Top 15 Best Anal Lubes for Smoother Sex in 2021

Top 15 Best Anal Lubes for Smoother Sex in 2021

If you are going to have anal sex then you are going to need a quality anal lube. To make your search a little easier we compiled a list of the top lubricants this year. So what are the best anal lubes?

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Why Should you Use an Anal Lube?

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When having anal sex, some kind of added lubrication is necessary. Unlike vaginal or oral sex, the anus does not self lubricate and can be extra sensitive to pain, and potential injury. For comfort, and for safety, a good anal lune (and lots of it) is absolutely necessary! A quality anal lube will help reduce friction, increase pleasure, and make anal sex overall more enjoyable.

Best Anal Lubes

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An anal lubricant is a lube designed specifically for anal sex. These formulas are typically more durable, slippery, and long-lasting than standard lubricants, and as such, are some of the best lubes around! The best anal lube will come down to your personal experience, and needs. If you are just starting out, then there is one category of anal lube that can be extra helpful at reducing pain and discomfort.

Relaxing and Desensitizing Anal Lubes

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The best anal lubes not only have an extra slippery, long-lasting, lubricating base but also include anal relaxants and desensitizers. For anyone who has had problems with pain in the past, the inclusion of an anal relaxant can make anal sex much more comfortable and enjoyable. Balance is key. A relaxant that is not strong enough won’t do its job, and one that is too strong can take away pleasure. When it comes to quality, relaxing anal lubes our choice was quite easy.

Pjur Analyse Me! Anal Glide

Pjur Analyse Me is the best anal lube you can buy. Its unique formula is designed specifically for anal sex and has been my personal favorite and a reader’s top choice for years. Despite having tested countless brands, I keep coming back.

Analyse Me’s included an anal relaxant makes anal sex more comfortable and pain-free, especially for people who have had problems with pain or discomfort in the past.  For most people, Analyse Me! Silicone is the best option as a well-balanced, great feeling anal lube that is not overpowering.

MQ Reader Review:
Fabulous! – Analyse Me has to be one of the best lubes for anal sex ever! Silky smooth and helps make it easier to take either a toy or the real deal! Love this lube!”

Relaxant Type: Natural
Active relaxing Ingredient: Jojoba Extract
Relaxing Strength: Mild
Lube Thickness Level: 4/5

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Pjur Analyse Me 100ml

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Be sure to read the full Analyse Me review for a more in-depth look at my thoughts and impressions.

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Pjur Analyse Me Water Comfort

Analyse Me! also comes in a water-based variant which is a bit cheaper and stacks up pretty well performance-wise. At this price, it is one of the best anal lubes we have tested!

Relaxing Ingredient: Jojoba Extract
Relaxant Strength: Mild
Lube Thickness: 3/5
Toy Compatible

Pjur Analyse me Comfort
Pjur Analyse Me Water 100ml

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$31.73Add to cart

Pjur Backdoor Anal Glide

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If by chance you are looking for a more powerful relaxing effect and an added extra numbing agent then I recommend our previous years’ best anal lubes top pick, Pjur Backdoor. It is a stronger formula and packs a bit more punch.  You can check out the full Backdoor Review here to give you a better idea of what I mean.

Base: Silicone
Relaxant: Natural Jojoba Extract
Relaxant Strength: Strong
Added Numbing Effect
Lube Thickness Level: 5/5

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Pjur Backdoor Silicone 100ml

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$36.87Add to cart

Extra Strength Relax Desensitizing Anal Gel

There are very few anal lubes out there designed specifically for anal sex. Relax is a heavy-duty water-based lube that is long-lasting, slippery, and best of all – comes with an anal relaxant inside.

The included pump design makes one-handed application extra easy. Clean-stream is well known for there anal sex products, including lubes, enemas, and lube shooters. Once again, they don’t disappoint delivering one of the best anal lubes on the market.

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Relax Anal Lubricant 4oz

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More impressive, Relax comes in a 17.5oz bottle giving you over 4X the lube for only a bit more money.

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Anal Glide Relaxing Lubricant

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Anal Glide is an anal lube / anal desensitizer combo. This anal lube comes in both a water and silicone variant. Glide is a classic anal lube brand that performs well.

Although the bottles are quite small at only 2 ounces, this makes Anal Glide quite travel friendly. The pump dispenser can lock for easy storage and prevent leaking when on the go. This makes it great for people who travel or want to keep a discreet bottle on hand.

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For a longer-lasting lube that doesn’t dry out, you can opt for the silicone formula.

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$29.74Add to cart

Silicone Anal Lubes

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If you are looking for an anal lube that offers maximum lubrication, but without a relaxant then Silicone anal lubes are some of the best anal lubes you can choose from. 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 anal lubes are made from a silicone base, which are specifically designed to create minimal heat and friction. This makes them among the best anal lubes out there.

Swiss Navy Silicone Lube

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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 the pump for travel and it great for one hand use.  

MQ 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

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.

– Check out our full Swiss Navy Silicone Review Here –

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Swiss Navy Silicone 4oz

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$34.25Add to cart

Gun Oil Silicone

Gun Oil Silicone Lubricant

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”.  It’s feel and durability have landed it on our list of the best anal lubes year over year. So, if you want something a little more discrete and heavy duty, you have found your match.

MQ 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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Gun Oil Silicone 4oz

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$33.48Add to cart

Water Based Anal Lubes

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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. Yes, water evaporates, and the body absorbs the water. Therefore the water-based lubes can dry out 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.

Gun Oil H20

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Like the others, Gun Oil also comes in a water variant with a similar feel and a cheaper price. As one of the best anal lubes for sex toys because of its toy friendly water base, it is a great alternative.

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Gun Oil H2O 4oz

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Swiss Navy Water Based Lube

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Swiss navy also comes in a water variant which is just as great as its silicone brother. Despite its water base, it maintains a heavy duty, ultra slick feel, yet gives all the slippery fun plus a little more.  

Check out our full Swiss Navy Water based lube review here.

Relaxant: None
Lube Thickness Level: 4/5
More Natural Feeling
Lower Price

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Swiss Navy Water 4oz

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Elbow Grease H2O

Elbow Grease H2O Water Based Lubricant

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.

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

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.

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Elbow Grease H2O 8oz

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Smooth and Slick

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In terms of price and performance, you will not find a lube with a better value.  At less than $20 for an 8oz 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, Smooth and Slick is among the best anal lubes this year at this price.

MQ 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.”
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Oil Based Anal Lubes

Oil lubes are made from oil and are some of the slipperiest, longest-lasting lubes you can buy! The main draw back is that oil lubes are not latex compatible and will break down condoms and some toys.  

So, if you want to use a condom then DO NOT use oil lubes.

Another drawback is that oil base lubes are more of a pain to clean up and can take multiple washes to clean. If this isn’t an issue, then their slipperiness is absolutely unmatched! They are great for extended play sessions without the need to lube up again halfway through sex!  and are amazing for non-latex (or more extreme) toys.

Invade Deep Anal Fisting Cream

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 anal lube for you. 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 deep is one of the best anal lubes out there.

MQ 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

Anal Relaxant: Benzocaine (5%)
Thickness: 5/5
Oil Type: Mineral oil, Petroleum Gel
Ideal for Large Toys or Extreme Play

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Boy Butter Anal Grease

Boy Butter Oil Best Anal Lube

When it comes to the best oil-based anal lubes, Boy Butter is the name of the game. One of the oldest, tested, famous formulas out there, Boy Butter is the original anal lube for butter-smooth anal sex.

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Cleverly named – “You’ll Never Know It’s Not Boy Butter” is a condom safe anal lube alternative made with a water base, but with much of the grid and heavy duty feel of the original.

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Elbow Grease Anal Cream

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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 bit bigger” with a toy (or the real thing) then this will make things more comfortable and those larger sizes more manageable.

MQ 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!”

For the more adventurous user, you should make Elbow Grease your first option.

Anal Relaxant: None
Thickness: 5/5
Oil Type: Petrolatum Gel
Ideal for Large Toys or Extreme Play

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Anal Lube Injectors

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In addition to buying the right lube, you should also look into getting an anal lube injectorThis makes applying lube as a bottom effortless.

It literally shoots a generous amount of lube deep inside making prep extremely easy.  It took me a while to start using one, but it was well worth making the switch.

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Anal Sex Starter Kit

The anal sex starter is everything you need to practice on your own at your own pace. Best of all, combined together the Anal Sex Starter Kit will save you about $40 over buyer each item individually.

It has everything you need to get started including:

3 Piece Anal Plug Starter Pit
2 Cock Rings
2 Lube Injectors
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Anal Enema
Toy Cleaner 100ml

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Anal Lube Final Breakdown

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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 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 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.

We cover more of the best anal lubes and toys in more detail below.

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If you have any questions about anal sex or would rather ask us directly feel free to email us at [email protected] or write them down in the comments below!

These are our picks for the best anal lubes you can buy right now.  Do you have any favorites we forgot to mention?  Let us know in the comments below!

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  2. Jason Trainer

    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!)

  3. stephenrichards

    Which gay lube won’t make my boyfriend or me itchy or break out?

    1. Matthew Brown

      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.


  4. Scott

    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.

  5. david

    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. Matthew Brown

      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.

  6. Ben Dover

    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. Matthew Brown

      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!

  7. Charles


    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. Loren

      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!

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    I have a bit of an odd question, but I hope someone can help.
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    1. Frangipani

      what lubes have you tried? Pjur anal lube (not analise) is my personal favorite so far. A close second all though not geared specifically to anal sex is WET PLATINUM. I find both have very low odor but find clean up a little extra effort with the platinum.

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    I want to have a long (13″) some what thick dildo all the way in my back door and leave it there longer than 4 hours. What lube would you reccomed. Currently I use Vaseline or cooking oils.

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    I am a 19-year-old woman and petite at 5’1” and 102 lbs. My boyfriend is 6 feet tall, 200 lbs, and has a penis that is 11 inches long when erect. His penis hurts me when we have vaginal sex because it bumps against my cervix, so we have been having anal sex exclusively for the past 4 months, about 5 times per week. We use “shea butter” as an anal lube because it really smoothens my anus and rectum, making it easier for my boyfriend to bury his entire penis into my ass, such that the tip of his penis penetrates part of my colon with each thrust. The shea butter lubes my anal chute so well that he can deliver 100 anal thrusts per minute for about 30 minutes, which is 3,000 anal thrusts. That really reams out my entire asshole, plus my boyfriend says it helps him to ejaculate three times during those 30 minutes. The initial anal penetration is always extremely painful for me because his penis really stretches my anal sphincter muscles really wide, but after he gets his entire penis inside of my asshole and begins to thrust back and forth, my pain begins to subside from like a 10 down to a more manageable 7. So, I still moan from the anal pain, but at least I’m not crying and screaming for 30 minutes. The shea butter is a terrific anal lube for a petite woman like me.

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    Fisting sessions always have to use slippery because the anal mucous membranes are sensitive and they break easily. Second, The lubricant also reduces the pain and makes the fisting session easier.

    The lubricant reduces the friction caused by skin and gloves during the Fisting session. The moist fist and the rectum also sense the touch better, so the lubricant also increases pleasure and prevents damage.

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