Firstly, I would like to apologise; the next few reviews published will be very heavily masturbator focused. But we’re focusing on a good one today. Hot Octopuss are back with their newest update to their Pulse line, and it’s quite possibly the best one yet.

Often touted as the ‘original guybrator’, you might be familiar with this little cock-stimulating device from Hot Octopuss. With it’s sci-fi like curves and reputation for milking even the most stoic of dicks; the Pulse has quickly become one of the most popular vibrating penis stimulators on the market. Unless my maths is mistaken, I believe this is the fifth version of the popular product. We’ve had the original, the Pulse II Duo (and solo), the Pulse III Duo (and solo), the Pocket Pulse and now the Pulse Solo Lux (and Solo Essential).

On the outside, the Pulse Solo Lux is pretty much what I have come to expect. The design is pretty much identical to previous incarnations; and that’s not a bad thing. The design works, and it works well. As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke; don’t fix it! What has improved, however, is the internal motors which have finally given the Pulse a much needed power upgrade; and I couldn’t be happier! But more on that in a bit…

I would like to thank Hot Octopuss for sending us the Pulse Solo Lux free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Affiliate links have been used in this post. 

First Impressions

The packaging for the Pulse Solo Lux is pretty standard, and is in keeping with all previous boxes for the lineup. Just simple black packaging with the toy, a storage bag, a charging cable and a wrist strap remote inside. It’s one of the rare occasions where the packaging is so simple and understated, it actually works. The Solo Lux features 6 vibrations settings with variable speed, which can be controlled either directly on the unit, or with the new funky apple-watch looking wrist strap remote control. Its waterproof, and made from body safe silicone and ABS plastic.

You need to charge the device for approximately 1.5 hours to provide you with 40 mins of use (which is MORE than enough time, for myself anyway). The remote control is powered by a CR2032 style battery, which is included in the box (a nice touch). The remote can also be removed from the watch strap as well for easy cleaning, or just if you want to. Although be warned, it’s a very small remote and I would imagine quite easy to lose!

Solo Lux VS Solo Essential?

There are a few minor differences between the Solo Lux and the Solo Essential. The most obvious being the lack of remote control for the Essential. Whilst the Lux features magnetic charging, the Essential does not. You’ll also note that the Essential is slightly less powerful than the Lux, with the Essential clocking in at 3950 RPM, whilst the Lux tops out 4450 RPM. The Lux also features a ‘Turbo’ button, to allow you to quickly reach top speed. So the differences between the two are few, but potentially game-changing.

In Use

My husband was the lucky duck who managed to get the first use out of the Solo Lux, and it was rather spontaneous. The Lux had been charging and was sat upon the dining room table. I was working on my laptop when he came home, and as he came over to see me, he spotted the Solo Lux on the table. He picked it up and had a bit of a poke, and switched it on. “Ooh yeah… that’s got some power on it” he said, as he started playing around with the buttons. From my earlier inspection when it arrived, I agreed. At it’s top speed, it certainly feels like the most powerful Pulse yet.

I took it from him, and as he stood next to me, I just placed it over his crotch on the outside of his jeans. He shivered as he felt the vibrations through the thick fabric. Before he even had a chance to react, I undid his jeans, and slipped the Solo Lux onto his slowly engorging member. His knees were buckling slightly as the oscillating PulsePlate did it’s work. “Oh god…” he muttered, as his legs almost gave way under him. The Solo Lux squeezed a sizeable load from him in a mere matter of minutes. “Well, that worked well” I whispered slyly, as I handed him a towel that just happened to be conveniently placed on the chair beside me. “I’ll say” he panted.

The next time it came out, the MR was at work and I was feeling a little… well, you know. I decided to take myself away from the dogs for a few moments of fun, so I grabbed the Solo Lux and stripped. I decided to try it out with the remote control. The wrist strap is comfortable and light, and should expand to fit almost anybody. To operate the Solo Lux with the remove, you need to first of all turn the main unit on. Then, press and hold the circular looking button on the remote for approx 2 seconds. This will then rumble the Solo Lux into life. Subsequent presses will cycle through the different patterns.

The plus and minus buttons will increase or lower the intensity, and then the crown button activates turbo mode. You can also do all of this from the actual unit itself. So how long did it take for the Solo Lux to take me to orgasm town? Not very long at all. Could not have been any longer than 5 minutes (this was on full speed, however). If I take my time and build up the speed, I can make a session last between 5 minutes and half an hour (but no longer, i’ve got things to do!). But the end result of each session is always the same. A deeply satisfying orgasm that leaves me panting and breathless.

The remote control wrist strap is a bit gimmicky, I will admit. When using it solo, it’s not easy to use the remote when it’s on your wrist, and hold onto the device with another hand. If you remove the remote out of the strap though, then this actually makes more sense; especially as the remote buttons are a little more fluid and less tricky to operate than the slightly stiff buttons on the actual device itself.

During duo play though; then sure, I can see the appeal. Having someone else working the unit whilst you either lay there, handcuffed and blindfolded; or enjoying a guided session where all you are doing is holding the device, and someone else is controlling the pattern, the speed… yeah, it certainly adds another dimension to the Solo Lux, something that I didn’t really think was missing from the experience, but it’s actually not a bad thing to have here.

Clean-up and Maintenance

The Solo Lux is completely waterproof, which makes cleanup an absolute BREEZE. A quick rinse with some warm water, then pat dry with a lint free cloth, and it’s ready for round 2. The remote control is not waterproof; but as you can remove it from the strap, you can rinse the strap under the tap but just use a barely damp cloth to clean the remote. A little storage bag is included (always appreciated) so everything can be tucked away, to be kept dust free until the next time.


The biggest selling point of the Lux Solo to me, is the boost in power. It does feel significant over previous models. It was like discovering the Pulse for the first time. The sensations feel exciting, new… If you are still new to the world of Pulse, then honestly, this would be a great time to jump in. If you’ve owned any of the past Pulse units, but have been unsure about upgrading; now is the time – for this is the first time I actually feel that this is a proper upgrade. There is absolutely nothing I would change. The Solo Lux will now be living in my bedside drawer for quick and easy access!

Where to Buy

You can pick up your Pulse Solo Lux direct from Hot Octopuss where it retails for £129. Compared to the DUO which still retails for around £119 – the Solo Lux is definitely worth the extra £10.

I would like to thank Hot Octopuss for sending us the Pulse Solo Lux free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Affiliate links have been used in this post. This does not affect our opinions or experience with this or any other product we review. If you wish to support the work we do, please consider using our links to make your purchases. It doesn’t cost you extra and helps support me! Remember to clear your cookies before you click! 

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