I really like rituals and habits, especially those that are easily trackable, which is why app-based kegel exercisers appeal to me,1that and wanting to be really great at sex I think. Everytime I come across a new one, regardless of reviews, I add it to my wishlist. I discovered Imtoy’s Candy a few years back at the Sex Expo and I was super into the idea of magnetic charging and a built in UV sanitizing light in the charger. Magnetic charging + UV light chargers is a trend that should actually catch on. Despite the yeast infection-indusing name, Candy does have some cool traits.
HOW THIS TOY WORKS
The Imtoy Candy is a 1.3” spherical kegel exerciser, covered completely in medical grade, pink silicone. It features a silicone loop on the top for removal and a power button on the front to control the toy.
Candy comes with a thick user manual that provides virtually no info on how to use the damn toy. It tells you to download the app and pick a training program. The instructions within the app are hardly better — they might as well be Ikea instructions.
I also received some promotional (I think?) pamphlets from Imtoy, but they were not attached to the box Candy comes in so I have no way of knowing if these usually come with the toy. One is a brochure that discusses pelvic floor recovery (not why I am using this toy, but a valid way to use it) and the other has more details than anywhere else I’ve found about Candy (so I hope this one does come with the toy). The first several pages are the same blather about how “you deserve to feel better” (I feel great, thanks), and how great the charging system is (it is pretty cool though, tbh), but then it finally has 2 pages that explain the app’s 2 stages of exercises.
The beginner stages feature 3 repetitions of four classes (see above images), which go from 5 to 10 minutes of use, clenching for increasing amounts of time and relaxing for decreasing amounts of time. The advanced stages involve standing, walking, and squatting. This totals about a month’s worth of programming after which nothing is planned for you. As a kegel pro, it all seems basic to me (I’ve literally had days where I wore my Smartballs for like 6 hours and went to the farmers’ market with them in), but you can’t skip any section – the app doesn’t let you. The app also says to wait 4 hours between each use of the toy, but I’m not really sure why.
To connect your toy to the app, hold down the power button down for one second until the light on the side blinks. If you hold the button down too long, the app will steadily glow & not connect to your phone. At this point, I found holding the button down til the toy turns off & closing out of the app before retrying was the only way to get it to work. Once connected, you have thirty seconds to get that sucker2missed pun opportunity, Imtoy. inside of you, which was surprising the first time I went to use the toy. The app gives you graphics of a flower closing (for clenching) and opening (for relaxing), as well as a timer and a number of clenches you’ve done. Candy vibrates for the duration of time you should be clenching & then stops when you should relax. The app is not entertaining, and the vibrations & graphics don’t quite match up. The good news is that you don’t have to have the app pulled up on screen for the duration of the exercise.3you can instead browse tinder Nice.
After you’ve completed the time/clenches, the app tells you what percentage of the exercise you’ve done– though it’s a little confusing here because multiple times it has told me I’ve completed more than 100%– what level of pressure your clenches were, and how many calories you’ve burned. You can also check the ‘Record’ tab to see if and/or how you’re improving.
Nowhere on the app, instruction manual, or website does it tell you that if you hold down the power button for more than one second, the toy will vibrate in a slightly up and down pattern. This is the only way to get the toy to vibrate outside of a training program, as far as I can tell. To turn it off, hold down the button until Candy stops.
To charge Candy, place it in the rounded smaller half of the charging case, and press the button until Candy’s light glows. You can close Candy into the case from here & it will continue to charge. Charging claims to take 5 hours, but you can also connect Candy to the app to see how charged it is.
HOW I USE THIS TOY
The app works a lot better than the app that I attempted to use with the Miss On The Go. For one thing, it has yet to crash on me. But I’m not sure how sensitive the Candy is since, throughout my testing, I have yet to achieve more than a 38 on their scoring system, and you’d think that my PC muscles would be stronger than that after 2+ weeks of almost daily use. I’m not sure how the pressure reader inside the toy works– the app has a tab for ‘Pressure’ and I can get that number up to 100 when I squeeze it in my hands, but it never puts out a reading no matter how hard I try when it’s actually inside my vagina.
As a kegel exerciser, the manual & promo material is (shocker) incredibly gendered. It’s a fucking flower inside of it that represents your workout. It’s also kind of weird how un-sexy this item is. I write reviews about sex toys, and kegel exercisers qualify as that. Some folks use them during sex/masturbation, others use them to increase pleasure during those activities, but Candy’s paperwork has no info about this. What’s more, though it’s connected to an app, you can’t use the app to control vibration or customize it at all. Nowhere does it mention masturbating with this toy, but I did it anyways because I’m me and why the hell not, and it was meh. The vibrations are buzzy which is useful in terms of telling me to squeeze my PC muscles around the toy, but that’s kind of it.
Candy is $169 directly from Imtoy’s website, with free shipping. $170 is a lot to spend on something that isn’t as precise as it claims to be. It’s a much better choice than the Miss On The Go, but I haven’t had a chance to try other app-compatible toys like Elvie, We-Vibe Bloom, or Minna k-Goal and I really want to. If/when I get these other toys, I’ll be sure to update you on how they compare.
LUBE & CLEANING
This toy is covered completely in silicone, which can bond with silicone based lube. I recommend a water based lube so you don’t run the risk of ruining your toy.
Candy charges magnetically and is submergible, so it can be fully submerged for cleaning with soap and water. The side of Candy’s case that doesn’t charge the toy is a UV light that sanitizes the toy, placing Candy in the larger half of the case and screwing the light in will turn on the UV light.The manual recommends at least 45 minutes of UV sterilization after every use, but silicone is non-porous, so soap and water should be sufficient.
- Amazing charging case+UV light sanitization
- Cordless charging
- The app is kinda cute
- The pressure sensor might not actually work correctly
- Lacking a good instruction manual
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|1.||↑||that and wanting to be really great at sex|
|2.||↑||missed pun opportunity, Imtoy.|
|3.||↑||you can instead browse tinder|