Key, the new affordable line from Jopen, caught my interest as soon as I heard about it. The Comet was my top pick from the line, but the internal Ceres vibrators were a close second. I got the Ceres G first. SheVibe sent the Ceres Original to me for review and that’s the one we’ll be looking at here.
What It Is
Key Ceres has three variations – Ceres G, Ceres Original, and Ceres Lace. Each are available in purple, pink, or blue. I’m a big pink kind of girl, but the robin’s egg blue beat out the raspberry pink in this line. It’s such a gorgeous blue!
The Ceres Original is a fairly traditional shaped vibrator. It has pretty much no texture on it and the design is a familiar one. It’s not perfectly straight like a technical “traditional” vibrator, offering it a better feel than those. The design reminds me a lot of Evolved’s Seduction and Bswish’s Bgood Deluxe.
Ceres is an internal vibrator, but of course you can use it externally as well. It should not be inserted anally due to the lack of flared base. The head is too broad for me to get anything out of on my clit, so I just use this as an internal toy.
Fun Facts: Ceres is the goddess of agriculture, fertility, and motherhood. It’s also a dwarf planet.
I think I mentioned in my last Key review (for the Nyx) that I’m not a fan of Jopen’s luxury line packaging. I think I’ve managed to complain about their packaging in every review I’ve written of their toys because it’s so blah. I guess maybe they heard myself and others say this, because Key boasts some much nicer packaging.
The packaging matches the color you pick. I have the blue Ceres Original and thus blue packaging. I like when packaging color coordinates like that. It makes my anal retentive self happy. The front and back have a photo of the toy on it, so not discreet. It also has wording that makes it very clear what this is used for in case you were somehow eluded by the photos.
The top half of the outer box slides upward, leaving just the black inner box. This has a book like flip opening. Ceres sits inside with the manual and pouch below it. If I wouldn’t have seen others mention the pouch, I probably would have missed it. The pouch is pretty cheaply made anyhow, so even if you miss it you’re not missing much.
The body of Ceres is silicone. The base that controls the toy is ABS plastic. Key also added a special touch by making the buttons out of stainless alloy. Pretty sure this is just to make it sound fancy, but I guess it’s nice.
The plastic portion is almost transparent, giving it a glass like effect. It’s extra shiny and you can see the blue internal plastic below the darker blue casing. This part I’m actually pretty impressed by, but then I’m big on aesthetics.
The portion that goes inside you is silicone. Silicone is super safe and can be washed with a bleach solution to sanitize. Silicone lubes could potentially damage it, so if you must use one be sure to spot test.
The silicone is drag free and high quality. It collects dust if you leave it out, but isn’t a bad lint magnet. It’s velvety and supple, just the way silicone should be. It’s wrapped around a plastic interior which makes it firm. There’s a seam that runs along it. It’s visible and I can feel it with my hand. I didn’t notice it in use as it’s not really raised too much.
Ceres is 7.5″ in total length. Of that 5.25″ is insertable. The max diameter happens near the top. This is 1.25″ diameter with a circumference of 4.5″. Closer to the base the minimum diameter is 1″. The circumference is 3 3/8″.
When held to the tip of my finger Ceres extends just below my palm. The girth is right about the size of two fingers.
Ceres falls right in or maybe right below what I tend to call “average” size. Not overly thick or thin, it should work for a range of people. While 1.25″ diameter is a possible starter size in some toys, this vibrator doesn’t have any give. If you’re new to penetration or prefer small toys there is a slight possibility this may still be too large simply because of the firmness.
Ceres Original is named as this shape is in the “traditional” or “original” style. The end is rounded off so that it’s not poky (something some traditional vibrators do for some reason). Right below the tip the size increases. It stays this size until about the mid point where it narrows down.
I’ve always loved this particular design for vibrators. It’s not that much different from a totally straight shape, but it feels much better. The straight shapes do nothing for me, but adding that one swell does me in. I’m not really a thruster, but I’ll thrust with these shapes just because I think they lend themselves well to it. It makes the size difference more enunciated.
From the tip to below the middle is an indented portion. It adds a nice visual, but does nothing in terms of adding texture. That’s a good thing for me as I don’t like texture. If you do, the Ceres Lace has crazy amounts of texture and is probably a better pick.
Ceres runs on 2 AA batteries which are not included. The bottom portion unscrews. Inside the vibrator is a clear tube in which the batteries are inserted and then placed back. This tube acts as a silencer, or at least makes it a little less noisy.
So here’s the thing with the battery compartment. A lot of people have been complaining that once the tube goes in, it doesn’t come back out. I’m not sure if the weird brand of batteries we most recently bought run small or if mine just has a larger tube than others, but I haven’t had this problem. The tube slides right back out for me. Given the sheer number of people I’ve heard complain this is not the case for them, I’m guessing it has something to do with my off brand batteries. Jopen has said they are fixing this issue and that the next set of these won’t have any battery problems.
There’s an O ring around the battery compartment which allows this to be used in water. I’ve had no problems in washing this and dunking it.
The button is made of the fancy stainless alloy and has the Key logo on it. It’s easy enough to use. Press once to turn on. Press again to change the pattern. Press it for about two seconds to turn it off.
Another thing I’ve seen people complain about is the button placement. The buttons are really easy to hit. I had one of my Key toys turn on when my husband grabbed it while it was still in the box. They’re sensitive buttons. If you hold this where your hand is anywhere near the button, you’re likely to have it change on you. I sorta grasp mine around the base rather than over it, so I haven’t had any sudden pattern changes.
Power and Patterns
Key is nice enough to give a little diagram for the functions, so of course I’m gonna use that. See below:
There are seven available patterns. Only one of these is a constant vibration. I think this is really silly because you’re not gonna reach a broad range of people with one power level. You’re gonna miss those that are more sensitive and those that need more oomph. I’m never thrilled when there aren’t at least two constant vibration settings. Anyhow, here’s the breakdown on the functions:
- High – Constant vibration. 4/5 intensity, 3/5 noise (depending on how you hold it)
- High 2 – Super fast pulse
- Wave – From low power to the “high” setting. Feels like it jumps rather than “waves.”
- Pulse – Moderate pulse
- Throb – Two moderate pulses, three fast pulses
- Flutter – Super fast pulse like beats followed by a quick pause
- Tease – High power, low power, repeat
The vibration power is good, but not great. It comes in right at 4 in intensity. It blows the external Key toys out of the water power-wise, but doesn’t touch the luxury Jopen toys. At around $100 cheaper than the luxury line’s cheapest models, I guess that’s no big shock.
The vibrations travel well through the toy, but stop right around the base so you won’t feel them in your hand. They aren’t as rumbly as the luxury ones, but are much more rumbly than most “affordable” vibrators. The vibrations penetrate skin well and don’t cause itching or numbing internally. I did have some numbing to my hand after holding it for a while.
If this was an external toy, it wouldn’t have quite enough power for me. Lucky for me, I need a lot less power internally than externally. Four intensity is right at what I need for an internal toy, given that the vibrations penetrate the skin. These do and thus the vibrations work for me.
There’s a big “but” on this and that’s the noise. Ceres is really loud for what it is. The noise is also unpredictable. If I move my hand placement, the noise level changes. When I thrust with it, the noise level is all over the place. This is really distracting to ADD me who ended up trying to figure out what made the noise get louder rather than actually enjoying the toy. I had to force myself to stop paying attention to it before I could finally orgasm.
At it’s lowest noise level it’s still a 3/5. At the highest it borders a 4/5. From what I can tell it seems to get louder if there’s a looser grasp on it or if I’m on the out part of a thrust. I’ll keep the rating at a 3, but it really comes close to getting a 4.
The Ceres Original is much slimmer than the Ceres G. The G has a large bulb at the head. The Key info packet lists them at the same diameter, but I’m skeptical of this. I haven’t measured the G yet, so perhaps they’re right. You can see in the photo though why I’m skeptical of this claim. The G looks much bigger than the Original.
All of the Ceres vibrators have the same seven functions. The G and Original have the same amount of power, so my best guess is that the Lace would follow suit. The big difference between the two is the shape. The G has a curve to it and Original does not.
If you follow my reviews, you’ll know I need a lot of curve to hit my G-spot. The Ceres G doesn’t have much of one and doesn’t get near my G-spot. It’s a really light curve, which I know some people can get away with. I’m not one of those people.
That said, I really go like both the Ceres Original and G. I think I have a slight lean to the Original because I don’t spend my time using it trying and failing to hit my G-spot. I can just enjoy it as is.
As for which to pick, go with what shape normally works for you. If you need curve to hit your G-spot, the G doesn’t really offer much of one. If you only need a little hook, than go with the G. You really don’t need both of them unless you collect toys like I do and just need to have them all.
Ceres Original In Use
The reviews for the Key line have been mixed. Part of this is because the external toys released are buzzy and weak. Part of this is also probably because people expected $60 toys to exactly reproduce the vibrations of $150+ toys. I’ll admit, I was really hoping they would. I tried the external toys first and hated them. I was a little nervous while Ceres Original was on its way to me that its vibrations would be equally weak and buzzy.
Ceres won’t blow your mind with power, but I was satisfied with what it has. Again, this is because I need less vibrations internally. They have a nice rumble to them which doesn’t hurt my opinion either.
Combine the vibrations with one of my all time favorite designs and I’m bound to love something. Of course, this holds true for Ceres Original. The vibrations would really have to be terrible to make me hate a vibrator shaped like this.
The only big issue I have is that it only has one power option. Sure, I only ever use “high” anyhow, but I know other people do really use other speeds. It just seems goofy to only give one power option. It’s really more of complaint on behalf of others than one for me personally. I stand by it being a valid complaint.
For the most part, yes. I’d probably wait a little while until the first batch sells out and they start making the newer ones without reported battery issues. Even though I haven’t had any, I know enough people who have that I’d say to wait it out. If you need a ton of power or are on the opposite end and need low settings, Ceres sadly doesn’t have options for that. If high end of moderate/low end of strong vibrations will satisfy you, then go for it. The shape has been around as long as it has for good reason.
On a side note, if you like the looks of this but don’t wanna spend $60, the Evolved Seduction and Bswish Bgood Deluxe have the same shape. They are about a full notch down in intensity though, so take that into account when making your buying decisiosn.
As much as I love Ceres Original, I have to dock points for only having one power setting and being loud. I’m also taking into account how many people have complained about batteries getting stuck and the button being too easy to press (though these are weighted less in my rating since I didn’t personally have problems).
Pros: Classic design that works well, Beautiful color options, Quality silicone, Rumbly vibrations, Decent power
Cons: Noise fluctuates and is loud, Only one power setting, Possible battery and button issues
The Key Ceres Original was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. It is in compliance with FTC Guidelines.
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