Tantus Alan O2 Dildo Review

Tantus Alan O2

The bullet vibrator actually doesn’t stick out at all, I wanted to have it visible for the picture, that’s why it’s not pushed all the way in.

Alan… Dear Alan, I was so freaked out when I first opened the package from Tantus and saw… you. Staring at me from the transparent Tantus box. All realistic, veiny, lots of detail, average-sized dildo with zero curve to it. A straight dick in a box. Oh, boy, what did I sign up for?

To give you some context, I do own a fair number of Tantus toys in my personal toy box. But most of them are among their older creations: some of which are discontinued, some of which are just old news in this community. I needed my posts to be relevant, and most importantly, to be review things one can actually purchase. I don’t need to brag that I have the whole Tantus Alumina line and you can’t get it anywhere now. Ooops, I just did it! But at least I didn’t write a whole post about it and rub it in your face. So while I was exchanging emails with the Tantus team about which of their products I wanted to review, I clearly had to pick the Rumble (a review coming up soon) and I definitely needed to ask for a dual density silicone toy, since I don’t own one. So I was up for a surprise when it came to which toy it would actually be.

I came back from my trip to New York where I had spent the weekend at the Sexual Health Expo, and there was this wonderful surprise from Tantus in my mail. But I was not mentally prepared for Alan. For whatever reason my first thought was: Wow, that’s an ugly toy. I hope it doesn’t suck, because I would hate to give Tantus a bad rep. For whatever reason I thought that this dildo was doomed and the lack of pronounced (or any!) g-spot curve wouldn’t do anything for me.

Packaging

All Tantus products come in this very neutral, plain box that shows you what’s actually inside. Bear in mind, this particular box is huge. It’s not like your regular Tantus dildo box, that can easily fit in a wine bag. And that’s because the product comes with a suction cup and a bullet vibe included. Which makes Alan and it’s bigger brother Sam the only two vibrating O2 dildos by Tantus, and the only two O2 ones that are suction cup compatible. Which is a big deal, as you will see later in the review. The package doesn’t include any storage bag, and truth be told, Tantus doesn’t really need it. It’s not made of TPR, or jelly, it’s good quality silicone. It can touch other toys, their products are sturdy and kick-ass, so even if there’s another heavy toy on top of them they’re not gonna get deformed.

Okay, what’s that O2 thing I keep ranting about?

Tantus makes silicone toys with two different silicone formulas. Their original silicone is harder, and has very little squish or give to it. The O2 dual density silicone, the one Alan is made of, feels more like a real penis, it’s softer and more bendy. When I unboxed Alan, and first touched it, I was… underwhelmed. I don’t know why I thought it should be more squishy and soft. But then during use, Alan proved me completely wrong (again). It was actually exactly as soft as I needed it to be. Anything softer was not going to apply enough pressure and give me as much pleasure.

So Alan had lots of tricks and surprises up its sleeve. All of my first impressions were so, so wrong.

What is it like?

Tantus Alan O2

The new O2 vibes (Alan, Sam, the Uncuts) are… very realistic. They have veins, and pores, and you can even see the frenulum very clearly. To the extent that all these models can be a little triggering for some people, because they’re lifelike to an extent that it can be creepy (the Uncanny Valley theory was pointed out to me by my partner who freaked out when he saw Alan for the first time). I personally have no problem with realism in dildos. As it turned out, actually my vagina really likes realistic dildos. They feel… familiar. They evoke a – Well, hello again, I think we’ve met before, I like you! – response in my body.

Despite how boring, and average sized a dildo (with its 1.54″ diameter and 6.5″ insertable length) Alan seems to be, it is not. It is so much more than meets the eye. It just feels absolutely natural. Long enough to be comfortable for me to hold it and use it by myself, girthy enough to be filling, while at the same time not being a challenge to take in right away.

The newer O2s are unlike the first generation O2s which had a matte shaft and glossy silicone penis glans. The whole toy is made of the same material in this case. It feels a bit more tacky and definitely attracts all the dirt, fluff, dust and hair. Alan is different from most Tantus dildos in another way: it still has a flared base, but a much smaller one. It’s teardrop shaped, like the one on Slick. Which makes Alan almost unable to stand upright. Which is a little annoying, because one of the great features dildos have is their ability to stand upright and dry out or wait for you to reach out for them without actually touching any surfaces (very hygienic and handy if you’re using several toys per play session or just drying out toys after cleaning them). Sadly, Alan usually loses its balance and falls down after a bit. So you will need some tray to leave it in while drying.

How can one use it?

Tantus Alan O2

What I love about Alan is that it’s really versatile. It can be used just as a dildo, but it’s also suction cup compatible, which allows for some great hands-free dildo riding. You can attach it to a flat plastic, wooden or metal chair and ride on it, or have it attached to a vertical surface, such as the wall in your shower (the suction works particularly well on bathroom tiles). I love using it that way, it adds up to the realistic feeling of being penetrated, and also leaves my hands free for using a wand vibrator on my clit, while humping the dildo.

And here’s what’s unique about Alan (and I assume Sam as well). The hole that holds the bullet vibe is really deep. Which means that the whole vibe can go in all the way, not stick out in the same fashion vibes tend to stick out a little bit of other Tantus dildos. Which means that you can have the vibe in while using the dildo with a strap on and not get your mons hurt or bruised by the sticking end of the vibe. That feature makes it extremely difficult to remove the bullet afterwards and switch to the suction cup. So my trick is that when I use the bullet, I lube the hole thoroughly making the vibe easier to extract. Don’t use lube with the suction cup because you actually need that friction for it to work, and it’s also not that difficult to remove.

Alan is a good one for anal play and pegging. It’s not beginner friendly, but it’s not too challenging either. The softness of the material and lack of any ridges or well-expressed bumps makes it a really good butt toy.

A few words about the vibe. It is battery operated and comes with a 1.5 V Type battery included (like any other vibrator by Tantus). It’s a single speed vibe that’s also waterproof. You can use it separately for clitoral stimulation and it’s quite good at that because it’s very pinpointed. But don’t get me wrong, it’s not We-Vibe Tango, and when inserted in the toy it clearly feels weaker. So if you own a more powerful bullet vibe, there’s nothing that stops you from using it with any Tantus dildo.

Last thoughts

Alan taught me that I cannot judge a toy entirely by its looks, nor even by how it feels in my hands. It surprised me in many delightful ways and I am thankful to Tantus for giving it to me to review. It showed me how narrow-minded I was when it came to dildos and their shapes. Alan might look like a boring unimpressive dildo, but it’s not. It’s full of pleasant delights. It comes in 3 colors: cream, cocoa, and mocha (the one in my pictures is cocoa). It might look like a splurge at $129.00, but this is a really good value pack, because it includes the suction cup (which otherwise is $33.60 alone).

Often Tantus toys are on sale and if you want to get you Alan on some awesome deal, check regularly my SALES page.

Disclaimer: Alan O2 was generously provided to me by Tantus in exchange for my honest review. I My opinions and thoughts in this post reflect my experience with the product and are not altered in any way. I am using affiliate links in this post, which help me support this blog. By using them you’re giving me the opportunity to keep up the good work.


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Tantus Echo Review

Tantus Echo Vibrator Dildo

The meaning of it all…

First dildo review for my website! Squeee! How did I publish 20 posts and not a single one focusing on dildos? The universe is mysterious. Actually, this isn’t just a coincidence. It speaks of the state of the industry, and it speaks even more of the average customer’s preferences. Contrary to the common misconception, “a big dick” is not what women covet. Their orgasmic needs far exceed the crave for a phallus. These days we don’t seek a “replacement” or something that mimics the reality. We buy weird horseshoe shaped gadgets and novelties, we demand that our toys can be operated from the other end of the world, and we’re all hyped up about couples’ toys.

A fellow sex educator who works at a sex store said: people think that dildos are for dykes.

Let me tell you something. Dildos are for everybody. Straight or gay, man or woman, cisgender (identifying as the sex you were biologically born with) or transgender. And dildos can be freaking great. Yes, you are normal. You are not a pervert if you already own or want to buy a dildo. No, it’s not going to replace your partner. And no, you are not going to get “addicted” to it and never go back to “the real thing”.

Tantus Echo Vibrator DildoWhy are dildos so cool? To start with, dildos with flared bases, such as all Tantus products, are harness compatible and anal-safe. They’re easy to hold and you can use them on yourself or a partner can use them on you. Dildos nowadays come in all sorts of cool colors and shapes and don’t have to be realistic one bit. They can enhance your sex life even if you have a male partner already, because you can get a dildo with a different size than your partner’s equipment, and most importantly, you can pick one that has a pronounced g-spot curve. Sometimes you need to start small and a smaller toy is a great way to warm up for intercourse.

To the point…

Tantus is a company that is extremely sex-positive, has a really comprehensive website with lots of information and advices on it, and offers both realistic as well as really creative and unusual dildos. Their boxes are not pornographic or cheesy. So take a deep breath and repeat after me: owning a dildo is fun!

What the fudge?!

Yes, it’s a dick with 5 heads. Echo! The sensation of inserting the glans of the penis is echoed 5 times. I doubt that I am the only one that loooooves that moment, that first slide in, that delightful sensation of the head of the penis entering your vagina or anus and the rim of the glans rubbing against your opening… and then past the g-spot… Ahhh… can this last forever? Apparently it can! It feels as good as you’re imagining it. Believe me!

Sooo… how big is it?

Tantus Echo is 6.5″ long and 1.55″ at its widest (diameter). If you are not a fan of such deep penetration, you can absolutely enjoy it without taking it all in. In the dildo world, this is a medium-sized dildo. Usually smaller dildos are used for either warming up, or for pegging (when a woman wears a strap on an uses it anally on a male partner). A lot of people go way overboard and get a 2″ x 7″ dildo  as their first toy. I would say; start smaller, too big can be painful and requires a lot of building up to it. If you are advanced in butt play, this toy is really, really fantastic for anal penetration because the shape is the closest a cock can be to anal beads. A lot of my Tantus toys are way wider and I am not even dreaming of trying them in the back door, but this one passes the challenge quite successfully. It also has a certain smoothness and roundness that makes it particularly pleasant for anal adventures.

What else does it do?

This toy is quite accomplished at “just” being a dildo. Great for thrusting or squeezing your vaginal muscles and contracting around it. But if you are looking for more, there is more. It’s actually a vibrating dildo. It comes with the little Tantus bullet vibe (included in the price of the dildo), which you place in a hole at the base of the toy. The whole is the same size as most bullet vibes, so if you have an even more powerful vibrator, such as We-Vibe Tango/Salsa, it can fit it. The bullet is a one-speed waterproof vibrator, that is powered by one 1.5 V Type battery (not AA nor AAA, it actually lasts much longer). It comes with the battery, but you need to open it and remove the battery protection. And if something happens to the vibrator and one day it breaks, you can easily get a new one from Tantus, without having to replace your whole toy.

Another awesome feature that all Tantus vibrating dildos or plugs offer is that the toy is compatible with the ultra strong Tantus Suction Cup. This turns your toy into a hand-free joy. You can attach it to any surface and use it as if you’re having intercourse. You can attach it on the floor, facing up, get some pillows for your knees and ride it, or you can place it on any wall or vertical surface and have the dildo penetrate you from behind. If your hands tend to get tired from holding the dildo, or if you like a sensation closer to actual intercourse, that’s a great feature.

As I mentioned before, it’s harness compatible. Great for girl sex, or for pegging. While you’re at it you can grab a strap-on from Tantus too. They thought of everything!

How to make most of it

Experiment with your dildo. Don’t assume how you’re supposed to be using it. Jamming it in and a lot of friction might look great in porn, but that’s probably not how you would like to masturbate or be stimulated. Also try holding the dildo still while “humping” it with moves from your pelvis. And, of course, check out the vibration. You can remove the bullet from the toy and actually use it separately on your clit. A combination of g-spot stimulation from penetration and vibration on your clitoris might be your formidable orgasmic combo.

If you own a wand vibrator, such as the Hitachi Magic Wand or the Doxy, try touching the base of the toy with the wand, while the toy is inside of you. That’s going to make the whole toy vibrate in a much stronger and rumbly fashion, which is another entirely different sensation for you to explore.

Final words

I think that the Echo is one of the coolest ideas Tantus had and brought into the world. I love that it’s not too girthy, that it provides me with the repeated sensation of being penetrated by the head of the penis again and again. And I’ve taken advantage of all the ways this toy can be used: as a vibrator, with a suction cup, with a strap on, as an anal dildo. It’s made of body-safe silicone and comes in two gorgeous colors: pearl white and midnight purple. The reason mine is neither is that I bought it from their Grab Bag section, which has their “surprise” colors, mixtures and swirls. If you’re into some mystery, I’d suggest you try their grab bags because they’re cheaper than the regular price. If you have strong color preferences go with the regular one. If you don’t care much about the vibration, using it with a suction cup or a strap-on, Echo has a version with a longer handle, which makes the dildo much more easy to hold and use (and it also seems that they have a pink one, if you accidentally have fallen in love with mine).

You can boil your toy for sanitation and have the peace of mind that it’s completely non-porous. Basically unless you lose it, or your dog chews on it, nothing’s going to ever happen to it. Being made of the regular Tantus silicone blend, and not their softer O2 line, it’s a little hard and stiff. Shiny silicone has a drag to it, so use plenty of lube (stick with water-based or hybrid lube for silicone toys), especially upon initial insertion.

It’s one of my fave dildos and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes texture and doesn’t need a really pronounced g-spot curve. Is it newbie friendly and could it be one’s first toy? Hell yeah!

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Note: Tantus Echo was not provided to me in exchange of a review; it’s been a happy part of my toy family for a while now.


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