The Hitachi Magic Wand is the OG of the vibrator world. If sex toys were cars, it would be a Cadillac. But I probably don’t need to tell you that – you’ve probably heard about it already.
After all, it’s one of the most recognizable and beloved sex toys on planet earth, capable of delivering the most bone-rattling, knee-shaking, explosive clitoral orgasms.
However, if for some reason this is the first you’re hearing of it, don’t worry. We’re going to fill you in on everything you need to know about the greatest masturbation gadget of all time right now.
We’ll be telling you exactly what the Hitachi Magic Wand is, why it works so well, and how to use it for maximum pleasure.
Trust me; it’s worth sticking around for that last part, so keep reading!
Now, let’s get started.
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What is the Hitachi Magic Wand?
The Hitachi Magic Wand – also known as the ‘Big Buzzy,’ the Hitachi, and the Original Magic Wand – is best known as a clitoral stimulation toy. It was one of the first AC-powered wand vibrators to hit the market and is still, to this day, considered the greatest wand vibrator of all time.
But weirdly enough, despite being best known as a sex toy, the Hitachi Magic Wand wasn’t originally designed for this purpose. The manufacturers actually intended it to be used as a body massager to relax sore muscles and relieve tension.
Thankfully, some innovative women soon decided to move it a little south of their sore abs and figured out that there was a much better use for it, and the rest is history.
How It Works
The wand itself is made up of a 12-inch long handle, a rubberized, 2.5-inch head that vibrates, and an electrical cord that provides the power. The handle itself is just for holding – it’s the head that does the work.
All the user has to do is place the head on top of their vulva/clitoris, flick it on, then hold on tight and they prepare to have their mind blown. It’s purely an external stimulation toy. You can’t insert the handle, and I wouldn’t recommend that you try.
A button on the handle controls the speed of the vibration. You only have two settings to choose from: high and higher. Both speeds are incredibly intense, the lower speed vibrates 5,000 times per minute, whereas the higher speed vibrates 6,000 times per minute.
Either speed is going to be pretty dang powerful, but users report that the lower speed feels a little more ‘rumbly.’
Because the vibrations are so powerful, the Magic Wand actually needs to cool down after 25 minutes of use – as will you!
Is It Worth The Hype?
The hype around the Hitachi Magic Wand is real. It’s been featured on Sex and the City, appeared in several sex manuals and has been recommended by all manner of sex therapists and sexologists – and there’s a reason for that.
What makes it so great is that it’s powerful. The magic wand has a higher degree of oscillation and movement compared to many other clitoral vibrators. That’s nerd-talk for ‘it vibrates a lot.’
And you know what more powerful vibrations lead to, right? Yup, more powerful and intense clitoral orgasms. The Magic Wand totally rocks your world and gives you a real ‘buzz.’
In fact, it’s so effective that a lot of women report that it was able to make them come in less than a minute and give them multiple orgasms.
And because it’s so effective at producing a clitoral orgasm, it’s even been recommended as a way to treat sexual dysfunctions that prevent people from achieving orgasms, like chronic anorgasmia and female sexual arousal disorder.
But don’t just take my word for it, there have been several studies that produced results that back up the Magic Wand’s claim to fame as an unparalleled orgasm-inducing sex toy.
For example, a study published in The Scientific World Journal published found that around 93% of 500 chronically anorgasmic female participants were able to orgasm using the Magic Wand.
So does it really deserve its reputation for being the single greatest masturbation gadget of all time? Probably, but it isn’t perfect. The Magic Wand was a best-seller pre-Millenium and really made waves when it first hit the market. But the sex toy industry has come a long way since then.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the drawbacks.
Drawbacks of the Hitachi Magic Wand
Because it wasn’t originally designed as a sex toy, the Magic Wand has a few design deficiencies that are actually pretty big drawbacks. Here are some of the biggest problems associated with it:
- Some women find the vibrations too powerful and the sensation too intense
- It needs to be plugged into a mains power supply, which makes it less portable
- The size of the power cord makes it difficult to use in certain positions
- It’s not waterproof or water-resistant and can’t be used in the bath or shower
- There are only two vibration power settings to choose from
- Non-silicone head
- It is prone to overheating and needs to cool down every 25 minutes
- It’s much louder than many other vibrators
Fortunately, other sex toy manufacturers have jumped in to save the day, and most of these issues can be fixed by adding on some aftermarket attachments from third-party sellers. We’ll explore the different aftermarket options you might want to purchase later on in this article.
Many of these issues have also been solved since Vibratex – the company that acquired the rights to the Magic Wand back in 2014 – released a new-and-improved rechargeable Model Magic Wand model, which we’ll take a look at next.
Hitachi Magic Wand Original vs. Rechargeable
A few years back, Vibratex released a cordless rechargeable version of the Magic Wand under the name ‘Magic Wand Rechargeable.’ The rechargeable model was more specifically designed for sexual stimulation.
Unlike the Original, it has a body-safe silicone head, four vibration intensity levels (rather than two), four vibration patterns, a cordless, lightweight design, and more. The catch is it costs a fair bit more. That being said, if the price isn’t an issue, the Magic Wand Rechargeable is undoubtedly the superior product compared to the Magic Wand Original.
There’s also a third model worth mentioning, the Magic Wand Plus, which is kind of a middle ground between the two. It’s not as pricey as the rechargeable model but still adds some important features the original model is missing, like four vibration settings for more control and a removable cord for more portability.
Both the Magic Wand Plus and Magic Wand Rechargeable are also slightly more powerful than the Original. The Original has a maximum RPM (vibrations per minute) of 6,000, whereas the other models have a 6,300 maximum RPM.
Best Hitachi Magic Wand Attachments & Accessories
The Hitachi Magic Wand works great on its own but, if you really want to get the most out of it, you should make use of the different attachments and accessories available.
You can buy all sorts of add-ons to extend the functionality, from compatible dildos to prostate stimulators and more.
Below, I’ve listed some of the very best Hitachi Magic wand attachments you can use to upgrade your device.
Anybody who’s using the Magic Wand Original (not the Rechargeable) should invest in a dimmer extension. It’s the most important add-on you can buy, and one that I’d strongly recommend.
It fixes two of the biggest problems that plague the Magic Wand Original: the limited cord length and the limited vibration adjustment options.
A dimmer extension cord will give you around 6 feet or more of extra cable, which extends the reach dramatically. If your bed is far away from the nearest power outlet, this is pretty much essential.
A lot of women find both the vibration speed settings on the wand to be too intense, but the dimmer extension fixes that problem too. It gets rid of the two-speed limitation and gives you full control over the intensity. You can just turn the dial on the dimmer to adjust the power directly.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to get one either – dimmer extensions are pretty cheap. When you consider the fact that you can buy one for less than 20 bucks, there’s really no reason not to.
There are a ton of third-party silicone headcovers available that you can buy and pop on the top of the wand head to improve the sensation.
The ‘Pop Tops’ range by Pleasure Works are some of my favorites. They’re medical-grade silicone headcovers that fit snugly over the magic wand head so that it feels less rough and more like a sex toy.
They come in several different textures and colors. The ‘smooth fuchsia’ version is the most vanilla option and does a great job of dispersing the vibrations evenly. It’s probably the cover you should choose if you just want to make the head a little softer/more comfortable.
However, for the more adventurous soul, there are also some exotic, textured options available, like the ‘nubby purple’ and ‘ribbed black.’ Choose one of these if you’re looking for a more ‘tactile’ experience.
Flutter Wand Attachment
The Flutter wand attachment is a great attachment for anyone into cunnilingus. It’s essentially a fake tongue that attaches to the head of the wand to provide a different kind of external stimulation.
It’s made of an innovative silicone web that flutters (hence the name) as the wand vibrates. It doesn’t exactly feel like real oral sex, but it does provide an unbelievable sensation that some women will go wild for. The sensation it produces is a little milder and more natural-feeling than just resting the head directly on your clit.
All you have to do is pop it on the head of the wand and then glide the web over your clit and let the magic happen. You can also try inserting the nub at the top inside your vagina while you rest the other one on your clit for a deeper sensation.
Male Masturbator Tube Attachment
Hey, who said magic wands were just for the ladies? Guys can have fun with them, too – you just need the right attachment.
There are a bunch of penis tube add-ons that you can buy from third-party vendors to turn the magic wand into a make-shift masturbator. One of the most popular versions is the Hummingbird Masturbator attachment.
It’s a transparent, soft tube that attaches directly to the head of the magic wand. All you have to do is slide the tube over your (or your partner’s) penis and turn it on. The vibrations will transfer through the silicone for intense pleasure.
Just be cautious when first using it as the product description features a safety warning, and some users report the silicone feeling a little too rigid.
One of the only disappointing things about the Hitachi Magic Wand is that it’s a purely external sex toy. Don’t get me wrong, clitoral orgasms are amazing, but some women prefer deeper sensations.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to fix that. All you need is an insertable add-on to transform it into a 2-in-1 dildo and clitoral stimulator.
There are tons of insertable extensions out there, ranging from the tame to the downright bizarre, but one of my favorites is The Rabbit by Bodywand. The Rabbit attaches to the head of your wand to turn it into an ultra-powerful rabbit vibrator.
The silicone attachment features a curving, 3.5-inch G-spot stimulator that goes inside while the 2-inch flexible external stimulator rubs your clit for blended arousal.
It’s compatible with both the Bodywand and the Magic Wand and is the perfect attachment for women that prefer deeper simulation. Just bear in mind that The Rabbit boasts a pretty hefty girth as well with a 4.5-inch circumference at its largest point, so it might feel a bit too big for some women.
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Another problem with the Magic Wand is that it can be tough to maneuver. Again, we can fix that problem with a neat accessory – a magic wand mount.
Magic wand mounts can hold your magic wand in place for you so that you can go hands-free and use your hands for something more interesting.
There are plenty of different wand mount accessories out there, but some of my favorites are made by Liberator, a brand known for their amazing sex pillows and other erotic furniture.
Their pillows ‘Wanda’ and ‘Axis’ are designed specifically to be used with the Hitachi Magic wand. They look super glamorous, hold your wand in position perfectly, and are easy to clean. You can get as messy as you like and then just remove the covers and machine wash them when you’re done.
How To Use the Hitachi Magic Wand
Alright, now that’s covered, let’s talk about how to use your magic wand. If you want to get the most pleasure possible every time you use it, follow the steps below.
Important note: Never use your Hitachi Magic Wand in the bath or shower. This is a corded electrical appliance we’re talking about, and exposing it to water is extremely dangerous.
Step 1: Warm-Up
As I’ve said, the Hitachi Magic Wand is great, but it’s also incredibly intense. You can’t go straight into vibrations as powerful as this without a warm-up. You’ll want to ease yourself into it.
Start off by using a less powerful vibrator, or use the wand over your pants first to get yourself going. Once you’re aroused, you’ll be more mentally prepared for the intense stimulation that is to come and will enjoy the experience a whole lot more.
Step 2: Get In Position
Because of the length of the handle and the cord, some positions might be a little difficult to use your magic wand in. If it’s your first time using it, I’d recommend lying flat on your back.
You can also try the ‘pillow thumper’ position, in which you place the wand on the bed/floor and lie facedown on top, pressing your vulva against it.
Step 3: Place a Towel Over the Area
Because the vibrations are so intense, some women like to dull the sensation and prolong the pleasure by placing a towel over their clit/vulva and placing the wand on top. This has been dubbed the ‘Betty Dodson Method’ after the sex educator that came up with it.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a towel, any piece of fabric will do, but should be thick enough to dull the sensation. The thicker the material, the less intense the vibrations will feel.
Step 4: Start On the Lowest Setting
Once all the prep work is done, place the head on your vulva/clit and turn it onto the lowest setting to begin. You can experiment with the placement and pressure to find your own sweet spot.
If the lowest setting isn’t enough, turn it up gradually using your dimmer (if you have one) until you find the perfect intensity.
Step 5: Keep it Moving
Once you get going, try to move the head of the wand around every once in a while. Leaving it in one place for too long can get too intense and make you feel numb.
Obviously, when you’re approaching climax, you don’t want to rock the boat too much and put yourself off, so you’ll probably want to hold it still at that point.
Is the Hitachi Magic Wand Safe?
The Hitachi Magic Wand is safe as long as you use it correctly, exercise good hygiene, listen to your body, and don’t do anything dumb. For example, you absolutely shouldn’t ever use it in or near water. You also shouldn’t try to use it internally without a suitable attachment.
If you’re using lube with it, use a water-based formula rather than a silicone-based formula. Silicone reacts with other silicone, so this will help you to avoid ruining the silicone head (if you’re using the Rechargeable model) or any silicone attachments you may be using with your Magic Wand.
A lot of women also avoid using powerful vibrators like the Magic Wand out of fear that it’ll desensitize their clitoris and ruin regular sex for them forever. This is a shame, as it’s just not true.
The idea that ‘once you go magic wand, you never go back’ is a myth. Vibrators like the magic wand don’t cause permanent damage or desensitivity unless they’re seriously faulty. If they did, sex therapists wouldn’t actively recommend them to anorgasmic women.
That being said, you can get used to the vibrations temporarily if you use it often. As with anything, you can pick up routines and get used to certain sensations, which can make it temporarily difficult to orgasm with other masturbation aids or with your partner.
But if you stop using the Magic Wand for a few days or weeks and try something different, you’ll soon snap out of that routine, and things should go back to normal. So, in short, don’t be overly concerned about desensitivity and enjoy it!
Magic Wand Care & Maintenance
The Hitachi Magic Wand isn’t cheap. If you want to get your money’s worth out of it, it’s important to take good care of it. Here are some care and maintenance tips that will help you to do that:
- Clean the wand with a hot soapy towel after every use for hygiene reasons and to avoid a build-up of dirt.
- Consider wrapping a condom over the head and disposing of it after each use to keep it clean
- Store your Magic Wand and any accessories you’re using separately. This will help to prevent them from reacting with each other and causing damage.
- Keep your Magic Wand away from moist, damp areas and water.
- If you’re using the Rechargeable model, aim to keep it between 20% and 80% charge at all times to preserve the battery life.
Hitachi Magic Wand Alternatives
The Hitachi Magic Wand is a fantastic wand stimulator, but it isn’t for everybody. It’s too expensive for some people, and others just don’t like the sensation, shape, or design. If you’re one of them, don’t worry, there are plenty of alternatives to the Hitachi Magic Wand out there that you might prefer.
Before we wrap up, I’ve listed and reviewed some of my favorite Hitachi Magic Wand alternatives below.
1. Vibratex Mystic Wand Original
First up, we have the Mystic Wand Original by Vibratex. Those of you who have been paying attention will recall that Vibratex is the current makers of the Magic Wand Original, having taken over from Hitachi a few years back. That should tell you something about the quality of this wand.
It’s meant to be a budget-friendly, compact, portable alternative to the Magic Wand Original. It’s a lot smaller than the Magic Wand, which means it’s easier to maneuver and use in all kinds of interesting positions. It’s also small enough that you can easily fit it into your bag, so you can take it with you when you’re away from home.
It’s dirt-cheap, so it’s suitable for all budgets, and it’s cordless. Because it runs on batteries, it’s a lot less powerful and not quite as ‘rumbly’ as the Magic Wand. On the other hand, this also means it’s completely portable, and you don’t have to worry about any cables.
The Mystic Wand Original has six different pre-set modes to choose from, which gives you more control over the vibration levels and patterns than the Magic Wand Original. It also has a ridged silicone head that feels pretty great.
2. Lelo Smart Wand
Next up, we have the Smart Wand by Lelo. This is a very impressive, beautiful-looking wand that has a lot of features that the Magic Wand is missing.
For example, unlike the Magic Wand, the Smart Wand isn’t just about the head. It also has a decadent, curved body that’s completely coated in medical-grade silicone, so you can rub on it whenever you get the urge.
It’s fully rechargeable and has a decent 2-hour battery life, which should be more than enough for a few sessions. It might not be quite as powerful as the Hitachi, but the vibrations are more rumbly and arguably feel even better. They seem to penetrate deeper and have less of a ‘numbing’ effect.
You can also choose from any of 8 different vibration patterns, each of which is adjustable in intensity. With so many different patterns and intensity levels to choose from, you’ll never get bored.
The icing on the cake is that Lelo even offers a generous 10-year warranty, with complete coverage the first year and discounted replacements should the toy fail in subsequent years.
3. Oh-Moji Rechargeable Mini Wand Vibrator
If you thought the Mystic Wand was small, take a look at this. The Oh-Moji Rechargeable Mini Wand vibrator is about as small as it gets. It’s a cute, scaled-down wand stimulator that’s very discrete and portable.
But as we all know, size isn’t everything. Don’t be fooled by the small size; the vibrations should still be more than powerful enough for most women. Good things come in small packages, and the Oh-Moji wand vibrator is proof of that.
It boasts eleven different vibration settings and is completely USB-rechargeable, so you don’t even need access to a power outlet to fill it up with juice. Plus, it’s cheap. You can get your hands on this little monster for less than 40 bucks.
4. Bodywand Aqua Massage Wand
The Aqua Massage Wand Vibrator by Body Wand represents excellent value for money. It strikes a nice balance between affordability and power, with very strong vibrations considering it’s battery-operated.
Unlike the Hitachi Magic Wand, the Aqua Massage Wand is completely waterproof (hence the name). This is a huge bonus if you’re the kind of girl that likes to mess around in the shower or engage in a little self-love in the bathtub.
Another thing I like about the Aqua Massage wand is the noise. It’s super-quiet compared to many other vibrators, especially the Hitachi. This makes it a great wand for a stealthy session if you’re cohabiting, and you’d rather keep your antics a secret from your housemates. It’s as quiet as a mouse, so your roomie’s will be none the wiser.
5. BMS Palm Power
Last but not least, we have the BMS Palm Power Magic Wand. True to its name, it’s significantly smaller and more lightweight than the Hitachi Magic Wand and fits nicely in the palm of your hand.
Surprisingly, despite being so much smaller than the Hitachi, it’s almost as powerful. The vibrations are intense but gradual in their climb. Because it’s so powerful, it’s a little noisy, but probably no more noisy than the Hitachi.
You have two models to choose from: the ‘Classic’ model and the ‘Recharge’ model. The Classic model is a little more powerful and comes with an 8.5-foot cable. This gives you a little more reach than the Magic Wand Original. The Recharge Palm Power is more portable and can be charged via a USB cable.
The only downside is that it’s not compatible with the Magic Wand’s attachments, which is kind of disappointing if you already have a bunch of them. It does, however, have its own large catalog of accessories you can use instead.
As you can see, I’m a big fan of the Hitachi Magic Wand, and wand vibrators in general, but what do you think? Do you think the Magic Wand is worthy of its glowing reputation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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