Stainless steel is a metal alloy that is comprised of no less than 10.5% chromium content by mass. It is the chromium combined with the low carbon content that gives the alloy its stainless properties. Stainless steel is also known as inox steel.
Some body-safe sex toys are made from stainless steel. The same properties that make stainless steel a fantastic material in other applications also make it a great material for sex toys. Stainless steel is hypoallergenic, slickens easily with the lightest amount of lube, is compatible with all lube types, and can easily be cleaned and sterilized. With proper care, it can also last decades with no degradation in the toy material.
One of the most iconic stainless steel sex toys is the njoy Pure Wand:
Stainless steel, like glass, is also applauded for its rigidity. Unlike many types of sex toy materials, stainless steel is extremely rigid. This means that stainless steel sex toys are often a favorite among those who prefer solid, constant contact during g-spot or p-spot play.
Because stainless steel is so rigid, however, care should be taken when playing with stainless steel sex toys. Internal or external bruising can occur with rough thrusting of a stainless steel sex toy. Certain designs, like the bulbed ends of the Fun Wand, can also catch on the internal pubic bone while thrusting. We recommend lots of open communication if using a stainless steel sex toy on someone else.
Since stainless steel can also be sterilized, stainless steel sex toys are also a favorite of those in the swinger and BDSM communities.
Stainless steel sex toys are also a favorite with people who prefer silicone-based or oil-based lubricants. Stainless steel and glass sex toys are among the few sex toy material types that can universally play with these two lubricant types.
Because stainless steel is one of the heaviest sex toy materials, it may not be a good fit for those who have forearm or wrist pain. For example, the njoy Pure Wand, shown above, is 1.5 pounds. One of the largest stainless steel sex toys on the market, the njoy Eleven, is almost 3 pounds!