Product review: Tantus Silk

Tantus have a great reputation for making some of the best insertables in the sex toy industry.  So when I saw that they were having a massive sale at the beginning of the year, I naturally decided to snap a few things up.  My first two purchases were the Silk dildo in small and medium.  And now, after months of rigorous testing I’m ready to bring you my review!

Where do I even begin?  Well, I think the obvious place to start would be with the appearance of the toys.  The Silk lives up to it’s name, with it’s super smooth texture and graceful curve.  There is not a ridge or seam in sight on these toys, which are made from Tantus’s premium blend of silicone.  The Silk comes in three colours: pink, black and this gorgeous pearlescent purple.

The silicone that these toys are made from is some of the nicest I’ve ever felt.  A lot of silicone toys in my collection have a velvety texture, which is nice but it tends to drag on the skin.  But Tantus use this gorgeous silicone that is super smooth and silky.  I’ve found that you need very little lube with these toys, as they glide easily over the skin.  Silicone is one of my favourite materials for insertable toys because it’s non-porous and so easy to clean.  You can throw them in the sink with a bit of mild soap and you’re done.  Or, if you need to give them a more thorough cleaning, you can boil them or throw them in the dishwasher.  As these have no cracks or crevices, there are no places for gunk and bacteria to get trapped so they are very hygienic.

The Silk has a great in-between texture that makes it ideal for beginners.  It’s firm enough to thrust with but not so stiff and hard that you’re going to painfully poke yourself during play.  As the small Silk is thinner, it is slightly bendy so it won’t stand up to vigorous thrusting, but it’s nice for a slow glide.  Both of them are satisfyingly squishy when pressed into your palm.

You’ll notice that the Silk has a great round base.  This base makes them perfect for harness use.  In fact, Tantus sells the small and medium Silk dildos with a harness in their Bend Over Beginner Kit.  I’ve worn both and they are very stable in my harness.  The base also makes them safe for anal use and is nice to hold onto when using them on yourself.

Of the pair, I’d say that the Medium Silk is my favourite.  It’s a nice size, neither too big nor too small, and is ideal for using on it’s own or with a separate clitoral vibrator for extra stimulation.  The length of it is perfect for my body, as I’m quite petite and a lot of dildos are too long for me to use comfortably.  If I’m perfectly honest, I’d say that it is a little thinner than the toys I usually prefer, as I like my insertables on the girthy side.  But if you aren’t into thicker toys and want something simple and smooth to play with, then the Silk medium might be ideal for you.

The small Silk was a bit of a disappointment to me…at first.  When I took it out of the packaging, I wilted a little when I saw how small it was.  It’s only slightly longer and thicker than my middle finger, as you can see from the picture above.  When I used it vaginally during one of my play sessions, you could practically hear the sound of sad trombones as I inserted it.  It was just too small to offer much benefit to me during penetration.  It sat in my toy chest, alone and dejected until one day I decided to try a different path.

You know what the Silk small is brilliant for? Butt play!  Seriously!  If you are into anal play this is a toy that you might want to add to your collection.  And in my humble opinion, it’s ideal for anyone who is interested in trying anal stimulation.  Why?  Well, aside from the fact that it’s got a flared base, so it won’t get sucked up inside you, and the aforementioned ease of cleaning, the shape and size make this a great beginner butt toy.  The Silk has no seams or texture that will irritate your virgin ass and the silky smooth finish makes it really easy to insert.  Plus, it’s quite small and not as intimidating as many of the beginner plugs on the market. The flexibility of the small Silk makes it really comfortable when inserted. The fact that you can use it in a harness also make it ideal for pegging, if that’s something that you’ve been keen to try out.

The Small Silk might also be a good toy for you if you’re new to insertable toys or if you are anxious about penetration.  I know that personally, I struggled with penetrative sex for years due to anxiety and stress about sex.  So if you’re looking for a gentle toy to ease into penetrative play, the Silk would be a great choice.

Tantus make extremely high-quality toys for excellent prices.  The Small Silk sells for around $37 and the Medium is about $47.  Tantus also sells a large version of the Silk for $57.  While these aren’t cheap, I do think that these prices are very reasonable for the quality of the toys.  Plus Tantus regularly has discounts off their range, so if you keep your eyes peeled you’ll be able to get a great deal.

So, are there any downsides to the Silk dildos? In my opinion, not many.  I think my only criticism is that the smooth texture doesn’t offer a lot in the way of sensation.  While they are nicely filling and fun to play with , the Silk isn’t a good toy if you like to be tantalized by texture.  Also, the tubular, rounded design lacks a pronounced head, which means that the Silk isn’t a great toy for g-spot stimulation.

Overall I really like the Tantus Silk, and I’d heartily recommend them.  They are an ideal first-time dildo, whether you’re experimenting with vaginal penetration, anal play, harness play or pegging.  They are well-made, good quality and very versatile.


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