So “What exactly is a dildo”? There are so many kinds of dildos and it can be easy to be swept away and overwhelmed by the selection. The word is often used as a universal term for all kinds of sex toys, which can be confusing.
Simply put, a dildo is an elongated often phallic-shaped toy, usually with a base, and is intended for penetration solo or with a partner. Dildos come in vibrating or non-vibrating forms and are usually used for vaginal, oral, or anal penetration. Some dildos are made specifically for use with strap-on harnesses and others are soft and used for packing, which involves wearing the dildo inside of one’s pants or underwear to emulate the appearance of having a “bulge.”
The most common materials used for insertable dildos are: silicone, elastomers (like TPE), stainless steel, polished stone, glass, and semi-soft rubbers (like TPR) and plastics. Non-porous materials (platinum silicone, glass, stainless steel) are best suited for anal insertion and toys that are shared between partners and/or orifices, because the material is easier to sterilize and is less likely to hold onto infectious germs and bacteria.
Selecting a dildo can be an extremely personal experience, and everyone’s needs and desires vary. Toys made of TPR, TPE or similar porous materials are popular for their supple texture, ability to warm up to body temperature and affordable price points. Toys made of silicone are popular for their hypoallergenic properties, durability and longevity, quality construction and ability to be sterilized. Every material has its special traits. It’s important to note that not all silicones are created equal and MOST silicone lubricants are not compatible with some silicone sex toys. As a general rule, we don’t recommend silicone lube to be used with any kind of silicone dildo in order to assure its longevity and quality.
Glass, polished stone, or stainless-steel dildos offer the same hygienic properties of silicone but with a harder, firmer texture (great for play that involves firm pressure, like G-spot or prostate massage) and the added benefit of retaining hot or cold temperatures. Because these materials are not pliable like silicone, it’s important to use lots of lubricant to assure a smooth glide. These materials are compatible with all lubricant types.
Dildos can be phenomenal additions to any sex toy collection and incorporate brand-new sensations and experiences to a person’s sex life, whether solo or partnered! Whether someone chooses one that looks realistic or abstract; or pink, blue or any other color of the rainbow, it’s key to find the shape, size, and material that feels right. There’s so much to choose from, so take the time to experiment and try new styles.