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
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Though Maximus is technically a silicone water based hybrid and not a strictly “anal lube”, I have it 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.