Lovense Gush VS. Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo Interactive (Full Comparison)

This is gonna be tough. Not because I have to struggle to diplomatically weigh an obvious victor against an equally obvious… well, less-than-victorious rival, but for the first time in a very long time, I’ll be looking at two superbly-designed, extremely well-made, wonderfully interactive sextoys – each from a company I respect, admire, and whose products I never fail to enjoy.

(sigh) So I guess there’s nothing to be done except face this challenge head-on by looking at what makes Lovense’s Gush so special, and then why Hot Octopuss’ Pulse Solo Interactive gives it a run for its money – ending with my final judgment on which of these top-notch glans massagers should take home the gold ribbon.

Say Hello to the Lovense Gush

gush box

Before I begin, let’s go over what precisely is a glans massager and from there, what each of these sextoy’s approaches is to stimulating that part of the body.

Or it’d be better to say, “stimulates that part of a penis-owner’s” body as glans massagers are all about exciting the head of that particular sexual organ.

The fun doesn’t stop there, as both of these devices can be slid up and down the shaft or twisted around to put their finely-engineered vibrations to where they feel the most good – and it’s a major reason for the ongoing popularity of this kind of sextoy.

For the Gush, it’s about achieving a tight fit. First via its unique, asymmetrical design: a set of interlocking (what I guess you could call) lips that wrap around the head or shaft of the penis and keep it firmly in place.

Second, the Gush comes with what Lovense calls an “optional band,” which users can slip over the Gush if they want an even tighter grip.

Which I think is a brilliant thing to offer, as no one person (or their genitals) are the same length, thickness, or overall shape – meaning supposedly “one-size-fits-all” more times than not simply aren’t.

Now, though, whatever the various dimensions of their penis, users can use the Gush’s optional band to tighten it. Or mostly can, as there’ll probably be some people out there who might continue to struggle with it being either too tight or too loose.

Since this is a Lovense product, the Gush is fully equipped with their highly-regarded brainy electronics, which, in conjunction with their brilliant Lovense Remote Android or iPhones smartphone app, can:

  • connect it to other Lovense sextoys anywhere in the world.
  • sync up with the growing number of interactive adult videos and games.
  • create and share customized vibration playlists.
  • respond to music or ambient sounds.
  • and other entertaining (and arousing) sextech options.

It also comes with three built-in intensity levels and four different vibration patterns, but both are practically limitless when used in conjunction with the Lovense Remote app.

Mostly made of body-safe silicone with a small amount of ABS plastic, the Gush is perfectly safe for use in the bath or shower. You need only a small amount of antibacterial soap, warm water, and then drying with a lint-free cloth to make cleaning up afterward a snap.

The Gush is 3.39 inches long, 20.5 wide, with a 1.26 interior.

As well as its optional band, it ships with a storage bag, user manual, quick start guide, and a magnetic charging cable. On a full charge, which takes around 65 minutes, the Gush is good for one and a half to two hours.

➡️ Check the current price of the Lovense Gush

Meeting and Greeting the Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo Interactive

pulse solo kiiroo

Then there’s the new interactive glans massager from my other favorite sextoy manufacturer.

Part of their popular line of Pulse vibrators, of which they currently have six different combinations, their newest incarnation combines Hot Octopuss’ proven design skills with smart electronics provided by Kiiroo.

The Pulse takes a somewhat different approach to glans massaging by steering clear of the direct motor-to-skin route to utilize their proprietary Pulseplate Technology, which uses its motor to generate sound waves for a far-more-organic feel.

Its other somewhat different approach is how it grips the shaft or glans of a penis, opting to use a pair of pyramid-shaped lips to do it.

With its Kiiroo smarts, the Pulse Solo Interactive is ideal for adult entertainment interactivity plus long-distance activities, making and sharing vibe playlists, playing along with favorite tunes or responding to nearby sounds, and other sextech fun stuff.

The Pulse Solo Interactive is 4.17 inches in length, 2.63 wide, 2.87 tall, and weighs a measly 3.06 grams.

It has nine speeds and five vibration modes, but users can do far more with the FeelConnect smartphone app.

It comes with the toy itself, a bag to store it in, an instruction booklet, and a magnetic charging cable. Following a full, three-hour plug-in the Pulse Solo Interactive is good for forty-five minutes of active use.

Likewise built of silicone and ABS, the Pulse Solo Interactive is waterproof. However, it’s not advised to use it anywhere except a bath or shower as immersing it in the ocean or splashing around with it in a hot tub will damage it.

Cleaning is not difficult, requiring the same dash of mild soap, warm water, and complete drying to keep it safe and well-maintained.

➡️ Check the current price of the Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo Interactive

Similarities Between Lovense’s Gush vs. Hot Octopuss’ Pulse Solo Interactive

Obviously, both were built to stimulate the glans and shaft of the penis, specially designed to grip on via their – again, for lack of a better word – lips.

The Gush and Pulse Solo Interactive also use powerful motors to provide their simulations. But more than that, they have brains in common: each is fully compatible with the Lovense Remote and FeelConnect app, respectively, and so can be set up to respond to certain adult videos, games, interact with other smart sextoys, and further what are becoming standard features – like the option to produce and share your own vibration patterns, increase or decrease their power levels, respond to music or nearby sounds, etc.

They also come with pretty much the same extras, like a magnetic charging cable, a little black bag to keep the toy in, and handy guides or manuals.

gush smart toy

Differences Between Lovense’s Gush vs. Hot Octopuss’ Pulse Solo Interactive

Mechanically, the Gush takes a more-traditional approach to pleasure. At the same time, the Pulse Solo Interactive’s motor does its pleasurable-vibrating less directly to help give a lifelike sensation.

I felt the Gush is a bit more comfortable and secure, extra when using its optional band. This also made it easier to use it hands-free, if that’s something you might be interested in doing.

Between the two, there’s also a big difference in their charge-to-playtimes, with the Gush needing a mere hour to go two hours instead of the Pulse Solo Interactive barely managing to last four hours after charging for three hours.

Though their most noticeable difference is their software. But even here, it’s a huge challenge to say which is the most effective, enjoyable, and interactive.

For instance, the Gush uses Lovense Remote: a smartphone (and desktop) app I feel is the goldest-of-the-golden standard for ease-of-use, well-executed features, and butter-smooth connectivity.

That said, if having your sextoy work with the growing number of interactive videos and the like is what you’re actively looking for, FeelConnect is more supported by a factor of… well, a lot.

pulse solo interactive

Pros of Lovense’s Gush vs. Hot Octopuss’ Pulse Solo Interactive

Putting software aside for a moment – and, as I mentioned – the Gush and its optional band kept it from unexpectedly slipping or sliding.

Because of its firm wrapping, I could focus on other, more arousing things than worrying whether or not it was going to unexpectedly come loose.

That and there’s something about how the Gush was made. I mean, both toys are almost identically made of silicone with a tiny amount of ABS plastic, but it seems like somewhere along the line Lovense did something special as their toy felt warmer and more lifelike.

gush for men

Pros of Hot Octopuss’ Pulse Solo Interactive vs. Lovense’s Gush

In retrospect, the preceding was rather odd of me to say because when it comes to vibrating, the Pulse Solo Interactive’s Pulseplate Technology did its magic, and while its materials didn’t feel as naturalistic as the Gush, its functioning absolutely did.

It may sound trivial, but comparing the two, there’s something about the Gush’s lack of symmetry that kept itching my brain – like how I kept wanting to be able to say for certain if it was on backwards or forwards.

Not something I think is a flaw in its design, just that if you, like me, occasionally find misaligned objects distracting, you may want to go with the Pulse Solo Interactive and its uniform proportions.

hot octopuss interactive pulse

Lovense Gush vs. Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo Interactive: The Verdict

I knew this wasn’t going to be easy and, guess what, sure-as-shootin’ I was right. Come on, do I really have to choose between this pair of state-of-the-sexual-art devices, each from a company I’ve enthusiastically raved about in review after review?

Can’t I take the coward’s way out and say they’re fantastic in their own way, and if you have the spare bucks lying around, you should pick up a Lovense Gush and a Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo Interactive to judge for yourself?

Okay, I can hear my cherished editor earnestly tapping his foot while dramatically pointing to “The Verdict” to remind me that it’s my job to at least kind of offer a final say in the matter.

Well, here goes: comparing a Lovense Gush against a Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo Interactive, I have to, very grudgingly, say the Gush slightly edges out its competition.

Now I guess you’ll probably want to know why. It’s when all’s said and done, the Gush’s grip tipped the scales for me: that with or without its optional band, it always felt pleasantly firm.

Plus, I’m taking my feelings towards the Lovense Connect app into consideration, like how it’s become the benchmark for sextech software design.

But I don’t want you to come away from this comparison believing Hot Octopuss’ Pulse Solo Interactive is in any way inferior. Be it movies, books, food, or anything else, sextoys are subjective, and despite me pinning a medal on Lovense for their Gush, it doesn’t necessarily follow you’ll like it – or go madly head-over-heels for Hot Octopuss’ Pulse Solo Interactive.

So take what I’ve said with a few crystals of sodium chloride, do your own research and, if you can, purchase each of these fine sextoys to discover which you’ll be the most turned on by.

And maybe you’ll also find yourself caught between a pair of sensual delights – while having a tremendously arousing time with both.

➡️ Check the current price of the Lovense Gush

➡️ Check the current price of the Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo Interactive


M.Christian (they/them) is a popular Sex Tech journalist and the author of six novels,12 collections, 50+ short stories, and the editor of 25 anthologies. They’ve also written 700+ reviews and essays on everything from the best smart vibrator to the most exciting interactive sex game. Whether having fun speculating on the future of human sexuality or reporting on an exciting new teledildonic breakthrough, nothing pleases Chris more than knowing someone enjoyed reading their work as much as they had writing it.

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