Anal Lube: Choose the Best for Sex

In the world of sex, there are three types of lubricants: oil, water and silicone, each of which have their own unique characteristics and feels.   Among these three categories there are advantages and drawbacks to each, especially when it comes to anal sex.  I will try to give you a little background with my experiences with each type, and tell you what combination works best for me.

Remember though, you should really try a number of different lubes yourself to help determine which types work best for you.  I have really narrowed these down to a few great products but ultimately; selecting the “best” anal lube comes down to your own personal preference.

The Best Anal Lubes

The Best Silicone Based Anal Lube

For anal sex, silicone lubes are ideal.   They are slippery, long lasting, and easy to clean up.  Most importantly they are condom safe.  As the name states they are made from a silicone base, which are specifically designed to create minimal heat and friction.  Silicone lubes are also commonly found on pre-lubricated condoms, because of their excellent versatility.  Here is a list of a few that I personally recommend checking out.


Pjur Backdoor Anal Glide



Easily my highest recommended anal lubricant, especially for people who have had problems with pain or discomfort in the past.  Pjur is a very highly acclaimed German company who makes some pretty great products. Backdoor, as the name suggests, is designed specifically for anal sex.  It has a nice thick consistency that’s super slippery and long lasting. 

Another great perk about this lube is the inclusion of an anal relaxant.  This makes sex a lot easier and more importantly, less painful.  It also contains a mild numbing element to help with any discomfort. This is one of the only lubes on the market catered specifically towards anal sex and while there are a few other “anal lubes” out there, I have yet to find anything that even comes close.  I really recommend giving backdoor a look.

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Anal Glide Extra Desensitizer



This is another great silicone based anal lube designed with bottoms in mind.  Like Pjur, Anal Glide also includes an anal relaxant to help make the process of bottoming easier.  Is also has a thinner, more watery consistency, but it is still relatively long lasting.

The one feature that really sets this anal lube apart from the competition is the super convenient pump dispenser, which lets you lube up with one hand.  I can not tell you how handy this has comes in.  Although Glide doesn’t quite match up to Pjur in terms of quality it really makes up for it in terms of convenience and ease of use.

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Pjur Man Premium Extreme Glide



The main difference between the Premium Extreme Glide and Backdoor Glide is the lack of a numbing and relaxant agent.  I also noticed that the consistency seems to be slightly thicker that the Backdoor which I like better. Either way, this is a very good alternative for those looking for a great, long lasting anal lube but don’t need the numbing agent.  In all honesty, you really can’t go wrong with either one, and like I said earlier it ultimately comes down to your own personal preference.

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The Best Water Based Anal Lubes

Like their silicone counterparts, water based lubes are completely condom safe and great for anal sex.  The main difference between water and silicone-based lubricants is how long they last.  The major disadvantage to a water based lube is that the body absorbs the water and therefore the lube. This means that you will need to re-apply it fairly regularly.  On the other hand, this means that water lubes are a breeze to clean up because unlike silicone lubes, there is no oily residue left over. Here are a few lubes that I recommend myself.

Swiss Navy



Since I posted this article I have had a number of readers request me to add Swiss Navy to the list.  I decided to give it a try for myself and I can easily understand why this lube has such a great reputation.  It is a heavy duty, ultra slick and water based, yet gives all the slippery fun plus a little more.  If you are going the extra mile, or the extra hour in the bedroom this will definitely keep up to pace.  Not to mention it is very inexpensive at only $30 for 32 ounces for the largest size.

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Maximus Anal Lube



I have Maximus listed here because it is one of the thickest and long-lasting lubes you will find: Period.  Its consistency, and longevity and overall quality make it ideal for anal sex.  I am not exaggerating when I say that a little bit of this stuff goes a long way. The best part is that it is very, very slippery, but just as easy to clean up as any other water based lube.  I still use Maximus today and it is definitely money very well spent.

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 ID Glide Lubricant



ID is famous because it is the first ever water based lube to meet pharmaceutical quality and performance standards.  The nice thing about ID is that it comes in generous bottles that are relatively cheap.  I keep this as a backup, because I can use as much of this stuff as I want. The best part is that it is very cheap ($10 for 10oz.) so won’t make a dent in your wallet. ID was not designed as an anal lube, so I mainly use it in combination with another favorite lube.  For those on a budget, take a look.

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Oil Based Lubes


This category of lubes is last on the list because if you plan on practicing safer-sex (i.e. using condoms) then you should stay far, far away from oil lubes.  As the name states, these are lubricants made from an oil base.  This can include things like baby oil, Vaseline, Crisco or other oils.

Not only are these lubes extremely messy and difficult to clean up, they are corrosive to latex, the material that most condoms are made of.  The only real upside to oil lubes is that they are very slippery and long lasting.  Using oil lubes may seem convenient at first, but you are really only causing yourself a lot of frustration, mess and risk by using them. So if you know what is best for you, stay away.

Anal Lube Injectors

Lube shooter

In addition to buying the right anal lube, you should also look into getting an anal lube injector.  This makes applying lube as a bottom effortless.  It literally shoots a generous amount of lube deep inside making prep extremely easy.  It took me awhile to start using one, but it was well worth making the switch.

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My current usage actually a combination of silicone based and water based lubes.  This gets the best of both world. I get the relaxing effects of the Pjur Backdoor, and the option to use as much of a cheaper water based lube like Swiss Navy or Maximus as I need.

If you have any comments or recommendations be sure to leave them in the comments below.


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I recently worked in NYC on the Freedom to Marry Campaign and have been actively involved in the LGBTQ scene in Boston. I have also lived and studied in Ireland, Russia, Japan and Korea where I learned a lot about being gay in different countries. Coming out wasn't easy for me. I want the articles I write to make your lives easier and your experiences better. If you have a question, suggestion, or are just looking to chat, feel free to message me at: or add me on Google+. If you like these posts, you can also check out my tech blog TwoStepTech.

14 thoughts on “Anal Lube: Choose the Best for Sex

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  2. A well researched article! Oil based lubes should be avoided if you are practicing safe sex for sure, but the neat thing is that a lot of typically oil based brands like Boy Butter and Elbow Grease also made water based versions that are condom compatible (and toy compatible which is dope!)

    1. Hi Stephen,

      If you are breaking out after sex it likely means that you have an allergy to one of the ingredients in either the condoms or lubricant you are using. My first suggestion would be to switch over to latex free condoms and see if that helps. Also I recommend water-based lubricants as they have less chemicals and are primarily made of water. As I said in your other comment if you are still having irritation after you should contact your doctor for an allergy test.

      I hope this helps.


  3. What this blog fails to mention is that many water-based lubes, including Astroglide as mentioned, contain glycerin. This is also used in rectal suppositories and can stimulate a bowel movement. Not something you really want happening in the heat of the moment. Astroglide makes a glycerin-free water-based lube but I’ve only seen it in very small bottles that are as expensive as the bigger bottles of the other stuff.

  4. Does the relaxant in the backdoor glide affect the top in the relationship. Does it stiffle an erection or number the feeling for the top?

    1. Hi David,

      Yes, the numbing agent in Pjur Backdoor can desensitize the person who is topping with extended use. You can avoid this by using a condom or switching to Pjur without the relaxant if he is too sensitive to it.

      Best of luck.

  5. This is a less common question that I’ve been hard pressed to find an answer to…Is there any sensation INCREASING lube or practice? Like… safe anal lubes that heat up or tingle or any kind of added sensation? Maybe I’m just getting old… I once administered some liquid vitamin D after a cleansing and was VERY pleasantly surprised to experience an amazing warmth that spread within me, though it was short lived, and is what inspires me to ask about what other fun substances or practices could offer similar or new backdoor experiences…

    1. Hi Ben,

      You can look into Pjur Stimulating and Warming Lubes, although you want to be careful because sensation lubes can cause some uncomfortable situations for whoever is bottoming. It doesn’t hurt to experiment, just make sure that he isn’t overly sensitive to the extra heat.

      Best of luck!

  6. Hi,

    a few year ago, I have an anal fissure so I stop having anal sex and recently start it up again. I have been with my partner for quite sometimes and we do not use condoms. I am very much afraid of paint and would like something a bit more slippery so it’s easier to go in.
    Would you recommend the Maximus or is there any lube you would recommend?

    1. Hi Charlse,

      I have had a lot of problems and I know exactly what you mean. The best thing to do is make sure, first and for most, that you are practicing good hygiene. Always wash down there with a finger and water when you are in the shower, even if it stings. It will make the healing process go a lot faster, and with daily cleaning you can go really far at preventing fissures. For lubes, try something with an anal relaxant. Pjur is my best over all choice, but if you pair it with a thick, watery lube like Maximus you will see a big decrease in pain. Also take look at my article here about dealing with and avoiding fissures.

      Hope this helps,

      Best of luck!

  7. Thanks for this article. It is really interesting and educating. Pjur Backdoor is an anal lube I can recommend because of its consistency and feeling. It gets the job done a lot easier. Liquid silk and Maximus are really great water based lubes that works. Thick but not tacky. Slippery and so smooth. More grease to your elbow, Maleq team. Thans

  8. I have a bit of an odd question, but I hope someone can help.
    I’ve tried a few products in the past and found that they make me gag and vomit. I don’t know if its a smell or something else. I also have the same problem with antibacterial hand gels too.
    So do any of these have a strong odour?

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