Unfortunately, sex toy manufacturers sometimes lie about what their products are made of and what they contain. At Unbound, we make sure that all of our third-party products are safe for anyone to use.

That being said, it’s still important to understand your toy and its components. Specific materials can produce specific sensations–for example, silicone warms to your body’s temperature much faster than glass.

It’s also essential to know the difference between porous and non-porous toys. Porous products tend to trap dirt and collect bacteria, which can further infect pre-existing STIs and spread bacterial and yeast infections.

We put together a guide to toy materials with tips for optimizing pleasure and cleaning instructions!

SILICONE

Unbound’s most popular toy material is silicone. It is the most versatile material with a number of benefits. It’s super flexible, durable, non-porous, quickly adapts to the user’s body temperature, and comes in a range of prices. Users can wash any silicone toy with soap and water, or even put it in their dishwasher! Most silicone dildos also have a flat base, so they can be used easily with a strap-on.

Our fave: Minna's Limon

GLASS AND ACRYLIC

Glass and acrylic have a lot common with their firm, durable, handheld qualities. They are a great option if you’re seeking a hard dildo. In addition, a glass or acrylic dildo can be great when paired with a clit stimulating vibrator–we’re telling you, this sensation can’t be replicated during penetrative sex with a penis. These babies come in a range of prices and can be cleaned with soap and water or in a dishwasher.

Our fave: Glas' G-Spot Glass Tickler

WOODEN

Now if you’re really looking for some hard, firm toys, wooden dildos are fantastic. Wood is an extremely sustainable material, so wooden toys can last a lifetime! They tend to come in a high variety of shapes. Be wary of wooden toys’ finishings–although many boast about natural finishings, wooden toys can swell and splinter as they react over time to friction. Make sure you handle your wooden toy with care. Don’t toss it around or leave it open in a drawer. We recommend using a padded pouch to store it. Clean your wooden toy with soap, water, and a gentle towel rub-down to dry.

Our fave: Beneligni's Wooden Dildo

JELLY

Jelly toys are notably inexpensive and quite appealing to the eye with their phallic look and variety of colors. Unlike rubber toys, some jelly toys come with fruity scents to combat the rubber smell. One benefit of the jelly material is that it warms up to the user’s body temperature very easily. However, jelly can be difficult to clean with its porous quality. If you decide to use a product with this material, we recommend using a condom to cover all jelly toys to keep them clean. Furthermore, jelly dildos may be too flexible for some. Moreover, the material tends to have a short life and deteriorates pretty fast. Overall, we do not recommend this unsustainable and potentially harmful material.

SOFTSKIN/CYBERSKIN

The soft skin/cyberskin material is one of the newest developments in the sex tech industry.  Soft skin/cyberskin provides an almost true-to-life feeling with its soft, smooth, and flexible qualities. Like jelly toys, soft skin toys can quickly adapt to the user’s body temperature but are also porous. Again, we recommend using a condom to cover any toys with a very porous material. After washing and drying, the material can get sticky. You can prevent this by putting the soft skin/cyberskin toy in a plastic bag, dusting it with cornstarch, shaking the bag, and rinsing.

RUBBER

Rubber is a common material for sex toys with its inexpensive, porous material. Similar to jelly toys, there are a lot of cons to using this product with the necessary use of a condom and its cleaning process.  Although the firm and sturdy attributes can prove fantastic, as rubber dildos can be used with a strap-on.

 

By Andriana Kanaras

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