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TPE vs. Silicone Sex Doll

Posted on February 28 2022

Irina TPE Sex Doll

Which sex doll is right for you?

Currently, sex dolls are made from two different materials: TPE or silicone. The materials differ in terms of production, care requirements, and feel. TPE sex dolls, for example, are softer, while dolls made of silicone are more resistant and therefore last longer. At Silicon Wives, we sell both.

Silicone vs. TPE? Well, which material is more suitable for you is purely a matter of taste. You can have perfect fun in bed with both sex doll variants.

Here you can find a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of TPE material and silicone material. 

This way, you can make the right decision for choosing the suitable sex doll material.

 Advantages and disadvantages at a glance

TPE sex doll advantages

  • Inexpensive
  • Soft skin feeling
  • Very realistic
  • It can be easily heated
  • Easy to repair

TPE sex doll disadvantages

  • High maintenance
  • It can be easily damaged
  • More susceptible to bacterial growth
  • Porous material

Silicone rubber advantages

  • More resistant
  • Hyper-realistic design with many details possible
  • Uncomplicated maintenance
  • Exclusive selection

Silicone sex doll disadvantages

  • Relatively expensive
  • Skin feel is more artificial

Considerations when buying realistic sex dolls

To decide which material is best for sex dolls, you should first be clear about your expectations when you buy such a doll.

Katya Lifelike Silicone Sex Doll

How important is it to you that a sex doll looks and feels particularly real?

Both silicone sex dolls and TPE materials look and feel very real. TPE, however, is much more skin-like than silicone due to its extra soft texture. However, this is easier and more accurate to create, meaning high-quality silicone dolls usually look even more real.

On the other hand, our TPE sex dolls have that realistic ‘jiggle.’ The material is simply more flexible and has some give to it. On the downside, the material is a bit heat sensitive. Finally, TPE is a bit less expensive.

How much effort & time do you want to invest in the care of your real sex dolls?

You should take good care of your sex doll, whether it is a TPE doll or a silicone doll. Otherwise, the material will become cracked, brittle, and rough.

Sex dolls made of TPE material need more care and attention because they are more susceptible to damage due to their velvety soft feel. Regular oiling and brushing with baby oil and baby powder is an absolute must. Dolls made of silicone are much easier to care for.

 How much money can or do you want to spend on your sex doll?

A sex doll is an investment in your pleasure and intense sexual fun for years to come. Of course, the high quality also has its price. You can get top-notch TPE and silicone dolls at our online shop, starting at $1,799.

Do you want a big collection or a lady of the heart forever?

If you need a lot of variety and would prefer to build up a whole harem of sex dolls, TPE Dolls are probably a better choice as they are more realistic and come at a lower price. On the other hand, dolls made of silicone are an absolute luxury item and are also more durable. If you are looking for a permanent partner, preferably forever, a premium luxury silicone sex doll will be the best choice!

Material science: TPE & Silicone Real Dolls

TPE and silicone are supposedly very similar, but at the same time, they have subtle and important differences. What exactly TPE or silicone is, we explain in detail in the following paragraph so that you get a better idea and decide on the right material for your real doll.

What is TPE?

Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) is a mixture of plastic and rubber and consists of different oils. The main ingredient of TPE is natural or synthetic rubber. It is a relatively new material in the production of love dolls, but due to its favorable properties, it is very popular with manufacturers and customers. At the moment, the majority of sex dolls are made of thermoplastic rubbers. 

The reason for this is the low price and the realistic feeling of the doll's skin. It is characterized by its velvety soft surface and the fact that it immediately returns to its original shape after being stretched. This makes a TPE sex doll feel very flexible and allows them to assume many sex positions without any problems.

With TPE Real Dolls, the focus is on realism in the way they feel. You will notice immediately during every lovemaking session with your doll when the soft material of the breasts and bottom moves rhythmically. To improve sex with the love doll, you can take advantage of the uncomplicated heat absorption of the TPE.

Dominique Thick TPE Sex Doll

Silicone sex dolls

Silicone consists of a mixture of silicone polymer and carbon, hydrogen & oxygen and is therefore also suitable for allergy sufferers, who often react to plastics with unpleasant skin irritations.

Dolls made of silicone are all in all stronger than TPE dolls and therefore much more resistant. Like TPE, a silicone doll also feels soft but has much smoother skin. This makes them look slightly more artificial than TPE dolls, but many people find this very appealing. With silicone, human faces can be made much more detailed and realistic. 

Even small wrinkles, pores, and veins can be reproduced with silicone. Also, the vaginal and anal cavities can be depicted more realistically and in greater detail.

They are easy to clean, hypoallergenic, and more heat-resistant, non-porous, and less susceptible to stains. 

In addition, these love dolls retain heat for a very long time, which is an excellent advantage if you want to warm them up before use. Buying a premium silicone sex doll means getting a good quality, product with a realistic feel.

Silicone sex dolls not only look very high quality, but they are also high quality in structure. They may cost a little more, but their durability is convincing, which means they can be a faithful partner for many years.

All in all, if you add great importance to your love doll looking ultra-realistic, being very resistant, and staying by your side for a long time, then we advise you to choose a silicone sex doll. It's a little more expensive, but it will pay off for you in the long run.

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The big comparison: TPE sex dolls vs. silicone sex dolls

Now that you know more about love dolls made of TPE and silicone, we have summarised the most important advantages and disadvantages below.

TPE sex dolls advantages

TPE is a very soft material. If you buy a TPE sex doll, you can look forward to particularly sensitive sex.

Due to the nature of the material, TPE love dolls are elastic and still look very natural in multiple sex positions.

TPE skin retains heat quickly and for a long time, making it feel very human.

They are cheaper than silicone sex dolls, and there is a wide range of different models to choose from

TPE sex doll disadvantages

Because of their delicate material, TPE sex dolls get stained or damaged more easily.

If you want to buy a TPE Doll, you have to expect that it sometimes feels a little sticky, but this can be remedied with baby powder.

It is very high maintenance and needs to be cleaned and cared for regularly so that you can have fun with it for a long time.

Silicone dolls advantages

Silicone sex dolls usually have a very detailed and realistic design - especially the faces and genitals.

Love dolls made of silicone can also store heat and are less sensitive to heat than TPE dolls.

These Love Dolls are easier to clean and are less prone to bacteria build-up.

Dolls made of silicone are very durable.

Thanks to their high-quality material, silicone dolls rarely need to be repaired.  

Silicone sex dolls disadvantages

Because silicone dolls are more complex to make and the material costs more, they are more expensive than the TPE alternative.

The choice is usually a little more limited.

If you want to buy a sex doll made of silicone, you have to expect that the skin will feel smoother than that of a TPE sex doll and, therefore, not as authentic.

Silicone love dolls are generally a little firmer than TPE and have less flexibility.


Which material you finally choose depends on your preferences and your wallet. 

Of course, silicone is exceptionally high quality and convinces with a special realistic design and flawless feeling. 

For a perfect sex experience with a doll made of silicone, you have to be willing and able to invest several thousand euros, but you can look forward to years of top quality.

TPE sex dolls are a great alternative and the best way to buy several sex dolls. They are more susceptible to damage and need regular care. 

Of course, you can expect a realistic design from a TPE sex doll, but you can't compare it to a doll made of silicone.

Buy a TPE sex doll or a silicone doll - check out our online shop with all ready-to-ship dolls because the right one is just waiting for you!