Silicone Sex Dolls vs. TPE Sex Dolls: What's the difference?

If you’ve been searching for sex dolls, chances are you’ve come to realize that most sex dolls are made from either Silicone or TPE. These materials are best used for sex dolls because they’re both durable and make for a more realistic sex doll. Here at Silicon Lovers, we sell both.

Trying to decide which material is best for you? Read this guide to instantly make a decision

What you need to know about Silicone Sex Dolls:

Silicone has been used in many different areas of our lives, from electrical and automotive to everyday household utensils. Its extreme heat resistance, low toxicity, and resistance to microbiological growth make it an ideal compound for sex dolls. Silicone can withstand a great deal of pressure and won’t break when handled harshly. Silicone sex dolls have more bounce to them, when dropped, and can withstand more abuse than their TPE counterpart.

Cleaning Silicone Sex Dolls:

Silicone has been used in many automotive parts and electrical components because of its ability to produce water-tight seals. When used to construct sex dolls, silicone produces the same water-tightness you’d expect from these industrial products. Because of this, cleaning your silicone sex doll is a breeze. Use of boiling water and vigorous scrubbing with a cloth is safe and won’t harm your doll.

For a detailed approach of how to clean your silicone sex doll, click here.

Proper disposal of your Silicone Sex Doll:

Silicone compounds have been known to be pervasive to the environment and cause harm to animals when ingested. Disposing of your silicone sex doll is something to be done with care and attention. You can read about proper disposing of your silicone sex dolls here.

Key features of Silicone Sex Dolls:

  • Heat resistant
  • Low Toxicity
  • Antimicrobial
  • Durable
  • More firm

Because of the durability and firmness, Silicone Sex Dolls tend to last much longer; producing years of enjoyment. Keep in mind, these features tend to reflect in the higher price.

What you need to know about TPE Sex Dolls:

TPE, also known as Thermoplastic Elastomer, is used in many of the same areas of our lives as silicone. However, TPE can stretch and return to its near original shape more easily. And unlike the firm and durable “skin” of our Silicone sex dolls, our TPE sex dolls have a much softer composition and porous surface. This softness allows for a more realistic feel and gives your sex doll that “jiggle”. But what makes TPE supreme in giving a sex doll its realistic qualities, is what makes it more problematic when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.

Cleaning TPE Sex Dolls:

Because of the porous surface, TPE sex dolls can take on water and this can lead to damage if not tended to in a timely manner. TPE allows for stains and moisture damage to occur more easily than silicone and because of this, more frequent and careful cleaning is required.

Although TPE isn’t as heat resistant as silicone, it is heat resistant nonetheless. To clean your TPE sex doll, soap and hot water can be used. Be sure to take extra care not to scrub too vigorously and when it comes time for drying your love doll, be sure to dry it thoroughly so as to prevent moisture damage.

For a detailed approach of how to clean your TPE sex doll, click here.

Proper disposal of your TPE Sex Doll:

TPE is a bit more environmentally friendly. Its multiple manufacturing methods allow for easier reuse and recycling. TPE requires less energy to manufacture and recycle. To read more about proper disposing of your TPE sex doll, you can click here.

Key Features of TPE Sex Dolls:

  • Realistic “Jiggle”
  • Softer touch
  • Sensitive to water/stains
  • More Flexible
  • Heat sensitive

Although not as durable as Silicone, TPE is resistant to abrasion and at the perfect stiffness level needed for realistic sex doll manufacturing. TPE is definitely the better option when it comes to picking a sex doll that more closely resembles the real thing but its sensitivity to outside elements is something to consider.


When deciding which material is best for you and your sex doll, consider where and how your love doll will be used. The deciding factor is going to come down to how you intend to use your doll and how easily you expect it to accrue damage.

As mentioned above, TPE sex dolls give you that more realistic feel. They’re softer to the touch and will move more like the real thing. The ability for TPE to stretch and return to its original shape more easily might be the better choice for our more adventurous users that want to get creative with positions. TPE is the best choice if you’re wanting that more realistic experience.

Silicone sex dolls are superior in longevity and easier to clean. If you like to get a bit rough during your intimacy with your sex doll or plan to take the sex doll into different environments, Silicone might be the better option for you. Silicone will give you a couple more years of use and be more resistant to abuse.

  • Durability: Silicone Sex Dolls
  • Realism: TPE Sex Dolls
  • Longevity: Silicone Sex Dolls
  • Antimicrobial: Silicone Sex Dolls
  • Flexibility: TPE Sex Dolls

Whether you decide on a Silicone Sex Doll or TPE Sex doll, Silicon Lovers offers a wide variety of both. With multiple options available, you can find the perfect sex doll here.

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