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Difference Between TPE and Silicone Sex Doll – Which One Is The Best For Choice?

One of the most frequent questions we have received recently:
What are the differences between TPE dolls and Silicone dolls? What’s the best for choice?
The Internet is awash with many different answers that can be quite confusing and makes it even more difficult to understand, especially if you’re a beginner.
That’s why we have made this thorough comparison between them (including all the positive and negative aspects, touch feeling, visual appearance, using experiences, and maintenance etc.) for your easier understanding in a clear way.

What is TPE?

TPE is the acronym for the Thermoplastic Elastomer, also as known as thermoplastic rubbers, which consists of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. Due to its flexibility and elasticity, TPE material is relatively easy to use in manufacturing by injection molding. TPE shows advantages of both rubbery materials and plastic materials. The benefit of using TPE is the ability to stretch to moderate elongations and return to its near original shape creating a longer life and better physical range than other materials. They have typical elastic properties of rubbers, and they require little or no compounding. Depending on the environment, TPEs have outstanding thermal properties and material stability when exposed to a range of temperatures.

Manufacturers, since a few years ago, started to experiment all sorts of other alternative materials other than Silicone in order to be able to make the dolls more affordable while keeping its highly realistic features, TPE has gone through and finally become the most popular material in the industry.

Positive aspects of TPE Sex Dolls:

#1 Best Lifelike Touch Feeling:
The TPE skin is as known as its soft, elastic, literally comfortable and lifelike features, this easily beat the silicone without any doubt. She touches as realistic as a real woman, especially when you customize to have her installed with an interior body heating system.

#2 Realistic Appearance:
Rather than relying on the boring words, you may want to trust your own eyes to find how they look on the appearance by either browsing our website or searching “Realistic TPE Sex Dolls” in the Google and Youtube.

#3 Affordable Price:
Unlike a Silicone sex doll which normally cost you a few thousands of dollars ($2600-$5500 depending on size), TPE price is way much easier to accept than the Silicone dolls ($1400-$2200 depending on size).

#4 Medical-grade Hypoallergenic:
The worst thing that could happen after you take your doll home is to realize you are extremely allergic to her. Medical grade TPE is a better option because it does not contain harmful chemicals that could cause severe reactions. You can hug your doll, kiss her, and have her in your bed without worrying about if you will wake up with a huge rash. (* Although, please confirm you’re not allergenic to the baby powder or water-based lubricant.)

#5 Great Durability:
Sex Doll manufacturers prefer TPE over rubber or latex because of its durability. This is an important quality for people who are shopping for realistic sex dolls. Imagine having to get rid of your girl when you have already developed deep emotional and physical attachment to her just because she is worn out and no longer serves you well. That is why you need one that will last you through the years. (For your information: Silicone sex dolls own the same durable feature.)

#6 Thermal Stability:
TPE sex dolls retain the warmth evenly and steadily, which you can hold her for a length of time and the warmth will last; Featuring this advantage, it is also allowed for her to build inside the body with a heating system that makes her feel as realistic as a real woman at 35°C- 38°C human temperature.

#7 Flexible Body Positions:
Featuring her soft and elastic TPE skin, the dolls can be positioned with very few limitations, you can unlock more positions with her when you want to explore exciting fancies. (Just don’t forget to return your sex doll back to a neutral stress-free position after enjoying the time with her, in order to keep the skin tight and silky soft.)

Video Test Of the Doll's Body Softness & Flexibility

Negative aspects of a TPE Sex Doll:

#1 Get Stains Easier than Silicone:
Due to its porous nature, TPE gets stained easily. The stain can spread to around and difficult to remove. You have to be careful about those romantic dinners when you are having your red wine with her. A spill on her skin means you will spend much time and effort to remove that. (Never put your TPE doll on the dark-colored stuff, and make sure that any clothing put on your dolls is color transfer resistant.)

#2 Regular Maintenance Required:
You have to ensure, for both of your health and her durability good, your doll is well maintained and cleaned (especially her vagina, anus, and mouth after every use), otherwise, she can get stains or even mold, and may lose her beautiful shape, appearance, and durability.

#3 Quality Can Be Compromised:
Since TPE is a blend of different materials, it will depend on whether the blending has been done to perfection. Ensure you buy your TPE doll from a reputable site or local sex doll shop to avoid getting scammed by poor quality manufacturers and fake sellers.

#4 Sensitive to Heat:
Although TPE retains the warmth nicely which gives her the best human-like realistic feature, be aware that the material they are made of is sensitive to the high-temperature heat. You have to take care to keep her away from the heat source. (Insider tip: Don’t take the risk to use the hair drier to dry her body in order to save time.)

What is Silicone?

Silicone (AKA. silicone rubber) is an artificial polymer material. It’s a mixture of silicon polymer, elastomer (rubber-like material), together with carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Silicone rubber is generally non-reactive, stable, and resistant to extreme environments and a broad range of temperatures while still maintaining its useful properties. There are many special grades and forms of silicone rubber, for a silicone sex doll, it always tends to be highly resistant to pressures, heat, and deformation.

Silicone rubber has long been used for a variety of industries including undergarments, sportswear, sex toys and sex dolls, due to its wonderful features of durability, petroleum-based lubricants resistant, heat-resistant, and ease of manufacturing and shaping.

Pros of Silicone Sex Dolls:

#1 Easy to Clean:
Their non-porous nature and stable features make them less likely to stain, and also much easier to clean and sanitize compared to the TPE dolls. You can sanitize them easily without worrying that any normal cleaning liquid will sink in to damage the surface of the skin.

#2 Resistant to Heat:
The Silicone dolls are more resistant to heat, water, and stains from daily usage due to their non-porous skin surface, you can enjoy taking a hot bath with her.

#3 Better Realisticity :
The silicone dolls generally have more realistic looking face and body parts due to the silicone material’s firm nature, though some softness and realism of her touch feeling has to be sacrificed.

#4 Robust Body Structure:
Silicone dolls tend to be more robust and their bodies are sturdy to sustain her weight. The doll can keep her shape and withstand the weight better than the TPE dolls.

#5 Hypoallergenic:
Like the TPE, you can rest assured that silicone rarely caused allergic reactions, and that’s why similar silicone material has successfully been used for breast implants in humans for long time.

Cons of Silicone Sex Dolls:

#1 Expensive:
The pricing of silicone material is way much higher than the TPE, depending on your love doll’s size, she will cost you as high as $2,800-$5,500 US dollars.

#2 Fragile:
Because it’s more rigid, it’s more prone to tearing. It can withstand a lot weight but their rigid nature make them likely to damage if moved in certain wrong directions. You should avoid yanking their movable parts. Proper care should be taken every 25-40 days according to her status to avoid certain areas be ripped.

#3 Rigid and Harder:
The silicone dolls generally have the more realistic looking face and body parts due to the silicone material’s firm nature, though some softness and realism of her touch feeling has to be sacrificed.

#4 Less Flexible:
Silicone dolls are not as flexible as TPE dolls. It may be a bit difficult to move some of their body parts around. Their thighs and arms can be a little bit stiff.


As so you can see, the choice between TPE and silicone largely depends on your personal taste and preferences. Both have their own obvious assets and disadvantages. When it comes to knowing which one to buy, you will have to weigh the pros and cons of both TPE and silicone dolls to find the one that works for you. Irrespective of the material you choose, make sure you purchase your love doll from trusted brands and sellers. Check their guarantee policy and credibility before making the final decision.

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