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Viben Obsession Review

Tested & Rated with Methodology v1.1

Overall Score

6.8

What is it:

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

Scoring Factors:

9.3

18%

4.9

14%

9.1

15%

5.9

13%

5.6

11%

2.9

13%

7.5

8%

Build Quality

10.0

4%

9.5

1%

6.3

3%

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Performance Ratings

9.3
4.9
5.6
9.1
6.6
2.9
10.0
9.5
6.3
7.5

MAX VIBRATION POWER

POWER RANGE

RUMBLINESS

COMFORT & EASE OF USE

USE DURING SEX

NOISE

ATTACHMENT COMPATIBILITY

MOUNT COMPATIBILITY

BATTERY LIFE

BUILD QUALITY

Our Verdict

The Viben Obsession is a wand I haven’t continued to use after testing it because it’s extremely buzzy and has only intense power levels. Nothing soft or moderate. 

Though some people may enjoy its vibrations, many will find its combination of extreme strength and buzziness overwhelming. I can only use its lowest power level without feeling overstimulated – and even then I need to use it over my clothes.

If you prefer more rumbly vibrations, the Viben Sultry and BMS PalmPower Extreme are better wands in a comparable price range. Most people will enjoy their deeper vibrations more than the Obsession’s high-pitched buzzy vibes.

The Obsession is easy to use and maneuver, and the silicone is comfortable. But I’d only consider it if you know you enjoy buzzy vibrations.

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Pros

  • Extremely powerful
  • Easy to maneuver

Cons

  • Extremely buzzy
  • Narrow power range
  • Loud

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Compare Wand Vibrators​

The Viben Obsession is only a good option if you enjoy extremely powerful buzzy vibrations. Those who prefer rumbliness will like the Viben Sultry or the BMS PalmPower Extreme more in this price range. The Magic Wand Plus is also a bit cheaper with better power and some gentler levels too. 

See all our recommendations for the best wand vibrators, the best wand vibrators under $100, and the best waterproof vibrators.


Vibrations: Power And Range


Max Power Rating

9.3

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:

4.9

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:

4.9

100%

Adjusted Power Range Width

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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 Viben Obsession is significantly stronger than any of my non-wand vibrators, even on its softest setting. 

There are three power levels. The lowest starts at 7.7 out of 10 vibration strength, and it goes up to 8.5 on high. It doesn’t provide any warm-up, which is a bummer because I typically need softer power when I’m starting out. Otherwise, the vibrations feel too overwhelming.

I can only use the Viben Obsession’s lowest power level without feeling irritated. And even then, I need to use it over my clothes.

I find the second and third levels wildly unpleasant. They’re extremely buzzy which feels overwhelming and uncomfortable combined with the immense strength. I’ll talk more about that in the next section.

Lovense Domi vs BMS PalmPower Extreme
Wands with wider power ranges (left to right: Lovense Domi and BMS PalmPower Extreme)

Many wands have a broader power range than the Viben Obsession – packing extreme power on high, but beginning gentler on low. I prefer these wands like the Lovense Domi, BMS PalmPower Extreme, among others.

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Vibrations: Frequency (Rumbliness)


Rumbliness Rating:

5.6

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:

4.1

50%

7.0

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:

95 Hz

(Moderately Buzzy)

Median Frequency:

122 Hz

(Extremely 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:

137 Hz

(Extremely Buzzy)

Ave Power Per Frequency:

7.0

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 median.

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 more highly than those with buzzy vibrations. Most people prefer rumbliness. But, there is definitely variation in peoples’ preferences. 

For example – I really enjoy neutral or moderately buzzy vibrations when they’re moderately powerful (roughly vibration strengths between 4 and 7). But when vibrations are both extremely buzzy and immensely powerful they become unbearable to me.

And that’s the problem with the Viben Obsession – it’s extreme in both power and buzziness. 

It’s one of the few wand vibrators we’ve tested that is already buzzy on its lowest setting! And on high, it’s the buzziest of all our wands. On the second or third power, I don’t even like to touch it to any part of my body. And I definitely don’t want it near my clit!

BMS PalmPower Extreme vs Viben Obsession - Vibration Power vs Frequency Graph

You can find comparably priced, powerful wands with better rumbliness. Whether that’s extreme rumbliness, like with the Lovense Domi, moderately rumbly like the Viben Sultry, or more neutral  like the BMS PalmPower Extreme. I enjoy each of these wands, and each provides powerful stimulation with deeper, more enjoyable rumbliness.

Learn more about vibration frequency (rumbliness)


Comfort & Ease Of Use


Comfort & Ease of Use Rating:

9.1

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:

9.0

22.5%

9.0

22.5%

8.5

22.5%

9.5

22.5%

10.0

10%

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Viben Obsession Comfort And Ease of Use

Handle Comfort:

9.0

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:

9.0

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:

8.5

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:

9.5

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:

10.0

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:

IPX7

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 Viben Obsession has a comfortable handle that’s relatively narrow for a full-sized wand. People with small hands like me will find its slim, silicone handle comfortable and easy to grip. I also don’t feel any uncomfortable vibrations in my hands as I do with some wands. This surprised me since the Obsession is extremely powerful.

The head is large, which means you can’t fit it into tight areas, but it provides wider stimulation instead. Since the vibrations are so strong, you probably won’t need to position its head in a precise spot – it broadly stimulates the entire area. It’s also lighter than other full-sized wands so maneuvering it is fairly easy.

Flexible Neck of Viben Obsession
The flexible neck of the Viben Obsession, which keeps it comfortable with firm pressure

The head is firm, but the neck is extremely flexible which keeps it comfortable.

The controls are great. They’re easy to feel without looking, but I don’t accidentally press them. And you can both increase or decrease the power, which is necessary since this wand is so strong. You may need to step back down sometimes.

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Use During Sex


Use During Sex Rating:

6.6

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:

5.9

25%

8.0

25%

7.5

25%

5.0

25%

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Viben Obsession Fit in Tight Space

Spooning:

5.9

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:

8.0

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:

7.5

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:

5.0

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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In this section, I try to rate how easy it is to use the wand during sex. I consider aspects like whether a wand limits how my partner and I can position our bodies and whether maneuvering the wand and keeping it in contact with my clit during sex is easy. 

I try to compartmentalize how the vibrations themselves feel. But I experience such discomfort from the Viben Obsession’s extremely buzzy vibrations during sex, it’s impossible to separate that component out completely.

With all the movement happening during sex, the Viben Obsession’s wide head bumps into my legs and other areas that I don’t want to be stimulated. And since the vibrations are so powerful and buzzy it feels uncomfortable and distracting.

This is especially the case in positions like Missionary or Spooning where I can’t lean back to create more space for the wand’s head. The Viben Obsession’s firm head also bumps uncomfortably into my pubic bone in Cowgirl.

Viben Obsession Resting Weight on Bed
The long handle of the Viben Obsession allows me to rest it on the bed

The Obsession’s vibrations seem to feel more diffuse in Doggystyle, and I’m able to enjoy the lowest power level a bit. And the Viben Obsession has a long enough handle that I can support its weight by resting the wand’s base on the bed. So my arms don’t get tired using it in this position.

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Noise


Noise Rating:

2.9

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:

4.6

33%

4.0

33%

0.0

33%

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Decibels on Low Power:

63.8 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:

67.4 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:

Audible

Middle Power:

Audible

High Power:

Audible

High Power with Box Fan:

Audible

High Power with Music:

Audible

The Viben Obsession is my loudest wand vibrator. I find its noise distracting, and it’s certainly not discreet. 

My partner can hear it from the other side of our closed bedroom door on all power levels. And it’s the only wand that was not drowned out by playing music in the bedroom. My partner could still hear it on the other side of the door! 
The Viben Sultry and Magic Wand Rechargeable are comparably powerful, but much quieter (and more rumbly too!)

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Attachment Compatibility


Attachment Compatibility 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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Viben Obsession Compatible Wand Attachments

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 Viben Obsession has excellent compatibility with wand attachments. As a full-sized wand, the majority of attachments are designed for heads this size.

There are compatible attachments for a range of stimulation including G-spot, prostate, anal, penis, clitoral, and dual-stimulation. Below are the wand attachments we’ve tested for compatibility with the Viben Obsession.

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Mount Compatibility


Mount Compatibility Rating:

9.5

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:

9.0

50%

10.0

50%

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Viben Obsession - Liberator Axis Wand Mount Compatibility Photo

Compatibility with Axis:

9.0

What is it:

How well a wand vibrator fits with the Liberator Axis wand mount. Whether the wand fits correctly and securely, and whether it can provide quality, comfortable clit stimulation when the wand is placed in the mount.

When does it matter:

If you own or plan to purchase the Axis mount. You can use this mount solo or with a partner, but I find it best for hands-free stimulation during partnered sex. You can lie on top of the mount face-down, and it makes using your wand vibrator hands-free during sex from behind comfortable and easy. (Like a more relaxing version of the Doggystyle sex position)

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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Viben Obsession - Liberator Wanda Mount Compatibility Photo

Compatibility with Wanda:

10.0

What is it:

How well a wand vibrator fits with the Liberator Wanda mount. Whether the wand fits correctly and securely, and whether it can provide quality, comfortable clit stimulation when the wand is placed in the mount.

When does it matter:

If you own or plan to purchase the Wanda mount. This mount is best if you enjoy positions on your knees. With the Axis mount, it’s easiest to lie on top of it. But you’ll straddle the Wanda on your knees. You can use it solo or with a partner.

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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I test my wands with the Liberator Wanda and Axis mounts which hold your wand so you can play hands-free. The Viben Obsession fits well with both mounts. 

The Axis works best lying on your stomach while the mount holds the wand between your legs. The Viben Obsession’s head rests in a good position for clit stimulation, sticking out just past the fabric. 

In the Axis, I prefer wands with an upward curve or angle like with the BMS PalmPower Extreme which put a little more pressure on my clit. But since the Viben Obsession’s power and buzziness are so intense, I’m happy to have slightly less contact with my clit.

The Wanda mount also holds the Obsession in a good position. I can comfortably straddle the mount while keeping the head in contact with my clit. The broad head provides plenty of surface area to lean against. And the flexible neck is comfortable when I press my weight back on it.

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Battery Life


Battery Life Rating:

6.3

What is it:

How long the wand 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:

6.3

100%

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Viben Obsession Magnetic Charging Cable Photo

Battery Life on High Power:

65 minutes

Power Source:

Rechargeable

The Viben Obsession lasts around 65 minutes on high power, which is shorter than other comparably strong wands. You’ll have to be vigilant about charging between uses.

If you tend to forget to charge your wand like me, you might want something with a longer battery life, like the Magic Wand Rechargeable

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Build Quality


Build Quality Rating:

7.5

What is it:

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

When does it matter:

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

Scoring Factors:

Subjectively Scored

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The Viben Obsession’s construction is decent overall. The buttons feel a little clicky. And the neck feels somewhat flimsy and makes a weird noise when I apply pressure. This makes me more cautious to press the Obsession as firmly as other wands. 

Other than that, the silicone and construction quality feels good.


General Design And Specs