The Rocks-Off Bamboo is a little bullet vibe that ended up really surprising me. At $25.00, I really wasn’t expecting much out of it. I figured, sure I’ll try it, but I’m not looking forward to the bad review I’ll probably have to give it. Operated by a little AAA battery, honestly, how much power could this toy possibly have?
The answer: more then you would think.
A lot of the smaller, bullet vibrators end up feeling really buzzy and kind of high pitched, like all you are getting is a bit of a weak surface buzz, when what you really want is to feel the vibrations deeper down in your clit (or wherever you like to use your vibrator, nipples are my other favorite spot…). While, still buzzy, the Bamboo doesn’t feel like a housefly is trapped in my underpants, annoyingly buzzing against my clit as it looks for a way out, there is a little more oomph to the vibrations then your average battery powered bullet vibe. Yay!
Sure, it’s not the earth shattering, high powered, deep, vibrations I’ve come to love, but the Bamboo still has no problems getting the job done for me – and my clit is pretty damn picky when it comes to vibrators. It comes with 10 different settings, three intensity levels and seven patterns. Because I am such a power queen, I love that when you turn on the Bamboo it starts off right at its highest intensity setting. If you are a person who likes to warm up, start slow and build to the more powerful settings, this could annoy you. And because it is operated with one button, you’ll have to cycle through all the settings to ramp up your intensity from the lower setting. Like I said though, I always go for the highest settings, so I like that it is right there from the moment I turn it on, this was designed perfectly for me. The lower two intensities are absolute garbage to me, they are too weak and require a lot of pressure in order to make them even somewhat enjoyable. But, if you are sensitive, these settings might work for you.
The body of the Bamboo is textureless and smooth, and easy to hold (until hands get really lubed up, then things get a bit slippery). The angled, squared, tip gives me options when it comes to deciding on if I feel like pin point stimulation or something broader. The flat, square face is perfect for distributing the vibration across a wider swath of flesh, while flipping it over onto its angled tip gives me more precise control over where I direct the vibrations.
Made from ABS plastic, the Bamboo can be used with any lube, good news if you are a lover of silicone based lubes! Clean up is easy, the Bamboo is waterproof, so you can give it a wash with soap and water, wipe it down with toy cleaner, and when it comes to to sterilize, give it a good scrub with a 10% bleach solution. Now, even though the Bamboo is waterproof, the motor doesn’t appear to be sealed in like you would find with most higher end vibes, so I would advise against submerging it in water. Doing so could cause your motor to become kaput. If you need a bath time toy, check out something like the Je Jouie MiMi soft.
Another thing I like about the Bamboo is its size. Being not much bigger than your average lipstick tube, the Bamboo is extremely portable. It is the type of toy you can drop into your purse, backpack, or suitcase and travel the world with it! You can even pop the battery out and store it separately to avoid any awkward situations with the vibrator going off in your luggage. And, because it can be bought for $25, it won’t be the end of the world should you happen to break or lose your Bamboo while being the crazy jet setter that you are. This portable, pocket-sized vibe is also incredibly easy to store out of site when discretion is necessary. Tuck it away in a nightstand, dresser drawer, or into that unwatched Twilight boxed set your Aunt gave you for Christmas.
Do I recommend the Rocks-Off Bamboo? You know, as much as I love luxury, rechargeable toys covered in the plushest of silicone, my budget doesn’t always agree – I have champagne tastes on a beer budget. With the Bamboo, it’s like buying a craft beer… I can afford it AND it is better than the other cheap stuff. So, yes, if a budget friendly vibe that mimics some of the functions of the more expensive toys is what you are after, go for it! If you prefer buzzier vibrations (which sometimes I do), the Bamboo should be right up your ally. On the other hand, I’m not a big fan of battery operated toys, the steady stream of batteries that need to be poured into them isn’t exactly eco-friendly, and that really irks me. Also, depending how often your use your toy, the cost of batteries can really add up. So, a rechargeable might be more cost effective in the long run. It may not be a We-Vibe Tango, but the Rocks-Off Bamboo is pretty superb for the price and has found its place among my regular rotation of vibrators.
Ready to bring your own Rocks-Off Bamboo vibrator home? You can find them at The Smitten Kitten ($24.99), SheVibe ($19.99), and Lovehoney ($22.99)! The Bamboo is available in 5 different colors, although I can’t find one retailer with all colors, so shop around if there is a specific color you want! The Bamboo featured in my review is called “Pink Passion.” It arrives with one AAA battery, which hasn’t died on me yet.