Common materials used in sex toys

When it comes to choosing the perfect sex toy, understanding the common materials used in sex toys is crucial for a safe and pleasurable experience. That’s why we mention the materials used in each sex toy on the page of each product in our sex shop.

We always make sure to test our products for quality and all the products in our shop have good quality however it is still beneficial to have more knowledge about specific materials used in sex toys since each has its own advantages and disadvantages. plus some materials might not suit everyone and having some knowledge about the common materials used in sex toys can help people make better choices.

From ABS to silicone and TPE/TPR, this guide will walk you through the common materials used in sex toys, highlighting their unique properties and advantages.

ABS (Acrylonnitrile Styrene Butadiene) – Hard Plastic:

ABS is a synthetic material widely used in many domestic appliances and toys, including vibrators. It offers several advantages such as being odorless, free of softening agents (phthalates), and excellent as a vibration carrier. ABS is also skin-compatible, easy to clean, and hygienic, making it a popular choice for many sex toy designs.

Pros of ABS in sex toys:

  • Odorless
  • Without softening agents (phthalates)
  • Excellent vibration carrier
  • Skin compatibility
  • Easy to clean
  • Hygienic

Cons of ABS in sex toys:

  • Can be rigid and less flexible compared to other materials
  • May lack the softer or more lifelike feel some individuals prefer

Acrylic (Crystal/Acrylic Glass/Polymethyl Methacrylate):

Acrylic is a glass-like thermoplastic material known for its superb gliding properties. It is non-toxic, odorless, and does not contain harmful substances. With its smooth surface, acrylic provides excellent vibration transmission and quickly adapts to body temperature. It is resistant to UV, oils, and allergens, making it an ideal material for sex toys. Acrylic toys can be visually stunning, offering sophisticated appearances and zooming effects.

Pros of Acrylic in sex toys:

  • Odorless
  • Without softening agents (phthalates)
  • Smooth surface
  • Excellent vibration carrier
  • Resistance to UV and oil
  • Skin compatibility
  • Quickly adapts to body temperature
  • Anti-allergic
  • Easy to clean
  • Hygienic

Cons of Acrylic in sex toys:

  • Hard material, may not provide the same level of flexibility as silicone or TPE/TPR

Latex (Natural Rubber):

Latex, derived from natural rubber, is a material often used in various products. However, it is important to note that latex is not suitable for people with latex allergies. For those who are latex-sensitive, alternative materials should be considered.

Pros:

  • Soft and flexible
  • Natural material
  • Easily stretchable

Cons:

  • Some people have latex allergies
  • Requires careful cleaning and maintenance to avoid degradation
  • May have a distinct odor
  • Can deteriorate over time with exposure to heat, oils, or sunlight

PU (Polyurethane) Coating:

Polyurethane (PU) is a synthetic material that can be hard and brittle or smooth and elastic. In its coated form, PU offers a smooth and silky character. It is odorless, free from softening agents, and offers UV resistance. PU-coated toys quickly adapt to body temperature, ensuring a comfortable experience

Pros of PU in sex toys:

  • Odorless
  • Without softening agents (phthalates)
  • UV resistance
  • Skin compatibility
  • Quickly adapts to body temperature

Cons of PU in sex toys:

  • Coating may wear off over time with extensive use
  • May not provide the same level of softness and flexibility as silicone or TPE/TPR

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, Soft PVC, Jelly):

PVC is a synthetic material available in soft and firm forms. It is commonly used in the production of various products, including sex toys. PVC offers excellent elasticity and consistency, along with resistance to alcohol and oils. Similar to other materials, PVC toys quickly adapt to body temperature, enhancing pleasure. When It comes to PVC, It really depends on what quality and formula of PVC has been used. Some of the sex toys with PVC might not be completely body-safe.

Pros:

  • Excellent elasticity and consistency
  • Resistance to alcohol and oil
  • Quickly adapts to body temperature

Cons:

  • May contain softening agents (phthalates) in some formulations
  • Porous material, requires thorough cleaning and care to maintain hygiene
  • Can have a strong odor
  • Less durable compared to silicone or other non-porous materials

Silicone (Silicone Rubber):

Silicone, a natural product obtained through synthetic treatment, is widely regarded as the best material for sex toys. It is odorless, free from softening agents, and offers exceptional elasticity, consistency, and smoothness. Silicone toys are known for their high color fastness, dimensional stability, heat resistance, and UV resistance. They are also skin-compatible, quickly adapting to body temperature. Silicone is easy to clean, hygienic, and considered eco-friendly.

Pros:

  • Odorless
  • Without softening agents (phthalates)
  • Excellent elasticity, consistency, and smoothness
  • High color fastness and dimensional stability
  • Heat resistance and UV resistance
  • Skin compatibility
  • Quickly adapts to body temperature
  • Anti-allergic
  • Easy to clean
  • Hygienic
  • Eco-friendly

Cons:

  • Generally higher in cost compared to other materials
  • May have a firmer texture compared to TPE/TPR

TPE/TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber/Nature Skin/Cyber Skin/Loveclone):

TPE/TPR are newer materials that combine the qualities of silicone and synthetic rubber. They provide a skin-like texture, offering a very natural feeling. Like other materials, TPE/TPR are odorless, free from softening agents, and offers excellent elasticity, consistency, and UV resistance. They quickly adapt to body temperature and are considered eco-friendly.

Pros:

  • Odorless
  • Without softening agents (phthalates)
  • Excellent elasticity and consistency
  • UV resistance
  • Skin compatibility
  • Quickly adapts to body temperature
  • Eco-friendly

Cons:

  • May not offer the same level of durability as silicone
  • Can be more porous compared to silicone, requiring extra care for cleanliness

General advice

To ensure the durability of your sex toys, it is recommended to store them protected and separated, as different materials may react to each other. This can result in color or shape alterations or even damage to the toy. Additionally, people with sensitive skin or allergies should consider using condoms with all sex toys for added safety.

If you have some questions about the common materials used in sex toys, you can leave a comment here and we will answer you!

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