Do you know one of the best perks of moving from Europe to the US? You can easily buy Tantus products! I am not kidding. Almost nothing beats that. When I moved to the States months before I even relocated, I ordered a bunch of dildos. You know, so they’d be waiting for me when I arrived. To make me feel at home. For years I’ve been reading reviews by Epiphora and drooling after Tantus’ silicone. Now I could finally have it!
They’re a company that always has been 100% body-safe. Tantus is the first one to make their entire line of products of silicone, and we’re not talking about a company created a couple of years ago, we’re talking about almost 20 years ago! To have 100% silicone toys in ’97 is no joke. They’ve always been a trend setter. Their unique designs, beautiful colors, and gender-free marketing have won the hearts of many. Including mine!
I heard about Rumble, their first vibrator (not counting the little Tantus bullets that are included with their vibrating dildos or plugs), last year at Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit ’15. Back then I barely knew anyone, I didn’t mix and mingle with the crowd, let alone be brave enough to talk to Metis Black, founder of Tantus. The reality is that small, independent businesses nowadays often need crowdfunding to bring innovation to life and be able to mass-produce or even do the research to create a product. That’s been the case with Eva by Dame, the Mystery Vibe, Minna Limon, and now Funkit Toys. Luckily, people were awesome and responded really well in all these cases. Rumble started shipping out this spring first to its original backers, and by this summer one could find Rumble in every responsible sex store.
Everything that I’ve read about it though, didn’t prepare me for the actual product that I touched in the bloggers’ lounge a year later at Woodhull SFS16. The Rumble was… feather-light. I couldn’t believe it. How could that be? And so comfortable! It fitted so well in my hand. Like a natural extension.
This product is made with so much thought and attention to detail. The shape of the handle, the location of the buttons: everything is made to perfection (not to mention that it looks like something that came from the future!). The ON/OFF button is separated from the PLUS and MINUS buttons used to change settings. No accidental turning it off at the worst possible moment. The controls are exactly where your hands are holding the vibrator, so no fishing around and awkward “where is iiiit?!” anymore. I cannot emphasize this enough! Ergonomics and design matter! These things can change your whole experience with the product.
When I am pleasuring myself or being pleasured, I don’t want to be distracted by unwanted pain. No, I don’t want my arms cramping and getting tired. I don’t want my shoulder aching. That’s not sexy and that’s not what I signed up for when I wanted some sexual pleasure. I have a tennis elbow and early stages of a rare form of arthritis, I work on a computer the whole day, and I have chronic back and shoulder pain. And I am horny. I don’t want my playtime to be limited by my body and my ability to hold a toy.
When using the Rumble the vibrations travel very little and you only slightly feel them through the handle, which adds to the overall comfort, while using this toy. And at just 6.6 oz Tantus Rumble has my love and devotion.
One of the key characteristics of this toy is that it’s 100% gender neutral. It’s an external vibrator for all bodies. Penises, vulvas, transitioning bodies, breasts, butt-holes, nipples. Whatever you got, this toy can stimulate it. The shape doesn’t suggest just one way of using it. It also features a wider head for more broad stimulation. At the same time the head is not too round and has an edge that can be used for more direct or pinpoint vibration. Or one can use one of its attachments. The g/p-spot head, called the Spoon, can actually be used externally on the clit or around the anus. (I will be writing a separate post about the Rumble replaceable heads.)
The Tantus Rumble has seven settings to choose from: three are different speeds of steady vibration, and four are different patterns. You can go back and forth by using the controls. You don’t have to go through the whole cycle to go back to something that you liked! It has a very quiet motor and the sound is in no way distracting or annoying. It’s a cordless rechargeable vibrator that holds its battery for 4.5 hours! You heard correctly! It uses a mini USB which makes finding its cord so much easier. A number of other electronics that you probably have around your house use it and if you end up misplacing your cord, you can really easily replace it or buy one even from the drug store.
And because it’s Tantus, it’s 100% body-safe. The body of the toy is plastic and the head of the vibrator is matte silicone. It can be removed and boiled or sanitized with a 10% bleach solution. This isn’t something you can do with any other vibrator or wand. Vibrators cannot be boiled, and this is the only one that has a removable head. Yes, some vibes have attachments, but the original plain smooth head is not sanitizable.
Unlike other vibes, Rumble has a flexible neck that gently moves the head around and follows your shapes. That can be a little bit of a downside for some people who like really rigid vibes and like pressing them against a certain body part.
I also think Rumble is a great travel buddy. It’s so much smaller than wand vibrators, and being so unbelievably light, it makes taking it a really smart packing decision. People with mobility issues try to always keep their luggage light and small, because dragging a suitcase with a Doxy Die Cast is frankly not helping anyone’s back. And you don’t really need to even take it’s cord, because the battery will hold forever.
Rumble has vibrations that penetrate deeply and, hence the name, are deliciously rumbly. It’s not an extra powerful wand-type vibrator, so expect an experience closer to the We-Vibe Touch or a small external vibrator. On its highest setting Rumble doesn’t get too buzzy the way most vibes do, it still has depth to it. It never numbs my clit or genitalia. A few female reviewers who’ve written about it say that they can’t come from it because the head is too broad and they need either more power or more pinpoint stimulation. I’ve found that using it a bit more sideways, so actually the edge/corner of the head is against the glans of my clit, helps a great deal when I am in searching for more direct vibration.
My man is truly in love with it. He likes vibrations and broader heads, but things like Doxy are too powerful or too stiff and rigid for him. Things can easily go from “yeah” to “ouch” with other vibes. The flexible neck and the way the head moves is great for using it on penises and scrotums.
Some advice from experience. Penises don’t like cold toys in general. And what’s great about Rumble is that, unlike many other corded vibes, you can take the attachment off, run some warm water over it and then put it on the vibe. Or just hold the head of the toy in your hands and warm it up before pressing it against someone’s dick or balls.
Things to consider
Some of its cons are that it’s not waterproof. I am not a big fan of using a vibe in the tub and the heads/attachments are washable, so this isn’t that much of an issue for me. You can wipe the body of the toy with a damp cloth and maybe some liquid soap. Also, it doesn’t come with a storage bag or case, but that isn’t a great problem either.
Something that’s completely a matter of personal preference is power. Rumble is not megapowerful. It’s no Doxy and it’s not meant to be one. It’s definitely not for power queens. Another thing to consider: if you like using an external vibrator while thrusting in with a dildo, that might not work either. The head is very broad, so it’s hard to use a dildo with it. Maybe with the spoon attachment it can work, but if you have an image of a Hitachi on the clit/pubic mound and a dildo in, that’s not gonna work with Rumble because it’s a bit of a vulva-hog.
Rumble, like every other toy, is not something that 10 out of 10 people will like — that’s why we need tons of different toys to choose from! If you like the fullness of an internal toy or internal vibration, maybe you shoud start your collection with an internal vibrator or a Tantus dildo. I don’t believe the whole “one toy will solve all of your needs and will solve everybody’s needs”. But Rumble is nonetheless a truly amazing creation and I think it’s one of the best toys of 2016. There’s a lot of research and many years of experience in the pleasure industry that went into making it, and it truly does not have an equivalent. I can’t thank Tantus enough for creating a vibe that is so lightweight, ergonomic, rumbly, rechargeable and gender neutral.
You can get Rumble from Tantus for $129.99.
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Disclaimer: Rumble was generously provided to me by Tantus in exchange for my honest review. 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 buying through them you’re giving me the opportunity to keep up the good work.