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Best Anal Lubes of 2018

Best Anal Lubes of 2018

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.

Best Anal Lubes Silicone

Best Anal Lubes: Silicone

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.

1. Pjur Analyse Me! Anal Glide

Pjur Analyse Me is the best anal lube you can buy because its unique formula is designed specifically for anal sex.

The 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.  

MQ 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!”


For most people, Analyse Me! Silicone is the best option as a well balanced, great feeling anal lube that is not over powering.

Pjur Analyse Me Silicone:
Balanced Anal Relaxant
MQ Top Seller
Silicone BasedView on MQ Store or Amazon

$49.99 $34.87Add to cart

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

Analyse Me! also comes in a water based variant which is a bit cheaper and stacks up pretty well performance wise.

Pjur Analyse Me Comfort
Water Based
Plays Well with All Toys
CheaperView on MQ Store or Amazon

$34.99 $31.73Add to cart

If by chance you are looking for a more powerful relaxing effect and an added extra numbing agent then I recommend our previous years’ top pick, Pjur Backdoor.

Pjur Backdoor:
Stronger Anal Relaxant
More Intense Numbing Effect
Silicone BasedView on MQ Store or Amazon

$44.99 $36.72Add to cart

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.

2. Swiss Navy Silicone

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.  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.

– Check out our full Swiss Navy Silicone Review Here –

best-lubes-swiss-navy-4.jpg Product Photo

View on MQ Store or Amazon

$39.99 $34.25Add to cart

3. Gun Oil

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.

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.”

View on MQ Store or Amazon

$36.99 $33.48Add to cart

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 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.

4. Elbow Grease H2O

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.

MQ 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.”

View on MQ Store or Amazon

$49.99 $34.76Add to cart

5. Swiss Navy Water Based

Since I posted this article I had a number of readers requested that I 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.

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

View on MQ Store or Amazon

$24.99 $22.73Add to cart

6. Smooth and Slick

In terms of price and performance, you will not find a lube with a better value.  At a mere $15 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.

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.”

View on MQ Store or Amazon

$24.97 $18.73Add to cart

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 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!

7. Elbow Grease

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 more adventurous user, you should make this your first option.

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!”


View on MQ Store or Amazon

$32.99 $28.23Add to cart

8. Invade Deep Anal

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 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 is one of the the best oil based 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

View on MQ Store

$52.99 $44.71Add to cart


Anal Lube Injectors

In addition to buying the right anal 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 awhile to start using one, but it was well worth making the switch.

Lube Shooter XL

View Lube Shooter XL on MQ Store

$17.99 $12.71Add to cart

Final Breakdown

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.

For a more in-depth guide check out How to Have Anal Sex for the First Time and take a look at the anal sex starter kit.  

It has everything you need to get started including:

  • An Anal Enema
  • Two Lube Shooters
  • Two Cock Rings
  • Toy Cleaner
  • A Bottle of Pjur Analyse Me Comfort Anal Lube
  • A Three-Stage Butt Plug Starter Set

This 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.

If you are looking for an easy way to get started, this is your best bet.

View Anal Sex Starter Kit on MQ Store

$149.99 $117.83Add to cart

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If you have any questions 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!

Loren Couse

I started MQ with the goal of answering all the questions I had about gay sex, dating and relationships when I was just starting out.If you have a question, suggestion, or are just looking to chat, feel free to message me at: [email protected], check out our YouTube page, Facebook or Google+.

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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!)

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

    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.


  4. 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. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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  9. 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?

    1. 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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  11. 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.

  12. Hi does your shop ship to Singapore? Whats the additional shipping cost? Thinking of 2 100ml lube. Thanks!

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