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What Are Sex Dolls — A Complete Introduction to Silicone Sex Dolls

June 19, 2019 10 min read

What Are Sex Dolls — A Complete Introduction to Silicone Sex Dolls

Are you thinking about getting a sex doll? We don’t blame you. Finding someone to have a meaningful relationship with is a hard business. Ask anyone who’ single — it’s not easy out there in the cold world of dating. Making a real connection with another person is tricky, and not for the faint of heart.

However, even tasks that might seem easier than “getting a steady partner” are actually hard to accomplish. Just making a brief connection with someone for a quick tumble in the sheets takes time and effort. What’s more, it takes luck, and not all of us have that. A lot of pieces have to fit so that we can find companionship and solace in another person.

We’re all human, and we need some type of release. Therefore, if we can’t or won’t make a connection with a real person, we have to resort to alternative options. Silicone sex dolls, or love dolls, are an ideal way to achieve what we need — release, an active sex life, something to touch and feel connected to. They are a perfect way to have a stable companion to come home to, without cruising the bars and clubs for a warm body to keep us company. 

What are silicone sex dolls?

Silicone sex dolls are artificial people. Made to be lifelike and realistic, they provide companionship and sexual release. Because they are so lifelike, sex dolls are often used for much more than simple physical pleasure.

Because we can tailor them to our tastes, sex dolls are a great way to establish intimacy with the type of person we are interested in.

Why consider buying a sex doll

Although there’s still a lot of social stigma surrounding sex dolls, more and more people use them. Not everyone can go out there and find a person of their dreams. Many physical or mental issues might render us unable to do so. Or we might simply not want to. What’s more, we might be reluctant to try out some fantasies or experiment with real people. Either way, with sex dolls, we can get the physical aspects of our dream person, and imagine the rest.

They are a fantastic way to deal with anxiety, trauma, or other issues that we might have. Providing comfort and release, silicone sex dolls can be both therapeutic and fun.

The phenomenon of sex dolls

Modern technology has brought us many wonders. Making connections and getting what we need is easier than ever. It was only a matter of time before we modernized the way we have sex. Although masturbatory tools have been around for centuries, modern tools differ quite a bit. As a society, we have improved just about anything. While improving sex, the modern sex doll was created.

A walk down memory lane

While many might still picture cheap, blow up, plastic dolls, the truth is that the technology we have today has made sex dolls so versatile, lifelike, and capable of a lot more than just providing a masturbatory tool.

Although they have been present throughout history, sex dolls became widely known in the late 60s, while the 80s made them a part of the mainstream culture. In the 80s, every major sex shop had at least a couple of sex dolls on display.

The modern real sex doll

Today, things are utterly different than they were before. Technology made sex dolls lifelike, responsive, and out of materials that resemble human skin and tissue. Their appearance has also changed — what used to be a rudimentary head with a hole is now a gorgeous face with all the feminine or masculine features presented in great detail. Of course, the same attention to detail is present in other, more important, places as well, such as the orifices.

Are silicone sex dolls worth the money?

The cold, hard truth about sex dolls is that they provide much-needed companionship but come at a price. What’s more, the price is often quite steep. Not everyone can afford a top-notch sex doll — some WM or Sanhui dolls go for as much as $6,000. That’s one of the many reasons why sex doll brothels have become a massive thing in the past decade. People who can’t afford a sex doll can easily rent it.

However, having your own sex doll is always so much better. Just like any other investment — it’s worth it. The reason why realistic sex dolls aren’t mainstreaming even harder than they are is probably their price. If they were cheaper, every other person would have them. Nonetheless, even with a high price, they are still trendy because people see the numerous advantages. 

Different types of sex dolls

As mentioned, we can tailor sex dolls to our needs and preferences. Everything is customizable — body type, race, breast cup, face features, etc. Due to that, the choices are abundant, and everyone can find a sex doll that fits their needs. Although a real sex doll will never replace a real-life partner, no matter how realistic, it sure can help relieve stress.

Realistic sex dolls

The realistic sex dolls are the most popular and the most expensive types of sex dolls out there. Made with extreme attention to detail, every square inch of the realistic sex doll is tweaked to perfection. Everything is lifelike and gorgeous — the face, the body, the orifices.

Realistic sex dolls have many advantages. The artificial silicone skin is very soft and feels almost like human skin to the touch. What’s more, the limbs are fully functional, and we can adjust our realistic sex dolls into many poses. The limbs will work with us, not against us.

You can accessorize, customize, and treat the realistic sex dolls in any way you see fit. Every detail will be perfect — down to the very last strand of hair.

Exotic sex dolls

 We all have our preferences or a particular type of person we fall for. Well, with sex dolls, we can cater to all our tastes. We can bring every figment of our imagination to life. However, because we often crave what we can’t have, exotic sex dolls are extremely popular.

When we say “exotic,” we mostly refer to the skin type and sometimes even the species. Not everyone has a chance to bed a hot Latina girl, or a naive Japanese girl. Some of us have been dreaming about gorgeous elven women ever since we read The Lord of the Rings. With exotic sex dolls, every fantasy is achievable.

Male sex dolls

It’s a common misconception that sex dolls are only made in the image of the fairer sex. Although not as widely sought after as the female versions, male sex dolls are still very popular. They are anatomically correct and a go-to toy for a lot of gay and bisexual men, as well as many women. The ability to both receive and give, so to speak, gives them an edge over their female counterparts.

Male sex dolls are often more firm than the female ones, and they usually have additional features such as a detachable penis, or an anatomically correct hand that can move in such a way that makes it capable of pleasuring you.

Fetish sex dolls

Again, preferences, tastes, and needs are distinct. We all have our kinks and desires. Sex dolls are sometimes a way to experiment or a way to test out a fantasy without any fear of judgment. Fetish sex dolls cater to all types of tastes.

BDSM enthusiasts often find their perfect partner in a sex doll. What’s more, other fetishes, such as older partners or specific physical features, are also represented. Ever dreamed about bedding a celebrity? Given that the chances of that happening in real life are very slim, a realistic sex doll that looks like your favorite famous person might be the right answer.

Torso and mini sex dolls

Sometimes we don’t need the entire sex doll. After all, since they are made in the image of humans, they can be quite heavy and awkward to store. Thus, something a bit smaller, more compact, and discreet is more to our taste. Torso sex dolls and mini sex dolls are an ideal compromise for those who don’t want a full-size sex doll but don’t want a hand masturbator either.  

Furthermore, full-size sex dolls can be quite expensive. If we can’t swing that on a tight budget, mini and torso options are the next best thing. Much like their full-size counterparts, torso and mini sex dolls come in various forms. If you’re looking for the most practical option, a torso without a head and limbs is a great choice. It’s easy to store, doesn’t take up a lot of room, it’s cheap, and yet you’ll still have a feeling of having a person under (or over) you.

Torso sex dolls also come with heads, that have realistic features. And, of course, they also have the necessary sexual features.

If the size and storage space are the only things that concern you, a mini sex doll might be a good alternative. Mini sex dolls are shrunken versions of their full-size counterparts. However, only the torso and limbs are shrunken, while the head is still full size, as are the orifices. Because they are smaller, they are also cheaper and easier to manipulate and handle, which makes them very popular despite the initially shocking first impression.

What to look for when choosing a sex doll

It takes a lot of thinking and deliberating when it comes to choosing a sex doll. Given how elaborate, extensive, and pricey this purchase can be, it’s vital that we consider all aspects of the sex doll in question, to determine if it is the right choice for us.

Material

The material is the most critical feature of the sex dolls, as it makes it lifelike and realistic. A quality sex doll will be soft to the touch, pliable under the hand, and overall pleasant. Now, depending on what type of play you are into, you can take your pick between:

  • silicone sex dolls
  • TPE sex dolls

In the small but determined sex doll community, there’s an ongoing debate over which of these materials is better. If you’re looking for gentle lovemaking to a sex doll that feels super soft, then go for the TPE. TPE or Thermoplastic Elastomer is more malleable than silicone. However, due to that, it’s also less durable. While silicone sex dolls aren’t as soft, they can handle a bit of rough play and some harsher conditions — high or low temperatures, for example. So, if you’re looking to take a bath with your doll, or take it sunbathing, silicone is the better choice. 

Now, durable is always better, at least in our opinion. However, that’s also why it’s more expensive. Silicone sex dolls are generally pricier than their TPE cousins.

Another issue that might arise with TPE is that it absorbs liquids more than silicone. That means that you need to thoroughly and diligently clean your sex doll after every use. Of course, this is a must no matter what type of doll you end up getting. However, the absorbent power of TPE will ultimately result in a shorter lifespan of the sex doll.

We wrote an entire post to explain in detail the difference between silicone and TPE sex dolls here

We would recommend silicone dolls if you can afford them. They are easier to clean and will last you longer. 

Size and weight

Another essential feature is the size of the sex doll and the accompanying weight. Depending on what we need the sex doll for, what our desires and preferences are, the size will be a significant determinant when choosing our silicone companion.

Both the size and weight depend on the type of sex doll. Mini and torso sex dolls are smaller and lighter than full-size ones. Both options have their advantages. The smaller ones are easier to manipulate and allow for some exciting positions. When no limbs are getting in the way, you’ll be able to reach orgasmic heights you didn’t know you could! Still, full-size versions allow for a more well-rounded “real person” feeling and experience.

Typically, full-size silicon sex dolls are over 5 feet tall and weigh around 90 pounds. That’s approximately the size and weight of a beautiful young woman. But, consider hauling that around the apartment every other day. Also, consider the fact that a human-sized doll takes up as much space as an actual human does.

On the other hand, mini sex dolls, that are a sort of a compromise between the full-size and torso versions, are usually only 3.3 feet tall and weigh half as much as their full-sized equivalent. The torso sex dolls are even lighter and easier to store, especially the options that don’t include the head.

Features and appearance

 Some features are pretty standard, and all dolls have them. Options for vaginal, anal, and oral sex are typical. However, if you want more than that, if you need additional features, or have specific preferences, then you also need to consider that as well.

For example, are you more into breasts or big behinds? That’s very important, as you want a doll that will satisfy all your fantasies, and not be the second best. However, there’s more than just reproductive organs when it comes to appearance and features. Since silicone sex dolls are customizable, you can pick just about anything. Do you want the doll to be curvy or with a six pack? Muscled or skinny? You can also choose a specific facial expression, eye color, makeup, and much more. These might not be the details that interest you as much as body shape, but given that you do have the option to pick and choose — why miss out on it?

Price

Of course, the price is paramount when it comes to choosing a sex doll since many of us don’t have the luxury to drop as much money on a sex doll as we would on a car. High-end sex dolls cost between 2 and 6 thousand dollars. Thus, they really are a pricy investment. However, they do last for years, with proper cleaning and maintenance.

Don’t forget — proper prep and maintenance are vital

Once you’ve picked the perfect sex doll for you, it’s crucial that you treat it right. If you do, the experience will be more pleasurable, and the doll will last longer.

When you start playing with the doll, don’t forget the lube. The doll might be lifelike, but it’s not equipped with a natural lubricating system like a real person is. So, apply a generous amount of lube everywhere. Make sure the lube is water-based, as oil-based lubes can damage the material.

After you’re done playing, make sure to clean the doll every time. You don’t want lube or other fluids seeping into the material. If you think cleanup is a real hassle, consider how much money you’ve spent on the doll, and treat it accordingly. Regular cleaning will prolong its lifespan. However, you can speed the cleanup process up by choosing a doll that has detachable orifices.

Storage is also important. You can store your sex doll in a hanging, sitting, or a laying position. We recommend hanging the doll in a closet, away from direct sunlight or other potentially damaging elements.

A few parting words 

Silicone sex dolls are a fantastic and revolutionary sex toy. However, you should acknowledge the impact it might have on your life. Every feature and option should be recognized and considered. Do you have to hide your doll, do you have to explain it to anybody, where will you store it, and other questions will also pop up in your head. Make sure you have clear answers before you start picking which doll is the best looking. Of course, looks matter, but if you’re going to commit to a steep price, you should consider the bigger picture.



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