Sex Toy Review: Ruby Glow Ride On Clitoral Vibrator by Rocks-Off Ltd


Rocks-Off Ltd sent me the Ruby Glow in exchange for an honest and fair review. This is not a sponsored post but it does contain affiliate links.
The Ruby Glow is listed on the Rocks Off Ltd site for £39.99 and is available at Lovehoney AU for $67.95AUD.


Imagine This: you match with someone on Tinder who looks really cool, they send a great opening message and you engage in some really fun and flirty banter; you arrange to meet up for a drink and you can’t wait to meet this seemingly exciting person and then you do and… its awkward and painful and leaves your clit bruised for several days?

This is the story of my experience with the Ruby Glow by Rocks Off Ltd and it sure is a bummer.

The Ruby Glow is a saddle-style vibrator by Rocks Off Ltd designed to be non-penetrative and hands-free and I was honestly so excited to review it. It had the potential to offer an affordable option for people who don’t enjoy or experience pain from penetrative toys, for people with mobility issues or even just for people who like sexting with both hands. I teach a workshop on non-penetrative sex and this unique toy would have been an incredible addition to my list of recommendations… except I cannot recommend this toy.

Vitals

  • Non-penetrative ride on dual vibrating toy
  • The Ruby Glow is listed on the Rocks Off Ltd site for £39.99 and is available at Lovehoney AU for $67.95AUD
  • Silicone-coated rigid plastic
  • Two independently controlled motors both with 3x speeds and 7x vibration patterns – one clitoral, one vaginal
  • Each motor has one power-cycling push button, located at the front of the you
  • Flat Base Length: 6.7 inches
  • Splash-proof
  • 2 x AAA batteries (included)

First Impressions

The Ruby Glow is a cute looking toy and reminds me of a very aggressively contoured Sybian saddle. Its dual motors are independently controlled by two press buttons on the front that cycle through 10 vibration settings (3x speeds and 7x patterns). The silicone-coated plastic feels pleasant to the touch though I think the potential appeal of this style of toy is limited by the choice of hot pink as the only colour option – something with less gendered connotations could make this more friendly to gender non-conforming or trans users. The front vibrator is ridged and designed to grind against while the second is domed for vaginal stimulation. This toy runs on two AAA batteries which are inserted in the compartment on the base.

Just like I detailed in my review of the RO-Lux Rose Gold Precious Pleasures Bullet, the Rocks Off packaging is made of sturdy cardboard with a black gloss-on-matte lace pattern and gold accents. A plastic insert holds the toy in place, while warranty and care information can be found inside the cardboard backing. The copy on the back of the box promises you “your ultimate hands free orgasm”.

In Play

Believe me when I say I tried so hard to make the Ruby Glow work. Having had a chance to ride a Sybian last year I know how good a saddle-style sex toy can be and while I definitely did not expect this $70 plastic toy to compare but I had high hopes for an analogous style of stimulation. It is safe to say I was disappointed.

I started by using the toy as recommended, upright on a chair, but every attempt at maneuvering made the experience more uncomfortable or painful in some way. The hard plastic and dramatic angle of the clitoral stimulator was the worst offender – I couldn’t help but think of old etchings I’d seen of women atop the Wooden Horse as I begrudgingly attempted to grind against it. I also found the ‘vaginal’ dome consistently sat against my anus instead which is definitely not a kind of stimulation everyone is comfortable with. The vibrations themselves were about what I would expect from a AAA powered toy and even with my low orgasm threshold, I found them buzzy and underwhelming. I found wearing or not wearing clothes had little impact but I imagine a pair of jeans would stifle the already ineffective vibrations.

After a lot of discomfort and no orgasm, I attempted to use the Ruby Glow on my bed hoping that a surface with more give would make it better. In reality, the lack of resistance just rendered the toy redundant and I found it kept tipping over if I moved too much. I also tried my couch, wood and carpeted floors and an office chair and by the end of the two-hour session I’d managed one very disappointing orgasm and felt like I’d been punched in the clit. I was alarmed to find a visible bruise on my vulva the next morning and I couldn’t handle any clitoral stimulation for at least two days after. I usually try and give disappointing toys a few tries but haven’t been game enough to revisit the Ruby Glow again.

Maybe It’s Just Me?

I felt so disheartened after my experience with the Ruby Glow. This toy has won several industry awards and received a lot of media attention and it made me anxious that I was somehow wrong despite my aching genitals. Given the rigid and unmoving shape of the saddle, I accepted that maybe my anatomy was just not aligned appropriately.

Seeking to test this theory, I asked two other vulva-owners with different body types to test the Ruby Glow (the material is body-safe, so I was able to sanitise it between shares). The first was unable to reach orgasm on it and reported that it was uncomfortable to use, while the other complained that the vibrations were not strong enough and the clitoral node was painful and angled in a way that almost completely missed her clit.

Final Thoughts

I think the Ruby Glow is such an amazing idea but just too complex for this price point. I can imagine happily paying two or three hundred dollars for a dual density silicone saddle toy with powerful rumbly rechargeable motors, but in rigid plastic and with just battery-powered buzzy ones it just doesn’t cut it for me. Clearly, there are people out there who like this toy but with a three-for-three failure rate, I cannot recommend you spend your money on this product.

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