The most premium sex dolls are usually made from silicone or thermoplastic elastomer known as TPE. Dolls made of either material can be very lifelike, with faces and bodies modeled on real people in some instances, with realistic skin material (similar to that used for movie special effects), and with realistic (or even real) hair. These dolls usually have an articulated PVC or metal skeleton with flexible joints that allows them to be positioned in a variety of positions for display and for sexual acts. Silicone or TPE dolls are much heavier than vinyl or latex inflatable ones (which consist mostly of air), but are roughly half the weight of a real human being of comparable size.
Now, TPE stands for thermoplastic elastomer, which is essentially a mixture of polyvinyl chloride and silicone. This is a type of skin that is very soft, and it mimics the feeling of human skin. TPE is way more realistic in feeling and it definitely mimics the feeling of human skin. It also is much cheaper than silicone alternatives, sometimes even hundreds of dollars cheaper. TPE also allows you to move the doll around in various ways, since it has more flexibility. TPE dolls don’t really need to be bathed, but you can, just be mindful of the water. It also is hypoallergenic as well.
Also, some argue that while it is more realistic to the touch, it might not be to the feel. Because of the fact that the TPE skin is much softer, sometimes the heads feel a little bit different. It might feel softer to the touch, and you might almost feel a bit weird since you can sometimes press the head in. This might be something to consider if you’re worried about potentially ruining the reality of the situation because of the way the doll feels.
Agalmatophilia (from the Greek agalma 'statue', and -philia φιλία = love) is a sexual attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin or other similar figurative object. The attraction may include a desire for actual sexual contact with the object, a fantasy of having sexual (or non-sexual) encounters with an animate or inanimate instance of the preferred object, the act of watching encounters between such objects, or sexual pleasure gained from thoughts of being transformed or transforming another into the preferred object.
In Japan, sex dolls are known as "Dutch wives" (ダッチワイフ datchi waifu), which now refers to relatively inexpensive dolls. Their name originates from the term, possibly English, for the thick rattan or bamboo bolster, used to aid sleep in humid countries by keeping one's limbs lifted above sweaty sheets. Orient Industry is considered to be the leading manufacturer of high-end silicone dolls in Japan, which started using another term "love dolls" (ラブドール rabu dōru) around 1998 to distinguish their dolls from the image of inflatable dolls associated with the term "Dutch wife". The term has stuck and is now used generally to refer to any high-end product. There is a business, Doru no Mori (Doll Forest) in Tokyo, that rents love dolls and rooms to male customers. In March 2007 the Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported that there are also rental businesses that bring the dolls to the customer's home, and that the specialist love-doll magazine i-doloid has a print-run of 10,000 copies per issue.
It’s also way cheaper. For many of us who are starting on our sex doll adventure, TPE is the best choice in many cases, since often, you might not have the money or a silicone doll. Silicone is super expensive, and it definitely is something that you might have a problem with. With TPE, you can get a sex doll and learn to experience it, and from there, you’ll be able to eventually get another doll if you so like. Obviously, it isn’t super cheap, but if you’ve decided to commit to a sex doll, and you’re still unsure of if you want to have a much more expensive option or not or you just don’t want to wait, then definitely consider the idea of going TPE with your choice, since it can definitely help.