Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo Review
After using and loving the original Pulse Solo with my partner, although its main intent is for use as a men’s masturbation toy (Guybrator), I was interested in trying the latest addition to the Hot Octopuss family: the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo. The main draw of the Hot Octopuss Pulse sex toys is the unique way they stimulate; a patented pulse plate inside oscillates against the penis while the vibrations can optionally be enjoyed by a female partner at the same time.
The main difference between the two types of Pulse is that the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo has a wireless remote control, operating a vibrating motor near the outer surface of the sex toy, opening up a greater freedom during sexual explorations or masturbation. Pulse II Solo and Pulse II Duo have also been welcomed by people with disabilities who may not have previously been able to masturbate or enjoy sexual pleasure. This is shown in more depth via Hot Octopuss’ #sexnotstigma campaign on Twitter.
What they say:
PULSE as a Couple’s Toy – PULSE II DUO
Worn by him, enjoyed by both, the PULSE II DUO is a revolution in couples’ sex toys. Incredibly sexy and intimate, PULSE II DUO is a unique hands-free experience that leaves you free to focus completely on each other.
Enjoy the most amazing simultaneous orgasms: PULSE II DUO will turn foreplay into the main event. Fun, unique and incredibly sensual, PULSE II DUO, with its soft silicone underside and remote control, can be used from flaccid or erect, during foreplay and even during shallow penetration and in numerous positions.
Presentation & First Impressions
The Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo comes in a black and gold box, clearly showing the contents as well as giving various pieces of info about the sex toy. There are a few alluring diagrams showing suggestions for use. The design feels masculine yet inviting for hetero couples too, and the Union Jack in matching tones on the back of the box clearly communicates the British origins of this sex toy.
Removing the contents from the box I was greeted with the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo, of course, which wasn’t too shocking in size or shape as it resembled the original Pulse closely. A little larger and without the plastic cover on the outer area. As well as this main component, the box also contained:
- Small circular remote control
- Instruction leaflet
- Storage Pouch
- USB/jackpin charging lead
Yep, the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo is a rechargeable sex toy. Hurray. I just needed to plug the jackpin end of the lead into the port under a flap at the base of the toy. The other end charges through any USB port, or USB to mains adaptor.
A small red LED lights up while the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo is charging. Charge for 3 hours to get up to one hour’s constant playtime.
The remote control is powered by large disc cell or watch battery (CR2032) – grr – but this is understandable. Hopefully it won’t have to be replaced too much, and this cell battery is included and in the remote. The lid of the battery compartment is easy to remove with the use of a small coin in the notch and twisting off.
Material & Specs
The Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo is made with body safe and non-porous silicone. This means that it warms to body temperature quickly and feels smooth against the skin. This is especially true when using a compatible sexual lubricant – only use water based or silicone-safe hybrid lubes, not silicone lube which can damage silicone sex toys.
Being both manufactured with a non-porous material and as a waterproof sex toy, the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo is refreshingly easy to keep clean and in completely hygienic condition between uses. Of course it can also be used in the bath or shower. Unlike some other remote control waterproof sex toys, the controller is also waterproof, meaning no worries about damaging it if you accidentally drop it.
I’d like to say thanks to Hot Octopuss for making this version of the Pulse waterproof and complete with storage pouch, as I advised in my original review! 🙂
By my measurements the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo measures 5 inches in height, with a width of 2.5 inches (max circumference around the middle of 8.5 inches). The diameter of the hole is 1.5 inches – but will obviously accommodate most penis sizes due to the design of the ‘wings’.
Operating the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo is easy to understand. On one side there’s the main on/off and change-the-function button, on the other side there’s + and – buttons which relate to increasing and decreasing the vibration intensity.
Once you’ve switched it on with the main button you’re at the constant vibration setting. Press and hold + to increase intensity. You can also tap the + button to discover these vibrating patterns:
- Low pulse
- Medium pulse
- Fast pulse
- Dot-dot-dot-dash pulse
- Dot-dot, dot-dot pulse (like a heartbeat)
Press and hold – to lower intensity of the vibrations, or continue holding to turn off completely. You can also press and hold the main operation button on the other side to turn it off.
When the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo is on, the remote control can be used. This controls a vibrating motor near the outer surface of the sex toy, which has three speed settings, low, medium and high constant vibration.
How it feels
There are a few ways in which the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo can be used. Here are just a few:
- By him, as a male masturbator, with or without the use of other sex toys such as butt plug or prostate massager
- By him and her, with it on his penis and she rides on top to enjoy the vibrations clitorally
- By him and her, with him on all fours and with it on his penis while she pegs him with an anal toy/strap on harness (he may need to hold it on)
- By her alone if she really gets off on the outer area vibrating against her clitoris
- In power exchange scenes by those in the BDSM lifestyle, where the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo could offer fun aspects to chastity or tease and denial
- As well as just stimulating cis ‘guys’ or hetero couples, Pulse II Duo can be used to sexually stimulate any penis-owner; it is neutral in design so could be an attractive sex toy for trans-people, non gender binary or those who don’t identify as any gender but who have a penis.
We used the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo as a couple during foreplay and simulated sex, where I was on top of him lying on his back, whichever way round I faced. I’ve also used the Pulse II Duo by myself (in the interests of this review, of course 🙂 ). With him on all fours he found it too distracting to have to hold it in position; me on top was more comfortable.
I wouldn’t say that the Pulse II Duo is used during hetero couples sex (as in PIV intercourse) because obviously his penis is in the sex toy rather than inside me. In that way it does seem to be simulating sex, almost like a masturbator that I can also get some benefit from. As a late stages foreplay device it’s fantastic, but instead of waiting for him to shoot his load in the Pulse II Duo (as we did for purposes of this review, on at least one occasion) we found that we naturally wanted to ditch the sex toy once we were both sufficiently worked up and move straight into PIV sex from that point.
As a veteran sex toys tester I have quite the demanding clit (and rest-of-my-body *cough*) so I wasn’t sure how close to orgasm I’d get with the vibrations from the motor near the outer surface. This is the motor operated by the remote control, if you remember. My experiences with the Pulse Solo, despite being incredibly pleasurable and leading to many erotic shared experiences with my male partner, didn’t lead to orgasm for me no matter how we used it.
With the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo there’s a balance that needs to be found, in our opinion and for us personally… I can definitely orgasm with the vibrating motor in the outer area on the highest constant vibrations, but only if it’s on for quite some time (especially if I’m coming at it ‘from cold’). As the PulsePlate on the inner side of the Pulse II Duo is giving him intense stimulation at the same time, he naturally reaches the point where he wants to orgasm while I’m reaching orgasm with the secondary motor’s vibrations. We need to decide in that moment whether we want to continue as we are and forgo PIV sex. We’d both have an (admittedly hugely pleasurable) orgasm on opposite sides of the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo. The other option is for me to forgo my Pulse powered orgasm for the moment, ditch the sex toy, have PIV sex (which I probably won’t orgasm from without additional help) and use either another clitoral sex toy which needs to be close at hand or give him the opportunity to help me reach my own climax after his event (hello, Doxy).
The Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo is a fun and erotic addition to shared bathtimes (note to self: get bigger bath) and showers, although it’s difficult to manoeuvre myself in the right position for clitoral stimulation in the shower. This could be due to a number of personal reasons and nothing to do with the sex toy: differences in height, differences in female anatomy and location of the clitoris, size of the shower and others. It’s SO good that the remote control is waterproof as well – less to worry about and we can just get on and enjoy the moment.
The Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo feels amazing, there’s no doubt in our minds. In his words, “it’s almost as good as you, but not quite,” which in my opinion is a glittering testimonial (!). Whether we’d use it on a regular basis all the way through to our orgasms is questionable, but we will certainly enjoy using it on the journey up to PIV sex, or at times when PIV sex may otherwise not be possible for whatever reasons.
He loves using the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo for masturbation – especially the different sensations experienced from the various vibrating patterns. Of course he doesn’t require the additional motor to be on for that; so the remote control function isn’t required at those times.
The storage pouch is handy and is large enough to fit both the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo and its remote control in the bag. However as they both have silicone on them it’s probably best to find another small bag for the remote to be placed in, inside the larger bag – just in case the materials lying next to each other cause damage on one or both of the items.
For couples who want to invest in a versatile sex toy which can add a new dimension to couples foreplay, sex, aquatic erotic experiences or his masturbation sessions, I’d definitely recommend the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo. This rechargeable, wirelessly remote controlled and waterproof sex toy delivers intensely powerful oscillations through the patented PulsePlate which I defy any man not to enjoy. The vibrating motor controlled by the remote is powerful enough to bring me to orgasm – and that says it all!
The Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo is easy to operate, comes with a storage pouch, full instructions, diagrams with suggestions for use and can even be enjoyed by those less physically abled than others. A thoughtfully engineered sex toy which offers an injection of eroticism and cutting-edge technology into any hetero couple’s sex life.
Ready to add the Guybrator to your collection or want to try the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo out with your partner? Buy yours from Hot Octopuss for £89.
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