It will come as no surprise to you that you can get sex toys made of all kinds of materials. Silicone, metal, glass, rubber, TPE…all of them are fantastic in their own way, but when it comes to anal toys, some materials are definitely better than others. Considering where anal toys go, they’re inevitably going to get covered in dirt and bacteria. It’s all part and parcel of posterior play! 

But how do you keep things sanitized and hygienic? How do you make sure that your anal toys are good to use time after time? Well, it all comes back to the materials they are made out of! Let’s run through a few of the best and worst options out there!

The good options

Glass is a great choice. It is tough and hard, and bacteria will struggle to find a way to cling to its smooth and solid surface. Glass anal toys have the added benefit of looking amazing, and making sure that you are able to enjoy the view as you (or maybe your partner) please your butt. Glass dildos are shaped perfectly to slide in and out of you, and we can guarantee that you’ll have a smashing time. Pun most definitely not intended!

Similarly, metal is another great way to go. It has the same benefits as glass, plus it has its own sexily steely seduction. Metal sex toys look industrial, have a reassuring weight to them, are very difficult to damage, and (most importantly of all) will remain safe and hygienic. If you’re looking for a steely sex toy, then a metal butt plug is undoubtedly the way to go. 

The bad options

There are definite materials that don’t lend themselves to being good for anal toys. Let’s start off by looking at TPE. This material is flexible, bendy, flesh-like, and is often used to replicable lifelike-looking sex toys. And all that is amazing…until you consider how easy it is for germs and bacteria to cling to the surface of a TPE toy. Germs can get into the microscopic creases and folds of this porous material, and begin to multiply.

A better option would be silicone, however, it has a lot of the same issues as TPE. Silicone’s only real advantage is that it is less porous and therefore less likely to harbor bacteria. But this risk of contamination is never negligible, as it often is with metal or glass.

Both silicone and TPE will require some extra thorough TLC after use to ensure that they are spotless. But when it comes to anal toys, these materials would definitely be at the bottom of our recommended list of materials.

Don’t forget though, no matter what kind of anal toy you get, be it metal, TPE, or anything in between, you always need to clean them when you’re finished using them. Steel and glass are easy to sanitize, silicone and rubber not so much. It’s always worth bearing this in mind when you’re on the hunt for a suitable anal sex toy!