Judging by the product page, the Avond wand by DORR is a very attractive toy. I had my eye on it for a while, and even wishlisted it on SheVibe’s website, so when I had the chance to review it, I jumped on board. Its sleek silicone waterproof design and “turbo speed” vibration mode made me hopeful that I had found the perfect compact cordless wand. While I love my Sola Sync and Magic Wand Rechargeable, they aren’t exactly travel size. Could the DORR Avond wand be exactly what I was looking for?
The Avond wand really is a gorgeous toy. It’s compact, sleak, and seamless. The silicone is velvety soft and the wand is embellished with a metal plate with the DORR logo on it that gives it a luxurious appearance. The head is quite small for a wand, meaning it provides a bit more pinpoint stimulation than full-size wands with large heads. This may or may not work in your favor, depending on what kind of stimulation you’re going for. Personally, I recommend wands with intense vibrations and smaller heads (the Doxy 3 is my go-to for this!). For this reason, I had high hopes for the Avond wand.
DORR claims that the Avond wand has a “turbo speed” option, which seemed promising. However, I think that its top speed is pretty over-exaggerated. Admittedly, I’m someone who requires very intense vibrations to get off. My range of acceptable intensity is much higher than the average sex toy user. However, when you compare the Avond to other wands, it doesn’t stack up. The Sola Sync, for example, has a slightly larger head (and much longer body) but its vibration intensity is quite higher than the Avond. The Avond does have a nice rumble to it, but it sadly didn’t do much for my power-hungry clitoris.
It does have a separate button for patterns (thank GOD!), which I really appreciate. There’s nothing worse than trying to increase the speed of your vibrator and accidentally going into pattern-mode.
The Avond wand does have some attractive features that make it look really nice on paper. If the less-than-thrilling vibrations don’t disappoint you, there is a lot to like about this wand.
It charges magnetically, making it completely waterproof. The option of taking it into the bath, shower, or pool is always a nice bonus that a lot of wands don’t offer due to the nature of their design. With the Avond, you don’t have to worry about water damage so not only can you submerge them, you can also clean it without any issues. Washing it with soap and water will do the trick, but if you want to sanitize the head for sharing with others, you can do so by soaking the Avond in a 10% bleach solution. Because of the motor, you should not boil it or put it in the dishwasher.
Due to its compact size, the DORR wand is perfect for traveling. It will fit in almost any bag and comes with a simple USB charger. SheVibe’s product page states that the Avond is “perfect for work, home, or even the shower.” While I think bringing this toy to work is a bit of a stretch, it is certainly good for users on the go.
In trying to research the DORR Avond wand I couldn’t find a lot of information on the design of the neck, but I had some issues with mine that were pretty hard to ignore. I’m unsure how flexible the neck is meant to be, but as someone who needs a bit of pressure to get off, I may have pushed it past its limits.
The first time I used this wand I didn’t even notice, but I believe I may have snapped the head almost immediately. My wand’s neck is entirely too flexible for me to use it anymore because not only does it not provide any pressure to work with, but the vibrations stop short when the neck is angled. This leads me to believe that I did, in fact, break my Avond without even realizing it. That being said, I don’t think I used an unreasonable amount of pressure, so if you’re someone who likes a firm wand with no give, this isn’t the toy for you.
I had a lot of hopes and dreams for my DORR Avond but I was immediately disappointed with it. Due to the issue stated above, my wand isn’t even usable at this point. DORR does offer a one-year warranty on its products but to be completely honest, the low intensity of this toy doesn’t even make it worth it for me to replace. For an $80 wand, I’m pretty disappointed in its strength and durability. While its smooth, seamless silicone and well-designed exterior is intriguing, this isn’t a toy I’d recommend to most users. Unless you’re someone who uses toys extremely gently and doesn’t mind moderate vibrations at best, I’d suggest you pass on the DORR Avond and look into something like the Sola Sync.