What Is the Safest Sex Doll Material?

Posted by Anna Bergeron on

The sex doll market is constantly evolving. What started out as a collection of inflatables with a questionable level of realism is now a completely thriving market boasting some of the most realistic feeling artificial skin materials.

Even in the inflatable section, there are multiple options to choose from when deciding exactly what your sex doll is going to be made of. With choice and options come questions, and one of the most common questions is which material is the safest?

What Materials are Used for Sex Dolls?

If we’re going to be looking at comparisons of the different sex doll materials, the first thing we should probably do is go over what exactly is available now. Sex dolls are made for many different markets, with several different options to choose from. The most popular include:

  • Silicone
  • TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer)
  • Metal or PVC (This isn’t actually on the skin of the doll, but rather internally supporting their skeletons)
  • Vinyl
  • Latex
  • Fabric/Cloth
  • Rubber

What Makes a Sex Doll Safe?

The other part of the question when comparing the sex doll materials is what “safe” actually means. Again, this has multiple parts to consider. For some, the main consideration is cleanliness and hygiene, so the safest doll will be the easiest to keep and maintain.

Others might be more concerned with the physical effect of the doll’s skin. Some materials can irritate your skin if used incorrectly, so the easiest to use will be the safest. Perhaps the most common version of “safe” will be whether or not you’re going to get caught with it! In this case the most discreet doll will be the safest.

Silicone Sex Dolls

Silicone is the gold-standard of the sex toy world. Almost any time you see questions being answered about nearly any kind of sex toy, someone will always be saying to buy “high-quality silicone” toys. There’s a few reasons silicone is so highly sought after, and they aren’t just marketing mumbo-jumbo either.

Silicone’s largest advantage is that it is completely non-porous. What this means is that any dirt or bacteria that get onto your doll won’t be able to seep into the pores of the material. Once something does get into the pores it is much harder to clean out, and in many cases impossible to completely clean.

Having a non-porous sex doll which you clean thoroughly after each and every use is the only true way to be sure that your doll is hygienic. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of regulation in the sex doll industry. Sometimes a company will claim something is silicone when in fact it is a mixture of other materials including silicone.

While these mixtures are still less porous than other materials, they aren’t completely non-porous. When shopping for silicone dolls you should always be looking for 100% silicone. If it doesn’t say, then you should contact the manufacturer just to double check.

Another great benefit to silicone is that it tends to be the nicest feeling material on offer. In a sex doll many people will be looking for the most realistic experience they can get. Having a brilliant looking doll is all well and good, but if it doesn’t feel great then it’s going to completely ruin the illusion.

You get what you pay for though! Silicone sex dolls will generally be some of the most expensive on the market.

TPE Sex Dolls

TPE, or thermoplastic elastomer, is the second most common material used in sex dolls (alongside silicone). TPE is a blend of rubber and plastic which creates a very soft material that is very easy to mould and shape. Many people enjoy it the most as a sex doll material as it can create extremely realistic looks and feels fantastic too.

The main area where TPE falls short is that it is porous. This means it can never be 100% sterilised. Even if you’re as careful as possible, and clean your doll more than the average owner, bacteria can still get into the pores of the skin. Porous materials are also much more prone to stains than non-porous materials, so it’s much easier to create permanent discolouration on your doll.

Another risk with TPE dolls is the blend of materials. Each manufacturer will have their own proportions that make up their blend, and some might even use “secret ingredients” to make their blend better than their competitors.

While competition is healthy, it can create some problems for a consumer. While you can buy almost any silicone product and know exactly what it’s going to feel like, with TPE the materials can feel completely different from one doll to the next.

Due to the variations in the material, you need to be a little more careful when using your dolls. It can be quite a painful surprise if you start to use your doll with less lube, but then find out that this blend is actually much harder and has more friction. Skin irritation is never nice on genitals!

Vinyl and Latex Sex Dolls

I’ve grouped these two together as they are both the most common materials used in blow up sex dolls. Both are around even in terms of safety, but there are a couple of key differences between them.

In terms of similarities, both are much harder to touch than silicone. This makes them much more likely to cause irritation during use, so be extra careful and use lots of lube with these kinds of sex dolls. They also both have a completely unique risk not found in other sex dolls. Popping! Putting too much weight or pressure on an inflatable doll could lead to a surprising bang, which not only ruins your fun but could also be quite painful.

The main difference between the two is their strength. Vinyl tends to be stronger, but the trade-off is that they crease much easier. Latex retains its shape better but is more likely to tear.

Fabric Sex Dolls or Sex Cushions

Sex dolls made from fabrics and cloth are much less popular than the other varieties, but there are still those out there who swear by them. Generally, fabric will be one of the safest materials available simply because of how easy it is to clean. This is even more true if your sex doll or pillow has a case which can be easily removed and thrown in the washing machine.

The only real danger with fabric dolls is friction burns. You can’t really lubricate a piece of cloth, as it will just absorb the lube. Some manufacturers include parts made out of other materials to help avoid this problem. Others simply wear a condom to give themselves a little more protection.

Which Material is Best?

If you haven’t realised from my tone, I definitely think you should go for silicone in all sex toys whenever you can. It’s more expensive, but the money buys you the extra piece of mind that you can properly sterilise your dolls and keep them hygienic.

There’s nothing worse than having to get rid of a perfectly good doll because one part has become stained and gross and there’s nothing you can do to get it out. If you’d like a little more in depth info on why I think this, then check out our comparison of silicone and TPE.

The ONLY time I’d recommend something else is if you’re trying to be discreet and your idea of safe is which one you could hide the quickest. In that case, a fabric doll which you can easily throw a pillowcase over, or an inflatable made of vinyl or latex is the way to go. These are the easiest to hide in literally any situation. Whatever you decide to go for, be sure to take your time and consider all the options before making a final decision. Our store has many variants of doll for you to browse will you think!

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