One of the most common questions that we get here at Lesbians Unlimited are ‘which dildo materials are best’. While we have our personal preferences, the answer to that question really depends on a number of factors – how you will be using the dildo, the amount of care you want to give your sex toys, how much you want to spend, among other things. Here’s a brief rundown of our preferred dildo materials.

Silicone Dildos

This is by far our personal favorite dildo material. High quality silicone dildos like those on the Tantus range come in a number of shapes and styles that fit most lesbians check-boxes when it comes to shape and style. You want a realistic looking dildo? You can get that in silicone styles. Want one that’s less phallic and does the job? That’s covered as well.

One of our favorite parts about silicone sex toys is that you can place them in the top rack of the dishwasher for a quick and easy cleaning.

The down side to silicone sex toys? You really shouldn’t use silicone lubricants with them. There’s also stories about silicone toys being stored touching each other and the toys breaking down at the contact point over time. So if you have a mix of toys in your box, you may want to keep the silicone ones in a pouch for safe keeping.

Glass & Steel Dildos

Want something hard, stiff and unweilding? Something you can heat up or cool down for temperature play? Or just looking for a texture that’s something other than flesh-like? Glass dildos and steel dildos are a material you should give a try.

Just like silicone dildos, these can be cleaned in the dishwasher as well.

One of the limitations that we find with glass and steel toys is that they aren’t practical for packing, unless you want that hard-on look 24/7. It’s also difficult to find those with flared bases that can be used in harnesses – but there are a few out there.

TPR / TPE Dildos

TPR and TPE seem to be the catch-all mix of synthetic materials that are made from various plasticizers. They’re ideal for those who want realistic looking toys – veins and all – without the worry of having a toy that’s too porous.

Depending on the TPR mix, you’ll get something as firm and ridged as a piece of plastic, or something as soft and flexible as a jelly toy (without the down sides of jelly).

“Cyberskin”, “UR3” & Other Skin Style Material Dildos

Many sex toy manufactures – especially those in the ‘realistic’ or ‘porn star‘ style niches come up with their own proprietary recipe for their sex toy materials.

While these toys have an extremely lifelike feel to them and can be molded with amazing detail, they are quite porous and need quite a bit of care to keep in their tip-top condition.

If you want a real looking cock for packing, this is the way to go.

You may have noticed that we’ve purposely left out a few common sex toy materials – namely jelly and latex. Yes, they are the cheapest sex toy material out there, but that’s for a reason. First, they’re awful for the body – full of phthalates and other chemicals that are awful for the body, way too porous for any reasonable amount of play, and they crack quite quickly even after gentle use. Just stay away.

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