ABS Plastic Sex Toys 101

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic is also known as hard plastic. It is a common thermoplastic (shaped with heat) used to make sex toys because the material is inexpensive and has many desirable qualities, it is commonly used in producing enjoyable sex toys. Keeping in mind, cheap material does not necessarily equate to inferior toys.

ABS plastic is highly durable. It won’t tear like some of its soft material counterparts e.g: silicone or jelly. With good care, ABS plastic sex toys can last for years, provided it isn't being thrown around carelessly.As ABS plastic is non-porous there is no precedence for bacteria to become trapped in the toy itself, this is great for keeping your toy clean and sterile for subsequent use. In addition to this, ABS plastic is smooth which considerably simplifies the task of cleaning your sex toy and doubles up with ease of lubrication application. The material itself does not emit any odour which is welcomed in those with a sensitive nose, sometimes smell can be a great distraction from what you're trying to achieve with your sex toy. ABS plastic does not insulate against vibrations thus making it a favourite when producing vibrators capable of delivering greater vibration magnitudes. Lastly, ABS plastic is phthalate free and toxic-free.

To surmise the pros of ABS plastic:

Positive Qualities

  • Long lasting
  • Phthalate-free
  • Shiny
  • Smooth
  • Rigid/Hard
  • Non-porous
  • Lube friendly
  • Odourless

While there are many upsides to ABS plastic, there are also some downsides to consider too. ABS is rigid in nature. Although some may consider this to be a positive trait, it can also be considered a negative as any rigid toy inserted into the body would not feel life like. Due to the capacity for ABS plastic to conduct vibrations it also means there is greater noise output from vibrators made of this material. This is a downside particularly for individuals who become distracted from the moment due to noise interference.

To surmise the cons of ABS plastic:

Negative Qualities

  • Rigid/Firm
  • Non-lifelike texture
  • Noise

Cleaning ABS Plastic

ABS plastic is easy to clean, you needn't avoid any particular cleaning agents however it is important to note not to boil ABS plastic sex toys. Remember, they're thermoplastics and will denature in extreme heat.

Do Use

  • Antibacterial soap and water
  • Mild soap and water
  • Toy cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol

Do NOT Use

  • Nothing :)

Lubricant Compatibility

ABS plastic sex toys go well with all types of lubes.

  • Water based
  • Silicone based
  • Oil based


At the end of the day, what you consider to be a positive trait can very well be considered a negative for someone else. Everyone has different preferences and we embrace that notion here at Private Playground. We encourage everyone to explore what you like personally and the only way to get a feel for it (don't mind the pun) is to try, try and try some more. When you'e found an ABS plastic sex toy you're fond of, it doesn't end there. You may find your experience with it more pleasurable when used in a particular way, angle or with a particular lube. Get creative!

Shop for your perfect ABS plastic sex toy!

We hope you've found this read to be informative. If you have an further queries, do not hesitate to contact us at: info@privateplayground.com.au

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