Our guide to the difference between rubber and silicone dildos.
Certainly size and shape are important when choosing your perfect dildo, but the sex toy material it’s made from is also an important consideration; the material effects the feel, weightiness and sensations of a dildo, as well as how easy it is to clean and care for.
The two different materials we manufacture our dildos from are silicone & rubber.
Silicone is an expensive raw material and its manufacture process is time-consuming, intensive and sensitive to environmental conditions.
Rubber is a much cheaper material and easier to work with.
With a dildo in each hand it is easy to feel the difference between dildo materials - but of course, this is less easy over the internet!
A silicone dildo is manufactured from 100% silicone feels warm, dry, smooth and very strokeable. The material warms to body temperature quickly, and feels soft and pliable (but still firm enough to be fit for purpose).
A rubber dildo feels much firmer, denser and heavier than silicone.
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 in a pan for a couple of minutes or wash in the top rack of a dishwasher (don’t try this with a rubber dildo as it will melt).
Rubber is a porous material which means it will absorb body fluids and is impossible to sterilize. This is the second reason why we recommend using a condom on dildos made of non-porous material like rubber.
Which Lube is right for the different dildo materials?
Using lube with dildos, or any (all!) sex toys for that matter, will enhance the experience, no matter how wet you or your lover get all by yourselves.
Unlike skin-on-skin contact, you can't tell how slippery and smooth a dildo is feeling to your partner, so its always best to coat the dildo in lots of sensual lubricant before going in!
But which lube?
For silicone dodos we recommend always using water-based lubricant, as there is a chance that a silicone-based lubricant can effect the smooth surface of the silicone material.
With rubber you can use any lube you like!