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by Katie Peachesa April 08, 2020 3 min read

Why Choose Silicone or Glass Dildos?

By Tatyana Dyachenko

With so many different types of dildo available to purchase, what are the advantages of silicone or glass dildos over cheaper variations? In other words is the extra cost worth it?

The Plus Points of Silicone Dildos

Usually retailing at anything between £20 and £95, silicone dildos, usually made from superior grade medical silicone, are designed to last for a long time. Containing both anti-allergenic and hypoallergenic properties, these dildos are firm yet flexible and are non-porous which makes them incredibly easy to keep clean. Silicone dildos normally feature a flared base which transforms them into harness compatible dildos for strap on sex. If you wish to use them as a stand-alone dildo, the flared base also enables you to maintain a much firmer grip than you could expect from other dildos. Further advantages include the lack of odour and taste which makes them much more appealing to users who don't like the smell or taste of cheaper alternatives. Silicone dildos can also be used either as vaginal or anal dildos depending upon the model. A number of silicone dongs also come with a recess in the base for an included bullet to be inserted therefore giving them the ability to change into silicone vibrators. Silicone dildos can also be warmed or cooled to change their sensations.

Recommended: Tantus Silk, priced at £20.47.

Good for: Vaginal and g-spot penetration. It can also be used with a harness compatible dildo for strap on sex.

The Advantages of Glass Dildos

When people think of glass and sex toys, the natural reaction is to assume that the two don't mix very well and that glass is an unsuitable material for the manufacture of adult toys. In fact, this couldn't be further from the truth. Commonly made from medical grade borosilicate glass (or hard glass), glass dildos are the toughest type of sex toy available. Able to withstand up to 3000lbs worth of pressure, glass dildos are hand crafted by master craftsmen and are designed to withstand physical shock without losing any of their strength or shattering. Like silicone dildos, they are non-porous allowing for easy cleaning, and also hypoallergenic, odourless, tasteless and durable. You can also choose to change the sensations that a glass dildo generates by heating it up either in the microwave or running it under hot water, or cooling it down under a cold tap or in the freezer. Glass dildos are so durable that they can even be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning! They are also striking to look at. Retailing at anything between £40 and £70, their relatively high prices reflect their quality and ability to withstand a lifetime of use no matter how vigorous you are.

Recommended: Fifty Shades of Grey Drive Me Crazy Glass Massage Wand, priced at £27.97.

Good for: Vaginal penetration.

Quality versus Price

If you're looking for sex toys that are designed to last then glass and/or silicone dildos are well worth paying a bit extra for. Their odourless, tasteless and hypoallergenic properties also give them advantages over some of the more inexpensive dildos around. However, if you're a beginner to the world of dildos or are on a limited budget, you might want to try a cheaper alternative before progressing to silicone and/or glass dildos.

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Katie Peachesa
Katie Peachesa

Katie Peachesa is a sex and lingerie blogger based out of the urban chic Wapping in the heart of East London, United Kingdom. In her spare time, Katie enjoys photography, yoga and fitness, a bit of boxing, traveling, keeping up with the latest fashion trends and mudlarking and exploring pastoral settings. You are likely to find Katie in an artisan cafe in Brick Lane on a Saturday afternoon furiously typing her next article on her laptop whilst she is sipping on her flat white and drawing inspiration from the hustle and bustle in the heart of creative London. Katie runs the "Fashion Life Mag" and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Allure, Grazia, Tatler, Evening Standard and other popular media outlets.


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