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A Guide to the difference between silicone & rubber dildos..

- By Kathryn Hoyle

Certainly size and shape are important when choosing your perfect dildo, but the sex toy material itís made from is also an important consideration; the material effects the feel, weightiness & sensations of a dildo, as well as how easy it is to clean & care for.... .

The 2 different materials we manufacture our dildos from are silicone & rubber. World-wide, silicone is considered to be the best material for dildo-making- itís the cashmere here of sex-toy materials whereas rubber is more your basic cotton!

>The difference in cost between dildo materials: Silicone Vs Rubber
Silicone is an expensive raw material and itís manufacture process is time-consuming, intensive & sensitive to environmental conditions. Rubber is a much cheaper material & easier to work with.

The Difference in Feel of Different Dildo Materials: Silicone Vs Rubber
With a dildo in each hand it is easy to feel the difference between dildo materials (less easy over the internet!) A Silicone Dildo is manufactured from 100% silicone feels warm, dry, smooth & very strokeable! The material warms to body temperature quickly. The material feels soft and pliable ( but still firm enough to be fit for purpose!) A Rubber Dildo feels much firmer, denser and heavier than silicone.

The Difference in Durability of Different Dildo Materials: Silicone vs Rubber
Silicone is a strong, super-durable material which can last a lifetime as long as you take care of it. Be careful not to tear the surface as one nicked the material can start to split. Rubber has more delicate surface that is prone to flaking or being nicked with fingernails. Whilst the material is safe, we still recommend covering a rubber dildo with a condom

Care & Cleaning of Different Dildo Materials
Silicone is a non-porous material and is really easy to clean - you can even sterilize it so it can be shared between lovers or pleasure zones (though, of course, never go from anus to vagina without a condom or sterilizing in between). To sterilize a silicone dildo, just boil for a couple of minutes or wash in the top rack of a dishwasher (donít try this with a rubber dildo - it will melt) Rubber is a porous material which means it will absorb body fluids & itís impossible to sterilize. This is the 2nd reason why we recommend using a condom on dildos made of non-porous material like rubber.

Lube & Different Dildo Materials
You shouldnít use a silicone-based lubricant with a silicone dildo as the 2 silicones can react together, affecting the smooth surface of the material. With rubber you can use any lube you like!

Also see:
Advice on Choosing a Dildo
Advice on Choosing a First Strap On (General)
Advice on Choosing a Dildo for Strap On Lesbian Sex
Advice on Choosing a Strap On For a Man to Wear
Advice on Choosing a Strap On For Pegging

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Silicone dildos are distinctive by their heart-shaped bases and lush colours...
Rubber dildos have oval bases and come in basic black...
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