Sometimes called the Wahl 7-in-1 or the Wahl Coil, the Wahl is second only to the Hitachi Magic Wand in the wink-wink, nudge-nudge, “no, really, it’s a ‘back massager” charade. The Wahl is coil operated, which means it’s lighter, faster, and waaaay quieter than the Hitachi. Like the Hitachi, a Wahl can last for years if you treat it right.
Officially, according to Wahl (and if you talk to our lawyer, this is what you heard from us), it’s not supposed to be used on the genitals — it even says so in the manual (at least it did, in the manual we got with ours a few years ago). Unofficially, well, women have been using it on their happy place for years, and responsible stores like GoodVibes.com continue to stock it, so we feel pretty good about turning a blind eye. Carol Queen, Goodvibe’s staff sexologist, told us a while back: “The Wahl Clipper corporation once had a Catholic priest on their board of directors, and the ‘genitals’ language is a sop to him. The company knows damn good and well what we sell these vibrators for, and they seem perfectly happy to continue to supply us.” Then again, Wahl told the ladies at A-Womans-Touch.com that some people have reported injuries after using their massager downtown, so proceed at your own risk.
The Wahl looks kind of like a handheld blender, and comes with a bunch of attachments for “scalp massage,” “deep muscle massage,” “spot application massage,” etc — all for external use only. The spot tool is best suited for external clitoral stimulation, though we’d like to add that the scalp tool gives a damn good scalp massage, too. One downside is that holding the Wahl for an extended period can make your hand go numb; but if it makes other body parts tingly in a good way, maybe you won’t care.