There are such a variety of sex toys on the market that it can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out which one is right for you. Deciding what type of material you like can be half the battle so here is some information to help you make your decision.

Plastic is traditional for vibrators. Vibrations transmit well through plastic plus it is durable and non-porous. Virtually any lube can be used and most plastic sex toys are inexpensive.

Latex is another commonly used material. The feel of latex falls somewhere between plastic and jelly. Latex is inexpensive but might be allergenic to some people.

Jelly sex toys are usually soft and flexible. They often have a soft, smooth feel. There is currently controversy over these toys due to phthalate content. Recently, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency released a report on the safety of phthalates in sex toys. According to the report, titled Survey and Health Assessment of Chemical Substances in Sex Toys, using sex toys with phthalates for one hour a day or less poses no health risks unless you are pregnant or nursing. However, if phthalates are a concern to you, simply cover these toys with a condom and consider buying non-porous or phthalate-free toys on your next purchase.

Glass / Pyrex sex toys are often beautiful, easy to clean, non-porous and last a very long time. Because of these benefits, glass toys often cost more than sex toys made from the above materials. Another benefit is you can use virtually any lubricant.

Silicone is a durable, quality material used to make high-end sex toys. While the cost may seem high, the benefits of silicone are often worth it. Silicone is soft and lifelike and warms up quickly to body temperature. It is also latex-free and non-porous so it is easy to clean and may be boiled for sterilization if desired. Only use water-based lubes.

Cyberskin is a combination of latex and silicone. It has the look and feel of real skin, plus it quickly warms to body temperature. True Cyberskin is phthalate free but be aware that there are lower-quality imitators out there. Remember that only licensed Cyberskin products will feature the Cyberskin logo. A drawback to Cyberskin is that It is porous so be sure to clean with an anti-bacterial toy cleaner after every use and use water-based lubes only.

“TPR” or thermoplastic rubber is less porous than Cyberskin, but more porous than Silicone. Basically, it is a phthalate-free version of jelly.