If you're a bit in the dark about the difference between Silicone Sex dolls, and TPE sex dolls, you're in the right place, let's go through some of the basics and get you up to scratch so you can decide which one is best for you...

TPE or Silicone?

Sex dolls are most commonly made from two different materials- TPE or silicone. TPE is an abbreviation of thermoplastic elastomer. What's is the difference between TPE dolls and silicone dolls, and what are the advantages of each?

First, let's have a look at each material's main features:

TPE Sex Dolls

  • TPE is a rubber/ plastic blend. It is extremely flexible, malleable and stretchy. 
  • TPE is soft to touch and bouncy, it has an unbelievably authentic "jiggle" to it and it imitates human flesh very well. 
  • Parts such as the labia can be made to look and feel very realistic.
  • TPE is extremely durable with extremely high elasticity properties. 
  • TPE is a good conductor of heat, it can maintain its temperature for long periods. 
  • TPE is odourless, although some of the oils used to keep it from drying out can have a slight "oily" smell to it, which fades over a week or two.
  • TPE is porous, which can be problematic for stains.
  • Stains can be removed with the correct stain remover.
  • Extra care needs to be taken in sterilising the dolls because of its porous nature.
  • TPE Dolls are cheaper than silicone dolls. 
  • TPE Dolls are (by far) the more popular choice. 
  • The majority of dolls on our site are TPE sex dolls. 

Silicone Sex Dolls:

  • Silicone is a very versatile and high-quality material, it is widely known for its use in cosmetic implants, predominantly for its life-like feel. 
  • Silicone has been used in both the medical industry and in product manufacturing for decades. The techniques used in production are very advanced.  
  • Silicone can be made to look and feel realistic.
  • Silicone is a strong material, keeps its shape and can withstand the weight.
  • Silicone is non-porous, stain-resistant and easily sterilised.
  • The non-porous texture means it has a ‘super smooth’ synthetic feel to it and can be cleaned easily.
  • Silicone is more expensive than TPE.  
  • Although smoother, silicone is generally harder to the touch and less flexible than TPE.
  • Silicone can become brittle and prone to tearing. It can withstand a lot of weight, but fragile areas can be torn if proper care is not taken.

There are pros and cons for both types of doll and similarities to both. For example; they are both hypoallergenic, both retain heat well, they can both be bathed or showered for heating, they can both be customised to suit your needs and they both make excellent sex dolls (of course). 

Ultimately, customers are happy with both, but generally speaking- TPE dolls are less expensive and more commonly produced for its ultra-realistic flesh like properties, and so tend to be more popular.