Smile Makers The Firefighter review: “It's basic, but it totally hits the spot"

After a simple but satisfying toy? Read our sex expert's review.

Smile Makers The Firefighter review
Marie Claire UK Verdict

I've been testing a toy from Smile Makers called The Firefighter for you, to share my honest take. It's a silicone sex toy designed for clitoral stimulation which promises to be whisper quiet. Not only that, but it has a variety of shapes on its surface area (great for varying your sexual pleasure). What else sets it apart from other vibrators? Well, it's extended in length compared to other regular vibrators and also well-balanced in weight (it's not heavier at the base or tip). This allows you to glide it over your body (or partners) with ease, unlike lower-quality battery-powered vibrators. For my full review - keep scrolling.

Reasons to buy
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    Multiple surfaces, from pin-point to broad

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    Skin safe silicone

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    Velvet smooth material that glides effortlessly

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    4 vibration intensities

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    2 patterns

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    4-hour battery life

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    Fun to use in different positions

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    Flexible tip

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    Simple yet classy packaging

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    2-year warranty

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    Travel friendly.

Reasons to avoid
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    Battery powered

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    Didn’t come with a battery

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    Louder than other Smile Makers battery-powered sex toys.

Discovering the best sex toys can be a mission and a half. Do you go for a vibrator? A dildo? Or one of the best sex toys for couples? Truth is, what works for you will be different for, say, your best mate, so it's important to discover what toys turn you on.

A bit about me - I’m Ness Cooper, a sexologist with a special interest in sex tech. You’re probably thinking, “Why on earth would she want to try a battery-powered sex toy?”. Short answer: as a sex toy reviewer, I see the value in going back to basics (plus believe battery-powered devices can still be great).

Ready to read my Smile Makers The Firefighter review? Keep scrolling - and don't miss my Dame Pom review, Lovehoney Love Egg review, and LELO Enigma review, while you're here.

Smile Makers The Firefighter, £49.95 | LookFantastic

Smile Makers The Firefighter, £49.95 | LookFantastic

Smile Makers The Firefighter review: “The tip of the flame leads to a super quick orgasm”

Special features and what sets it apart from competitors

When you think of clitoral vibrators, you probably picture smaller, bullet-size toys. Not The Firefighter. It's a larger than most alternatives and has a bigger surface area to play with, too.

The instruction leaflet recommends focusing the broad bump of the toy on your clitoris and allowing the flame-shaped silicone fan over your labia as the sex toy vibrates. The aim? To stimulate and arouse your entire genital area, unlike other toys that target one specific spot.

How to use The Firefighter and how it was

So, what did I first notice when testing for this Smile Makers The Firefighter review? It was simple to use, great for testing out different sex positions, and made me orgasm fairly quickly. I enjoyed using The Firefighter, and the thin flame edges were different to anything I'd tried before. I particularly liked that the vibrations feel different in different parts of the flame, as it means when you direct particular parts onto your body, you can enjoy a variety of intensities.

For me, the tip of the flame leads to a quicker clitoral orgasm.

The biggest standout for me, as above, was the flame-shaped tip. Any toy that allows you to mix up sensations like this gets a yes from me.

Cons - it was a little noisier than other Smile Makers sex toys, but no so much so that it put me off. Plus, do make sure you've got a battery to hand as it doesn't come with one.

Smile Makers The Firefighter sex toy, picture by Ness

Smile Makers The Firefighter sex toy, picture by Ness

How to keep it maintained and clean

The seamless and waterproof design makes it super easy to clean.

Simply use your standard antibacterial wash and water and allow it to dry. If you want to learn more about how to clean your sex toys, check out our expert-led explainer.

About the brand Smile Makers

Smile Makers is an award-winning sex toy company that has scooped trophies for everything from their packaging to their vibrators. They're passionate about promoting both sexual wellness and education, too.

Should I buy it?

My final thoughts? The Firefighter is a great sex toy for external stimulation. Its shape is particularly good if you want to explore either pinpoint or more broad massage. And, enjoy...

Ness Cooper

Ness Cooper is a Sex and Relationship Expert and Writer. She’s been a freelance writer for over 10 years, knowledgeable in all areas of human sexuality and has a special interest in sex toys and tech.

Ness has been nominated for many awards during her career. From ETO’s Best Erotic Journalist, to Best Sexologist at the 2022 Sexual freedom Awards.

Her first published pieces were theatre reviews, written for her local paper when she was 13. I think we can all agree that she now reviews more fun items.

Not only does she write down-to-earth sex and relationship articles, she tests sex toys, including prototypes. She knows what works and what doesn’t with sex tech and sexual pleasure!

Ness is always training and trying to expand her skills. This has led her to train in Pelvic Floor Biomechanics and Pilates. Her pursuit of knowledge has also taken her to the Kinsey Institute in the US, where she studied human sexuality.

With a background in sex and relationship therapy, coaching, and education, she’s one of the UK’s leading Sex and Relationship Coaches and Sexologists. She helps people to find their authentic sexuality and sexual happiness and teaches Sexology to other human sexuality professionals.

Ness also offers 1-2-1 coaching and group sessions.