TPE or thermoplastic elastomer is a mixture of polymers mainly that of plastic and rubber which consists of materials which have both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. TPE makes it an economical option possessing features like flexibility, shock absorption, molding ability, soft body texture, etc. With such kind of useful features, this material is becoming a hot favorite among the sex doll manufacturers around the globe.TPE, a material must have the below mentioned essential characteristics:
TPE is a material that has the below mentioned essential characteristics:
- Since the main composition of TPE is plastic and rubber, it should have the ability to stretch to certain limits and on release, return to something close to its original shape.
- Processable as a melt at elevated temperature
- Due to the increasing competitiveness in sex doll industry, manufacturers are always looking for experimenting with new materials to find out cheap option while maintaining the same great quality in order to cater to the needs of the middle-class people.
- After experimenting with a number of materials such as vinyl, latex fabric, etc, companies came up with the idea of using TPE as it gave the exact rich feeling of texture at a very low cost.
- TPE sex dolls are water resistant.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF TPE SEX DOLLS:
- TPE sex dolls are very much realistic and lifelike.
- Since TPE composed of rubber and plastic, the material provides a soft and smooth texture to the sex dolls.
- TPE is hypoallergenic material– it does not cause any sort of allergic reactions.
- The material can retain warmth up to a certain level but is definitely sensitive to excessively high temperatures.
- Due to its elastic nature, the dolls are more flexible and can handle more positions.
- Since TPE is an odorless material– no odor or weird smell can be found from the body of the sex dolls.
- The material is compatible with both water-based and silicone lubricants.
- TPE is much better in quality than silicone sex dolls and more so even much cheaper.
- TPE is porous which means the material has poured in them. Fluids or moistures can get trapped inside vaginal and anal cavities resulting in the growth of bacteria and germs if not cleaned in a proper way.
- TPE cannot be sterilized in nature, so it makes it very difficult to be cleaned.
- Quality depends on blend – The quality of the TPE depends mainly on the type of materials the manufacturers uses to blend. Since different manufacturers use different materials for blending, it really becomes difficult for the customers to decide the quality of the product.
- TPE dolls are recent invention and so some of the techniques in producing these dolls are not as refined as silicone sex dolls.
- This material is more sensitive to stains from clothes.
- Sticky in nature. So one way to fix the problem is to powder the doll on regular basis.
Silicones are the class of synthetic materials that are polymers with a chemical structure. Theses chemical structures consist of chains of alternate silicon and oxygen atoms, with organic groups attached to the silicon atoms. These compounds are resistant to chemical attack and are pretty mush insensitive to temperature changes.
Silicone is the ultimate choice for soft sex toys by the manufacturers due to its durability, cleaning ability, non-degradation by petroleum-based lubricants. They are basically free of chemicals suspected of having carcinogenic and mutagenic effects on the skin and mucous membranes.
Like plastic, it can be shaped or formed and softened or hardened into practically anything. But it is a unique plastic because it is much more temperature resistant and durable than most plastics and has a low reactivity with chemicals. And while water resistant, it is also high gas permeable, making it useful for medical or industrial applications where air flow is required.
Silicone exhibit important characteristics. Which are
- It has Low thermal conductivity
- Low chemical reactivity
- Low toxicity
- The ability to repel water and form watertight seals.
- Does not support microbiological growth.
- Resistance to oxygen, ozone, and ultraviolet (UV) light.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF SILICONE SEX DOLLS:
- Silicone sex dolls are more realistic looking sex dolls than TPE dolls.
- The material provides realistic soft texture.
- Silicone sex dolls have been around for a while and it is a proven material to make cheap sex dolls.
- It is a non-porous material, the non-porous nature of this material makes it more hygienic and easier to sterilize.
- The material is Hypoallergenic –it is unlikely to cause any sort of allergic reactions.
- A silicone doll has the most detailed and realistic vagina and anus of all doll types.
- Can retain warmth, is less sensitive to heat.
- Material is more resistant to heat, water, and stains from clothes.
- Requires less maintenance than TPE dolls
- Silicone dolls are more expensive because silicone itself is a more expensive material along with the technology needed to produce it.
- Harder and more rigid – Silicone does not possess the elasticity that rubber does making it more rigid at times.
- Silicone is less durable material than TPE.
- Can be a bit sticky to touch. One way to fix this is to rub baby powder all over your doll.
- Not as soft as TPE feels more dense and thick to touch.