TPE Sex Dolls VS Silicone Sex Dolls

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TPE VS Silicone: Which Should You Buy?

A debate that has been raging since the dawn of time is whether you should go for a silicone sex doll, or a TPE sex doll. Okay, maybe not the dawn of time, but it’s been going a while. On both sides, you’ll find passionate people convinced that their choice is the right one. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

What is TPE?

TPE stands for thermoplastic elastomer. It’s a compound usually made by mixing together a rubber and a plastic. TPE is one of the most common materials for sex dolls.

The reason TPE is so common is because of the feelings it gives. When trying to make the best sex dolls possible, manufacturers want to create the most accurate representation of sex possible. TPE feels very soft and surprisingly lifelike, especially in the important areas like genitals and breasts.

TPE is also much cheaper than silicone. While a high-quality silicone doll will usually cost you several thousand dollars, you can get a good quality TPE doll for a fraction of that price.

What is Silicone?

Silicone is typically lauded as the best sex toy material on the market. It is extremely high quality and can withstand a large amount punishment. Even large amounts of heat don’t damage it and silicone sex toys are perfectly safe to boil for sterilisation.

Which is Best: Realism

When buying a sex doll, one of the largest considerations for most customers will be how real the doll looks. This includes both the visual aspects of the doll, and how it feels to touch.

Both silicone and TPE are great for producing extremely lifelike dolls. They can be moulded very well, and the manufacturers can create extremely fine details with both materials. To touch, both are also very good, although they are slightly different.

Which you prefer will be largely down to personal preference. Some people love the feel of TPE but find silicone to be too rubbery or firm. Others find TPE to be a little too sticky and prefer the smoothness of silicone. The best thing to do will be to head down to your local sex store and feel some sex toys made of each material and decide which you prefer.

One particular area where there is a tangible difference is in the breasts. Real breasts are generally quite spongy to touch. TPE lends itself better to this than silicone, and hollow TPE breasts feel almost as good as the real thing.

Which is Best: Durability

When investing in something as expensive as a sex doll, you’re obviously going to want it to last as long as possible. When it comes to durability, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages to each material. Silicone overall is stronger than TPE, but it is more prone to stretching and tearing. TPE will usually return to its original shape much more readily but is more likely to stain. Again, another toss-up.

Which is Best: Hygiene

This is where we can find a clear winner between the two materials. Silicone is non-porous, meaning the pores in the material are small enough that they won’t let any bacteria in. TPE is porous, so even after cleaning bacteria is able to stay within the surface of the material.

Due to this one tiny difference, silicone is overall going to be more hygienic and safer than TPE. No matter how well you clean your sex dolls, eventually some bacteria is going to stay within the surface of a TPE doll. If you are the only one who uses your doll then this might not cause you too many problems, but it is still a risk you take which isn’t present in silicone dolls.

Another hygiene consideration that sets silicone apart is phthalates. Phthalates are materials often used in rubber and plastic to help soften the material. For most things these are perfectly harmless, but when you’ll be making prolonged bodily contact with them they can be toxic

Phthalates are almost never found in silicone, but they can be found in TPE sex dolls. When shopping for a TPE sex doll you’re always going to want to make sure that there are no phthalates in the material. If you’re unsure, always check with the manufacturer.

Which is Best: Cost

When it comes to cost, silicone dolls will always be more expensive than TPE dolls. The material itself is more expensive so there is basically no way to get a silicone doll cheaper than a TPE doll if they are the same quality.

You really get what you pay for with sex dolls though, so it’s largely down to you. If you’re willing to spend the money, you will get a much higher quality sex doll than if you go for something cheaper!

Which is Best: The Decision

As I said throughout this article, there really aren’t any clear winners when trying to decide which material you should go for. The best way to go about the decision is to think about which parts are most important to you, and how you plan to use the doll. For example, if you plan to have your doll as a decorative piece rather than actually having sex with it, then you aren’t going to care which material is more hygienic. Similarly, if you’re limited on money, you aren’t going to be able to spend thousands on a silicone doll, so TPE will be better for you.

It's a big decision to make, so be sure to take your time and properly consider everything before making an impulse purchase. You won’t regret it, as you’ll have this partner for hopefully many years to come!

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