Before we start to elaborate on the topic it’s time to share a few secrets about Silicone sex doll. As we already have thorough idea that sex dolls come in all shapes and sizes, it basically helps both the male and female community in masturbation along with certain other sexual pleasures.

Nowadays, sex dolls have made a deep impact on the lives of people around the globe. people have accepted them and using them widely. This sounds pretty strange but the fact is that people are of the opinion that sex dolls are user-friendly.

Since the sale of sex dolls has skyrocketed in the last few years, traders and manufacturers around the globe are trying to find suitable materials and ways of designing sex toys. The manufacturers made lots of experiments just to find out the exact type of material that is perfect for manufacturing life-size sex dollsMaterials that can replace a real life partner in the form of a sex doll are real hard to find because the material should represent human like sensitivities.

After going through lots of theories and experiments, manufacturers, at last, came up with two of the best materials that can produce the exact carbon copy of a real life partner in the form of a sex doll and they are Silicone and TPE(thermoplastic elastomer).

Now the problem that arises for most companies and manufacturers is to find out which of the two materials is good to make proper life-size sex dolls.Silicone sex dolls have certain advantages which are as follows:

  • It represents the perfect replicas of real life women.
  • Silicone give a long lasting and lifelike texture to the skin of the sex doll
  • It is basically a non-reactive material. So the chances of anyone getting hurt by using silicone sex doll are almost negative.
  • Since the texture of their skin is so real, silicone sex dolls provide a real life touch experience for its user.
  • Since they are bit heavier than other sex dolls, photographers usually use silicon sex dolls as their models for various photo shoots.
  • These silicone sex dolls are much easier to clean and maintain.
  • Since they are nonallergic, there is less chance of getting skin rashes or infections.
 

TPE or thermoplastic elastomer has evolved in the recent years as an alternative to silicone. It’s gaining popularity worldwide and some of the reasons for this popularity are:

  •  It is softer in touch considering to silicone sex dolls
  •  Since the composition of TPE involves plastic, TPE sex dolls are much more elastic than the silicone sex dolls.
  •  Due to its short life term period, the manufacturers develop TPE sex dolls in collaboration with big companies to get the proper infrastructure and treatment.
  •  TPE sex dolls are inexpensive and available at a very low price.
  •  It is more durable than the silicone sex doll.
 

WHAT IS TPE:

TPE or thermoplastic elastomer is a mixture of polymers mainly that of plastic and rubber which consists of materials which have both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. TPE makes it an economical option possessing features like flexibility, shock absorption, molding ability, soft body texture, etc. With such kind of useful features, this material is becoming a hot favorite among the sex doll manufacturers around the globe.TPE, a material must have the below mentioned essential characteristics:

TPE is a material that has the below mentioned essential characteristics:

  •  Since the main composition of TPE is plastic and rubber, it should have the ability to stretch to certain limits and on release, return to something close to its original shape.
  •  Processable as a melt at elevated temperature
  •  Due to the increasing competitiveness in sex doll industry, manufacturers are always looking for experimenting with new materials to find out cheap option while maintaining the same great quality in order to cater to the needs of the middle-class people.
  •  After experimenting with a number of materials such as vinyl, latex fabric, etc, companies came up with the idea of using TPE as it gave the exact rich feeling of texture at a very low cost.
  •  TPE sex dolls are water resistant.
 

WHAT IS SILICONE:

Silicones are the class of synthetic materials that are polymers with a chemical structure. Theses chemical structures consist of chains of alternate silicon and oxygen atoms, with organic groups attached to the silicon atoms. These compounds are resistant to chemical attack and are pretty mush insensitive to temperature changes.

Silicone is the ultimate choice for soft sex toys by the manufacturers due to its durability, cleaning ability, non-degradation by petroleum-based lubricants. They are basically free of chemicals suspected of having carcinogenic and mutagenic effects on the skin and mucous membranes.

Like plastic, it can be shaped or formed and softened or hardened into practically anything. But it is a unique plastic because it is much more temperature resistant and durable than most plastics and has a low reactivity with chemicals. And while water resistant, it is also high gas permeable, making it useful for medical or industrial applications where air flow is required.

Silicone exhibit important characteristics. Which are

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF  TPE SEX DOLLS:

  Advantages:
  •                   TPE sex dolls are very much realistic and lifelike.
  •                   Since TPE composed of rubber and plastic, the material provides a soft and smooth texture to the sex dolls.
  •                   TPE is hypoallergenic material– it does not cause any sort of allergic reactions.
  •                   The material can retain warmth up to a certain level but is definitely sensitive to excessively high temperatures.
  •                   Due to its elastic nature, the dolls are more flexible and can handle more positions.
  •                   Since TPE is an odorless material– no odor or weird smell can be found from the body of the sex dolls.
  •                   The material is compatible with both water-based and silicone lubricants.
  •                   TPE is much better in quality than silicone sex dolls and more so even much cheaper.
Disadvantages:   
  1. TPE is porous which means the material has poured in them. Fluids or moistures can get trapped inside vaginal and anal cavities resulting in the growth of bacteria and germs if not cleaned in a proper way.
  2. TPE cannot be sterilized in nature, so it makes it very difficult to be cleaned.
  3.  Quality depends on blend – The quality of the TPE depends mainly on the type of materials the manufacturers uses to blend. Since different manufacturers use different materials for blending, it really becomes difficult for the customers to decide the quality of the product.
  4. TPE dolls are recent invention and so some of the techniques in producing these dolls are not as refined as silicone sex dolls.
  5. This material is more sensitive to stains from clothes.
  6. Sticky in nature. So one way to fix the problem is to powder the doll on regular basis.
   

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF SILICONE SEX DOLLS:

  Advantages: 
  1. Silicone sex dolls are more realistic looking sex dolls than TPE dolls.
  2. The material provides realistic soft texture.
  3. Silicone sex dolls have been around for a while and it is a proven material to make cheap sex dolls.
  4. It is a non-porous material, the non-porous nature of this material makes it more hygienic and easier to sterilize.
  5. The material is Hypoallergenic –it is unlikely to cause any sort of allergic reactions.
  6. A silicone doll has the most detailed and realistic vagina and anus of all doll types.
  7. Can retain warmth, is less sensitive to heat.
  8. Material is more resistant to heat, water, and stains from clothes.
  9. Requires less maintenance than TPE dolls
  Disadvantages:
  1. Silicone dolls are more expensive because silicone itself is a more expensive material along with the technology needed to produce it.
  2. Harder and more rigid – Silicone does not possess the elasticity that rubber does making it more rigid at times.
  3. Silicone is less durable material than TPE.
  4. Can be a bit sticky to touch. One way to fix this is to rub baby powder all over your doll.
  5. Not as soft as TPE feels more dense and thick to touch.
   

COMPARISON OF SILICONE DOLL VERSUS TPE DOLL:

Some of the comparisons between TPE and silicone are listed below:

TPE:
  • TPE dolls are relatively cheaper and are money’s worth with all the basic features that are found in a silicone doll.
  • They have  Elastic properties and are
  • Odorless materials.
SILICONE:
  • It is a tried and trusted material for realistic sex dolls; many of the large manufacturers use this material.
  • Realistic material, the same material used for implantations of various body parts.
  • Non-porous material, so it’s easy to clean and maintain.
 

ALSO, CHECK SOME OTHER MATERIALS:

RUBBER:

a)     A common material used in sex toys, as it is cheaper to manufacture.

b)    Porous in nature, it has microscopic holes which can hold bacteria and other related organisms if not properly cleaned.

c)     Most commonly used in products like realistic dildos, butt plugs, and anal beads.

d)    Due to the material used for its manufacture, rubber sex toys have a strong smell.

                        Glass:

a) Glass toys (usually dildos) are manufactured from a Borosilicate glass.

b) They are strong, resistant to thermal shock (meaning it can be subjected to extreme temperatures without shattering) and thermal stress (meaning that they won’t smash into a million pieces if you drop it).

c) It’s completely non-toxic and non-porous.

d) They are durable, and visually they are more appealing Glass is completely versatile as a toy. Because of its high thermal shock threshold, you can warm or cool the glass down to enhance your experience with the toy.

Latex:

a) People mainly use Latex in inflatable sex toys due to its amazing flexibility. the manufacturers use it to make latex rubber clothing.

b) Compatible with water-based and silicone lubricants.

c) It has a slight rubbery smell.

                        Metal:

                         a)  Metal has all the properties, like, it’s non-porous, waterproof, skin-safe, compatible with all lubricants and extra durable. All of these features are just perfect to make a perfect sex toy.

b) Because of solid stainless steel, it is quite heavy and pretty much rigid.

c) It is odorless.

PLASTIC:

a) It provides smooth, hard and strong feeling.

      b) Plastic transfers vibrations extremely well and allows firm, strong stimulation. It’s also compatible with all lubes and easy to clean.

                         Vinyl Sex Toys:

a) Vinyl is porous, can sometimes contain phthalates, and cannot be sterilized.

b) Vinyl sex toys are more hygienic and are easier to clean, with less opportunity for bacteria to hide. Clean vinyl toys with soap, warm water, and rubbing alcohol.

c) Vinyl’s texture tends to be firmer.

d) Vinyl is not as firm or solid as many silicone sex toys but if you are looking for a sex toy material that feels like jelly rubber, is less porous, and less expensive than silicone, glass, or elastomer, vinyl is the right choice.