TPE vs Silicone : The truth about sex doll materials

Posted by Mini Love Dolls on Jan 5th 2020

  TPE vs Silicone

     If you’re buying a sex doll, then you’re wondering whether or not you should buy a doll made of TPE or silicone. It’s important to be informed about these materials because this decision is going to have a big impact on how good or bad your experience with your sex doll is going to be. The internet is full of horror stories so I think we’re all agreed that you want to have the best experience possible, right? Okay, so let’s jump into it.

     One of the things you really need to know is that the sex doll and sex toy industry isn’t regulated. That means that no government agency is verifying that the materials being used are what the manufacturers claim they are or that the materials are even safe for you to use. For that reason, I strongly recommend that you only buy your doll from an American based manufacturer because only an American based company can be held legally liable for lying to you or selling you a toxic product. That being said, it’s no coincidence that all of the American sex doll manufacturers like Realdoll and Mini Love Dolls use platinum silicone and all of the overseas manufacturers use TPE. That should raise your eyebrows.

     Okay then, so what qualities does silicone have over TPE? A lot! Platinum silicone is stable, which means it won’t sweat oils, break down over time, or lose shape. Additionally, platinum silicone has no smell, is hypoallergenic, is chemically inert and non-toxic, and won’t melt if you want sterilize it with boiling water or to warm it up for sex. What might be the most important aspect of platinum silicone is that it’s hydrophobic, which means it’s less likely to develop mold and mildew problems than TPE. Silicone is also much more realistic than TPE, but we’ll save that for another upcoming blog post.

     Silicone is the clear winner over TPE so if you’re buying a sex doll, then it’s absolutely worth the additional cost. However, that’s why a lot of web pages selling TPE sex dolls have started stretching the truth about the their TPE sex dolls so I’m going to help you crack through the B.S..

  • There is no such thing as medical grade, skin safe or food grade TPE that is soft enough to be used for sex dolls. This is because the softer TPE is, the more oil it sweats.
  • There is no such thing as a TPE and Silicone blend. Both materials are mixed and cure much differently so it’s impossible.
  • Platinum TPE is not real. They’re just trying to confuse it with platinum silicone.
  • Most of the web pages selling dolls are not the actual manufacturer so any promise of a warranty is an empty promise. Plus, the cost of shipping a doll back to China is sometimes more expensive than the sex doll itself.
  • Lastly, the sex doll industry is filled with fraud. If the price is too good to be true, then it is. I can’t stress that enough.

In closing, we understand that it’s easy to get confused. There’s a lot of bad information out there. I genuinely hope that you feel more informed about TPE and silicone after reading this. For more information about our Mini Love Dolls, check out our Questions and Answers page as well as our Shipping information page. If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact us. We have over 10 years experience in the sex doll industry and look forward to fulfilling your fantasies! Thanks for reading! :)