The Hello Touch is, to be honest, a pretty neat design. It has a grey, cloth wristband that houses the battery pack. The battery pack connects to the two vibration pods by coated wire. The vibration pods slide into pure silicone finger bands. Each finger band has two straps that hold it in place on your finger. It sounds complicated, but it’s a fairly streamlined designed for a finger vibrator. It’s certainly more attractive than the Fukuoku. It can be worn with the vibration pods on the bottom of the finger for direct skin contact. It can also be worn with the vibration pods on top of the finger, over the nail, for much more diffused and subtle vibrations. It can be used during masturbation, hand jobs, blow jobs, body massages, stimulating a clitoris, stimulating an anus (external only, folks), or stimulating a G-spot. The wire and the finger pads are waterproof, meaning you can stimulate a partner underwater (keeping the battery pack above water) or you can stimulate a squirter without worrying about damaging a toy. Jimmyjane even made it easy to sanitize the silicone pads by making the vibration pods removable!
It seemed like a good idea.
For me, it’s not a toy I reach for regularly and certainly not one I reach for on my solo adventures. My partner and I keep pulling it out from time to time, hoping that my memory is wrong and it is a great toy that I should recommend to everyone. However, it’s just lackluster. The only redeeming quality it has is its convenience during sex. It’s not bulky, cumbersome, or difficult to hold during sex. Since it’s essentially an extension of my (or my partner’s) hand, it fits well between our bodies during sex. Especially in positions where the clitoris is easily accessible, such as rear-entry positions. My partner would use his fingers to stimulate me in these positions normally so the Hello Touch was merely an enhancement. We didn’t have to worry about dropping it, like we do the Salsa, and we didn’t have a cord to worry about, like we do the Couture Inspire. Still, I’d rather him use my Couture Inspire or my Salsa, even if they’re not as convenient. Power and quality of orgasms trumps convenience in my book.
Many users complain about the finger pads as well. The silicone bands can be snug on a lot of user’s fingers. I have small hands-- like, at work I have my own box of gloves because the normal sizes don’t fit, small hands. I don’t have a problem with the straps cutting off circulation to my fingers. My partner, however, feels the straps are too snug on his fingers. He can’t wear he finger pads for more than five minutes before his fingers start to go numb and turn blue. This seems like such a predictable problem. Why didn’t Jimmyjane just include different size finger pads? It’s not like the vibration pods are stuck in the finger pads. They’re removable for cleaning, why not make them interchangeable as well. It seems Jimmyjane could have reached a much larger market if they simply provided different size finger pads. As it is, I only see the Hello Touch successfully fitting women with petite hands.
Despite all the hate that the Hello Touch has received from actual reviewers, I do feel that it has it’s place in the market. When I worked at the sex shop, I actually sold a fair amount of them. It didn’t sell well to seasoned couples but it did sell well to females looking for a toy for masturbation or couples looking for a first toy to bring into the bedroom. I know we like to avoid the phrase “good for beginners,” but hear me out. The Hello Touch is truly a beginners toy. It hasn’t proved satisfying to anyone with much experience with toys, at least not to my knowledge. However, when I would have a female customer in the store looking for a first toy, they more often than not left with the Hello Touch. I may be making an assumption here, but I figure a lot women learned to masturbate by using their hands. When transitioning from hands-only masturbation to a vibrator, the Hello Touch seems like the logical option. It isn’t bulky and intimidating, like the Hitachi. It isn’t potentially “confusing” like dual stimulators. It also isn’t made of toxic materials or housing a motor that is notorious for burning out in a month, like so many of the “beginner” toys that stores offer. I would show customers higher end vibrators, like the Lelo Mia or the Nea, as well as the Hello Touch. Most of them liked how the Hello Touch used the techniques they already knew. It enhanced the masturbation style with which they were already comfortable. The same theory held for couples new to toys as well. It enhanced the foreplay style they already used. Most of my first-time-customer couples proved to be intimidated by couples toys such as the We-Vibe or the Lelo Tor. The Hello Touch provided a comfortable, familiar, but yet, still novel, experience.
It may have it’s (serious) flaws, but I feel it has it’s place in the sex toy market. When Jimmyjane produces a similar toy that’s more powerful (and multispeed!), rechargeable, and can fit a wider range of users, they may have produced a toy I can fully get onboard with. Until then, it sits at the bottom of my drawers, rarely used.
If you're interested in picking up a Hello Touch of you own, you can find one at SheVibe or Good Vibrations.