Guide to Sex Toy Materials: Vinyl

Vinyl – cheap, soft material containing typically lower levels of phthalates than jelly material. Quite an old-school sex toy material, vinyl is used as a coating and as such is used in simple designs.

What is Vinyl?

You won’t find many sex toys made out of vinyl at Sh!, because generally vinyl toy designs are simply not ‘wow’ enough. Vinyl and Elastomer sex toys feel very similar, but we choose to carry Elastomer toys over vinyl as it’s is phthalate-free.

I Rub my Duckie VibratorVinyl is a pliable,soft plastic, and sex toys & vibes made out of it have a smooth, flexible surface and an opaque colour. It is used in adult toys like the I Rub my Duckie Bathtime Vibrator.

There are different grades of vinyl, from “food grade” to “economical grade”, but on the whole vinyl sex toys tend to contain much lower levels of phthalates/chemicals than jelly toys, though they can initially smell synthetic.

A vinyl adult toy will also be semi-porous. This means the surface is slightly absorbent and will absorb some of your natural juices, so you might find that using water-based lube will enhance your experience with a vinyl toy.


NOTE: You should not use vinyl adult toys if you are allergic to latex, or you could  cover the toy with a latex-free condom.

Pros of Vinyl Sex Toys

  • Smooth, flexible surface over solid-feeling toy. Vinyl feels somewhere between silicone and jelly in firmness, though it is dry to the touch like silicone
  • Cheapish
  • Longer lifespan than Jelly
  • Typically lower in phthalates than jelly

Cons of Vinyl Sex Toys

  • Semi-porous
  • Cannot be sterilized. Use condoms especially if sharing.
  •  Do not use if allergic to latex (or cover in latex-free condom)


Care & Cleaning of Vinyl Sex Toys:

Clean with Sex Toy Cleaner or mild soap. Be meticulous and be sure it is thoroughly dry before storing your toy away from heat, light and other types of adult toys.


Overall Verdict:

Not a huge choice of adult toys in vinyl at Sh!, the choice is more likely to be about the style or design, rather than the material which we reckon to be a bit of a so-so material for adult toys; neither great nor terrible!

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