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What is a dildo?

A dildo is a sex toy that is used for sexual penetration. Traditionally it is used for vaginal penetration, but it can also be used for anal penetration. There are various types of dildos, but they are mainly realistic, phallic looking objects. However, non-phallic dildos are becoming more and more popular around the world. There are many different types of dildos, including realistic, double ended, large dildos, and glass dildos. Below we will go in to a bit more information about the different types of dildos, one of the most popular types of sex toys.

Dildos are primarily used for solo masturbation, as a substitute for the human penis. Dildos can be used for pegging as many are harness compatible, and they can also be used vaginally and anally. You can also get vibrating dildos, which also fall under the vibrator’s category. If you are interested in vibrators, then browse our full range here.

Different types of dildos:

There are many different types of dildos, below we list these types, and what makes them different from other dildos.

Silicone Dildos

These are dildos that are made from…you guessed it…silicone! Silicone is a very popular material for not just dildos, but sex toys in general. This is because silicone has a very strong chemical structure and is compatible with bodily fluids, meaning that it won’t upset your biological chemistry. Due to this silicone dildos can be used for pretty much anything.

Cleaning silicone is also extremely easy, and they are easy to maintain in tip top condition. You can clean a silicone dildo with warm soapy water or specifically formulated sex toy cleaner. Here at Loving Joy, we strongly recommend you wash your dildo before and after use.

Glass Dildos

People like the uniqueness of the look and shape of glass dildos, they also like the hard texture that the material has. Glass dildos can be used for vaginal and anal stimulation, also because glass has no taste or smell they can be used for oral stimulation. Due to glass being quite heavy, glass dildos are not best suited to being used with a harness as they can fall out easily.

These dildos are made from borosilicate glass which is extremely smooth making it very easy to clean. The material also means that you can use it with any type of lubricant.

Stainless Steel / Aluminium Dildos

Like glass, these dildos are extremely solid and make a delightful sex toy that can be easily enjoyed. They can be used for vaginal, anal, or oral insertion. Remember to clean you dildo before use. The good thing about metal dildos is that they are usually dishwasher safe. Make sure to check the product instructions when you receive it to confirm this.

A great thing about metal dildos is that they do not retain any bacteria so are extremely hygienic. Remember to always clean before and after use regardless of this.

Latex, PVC and Rubber Dildos

These dildos are firm, however they are also flexible giving a more realistic feel compared to other glass or metal dildos. This is the material that many first generation dildos were made of. As research into materials progressed it was found that latex, rubber and old generation PVC retained bacteria, which can upset the bodies natural chemical balance resulting in infections. Modern PVC is much higher quality and retains much less bacteria. We still highly recommend washing any dildo that you use before and after use to be certain. Please note that some people are allergic to certain materials, including latex.

TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomers) Dildos

TPE is a very flexible material that feels very life like. Many of the realistic sex dolls that are also made from TPE as it feels realistic, but is also cheaper than silicone. However, TPE is also porous, so we strongly advise to always clean before and after use.

Dildos in general give the user a high level of sexual arousal and stimulation, and the type of material it is made from can significantly influence the sensations it creates.

Dildos and Sexual Health: Can dildos benefit my sexual health?

There are numerous benefits to owning a dildo, both physical and mental. This includes the fact that you can get sexual satisfaction whenever you want it! The increased convenience of owning a sex toy to pleasure yourself can lead to heightened mood, as well as a more satisfied user. Furthermore, they provide a great way to spice up your sex life with your partner. You can use a dildo, or any sex toy for that matter, with your partner to change your sexual activities. Also owning a dildo means that if one partner reaches climax before the other, then they can use it on their partner to help them achieve orgasm.

Shop our selection of dildos and choose from realistic dildos, to non-phalic dildos. All the dildos that have suction cups are harness compatible, so you can create your own strap on by adding the Loving Joy Universal Harness.

Order from the official Loving Joy store before 4pm for same day dispatch (Monday to Friday) and discreet delivery; and remember when you choose Loving Joy you are choosing quality and so we offer a 1-year warranty on all Loving Joy products. Loving quality, loving value, loving pleasure, Loving Joy.

If you are struggling to find the best dildo for you then take a look at our dildo buyer guides that have been created to help you make an informed decision on which dildo you should buy.