How to Choose the Best Dildo Material For You

How to Choose the Best Dildo Material For You

When you’re ready to buy your next dildo, you might think size is all that matters for penetration or fitting into your strap-on harness. For maximum comfort (beyond size), what you really need to consider is the material of your dildo.

You have all kinds of options for choosing a sex toy: motorized or not, color, what part of the body you want to stimulate, and shape. With tens of thousands of sex toys available, you can use any criteria you want. Because dildos penetrate the body, what they’re made from matters a great deal, though.

Silicone Dildos

Silicone DildosHigher-end, luxury sex toys tend to be made from silicone, but it’s also becoming the material of choice for mid-range dildos, too. Look for body-safe silicone as it’s not porous like other materials. It offers a slight give against your body while being very firm. These dildos are usually completely smooth with none of the “realistic” texture of veins or ridges. Some silicone dildos are extremely soft, so that you get the kind sensations you’re used to with cheaper materials but at a higher quality.

With or without lube, silicone dildos glide against the skin nicely. But when you use anything made of silicone, go for a water-based lube unless the manufacturer states you can use something else.

Glass Dildos

Glass DildosGlass dildos are fun for a lot of reasons. First of all, they’re usually beautiful. Makers of glass dildos often make fun shapes and designs while adding in splashes of color. In some cases, your dildo might look more like art than a sex toy. If you like to play with different sensations, glass is perfect for it.

Warm it up or pop it in the freezer and then drive yourself or a partner wild during penetration as the different temperatures touches the hottest spots on your body. The hardness of the material lets you enjoy a hard and sometimes bruising pounding — if that’s your thing. If you material something gentler, go easy on yourself and really get warmed up before penetration.

TPR/TPE Dildos

TPR/TPE DildosTPR/TPE is a common material for dildos and often means they’re less expensive to buy. These dildos come in different colors, are soft to the touch, and should be phthalate free – look for that when you buy. It’s definitely going to give you a more realistic sensation during penetration. Many are made with ridges or veins to add an extra layer of realism. Of course, if you choose a hot pink or turquoise dildo, “realism” probably isn’t what you’re going for.

Dildos made of TPR/TPE aren’t perfect, though, even if they are cheap. Since they’re made of a porous material, you can’t sterilize them. You can use a toy cleaner to keep them clean, but it’s not foolproof if you’re sharing your toys. If it’s just for you, keep your dildo clean and dry and stored in a dry, cool place. And if you decide to share your dildo, use a condom on it to keep everyone safe.

Ceramic and Wood Dildos

Ceramic and Wood DildosWhile ceramic and wood dildos aren’t the same thing at all, other than both being dildos, they deserve a mention. Generally these dildos will be custom made and completely unique from one to the next. Both have to be finished in specific ways in order to be body safe. Ceramic needs to be fired in the kiln with a specific glaze, while wood dildos should be finished with a non-toxic, food safe, non-oil based finish.

Sure, you’ll enjoy playing with a ceramic or wood dildo, as long as you get the right shape and style. But like your glass dildo, you’re doing yourself with a work of art, too. How realistic these toys look depends on the artist who made them. Some are simple or abstract, and others are made to look very realistic.

Metal Dildos

Metal DildosAnother body safe material, metal dildos let you play with temperature like a glass dildo while also being simplistic in nature. Talk about smooth and sleek, a metal dildo can’t be anything but that. As with glass, go easy on yourself or your partner during penetration unless you’re craving something rougher. But if it hurts in a bad way, make sure to stop. Penetration with any kind of dildo is supposed to be fun. Lube it up and clean it just like with a glass dildo.

Conclusion

These aren’t the only dildos you can purchase but they are the safest, most durable, and best types to choose from. Other materials require greater care to help them last and keep them safe. Ultimately, the dildo you choose for solo sex or fun with a partner needs to feel good against your skin and inside your body. It should also be easy to keep clean and last as long as possible.

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