Silicone Sex Toys 101 August 26, 2015 22:00

Silicones are synthetic rubber-like polymers which is a popular material used in producing sex toys due to the fact that it is non-porous, flexible, heat resistant, phthalate-free and hypoallergenic amongst other properties.

Silicone is one of the safest materials available when creating sex toys. Unlike other types of materials such as metal or ABS plastic, silicone toys tend to be warm, thus manufacturers opting for a more natural feel make sex toys out of silicone. The result is that silicone toys are less likely to give off the cold inanimate object feel. Silicone is also smooth and flexible. The flexible nature of the material resembles more what humans would feel naturally and thus is desirable in maintaining a seamless natural feel. Although flexible, It’s not sticky like jelly toys and has a slight lifelike feel when inserted. 100% silicone sex toys are non-porous thus sex toys made out of silicone are very unlikely to habour bacteria, provided they are thoroughly cleaned. Cleaning is easy due to the smooth texture of silicone. Having a smooth and velvety surface also means applying lubrication is easy.

To surmise the pros of silicone:

Positive Qualities

  • High quality
  • Safest material
  • Phthalate-free
  • Non-porous
  • Can be sterilized
  • Odorless
  • Velvety/Smooth
  • Non-toxic
  • Long lasting
  • Flexible

While there are many upsides to silicone sex toys, there are also some unwanted qualities that need to be considered. Silicone insulates vibrations more so than it's plastic constituents. Vibrators may have less vibrating power (which may be desirable for some) but for those who like a bigger buzz, more vibrational output is required. This in turn results in more noise, although not substantial for well made toys, the difference can be the difference between an outstanding and a decent toy.

Silicone sex toys withstand damage from falls and bumps well however do not weather sharp objects well. The best way to prevent damage to your silicone toy is by keeping pets and cutting utensils away from it. Moral of the story, after use: clean it and put it away in a safe and inconspicuous place.

One disadvantage silicone sex toys suffers is knowing the purity of the silicone. This is actually not at the fault of the material itself but by adult toy manufacturers. The sex toy industry is not regulated therefore manufacturers can claim their toys are made of whatever they like. For this reason, we believe sticking to renown companies such as Pipedream, Doc Johnson, LELO, Tenga and California Exotic Novelties would ensure you're getting the highest quality product. You may be wondering why sex toys made of other materials don't suffer from this negative halo effect. The answer is, you don't know however due to the cost of high quality silicone, claims are more likely to be made with silicone toys.

Theoretically, silicone lubricants should compatible with silicone toys (it's an inert compound) however due to the lack of regulation around the production of sex toys (mentioned earlier), one can never know the true purity of the materials used. Therefore, at Private Playground we recommend avoiding use of silicone on silicone. If you notice your silicone toy is transparent it is likely it is not made out of 100% silicone. Silicone toys are opaque.

To surmise the cons of silicone:

Negative Qualities

  • Highly expensive
  • Can only be used with water-based lubricant
  • Sharp elements can tear the silicone
  • Lack of industry regulation

Cleaning

Silicone is easy to clean due to its smooth and non-porous texture.

Do Use

  • Soap and water
  • Toy cleaner
  • 10% bleach solution
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Can be boiled (condition applies, see sex toy instructions/manual)
  • Can be put in dishwasher (condition applies, see sex toy instructions/manual)

Do NOT Use

  • Nothing :)

Lubricant Compatibility

Use water or oil-based lubricant. Avoid silicone-based lubricant as you do not know the purity of the silicone used for your toy.

Conclusion

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 is to try, try and try some more. When you'e found a silicone 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!

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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