Everything You Need to Know About Silicone Dildos
Silicone dildos offer rigid dildo structures with a softness that isn’t found with other dildos. This makes them much easier to accept for a lot of users, especially when compared to other hard-surfaced dildos like glass, steel or plastic, for example.
They are also one of the better choices for people who suffer from allergies; these are more common with latex and some rubber products which use latex in their construction.
Silicone dildos are suitable for both vaginal or anal penetration because of the ease of cleaning and sterilization they obtain. The coating can fend off bacterial growth, and they are very durable compared to many other materials. Silicone can also be molded into almost any shape, which makes it ideal for forming realistic silicone dildos as well as ones with plain, smooth surfaces such as G-spot and prostate massager types.
There is no limit to what these dildos can do and are suitable for both sexes, solo play or using with a partner to achieve the very best stimulation possible.
Types of Silicone Dildos
Just like other dildos on the market, silicone comes with its own standards. The one main character trait they have that differs is their size.
They are great for beginners who want smaller silicone dildos, or they can come in varieties that are suited to the more experienced users. These can benefit users who like to use a large silicone dildo, or one that’s been molded into a very different shape than something that’s made to just be a copy of a penis.
Silicone dildos come with vibrations or can be curved for G-spot stimulation, while some other models are developed for the man in mind and are curved in the right way for prostate stimulation.
Here’s a rundown of the most common varieties of silicone dildos you can find:
Small silicone dildos – These are great for smaller women who find more massive dildos uncomfortable, or if they want something discreet to slip in their bag.
Large silicone dildos – These are at the opposite end of the scale and are suitable for users who want the fuller feeling of being stretched to the limits.
Curved silicone dildos – These come with all manner of curves and twists to stimulate G-spots, prostates and many other sensitive areas on the user.
Vibrating silicone dildos – These can come with battery operated vibrating bullets, in rechargeable models and often come with remote controls for additional fun.
Double ended silicone dildos – These are a fantastic way for partners to have fun. They can be used for simultaneous vaginal penetration, simultaneous vaginal and anal penetration, or simultaneous anal penetration between two partners. Some often come with enough flexibility to perform DP (deep penetration) on one user.
How to Choose Realistic Silicone Dildo for You
Silicone is often chosen because of its body safe characteristics, but certain manufacturers might not use all body safe materials in the silicone dildo’s construction. Always select a reputable manufacturer who clearly labels their products as being body safe, and at the very least, one that makes sure they contain no phthalates which can cause allergic or toxic reactions.
Sometimes, silicone dildos will claim to be nonporous, but in reality, they are. And the difference is seen by the nature of silicone and because it has low surface energy. This makes it able to repel water. When these two characteristics are mixed, it makes it hard for bacteria to breed, but still possible. So be willing to clean them before and after use.
One thing users of silicone dildos are often unaware about is that there are different types of silicone; these are the regular variety and also the soft type. This can make the experience very different, so choosing the right type of silicone dildo will basically come down to what you want to use it for.
If you want a dildo that is smaller or regular in size, then these are better when made in regular silicone. But once your dildo goes over these sizes and you find yourself looking at eight inches or above, these are better in softer silicone, and for that extra bit of comfort on the larger surface area.
If you intend using your silicone dildo with strap-on harnesses, then both types of silicone are suitable, but if the toy is purely for yourself, then harder silicone is advisable because of the extra control you will have.
For partner use, either type is suitable.
After this, there is the shape and texture you’ll need to consider, depending upon which part of the vagina or anus you want stimulation for. Buying a few different types will enable you to compare and have fun while doing so.
What Are the Benefits
Choosing a silicone dildo over other materials comes with great benefits. For one, it’s one of the most durable materials that also delivers that soft touch to the body. The only other durable materials are glass and steel, and being soft to the touch are not their best traits.
Here are some of the benefits associated with silicone dildos:
- Cleanliness – Because of STDs, STIs (sexually transmitted diseases, sexually transmitted infections) and bacteria, it is imperative to keep all sex toys clean. Sexual organs are sensitive, so care must be taken. Silicone helps this in a few different ways because it is straightforward to clean while still delivering a velvety touch to the body.
- Silicone is versatile – Because this material is so versatile, you can find dildos and all manner of sex toys made from this material. From cock rings to butt plugs and an array of other toys too. It also comes in varying densities to make your silicone dildo hard or soft to the touch. Wow!
- Powerful – When it comes to sending shudders down the spine, or even making knees tremble, no other dildo material delivers the same sensations. Add in bullet vibrators, and things are even better. Silicone will act as a conductor, and although the noise might be quiet, the ripples that pass through the material are amplified to hit all the right places. Aha…
- Silicone dildos are affordable – Steel and glass dildos are pretty expensive, so the next best option for durability is silicone. With a regular dildo, you will need to change it after a couple of years, but silicone can last a lifetime if you care for it according to the manufacturer's
Some Safety Considerations
Lube, yes, this is one area you need to be careful. Silicone lubes will damage your realistic silicone dildo. The only way to go is to use water-based lubes. And if you use a condom on your dildo, these also need to be silicone free, or you can find the material breaking down and becoming unusable.
Although silicone is good at helping to prevent bacterial growth, this doesn’t mean it will avoid it altogether. The same considerations need to be taken into account regarding where you use your silicone dildo, and how you use and care for it.
Like all realistic silicone dildos, some are made to be fully waterproof, or at least they will be water resistant. Because silicone can repel water, it shouldn’t be taken at face value that it’s okay to take into the shower or into the bathtub. Manufacturers will sell their products as either, but only if it states that the silicone dildo is waterproof should you play in the water with it. This caution should also be taken if your dildo comes with a vibrating bullet, or indeed a rechargeable source. These need to be sealed or removed when cleaning. And if you do have a rechargeable realistic silicone dildo, then never use it while it’s plugged in to charge.
One of the last safety concerns is down to the size of the dildo, especially if you have purchased one to use with your partner. Not every person is the same, so what might be a good fit for you, might be a bad fit for your partner or vice versa. Never share your toys because cross contamination and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are a reality in our modern world. Keep yours separate to theirs, always. Safe sexual practices must always be the goal, every single time.
Where Can You Use Your Silicone Dildos?
Not only is the silicone material versatile, so are silicone dildos overall. They can be used in almost any sexual play you can imagine. In fact, they are more than capable of replacing any other dildo in your toy box, actually.
It is easier to mention the techniques of how to use a silicone dildo to the best benefit because there are so many varieties. Let’s see what they are:
Shallow or deep thrusting: Shallow thrusting of your silicone dildo is better for stimulating the G-spot than deep thrusts. The best way to do this is on your back, or on all fours. Deep thrusting can stimulate deep inside, and then as you pull back out, it can stimulate the G-spot.
G-spot milking: When you run a silicone dildo across the top of the inside of your vagina, you can then push it enough to stimulate your G-spot in short, sharp, poking bursts. Then, just keep the motion going, and you might find yourself having a squirting orgasm. Mmmmm…
Rotating the silicone dildo: If you have a realistic silicone dildo, then twisting it as you penetrate the vagina can stimulate parts that just an in and out motion doesn’t achieve.
Double stimulation: Like any dildo, you can simulate double penetration quite easily. You can try a novel approach and use a silicone dildo with a suction cup for anal pleasure while still stimulating the vagina with a second silicone dildo.
Temperature play: Silicone has excellent heat retention properties like glass or steel do. You can do this on your own with a partner, and no matter if you want cool or heated sensations, they are easy to achieve. Either place your silicone dildo in the refrigerator or a bowl of iced water, or you can sit it in a bowl of warm water before using. Make sure it’s not too hot though.
Cleaning & Storage Tips
Silicone is much easier to clean than most other sex toys, but this doesn’t mean you can ignore or reduce the amount of cleaning you do. This factor doesn’t only make it safer to use, it also helps to prolong the life of your silicone dildo toy.
Because of the properties of silicone, silicone dildos can be washed under running water with antibacterial soap, or they can be placed in the dishwasher on the top shelf. After this, to thoroughly sterilize them, you can boil them for a couple of minutes as well. One thing to never do is to place your silicone dildo in the microwave. This will really damage your toy.
If you are using hot water or putting them in the dishwasher, make sure that any vibrating unit has been removed first. After doing this, and when your toy has dried (you can wipe it with a lint-free towel), sprinkle it with some cornstarch. This prevents it from sticking to anything else during storage.
One thing to be sure of is that you also never use alcohol or perfumed cleaners. Many of these will contain compounds that will break down the silicone’s surface.
Silicone dildos should never be damp when you place them into your storage box either. Any hint of moisture and you could find mold growing on the tip of your dildo in less than 48 hours. Silicone can be helpful in blocking bacteria, but stopping it is another thing altogether. Remember: bacteria loves wet and warm places.
Common Questions People Ask
I want to get a silicone dildo for my wife, will she enjoy it?
This is hard to answer, every person is different, and if she is new to the experience, you should speak to her or at least browse the internet to find what she is interested in. If you already have one, you can look for one of a similar size, but of a different texture and hope she enjoys the experience. What a great gift!
Why does my new silicone dildo smell when I open the packaging?
If the dildo has come from a reputable manufacturer, this will only be from the chemicals used in manufacturing. A quick wash and they should vanish. If it isn’t a well-known brand, they might have used materials that are not safe for the skin. Check the packaging to make sure it’s body safe, and that no toxic chemicals have been used. Wash and dry your toy before use too.