Guide to Blow Up Dolls

Although blow up dolls or inflatable dolls have been used as novelty gifts, it can actually function as a proper sex dolls. Blow up dolls can be a cheap alternative to the expensive silicone sex dolls and can be a great way to get started in the world of sex dolls. In this guide we cover all the information you need about blow up dolls.

realistic blow up dolls

Can you tell this is a blow up doll? (Its a latex blow up doll)

Why Buy a Blow Up Doll?

Blow up dolls have often been misused as gimmick items but when in fact they can, especially with some customization, function as an attractive love doll. So are blow up dolls suited for you? Here we look at some of the common reasons as to why people buy blow up dolls:

  • Cheap Sex Doll – Blow up dolls are significantly cheaper than silicone dolls. They can range from $15 – $300 whereas silicone dolls start at around $1000 and can easily get above $4000.
  • Easy Storage – The inflatable nature of blow up dolls allow for them to be easily deflated and stored away unlike other sex dolls. This can be perfect if you are space constraint or if you want to hide your hobbies from your guests or other half.
  • Light – The doll itself is light which means it is easier to manage when having sex (some silicone dolls are close to human weight)
  • Lots of choices including celebrity versions – Manufacturing blow up dolls are not as complicated and as a result there are a lot of varieties. There are even dolls made to resemble famous celebrities as well (lot more difficult to model a silicone doll after a celebrity).

As with all things there is always the other side of the argument and here are some reasons as to why people choose silicone dolls:

  • Life like doll – The technology of silicone dolls means that these dolls look extremely life like. It can be hard to distinguish the difference between a real person and a silicone doll at times.
  • Ready out of the box – Silicone sex dolls are ready out of the box and unlike inflatable dolls do not require you to set up.
  • Lots of features – Silicone sex dolls come with a lot of features and customizability. You can change nails, make up etc.
  • Silicone texture – Silicone texture feels better and can provide for more pleasurable interactions.

More information on silicone dolls can be found in our Best Sex Dolls Guide Online.

In summary, blow up dolls are a good choice for beginner sex doll enthusiasts as they are cheaper and easier to manage. However silicone dolls are significantly nicer and can be really worth the investment in the long run.

Types of Blow Up Dolls: Vinyl or Latex Sex Dolls

Blow up sex dolls come in two main types of materials: latex or vinyl.

Vinyl Blow Up Dolls

Vinyl Blow Up Dolls

Vinyl Sex Dolls

Vinyl is a cheap and relatively strong and durable type of plastic material. It can be manufactured in a variety of colors and is also resistant to moist and humidity thus making it perfect for cheap blow up dolls.

Latex Sex Dolls

Latex can be natural or synthetic and is often the material you get in specialist fetish garments such as those depicted in BDSM. It has also been used to make medical gloves and balloons, which make it suitable for blow up dolls as well.

So Vinyl or Latex?

Both materials has its pros and cons and price-wise they are both very similar. Therefore it is important to simply get the one that has the appearance you like more.

Vinyl: More durable but has creases even when inflated
Latex: No creases however can tear easily


Blow up dolls usually do not come with that many features to choose from due to their cheap price. Their appearances are relatively fixed and do not offer the degree of customizability that high-end dolls have. The main feature that blow up dolls possess are the number of holes (also known as orifices) that the doll has. Most blow up dolls only come with 1 hole which is in the spot of the vagina, however there are higher end blow up dolls that can offer two (mouth and vagina). Also some manufacturers make the head of the inflatable doll out of a separate material in order to improve the doll’s appearance as well.


Additionally there are some slight modifications that you can make to your blow up doll to increase the pleasure of using it as a love/sex companion. Here we share a few:


Instead of inflating your blow up doll, you can surgically input stuffing into it. This will make it similar to a plush doll except it will have the appearance of the original blow up doll. It will also make it more huggable and more sturdy. How to do this vary depending on how your doll is made but for starters below are the general steps:

Blow Up Dolls After Stuffing

Blow Up Doll After Stuffing

  1. Cut a 3 inch hole around the air fill hole of the doll and start stuffing her with filling. You can use material such as cotton polyester, poly-pellets, fiber fill or anything else fluffy (that you would like to hug) to fill them.
  2. Reach in to pack the stuffing down the legs and the whole body until it feels inflated.
  3. Cut a small slit in the side of each boob (this is because the boob is usually separate to the body) and pack the stuffing in with your finger until they are full.
  4. Similarly cut a small slit in the upper back side of her arm close to where it meets her body and stuff each arm as well (since arms are also separate from the body and the boob).
  5. Gently tape al the slits using some clear discrete tape together and voila!

A few notes:

  • Do not rip your doll anywhere that is unnecessary even if it is hard to fill because this will make your doll more prone to breaking and ripping in the future. Just be patient and do it slowly.
  • Avoid cutting slits where the doll is likely to move often as these areas will likely be put under stress and rip further

Adding an insert

Instead of simply using the hole that comes with your doll, it can be a good idea to add an insert (i.e. a fleshlight) into the doll itself. That way you will not experience the discomfort that can be caused by the rough vinyl or latex material and have a more enjoyable experience. Some of the more recent blow up dolls have orifices designed for you to add inserts in.

Having Sex with a Blow Up Doll

Just like real sex, having sex with a blow up doll can be an art. It is up to you on how you wish to proceed as the main point of this is for your own enjoyment. Given that blow up dolls are fairly light, this already allows you greater freedom when playing with your sex doll. It can also give you a glimpse into some of the fun and difficulties of owning a sex doll.

Anyways we have put together a few tips that we thought would be helpful, especially for first timers, when playing with their inflatable love dolls:

  • Inflation
    • Inflation is a fairly easy and straight forward. Just follow the blow up doll instruction if it comes with any but keep in mind to not over inflate because this could damage the doll. You may also decide to leave her slightly under inflated if you like to hug/squeeze your doll a lot.
  • Lubricate
    • Always use lube because no matter how well made love dolls are the texture of their material can easily cause friction burns or irritate your genitals.
    • Applying lubricant is fairly easy. Just apply it to the area you wish to have sex with (mouth, doll, vagina, ass) and then re-apply accordingly.
  • Clean and hygiene after use
    • After having fun with your sex doll it is important to make sure you clean it carefully and in accordance to the package directions (if there are). This is because lubes or body fluids left unclean can cause deterioration and damage your doll. Not to mention that good hygiene should always be practiced.

Buying Blow Up Dolls

Unlike silicone dolls, there isn’t any well-known or reputable blow up dolls manufacturers. This is because the technology required to produce them do not vary too much so it is difficult to differentiate between manufacturers and serious sex doll enthusiasts would be looking at the higher end silicone or TPE dolls mostly.

Therefore our advice when purchasing blow up dolls online would be to make sure you are ordering from a reputable vendor so that you can at least ensure your product will arrive safely and you will be paying for what you see in the photos. This is because we have known of many cases where the photos on cheap blow up dolls are often inaccurate and exaggerated. Another method is to buy it from your closest brick and mortar sex toys shop as most of them will carry some form of blow up doll there.

Hope you have enjoyed this article and found it informative. If you want to learn more about sex dolls in general check out “Best Sex Dolls Guide Online“. Or if you would be interested in buying sex dolls check out our shop here.

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