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BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Vibrator Review

Tested & Rated with Methodology v1.0

Overall Score

8.4

What is it:

How generally good the mini or bullet vibrator is. It’s a weighted average of the vibrator’s performance in these areas.

Scoring Factors:

9.3

18%

Power Range

10.0

17%

7.2

15%

5.9

13%

10.0

10%

7.7

10%

7.5

8%

Build Quality

9.3

8%

10.0

1%

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Performance Ratings

MAX VIBRATION POWER
10.0
POWER RANGE
9.3
RUMBLINESS
5.9
COMFORT & EASE OF USE
7.2
USE DURING SEX
10.0
NOISE
7.7
BUILD QUALITY
7.5
BATTERY LIFE
9.3
CLEANING
10.0

Our Verdict

The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet is an excellent, affordable bullet vibrator. It’s my most powerful bullet and has the widest power range – it also begins gently for a comfortable warmup. 

You make some tradeoffs for the outstanding power range at a reasonable price. The vibrations are primarily buzzy, which some people dislike but others prefer. The vibes also travel into my hand, which is distracting on the higher levels. But it’s not an issue on the low to middle settings. 

It’s also a fairly short bullet, so it’s not as easy to grip and maneuver as longer options. And the press-and-hold button system provides excellent control over your exact strength, but you need to keep the button pressed firmly when changing settings, which can be tiring.

But the Swan Maximum has the longest battery life of the bullets I’ve tested. It’s also IPX7 waterproof, so it’s very easy to clean. And for those who want an exceptional power range at an affordable price – the BMS Swan Maximum is a great choice.

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Pros

  • Most powerful bullet vibrator I've tested so far
  • Budget-friendly
  • Widest power range
  • Longest battery life
  • IPX7 waterproof, making it easy to clean
  • Incremental controls provide very gradual power adjustments

Cons

  • Primarily buzzy vibrations - especially on high
  • Vibrations travel into my hand and overall comfort is mediocre
  • Press-and-hold buttons provide excellent control but can be tiring to hold down when changing power

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BMS Swan Maximum Bullet with other bullet and mini vibrators in background

The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet is designed to have enormous power in a small size (using BMS Factory’s PowerBullet motor) at an affordable price point. You can increase and decrease intensity in tiny steps using its press-and-hold control system. And it’s more powerful than any of my other bullets. It has enough strength that it comes with a silicone “Comfy Cuff” that fits around the bullet to dampen the vibrations in your fingers. 

The lipstick shape can be used for focused stimulation using the tip or broader contact using the side. It comes in pink or blue. The BMS Swan is made from body-safe ABS plastic, has a travel lock to prevent it from turning on accidentally, and is IPX7 waterproof, making it easy to clean and useable in the tub.

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The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet is an excellent, budget-friendly bullet. Its most significant advantage is its exceptional strength and wide power range. So, if these are your top priorities, the Swan is an excellent choice at the best price. 

However, the vibrations are buzzy on the medium to high settings. If you prefer rumbliness, the Pillow Talk Racy has more rumbly (but less powerful) vibrations in this price range. And if you want a longer bullet that’s more comfortable to hold, the Blush Limited Addiction is a cheaper bullet worth considering. Its power range is close to the Swan Maximum’s, although it’s not quite as wide or intense.

See all our recommendations for the best bullet vibrators here.


Vibrations: Power And Range


Max Power Rating

10.0

What is it:

How strong the highest power level feels compared to other bullet and mini vibrators.

When does it matter:

If you need intense vibrations to orgasm or you just enjoy powerful vibrations.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Power Range Rating:

9.3

What is it:

How wide the range is between the highest and lowest power levels, and whether it has enough power levels that steps between settings are comfortable.

When does it matter:

A broad power range with many intensity levels is always more versatile. You can warm up with softer levels when your body isn’t ready for intense vibrations. But when you want more strength, you can turn it up high. A broad power range is also more likely to include settings at your ideal strength.

Scoring Factors:

9.3

100%

Adjusted Power Range Width

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Power vs Frequency Graph:

What is it:

A graph of each bullet and mini vibrator’s power vs frequency across all of its power levels. 

When does it matter:

If you want a detailed look at the vibrator’s full power and frequency characteristics. This tells you how strong and how rumbly each setting feels. You can also compare two vibrators on the same graph using our graph comparison tool here.

How Strong Is Each Power? (Click to Expand Definitions)

  • Power < 2.7: Too weak for me to orgasm, but great while warming up.
  • Power between 2.7 and 6.0: Strong enough for me to orgasm, but takes some effort. Good while warming up.
  • Power between 6.0 and 9.0: I orgasm effortlessly and reliably. These are the settings I typically finish with.
  • Power ≥ 9.0: Extreme power. Way more than I need to orgasm – I rarely use these.

The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet has the strongest top power of all my bullet vibrators, reaching an 11 out of 10 strength. You read that right—an 11. The Swan Maximum was released after my first round of bullet vibrator testing, but it beat out my previous most powerful bullets, the Blush Limited Addiction and Doxy Bullet, which I had rated 10!

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet with Other Strong Bullets Blush Limited Addiction and Doxy Bullet
The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet (top) is even stronger than the Blush Limited Addiction (left) and Doxy Bullet (right)

The BMS Swan Maximum’s 11/10 power is stronger than I could ever need. In fact, without the silicone grip that comes with the bullet, its top setting is too strong to hold in my hand! 

Gripping BMS Swan Maximum Bullet With Comfy Cuff
I need to use the silicone grip to hold the BMS Swan Maximum Bullet on high power, otherwise it’s too much for my hand

Thankfully, it also has the widest power range of my bullets (another benefit over the Blush Limited Addiction and Doxy Bullet), starting at just a 2.5 out of 10 vibration strength. So, it has plenty of milder settings if you prefer gentle to moderate stimulation.

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Buttons
The control buttons allow tapping back and forth on power or a press-and-hold method for micro-adjustments

The press-and-hold buttons also let you gradually increase and decrease intensity in tiny steps. With such a comprehensive power range, most people will find some intensity levels they enjoy.

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Vibrations: Frequency (Rumbliness)


Rumbliness Rating:

5.9

What is it:

How “rumbly” (low frequency) or “buzzy” (high frequency) the vibrator feels. And whether it delivers strong vibrations while remaining reasonably rumbly. Higher scores indicate a “more rumbly” (lower-frequency) bullet or mini vibrator, since the majority of people prefer rumbliness. But ultimately vibration frequency is a personal preference.

When does it matter:

If you prefer vibrations in a specific area along the rumbly-to-buzzy spectrum. Rumbly vibrations spread out more and you feel them deeper. Whereas you feel buzzy vibrations nearer to the surface and more concentrated around the point of contact. Both can feel good, and which you enjoy more is a personal preference.

Scoring Factors:

5.9

50%

Median Vibration Frequency

6.0

50%

Power and Frequency Balance

0%

Power vs Frequency Graphs

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Power vs Frequency Graph:

What is it:

A graph of each bullet and mini vibrator’s power vs frequency across all of its power levels. 

When does it matter:

If you want a detailed look at the vibrator’s full power and frequency characteristics. This tells you how strong and how rumbly each setting feels. You can also compare two vibrators on the same graph using our graph comparison tool here.

Frequency on Low Power:

61 Hz

(Moderately Rumbly)

Median Frequency:

91 Hz

(Moderately Buzzy)

What is it:

What part of the frequency spectrum the vibrator’s power levels are centered around. It’s the vibration frequency of the middle power level (the average of the two middle levels if there is an even number of settings).

When does it matter:

If you prefer vibrations in a particular part of the rumbly-to-buzzy spectrum. This provides a quick way to see whether one vibrator’s settings are generally more rumbly or buzzy than another vibrator’s. Since most people prefer rumbly toys, we give higher scores to lower-frequency (more rumbly) vibrators. But ultimately, it’s a personal preference.

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Frequency on High Power:

114 Hz

(Extremely Buzzy)

Rumbliness & Power Balance:

6.0

What is it:

A measure that rewards bullet and mini vibrators that remain rumbly (low-frequency) while packing good vibration strength. In other words, a bullet vibrator that is strong, but buzzy will perform poorly in this metric. Likewise, a bullet vibrator that is rumbly, but weak will also perform poorly. Only bullet and mini vibrators with strong, rumbly vibrations will have a high rating here. Calculated using the average normalized power / normalized frequency of the vibrator’s settings, with a derating factor applied to buzzy settings. 

When does it matter:

If you want a bullet or mini vibrator with a good balance of power and rumbliness.

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The BMS Swan Maximum’s vibrations are primarily buzzy. The lowest power levels are moderately rumbly, which is a nice, gentle intro. But by the time you reach settings with moderate strength, the vibrations feel neutral. And they quickly become buzzy as you increase the intensity higher.

Whether this is good or bad depends on your preferences. Some people prefer buzzy vibrations, whereas others want rumbly (low-frequency) vibes.

Since I prefer moderate intensity, I only need to use the first half of the Swan Maximum’s power levels – so I typically use those rumbly and neutral vibes. But if you’re interested in those extremely intense top settings, you have to love buzzy vibrations.

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet and We-Vibe Tango X
The We-Vibe Tango X (right) is my most rumbly bullet, but it doesn’t get as strong as the BMS Swan Maximum Bullet (left)

However, none of my rumbly bullet vibrators come close to the Swan Maximum’s vibration power. The We-Vibe Tango X is my strongest rumbly bullet, reaching a top strength of 7.75. 

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet with Rumbly Wands Lovense Domi 2 and Fun Factory Vim
If you want extreme power and rumbliness, a wand vibrator like the Lovense Domi (left) or Fun Factory Vim (right) is really the only option

When it comes to bullet vibrators, you generally need to choose between more power or more rumbliness. If strong, rumbly vibrations are your priority, a wand vibrator like the Lovense Domi 2 or Fun Factory Vim is better. Because wand vibrators’ motors are heavier, they can be both rumbly and extremely powerful.

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Stimulation Precision


Stimulation Precision

What is it:

How focused or broad the stimulation feels compared to other mini and bullet vibrators.

When does it matter:

If you prefer stimulation focused in a small, precise area or enjoy it spread out over more of your vulva. It’s a personal preference.

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Typical Tip Width Photo with Calipers

Precision:

Precise

Head or Tip Width:

0.75 inches

What is it:

The width of the vibrator’s head or tip measured at the part of the vibrator in contact with my body during normal use. For most bullet vibrators, it’s the width of the toy right before it begins to taper. For uniquely-shaped mini vibrators it’s a subjective location I determine based on my experience using the vibrator.

When does it matter:

If you enjoy broader stimulation you’ll will want a greater tip width. If you prefer precise stimulation, you’ll want a narrower tip width. 

Tip Shape:

Lipstick

What is it:

The shape of the bullet or mini vibrator’s tip.

When it matters:

The tip’s shape affects how broad or precise the stimulation feels. And it affects how much you can vary the stimulation. Lipstick-shaped and tapered vibrators provide very focused stimulation when using the tip or moderate precision when using the side of the toy. Rounded heads stay in that moderate range of precision. And others can be broader.

Whether you prefer broad or focused stimulation is up to your personal preference.

The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet provides a versatile experience because you can use the thin lipstick tip (just 0.75 inches wide) for very precise contact. But you can also press the side of the bullet to your body to cover more area for those who prefer to spread the stimulation out more.

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Comfort & Ease of Use


Comfort & Ease of Use Rating:

7.2

What is it:

How comfortable the bullet or mini vibrator is to hold and press against your body. As well as how easy it is to press the buttons, leverage the vibrator for good pressure, and maneuver it to apply the stimulation where and how you want it. 

When does it matter:

If you are easily distracted by subtle discomforts such as feeling the vibrations in your hand, an awkward grip on the handle, or clicking buttons repeatedly to reach your preferred setting.

Scoring Factors:

5.9

40%

Grip Comfort

8.5

40%

Controls Ease of Use

7.0

20%

Easy Leverage & Pressure

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BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Comfort and Ease of Use Photo

Grip Comfort:

5.9

What is it:

How comfortable the bullet vibrator or mini vibrator is to grip and hold during typical use. I consider aspects such as whether I feel the vibrations much in my hand, whether the handle is long enough to grip comfortably, whether the shape feels good or awkward in my hand, etc. 

When does it matter:

If you need an especially comfortable grip to minimize distractions.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Controls:

8.5

What is it:

Whether the controls are simple, easy to use, helpful, and provide all the important functionality or whether they’re distracting, unresponsive, difficult to use, etc.

When does it matter:

If you switch power levels or vibration patterns frequently during your normal use. 

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Easy Leverage & Pressure:

7.0

What is it:

How easily you can leverage the bullet or mini vibrator to vary the pressure.

When does it matter:

If you typically press your vibrators firmly against your body. 

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet is very easy to use, but it has some uncomfortable aspects. 

It has great controls with two press-and-hold buttons that let you increase and decrease power continuously – there are no jumps between settings. Simply hold the increase or decrease power button, and the Swan Maximum will gradually change power. This control system makes finding the exact power level you need easy.

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Buttons
Tap back and forth on power or press-and-hold to micro-adjust strength

Some other bullet vibrators, like the Pillow Talk Racy and Flirty, have a similar continuous system. But these bullets have just one button, so you can only increase power gradually. To decrease power, you have to turn them off and on again to start over. So, the BMS Swan Maximum’s second button is helpful.

Buttons of the BMS Swan Maximum with Pillow Talk Racy and Pillow Talk Flirty
The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet’s buttons (left) allow press-and-hold going up or down. The Pillow Talk Racy (middle) and Pillow Talk Flirty (right) only have one button for press-and-hold going up

I personally find the Swan Maximum’s buttons take firm pressure to hold down, which is tiring if you change power often. The Pillow Talk Racy’s button is easier to press. And if you don’t need super tiny power adjustments, ordinary clickable buttons like those of the Blush Limited Addiction are fine. But the Swan’s two press-and-hold buttons have their benefits in finding your ideal strength.

The BMS Swan is only adequately comfortable. The bullet is shorter than I prefer, and the base tapers inward, forcing you to grip it toward the middle of the bullet. This makes the usable length even shorter, causes my fingers to feel cramped in a tight space, and doesn’t provide as much leverage as longer bullets.

Tapered Base of the BMS Swan Maximum Bullet
The end tapers off, so it decreases the grippable area

The Swan Maximum’s vibrations travel into my hand, too. They’re comfortable at low to medium power levels, but they’re distracting at the top half of the settings. The silicone Comfy Cuff that comes with it is a must if you plan to use the higher powers—it helps dampen the vibrations in your fingers but doesn’t completely eliminate them. 

Gripping BMS Swan Maximum Bullet With Comfy Cuff
If you plan to use the higher power levels, you must use the silicone grip or the vibrations in your hand are overwhelming

The Blush Limited Addiction is another extremely powerful bullet with less (but not zero) vibrations in your hand. With very powerful bullet vibrators, your fingers are close to the motor since bullets are tiny. So, if you’re particularly sensitive to vibrations in your fingers, try a mid-sized toy like the Lovense Hyphy or a small wand vibrator like the Lovense Domi 2.

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Use During Sex


Use During Sex Rating:

10.0

What is it:

How easy the bullet vibrator or mini vibrator is to use for clit stimulation during partnered sex. When rating the vibrator I consider aspects such as whether the vibrator has a handle that’s comfortable to grip and keeps my hand out of the way during sex, whether I can easily angle the vibrator and fit it between our bodies, whether using the vibrator during sex interferes with me or my partner, etc.

When does it matter:

If you’ll frequently use your wand vibrator with a partner during penetrative sex.

Scoring Factors:

10.0

50%

Spooning

10.0

50%

Missionary

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BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Maneuverability in a Tight Space Photo

Spooning:

10.0

What is it:

How easy the bullet or mini vibrator is to use for clit stimulation during sex in positions where you’re not facing your partner (so you have more space available). We used each vibrator specifically in the Spooning position (lying on our sides with my partner penetrating from behind), but this rating applies to a wide range of sex positions where space is not limited.

When does it matter:

If you frequently have sex in the spooning position or similar positions from behind.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Missionary:

10.0

What is it:

How easy the bullet or mini vibrator is to use for clit stimulation during sex in face-to-face sex positions where space is limited. We used each vibrator specifically in the Missionary position, but this rating applies to a wide range of sex positions where space is tight.

When does it matter:

If you frequently have sex in positions facing each other where space is more limited.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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The BMS Swan Maximum is excellent to use during sex. Its small size and tapered tip make it easy to fit into tight spaces. And since it can reach very high powers, it provides plenty of stimulation.

If you’re not using the silicone cuff to dampen the vibrations that travel into your hand, you can use it to attach the bullet to your fingers. That way, you can maneuver and press the bullet to your body without gripping it. While it’s not completely hands-free, like some couples vibrators, it’s minimal effort.

Different Ways to Use Comfy Cuff on BMS Swan Maximum Bullet
Two different ways to use the silicone band that comes with the BMS Swan Maximum

This can make it easier to hold during sex. Though, I can only tolerate using it this way on the low to medium levels (which have plenty of strength for me). If I use the Swan Maximum’s highest levels, I need to use the Comfy Cuff to dampen the vibrations instead.

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Noise


Noise Rating:

7.7

What is it:

How loud the bullet or mini vibrator is. We measure the decibels on low and high power with a sound level meter. We also test whether we can hear each vibrator from behind our closed bedroom door.

When does it matter:

When you live with other people or are distracted by sound.

Scoring Factors:

8.0

50%

Audibility Behind a Closed Door

7.1

30%

Decibels on High Power

8.0

20%

Decibels on Low Power

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Audibility Behind Closed Door:

8.0

What is it:

Whether my partner could hear me using the bullet or mini vibrator inside the bedroom while he stood on the other side of our closed bedroom door. We tested each vibrator on low, middle, and high power levels with the house completely silent. Then we tested each vibrator’s highest power with a box fan turned on in the bedroom. Lastly, we tested the highest power with music playing in the bedroom at a normal listening volume.

When does it matter:

When you live with other people and want to select a bullet vibrator or mini vibrator you can use confidently without them hearing.

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Decibels on High Power:

49.5 dB

What is it:

How loud the bullet or mini vibrator’s highest power level is, measured in dB with a sound level meter approximately 12 inches away

When does it matter:

If you typically use your vibrator’s highest power levels or want the freedom to use the full power range without worry. 

Good Sound Level:

<42 dB is excellent; Nearly everything under this value was inaudible behind a closed door.

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Decibels on Low Power:

43.4 dB

What is it:

How loud the bullet or mini vibrator’s lowest power level is, measured in dB with a sound level meter approximately 12 inches away

When does it matter:

If you typically use your vibrator’s softer settings.

Good Sound Level:

<42 dB is excellent; Nearly everything under this value was inaudible behind a closed door.

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Low Power:

Inaudible

Middle Power:

Inaudible

High Power:

Audible

High Power with Box Fan:

Inaudible

High Power with Music:

Inaudible

The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet has good noise levels, considering its enormous power. 

When I used it in the bedroom, my partner could only hear it on the highest settings from the other side of the bedroom door. We also found that he could only hear the Swan Maximum when the bullet accidentally brushed up against the comforter on my bed, which made a louder sound. When I kept the vibrator pressed to my body, he couldn’t hear it on the highest setting.

If you’re concerned about noise, stick to the medium power levels, which are still quite powerful. You can also turn on music or a fan to mask the noise.

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Battery Life


Battery Life Rating:

9.3

What is it:

How long the bullet vibrator or mini vibrator lasted continuously running on its highest power before its battery died during our test.

When does it matter:

If you want to play for long periods of time between charges.

Scoring Factors:

9.3

100%

Battery Life on High Power

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BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Charging Cable Photo

Battery Life on High Power:

139 minutes

Power Source:

Rechargeable

Charging Cable:

Magnetic

The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet has an amazing battery life. After charging it fully, I ran it on its highest power until it died – 139 minutes later. It lasted longer than any of the other bullets I’ve tested so far. 

This was especially surprising since extremely powerful vibrators often die faster (since they use more power). All the bullet and mini vibrators that come close to the Swan Maximum’s battery life are substantially weaker.

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Build Quality


Build Quality Rating:

7.5

What is it:

Our perception of the bullet or mini vibrator’s durability and material quality; whether it feels cheap or sturdy and long-lasting. If we noticed any decline in a vibrator’s performance over our months of testing, it is accounted for in its Build Quality rating.

When does it matter:

When you want a vibrator to last for years. Many vibrator manufacturers provide a warranty (usually 1 to 2 years), but a higher quality vibrator is more likely to endure after your warranty is expired.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Build Quality Photo

The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet has a good build quality but is not luxurious. The ABS Plastic has a nice, metallic look and feels well-made, but it shows scratches easily. It seems durable but feels lighter than I expected due to the metallic look. Bullet vibrators actually made of metal, like the Le Wand Grand Bullet, are heavier and feel more solid.

Comfy Cuff Next to BMS Swan Maximum Bullet
The silicone grip that comes with the BMS Swan Maximum Bullet

The silicone buttons have a nice feel, and the detachable silicone grip is very plush. I wish the grip was wider to cover more surface area since the vibrations travel easily into my fingers, but it still does the trick well enough.

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Cleaning


Cleaning Rating

10.0

What is it:

How easy the bullet or mini vibrator is to clean. Vibrators with an IPX6 (water-resistant) or IPX7 (waterproof) rating are super easy to clean under a running sink. For vibrators without a waterproof rating, I subjectively rate how difficult it is to clean.

When does it matter:

If you’re worried about damaging your toy with water. Or if you won’t use your vibrator as much if cleaning is tedious.

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BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Waterproof Rating Demonstration

Waterproof Rating:

IPX7

What is it:

The bullet or mini vibrator’s waterproof rating – IPX7, IPX6, or No Rating

When does it matter:

When you plan to use your vibrator in the shower, bath, or want simpler cleaning.

  • IPX7 (Submersible): Vibrators with this rating are “waterproof.” You can submerge them in water up to a meter deep for up to 30 minutes. So you can use them in the bath and cleaning is easy.
  • IPX6 (Water Resistant): Vibrators with this rating can resist high-pressure, heavy sprays of water, but should not be fully submerged. This means you can use them in the shower (but not submerged in a bath). You can also clean them under a sink faucet without worry.
  • No Rating: These vibrators do not have a waterproof rating. You should not use them in the shower, and you must be careful to keep water away from electronic components when cleaning them.

The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet is IPX7 waterproof, so it’s very easy to clean. You can fully submerge it while scrubbing or use it in the bathtub.

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General Design and Specs


Size and Weight

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Vibrator Length Measurement with Calipers Photo

Length:

3.7 inches

What is it:

How long the bullet or mini vibrator is, measured from the base to the tip.

When does it matter:

In general, longer mini and bullet vibrators are easier to hold, maneuver, and leverage. These types of vibrators are smaller than most, so some additional length can provide a more comfortable grip.

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Typical Tip Width Photo with Calipers

Head or Tip Width:

0.75 inches

What is it:

The width of the vibrator’s head or tip measured at the part of the vibrator in contact with my body during normal use. For most bullet vibrators, it’s the width of the toy right before it begins to taper. For uniquely-shaped mini vibrators it’s a subjective location I determine based on my experience using the vibrator.

When does it matter:

If you enjoy broader stimulation you’ll will want a greater tip width. If you prefer precise stimulation, you’ll want a narrower tip width. 

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Weight Measured on a Scale Photo

Weight:

1.7 ounces

What is it:

How heavy the bullet vibrator or mini vibrator is, measured with a digital scale. 

When does it matter:

The weight of a bullet or mini vibrator is not that important, because they’re all relatively light (around 0.6 to 5.0 ounces). They’re not heavy like wand vibrators which can weigh up to 25 ounces and can be difficult to maneuver. A slightly heavier bullet or mini vibrator can feel sturdier, more durable, and higher quality.

Design Features

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Vibrator Shape Photo

Vibrator Shape:

Straight

What is it:

The general shape of the mini or bullet vibrator.

When it matters:

Most bullet vibrators have a basic, straight design. Angled bullet vibrators can be easier to leverage and apply pressure. An angled shape can also help a bullet vibrator fit more easily between bodies during sex. We use the word “palm” to refer to mini vibrators designed to fit in the palm of your hand. Palm vibrators generally provide broader stimulation than bullet vibrators.

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Tip Shape Photo

Head or Tip Shape:

Lipstick

What is it:

The shape of the bullet or mini vibrator’s tip.

When it matters:

The tip’s shape affects how broad or precise the stimulation feels. And it affects how much you can vary the stimulation. Lipstick-shaped and tapered vibrators provide very focused stimulation when using the tip or moderate precision when using the side of the toy. Rounded heads stay in that moderate range of precision. And others can be broader.

Head or Tip Firmness

Firm

What is it:

Whether the vibrator’s tip is firm or plush.

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet Rigidity and Flexibility Photo

Flexibility:

Rigid

What is it:

How flexible or rigid the mini or bullet vibrator is.

When does it matter:

It’s generally a personal preference. A slightly flexible vibrator can be more comfortable to use, especially if the vibrator is very firm. However, too much flexibility makes it harder to apply substantial pressure since the vibrator’s tip can flex away. 

Materials:

ABS Plastic with Silicone Comfort Cuff

What is it:

The material of the mini or bullet vibrator’s body and handle.

When it matters:

Only non-porous materials (including ABS plastic, silicone, some metals, and some other materials) are body-safe since they can be fully sanitized. Every bullet and mini vibrator we review is made using body-safe materials. The choice between different safe materials is a personal preference. Some people enjoy how smooth ABS Plastic feels. Others find silicone feels higher-quality to them. Or the additional weight and shine of a metal vibrator can make it feel luxurious. 

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Review Results


The BMS Swan Maximum Bullet is an excellent budget-friendly option with the most intense vibrations and widest power range of any bullet or mini vibrator I’ve tested so far. It’s a very well-rounded bullet vibrator for under $50. 

Most of the vibrations feel neutral or buzzy, so it’s not for those who prefer rumbly vibrations. And the vibrations travel into your fingers on the highest powers. While the included silicone Comfy Cuff dampens these vibrations somewhat, those extra sensitive will want to consider an alternative. This bullet vibrator is best for those who prioritize a wide power range from gentle to extremely intense and enjoy buzzy vibrations.


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Blush Limited Addiction

The Blush Limited Addiction and BMS Swan Maximum are both powerful, affordable bullet vibrators. Which is better depends on your preferences.

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet and Blush Limited Addiction

The Blush Limited Addiction is more comfortable. Its ordinary buttons are easier to press than the BMS Swan Maximum’s buttons which you need to hold down. But the Swan’s control system provides more gradual steps between settings. Because the Blush Limited Addiction is longer, it’s easier to hold and leverage. It also does not vibrate your fingers as much as the Swan Maximum. The Blush was also inaudible behind a closed door on all power levels, providing more peace of mind than the Swan. It’s also cheaper than the Swan.

The BMS Swan Maximum is better if you care about a wider power range with a more intense top setting. It begins gentler and has about 10% more power on high. Its battery life is also about 2.5x longer.

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Pillow Talk Racy

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet and Pillow Talk Racy

The Pillow Talk Racy is better than the BMS Swan Maximum Bullet if you want more rumbly, quieter vibrations and a more comfortable grip at a similar price. It’s longer, so it’s easier to leverage, and you don’t feel the vibrations in your hand. The top strength only reaches 7.75 out of 10, but this is still plenty for me. And the majority of the Racy’s vibrations are rumbly. It can also be used for G-spot stimulation, but the Racy’s battery life is worse.

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Lovense Domi 2

The Lovense Domi 2 is a wand vibrator that can be a better choice than the BMS Swan Maximum if you want extremely strong, rumbly vibrations that don’t vibrate your hand. Since bullet vibrators are so small, you have to hold them very close to the motor. So you’ll feel the Swan Maximum’s vibrations in your fingers. But wand vibrators like the Domi 2 have a longer handle, so you can hold them away from the motor.

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet and Lovense Domi 2

Wand vibrators are also the most powerful type of vibrator, so the Domi 2 is even more powerful than the Swan Maximum. And much more rumbly!  

It’s more expensive, but it’s one of the most affordable options with this much rumbliness and strength. While this is a wand vibrator instead of a bullet, it’s one of the smaller wands, so it’s still very easily maneuverable.

Note: Since the Lovense Domi 2 is a wand vibrator, the scores and test results in that review are not directly comparable to the results in this review. The Domi is tested relative to wand vibrators, whereas the BMS Swan Maximum is tested relative to bullet and mini vibrators.

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We-Vibe Tango X

The We-Vibe Tango X is better than the BMS Swan Maximum Bullet if you want rumbly vibrations and are willing to invest in a higher-quality bullet. The Tango X only reaches a 7.75 strength but has the strongest vibrations in a bullet that remain extremely rumbly which many people prefer to buzzy vibrations like the Swan Maximum’s. 

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet and We-Vibe Tango X

The We-Vibe Tango X doesn’t vibrate my hand as much and has buttons on the handle instead of the base. They’re ordinary buttons you click to increase or decrease power instead of press-and-hold buttons like the Swan’s. This bullet is about $30 more expensive, but it’s the most rumbly bullet I’ve found.

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We-Vibe Touch X

The We-Vibe Touch X is better than the BMS Swan Maximum Bullet if you prefer more rumbly vibrations and broader stimulation. The Touch X also has a wide power range, starting even gentler at a 1.5 out of 10 strength. It only reaches a 7.75 on high, but this is still plenty for me. It has lovely, moderately rumbly vibrations, which many people prefer. But if you enjoy buzzy vibrations more, the Swan Maximum is better. 

BMS Swan Maximum Bullet and We-Vibe Touch X

The We-Vibe Touch X provides broader coverage that’s excellent for diffuse stimulation. Whether you enjoy broader stimulation like the Touch X provides or precise stimulation from the Swan’s lipstick tip is entirely a personal preference. The We-Vibe Touch X is about double the cost, so it’s more of an investment.

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  • May 10, 2024: Review Published.

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