Glass Dildos – The Real Story

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These toys have been featured on HBO’s “Real Sex”, Playboy TV’s “Sexcetera”, in Penthouse and Hustler Magazines. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few glass dildos over the course of several years and they have become my preferred dildo to use. In all my years of owning these toys and doing home parties, I have found that many women love them, but are hesitant to use them. In fact, just the thought of penetrating yourself with anything that’s made of glass seems to make some women cringe because when some people think of glass they also think of glass “breaking”. Ouch! The next, understandable concern is the price, which can be startling. Most dildos made of glass can run anywhere between $30 and $400! Ouch again! However, I am writing this article to clarify these issues because glass dildos really are very special; one I think every woman should own. Let’s explore…

They’re made of glass, is that really safe?

Most dildos are made from a Pyrex type, tempered glass which is known for its durability. Usually these are heated under extreme temperatures to strengthen the glass even further. The brand names like Phallix & Asstroknots have done the necessary research and have hired experienced, professional glass blowers to create these special toys.

According to Phallix’s website…

We have an extensive background in glass, cultivating some of the most talent ed blowers in the United States . We use nothing but the finest raw materials in the creation or our products holding quality control and customer service in the highest regard.”

Know Mind Enterprises, the makers of Asstroknots, has this to say on their website…

The art of glass making originated in Scandinavia and Europe long before there was an America .  We are using the original experts with the most experience.  All glass makers in the USA have learned, or are only one or two generations away from learning what they know about lampwork or glass blowing from the Europeans and the Scandinavians.  Borosilicate glass was developed and perfected in Europe . We choose the experts.”

When I went to the AVN Convention a couple of years ago, Know Mind Enterprises had a booth and to demonstrate the strength, durability and safety of their products they took 2 glass dildos and smacked them together really hard. After a full day of many demonstrations like this, neither one of the dildos showed any chips or cracks. It was really amazing! So these dildos are safe to use. Of course, one should always remember that it is made of glass, so there are few tips to keep in mind:

  • Don’t make a habit out of dropping it on a hard surface like concrete.
  • Don’t expose it to rapid and extreme temperature changes like very cold to very hot or vice versa.
  • Many companies provide you with some kind of padded bag with your toy, always keep in that, especially if you have a couple. You really don’t want them always rolling and bumping into each other.

The one safety issue, as a consumer, that I can’t be sure of is the newer liquid filled, vibrating glass toys. There seems to be a difference of opinion there. Some say that those features make the glass less durable and less safe which does make sense to me. However, others claim to have a very safe way to manufacture them. Luckily, there are plenty of the others available to choose from in case you’re unsure of those like me.

Why are they so expensive?

It seems that the thicker, larger and weightier the dildo is, the more expensive it becomes. I’m fortunate to have thin ones and thick ones. My detailed reviews of a couple of them can be found at AllSexReviews. I have found that the thicker dildos are more enjoyable because they have more weight to them. However a thick dildo uses more glass, which requires more man hours to create, unlike a thinner glass dildo which is made of less glass.

These toys are not mass produced like many other sex toys. They are made one by one, by a glass blower and from the research I’ve done, this is a very specialized skill and does not come cheaply. In all honesty, I wouldn’t want my glass dildo to be cheaper because the company decided to cut costs by using an inexperienced glass blower. It seems like that would be asking for trouble. Since they’re made one by one, the attention is given to all the important details so that we get exactly what we pay for, an exquisite piece of art that will give us an enormous amount of sexual pleasure.

Why should I spend so money on these glass dildos?

I’m not rich by any means, so I can understand how difficult it can be to purchase one, but using glass has some serious advantages which could actually save you money in the long run.

Since glass is non-porous, unlike many other materials that sex toys are made of, there’s no place for germs, bacteria and dirt to hide, making them hypoallergenic. Many other materials have been known to cause allergic reactions in people due to the chemical make-up; however, this does not happen with glass. By its very nature of not absorbing any germs or bacteria and as a result of not being made by all kinds of chemicals, glass toys do not deteriorate over time.

Most sex toys are sold as novelties and, in all honesty, not made to last that long. After a while, they start to stink and deteriorate because it’s impossible to completely clean and sanitize the porous material. And you know the story, when that happens you have to spend more money to buy a replacement. Even if it’s only $20, add up all those $20 purchases over a lifetime and you could have probably bought a couple or several high quality glass dildos!

The bottom line is that as long as you take care of your glass toy, it will last you a lifetime because it’s non-porous, hypoallergenic making it non-deteriorating, non-stinky and germ-free.

If those reasons aren’t enough, there’s a few more…

The ooh’s and ahh’s when I present these at toy parties are amazing. They are a real work of art. Even though many of them are shaped like a penis, they don’t actually look like one. So it’s a toy that can be left right out on your nightstand if you’d like and no one would be the wiser.

After experiencing such great pleasure from a toy, you don’t want clean up to be a project. Luckily, glass dildos are easy to clean and I mean really easy. You have several options.

  • Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol, rinse with water and you’re all set.
  • Wash it with warm water and soap in your sink.
  • Put it in the top rack of your dishwasher.

Glass offers the smoothest surface to feel against and within your most sensitive and intimate of areas. It’s as smooth as silk having no nicks, bumps or rough edges that you would have to worry about filing down before using. That’s no joke, many plastic toys come with that dilemma. When I first started buying toys and reading articles, we were actually advised to check the plastic, especially on anal beads, for rough edges before using and if found. If we found any, we were also advised to file them down with a nail file. What???? The anus is a whole hell of a lot more sensitive than the vagina; I would hate to encounter a sharp edge. Talk about an ouchie! That’s just not a concern with glass. These reputable companies won’t allow a toy to be shipped out if that was the case. Thank goodness for glass!

Another advantage of glass being non-porous. A bottle of lubricant will last a lot longer. Only porous toys absorb lube, and if you’re someone like me that doesn’t produce enough of her own natural lubrication, you usually need even more artificial lubricant. Luckily, that’s not the case with hand blown tempered glass toys. I’m as dry as a desert, but just a dab of lube is all I usually need for an entire session. Not once does it dry out because it’s non-porous. That’s pretty sweet!

Even More Reasons glass dildos are Benefial to Use

Many toys have that cold, impersonal feel to them, however, glass dildos warm up to body temperature quickly. If you want to heat it up prior to use, just run it under warm tap water. The reverse is also true if you want your toy cooled by running it under cold tap water for a few minutes.

As mentioned above, the thicker dildos offer more weight. I know it sounds strange, but because of the weight it feels more like you’re being penetrated by something of substance. I’m really trying to find the most accurate words to describe it because I do feel a difference. My thin dildos feel very smooth and offer all the other advantages of a glass toy, but because of no weight, they feel like just another toy. The thicker one just feels so incredibly good!

Whether the dildo is thick or thin, glass is a hard, inflexible material, making it perfect for stimulating the G-Spot and Prostate. It’s very difficult to adequately stimulate those special areas with a soft toy that’s going to bend and flex on your every attempt to hit that hot button. As long as you get something curved for that kind of stimulation, you should have no problem.

My personal recommendation

The Dichroic Wrapped G-Spot is also a beauty, from Phallix. It measures 7 inches long and is about 1 1/4 ” in diameter, which was a pleasurable and weighty thickness for my desires. It also comes with a very nicely padded velvet bag. The link goes to my detailed review of this very beautiful toy so you know exactly what you’re getting.

UPDATE 3-2010:

I’ve been receiving various glass toys from Adam & Eve for review and I am surprised and overjoyed to announce that I have had good experiences with them and they’re all priced under $30! Yep, for $24.95 you can get as pretty purple glass dildo with both ends finished in two different ways. The glass is strong and durable, it’s smooth and sleek and feels real good. So as of late, you don’t have to break the bank to experience the fun of glass. Check out my most recent review of the Adam & Even Curved Beaded Glass Dildo.

UPDATE 7-2013:

Over the years, more and more companies have been coming out with glass dildos, creating A LOT more competition which is ultimately causing the prices to go down. They’re still not the cheapest sex toys, but at this time, they’re not the most expensive either.

Now you’ve got a lot more information!

Wow, this article turned out to be a lot longer than I originally intended it to be. Somehow, that always seems to happen. Anyway, I hope that you’re still with me and that you feel more secure in purchasing these very special hand blown glass sex toys. I hope that I have been able to show you that even though it’s made of a material that we think of as breaking easily, it’s actually very safe to use. I also hope that I have shed some light on why these precious gems are so expensive to buy and that it’s not just the adult industry trying to get as much money as they can out of you.

Most importantly, I hope I’ve shed some light as to how worth it they are and how much money you can save in the long run. They’re so enjoyable to use and not just alone, but because they’re so beautiful and artistic, they’re non-threatening to share with a partner. I just can’t say enough of great things. So it is my hope that you now look forward to treating yourself, or that special someone, to one of these very special glass dildo toys.

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Ann Andriani
My name is Ann Andriani. Since 1999, I've helped millions of folks sort through their questions and curiosities about sex. I hope that you enjoy your stay with me and benefit from my thoughts and sex advice.

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