We should all know by now the importance of maintaining a strong and healthy pelvic floor. With so many different vaginal balls, barbells, and other Kegel exercise products available to make it fun and stimulating, there’s really no excuse to not work those PC muscles.
Still, this is one area where I’m guilty of the occasional lapse, so when GoodVibes.com offered Fun Factory Smartballs Teneo for review, I readily requested it.
Available as either a single ball, the Teneo Uno, or two balls connected, the Teneo Duo, these are slightly different in design than the original Smartballs, but they still come packaged in the typical Fun Factory way.
The box has a clear window on the front so you can see the product, and then the back of the box has flaps that open up to reveal another clear plastic window. The insides of the flaps are printed with basic information and a product map. Inside is the Teneo Uno encased in a clear plastic clamshell, a sample of lube, a small Fun Factory product catalog, and user’s instructions (printed in several different languages).
Smartballs Teneo are similar to the original Smartballs in that they’re hollow with a smaller weighted ball inside that rattles around, creating subtle vibration and internal stimulation. The idea is that the PC muscles will naturally contract to keep the balls in place, so that just wearing them will help strengthen your pelvic floor, but their weight also adds some resistance, giving the user something to squeeze against.
An improvement over the original, Smartballs Teneo feature a indentation on the bottom for easy insertion. It’s a perfect fingertip-sized groove, and it makes positioning a cinch. There’s also a silicone retrieval cord attached to the bottom for hassle-free removal.
I still have my set of original Smartballs–believe it or not, they were one of the first sex toys I ever tried, and I think I may have even bought them the same time as my Hitachi Magic Wand. I noticed a distinct difference in my body after having kids, and I knew it was time to do something about it.
Smartballs sounded like just what I needed to get my body, health, and sex life back on track, so I ordered a set. But then they arrived, and I had a really difficult time just keeping them in. I was fine as long as I was sitting or reclined, but as soon as I stood up, they slipped right out. That frustrated me, so I tended not to use them much or for very long.
I’ve since tried a variety of other Kegel exercise toys, and as my pelvic floor strength improved, I found working with my original Smartballs easier. However, at some point I realized that they were great to use in conjunction with a clit vibe during solo play sessions, as they give me a nice sense of fullness, and the vibrator causes the internal Smartballs beads to move, which adds to the sensation.
As for working PC muscles, though, I have to say that I prefer the Teneo Uno. It’s lighter, and as a single ball easier for me to use. There’s a bit more texture to the Teneo than the original Smartballs design, which I think gives a more “grippy” feel. As far as getting any real G-spot stimulation, I personally prefer the more hourglass-shaped Kegel exercisers for that. These round balls don’t seem to settle in quite the right spot for me.
Basically, the Smartballs Teneo Uno is ideal for those new to Kegel exercise toys or those who prefer a shorter design. They’re very quiet, and the vibrations created by the internal ball are subtle. So much so that in order to really feel it I have to think about feeling it, if that makes any sense.
Going up and down stairs, jogging, or otherwise jumping about does make it more noticeable, so any vigorous activity is well rewarded. I’m not crazy about the retrieval cord, though. It’s a bit stiff, and tends to not feel very pleasant as it rests against me.
A big thank you to Good Vibes for sending me this product to review!