TPE vs. Silicone. Which Sex Doll I Should I buy?

TPE vs. Silicone. Which Sex Doll I Should I buy?

Mar 23, 2019

When you find yourself in the market for a sex doll or a love doll, one of the first decisions you will have to make is which material you want your doll to be made of. Two of the most popular materials used for sex dolls today are silicone and TPE. Both of these materials are usually the most sought after because the dolls made from these materials not only look incredibly realistic but they provide you with next-to-real sensation. However, knowing the pros and cons of both of them can guide you in making the right decision that will meet your needs.

TPE Sex Dolls

TPE sex dolls are made from Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), otherwise called thermoplastic rubbers. TPE is made from the combination of rubber and plastic, and possess properties from both materials. This makes TPE dolls flexible, slip resistant and shock absorbent.  They are the most popular of dolls due to their affordability.


TPE sex dolls are a lot less expensive than silicone dolls as TPE is a less expensive material to produce while possessing almost the same characteristics. They look very real and human-like, with soft and smooth bodies that make them easy to handle. They also have the ability to retain warmth and, because of the elastic features of the TPE material, can be squeezed as you would a real human. The material is also odorless and hypoallergenic, which makes it unlikely for it to cause allergic reactions.


TPE is a more porous material than silicone, which makes it easier for fluid to become trapped which can enable germs and bacteria a chance to thrive if you do not properly clean your doll. One way to simplify the clean up process is to customize your TPE doll by selecting a removable vagina when you place your Annie’s Dollhouse order. Additionally, since TPE is a blend of materials, one manufacturer’s doll may feel slightly different from another.

Silicone Sex Dolls

Silicone sex dolls are made of silicone (no surprises here), a man-made polymer material which is rubbery, heat resistant, and available in a number of forms. It is a very versatile material with lots of properties and uses, with a wide range spanning from kitchen spatulas, baby teething rings to breast implants used in cosmetic surgery. Silicone sex dolls have been in existence for a while now, and have proven to be of the highest quality available.


Silicone sex dolls are the closest to actual human beings when it comes to sexual stimulation, and they have a very real feel when you touch them. They are slightly more durable than TPE, so your sex doll may not be as delicate. Silicone sex dolls also have the ability to retain warmth, providing you with a more human like feel. Silicone dolls are easier to sterilize because of the non-porous, silicone material, and they rarely cause allergic reactions.


Silicone sex dolls are the most expensive types of dolls because silicone is an expensive material and the technology used in its production is costly. Also, silicone dolls are heavier and slightly more rigid than TPE sex dolls, as they do not have the same ability of elasticity that TPE possesses.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately when it's time to buy, you'll have to determine what material is best for you based on your needs.  Still undecided?  Contact with additional questions and we'll be happy to help you determine the best option for you!

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