Sex toys are made out of so many materials and it can be hard to know which one is the best for you!
Are you looking for something squishy, easy to clean, good looking, etc. In this article we will try to differentiate all different kind of sex toys material. What is their best use, how to clean them, their price range, etc.
Glass sex toys are a fun add-on to your sex toy collection. Just like stainless steel and ceramic, glass is non-porous and easy to clean. The thing I personally like with them is that you can play with temperature, put them in hot/cold water they will stay hot/cold. They are quite hard and get really slippery with lube, so if you want to do some butt stuff with a glass toy, be sure it has a flared-base. If you do not enjoy toys that are hard maybe glass toys are not the best for you. What I usually say to clients at the shop is, if it does not turn you on when you imagine yourself with that toy, maybe it’s not for you, but if just thinking about it makes you hot, go get one ! They are made of pyrex, so if you don’t drop them on ceramic floor, they wont crack! But we have to keep in mind that some Pyrex are better then other. A 100$ glass toy and a 30$ glass toy won’t have the same feel or sturdiness. If you are looking for a good glass dildo that will last you a long time, Crystal delight or Lucious Playthings are excellent brands! All their toys are over 50$, so if you are looking for something more affordable you can try Icicles from Pipedream. They are the one you will most commonly find in sex shops. But keep in mind that their Pyrex is not the best quality so as soon as you see a little crack on your toy it’s better to stop using it 🙂 I have an Icicles at home and it’s been a good experience, I just need to remind myself to be gentle with it !
What about silicone toys ? They are the most most accessible and affordable non-porous toys. Most sex shops have a wide variety of silicone toys, vibrators, dildos, butt plugs, etc. Silicone is a pretty polyvalent material, it can be used for pretty much any kind of sex toys, There is different quality of silicone, some compagnie only do thin layer of silicone on top of plastic, other mold silicone in the desired shape. Because there is different qualities of silicone, the price point of silicone you can vary from 10$ to 250$. Silicone is mostly non-porous, meaning that it is easy to clean and will not keep odours. To clean it you can use a toy cleaner but I personally prefer putting my silicone toys on boiling water. You cannot boil a vibrating toy because it could break the little motor inside. I usually dip the part of the toy I played with in boiling water.
Silicone is hypoallergenic, if you do not have a known allergy to silicone. Medical grade silicone is used to do all sort of body implants, so it is biocompatible. In opposition to other non-porous material like glass or metal, silicone comes in many textures,hard, soft, brushed, etc. If you are not a fan of really hard toys and you have a sensitive skin, silicone toys are for you. It is important to note that silicone toys are not compatible with silicone lube ! Because they are made of the same material, they will fuse like water on ice.
Sooo porous toys! They are usually made out of rubber. They can be tricky because they not super body-friendly but they also are the cheapest… Sex toys can be expensive and are not super accessible. If you have the budget for it, non-porous toys are much more body-friendly. If you want to buy a new kind of toy but you do not have the budget for it, using a rubber toys for a short period of time is totally an option. You can also put a condom on your toys, which will not make your toy a 100% body-friendly but it will help 🙂 Rubber and other porous material are almost impossible to clean, so sharing them between partners is not the best. You can use a toy cleaner on them to get them as clean as possible. They tend to have a smell (similar to a tire smell) and they also retain odours and stains when you use them. There is different kind of porous toys and they have different kind of toxicity. As soon as you see a decoloration or crack on your toy it’s better to stop using it. @lillydelvaux as a tone of amazing articles and guides on sex toys material on her blog. She pretty much is the pro of sextoys material.
If you want something realistic and/or more soft you do not have a lot of affordable options outside of “skin like” material. Different kind of “skin-like” material are UR3/ULTRASKYN/SOFTSKYN. Those toys are made out of a mix of different kind of porous material to recreate a skin-like texture. Softer/realistic toys can be nice to alleviate dysphoria and can also be fun for a softer penetration. Just like other porous toys, realistic toys will deteriorate. Also they will get a sticky texture after you wash them, to regain a soft squishy texture, apply cornstarch on them.
The last material of this serie is metal ! The most widely used metal to make sex toys are aluminium and stainless steel. Medically grade stainless steel is body-safe, but companies are not always truthful about what they put in their metal alloy. Trusty brands would be ego (Canada), Njoy and Rosebuds. Aluminium is more affordable, but just like other affordable toys, when there is a crack or decoloration on it, stop using it.
Another interesting thing with stainless steel is the heaviness, in opposition to aluminum that is pretty light. Anal toys made out of stainless steel will add a bit of challenge, the wearer forcing to keep it inside. You can also sterilize stainless steel for harder play. To clean them, boil them in a pot but be sure to wrap it in a clothe before. Metal toys are also really good for temperature play. Put them in hot water for them to be hot and in the freezer for a nice cold feel. You can use any type of lube with metal toys, water-based, silicone and oil.