Rubber v TPR v Silicone

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Rubber v TPR v Silicone

ArcaneBlast ArcaneBlast
Which one do you like best and why?
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Rubber
TPR
Silicone
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Total votes: 40
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12/08/2012
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Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Silicone. It's body-safe, can be boiled, has no odor, and if cared for properly can last a lifetime. The other two really don't compare.
12/08/2012
ArcaneBlast ArcaneBlast
Quote:
Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Silicone. It's body-safe, can be boiled, has no odor, and if cared for properly can last a lifetime. The other two really don't compare.
What about the way it feels though?
12/08/2012
TheSinDoll TheSinDoll
Silicone is a winner by far! It's much easier to clean and take care of and it's safer. It feels great - or at least I think so!
12/08/2012
spiced spiced
What sort of toy? For what purpose??

For dildos, I like silicone if they're going to be inserted into anyone, because they can be used without a condom. And, as Rin said, silicone's easy to take care of and VERY durable. Dual-density silicone (like Vixskin) feels pretty real during penetration. If I'm going to use the dildo for practicing oral, I prefer more skin-like materials (like UR3, which is TPE). I've had rubber dildos. They're inexpensive, but I don't find the feel to be very lifelike, and for penetration, you really should use a condom each time. Some rubber toys have a really bad odor which never goes away; others are not that bad (check the reviews for the specific product).

I have a masturbator made of TPE (which I THINK is very similar to TPR) and it feels great. But I had to replace it after 2 years, because the material lost its softness and stopped feeling good. I've been shopping for a silicone version of basically the same thing and from reading reviews, it seems like some of them feel as good (at least) as TPE. They should also last longer and they're not that much more expensive.

I hope that helps?
12/08/2012
Vaginas Vaginas
silicone all the way
12/08/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
What about the way it feels though?
That varies a lot for each particular toy and manufacturer. Depending on how it's made, silicone can be firm or soft, smooth or draggy, rigid or flexible, etc. There's a silicone for pretty much everyone, I think.

My personal favorite is dual-density silicone, specifically VixSkin from Vixen Creations. It's soft on the outside, but the core is firm enough to stimulate the right spots while still being flexible enough to easily manipulate.
12/08/2012
ArcaneBlast ArcaneBlast
Quote:
Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
That varies a lot for each particular toy and manufacturer. Depending on how it's made, silicone can be firm or soft, smooth or draggy, rigid or flexible, etc. There's a silicone for pretty much everyone, I think.

My personal favorite ...
Is that as soft as TPR?

I've never used rubber, but TPR and silicone have a similar texture.
The silicone ones I've had were never really flexible which was a problem.
12/08/2012
ArcaneBlast ArcaneBlast
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
What sort of toy? For what purpose??

For dildos, I like silicone if they're going to be inserted into anyone, because they can be used without a condom. And, as Rin said, silicone's easy to take care of and VERY durable. Dual-density ...
Ah thanks so much
12/08/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
Is that as soft as TPR?

I've never used rubber, but TPR and silicone have a similar texture.
The silicone ones I've had were never really flexible which was a problem.
VixSkin (from Vixen Creations) is way softer than any TPR I've ever felt. One the other hand, I've felt some that were flexible but not very squishy (Tantus's normal silicone, for example), and others that were extremely firm (like in the Ella by Lelo).

Trying toys from different manufacturers will give you an idea of who makes silicone you like. If possible, try visiting a good sex shop so you can feel and see the toys for yourself.
12/08/2012
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
Ah thanks so much
You're very welcome!

If you're looking for a dildo with a softness similar to TPR (again, I haven't tried TPR, but I have tried TPE and I think it's quite similar), I'd recommend Vixskin Johnny specifically. It's the closest to human skin of any silicone dildo I've seen so far. The only drawback is that it's a bit expensive, but it will last a lifetime with proper care and that's not true with TPR.
12/08/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
You're very welcome!

If you're looking for a dildo with a softness similar to TPR (again, I haven't tried TPR, but I have tried TPE and I think it's quite similar), I'd recommend Vixskin Johnny specifically. It's the ...
I'll throw in a recommendation for the VixSkin Mustang. I have three VixSkin toys (Mustang, Tex, and Spur) and the Mustang seems to have the softest outer layer and greatest flexibility, though the other two are close.

The Spur is also pretty good if you're unsure. It's small enough that even if you don't find VixSkin soft enough for you, you won't find it to be overwhelming (though if you don't like little toys, I'd say skip it).

I'd also like to say that another good way to see how soft or flexible a toy is before buying is to watch video reviews. Sometimes seeing a toy in front of a camera can be a big help.
12/08/2012
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
I'll throw in a recommendation for the VixSkin Mustang. I have three VixSkin toys (Mustang, Tex, and Spur) and the Mustang seems to have the softest outer layer and greatest flexibility, though the other two are close.

The Spur is also ...
My wife and I have the Mustang and it's one of our favorites. Johnny is even more realistic-feeling, in my opinion. But Mustang is very good; during penetration it feels quite real.

Excellent advice about video reviews, too.
12/08/2012
ArcaneBlast ArcaneBlast
Quote:
Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
I'll throw in a recommendation for the VixSkin Mustang. I have three VixSkin toys (Mustang, Tex, and Spur) and the Mustang seems to have the softest outer layer and greatest flexibility, though the other two are close.

The Spur is also ...
Thanks to you and spiced for the recommendations.

Got any recommendations for vibrators as well?
12/08/2012
mjtheprincess mjtheprincess
I like silicone. Plastics are often times a little too rigid for me in some toys. Not to mention silicone is a ten on the safety scale and I love the feeling of the finish.
12/08/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
Thanks to you and spiced for the recommendations.

Got any recommendations for vibrators as well?
Off the top of my head, I can't think of any vibrators I have personally tried that are especially soft. I think the softest one I have is the Blush La Curve, which has a flexible neck (Eden doesn't carry it). One I plan on trying sometime is the Remedy Rider, which I hear is pretty soft and flexible.

Sorry I can't be of more help - for insertion, I really prefer dildos over vibes, so I don't look for insertable vibrators as often.
12/08/2012
invisiblehat invisiblehat
Silicone for its safety.
12/08/2012
ArcaneBlast ArcaneBlast
Quote:
Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Off the top of my head, I can't think of any vibrators I have personally tried that are especially soft. I think the softest one I have is the Blush La Curve, which has a flexible neck (Eden doesn't carry it). One I plan on trying sometime is ...
It's no problem thanks for all the help already
12/08/2012
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
Silicone across the board on this one. I like that it can be boiled and sterilized where the other 2 listed can't be. With that said if you end up with an yeast infection or something an you don't know til AFTER you have used your toy, you either have to now toss it or wrap it with a condom to protect yourself from being reinfected. Silicone is also hypoallergenic which is a plus for me because I am allergic to a lot of the other materials offered.
12/08/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by *Camoprincess*
Silicone across the board on this one. I like that it can be boiled and sterilized where the other 2 listed can't be. With that said if you end up with an yeast infection or something an you don't know til AFTER you have used your toy, you ...
Indeed. If you get a yeast or bacterial infection and don't realize it until after you've used a toy, the best thing to do is to boil the toy to kill any fungus or bacteria that might have gotten onto the toy. This is possible with silicone, which is non-porous and extremely heat-resistant, but not rubber or TPR.
12/08/2012
Cat E. Cat E.
Silicone for me. Never rubber!
12/08/2012
ToyGeek ToyGeek
Silicone is safest, since it can be sterilized and it definitely won't leach any chemicals.
12/09/2012
sexxxkitten sexxxkitten
Silicone is the best!
12/09/2012
Arlinnae Arlinnae
silicone is nice and versatile - and very safe
12/09/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
Silicone whenever possible. No smells, easy to clean, safe to use.
12/09/2012
Kitka Kitka
Quote:
Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Silicone. It's body-safe, can be boiled, has no odor, and if cared for properly can last a lifetime. The other two really don't compare.
This exactly.
12/09/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by ArcaneBlast
Which one do you like best and why?
of course silicone.
12/25/2012
Melan!e Melan!e
Definitely silicone. Safety first!
12/26/2012
GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
Silicone, no question.
12/26/2012
julia. julia.
Silicone for sure!
12/28/2012
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