I’ll be the first to admit that I’m partial to the odd bit of porn. It’s a great way to get off without the hassle of trawling through Grindr and trying to make yourself presentable for someone who may not even be who they appear. Sometimes, however, porn can feel a little bit stale and remote, and that’s where the Internet’s other great creation comes in, Chaturbate! A platform which gives you the ease of porn, with the interaction of a live person being present.
The app itself gives you two ways to use it, either by logging into your account – which is essential if you want to take advantage of its Internet-enabled features – or simply by choosing to use it locally. I’d recommend logging into your account in any case, as I did encounter a glitch in the app when using it in local mode, which I’ll mention a little further on.
The app has five different functions, which are all actually pretty neat. The first is “Remote” which is just your basic system for controlling the Hush. You simply use a slider to adjust the power of the vibrations, and you have the option of either leaving it on a chosen level, or constantly playing around with it to create your own custom rhythm of pulses. It gives you a really tailored level of control, and is a lot of fun mess around with.
The next mode is “Patterns.” It comes with a selection of four pre-set patterns, and also the option to record your own custom patterns, or even try out patterns created by other users. At first I thought this function was broken, as none of the pre-set patterns would work when I selected them, but this was while I was using the app in local mode. As soon as I logged into my account they worked perfectly, so be wary of this glitch. If you want to try out the custom patterns from other users then you need to be logged in anyway. The four default patterns are Pulse, Wave, Fireworks, and Earthquake. Pulse is an intermittent series of vibrations, Wave steadily ramps up and back down again, and Fireworks and Earthquake are a bit more erratic. I found them to all be very enjoyable, but I wouldn’t have minded a few more if I’m honest, though the option to try out more from other users does compensate for this, and you can always recreate your favourite pattern from another toy manually if you really want. A couple of clever features within the pattern section are the ability to adjust the speed of each pattern, to make the pulses slower or more rapid for example, and also the option to make playlists of patterns, so you can alternate between various ones without having to change it within the app each time.
The third mode is “Music” and this one I find to be particularly cool. Music vibrators were all the rage a few years ago, but I never actually tried one and can’t speak to how good they were, but I had a lot of fun using this with the Hush. The app will search for any local music files you have on your phone, then once you select one it’ll play and the Hush will vibrate along in time to the rhythm. It works best with songs with a more simple beat, but it’s surprisingly accurate, and did have me giggling quite a bit. The drawback is that you do really need to have music on your phone, as it won’t work with Google Play Music, for example, which is where I keep most of my songs, so I ended up testing it out with Steve Grand’s “All American Boy” and Cher’s “Bang, Bang” which happened to be what I had available (I’m such a gay cliche). It does give you the option to use Spotify, however, but only if you’re a premium subscriber.
The fourth option, similar to Music, is “Sound.” Here the app accesses your microphone and makes the Hush vibrate in response to anything it picks up. This is probably the least effective mode in my estimation, as it just seems to make the Hush vibrate in response to anything, even when there appears to be complete silence in the room. There is a sensitivity slider to adjust, which I found I needed to set almost as low as it would go in order to stop it vibrating constantly, and then you can get it to respond when you talk into the microphone, but frankly it’s just a bit awkward to use and not particularly fun, so I tend to skip it.
The last option is “Alarm.” That’s right, you can set an alarm on your Hush. If you’re the type of person who’s inclined to fall asleep wearing a butt plug, then now you can set it up so that the Hush wakes you up by bursting into full vibration! You can even use it for other alerts; sneaking off for a sexy rendezvous in the afternoon? Why not have the Hush buzz you in the backside as a reminder? It’s a nifty little feature to have, though I’m not sure how much use you’d practically get out of it, and its effectiveness would also depend on the battery still being alive, depending on how far into the future you set your alarm.
The other big feature of the app is that it allows for remote control of the plug over the Internet, meaning that you can give your details to another person, and they’ll be able to decide when to activate the Hush that you’re wearing. This is going to be one of those things that’s going to be a lot of fun for couples, especially those having a long distance relationship. It’s one thing to jerk off together over Skype, but if you have the power to massage your boyfriend’s prostate from halfway across the country, or even the globe, then it adds an extra level of intimacy. It’s even great for more risque behaviour, like having someone wear the Hush during the course of a regular day, and then activating the plug while they’re out shopping, or at work.
One place that this feature is especially designed for is use in conjunction with camming websites, as I mentioned at the start. There’s a whole platform designed to sync it up with Chaturbate, so it should really appeal to any performers on there.
Probably the most important aspect of the Hush is the vibrations, and I’m pleased to say that these are impressively strong, and you can definitely feel them penetrating into the prostate. On the whole the vibrations are more rumbly than not, but I’d still probably place them at a medium-rumbly point on the buzzy-to-rumbly scale. As always I’d love just a little more rumblyness to penetrate that bit deeper into the prostate, but as it is it’s still pretty great. If we’re comparing it with the We-Vibe Ditto then the Hush greatly out performs it in terms of both power and rumblyness, but compared to the Lelo Hugo the Hush is less rumbly, and feels slightly less powerful. One thing I did notice about the Hush, which you might consider a drawback, is that the focus of the vibrations appears to be right at the very tip of the plug, which I don’t consider to be ideal. If you think about how a plug sits inside the rectum it’s the widest point of the bulb which nestles right up against the prostate, not the tip. You do get a slight sense during use that you’re not getting the full force of the vibrations directed right into the prostate, and rather it’s what’s being transmitted back through the body of the plug from the tip, but that doesn’t stop it from feeling powerful. One probably has to be realistic here though, because there’s only limited space inside a plug to fit all the inner workings, so it’s an understandable compromise.
What makes the Hush a really great toy for me is the combination of all the aspects of the design, from the wonderful fullness of the size, as you feel it physically pushing up against the prostate, to the strength of the vibrations that penetrate into the organ. They both complement each other and create a toy which feels really pleasurable, and which adds a whole new level of wonderful sensation whether you’re wearing it during masturbation, or even during sex.
The burning question for anyone who’s ever watched Chaturbate is exactly how good is it? We’ve all seen those moments when a guy gets a big tip and he screws up his face and starts to moan in ecstasy, and we all kinda figured that they had to be acting to a degree, so is that realistic? Well frankly, no. It definitely feels great, but it’s not eyes-rolling-back-into-your-head instantly-orgasmic great, at least not for me, but that would be a hell of a lot to expect from a toy anyway. It isn’t a million miles away from that though. With a little more of a deeper rumble, and the full force of the vibrations focused right on the prostate, I could envision myself giving out a little yelp at the first pulse from it.
The next point of consideration is connectivity, because when a toy is largely controlled via a phone app it’s paramount that the two maintain wireless communication, especially if you’re wearing the Hush out somewhere where you may need to switch it off quickly. The Hush does a fantastic job in this regard, and whilst wearing it under a pair of underwear and a pair of trousers, I was able to walk halfway across a room from my phone and come back to find it was still connected. This was one of my big gripes about the We-Vibe Ditto, as the thing would disconnect at the slightest moment, but the Hush does a great job. In instances where it does disconnect (because I’ve wandered too far from my phone), normally it reconnects itself automatically, though there have been a couple of occasions where I had to quit the app entirely and turn the Hush off and back on again with the switch in order to re-establish connection, but for the most part it’s been very reliable.
The question of noise is something which you may want to take into account if you’re considering using the Hush in public. In general terms it’s something I’d class as a quiet toy, but it’s definitely loud enough that if you’re walking around using it then anyone nearby is going to be able to hear it, so it’s not discreet in that regard. It’s perfect for bedroom use, but you may get a few bemused looks from people if you walk past them buzzing. This is probably the one area where the whisper quiet We-Vibe Ditto has the edge.
The Hush is advertised as having 1.5 – 2 hours of continuous use, after which it’ll require recharging with the included USB cable. It has a slightly old-fashioned style charger which must physically be plugged into the toy, rather than the magnetic connectors we’ve all become accustomed to in recent years. Once plugged in a red light will glow on the base to indicate charging, but unfortunately the light shines through the black silicone and is incredibly faint, so it’s hard to tell at a glance if it’s actually charging without cupping your hand around the base to get a better view, but once plugged in you can generally leave it alone for a few hours to charge by itself, and then come back to a full battery ready for use.
In terms of care the Hush is waterproof, so you can easily give it a good cleaning after use, without worrying about damaging it, which makes maintenance nice and straight-forward.
I have to say that on the whole the Lovense Hush is probably my favourite vibrating butt plug that I own, and that’s saying a lot. It’s really well made, has a beautiful design, feels comfortable to wear, and has wonderful strong vibrations. It also happens to be by far the most effective wireless app-connected product I’ve tried to date, not to mention being packed with features. It’s not strictly a prostate massager, but when it comes to any vibrating butt toy for men it’s undoubtedly the prostate where we want to feel everything, and the Hush does a really good job on that front. It’s by no means perfect, but as much as I’d love a little more rumble, or a little less noise, of all the vibrating butt plugs on the market today this is the one that I’d buy, and the one that I’d recommend.