The Best Dildo Materials: All You Need to Know

Dildos come in all shapes and sizes for your pleasure. They are also made with various materials such as steel, silicone, glass, latex, and other materials. This guide will help you pick the best dildo material for your toy.

Why Does the Material Matter?

The dildo material that you buy matters a great deal because certain materials will be better for various sex acts. You want the right material for the right situation. The amount of pleasure you get from the toy will largely be determined by the material and how the dildo is used.

If you use the wrong material for, say, vaginal sex, it won’t be as pleasurable for you. The pleasure factor as well as the realistic feel of the toy are both important for ultimate satisfaction. For some sex acts, you’ll want a material that is as close to the real thing as possible. Some dildo materials also require more cleaning and maintenance.

Silicone Dildos

This material is supple and soft. Silicone dildos are durable and higher quality than other dildos on the market. They work well for vaginal sex, as a strap-on, and for anal.  They also tend to have a realistic feel.

Silicone dildos can also be used for oral stimulation if you wash it well beforehand. They may have a rubbery smell to them, but this tends to dissipate over time. The material can be warmed or cooled for greater variety during sex. Silicone is a popular material for dildo sex toys and you’ll find a wide range of products on the market made from it.

Cleaning Silicone Dildos

Silicone can be washed with hot water and even out in the dishwasher. You should clean it with soap and water or use a toy cleaner. The toy must be cleaned after each use and you may want to give it a quick wash prior to using it each time.

Pros

  • Long lasting
  • Easy to clean
  • Gives great pleasure
  • Doesn’t retain bacteria
  • Feels realistic as they tend to come with balls attached and mimic the sensation of skin

Cons

  • They may smell at first
  • Some may be cheaply made
  • Can’t use silicone lubricant on them

Silicone is a great material for your dildo. There are a wide range of products available and silicone toys are easier to clean than others. You’ll get a lot of use out of a silicone dildo, and the way they make you feel will leave you wanting more. 

Our Top Silicone Dildo Pick: The Big Blue 8 Inch Dildo

This high quality dildo has 7.25" of insertable length at your disposal, is constructed from pure hypo allergenic silicone, and is strap on compatible

Glass Dildos

Glass dildos are unique in their hard and smooth texture, and can be used for vaginal, anal, and oral stimulation. Glass is heavy and won’t work well as a strap-on unless you have a solid harness. Glass can be heated as well as cooled for even more fun. They feel great and have no real taste or smell. The main downside is that they aren’t as realistic as other materials.

Cleaning Glass Dildos

To clean a glass dildo, use a sex toy cleaner or soap and water. Most glass dildos are dishwasher safe but check with manufacturer to be sure. You might want to give it a quick wash before use. This type of material is quite easy to clean.

Bottom Line

Glass is a perfect material for your dildo. You’ll get a lot of pleasure from the smooth texture of glass and it’s easy to clean. The main issue with glass is it can break, chip, or crack so more care must be taken if you decide to get a glass dildo.

Pros

  • Easy to clean and care for
  • Long lasting dildo if you take care of it
  • Offers great pleasure due to firmness of glass

Cons

  • Injury could occur if glass gets chipped
  • Glass may break if dropped on a hard surface
  • More time needed to check dildo for wear and tear

Our Top Glass Dildo Pick: Adam & Eve Twisted Love Glass Dildo

This is a best seller on Adam and Eve and doubles as a G spot stimulator and prostate stimulator. If you would like to learn more about this type of dildo, be sure to read our glass dildo buyers guide.

Metal (Stainless Steel/Aluminium) Dildos

Metal is a solid material for your sex toy. It can be used for vaginal as well as anal sex. It can also be used for oral stimulation, just clean well prior to use. If you use it with a strap-on, you’ll need a solid harness to accommodate for the weight of the metal. Metal can be used warm or cold for even more pleasure.

Metal Dildo Cleaning Method

A metal toy should be cleaned with soap and water or a toy cleaner. It’s generally dishwasher safe, but make sure to check with the manufacturer of the toy. Cleaning it with water and soap prior to use is also recommended.

Bottom Line

Metal is a good choice for a dildo. This material cleans up easily and it’s nice and firm and smooth, so you’ll get more pleasure. It’s not as realistic as other materials and heavy so it won’t work as well as other materials for all needs.

Pros

  • Can be warmed up or cooled
  • Metal is solid and gives intense pleasure
  • Easy to clean and avoids issues with bacteria buildup

Cons

  • Not as realistic as other materials
  • Heavy so you need a good harness if you want to use the material with a strap

Our Top Metal Dildo Pick: Tabuy Pure G Spot Metal Wand 7.8 Inch Polished Steel

This amazing dildo is great due to the fact that it durable, easy to clean, and able to reach those heard to reach sensational spots.

Latex, PVC, and Rubber Dildos

Latex, rubber, and PVC are pliable but firm during use, for just the right amount of flexibility and strength. They can be used with various lubricants. One problem with latex is that some people may be allergic to it so it’s not for everyone.

These materials can be used for various sex acts, but they need to be cleaned well prior to usage and caution needs to be taken to ensure they are always clean. You may want to use a condom on them to protect against possible bacteria present on your toy. Don’t put this material in your mouth.

Cleaning Latex, PVC and Rubber Dildos

Latex and similar materials must be cleaned well. They are porous and can harbor bacteria. Use good toy cleaner or soap and water after every use. Make sure you spend more time cleaning these materials to ensure they are safe for the next use.

The materials will break down over time and need to be replaced so wash carefully. Spray them with a antibacterial toy cleaner prior to use.

Bottom Line

Latex, PVC, and rubber are common sex toy materials. They are soft and pleasurable, but need more care than other toys because they can harbor bacteria. These toys may cause irritation or allergies in some people so they can’t be used by everyone. Condoms can help keeps the material as clean as possible.

Pros

  • Realistic feel
  • Pliable material
  • Offers pleasure during sex and solo

Cons

  • Can harbor bacteria
  • Breakdown over time
  • Need to be cleaned well
  • Skin irritation may occur
  • Some people are allergic to these materials and can’t use them

Our Top Latex Dildo Pick: All American Whopper Vibrator

 This multi-speed vibrating dildo comes in a black and white model, has a suction cupped base, and is perfect for beginners and experienced users.

Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) Dildos

This material is pliable, but also is porous. Caution should be taken during vaginal sex because this material may harbor bacteria if not cleaned well. This material is not recommended for anal sex since it’s too porous.

If you use it for anal, you should definitely consider putting condom over it. This material, despite its porous nature, it feels amazing wherever you put it. You’ll find a wide range of available products made from it. No matter what, don’t put this material in your mouth.

Cleaning Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) Dildos

You should clean TPE dildos with soap and water, but take extra care to give them a thorough cleaning due to problems with bacteria remaining the material. Don’t put them in a dishwasher - this will ruin them. Spray them with an antibacterial toy cleaner prior to use.

Bottom Line

TPE materials can feel good, but they also need more care. The material can’t be used for all sex acts because it harbors bacteria. They need to be cleaned well. To keep your TPE toy safe, it’s recommend using a condom over it for sex, especially anal.

Pros

  • Pliable material
  • Satisfying feel during sex
  • Retain heat and stays at body temperature

Cons

  • May smell rubbery
  • Material holds bacteria
  • Needs careful cleaning
  • Not useful for all sex acts
  • Must be kept away from silicone as materials react with each other

Our Top Latex Dildo Pick: Adam's True Feel Dildo

One of the best sellers on Adam& Eve, this dildo measures in at 7” total length, 5.5” insertable, 1.5” width and is very realistic. It's also harness compatible, features a suction cup, and is waterproof.

Jelly Dildos

Jelly is a common sex toy material. They contain phthalates which has been shown to be a carcinogen, so their use is decreasing in popularity. Check to see if your toy has phthalates before you buy it.

They do offer good pleasure and feel life-like. They can be used for most sex acts, but the material has a strong odor and a condom over it is recommended. Do not put the toy in your mouth.

Cleaning Jelly Dildos

Soap and water can be used to clean the toy and a good antibacterial toy cleaner is also recommended. Don’t use a dishwasher as the toy will be ruined.

Bottom Line

It’s best to avoid jelly sex toys as they can be unsafe due to the presence of phthalates. They can feel good but require extensive cleaning. These toys will harbor bacteria so use a condom if you want to use a jelly dildo.

Pros

  • Can feel life-like for more pleasure

Cons

  • Harbors bacteria
  • Need to be replaced frequently
  • Generally, not safe without a condom
  • Usually contain phthalates which are unsafe
  • Strong rubber or chemical smell may be present

Our Top Jelly Dildo Pick: Crystal Jellies Anal Starter

This model is perfect for anal and vaginal play, is very firm yet flexible, and is great for all experience levels.

Conclusion

There are various types of sex toy materials available. Silicone, glass, and metal, are your best bets as they are the easiest to clean and the safest to use. These materials feel great for all sex acts. The other materials do feel good but have issues with bacteria because they tend to be more porous.

The porous more care and extensive washing prior to each use. Condoms are recommended with the other materials to limit bacteria and for safety reasons. No matter which material tickles your fancy, we hope this article was helpful as you decide on the one for you. Enjoy!

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