Our guide to the difference between rubber and silicone dildos. Certainly size and shape are important when choosing your perfect dildo, but the sex toy material it’s made from is also an important consideration; the material effects the feel, weightiness and sensations of a dildo, as well as how easy it is to clean and care for.
Sex toys made with silicone are high-quality and the most popular material overall. One key thing to note about silicone sex toys is that you should not be using silicone lubricants with them. This may end up damaging your sex toy in the long run. If you plan to use lube with your silicone sex toy, make sure that it is water-based only.
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Silicone Sex Toys Silicone is the soft, silky side of non-porous materials, although it does range from very soft to very firm depending on how it’s formulated. Silicone holds body temperature well, transfers vibrations without being buzzy, and can be boiled to be sterilized (as long as the toy doesn't contain a motor).
Jelly: An affordable material used to make sex toys feel somewhat realistic. Jellies contain phthalates. Rubber: This latex material is commonly used to make dildos. It has a pungent odor and can cause allergic reactions. If you buy a rubber sex toy, be sure to use it with a condom because it is porous.
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Latex is a smooth, flexible form of rubber that can be made into amazing shapes, including inflatable sex toys. It has a smooth finish that can be polished with a silicone-based lubricant to give ...
So, even though Fine says phthalates (and PVC) are much less common in sex toys nowadays, look out for toys that say phthalate-free and are made of silicone or other non-plastic materials.
The Geode Crystal dildo is a super-textured toy that, thankfully, Number One Labs says is 10A silicone (so those rock-looking bits won’t grate). Watch it being squished in this product listing. The Tantus Magma is a 10A shore, so between the company’s other “flexible” offerings and the slightly softer Super Soft toys.
ABS plastic or urethane plastic toys are just that….hard plastic! Like every material, it has it pros and cons…plastic toys are typically more rigid and very inexpensive. ABS is a very tough plastic that is known for it’s impact-resistance. Most smaller vibrators are made from this material. Pros: Durable; Phthalate-free; Non-porous