TPE vs Silicone Sex Dolls – Which Material Is Better? [2023]

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TPE vs Silicone sex doll? Which material is the best? What are the pros and cons? We get asked this a lot. As usual, we try to be as frank and precise as possible with the replies, but we think it’s time to shed light on this question with a detailed analysis of both materials.

Which is the best material for you? Why should I buy silicone sex dolls when a TPE model is more affordable? You might be asking. Well, both materials have their benefits and setbacks, and your personal needs will determine the ideal option.

This article will detail the differences between TPE and silicone dolls, as well as the factors that might make either one the best option for you.

So, without further introductions, let’s get right into my TPE or silicone guide;

Key Takeaways
  • Initially, silicone was the go-to sex doll material for manufacturers due to its exemplary quality and ease of molding. All high-end sex dolls had this material in an era that revolutionized the self-pleasuring industry.
  • Silicone is a little more expensive, and not all people can afford Silicone sex dolls. So, to address this concern, sex doll manufacturers dedicated their time to developing an alternative material that was just as good but more affordable.
  • TPE was developed to produce mid-range dolls that are affordable and just as realistic as silicone. TPE is the most popular material among Chinese manufacturers because of its unmatched flexibility and realism.

What is TPE?

Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE), usually called Thermoplastic Rubbers, is a copolymer made by mixing two or more materials with thermoplastic and elastomeric properties.

TPE depicts rubbery and plastic, is super flexible, and can be stretched and molded to the required shapes more easily. It also has a longer life and a better physical range than most materials, making it a good sex doll material.

Thermoplastic Elastomer is incredibly soft and can be stretched multiple times than silicone, which explains the amazing wobbling ass and breasts in TPE love dolls. Moreover, because TPE can use existing injection molding techniques, it’s a more affordable material for making realistic sex dolls.


Advantages of TPE Material

  • TPE sex dolls are more affordable than silicone.
  • Soft and elastic. It can stretch greater than 300% of its original size before breaking.
  • It has an exemplary high quality for the price.
  • Super-realistic and soft to touch. The breasts and buttocks wiggle to the rhythm of your thrusts.
  • Very flexible, allowing you to enjoy multiple sex positions.
  • You can use any lube (water-based, Silicone, etc.)
  • If maintained right, TPE models will last longer than Silicone.


Disadvantages of TPE Material

  • TPE is a porous material making them more challenging to clean.
  • Porous materials can harbor harmful bacteria and mold.
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer gets stains from clothes more easily.
  • Unlike silicone, TPE dolls are very sensitive to heat.
  • You can’t sterilize your TPE doll, unlike a Silicone product.
  • It’s also quite sticky (you can use baby powder.)


What Do TPE Sex Dolls Feel Like?

TPE sex doll from Sexy Real Sex Dolls

TPE sex dolls from Sexy Real Sex Dolls (Image source:

TPE is elastic and soft to touch, making the sex feel more natural than with Silicone. It’s also very stretchable, which is a plus, especially for those interested in having a view of wiggling butt and breasts during sex. Besides, it’s super flexible, making it possible to experiment with many more sex positions.


What is Silicone?

Silicone is a class of polymers consisting of repeating units of siloxane. Another name you may come across is Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR), and it’s widely used today in cooking utensils, lubricants, medical implants, and sex toys.

Silicone is rubbery and soft when you touch it, making it a great choice among doll manufacturers. It’s also heat resistant, opening your world to new exciting possibilities.

For example, you can sterilize silicone dolls by boiling them, making them easier to clean and maintain in the long run. Additionally, the fun doesn’t have to stop at the couch; you can take it to the shower as well. Isn’t that fun?


Advantages of Silicone Material

  • Silicone sex dolls have a more realistic vagina, anus, and mouth canals.
  • They are resistant to heat. Hence, you can sterilize them in boiling water.
  • It’s a non-porous material and doesn’t retain humidity, making cleaning very easy.
  • Less sensitive to heat, and you can use them in the shower/hot baths.
  • Silicone is better at keeping its original shape even when applying extreme pressure.
  • Silicone rubber is stain-resistant.


Disadvantages of Silicone Material

  • A bit on the expensive side.
  • It’s not as squishy as TPE.
  • It feels harder than TPE.
  • You can’t use silicone-based lubricants.


What Do Silicone Sex Dolls Feel Like?

Silicone sex doll from Sexy Real Sex Dolls

Silicone sex doll from Sexy Real Sex Dolls (Image source:

The material is realistic but not as squishy and soft as TPE. However, the cavities (mouth, vagina, and ass) feel more natural.

So, even though Thermoplastic Elastomer takes the day in terms of squishiness, sex with a silicone doll still offers a realistic experience.


Who Should Buy a TPE Sex Doll?

Who should buy TPE sex dolls? Well, from the points we’ve discussed above, the person who should buy a TPE love doll is the one who;

  • Has a limited budget or doesn’t want to break the bank
  • Wants a more realistic, squishier skin option
  • Is ready to dedicate more time to cleaning and overall maintenance


Who Should Buy a Silicone Sex Doll?

The best person to buy a silicone doll is the one who;

  • Is willing to spend more
  • Prioritizes realistic-looking orifices over a squishy body
  • Wants to take a bath with their doll
  • Wants to spend the least time on cleaning and maintenance of the doll


Final Words

And that’s it, folks! They might all be dolls to the eyes, but it’s the little details that make the difference.

Both TPE and silicone materials are hypoallergenic and phthalate-free, but other aspects will determine which one meets your needs in the best way.

And while silicone is a pacesetter in the sex doll industry, the introduction of TPE can be seen as a major revolution that changed a lot.

This Silicone vs TPE sex doll article has defined both materials, detailed their difference, and most importantly, explained some of the factors that will help you pick the best material for your specific desires and needs.

Whether it’s the budget, realism, maintenance, or longevity, pick the material that resonates with you the most.

For more information, I can recommend my article about female sex dolls, plus my two articles about trans sex dolls and male sex dolls.

Have fun!


Tim Larson
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