TPE vs Silicone

Last updated on October 6th, 2017 at 11:19 am

The most often asked question is what are the differences between silicone dolls, TPE dolls and other materials and which ones should you be buying? In this post we hope to answer these questions and will be discussing the materials, silicone & TPE at length and comparing how these materials stack up when used to make sex dolls.

BACKGROUND

As the sex dolls industry has grown in popularity, manufacturers have been exploring new ways and alternatives to produce sex dolls at a more affordable price while  maintaining the same level of quality that silicone brings. This is especially true when silicone dolls are generally sold upwards of at least USD$3,000!

Therefore a variety of materials were experimented on such as vinyl, latex, plush and fabric. However there was little success as all of these materials did not provide a realistic look for the doll nor was the texture of high quality (i.e. not smooth/soft) making them suitable for mostly low quality sex dolls.

Eventually due to the higher need for cheaper sex dolls in Asia, Chinese manufacturers began experimenting with TPE. This material provided a cheaper yet high quality alternative to silicone and is slowly growing a strong following. Currently many of the dolls produced in China are made from TPE.

WHAT IS TPE?

TPE stands for Thermoplastic Elastomer sometimes known as thermoplastic rubbers. It is made from mixing polymers such as plastic and rubber, which consists of materials with both thermoplastic (plastic) and elastomeric (rubber) properties.

It is a very popular material used in everyday items that possess rubber like features while still in need of the efficiency of current injection molding techniques, as well as for economical purposes. This gives TPE advantages for use in general production, having the following characteristics:

  • Flexibility
  • Shock absorption
  • Soft texture
  • Mold-ability (to provide ergonomic comfort)
  • Slip resistance

TPE is widely used to make items such as cosmetic cases, handle/grips, shoe soles, cushions etc. Pricing of TPE is usually more affordable than silicone, while being a recyclable material.

PRO & CONS TPE DOLLS

As discussed, TPE is an extremely useful material with interesting properties. This makes it an excellent choice for sex dolls. Below are some of the pros/cons of TPE dolls:

PROS

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    VALUE

    Good value for money; significantly cheaper than silicone dolls yet a lot nicer in quality than a blow up doll.

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    LIFELIKE APPEARANCE

    TPE dolls are very realistic and lifelike.

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    SMOOTH & SOFT TEXTURE

    TPE is used in many ergonomic items such as handles proving it is very soft and smooth to handle

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    CAN RETAIN WARMTH

    Able to retain body warmth making it more realistic when warmed up.

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    HYPOALLERGENIC

    TPE is hypoallergenic material meaning it is unlikely to cause allergic reactions.

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    ODORLESS MATERIAL

    No odor or weird smells you get from other material such as jelly or rubber

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    LUBRICANT COMPATIBILITY

    Compatible with both water-based and silicone lubricants (unlike silicone dolls that are only compatible with water based lubricants)

CONS

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    POROUS MATERIAL

    TPE is a material with small holes like pores. This means fluids can get trapped inside of the pores in the TPE easing bacteria and germs growth if the TPE doll is not cleaned properly.

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    CANNOT BE STERILIZED

    Porous materials cannot be sterilized in nature.

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    BLEND = QUALITY

    The quality of the TPE i.e. how smooth it is, depends largely on the formula of the blend thus TPE dolls can vary across different manufacturers.

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    NEW MATERIAL

    TPE dolls are a more recent invention and so some of the techniques in producing these dolls are still to be developed and refined.

SUMMARY

It is clear that the pros outweigh the cons especially when many of the issues of TPE dolls occur only because of using TPE that is blended poorly. Thus it is important to be buying dolls from reputable TPE manufacturers! We understand this and it is why all of our TPE doll manufacturers are carefully scrutinized to ensure we are partnered with the best manufacturers possible. Check out our store now for TPE Dolls!

WHAT IS SILICONE?

Silicone is a polymer that is a man-made material. It is typically heat resistant and rubber like and has a wide range of application such as in lubricants, medicine, glue, cooking utensils etc. It can come in many forms but the one that we see in silicone dolls is silicone rubber.

Silicone rubber can be very soft or very firm depending on how it is formulated and is very good at retaining its original shape even under extreme pressure. It is also very heat resistance and can be boiled to sterilize it and is highly inert since it does not react with most chemicals (explaining why it is used in medical implants).

Due to its many useful properties silicone rubber can be used and found in many places such as implants, remote controls, food storage products, undergarments, sportswear and a variety of unseen applications.

PRO & CONS SILICONE DOLLS

PROS

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    LIFELIKE APPEARANCE

    Silicone dolls are the most realistic looking dolls you can get.

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    SMOOTH & SOFT TEXTURE

    Silicone has a very realistic texture, which is why it is used in breast implants etc. It is slightly softer than TPE though the quality depends on the blend

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    LONG TERM USED

    Silicone dolls have been around for a while and it is a proven material to make sex dolls out of.

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    CAN RETAIN WARMTH

    Like TPE, silicone can also retrain warmth to make it seem more realistic.

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    NON-POROUS MATERIAL

    The non-porous nature of this material makes it more hygienic and easier to sterilize

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    HYPOALLERGENIC

    TPE is hypoallergenic material meaning it is unlikely to cause allergic reactions.

CONS

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    MORE EXPENSIVE

    Silicone dolls are more expensive because silicone itself is a more expensive material along with the technology needed to produce it.

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    HARDER & MORE RIGID

    Silicone does not possess the elasticity that rubber does making it more rigid at times (that is why you can sometimes tell when people have breast implants).

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    LESS DURABLE

    Silicone is not know to be a very durable material compared to TPE

SUMMARY

Silicone is a high quality material making it suitable for a wide range of application and sex dolls are no exception. It enables the manufacturing of very realistic and high quality dolls and has been the material of choice for a while (especially prior to TPE). However the steep price tag associated with using this material has always been its main drawback.
Other materials

TPE doll and Silicone dolls are fairly similar and both have their slight distinct differences and the key it boils down to is which texture feel do you like more. If you frequent doll forums, you will see that doll enthusiasts have made these comparisons already and cannot agree which one is better. Some say TPE provides a more realistic texture whereas others prefer silicone.

The most important thing is to make sure you are buying from the best manufacturers which is what we as a sex doll vendor work to ensure.

OTHER MATERIALS

As mentioned earlier besides TPE and Silicone, there are a variety of other materials that can be used to make sex dolls. The list includes: Rubber, Fabric, Plush, Vinyl and Latex.

However we will not be discussing them at length, as most of these materials are not capable of making realistic sex dolls and they normally go for a different look/appearance with different uses and appeal.

HOW ARE TPE DOLLS MADE?

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    STEP 1: ASSEMBLING

    Our technicians carefully assemble your doll’s skeleton and insure all parts are correctly articulated to make sure your doll can take any position!

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    STEP 2: MOULDING

    The melted TPE blend is injected into a mould to create the body. This process requires a minutious timing and temperature to provide optimal results.

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    STEP 3: DRYING

    Once the TPE blend has cooled down, your doll will then be taken out of her mould, and stored in special premises until the blended material are fully dry.

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    STEP 4: SCULPTING

    Our experienced sculptors mould handmade faces to guarantee ultra realistic results. This is where the magic operate and where our dolls get their soul.

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    STEP 5: FINISHING

    Once the body has fully dried, each doll is carefully inspected. The skeleton, the body parts, and the skin, to remove all imperfections and material bleeds.

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    STEP 6: PAINTING

    After the finishing, areolas, nipples, vaginal lips, nails and other body details are painted based on the options you have chosen when placing your order.

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    STEP 7: MAKE-UP

    After the painting, makeup is applied to your doll’s face, as well as hair, nails and clothes so that she can be the prettiest before her 1st date with you!

TPE vs Silicone was last modified: October 6th, 2017 by adminlovedoll