The existence of sex dolls has been going on for years. These products continue to propagate due to the wide range of personal needs for an intimate companion at home. Varieties of sex dolls have come out. In light of all that, there are two major varieties of sex dolls available in the market for years. Both differ in the material used. There are silicon made sex dolls and thermoplastic elastomer made sex dolls.
What are the difference of the two and how can we differentiate and compare these two dolls? To better understand the two materials we need to first define them.
What is Thermoplastic Elastomer?
Thermoplastic elastomer or commonly known as TPE is a low-cost material that is made out of soft and non-toxic ingredients. It came from the class of polymers and co polymers. It is also known as thermoplastic rubber because of its elasticity and soft texture.
What is silicone?
It’s an odourless and non-toxic material that is known for its soft yet elastic texture. It’s a polymer with synthetic compound. The material is processed by repeating the units of siloxane, which is why it is also called polysiloxane.
Stability of material
Both materials have stability levels depending on how they react to their environment and other substances. Thermoplastic elastomer has lower resistance to heat compared to silicone. Silicone has more stable chemical properties so it has high resistance to heat and other chemicals. Thermoplastic elastomer is a plastic and rubber like material which will mostly react to heat and other chemicals.
The silicone however, can react to strong hydrofluoric acid and alkali substance. Although TPE can react to heat and may have odour, it’s recyclable and reusable.
Cost of the material
When it comes to cost, thermoplastic elastomer is cheaper than silicone material. That is why dolls made from silicone or more expensive.
Quality and texture feel
Okay the best thing to rate these materials is how they look and feel on a sex doll. When it comes to looks the silicone looks more real than the thermoplastic elastomer. Although the thermoplastic elastomer can easily be colored and tattooed, the silicone looks more like a real skin than the thermoplastic. When it comes to the feel of it, the silicone is more advantageous since it can simulate real skin like feel on the doll. It also has variety of softness and harness that can be applied on the doll. Silicone material is also safe on skin and is completely odorless.