What is a Sex Doll?: You Won’t Believe the Tech Inside These Love Dolls

The first image that comes to mind when someone says ‘sex doll’ is likely a blowup doll with big, red, lips.

Sex dolls are so much more than just that.

Check out what makes a doll a sex doll and the different types on the market.

What is a Sex Doll

A sex doll is a type of sex toy that looks just like a real person.

There are several different variations that can fit under the category.

Some are simple torsos without arms, legs, or even heads.

Others are full-body dolls complete with arms, legs, and heads.

These dolls tend to be on the more expensive side since they have more parts to them.

The purpose of a sex doll is to simulate real sex with a person.

Because of the sheer variety of dolls, it’s worth examining each type.

Torso or Body Dolls are Affordable Options for Beginners

A full-body sex doll is expensive.

If you’re new to the market, then you may not be ready for a big investment.

A great choice is a torso doll in this case.

Since it lacks arms, legs, and a head, torso dolls tend to be on the affordable side.

More expensive versions of this type might come with a head for oral.

These types of dolls are typically good for anal and vaginal sex.

The cheapest varieties might only offer anal or vaginal sex and not both.

They’re also easier to clean and maintain than full-body dolls.

Since they lack a skeleton, you can usually just put them in a tub and clean them.

Like all toys, there are more expensive versions out there, too.

These tend to use high-quality materials that make the doll feel even more real.

Others might have some sort of extra features like a vibrator or heating effect.

They’re great for beginners because they allow you to experience what a sex doll feels like without making a huge investment.

Full-Body Sex Dolls Provide Realistic Experiences

Veterans who have used dolls before tend to opt for full-body sex dolls.

These are models that look like real people.

The degree to which their realism extends largely depends on the manufacturer.

Many of them tend to look extremely lifelike.

There are even some that come based on actual porn stars.

These are toys that can be as small as 4’9” or as tall as over 5’6”.

They’re meant to replicate authentic sex with a real person.

That makes them an ideal choice for someone who is looking for realistic experiences.

They want to hold onto their doll and treat them like a person.

Most of these types of dolls can offer anal, vaginal, and oral sex.

Some of them also have upgrades.

You can add bullet vibrators to some, for example.

Others have certain features like moaning, breathing, or warming technology.

These types of dolls tend to be more expensive than torso dolls.

However, they’re not the most expensive versions out there.

AI Sex Dolls Provide Physical and Emotional Satisfaction

The top-tier level of sex dolls is AI robots.

This is a relatively new version of toys that aim to bridge physical and emotional satisfaction.

While a typical doll may look real, the experience can feel lackluster.

The doll doesn’t interact or react to you in any way.

That can be off-putting for some people.

AI robots use deep-learning technology to learn about you.

You can ask it questions, and it will answer, and it can ask you questions, too.

It remembers the answers to your questions and formulates an understanding of you.

Many AI dolls also have a personality.

That helps them flirt and seem more alive.

With a focus on realism, some companies also add in moaning and sensor technology.

When you touch a doll in a certain area, it simulates pleasure for them.

They moan and can react to your stimulation.

It’s basically like having sex with a real person except the doll is more or less under your power.

Now, AI dolls are still in their infancy.

As technology progresses, they’ll become smarter and even more lifelike.

You may be unable to tell the difference between a sex doll and a real person in a few years’ time.

Male, Female, and Trans Sex Dolls Cover All Kinks

There is also a variety of different genders from which to choose.

The majority of sex dolls are female.

However, it is possible to find a few male dolls out there.

Some can even become trans with the purchase of a penis insert.

Male and female sex dolls tend to vary in terms of quality.

There are some male dolls that match the quality of a store’s female collection.

There are also some that have poor sculpting or lackluster details.

Male sex dolls are usually capable of anal and oral sex.

You also sometimes have different penis options for certain size kinks.

While male and trans dolls are harder to find, they do exist.

Silicone and TPE Sex Dolls Have Slight Differences

You’ll also discover that sex dolls tend to come in two main materials.

Silicone and TPE are the go-to choices.

TPE is more realistic, but it does require more maintenance.

Its lifespan is a bit shorter, too, due to its porous nature.

Silicone, on the other hand, is tougher and smoother.

It’s less realistic in terms of texture and touch, but it does last a long time.

You can sometimes even find dolls that will use a TPE body and a silicone head or vice versa.

The type of material that’s best largely comes down to your own preferences.

Not All Dolls are Human

A final type of sex doll that’s out there isn’t technically human.

They fall under the “fantasy” category.

They’re either elven, anime, alien, or something else.

These are dolls with pointy ears, extreme proportions, or come in shades of color not typical of humans.

They tend to be on the more expensive side because they often come with more features.

One doll that’s meant to be an elf, for example, might have a textured pussy.

It makes her different from a standard, human, doll.

Other elves might have large proportions like huge breasts along with pointy ears.

Alien dolls might come in odd shades of color like blue and might have a slightly different body type.

Their torso might be a bit longer, for example, or they might have a tail.

They also tend to be capable of vaginal, oral, and anal sex.

Because they’re not standard, most companies will charge a little extra for them.

If you have a hankering for something out of the ordinary, then these are dolls that might interest you.

Take Your Knowledge of Sex Dolls to the Next Level

Whether you’re a beginner or someone with some experience, there are always new dolls to try.

As more features, categories, and tech become released, you’ll have more to explore.

To find the perfect doll for you, whether you’re brand new or not, check out our buying guides and make your choice easier.

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Will Butterworth
William Butterworth is a professional nerd and writer and is lucky enough to sometimes be able to marry the two. Whether it's playing D&D with friends, discovering the latest products and services in the tech industry (robots and AI, oh my!), or just rescuing his dog's ball from under the couch, life rarely allows him a moment to catch his breath.