High design isn't often an advertised selling point in the category of personal massagers. Most products in the category look remarkably similar, with very little imagination or variance except for the occasional splash of color and maybe a cheeky name. So it's a welcome surprise JimmyJane has stepped up to the plate again, following up their award winning FORM2 with another innovative personal massager design, the FORM 3. A hands-on review below.
I have to admit that I'm a fan of the packaging, which in my experience with these products, says a lot about how the product will work.
FORM 3 is a design collaboration of Yves Béhar (yes, the very same man who designed the Herman Miller SAYL task chair we covet) and Jimmyjane Founder Ethan Imboden. Béhar has been in the design game for years and years and has worked with some of the largest mainstream companies, but seems to enjoy forays off the industrial design beaten path. One of the goals was to make the design "exceptionally intuitive" and I believe they did just that. I've never seen a personal product designed like FORM 3.
Read carefully before using. There's interesting information on each side of the packaging.
When I first took FORM 3 out of the packaging I was pleasantly surprised not only visually, but by the tactile quality out of the box. I don't know exactly what I was envisioning it would be like, but I was definitely nervous and excited, this being an atypical Unplggd test product. The soft feel was a surprise and the device notably lightweight. Medical-grade, phthalate-free platinum silicone is of such high quality that you almost want to just pet the massager!
The FORM 3 comes with a wall charger and requires a charge straight from the box before use. When I placed the FORM 3 on the charger a small light blinked to let me know a connection had been made, which I appreciated because it doesn't actually click in or indicate in any other way that it's actually charging. I also liked how small and discreet the charging dock is. The simple white square that could easily be left on a dresser and guests wouldn't even realize what it was (however, if the FORM 3 was charging, they might look twice). In black, at quick glance, it could be mistaken as a computer peripheral (the pink model wouldn't be so inconspicuous).
Here's a side-by-side comparison of the rabbit ears design of the FORM 2 versus the computer mouse shape of the FORM 3.
It's not that I was anxious to try it out, but I was a bit surprised at just how long it took to initially charge. I was anticipating an hour, but the device took about three+ hours to reach a full charge (once charged, the FORM 3 can withstand up to 7 hours of use!). By then, I had gotten over my initial interest and saved it for another day.
Small and discreet, the FORM series have received several design accolades, including the AIGA, I.D., and IDEA awards — the only company in the adult accessories industry to receive such prestigious awards.
When the FORM 3 was finally charged, I had a chance to play with the functionality. There are two controls on the front of the massager. One for increasing and decreasing the power levels of vibrations and another control for pattern/mode of the vibrations. There are 4 vibration modes and 5 power levels. Running through each mode and power level was easy, with the buttons easily accessible and labeled and simple to push during use. I found it easier to select a desired mode and level before using the FORM 3.
Like the whole unit itself, the touchpad on the FORM 3 is extremely soft and pliable. When I held it in my hand and waved my finger behind the touchpad, I could see my finger — it's that thin. Due to the quality of the silicone, it can be super thin without tearing. Also, the touchpad and top of the device are extremely easy to bend and move with just one finger.
The design of FORM 3 is so sleek and unique. I absolutely love that it is rechargeable and does not need batteries. There's nothing worse than realizing you're out of batteries at the last minute.
The website suggests use with another person, but I don't see that being ideal. I love that the top of the device is wafer thin and feels much like being massaged by another person, but the base of the device is a bit bulky. I'm not sure how FORM 3 would comfortably fit between two people.
An option that may go unnoticed by some, is that the FORM 3 is waterproof. Because it is a personal massager, it's only natural to take it with you in the most relaxing place in the house — the bath. FORM 3's functionality is just the same under water as it is when out . As if I didn't already realize how powerful it was, it was fun to turn it on and hold it on the top of the water — the water was certainly dancing!
Pros: Innovative design and extremely soft. Easy to use and navigate through settings. Rechargeable so you can kiss those batteries goodbye. Made from extremely high quality materials, with a 3 year warranty. Cons: No on/off switch for immediately turning the device off (have to navigate down through each setting to eventually turn off). Base is a bit bulky, not ideal for use between two people.
Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.
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