Firmness Options: What's What?

Bad Dragon offers a variety of different toy models in different firmnesses (or hardnesses) to accommodate a wide variety of tastes and preferences. Trying to decide what firmness is best can be a little overwhelming, so here’s a rundown with general information about the firmness options we have!



We highly suggest that first-time customers order one of our Sample Sets so you can better understand how our material feels!

A good way to get the most out of your Sample Set is to squeeze a sample in your hands - fold it over on itself several times to make it thick, twist it, pull at it, check out the texture of the logo and how that feels in different firmnesses. It will help you decide what you like the feel of the most in regards to how it squishes and moves.

Our products react poorly to silicone lubricants and materials used in other toys, so you can use our sample discs to check lube and material compatibility. (If you’d like more information on caring for your toy, check out our Do’s and Don’ts of Toy Care!)



We offer Soft, Medium, and Firm as solid firmness options on insertable toys. Choosing one of these options means that the entire toy will be cast in a single uniform firmness.

  • Our penetrable toys and packers are poured in their own Extra Soft firmness (sometimes referred to as "2 firmness") that is for those types of toys only. The softness of this material makes it a little more prone to nicks and cuts, so make sure to take extra care with your Extra Soft toys - we can’t assist with any damage or degradation of Extra Soft products!

  • Soft (sometimes referred to as “3 firmness”) is the most yielding firmness we have available for insertable toys. It compresses and bends very easily. Some models such as Chance will have difficulty remaining upright on their own in this firmness.

  • Medium (sometimes referred to as “5 firmness”) is the middle ground of our firmness options. It's somewhat more difficult to compress than 3 firmness, but does not bend as much on its own. Some models will still have difficulty standing on their own (due to top-heaviness) but most are more stable than in Soft firmness.

  • Firm (sometimes referred to as "8 firmness") is the hardest firmness that we have available. It is difficult to compress; it springs back to its original shape very quickly when bent and released. In general, it is very unyielding.


We have two other options called split firmness. This means that the shaft of the toy is cast in one single uniform firmness, but the base is cast in a different single uniform firmness. Availability of split firmness varies depending on the model of toy purchased - you can check a toy’s product page to see if it supports this option.


We have two types of split firmness:

  • Split Firm - the shaft of the toy is made in Medium, with the base in Firm

  • Split Wide - the shaft of the toy is made in Soft, with the base in Firm


We aren’t able to create toys with firmness splits in odd locations (like the head of a toy being Soft, the shaft being Firm, and the base being Medium) due to manufacturing limitations. We also aren’t able to “fade” or transition from one firmness to another (a Soft shaft transitioning gradually to a Firm base), or “core” toys with a Soft outer layer and Firm inner core.



A good rule of thumb for selecting firmness is to look at proportions of toys if you are interested in them standing on their own. Models that have a very slender shaft or a large amount of space behind the knot usually will not stand on their own regardless of firmness.

Another factor to keep in mind is that the larger the size of a toy you order, the harder it will feel due to the volume of the toy! A small thin toy (like a Small Flared Chance) will always feel softer than its bigger counterpart (an Extra Large Flared Chance), even if they’re both the same firmness.

The reverse is also true: the smaller the size of a toy, the softer it will feel!

One last tip is that the varying thickness on some toy models can make the firmness seem irregular. When you have less silicone in an area, it will always feel softer than an area that's very thick or dense. A great example of this is the Royal Dragon - that knot will feel much firmer than the tickler, even if both of them are Soft firmness!



At the end of the day, what firmness will work best for you is very much a personal decision. Customer Service can’t advise as to which firmness is best, but you can always contact us if you have other general questions about our firmness options!

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