Review: Lelo Sona 2 vs. Sona 2 Cruise Clit Stimulators

A *MEGAPHONE* to the clit—that’s what Lelo Sona pulsators can be. Air pulsation clit stimulators are typically classed as “Vibrators,” but Womanizer and (all older) Satisfyer toys don’t vibrate at all, they pulse out air. Lelo Sona 2 and Sona 2 Cruise still pulse like Womanizers but feel different: like vibrations run underneath the Sona’s puffs of air. This is the fact behind Lelo’s “SenSonic” technology. It’s air amplified: vibro-pulsation, I call it.

Sona model 1 (left) vs. new Sona 2 (right).

Both the original Lelo Sona (& Sona Cruise) and the new-model Lelo Sona 2 (& Sona 2 Cruise) include this one-of-a-kind sensation. Since there are so many Sonas to choose from now (4 total!), my Lelo Sona 2 review will cover the plain Sona 2 vs. Sona 2 Cruise, with reference to the original two Sona models. So many similarities and differences between the four Sona models, and I’ll walk you through them all!

The Intensity & Cruise Control

Versus Sona 2, the Sona 2 Cruise has an extra function that makes it feel a lot different. (And cost $30 more.) “Cruise Control” causes the toy to speed up when you press its mouth down hard onto any object. Interestingly, Sona 2 Cruise is more intense than plain Sona 2—but has less speed range, since Cruise’s first steady pulsing speed is like plain Sona 2’s fourth. Sona *2* Cruise is also noticeably stronger than original Sona Cruise!

Basically, if you want FOR REAL vibro-pulsation strength, then Sona 2 Cruise is the one. But if you like it gentler, then go non-Cruise Sona 2. With the latter toy, you have 8 steady pulsing speeds, and the first compares to the Womanizer Classic’s first level. It’s going, but not *too* good.

There’s a lot goin’ on inside Sona 2’s mouth.

Both toys have 12 total functions: the first function is the non-patterned, consistently pulsating one—in Sona 2, at least, which has 8 intensity levels for 11 of the 12 functions.1 Sona 2 Cruise, though, is hard to adjust the speeds with, as the Cruise function makes it feel more intermittent. Don’t press the toy forward if you’ve achieved a speed you like, or it’ll jump up in power and you won’t be able to turn it back down for a time.

After that steady-pulsing function, both Sona 2s have 11 fluttering, rumbling patterns. They range from more-drawn-out pulsations, to escalations of all types. None of them really turn my crank, to be honest—except function #12. That last option…it’s the one that’s the clit-megaphone. The vibrating-pulsing effect resounds around my clit. It’s kinda crazy, and hard to describe exactly. It’s a lot.

With most Sona 2 patterns, I want more power after I get really turned on. Not with the megaphone pattern, function #12. OMFG, that pattern. Even on the lower intensities (out of 8 options with Sona 2), the amplified effect makes me try holding off my orgasm, because Sona 2’s mouth is drawing it out of me and I want to keep feeling this. Not since I discovered the Stronic Real have I been so acutely aware of how hard my nipples can get right before I come. Tears literally well up in my eyes before I orgasm, and I can feel myself getting wetter by the second. At climax, I have to pull Sona 2’s mouth a little bit back from my vulva due to the strength, and I still sense the vibrating pulses traveling through my skin.

Lelo says that Sona’s “SenSonic” technology stimulates the internal clit more than other air pulsation devices do. Especially on the super-duper-amplified pattern, I think that’s true. I get a sense of shivers running down my clitoral shaft, and my labia are getting more attention than with a Womanizer. I don’t believe that SenSonic tech does stimulate the entire internal clitoris—like the internal crura, the legs—but the top of the internal clit is getting more. And that’s neat.

The New Mouth: Sona 2 vs. Sona Original

The Lelo Sonas’ mouths are totally circular openings made from a silicone that—like We-Vibe Melt—doesn’t include any kind of plastic/core underneath for the last quarter inch. Pair that with the softer silicone, about a 10A shore, and Sona’s hole has a gentle “mouthiness” to it.

Sona 2's mouth isn't much wider, but the hole is deeper.

Sona 2’s mouth isn’t much wider than Sona 1, but the hole is deeper: fits up to the first joint of my little finger. 

With LELO Sona original, there were complaints about danger due to shorter mouth-to-pulse-plate distance. (It’s just over half an inch between the top of the mouth and the flapping “tongue” plate pulsing underneath.) Some people have clits that stick out farther than others, or puffier inner labia, and there’s no shame in that. Still, I feel 100% safe using the original because the pulse plate is a quite a ways back from my clit and I don’t feel any tugging-inward motion—just the rumbling pulsations echoing outward.

That said, toys should be safe for every user, so the new Sona 2s have: (1) *slightly* wider mouths,2 (2) a deeper hole (longer distance to the pulse plate, about 30% deeper), and (3) a flat mouth with a strong rim around the edge. The first two of these changes don’t make much of difference to me personally, while I try to ignore the third.

Original vs. Sona 2 (right).

My guess is that the slightly up-curving outer rim is meant to prevent clits and skin folds from being drawn inward. But…but…this is a clit “suction” toy, right??? It’s a hole…to put your clit down into. The new outer rim is a very mild irritant for me when I first start using Sona 2, or if I press the toy really hard into my body. It grates on my hood, just a smidge. I’m able to ignore it easily once I get settled in and aroused. Overall, the vibro-pulsations are so wild that the tiny “rim” flaw isn’t putting me off using this toy.

I prefer the Lelo Sona’s comparatively smaller mouths to any other circular-mouthed toy, as I get a better fit. Any user with a bigger clit, however, should consider Satisfyer pulsators instead, as their openings are largest.

Button Control

So all four Lelo Sonas—Sona, Sona Cruise, Sona 2, and Sona 2 Cruise—have three control buttons. With the original 2 toys, you turn ’em on by pressing the + button, and off by pressing the – button. Then the central button lets you cycle through the 8 patterns. This had the unfortunate effect of making me repeatedly power off the original Sona when I was trying to make it go slower—especially in the crazy intensity of function #8 (= #12 in Sona 2), the clit megaphone.

Happily, Lelo resolved this in Sona 2 and Sona 2 Cruise by making the center function-change button into an on/off button too; just hold it down for a couple seconds. You can also turn on the vibro-pulsations by hitting the + button, but you can never accidentally turn off Sona 2 by pressing the – button. That’s a relief!

All Sona 2 patterns do start on the top speed, so if you don’t want to be overwhelmed, you’ll need to punch the down arrow quickly and then work your way back up in intensity. This can be slightly frustrating when cycling through patterns, as you’ve gotta power-down on every function. Since I don’t use the patterns very often—just the first steady level and #12 for WHOA effect—I’m not as affected by it. But having each function start low rather than high would’ve been more user-friendly, for anyone who does enjoy patterned escalations. So you can work your way up without first needing to level-down!

Ergonomic Shape

All the Sonas have a kidney-kinda shape. That doesn’t sound sexy, but the way the toy curves backward is ergonomic—much easier to hold in your palm than the L-shape of Satisfyer Pro 2 or the looooong, sticking-straight-out body of the Satisfyer Luxury PrĂŞt-Ă -Porter. The fits-easily-in-hand aspect is especially helpful if you opt for the Cruise Control version, since you’ll need to push Sona Cruise’s mouth inward to get that extra *boost*.

I can use Sona 2 hands-free, trapping it between my thighs. I get the most pressure and best seal when I am holding it in my hand. And the backward curve means that Sona 2 isn’t great for sitting on, like Womanizer Liberty; or for sitting on *and* during vaginal penetration like We-Vibe Melt excels at.

The back of the Sona is a golden metallic plate. It looks stylin’, and I’m grateful it doesn’t create a seam where gunk gets trapped. Like any good air pulsation toy, Lelo Sonas are fully waterproof, so they’re simple enough to clean. Just run your finger around the inside of the mouth and shake the water out after washing.

Overall Thoughts

Depending on how strong you like your clit stimulation, Lelo Sona’s vibro-pulsations may either be: “WHOA HELL YES” or “OMG BUT WHY.” With Sona 2 Cruise especially, the pulsations start fast and are difficult to dial down once you activate Cruise Control. This is a toy for anyone who wants their clit to be *rocked*—strong, hard, and fast. Basically, Sona 2 Cruise takes no prisoners.

I’m a bigger fan of the (non-Cruise) Lelo Sona 2, which offers more steady pulsation levels (8 intensities total, for each of the 12 vibro-pulsation functions) than Sona 2 Cruise. It’s not as powerful as Womanizer Premium and We-Vibe Melt—approximately 25% less intense on top speed—but usually that’s enough to make me moan. When I need a last push over the edge, though, I will jump to function #12, “the crazy one,” vibro-pulsation amplified. And I will tear up, then orgasm like the Sona 2 was the mouth of the best cunnilingus-giving partner I ever had.

Find the Lelo Sona 2s here.

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Note

  1. #12, Clit Megaphone, only comes in one speed, phew!
  2. Somewhere between a tenth and a sixteenth of an inch wider, with the flattened circle itself feeling like a bit more.

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