If you are going to have anal sex then you are going to need a quality anal lube. So what are the best anal lubes? A bit of it comes down to preference, because although there are lots of great options, each have advantages and drawbacks to each, especially when it comes to anal sex. To make your search a little easier we will try to give you a little background, along with my impressions after using each one to give you a better idea of how I arrived at our list of the best anal lubes.
As a disclaimer: We are not sponsored or endorsed by any of the following products. These anal lube have all been tested (and tested again) by MQ and are listed because they truly are the best anal lubes out there.
The Quick List
Here are our favorite anal lubes broken down by type. For a more in-depth look at each you can look to the next section.
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. This makes them the best lubes for anal sex out of all of your options. My personal favorite lube is one that I have been using for a long time and despite having tested countless brands, I keep coming back to it.
As a disclaimer I want to put out that MQ is NOT in any way sponsored or in collaboration with Pjur. Analyse Me is number one on the list because it truly, genuinely is the best anal lube we have tested year after year.
Now that that is out of the way…
The reason Pjur makes the list is because they make some of the best anal lubes out there. Why? Because their products are designed specifically for anal sex and include an anal relaxant making them ideal for people who have had problems with pain or discomfort in the past.
MaleQ Reader Review: Fabulous! – Analyse Me has to be the best lube for anal sex ever! Silky smooth and helps make it easier to take either a toy or the real deal! Love this lube!”
If you don’t need the relaxant, then do yourself a favor and try Swiss Navy. The formula is a pure silicone but is thinner and therefore less tacky than Pjur, and in many ways, I prefer the consistency.
Not to mention it is almost $7 cheaper with MORE lube per bottle compared to Pjur, (4oz vs. 3.4oz). I also love the pump top which you can lock and unlock for travel and it great for one hand use. So if you don’t need the added cost of a relaxant and are looking for a lube that feels great, and will take a pounding then go for Swiss Navy.
The single best thing about Gun Oil? It lasts forever. Gun Oil is one of the slipperiest, smoothest, and long lasting lubes I have tested and its slickness makes it ideal for anal.
Overall, Gun Oil is a more “heavy duty” choice and good for the experienced trying to “go bigger”. I also have to tip my hat to the packaging – nothing about this bottle suggests “anal sex”. So, if you want something a little more discrete and heavy duty, you have found your match.
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.”
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 anal lubes is that the body absorbs the water and therefore the lube can dry out rather quickly. 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. Moreover, water based lubes are also friendly with all toys, as silicone lubes with silicone toys are a no-no. Not to mention, water lubes are often a cheaper alternative, and therefore come in more generous quantities.
There are two things I look for when picking a water lube – consistency and longevity. In this case, H2O beats all other lubes out there.
It is one of the longest lasting water based lubes I have ever tested and has a thick slippery feel.
I have tested so many water lubes that dry out and don’t perform anywhere close to silicone, but if I didn’t know any better I would have guessed Elbow Grease to be a water-silicone hybrid, as it is super thick and super slippery. Best of all, it comes in large bottles and a little bit goes a long way. Let’s not forget that it plays well with any toy you throw at it making it a more versatile option.
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 for the amount of lube you get.
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
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.”
In terms of price and performance, you will not find a lube with a better value. At a mere $10 a bottle, Smooth and Slick gets you the biggest bang for your buck. The low price means I was never afraid to use it generously, which in terms of anal sex, the more the better.
To top it off, despite its low price, it is actually a surprisingly good feeling lube. 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.
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 then DO NOT use oil lubes.
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 grease is a creamy oil lube and is about as slippery as it gets. Yes, there is no anal relaxant included like with 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” with a toy or the real thing then this will help make you more comfortable and those bigger sizes more manageable. For the mo more adventurous user, you should make this your first option.
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!”
Invade Deep is about as hardcore as it gets. If you are looking to go big,(and I mean BIG) and need all the help you can get then Invade is the best you anal lube can get. What makes it so slippery is the oil base cream with a built in desensitizer which is designed to let you stretch out to some pretty impressive sizes.
If you are looking to experiment with some more “expert level” toys, or have fun with some super sized boys and aren’t concerned about condoms then invade is one of the the best oil based anal lubes out there.
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
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 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 are having anal sex for the first time there is a lot you can do to make you and your partner a little more comfortable. Getting the right lube is the best first step, but if you want to fully prepare yourself then it is good to go in with a little practice. This will give you will have a better idea of what to expect and allow your body to get used to a new and unfamiliar experience.