Anal Lube: Choose the Best for Sex ( Spring 2016 )

In the world of sex, there are three types of lubricants: oil, water and silicone, each of which has 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, though, they are condom safe.  As the name states these lubes 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 Analyse Me! Anal Glide



It is official – the king has been dethroned.  My number one recommendation and year after year pick, “Pjur Backdoor Relaxing Anal Glide” has been replaced somewhat unsurprisingly by its successor – Pjur Analyse Me.  

For a formula I thought couldn’t get much better, Pjur has worked out many of the small gripes I had with the original – mainly tweaking the anal relaxants to make a product that is a true winner.  

As I have mentioned before in my previous reviews, Pjur is known for making some of the best anal lubes around because, well, these products are designed specifically for anal sex.  This means that its backdoor product lines are ideal, especially for people who have had problems with pain or discomfort in the past.  It has a nice thick consistency that’s super slippery and long lasting. 

Probably the best feature and the one that they have managed to perfect this time around is the anal relaxant.  This inclusion has always made sex a lot easier on the receiving end and most importantly, helps to prevent pain.  What is different about the formula this time around is the balance of the relaxing ingredients.  Before the relaxant was a bit too overpowering and after prolonged use, actually could make you feel numb (i.e. not feel much of anything, good or bad).  

Pjur has thankfully refined the formula with natural “Jojoba extracts” which as they say: “helps to soften the skin and anal sphincter enhancing the experience of anal sex.”  

Overall, it is an all around better product, and in a world where lubes catered specifically towards anal sex can be hard to come by, I have yet to find anything that even comes close.  

MaleQ Reader Review:
“By far the best anal lube!!!! – Tried many others and nothing quite does the job as Pjur…the misses says it truly relaxes her so she can enjoy it more.” – Jay

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Gun Oil


The single best thing about Gun Oil – it lasts forever.  I have used many different lubes in the past and the one thing that I dislike the most is having to re-apply.  On the list, this is one of the slipperiest, smoothest lubes I have tested and feels absolutely great.  not to mention the smooth, slippery consistency makes it ideal for anal.

I also have to give it some extra props for the clever name and packaging.  Nothing about this bottle suggests “anal sex” and instead, your friends might just mistake you for a gun enthusiast.  So if you are going for something discrete, you have found your match.  I also love the fact that it is unscented (I have smelled a lot of funky lubes) and great to use with toys.  Overall, Gun Oil is a winner and worthy of its place on this list.

MaleQ Reader Review:
“Feels Natural, lasts long – Feels natural and not sticky, yet did not dry out fast. Very good product without odor and not hard to keep around since it does not look interesting to prying eyes.”

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Pjur Man Premium Extreme Glide


The main difference between the Premium Extreme Glide and Analyse Me! is the lack of a numbing and relaxant agent.  I also noticed that the consistency seems to be slightly thicker than the Analyse Me! 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 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.

Elbow Grease H2OH2O-longest-lasting-water-based-lubefour-half-stars

There are two things I look for when picking a water lube – consistency and longevity.  This being, how does the lubes feel and how long does it last.  In this case, H2O beats all other lubes out there because it is one of the longest lasting water based lubes I have ever tested and has a thick slippery feel that is a blast to use.

I have had so many issues, especially with water lubes that don’t perform anywhere close to silicone and dry out before you can even get it in.  H2O, on the other hand, is super thick and super slippery, and a little bit goes a long way.  In terms of performance, this is the best of the best.

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Reader Review:
Great product – “I have tried several lubes for anal sex, but this is by far the best I have tried. It is very slick and lasts a long time. I would recommend this to anyone.”

Swiss NavyThe-Best-Anal-Lube-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.

MaleQ Reader Review:
“Great Deal – I have been a Swiss Navy fan for years. I’m glad they finally came out with this 32oz size. I like when I can buy in bulk and save money. Now I can afford to buy gas and have sex!” – Issac

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Smooth and Slick The-Best-Water-Based-Anal-Lube-Smooth-and-alickfour-stars

Reader Review:
Just Right Smooth & Slick Lubricant – “Wife loves this lubricant. Just the right amount of slick. Not too much, not too little. In addition, a great price.”

I have Smooth and Slick on this list because, in terms of price and performance, you will not find a lube with a better value.  At a mere $7 a bottle you get the biggest bang for your buck, and means that I have never been afraid to use it generously, which in terms of anal sex, the more the better.

To top it off, it is actually a surprisingly good feeling, long lasting lube despite its affordable price tag.  If you are on a budget or looking for a good pair lube with one the more high-end brands, then Smooth and Slick is your best bet.

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The Best Oil Based Anal Lubes

This category of lubes is last on the list because if you plan on practicing safer-sex (i.e. using condoms) then you need to be more mindful.  These are lubricants made from an oil base which means they are not latex compatible and will break down condoms and some toys.  But one of the goals of this list is to show you ALL of your options.

So, if you want to use a condom with oil lubes you should look into non-synthetic alternatives like Trojan LambSkin. This will make sure you get the best performance and protect your own safety.

But now that that’s out of the way, as the name states, oil lubes are made from oil and are some of the slipperiest, longest lasting lubes you can buy!  They are great for extended play and mean you never have to lube up again halfway through sex!  These are also a great option for non-latex toys and only become more slippery as you add heat!

As a drawback oil base lubes are more of a pain to clean up and can take multiple washes with soap and hot water to finally go away.  But if you can see past these drawbacks they are some of the best performing lubes out there!

Elbow GreaseThe-Best-Oil-Based-Anal-LubeFive-stars


Reader Review:
“This stuff is AWESOME. Its nice and slick and it doesn’t dry out fast so you don’t have to keep adding lube. One of the big tubs of this lube will last a good while. It washes away nice and odor free with just some simple soap and water. I love it!”

If you have ever wondered why they call it “oil slick” then your curiosities have been answered.  Elbow grease is a creamy oil lube and is about as slippery as it gets.  Yes, there is no anal relaxant includes like Analyse Me! but in terms of raw lubrication Elbow Grease tops out.

This is more for the heavy duty user, and if you are looking to reduce friction to as little as possible and “go a little bit bigger”  or be a bit more adventurous, then you should make this your first option.

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ID HIM LeatherThe-Best-Oil-Based-Anal-Lube-himfour-half-stars

Reader Review:
Works for hours – “I have used Him lubricating cream for 4 days now and I am completely satisfied with the performance and last quality. I am able to reinsert my toys without the need to add more lube. And that is a winner in my ass.” – Chrissy4605

ID him is a very similar lube with very similar performance.  Yes, it is also oil-based and comes as a cream which is easy to apply and super slippery.  This is the Him leather variant which has a leather scent, which I personally like and I think adds a bit to the “kink” factor.

So why is this listed as number two?  Like I said these are nearly identical, but I found the clean-up with him to be a bit more of a pain.  Plus, the leather might now be for everyone.  But what Him does have to offer is price so it is still worth giving a look.

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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 worlds. I get the relaxing effects of the Pjur Analyse Me, and the option to use as much of a cheaper water-based lube like Swiss Navy as I need.

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

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Loren Couse

I started my gay career working 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. I am now living in Taiwan working on my Masters. 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: [email protected] or add me on Google+.

14 thoughts on “Anal Lube: Choose the Best for Sex ( Spring 2016 )

  • September 9, 2013 at 7:16 am

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  • November 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    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!)

    • February 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      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.


  • April 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    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.

  • April 27, 2014 at 5:15 am

    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?

    • April 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      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.

  • May 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    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…

    • May 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      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!

  • September 15, 2014 at 5:25 am


    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?

    • September 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      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!

  • October 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    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

  • March 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    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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