Silicone dildos – pros and cons
Why would you go for silicone? What are the positive things about silicone dildos when compared to other types, and in what ways are they left lacking? There are pros and cons to every different type of sex toy, of course.
- Silicone dildos are relatively inexpensive compared to some of the other styles.
- Silicone dildos can be both firm and flexible, whereas other types of dildo will either be rock solid, or a bit too bendy for a lot of peoples’ likings.
- Silicone is a great waterproof material meaning that the vast majority of silicone products can be used in the bath, especially if they do not have any sort of vibrating function.
- Many of the silicone models have been made with a suction cup at the end, this is easier for silicone models and they are light enough to stand upright even though they have a
- Silicone is a good substance for people who suffer with sensitive skin and allergies. It is non-toxic and a lot of the silicone models are made to be soft on skin, with no latex within.
- They can’t be stored together unless you wrap them individually as silicone will have a bad impact on other silicone products and can cause it to melt.
- Silicone can pick up lint pretty easily so you might end up with a buildup unless you store within a bag. You can buy specific toy bags which are both subtle and protective.
- You must not use silicone lubricant with your toy, make sure you are using water-based lubricant, as most is nowadays anyway.
Features to consider when choosing a silicone dildo
So, what are the features to think about when you are buying a silicone dildo? What have we looked into when creating our reviews? How can you ensure that you have a dildo which is exactly what you are looking for rather than end up disappointed?
The circumference might be a polite way of saying the “girth” of the silicone dildos. Some people are looking to find products that are thinner than others, while some prefer a thicker feel. Some of this will depend on personal preference. If you are looking to get a product that has a lot of girth then go for something like the Lovehoney Earth and Fire Curved Silicone Suction Cup Dildo, which has an impressive 4.5 inches. Be warned you might need more in the way of lube for this sort of dildo.
A lot of people look first at the insertable length as this is what they will actually be using with their dildo.
The dimensions might be different from the insertable length.
Whereas the insertable length is the area intended for use, the rest can be made up of balls or a suction cup.
The dimensions should come to mind when you consider storage, if you are looking for something that is easy to store in a subtle way then you might not want to go for a big model like the Desire Luxury Weighted Curved Silicone Dildo
which is nine inches long.
Flexibility is another consideration, as you will likely want the dildo to have some flex and give when it is in use. Most people who are looking to buy a silicone dildo are looking to get a product that can flex and give a little. Some have a specific look and feel to them. The Lovehoney Satisfy Me Curve Silicone Dildo is an example of a product that is flexible. The Desire Luxury Weighted Curved Silicone Dildo is a very similar dildo in terms of the fact that it is bendy and flexible, but the Desire Luxury Weighted model doesn’t have this same flexibility.
Do you want a model that is waterproof? There are a lot of reasons for getting a waterproof dildo. First and foremost, you should look to get a waterproof model if you want to be able to use it in the bath or in the shower, but also if you are looking to make it easier to clean. The models on this list are all waterproof, but be careful if you are looking to get models which vibrate as they can potentially have electronics within so may not be waterproof.
Water-based lubricants can also be used with waterproof dildos. This is very useful as you cannot use silicone-based lubricants on a silicone dildo.
Design and structure
A quick look through our list will show you how many different designs there are on the market. There are bendy models, straight ones, and a variety of different textures. The structure is normally pretty flexible if you are looking to get a silicone dildo instead of glass or another material.
Some are designed to be realistic, and have the veins and bulbous head that can replicate the natural look and feel of a penis.
Color isn’t the main thing that you should make your decision based on, but it is still cool to be able to get a dildo that looks good. The editor’s choice, for example, the Lifelike Lover Luxe Realistic Silicone Dildo, is a great option for people who are keen on pink! Other designs have LGBT themes, whereas some are meant to be sleek and simple.
One of the other key features is whether or not the dildo can be used within a harness. If it can, it will have an o-ring size mentioned allowing you to put this on a harness around your waist.
Naturally, the suction is another key feature, many of the models feature a suction end, which allows you to attach it to the floor, wall, or other surfaces for hands free fun. This is great if you are with a partner and you want your hands to remain free.
Other features include storage bags and carriers, which can be a good way to ensure that the dildo doesn’t pick up lint or come into contact with other silicone items, too.
Another feature is that some can be used with a vibrator. The Lovehoney Earth and Fire Curved Silicone Suction Cup Dildo can be used with a bullet vibratorinside it to give an extra interesting sensation during use.
How to clean your silicone dildo
You shouldn’t take any risks when it comes to cleaning your dildo. The fact that a number of the dildos on the market are totally waterproof makes it easy to rinse them, but we also recommend using sex toy wipes, which are specifically designed for cleaning items such as dildos.
A dildo should be cleaned after each use whether you are the only person using it or you use it in couples play. You need to be cautious with silicone as some of the things you can wipe it with may stick to the outside, so specific sex toy wipes are the best option for cleaning in the majority of cases.