What Are Dildos Made Out Of? Our Guide to Materials & Textures

What Are Dildos Made Out Of? Our Guide to Materials & Textures

Dildos provide plenty of sexual pleasure to both individuals and couples alike. You can enjoy them by yourself during masturbation or bring them into your relationship to spice up your sex life while discovering new ways to pleasure each other!

Dildos have come a long way over the years. You can find them in all shapes and sizes, from large, realistic-looking (and feeling) phalluses to sleek and smooth bullets. Here at Wet for Her, we specialize in all the best dildos for women who want to please women. We know all about the different kinds of dildos, and we believe that it’s only right that you do, too. That way, you can enjoy your toy to the max.

Start by learning what dildos are made out of and which materials might work best for you. To help with that, we have created this guide to the various materials and textures of dildos.

Porous vs. Non-Porous

Before diving into the different dildo materials, you should understand the differences between materials. Each dildo material falls under one of two categories: porous or non-porous.

Porous means the material contains microscopic holes. You can’t see these holes, but liquids can get in and out of them, meaning germs can grow. When it comes to a sex toy, this isn’t what you want, as it is impossible to completely clean, which can lead to infection. Non-porous, on the other hand, means there are no microscopic holes, making it the more hygienic and safe option.

Consider also whether a dildo has phthalates or not. Phthalates are chemicals used to soften dildos but are also toxic, so you want to avoid dildos that use this substance.


When it comes to inserting a toy into your or your partner’s vagina or anus, metal might not be the first material you think to use. It’s a hygienic and popular option, however. Dildos made out of stainless steel or aluminum are non-porous, body safe, and can be easily cleaned and disinfected. You can also use it with all kinds of lubricants without worry.

So, what about pleasure? Metal can add to your sexual satisfaction, as it is an easy material to either heat up or cool down, adding to the sensations. Some drawbacks of choosing a metal dildo are that it can be too heavy or firm for some individuals. You should also be aware of aluminum dildos if you have a nickel allergy!


TPR (thermoplastic rubber) and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) are synthetic materials commonly used to make dildos. Despite the affordable price, it’s not always the best option, as it is a porous material that can’t be fully disinfected after use. If you wish to use a dildo made of TPR or TPE, it’s best to use a condom each time.

Users find one benefit while using TPR and TPE is that they are soft and feel more natural than other materials.


The idea of inserting glass into your private area might seem scary, but glass dildos are an excellent choice! These dildos are made from borosilicate glass, a particularly strong glass that won’t shatter or break. They are easy to wash, work well with any lube, can be smooth or ribbed, and provide a nice cooling sensation.

If you plan on sharing your dildo or using it between your vagina and anus, glass is a particularly good choice, as it is very easy to clean in between. On top of that, glass dildos come in an array of beautiful designs, making them a perfect choice for those who enjoy a pretty aesthetic for their toys!


Have you ever heard of a crystal dildo? You probably have, as their popularity has boomed the past couple of years thanks to their beautiful aesthetic. Some people even believe that they provide spiritual healing! Does that mean they make the perfect dildo material, though? While crystal dildos are certainly pretty to look at, they don’t always make the best purchase.

Many crystal dildos are porous and even prone to chipping. On top of that, many ‘crystal dildos’ get sold as massagers, meaning they go through no regulation. That’s not a product you want to insert into your vagina! Crystal dildos are an unsafe choice, so try to avoid them. Remember – many other great options out there feel great and are safer to use.


A popular choice for many, latex is a smooth material that makes an easily-shaped dildo. However, it is a porous material, and you cannot use it if you have a latex allergy. Much like all other porous dildos, you should use a condom with it if you are to use one.


Silicone dildos are a popular choice, as they are non-porous, easy to clean, and work well with most lubricants (other than silicone lubricants). On top of that, this odorless, smooth material is softer than glass and metal, which some people find more comfortable. 

Silicone can make many types of dildos and sex toys, from vibrators to butt plugs. This non-toxic, non-harmful material ensures you can enjoy all sorts of pleasure without worrying about infection – as long as you clean in between each play!

How to Choose the Right Dildo

Choosing the right dildo for you is a personal decision. Sometimes, the best way to know what works is to try out a handle and see what feels the best. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different shapes and sizes, too!

Each of the above materials provides different sensations and kinds of pleasure, with some being much safer than others. So, when choosing a dildo, consider the material alongside size and shape.

Here at Wet for Her, we have an excellent range of medical grade and body-safe dildos that will give you endless pleasure. Whether you want a dildo to satisfy yourself or are thinking about bringing a new toy into your and your partner’s bedroom, check out what we offer!