TPE vs Silicone

Last updated on September 17th, 2018 at 07:53 pm

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

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TPE AND SILICONE DOLLS

As the sex dolls industry has grown in popularity, manufacturers are constantly exploring new 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 selling upwards of at least USD$3,000!

Vinyl, latex, plush and fabric and other material are also available options. However these materials do not provide a realistic look for the doll nor was the texture of high quality, making them suitable for mostly low quality sex dolls.

Eventually due to the higher need for cheaper sex dolls, doll manufacturers began experimenting with TPE. This material provides a cheaper yet high quality alternative to silicone and is growing a strong popularity among doll owners.

TPE VS SILICONE DOLLS COMPARISON:

WHAT IS THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER (TPE)?

TPE stands for Thermoplastic Elastomer. To make TPE, we mix polymers such as plastic and rubber, materials with both thermoplastic (plastic) and elastomeric (rubber) properties.

It is a very popular material that we can see 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, and has a longer lifespan. Click here for more information about our dolls

WHAT IS SILICONE?

Silicone is a polymer 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 its formula and is very good at retaining its original shape even under extreme pressure. It is also very heat resistant, and you can boil it to sterilize it.

Silicone is highly inert since it does not react with most chemicals (explaining why we use it 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 other unseen applications.

TPE DOLLS

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

SILICONE DOLLS

Silicone is a material that has been around for a long time in the sex doll industry. It is a good yet expensive choice. Below are some of the pros/cons of silicone dolls:

PROS

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VALUE

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

VALUE

Good value for money. TPE is 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 pure masterpieces of realism. This material is easier to mould than silicone and gives more realistic results

LIFELIKE APPEARANCE

TPE dolls are pure masterpieces of realism. This material is easier to mould than silicone and gives more realistic results

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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

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

Thermoplastic Elastomers are able to retain body warmth making it more realistic when warmed up.

CAN RETAIN WARMTH

Thermoplastic Elastomers are able to retain body warmth making it more realistic when warmed up.

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ODORLESS MATERIAL

TPE has no odor or weird smell that you usually get from other material such as jelly or rubber dolls.

ODORLESS MATERIAL

TPE has no odor or weird smell that you usually get from other material such as jelly or rubber dolls.

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LATEX & PVC FREE

Our medical grade TPE is latex & PVC free. If you are allergic to one of these 2 material, you cannot choose a silicone sex doll.

LATEX & PVC FREE

Our medical grade TPE is latex & PVC free. If you are allergic to one of these 2 material, you cannot choose a silicone sex doll.

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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)

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 that TPE is hard to sterilize and must be correctly cleaned to avoid bacteria growth.

POROUS MATERIAL

TPE is a material with small holes like pores. This means that TPE is hard to sterilize and must be correctly cleaned to avoid bacteria growth.

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HARDER TO STERILIZE

TPE is harder to sterilize than silicone. Available methods to sterilize medical grade TPE include e-beam, gamma, ethylene oxide or autoclave.

HARDER TO STERILIZE

TPE is harder to sterilize than silicone. Available methods to sterilize medical grade TPE include e-beam, gamma, ethylene oxide or autoclave.

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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.

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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HIGHER COMPRESSION STRENGTH

TPE is more resilient material than silicone. This means it can lose its shape over time if pressed against something

HIGHER COMPRESSION STRENGTH

TPE is more resilient material than silicone. This means it can lose its shape over time if pressed against something

PROS

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LIFELIKE APPERANCE

Silicone dolls can be very realistic looking, but come at a price.

LIFELIKE APPEARANCE

Silicone dolls can be very realistic looking, but come at a price.

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SOFT & SMOOTH TEXTURE

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

SMOOTH & SOFT TEXTURE

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

advantages of tpe vs silicone

CAN RETAIN WARMTH

Like TPE, silicone can also retain heat for optimal life like experiences.

CAN RETAIN WARMTH

Like TPE, silicone can also retain heat for optimal life like experiences.

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NON-POROUS MATERIAL

The non-porous nature of this material and its higher tolerance to heat makes it easier to sterilize than TPE.

NON-POROUS MATERIAL

The non-porous nature of this material and its higher tolerance to heat makes it easier to sterilize than TPE.

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.

MORE EXPENSIVE

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

silicone harder more rigid

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).

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 dolls are not as durable as TPE Dolls. Thermoplastic Elastomers are more resistant and durable in comparison to silicone.

LESS DURABLE

Silicone dolls are not as durable as TPE Dolls. Thermoplastic Elastomers are more resistant and durable in comparison to silicone.

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HARDER TO SHAPE

Silicone is not only more expensive. It is also harder to shape than TPE's moulding injection techniques which also give better realism.

HARDER TO SHAPE

Silicone is not only more expensive. It is also harder to shape than TPE's moulding injection techniques which also give better realism.

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NOT RECYCLABLE

Medical Grade Silicone (LSR) is not recyclable but get be used for other purposes such as sport surfaces.

NOT RECYCLABLE

Medical Grade Silicone (LSR) is not recyclable but get be used for other purposes such as sport surfaces.

COMPARISON BETWEEN TPE & SILICONE - CONCLUSION

Silicone is a high quality material making it suitable for a wide range of application including sex dolls. Silicone has been a material of choice since years to manufacture dolls (especially prior to TPE). However the steep price tag associated with using this material has always been its main drawback.

TPE has been catching up in all fields of applications, and manufacturers from all industries are quickly switching to thermoplastic elastomers. This is particularly true in the medical industry, where TPE is increasingly chosen over silicone for its unique properties.

TPE doll and Silicone dolls are fairly similar and both have their slight distinct differences. If you frequent doll forums, you will see that doll enthusiasts have made these comparisons already. None of them can 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 FOR DOLLS

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

However we will not be discussing them at length. Most of these materials are not capable of making realistic realistic dolls and are normally used for a different look/appearance with different uses and appeal.

TPE DOLLS MANUFACTURING

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    STEP 1: ASSEMBLING

    Our technicians carefully assemble your doll’s skeleton. They insure each part articulates correctly to make sure your doll can take any position!

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    STEP 2: MOULDING

    To create the body, we inject melted TPE blend into a mould. 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, we take your doll out of her mould, and store her 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, we carefully inspect each doll. 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, we paint the areolas, nipples, vaginal lips, nails and other body details based on the options you have chosen when placing your order.

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    STEP 7: MAKE-UP

    After the painting, we apply makeup 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!

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TPE vs Silicone was last modified: September 17th, 2018 by adminlovedoll