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Doxy Original Review

Overall Score

7.9

What is it:

How generally good the wand is. It’s a weighted average of the wand’s performance in various areas.

Scoring Factors:

9.1

18%

8.8

18%

7.3

18%

7.0

13%

4.6

10%

7.6

10%

9.5

8%

Build Quality

10.0

4%

8.8

1%

0%

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Performance Ratings

9.1
8.8
4.6
7.3
7.1
7.6
10.0
8.8
9.5

MAX VIBRATION POWER

POWER RANGE

RUMBLINESS

COMFORT & EASE OF USE

USE DURING SEX

NOISE

ATTACHMENT COMPATIBILITY

MOUNT COMPATIBILITY

BUILD QUALITY

Our Verdict

The Doxy Original packs the extreme power you’d expect from a full-sized wand vibrator. 

It has 6 power levels with the first 2 offering a bit of a warm-up before reaching the extreme strength of the top 4 settings. But only the Doxy Original’s lowest level feels rumbly. Whereas other full-sized wands like the Magic Wand Plus and Rechargeable offer deeper rumbliness. So this wand is best if you enjoy buzzier vibrations.

Apart from being buzzy on its higher powers (which is somewhat of a personal preference), it has good performance across the board. And it’s a high-quality, well-made wand. If you enjoy buzzy vibrations, it’s worth considering. If you like more rumbly vibrators, you’ll probably prefer one of the Magic Wands.

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Pros

  • Very strong vibrations
  • Wide power range
  • Solid build

Cons

  • Buzzy vibrations

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Vibrations: Power And Range


Max Power Rating

9.1

What is it:

How strong the wand vibrator’s highest power level feels.

When does it matter:

If you prefer the extreme power some wands offer or want to make sure your wand at least reaches a certain strength.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Power Range Rating:

8.8

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 levels aren’t too large.

When does it matter:

A broad power range is usually important because it enables more versatile stimulation. You can start on softer levels when your body isn’t ready for crazy strong power. But when you want more strength, you can turn it up high.

Scoring Factors:

8.3

60%

Power Range Width

10.0

40%

Number of Power Levels

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Power vs Frequency Graph:

What is it:

A graph of each wand vibrator’s power vs frequency across all of its power levels. 

When does it matter:

If you want a detailed look at the full power and frequency characteristics of any particular wand vibrator. This will tell you how strong and how rumbly each setting of the wand feels.

How Strong Is Each Power?

  • Power ≤ 3: Comparable to the vibration strength of smaller vibrators like bullets.
  • Power between 3 and 4.5: Comparable to … 

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  • Power ≤ 3: Comparable to the vibration strength of smaller vibrators like bullets.
  • Power between 3 and 4.5: Comparable to the vibration strength of mid-sized, non-wand vibrators like the Lelo Mona 2, Lovense Hyphy, Lovense Lush 3, We-Vibe Nova 2, etc.
  • Power between 4.5 and 7: Slightly to moderately more powerful than mid-sized, non-wand vibrators like those mentioned above. 
  • Power ≥ 7: Substantially stronger than other kinds of vibrators. These levels feel extremely powerful.

The Vibration Power scale is defined with a 10.0 given to the most powerful wand vibrator’s highest strength (Currently the Doxy Die Cast). So a vibration power of 8.0 feels 80% as strong as the Doxy Die Cast. A 5.0 feels 50% as strong, and so on.

The Doxy Original is an extremely powerful wand massager. The majority of its levels are significantly stronger than any of my other non-wand vibrators. Only a few wands reach higher powers than the Doxy Original (one of these is the Doxy Die Cast).

I use this wand over my underwear and sometimes leggings too. And even then – I typically stick to the first two power levels.

The Doxy Original’s first level is softer (but still impactful), which I enjoy during my warm-up stage. Some wands skip straight to high-power. But I think it’s important to have softer levels to prevent immediate overstimulation.

After warming up on power level 1, I’ll switch to level 2 for the rest of my time – rarely venturing beyond the second setting. Power 2 jumps up to 6.6 out of 10, so you’ll want to be fully warm by then. 

I personally don’t find the jump overwhelming. And most extremely powerful wands like the Doxy Die Cast and Magic Wand Plus have a similar gap between the first and second settings. But if you typically prefer mild stimulation, you’ll want to consider a wand with more settings in the low power range like the Dame Com.

Dame Com vs Doxy Original Vibration Power vs Frequency Graph
The Dame Com’s (red) multiple lower power levels compared to only one lower-level power of the Doxy Original (blue)

The last four levels are very close together, and each is immensely powerful. It tops out at 8.5 (85% as strong as the Doxy Die Cast – the most powerful wand vibrator). Though it’s less powerful than the Die Cast, most people will not need any more strength.

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Vibrations: Frequency (Rumbliness)


Performance Rating:

4.6

What is it:

How “rumbly” (low frequency) or “buzzy” (high frequency) a wand vibrator feels at each of its power levels. And whether a wand can deliver strong vibrations while remaining reasonably rumbly. Higher scores indicate a “more rumbly” (lower-frequency) wand, 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.

Scoring Factors:

4.2

50%

5.0

50%

0%

Power vs Frequency Graphs

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Power vs Frequency Graph:

What is it:

A graph of each wand vibrator’s power vs frequency across all of its power levels. 

When does it matter:

If you want a detailed look at the full power and frequency characteristics of any particular wand vibrator. This will tell you how strong and how rumbly each setting of the wand feels.

Frequency on Low Power:

48

Hz

(Extremely Rumbly)

Median Frequency:

102

Hz

(Moderately Buzzy)

What is it:

What part of the frequency spectrum a wand vibrator’s power levels are centered around. It’s the vibration frequency of the wand’s 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 frequency spectrum. This is a fast way to see whether one wand’s vibration levels are generally more rumbly or buzzy than another wand’s vibration settings. Since most people prefer rumbly toys, a higher performance score implies a lower-frequency (more rumbly) wand. 

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Frequency on High Power:

119

Hz

(Extremely Buzzy)

Ave Power Per Frequency:

5.0

What is it:

A measure that rewards wand vibrators that remain rumbly (low-frequency) while packing good vibration strength. Calculated for a wand using the normalized power / normalized frequency at each power level and taking the average across all its levels.

When does it matter:

If you want a wand with a good balance of power and rumbliness.

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We rate wands with rumbly vibrations higher than buzzy wands because most people want rumbliness. But this is a personal preference – so a high or low score in this section doesn’t necessarily imply a better or worse wand for you.

I personally enjoy some neutral-feeling vibrations and even the occasional buzzy vibrator! Though I typically enjoy buzzy vibrations when they’re only moderately powerful. 

The Doxy Original’s vibrations lean to the buzzy side compared to other wands with similar strength. The lowest power is rumbly, and the second feels neutral. So I really enjoy these first two levels.

BMS PalmPower Extreme Magic Wand Plus and Rechargeable Rumbly Options
More rumbly alternatives with similar strength (left to right: BMS PalmPower Extreme, Magic Wand Plus, Magic Wand Rechargeable)

But after that, it gets gradually stronger and significantly buzzier. If you enjoy strong, buzzy vibrations then the Doxy Original is a good fit.

But I think most people who want a wand this powerful will prefer more rumbly, deeper vibrations. And in this price range, you have plenty of options:

The Magic Wand Rechargeable, Magic Wand Plus, and BMS PalmPower Extreme (three of my favorites) each have comparable power to the Doxy Original while maintaining deeper rumbliness. 

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Comfort & Ease Of Use


Performance Rating:

7.3

What is it:

How comfortable the wand is to hold and press against your body. As well as how easy it is to press the buttons, leverage the wand for good pressure, and maneuver it to apply the stimulation where and how you want it. This rating also includes how easy the wand is to clean. Ratings are based primarily on solo use – I cover use during partnered sex here.

When does it matter:

If you are easily distracted by subtle discomforts such as feeling the vibrations in your hands, slight wrist strain, or an awkward grip on the handle. It also matters if you want a wand that’s easy to use for a wide variety of stimulation or for long periods of time.

These wands have excellent performance in this category and others. We only include wands we recommend overall, excluding wands that perform well here but not in other areas.

Scoring Factors:

5.5

22.5%

8.5

22.5%

7.0

22.5%

8.5

22.5%

5.0

10%

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Handle Comfort:

5.5

What is it:

How comfortable the wand is to grip and hold during typical use.

When does it matter:

If you are sensitive to wrist strain, discomfort in your hands, or feeling vibrations in your hands. This may also matter more if you enjoy applying substantial pressure with your wand as you’ll need a comfier hold.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Head Comfort:

8.5

What is it:

 How comfortable the wand’s head is when pressed against your body during use.

When does it matter:

If you tend to get distracted if a wand’s head presses too firmly against your pubic bone, has weird textures or seams, or directs the vibes elsewhere besides your clit.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Easy Positioning & Pressure:

7.0

What is it:

How easily you can maneuver the wand in various ways to get different types of clit stimulation. And how easily you can leverage the wand and vary the pressure.

When does it matter:

If you like to apply a lot of pressure with your toy. Or if you need your wand placed in a particular spot and tend to make frequent adjustments.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Controls:

8.5

What is it:

How easy it is to use the controls and whether they have all the necessary functionality for a positive experience.

When does it matter:

If you typically switch power levels or vibration patterns during use.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Easy Cleaning:

5.0

What is it:

Whether a wand vibrator is waterproof, splashproof, or not rated. For wand 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 wand as much if cleaning is tedious.

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Waterproof Rating:

No Rating

What is it:

The waterproof rating of the wand vibrator – IPX7, IPX6, or No Rating

When does it matter:

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

  • IPX7 (Submersible): Wands with this rating are considered “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 (Splashproof): Wands 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 wands 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 Doxy Original is a comfortable option for those who prefer trading off some maneuverability and precise positioning to enjoy the exceptionally broad stimulation a full-sized wand provides. 

The large heads of full-sized wands like the Doxy Original are not as good at providing direct stimulation in a precise location. But they’re excellent at broadly diffusing the vibrations over a wide area. And I can use the lip near the top of the Doxy Original’s head to apply firmer pressure to a slightly more focused region if I want.

Doxy Original Head Allows Broad or Slightly Less Focused
Apply slightly more focal pressure using that top edge of the head, or broad pressure using the entire side

I don’t use the Doxy Original under the covers since a blanket can restrict the Doxy’s movement with its long handle and power cord.

The silicone buttons are comfortable and easy to press. Though I have to find a good grip so I don’t accidentally press them. There are separate buttons to increase and decrease power. This allows you to quickly test a higher level to see if you’re ready – and if not, quickly tap back down again. This control system is much better than wands with one button to cycle through the settings.

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Use During Sex


Performance Rating:

7.1

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation during partnered sex.

When does it matter:

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

Scoring Factors:

7.0

25%

7.0

25%

8.0

25%

6.5

25%

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Spooning:

7.0

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation in a spooning sex position – both partners lying on their side with the penetrating partner behind the person using the wand

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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Doggystyle:

7.0

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation in a Doggystyle sex position. The partner using the wand is on their knees with their upper body resting mostly on their shoulders since you need your hands to hold the wand. The penetrating partner is kneeling behind.

When does it matter:

If you frequently have sex in the Doggystyle position or similar variations from behind

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Modified Missionary:

8.0

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation in a Modified Missionary sex position – the partner using the wand vibrator is on their back with pillows or a wedge beneath their hips to raise them up. The penetrating partner is kneeling facing them.

When does it matter:

If you frequently have sex in positions facing each other with the partner receiving penetration on their back.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Cowgirl:

6.5

What is it:

How easy a wand vibrator is to maneuver and comfortably hold to your clit for quality stimulation in the Cowgirl sex position – the penetrating partner is lying on their back, while the partner using the wand is straddling on top of them.

When does it matter:

If you frequently have sex in positions facing each other with the partner receiving penetration on top.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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The Doxy Original’s large head prevents it from fitting into tight spaces. But I’ve found this isn’t a huge problem during sex since the vibrations are so strong and they broadly stimulate the entire area around the point of contact with your body.

The Doxy Original’s vibes stimulate my clit even if I’m not pressing its head right near my clit. So I can still enjoy the stimulation in Spooning, Modified Missionary, and Doggystyle positions – all positions where my legs are more closed or our bodies are aligned in a way that doesn’t provide a ton of room.

Doggystyle presents a different challenge since you’re holding the wand up against gravity – the Doxy Original is heavier than average. But I’ve found the Doxy’s long handle helps – I can rest the base of the wand on the bed so my arm doesn’t get too tired.

Doxy Original Resting Weight on Bed
Resting the base of the Doxy Original on the bed to prevent the arm from tiring

In the Cowgirl position it’s difficult to fit the wand’s head near enough to my clit if my body’s straight up or I’m leaning forward. In this position, I need to lean backward to create enough space to use the Doxy Original effectively. Whereas small wands like the Lovense Domi fit without needing to adjust how I position my body.

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Noise


Performance Rating:

7.6

What is it:

How loud the wand vibrator is. We measure the decibels on low power & high power with a sound level meter. We also test whether we can hear each wand on the other side of a closed door.

When does it matter:

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

Scoring Factors:

10.0

33%

6.9

33%

6.0

33%

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Decibels on Low Power:

35

dB

What is it:

How loud the wand’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 a wand’s lower power levels. Several wands are so strong, many people will only use the lower end of their power range.

Good Value:

<43 dB is excellent; Nearly everything under this value was inaudible behind a closed door.

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Decibels on High Power:

47.2

dB

What is it:

How loud the wand’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 a wand’s higher power levels (several wands are so strong, many people will only use the lower end of their power range) or want the freedom to use the full power range without worry. Also, if you choose a moderately powered wand you may use its top strengths more often.

Good Sound Level:

<50 dB

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Audibility Behind Closed Door:

What is it:

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

When does it matter:

When you live with other people and want to select a wand you can use confidently without them hearing.

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Low Power:

Inaudible

Middle Power:

Audible

High Power:

Audible

High Power with Box Fan:

Inaudible

High Power with Music:

Inaudible

The Doxy Original’s low power is quiet enough to use without someone hearing from the other side of a closed door. But if you live with others, you’ll need to be careful on its mid and upper levels. Turning on a box fan or playing music in the bedroom is enough to make the Doxy Original’s upper power levels discreet.

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Attachment Compatibility


Performance Rating:

10.0

What is it:

Each wand vibrator’s compatibility with wand attachments. We consider how many attachments fit each wand vibrator and whether the ones that fit cover a broad variety of stimulation types (clit, G-spot, dual-stimulation, penis, prostate, etc.) Compatibility table here

When does it matter:

If you like to use your wand vibrator beyond its basic clitoral use.

Scoring Factors:

10.0

50%

10.0

50%

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Number of Attachments Rating:

10.0

What is it:

Whether a wand vibrator is compatible with a large number of attachments or only a small selection.

When does it matter:

When you want a lot of choice in your wand vibrator attachments.

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Stimulation Variety:

10.0

What is it:

Whether the attachments that fit a particular wand vibrator cover a broad variety of kinds of stimulation (clit, G-spot, dual-stimulation, penis, prostate, etc.)

When does it matter:

When you want to make sure you can find attachments for various kinds of stimulation that fit your wand vibrator.

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The Doxy Original has a wide variety of compatible attachments. Many attachments are designed for the Magic Wand – but the Doxy Original’s head is about the same width. So far, every attachment we own that fits the Magic Wand Rechargeable, also fits the Doxy Original.

You can find a compatible attachment for nearly any type of stimulation. There are attachments for G-spot, anal, prostate, clitoral, penis, and dual-stimulation. To see which specific attachments fit the Doxy Original, see our attachment compatibility table.

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Mount Compatibility


Performance Rating:

8.8

What is it:

How compatible the wand is with Liberator’s mounts which hold your wand vibrator so you can play hands-free.

When does it matter:

If you want to use your wand vibrator for hands-free play solo or with a partner.

Scoring Factors:

9.5

50%

8.0

50%

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Compatibility with Axis:

9.5