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Exploring Suction Cup Dildos: A Beginner's Guide

Exploring Suction Cup Dildos: A Beginner's Guide

| Jessica S

Exploring Suction Cup Dildos: A Beginner's Guide

Wanting to try something new or simply just curious, suction cup dildos are a fun way to explore solo or with a partner. They can be used on just about any flat surface and with other toys too! But before we get to that what is it?

What is a suction cup dildo?

  Suction cup dildos are a hands-free toy that you can attach almost anywhere. The suction cup at the end of the dildo allows for a vacuum like effect making it easy to stick to most walls, doors, floors, bed frames, bath tubs and mirrors. Suction cup dildos come in many varieties! From girth and length to color and style there are a lot of options to pick from so that anyone can enjoy them.

So now that you know what it is , we can dive into what are they made of? 

What are suction cup dildos made of?

     There’s some terms you should know first when it comes to what sex toys are made of: porous, non-porous, phthalates and phthalate-free.

     Porous: when it comes to toys some materials are porous such as TPE or TPR. Porous materials allow for germs to linger because liquid can pass through the material. It is highly recommended to use a condom when playing with toys that are porous.

     Non- Porous: non-porous sex toys such as silicone and stainless steel are optimal because they have no pores in the material to harbor germs.

     Phthalates: phthalates are harmful chemicals used to to soften plastics to make them squishy, semi-transparent , or provide durability. Most products made today are phthalate free!

     Phthalate-Free:  the material is made using alternative methods to soften the plastic.

Sex toys can be made from a variety of things : TPE/TPR , glass, stainless steel, metal, aluminum, silicone, and ABS plastics. Some suction cup dildos may include ABS plastic but it’s mostly found in battery operated ones. Most suction cup dildos are made from Silicone or TPE/TPR.

So what’s the difference in Silicone and TPE/TPR ?

Silicone Toys:

The Upside:

  • Non-Porous, Phthalate Free
  • Easy to clean: if it doesn’t have a motor you can boil them or put them in the dishwasher on the top rack, be sure to always check the care instructions.
  • It can be sterilized! Which makes sharing with a partner(s) safer to do
  • Soft material makes it great for anal play

 The Downside:

  • Silicone is a more expensive material and can make the toys a bit pricey
  • The rule of thumb is to not use silicone lube with silicone toys. Always check the recommendations of the manufacturer when it comes to this. The best thing to do is use a water-based lube or a Hybrid lube (a water-based lube with a little bit of silicone).


TPE= Thermoplastic Elastomer
TPR = Thermoplastic Rubber

The Upside:

  • The elasticity and softness of the materials makes for a more realistic feel
  • Flexibility
  • Usually more affordable than silicone
  • Most manufacturers now make TPE/TPR toys Phthalate Free and latex free

 The Downside:

  • The material is porous.
  • Not compatible with latex condoms, Use a non-latex condom with these toys
  • Use a condom for anal play
  • Make sure to change condom and clean toy when swapping between anal and vaginal play
  • Make sure to use an antibacterial cleaner before and after use, dry thoroughly
  • Do NOT  boil/bleach
  • Do not store next to other toys to maintain materials integrity. TPE/TPR does degrade crack and rip over time
  • Some can have a rubbery/chemical smell
  • Do NOT use oil-based lubes, best to stick to water-based lubes

Okay so suction cups come in two main materials what other differences are there between them.

Types of suction cup dildo?

      Suction cups like dildos come in different styles, textures, colors, girths, lengths, and even come motorized. They can come in your standard dildo shape, rabbit style, double penetrating or with triple action.

With all these options how do you pick the right one for you.

How to choose a suction cup dildo?

      Start with what piques your interest and narrow it down from there.

  • Do you want it motorized?
  • Does color matter to you?
  • Do you want a realistic feel?
  • Do you want it to be soft and flexible or do you want some rigidity?
  • How long would you like it to be? How girthy?
  • Is there a specific fantasy you want to use it for?
  • What are your lube preferences?
  • How do you want to use the toy?

    When in doubt you can always stop into the Pretty Pussycat and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you in finding a toy. 

How to use a suction cup dildo?

       You’ve picked the suction cup dildo you want, but what to do with it? 

Use a suction cup dildo in a variety of different ways. Stick them to just about any flat surface you can think of. Try using them with a partner or finding a compatible strap on harness or even a toy mount

When using with a flat surface make sure that the surface is clean, the cleaner the surface the easier it is for the suction cup to stick to. Add a little lube/water/spit to the suction cup not a lot just a dab to create a good stick and vacuum with the suction cup and the surface you’re sticking it to.
    -If using a mirror or bathtub/tile make sure to really get the surface clean removing any soap scum, oils, and water deposits for optimal suction

When picking where to place the suction cup dildo make sure to consider the angle/position in which you want to use the toy.

Some Tips when using a suction dildo solo:

  • If you’re using it on a vertical surface make sure to find a comfortable height and remember that it can put a bit more stress on the lower back and knees
  • If you’re using vertically and anally try using a smaller dildo to start with for ease
  • If you’re using vertically and vaginally try an upward curving dildo
  • If you’re using it on a horizontal surface, you’ll have more free range and won’t put as much stress on your lower back, but finding the right height is also key here as well.
  • Try a suction cup dildo with more length for an easier ride depending on where you’re trying to mount the toy

Some Tips when using a suction dildo with a partner:

  • Communication is key
  • Try picking the toy out together 
  • Consent
  • If you’re using the toy with a harness, make sure to check that harness and toy are compatible nothing worse than being in the moment and finding out the toy and harness don’t do well together
  • imagination and experimentation will take you a long way when finding the best ways to use a suction cup dildo for you, remember everybody’s body is different and no one’s experience is the same.

You’ve played and experimented now to time to clean

How to take care for your suction cup dildo?

Always make sure to read the care instructions for your toy.

Make sure to clean your toy before and after use.

  • For silicone toys first make sure they are 100% silicone before trying to run them through the dishwasher or sanitizing them .
    -Wash toys with warm water and antibacterial soap or a toy cleaner.
         -Try putting them on the top rack of the dishwasher
         -To sanitize boil for 5 mins  
  • For TPR/TPE toys wash with warm water and antibacterial soap or a toy cleaner. NEVER put them inthe dishwasher or a boil them.
    -After they are dry dust with cornstarch to maintain the integrity of the material
  • For Toys with a motor or battery operated wash with warm water and antibacterial soap or toy cleaner

Store the toy not touching other toys.

Now that you know the basics go out and explore!