Glass sex toys have been hailed as the perfect tool for G-spot and prostate massage, a foolproof way to fire up nerve endings you didn’t know you had. But what makes glass toys different? And is all the hype about glass really true?
Come along as we delve into the pros and potential cons of glass sex toys so you can decide if they're right for you!
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What Are Glass Sex Toys?
Glass sex toys are dildos and anal toys made from — you guessed it — glass. They are considered a hard material toy, along with stainless steel, stone, and wood.
Glass toys may be smooth or textured, and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some glass toys even vibrate, thanks to bullet vibrators that slide inside to provide extra stimulation.
Are Glass Sex Toys Safe?
If you think "glass” and “sex toy” are an oxymoron, think again. Most glass sex toys are made from borosilicate glass, which is much stronger and more resistant to temperature changes than typical household glass.
Borosilicate stands up to chemicals so well that it’s the glass of choice in many laboratories. Pyrex was once made from borosilicate glass, back when you could run a casserole dish under cold water straight out of the oven and it wouldn’t crack.
So, we know it's strong, but exactly how safe is the glass used in sex toys?
The typical glass sex toy is solid, not thin-walled like a drinking glass, making it difficult to break. You won’t damage it by doing what you normally do with sex toys, like squeezing it with your hand, vagina, anus, or legs.
What else can you do safely with a glass toy? You can:
- Slide it in and out
- Handle it
- Wash it
- Bear down on it
- Slip it between two (or more) bodies
- Grind on it
- Suck it
- Wear it inside your body
- Put it to work as an art piece when not in use (seriously — have you seen how beautiful some glass toys are?)
All of the above are not only quite safe, but heartily encouraged! Glass toys can stand up to quite a lot of activity, and may be used like any dildo, vibrator, or butt plug.
What can’t you do safely with a glass toy?
- Drop it on a hard surface
- Throw it
- Heat in the microwave or boil it
- Freeze it
- Wash it in the dishwasher
- Strike it with something (with the possible exception of pillows)
Notice that all of these don’ts apply to sex toys made from silicone, wood, and plastic, as well. Even stainless steel toys can be dented or damaged without proper care. Abide by a few simple rules and your glass toys will bring you years of safe pleasure. They might even last a lifetime.
For more, check out Are Glass Sex Toys Safe?
Types of Glass Sex Toys
Hard material toys, including glass, are typically limited to dildos and butt plugs. Let's look closer at each type of toy, and check out the best glass options in each category.
Glass dildos are made from solid glass and come in an array of shapes and sizes, from straight and slim to angled and girthy. They might be smooth or ribbed, or have a flared base that makes them anal safe or even harness compatible.
Many glass dildos are designed to stimulate the G-spot or prostate, also known as the P-spot. How can you tell a glass dildo that targets the G- or P-spot from one that doesn’t? By its shape. A curved toy with a tapered head is typically designed to stimulate the nerve-rich spots a few inches inside the vagina or anus.
Best glass dildos
Let's take a closer look at some of the best glass dildos so you can find the one that's right for you.
GLAS Double Dong This glistening translucent beauty features a double-ended design, realistic details, and girthy shaft that's curved for G- and P-spot pleasure.
Chrystalino Seed Glass Dildo One part dildo, one part butt plug, this 2-in-1 toy offers great bang for your buck (literally).
Crystal Delights Harnessable Dildo If you're looking to strap your glass dildo into a harness, this is the toy for the job. And don't worry — it's perfectly curved for G- and P-spot pleasure.
Glass Butt Plugs
Glass butt plugs are designed for anal stimulation and have a flared base for safety. They generally have a tapered shape that makes them easy to insert, and come in any size from small to wow. Why are glass butt plugs so popular? The rigidity and weight of glass makes them great for A- and P-spot thrills.
Best glass butt plugs
Which glass butt plugs are the best? Have a look at my personal favorites.
Crystal Delights Bunny Plug This translucent plug is perfect for pet play, and features a magnetic bunny tail that's easy to remove and reattach. Choose from pink or white fluffy faux fur.
GLAS Galileo As far as butt plugs go, it doesn't get prettier than this. Made from handblown borosilicate and annealed glass, this plug is uniquely durable and stylish.
GLAS Vibrating G &P-Spot Plug The name says it all! This handblown glass plug is cleverly curved for G and P-spot pleasure, and features a variety of remote-controlled vibration settings.
Chrystalino Pleaser With almost 4 inches of insertable length, this plug is long, ridged, and seamlessly smooth. It's also a great budget-friendly buy.
Should I Try Glass Sex Toys?
Though glass is a hard material toy like wood, metal, and stone, it has unique qualities all its own. What are some of the features that make glass particularly special?
Glass toys are smooth
Even if a glass toy is textured, the surface is uniquely smooth and glossy. A smoother surface equals less friction! Glass has a sleek, polished feel and an easy glide.
Glass has a medium weight
Though some glass toys will be lighter or heavier than others, glass typically has a medium weight that makes it perfect for newcomers to hard materials. Whereas many stainless steel dils bring some serious heft to playtime, glass options can be a great way to try out the pleasure of a weightier, more rigid toy without overdoing it.
Glass is non-porous
Glass is completely non-porous, meaning air and water can’t penetrate it. And if air and water can’t get in, neither can bacteria, viruses, or smells. Whereas vinyl, jelly rubber, and other low-quality toy materials can harbor nasties of all sorts, body-safe glass keeps them out.
Glass is easy to care for
Glass is natural
Ever get creeped out by what’s in your sex toys? Does it all seem a little artificial, and maybe not so great for the environment? Glass is made without the plastics and chemicals that are so common in other toys, especially cheaper, low-quality varieties (insert Amazon logo with a red X over it here!).
Glass is rigid
No matter how you use your glass toy, it won’t bend, warp, or squish. It won’t lose its shape or get softer over time. If you’re hankering for that feeling of pure, nothing-like-it hardness, glass fits the bill.
Glass sex toys are durable
Barring any major mishaps, glass will outlast just about any other toy material with the possible exception of stainless steel. How durable is it, exactly? There are glass objects in museums older than the Bible. Take care of your glass toy and you can leave it to a friend in your will.
Glass sex toys are budget-friendly
Glass toys are typically priced far lower than dildos and anal toys made from other types of materials. If sex toys often seem beyond your budget, check out glass for high-quality pleasure that won’t break the bank.
Glass is attractive
Even the simplest glass toy has a certain sculptural beauty. If a toy’s aesthetics are important to you, check out the many colored and hand-blown options available in glass.
Glass sex toys are compatible with any lube
No matter which lubricant you like best, you can slather it on glass. Another benefit of a glass toy? Its smooth surface means you can use less lube and still get a nice, slick glide.
Glass Sex Toy Complaints
Glass toys have a lot of benefits, not the least of which is pleasure. But, like any sex toy, they aren’t ideal for everyone. What are some of the potential downsides, and should you buy a glass toy? Let’s dig a little deeper into some possible cons to see if glass sex toys are right for you.
Glass can break
Despite the safety of borosilicate glass, it’s still breakable under certain conditions. Drop, throw, or smash it and just about any type of glass — including borosilicate — will break. But take a few precautions with your glass toy, and you can rest assured it won’t crack, snap, or shatter.
Glass doesn’t bend
The stiffness that makes glass ideal for deep internal massage can be a downside if you prefer a more customizable toy. If you're looking for a flexible dildo you can shape or mold, check out silicone models such as the Fun Factory Limba Flex, which is designed to bend to your liking.
Glass sex toys aren't recyclable
Many of us would like to find sex toys made from sustainable materials that won't end up in landfills. If you're wondering if glass sex toys can be recycled, unfortunately the answer is no.
Even a small amount of borosilicate glass can impact the recycling process, which is typically reserved for glass of a particular weight and composition, such as glass bottles and jars. If you discard your glass sex toy, it will go into a landfill like most toys made from silicone and plastic.
How to Use a Glass Sex Toy
If you’re familiar with dildos or butt plugs, you probably know the mantra: go slow, use lube, and listen to your body. This is key for all sex toys, but particularly those made from hard materials like glass.
When starting out with glass sex toys, try these tips:
Pain or soreness can be more likely with a material with no give, so take your time when starting out with a glass toy. Use plenty of your favorite lube and introduce the toy to your body gradually.
Listen to your body
Notice the sensations you experience and stop or slow down if you feel uncomfortable. Pain or discomfort is a sign to take it easy and let your body adjust, or try a smaller toy until you’re ready to move up in size.
We suggest using your toy on the outside of your body first. Get used to how it feels and moves before you try it vaginally or anally. Use it on your clitoris, testicles, nipples, or any spot that’s sensitive. Once you know how the toy handles and you feel ready, try inserting it using your body’s signals as a guide.
Explore when you're ready
Slide your toy in and out slowly and experiment with slightly more pressure in different areas. Notice how it feels when you angle it against your G-spot or prostate and rock it gently back and forth. And while you’re exploring with your new toy, remember: lube can make glass slippery, so be particularly careful if you’re in a bathroom or other place with hard surfaces.
How To Use A Glass Sex Toy For Temperature Play
One of the many benefits of glass toys is that they readily absorb heat and cold, making them perfect for temperature play. A chilled or warmed toy can stimulate nerve endings and add an exciting boost of sensation to any type of play.
To use a glass sex toy for temperature play, try any (or all!) of the following:
- Pop your toy in the refrigerator for several minutes until it's chilled through. Run it over erogenous zones like nipples, the clitoris, the perineum, or skin anywhere on the body
- Hold a glass dildo or butt plug under warm water, making sure it feels pleasantly warm to the touch but not hot. Insert it anally or vaginally to help boost blood flow and amp up the sensation
- Try a cooled glass butt plug or dildo followed by a warm one, or vice versa
- Use a warmed glass plug to help prep for anal sex
- Try a cold glass toy to help cool down after solo play or intercourse
How To Clean A Glass Sex Toy
Glass sex toys are sturdy and non-porous, making them particularly easy to clean. Give your glass toy a thorough wash with your favorite soap or sex toy cleaner, then let it air dry or dry it with a clean cloth. Glass toys can also be sanitized in a UV light cleaner designed for cleaning sex toys.
Glass sex toys should not be boiled or washed in the dishwasher. Though borosilicate glass is resistant to high temperatures, the movement of boiling can cause chips and scratches on the surface of the toy. Dishwasher detergent can cause surface damage, as well.
Learn more about cleaning sex toys of all kinds: How To Clean Your Sex Toys
A glass sex toy can be the perfect way to explore hard materials and your own path to pleasure. We love glass for its moderate weight, super-smooth glide, and of course, gleaming good looks. It’s also easy to care for, a bonus if you’re looking for a durable, body-safe toy that doesn’t need much maintenance!
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