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How to Choose a Dildo
There are quite a few characteristics to think about when picking a dildo: size, shape, material, color, texture, vibrating (or not), and whether it can fit into a harness.
Please remember that using a cucumber vaginally is fine, but we don’t recommend it for anal play. Since it doesn’t have a base, it could slide all the way in, especially when it’s covered with lube or if it breaks.
Built For the Job
Jelly or Elastomer
However, jelly dildos are difficult to clean since they’re often quite porous. We highly recommend covering all jelly toys, even if you’re the only person using it, and our Premium Condom is a great way to go. Two other disadvantages to jelly toys: they may be too flexible for some people’s tastes, and the material doesn’t last too long. When they’re new, jelly toys often smell like plastic, but that goes away just as it does with a new shower curtain.
So jelly may be your best bet if you’re not looking for something to last forever or your primary concern is cost. But these days, there are better choices that won’t break the bank. Elastomer doesn’t just offer a price range -- toys made from this material can be higher quality than some jellies.
Cleaning softskin can be a bit tricky. It’s really porous, so you definitely want to cover softskin with a condom. After you wash and dry it, softskin gets sticky. There are two ways to deal with that. You can store your dry softskin dildo in a plastic bag or you can dust it with cornstarch.
If you go with cornstarch, the easiest method is to put the dildo and a spoonful of cornstarch in a paper bag and shake it up. Just be sure to rinse it off before using it because cornstarch absorbs lubrication and gets gritty. And be sure to never use talcum powder since it has been linked with ovarian cancer.
All of our silicone dildos are pure silicone, which is non-porous and hypoallergenic, can be cleaned and disinfected, and is quite durable. Beware of silicone blends which may not be of the same quality. Our silicone toys will last pretty much forever, unless the surface gets punctured. Once that happens, the rip will spread until your toy falls apart and we’ve never found a glue to repair it. Make sure that you keep your toys away from sharp fingernails, edges of counters and yes, pets.
Soap and water will do a great job on silicone. If you want to bring your cleaning up a notch, you can put it in boiling water for 3-5 minutes, the top rack of the dishwasher or a 10% bleach solution for 15 minutes (wash the bleach off afterward). Please note that wiping with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide does not disinfect your toys.
Silicone comes in many sizes and shapes. Some of them are simply smooth like the Silk Dildo. Others, like the realistic dildos, look more like penises, while others come with ridges or bumps for extra pleasure. The less smooth the toy, the less it is suited for anal play for most people, since the anus is more sensitive than the vagina.
Almost all silicone dildos have a flat base, making it easy to use them in a harness or for anal play. If you are planning on using a harness with your dildo, please note that about ½ inch of the length will taken up by the harness.
If you’d like to add a little extra oomph to your fun, try a silicone dildo with an itty bitty vibe such as The Right Spot or Your Highness. They come with a small vibe that runs on watch batteries and slips into the base, which adds a great twist. And while the Watch Batteries don’t last more than a couple of hours, we always keep them in stock.
While silicone is a great material, what if you love the way softskin feels? Well, don’t fret! The creative minds at Vixen Creations, a San Francisco Bay Area women-owned dildo manufacturer, didn’t feel like regular silicone was enough. They’ve invented VixSkin, a marvelous 100% silicone formula that feels like softskin and cleans like silicone.
Glass and Acrylic
Browse our selection of best selling dildos. Now that you’ve got the info, you’ll be sure to find one that strikes your fancy. Have fun!
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