firmness.

A fingers is soft, a tongue is gentle and squishy, the Lelo Ora 2 is neither. And, sadly, I don’t even know if there’s a way to get around this.

The previous problem with the original Ora was that the nub was too small and the sensations it produced faded when the Ora was firmly placed on the body. With the Ora 2 the nub is bigger and it keeps almost all rotation (even when firmly applied) but it just feels too hard for my preference. But, if Lelo made the nub softer they run the risk of regaining the lack of sensation that the original Ora suffered from.

It’s a hard problem to solve, if it even is a problem. Some people may actually love the sensations that the Ora 2 produces—and if the combination of a firm touch and swirling motions makes you melt then the Ora 2 might be for you, but it’s not for me.

Another problem I encountered with the Ora 2 is its vibration strength.

The Ora 2 had a series of problems which left me disappointed and unsatisfied.
The Ora 2 had a series of problems which left me disappointed and unsatisfied.

The vibrations from the Ora 2 have the kind of mid-to-strong rumble-buzz fusion that many Lelo toys sport but, sadly, these vibrations aren’t at their strongest where the nub is, and are actually found a bit higher up the toy. That means if you want to enjoy the Ora 2’s vibrations to their fullest then you actually have to forgo the nub.

Now, I understand that as this toy is, first and foremost, an oral sex stimulator, the nub is the highlight and the vibrations are simply the icing on the cake, but it still frustrates me that I can’t have the best of both worlds, especially with such an expensive toy.

The vibrations also aren’t the strongest on the market (or even for Lelo) so they won’t satisfy most power queens. As a power queen myself I was sadly unimpressed with the max strength of the Ora 2 and was left craving more. This was only aggravated by the fact that, if I wanted to use the nub and not have it swirl too firmly around my clit, I had to lift the Ora 2 away from my vulva a bit and, thus, lose even more vibration strength.

Overall it is abundantly clear that this toy was just thoroughly incompatible with my body and it’s a real shame. As it stands the Ora 2 is just a warm-up toy for me, and I would never pay over £100 for a warm-up toy. But, like I said, the Ora 2 may work for others. Off the top of my head I would think that someone who enjoyed firm stimulation, mid-level vibrations, and an array of patterns could have quite a fun time with the Lelo Ora 2. But that is a very specific combination and, if you don’t meet those criteria, there are many other Lelo toys which could probably do a better job at getting you to orgasm.

The Lelo Ora 2 only had one objective downside that I can think of, and that is its noise levels. Between the whirring of the nub and the high pitched buzzing of the vibrations, the Ora 2 does create quite a ruckus. Because of this people who value discretion or find loud toys distracting may find the Ora 2 a bit off-putting. Other than that the Lelo Ora 2 actually lacks many objective flaws. But, for me, personal preference rules supreme.

Final Thoughts

Overall I was incredibly disappointed with the Lelo Ora 2 and its complete unsuitability with my body. That being said I’m not sure I can wholly blame this toy for my personal preferences.

If you have read this review and sympathise with my view then I would say ‘better safe than sorry’ and avoid this product.

However, if the notion of a nub that can firmly rub your clitoris while a variety of vibrations and rotation variations fills you with elation then it might be worth giving the Lelo Ora 2 a try.

At the end of the day you know what works best for you and I trust you’ll know whether this is the toy for you or not.

Recommend to:

People who like firm clitoral stimulation.

People who like mid-to-strong vibrations.

People who love multiple options.

Do Not Recommend to:

People who dislike firm clitoral stimulation.

People who consider themselves power queens.

People who like getting the most from their toys.

The Lelo Ora 2 was provided to me by Lovehoney in exchange for an honest review. If you want another, more positive review of the Ora 2 then check out this review from Between My Sheets

  • Pernicketypony

    I’m actually keen to try this toy, as I really love the original ora with my only complaint being that the nub wasn’t firm enough, so this may actually be the perfect toy for me!

    I agree that the original ora (and this one too, by the sounds) doesn’t really feel like oral sex (like…at all) but, again, this works for me as I don’t really like receiving oral sex.

    Thanks for giving such a thorough review. I really like that, despite the fact the toy didn’t work for you, you gave enough information for me to get a reasonably good idea of how it might be for me.

    • Thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it!

      I’m sooo glad to hear that you think the Ora 2 might work for you. Just goes to show that everyone is different and there’s nothing wrong with that. =)