You’ve found yourself browsing Me & Mrs. Jones’ catalogue of sex toys wondering which is for you. You see a variety of silicone, some fitted with moving parts and others merely replicating the most enjoyable parts of the human body. They are enticing and exotic. But wait! You’ve now found yourself looking at silica glass forged toys. Oooo, don’t they look good? The menagerie is teeming with fun options known and unknown, and you want to try them all.
Now that your options have utterly outweighed your ability to decide, it is time to make some distinctions between the two materials and understand which will meet your needs.
Silica glass is abundant and used to make a variety of sex toys. From anal beads and butt plugs to dildos, glass will accommodate them all. However, it won’t wiggle with the wiggle of your body, it’s rigid and heavy. A drawback to some, but by no means a disqualifier. It is built for longevity and will last, even if you don’t, and of the places to fit foreign objects, glass slides into them all.
Another beautiful thing about glass is its nearly flawless surface. Other materials, when crafted, can create pores in which fluid will be absorbed, creating a habitat for bacteria to grow. Porous material can be hard to clean and often requires special treatment when doing so, and in times of pleasure who wants to bother with the formalities after? But glass is resilient, and all it takes is high temperatures to clean it. This is, undoubtedly, a notable feature, especially if one were to share the good time with a friend(s).
The durability and thermal integrity of glass make it an ideal candidate for heating up or cooling down before it’s played with. But because glass is resistant to such high temperatures, I would recommend heating it with a thermometer.
Silicone is also tough in the face of harsh conditions. It is used in the kitchen to bake with and lines all sorts of spatulas and ladles. But cooking isn’t why you are here. Unless you’re looking for a bit of spice, then perhaps you’re in the right place. The material is flexible and moves when you move, bends when you bend, and feels quite similar to the anatomical part it has been cast into. It’s also unique in that it can be molded around oscillating parts, creating a motion you can jive with.
The thing both glass and silicone have in common is a non-porous surface. But cleaning silicone looks a bit different than throwing it in a boiling pot of water. Delicacy will serve your silicone sex toy well, which will ultimately end up serving you. A complete submersion of sex toys with moving parts is not recommended. It can possibly short the electrical parts of the toy, leaving it dull and lifeless. Instead, lightly soap a sponge or dip a rag in a bleach water solution – no more than 10% bleach – and hand wash it. It’s a bit more tedious than cleaning glass, but not by much.
If you have heard about the toxicity of materials used in sex toys, and want to avoid them, rest assured, because both glass and silicone are nontoxic.
So here you have it, silica vs. silicone. Can you name a champion? I surely can’t. Both have what the other lacks: one a rigid and bold Adonis, and the other supple and forgiving. Silicone can be imbued with moving parts while glass cannot. But ultimately what best suites you is going be based off understanding your own body, knowing its pleasure zones and shopping accordingly. If you are shopping Me & Mrs. Jones for the first time, perhaps trying one of each will give you better insight to the workings of your body.
It is worthy noting the differences in material and how they’re related. Silica is a silicon and oxygen fusion to make quartz. Other elements can be added to decrease its melting point or add color. Silicone, however, is a synthetic polymer – its chief ingredient being silicon – that resembles other malleable material, but is non-toxic and hypoallergenic.