This is one of the most popular questions that we’ve received in the 14 years that we’ve been selling glass dildos online. Quite honestly, that would depend on whom you ask as personal preference plays a large role in what an individual may prefer in a sex toy. As you can imagine there are pros and there are cons in this debate and our goal with this article is to point them out and give you some quality information so you can make an informed decision as you shop for your ideal glass toy on GlassFantasy.com.
First, to initiate an informed discussion we should discuss all the various materials in which sex toys are created from. If you look at the history of adult toys you will find that they’ve been produced of almost anything you can imagine. You will see toys made from wood, stone, ceramic, metal, petroleum based materials such as rubber or plastic, silicone, and of course as you see here glass. As mankind and our production processed have evolved so have the complexity of the materials used and as a result much confusion has ensued regarding such issues as safety or how each of these materials may react with human physiology. For this particular article we will focus on the more popular materials used today: rubber, plastic, silicone and glass.
From our experience a large majority of our customers reach our web site in search of alternatives to their “traditional” rubber or plastic toys, as these are the most popular materials used. The reason for their popularity boils down to one thing, cost of production. It’s not a case of what is good or bad or what will provide the user the most enjoyable experience it all comes down to price. Many customers are seeking alternatives to their previous experiences with adult toys made of petroleum based materials as a result of having various adverse reactions to these materials. Some cite allergic reactions to a particular material or even recurring infections due to the difficulty in properly cleaning such toys, as they are porous by nature and will absorb impurities through their use. All of the issues that have been presented to us can be avoided by simply using a well-made glass adult toy.
They are cleaner and free of dangerous toxins.
The number one benefit of using a glass sex toy involves their cleanliness. Glass is a nonporous material meaning that it has no pores and as a result is not permeable buy air, water, bodily fluids, lubricants or other impurities. You will most likely encounter the effects of this quality the first time you use a glass toy noticing less need for additional lubrication. A glass toy will not absorb the lubricant as rubber, plastic or silicone will. When you are finished clean up is a snap. Gone are the days of having to spend additional time scrubbing to work the fluids and lubricant out of the toy, with a glass toy it can be a simple as running it under some warm water and patting it dry. While it may be that simple you can even take further measures such as running it through your dishwasher even sterilizing it in an autoclave as you would with any medical instrument!
The second primary benefit of using glass is that it is free of dangerous toxins such as Phthalates or BPA. You are most likely familiar with these substances, as there has been a recent movement by advocates promoting the manufacture and use of Phthalate free sex toys. While you may be able to create a Phthalate free toy or a BPA free toy it is virtually impossible to create an adult toy that is completely free of toxic substances when using petroleum based materials. Unhealthy toxins are inherent in these materials and while every so often a particular toxin makes headlines there may be many others that are still uncovered. The main danger of having these toxic substances in your sex toy is that they “leach” from the toy when coming in contact with your bodily fluids or the lubricant you chose. This toxic mix of fluid containing these contaminants can then be absorbed into your system through the sensitive tissues of the vagina or rectum. Once in your system these toxic substances can cause various medical conditions from a somewhat simple allergic reaction to more serious illnesses such as cancer. Whether you choose to purchase a glass sex toy or not we highly recommend that you avoid using adult toys made of petroleum based materials at all costs.
As we mentioned earlier many of our customers state that they find when using a glass sex toy there is little or no need to use a personal lubricant of any sort and that their own bodily fluids provide ample lubrication. For those of you that still prefer to use a lubricant you will most likely find the need to use much less. That is actually an indirect benefit of glass toys, they could save you money on lubricant!
They are beautiful and fun to experiment with.
As you can see by the large selection of glass dildos and other toys on GlassFantasy.com there are many very beautiful and exotic styles to choose from catering to the preferences of most anyone. Some look very practical and similar to a scientific or medical instrument while others feature multiple colors and textures. Another advantage of colorful glass is that the color is within the glass so it will never fade! Regardless of how many times you use your toy those beautiful colors that you fall in love with will remain the same as the day you purchased it. In fact if you take good care of your glass toy it will last you a lifetime! As beautiful as they are we’re sure you can imagine that they could make a great gift for your partner or special friend. We’ve been told by countless customers how excited their partner was when receiving such a beautiful gift stating that they look like a piece of jewelry or fine art. Regardless of the occasion we feel confident that giving a glass toy to your partner will also give you just as much excitement in return.
In addition to their striking beauty a glass adult toy may prove to be the most exciting and fun toy that you’ve ever encountered. You see they are made of borosilicate glass, which undergoes a process where they are “tempered” or “annealed” by placing them in a kiln for several hours. The annealing process not only makes the glass much stronger than other glass you’ve encountered it can also withstand extreme temperature changes. What makes this so exciting is that you can then chill them or warm them up for extra excitement or to even surprise your partner with something new. We do however caution you to be careful if you choose to do so as sensitive body parts may not be as receptive to these temperatures as your toy is.
So what are the drawbacks?
Well, in all honesty there really aren’t many drawbacks to a glass adult toy. You may however find that a glass toy is too rigid for you or your partner’s preference as they are solid and do not flex in any way. As with anything else this is a matter of personal preference and some people count this is a positive. Another comment that we have received is regarding their weight. As you may imagine, being a solid toy and depending on their size they are heavier than what you would experience with a rubber, plastic or silicone toy. Once again, many people enjoy the heavy feel of a glass dildo stating that it gives them a much fuller feeling than other cheaper materials.
One additional item to keep in mind when shopping for a glass toy is that they are handmade and while the quality control is very high no two are exactly the same. The colors may be slightly different than those in the photos or the sizes may not be exactly as listed, they will be as close as humanly possible. Just remember they’re made by humans not machines or in molds like you find with other materials.
We sincerely hope that we have been able to enlighten you to both the pros and cons of using a glass sex toy and how they compare to their counterparts made of other popular materials. And in reference to the initial question, “Are glass dildos better than rubber, plastic or silicone sex toys?” we would emphatically say yes but in the end all we can really do is encourage you to try one to see for yourself.
If you have any questions or if you’re in need of help or suggestions regarding which glass toy would be right for you feel free to Email Us or you can give us a call toll free at 1-888-878-0184 and we’ll be happy to help.