“Hitachi” Magic Wand vs. Doxy Massager Review & Comparisons
Alternate Title – Are You Sure That’s Not A Chainsaw In There?
Picture it! My bedroom, seven years ago. I’ve been presented with the gold standard of Strong Ass Vibrators – my first Hitachi Magic Wand. (Now called the “Original Magic Wand” – y’all aint slick, I’m not gunna massage my neck! Vibratex owns it new, hence the name change. I still call it a Hitachi.) I’ve got stars in my eyes. Am I gunna die? Is it THAT Magic Wand? Up until this point the strongest toy I’d used was a Doc Johnson Pocket Rocket – clearly I’d been blessed! My only complaint about my introduction to my first wand vibrator was that it hadn’t happened sooner.
A fantastic love affair had started. I’m not sure if I left the house overnight without it. Two settings, a rigid head, and enough noise to muffle the sound of my roommates existing outside of my room. A viking funeral for my first, another for the second….I loved these damn vibrators. This thing was essentially fucking attached to my left arm for YEARS. Years. I know oodles of bloggers and Amazon reviewers have waxed poetic about the Magic Wand, but its reputation is well deserved so don’t mind if I do!
(This review is a bit lengthy – jump to the comparison chart & bottom line by clicking here if you’re pressed for time!)
The Reigning Champion:
- Name: (Vibratex) Magic Wand (Buy it here!)
- Price: $45-60
- Strength: 10/10 – tread lightly! (Two settings)
- Noise: Is 15/10 an option?
- Overall: 7/10
For the uninformed – the Magic Wand is 12.5 inches long, weighs a little bit over two pounds – and rocks two speed settings. The “neck” has a bit of give for whatever angle you might want, with a hard “head” & a 6ft long cord. Jeeze!
The Magic Wand is affordable for the power it’s got behind it (and that’s….a lot) and because it plugs into the wall there’s no 3am “oh fuck I’m out of batteries” or it completely dying while you’re in the middle of everything. THAT’S nice, and I still don’t trust batteries because the Magic Wand had me spoiled. (Being spoiled is also why it’s yknow, the wand vibrator gold standard!)
The cord is generous & the low setting is immaculate (High is more for us desensitized folk, or people that literally want to rub their clitoris or uh…shoulder, off completely – using it over clothes is probably smarter…oops) and it was my ride or die for years. It’s a sturdy toy, and odds are using it is enough to distract from the fact that it’s kinda heavy.
Mostly, I think just about anyone can crank out a 30 second orgasm with the Magic Wand if they believe in themselves – maybe even quicker. It’s been such a “gold standard” for heavy duty vibes for such a long time for a reason!
But, despite being attached the this damn thing, I had some complaints. Well, a lot more as time went on and my rose-tinted glasses faded.
Sorry in advance that this is a bit of a rant – I could sing the praises of the Magic Wand all day, but after using them for almost 8 years I’ve got more than a few complaints I’d like to file.
This bitch is LOUD. Whirring, high pitched, whiny, awful loud. Chances of using it without anyone noticing? Chances of not waking someone up? Slim to none, on a good day. On a bad day – I’d find myself knocking the head of it against my bed frame, trying to get it to knock back into place and stop screaming. It was buzzy to begin with, and once it starts to give out (I’ve had three) it gets even worse. Trying to get off is impossible when your not-so-sexy sense are being attacked – for me anyways. It’s also only got two settings – absolutely bonkers “low”, and clitoral chainsaw “high”. (It’s a huge jump for me, honestly – with how the switch is placed I frequently scared the hell out of myself by accidentally changing settings if my grip slipped.)
The head is REALLY rigid – odds of me accidentally hurting myself by digging in a little too hard are….high. (This also proves problematic for me when using with a partner! Sorry honey, looks like the vibrator is gunna nail your pelvis instead!) and it got annoying to clean with all those little grooves – sanitize it all you want, I never trusted that it was “clean”. (Plus, those little grooves? Sandpaper on the high setting.)
Never mind how sketchy it was when it’d heat up just a little TOO much from extended use, or the head would get a little crooked and not want to shove back into place. (The bendy neck is a plus….until that happens!) From an aesthetic standpoint, I really hated that it was packaged almost like a medical device – and the whole thing was white. I just think it’s tacky, damnit.
But the biggest thing for me was – a Hitachi for me typically had a shelf life of about a year at best, maybe two if I was lucky. I became frustrated with every review stating it would last a lifetime, it was the last vibrator you’d ever need….I felt like an idiot. A few years ago I parted with another $60 at my local toy store, and within six months it started making That Noise™ again and I just gave up. Not wanting to start an electrical fire, I shoved it back into my toy box and sat with the fact that maybe I just couldn’t have a vibrator for more than a few months, this was just what life was now! After buying my third, the major downside of replacing it so frequently started to piss me off and I started to look for something “better”. (I’m not sure if the quality has changed since the slight rebranding? I honestly don’t care to know. That’s someone else’s job!)
I still (frequently!) recommend the Magic Wand to any of my friends looking for “Something Better” in the world of vibrators – or their first introduction to wands, because if it wasn’t for me being such a greedy bitch it might have worked out. (But I could just be bargaining like an ex-lover a bit with that.) I truly don’t believe the Magic Wand has the shelf life for heavy use, but will likely be more vibrator than MOST people need or want at 5-6k rotations per minute. It’s powerful, it’s simple, it’s reliable until it suddenly isn’t.
(Full disclosure – I still have my last Magic Wand – but it’s almost a memento despite having a bit of life left in it, because plugging it in just scares the shit out of me.)
So, suddenly there was a void where my favorite vibrator used to be. I started pouring over reviews, looking for negative responses to the Magic Wand to see what wand vibrator people were using instead, taking notes, making pro and con lists. Anyone that knows me well enough (I’m an oversharer!) knows that I heavily research sex toys and can get a little obsessive about it – sometimes for weeks on end! But goddamnit, it’s important. (And it’s a bit of a special interest, whoops!)
Sometime in 2018, I finally snagged myself a Doxy wand. They’re similar in many ways – highly regarded, uses a wall plug-in, and is also the vibrator equivalent of fucking a chainsaw. (It’s also y’know, directly inspired by the Magic Wand – AND compatible with all of my attachments because they’re very similar in size!)
And in this corner…
- Name: Doxy Extra Powerful Massage Wand (Buy it here!)
- Price: $135-ish. OOF!
- Strength: 10/10 – but luckily there’s plenty of settings!
- Noise: 8/10 – not quiet by far, but less whiny than the Magic Wand, low settings aren’t terribly loud.
- Overall: 10/10
The Doxy Wand vibrator is a whopping 13 inches long, weighs about as much as the Magic Wand (though it’s a combination of plastic and aluminum!) – and its settings vary from 3k to 9000 rotations per minute. The “neck” has zero give to it, but the plush head on it makes up for any angling issues you might have. (I thought the Magic Wands 6ft cord was generous…but the Doxy’s is 10! It’s thinner and easier to tangle, though!)
…..You know the list of my Magic Wand complaints? The Doxy fixes just about all of them. The head is cushioned, and the smoothness is absolutely unreal when you’re used to the sand paper style head on the Magic Wand. It’s not buzzy (though it is loud!) – the vibrations are more of a “rumble” (Which I personally love and prefer) instead of frantic and the differentiation in speeds is amazing. (I rarely use it off the lowest it can go because apparently I’ve grown weaker with age, but the few times I’ve turned it up I’m not living in fear like I was hitting “high” on the HMW – it doesn’t have a “set” number of settings, it just progresses when you hold the buttons down.)
It also comes in colors other than medical white (mine is purple – my favorite sex toy color, I typically see it in black) and instead of a switch (that’s a bit too easy to hit mid-climax) it’s got push buttons, they’re a bit harder for me to press with my nails but it’s still preferable to completely ruining the moment but hitting something accidentally. Supposedly the Doxy has “30% more power” than the Magic Wand, and I’m not good at calculating percentages but I’d believe it – I just don’t need to explore the higher settings most of the time. (9000 rotations per minute? Are you TRYING to kill me?)
My main complaint is it’s even BIGGER than the Magic Wand, which can be annoying to store – and that it’s still loud as a motherfucker on the higher settings – just lower pitched. (Luckily) Still doesn’t startle me like the whine of a dying Magic Wand, but if you’re trying to be discreet…yeah good luck with that. Also weird is that it turns on around “half power” and I immediately have to turn it down. Like, why not just start at the bottom?
The “softer” head that I love so much is also PVC (though it claims to be “non-porous & phthalate-free”, I don’t trust sex toy claims more often than not) – so it’s….not the most body safe, and definitely somewhat porous. (While writing this I did find out some brands sell head covers, if you’re super worried) It’d be a perfect toy otherwise and I’m super bummed about that. Further – the Doxy is almost 3x the cost of a Magic Wand (in the U.S, at least) but if you’re in it for a good time AND a long time – or prefer rumbles to buzzes, I’d highly suggest it over the Magic Wand.
(Though if you’re new to wand vibrators, I’d probably test the waters a bit first and see what you enjoy before you dive into a huge toy purchase. But let’s be real, I’m not your mom, and you can totally jump in head first if you’d like!)
The Bottom Line: Comparisons
Head to head, it looks a bit like this:
|Comfort while using||Lighter, but rough head||Weighted, but the smoothness makes up for it.|
|Ease of cleaning||x|
|Compatible with attachments||x||x|
|Settings||2||Continuous progression (no “real” number) – plus controlled pulse settings.|
|Speed/rotations per minute||5,000-6,000 RPM||9000 RPM (on top speed)|
|Cord length||6 feet||12 feet|
Do I clearly prefer the Doxy? HELL yes. Do I love and respect the Magic Wands? FUCK yeah. Depending on what you’re looking for, what you can afford, and the type of vibration you prefer – they’re both wonderful wands (Though I do refer to my Doxy as “The Cadillac of Vibrators” for a reason) I’ve loved many Hitachis in the past, but I look forward to hopefully not having to give my Doxy a Viking-Funeral any time soon.
What do y’all think? Have you owned either of these wands before? Both? Want to suggest I review YOUR favorite instead? Let me know in the comments!