Smile Makers The Poet review: “The first ever clitorally-inclusive toy controlled by squeeze alone? I'm a fan"

A world first.

Smile Makers The Poet review
Marie Claire UK Verdict

This sex toy is pretty unique in that it's one of the first ever that allows you to control the vibrations through squeeze alone. Want more intense vibrations? All you have to do is squeeze the side of the toy. Too much? Loosen your grip a little. Playing around with the various attachments, the smaller one didn’t quite hit the spot for me, so I moved on to the middle attachment. I enjoyed having the variation and being able to work out what felt good for me and my body. For my full review - keep reading.

Reasons to buy
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    Clitorally inclusive with multiple size options

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    Attachments also result in different sensations

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    Air pulsation technology

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    Suction sensation

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    Squeeze sensor button option

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    Five different pre-programmed patterns

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    Body safe silicone

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    Storage bag

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    Two-year warranty.

Reasons to avoid
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    Using the squeeze tech can reset the current pattern

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    Tip on base doesn’t have any functions (missed opportunity for a dual vibrator)

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    The push button can be difficult to press.

Google the best sex toys and you'll be hit with hundreds of thousands of different options. From sex toys for couples, to vibrators and clitoral suction toys more designed specifically for solo fun. The Poet sex toy from Smile Makers is one of the latter. 

We're all for sexual well-being as a form of self-care here at Marie Claire UK, which is why I, Ness Cooper, review sex toys for the magazine each month. While I was training to be a sexologist, one of my modules was on oral sex, spanning everything from its history, to how to perform the best oral sex on someone.

Now, seeing I love seeing oral sex suction toys, such as The Poet, come into the mainstream. Not only does it make oral sex accessible for all, but it serves as a reminder of how far we've come.

Keen to learn more? So was I. Keep scrolling for my Smile Makers The Poet review (spoiler alert: yes, air pulse technology is great), and don't miss my LELO Sona 2 review, LELO Sila sonic massager review, and Rose sex toy review, while you're at it.

Smile Makers The Poet - £119.95 | Smile Makers

Smile Makers The Poet - £119.95 | Smile Makers

Smile Makers The Poet review: “After a clitorally-inclusive toy? The Poet is one of the best"

Special features and what sets it apart from competitors

The Poet is an air pulse technology suction sex toy that has three different-sized attachments - which is great, as it immediately makes the toy clitorally inclusive. Along with the different attachments, it also has multiple ways for you to control the intensity of the pulsations.

Fun fact, and a standout feature that makes the toy unique: one of those ways is via squeeze sensory technology, as above, and The Poet was actually the first ever suction-style sex toy that enabled you to control vibrations via squeeze alone. I like it - you'll likely know the feeling of craving more intensity as you get closer to orgasm, and this makes it easy to achieve.

How to use The Poet and how it was

I liked that The Poet arrived in an elegant round box - the packaging really is a cut above other rival brands and I can see why they've won awards for it. Its attachments are placed neatly inside, along with a changing cable and satin storage bag.

The toy helped me to reach orgasm very quickly thanks to the squeeze technology ago. I found it easy to use. and squeezing the sensors quickly made the stimulation more powerful. One thing to note, though: at one point, I accidentally loosened my grip, meaning the intensity lessened. This killed the vibe a little bit, but it wasn't long before I got it back.

Sex toy The Poet Smile Makers

Smile Makers The Poet sex toy, picture by Ness

How to keep it maintained and clean

One to note: this particular sex toy can get very messy as it requires a lot of water-based lubes (read our guide to the best lubes, here).

It's also worth knowing that when cleaning The Poet, you need to remove the attachment you used and clean all parts in warm water and a sex toy cleaner. Also, remember to allow everything to dry before storing it in the provided pouch.

About the brand Smile Makers

Smile Makers have been a trusted sex toy brand since it launched in 2013. Their main aim is to create products that sexually empower women and destigmatise self-pleasure.

Many of their sex toys can be found in health and beauty shops around the world, including Boots, Lookfantastic and more.

Should I buy it?

My final thoughts for this Smile Makers The Poet review? If you’ve been looking for a clitorally inclusive sex toy, the attachments make The Poet one of the best. The range of attachments means it has a higher chance of suiting your clitoris (and a higher chance of feeling good for you), plus I also really enjoyed how I could mix it up by simply changing the nozzle.

Its air pulse technology is also great, as it makes changing the intensity super easy. *Adds to basket*

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.