Best Personal Lubricants of 2018 | The Top Lubes of the Year

It is really hard to pick one “best lube”.  That really comes down to what you are looking for.  Is it comfort? Quality? Price?  We have taken all of these factors into account, and after comparing reader favorites, top sellers, and testing many lubes ourselves, we at MQ have put together a list of the best personal lubricants out there.


So without further ado, here is our ultimate list of the best personal lubricants of 2018.


The Best Personal Lubricants

Water Based Lubes


Yes, water lubes are the quickest to dry out, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some of the best performers in this category.

Compared to other lube types, mainly silicone and oil, water lubes are the closest the the real thing, simply because our bodies natural lubricant is water!

So if you want something that doesn’t feel artificial and will give you the best sensation, then we highly recommend water based lubricants.


Swiss Navy Water 


Yes, yes, yes! By far our absolute favorite at MQ is Swiss Navy.  If you haven’t already heard of this one, Swiss Navy has made a reputation for itself for its high-quality feeling and slipperiness.

 It is durable and thick and will last you a long time which is what we are testing for.


What makes it number one?  The consistency and feeling of “pleasure” when in put into action.

We are already a huge fan of the Swiss Navy silicone variant, but the Swiss Navy Water stacks up better interns of feel, slipperiness, and easy clean-up.  For the best personal lubricants you can buy right now, our pick goes to Swiss Navy.


MQ Reader Review:
Smooth: “When I tried this lube not only did it feel excellent, but it didn’t leave a sticky feeling afterward. It felt wonderful during sex. A little goes a long way and I will happily go back and pay for another bottle.” – Rob


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$17.99 $14.79


Elbow Grease H2O


If you are going for water, then you want to go thick!  That is exactly how Elbow Grease H2O is made.  I have tried so many water lubes because I really like how water lubes feel, but I can’t say I have found many that will last you a whole session without the need to re-apply.


I’ll be honest – you just aren’t going to find a water lube that won’t dry out.  Water evaporates, and that is just a rule of nature.  


What I will say is that out of all the lubes I have tried, H2O lasts the longest before I needed to add more, which means fewer interruptions and a much more satisfying experience.


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$39.99 $33.72


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 Elbow Grease to anyone.”


ID Glide Lubricant


We like ID Glide because of the sheer amount of lube you get for the price. The smallest bottle runs $15 and performs close to other lubricants on the list.

This combination of quantity and quality makes ID Glide on of the best personal lubricants we have tested this year.


Really though, if you want a quality lube with the best value, lasts long and feels great, then ID deserves your attention.


MQ Reader Review:
I’ll order this again!: “ID did everything it promised. My partner and I found it slippery without being sticky, firm enough to stay where needed without making a mess of things. And as a nice benefit, it has a soft smell of leather!” – Don


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$19.99 $15.99

Silicone Based Lubes


If you are going for a balance of longevity and versatility then silicone lubes are always your best option.

This is because not only are silicone lubes condom safe, but also they provide a suppior level of slipperiness and longevity which means you can use less for a longer period of time without needing to re-apply.


What makes silicone lubes so special is that they cannot be absorbed into the skin ,and therefore, stay on the skin’s surface doing their job up until you decide to wash them off.

As a result, silicone lubricants are a bit more work to clean up and don’t have the natural feel what comes with water lubes.  It though you want a top performer that feels a bit more premium, silicone is the answer.


Gun Oil


No, this is not really Gun Oil, but one of the most heavy duty, long-lasting lubes on the market.  Gun Oil is out top pick because if you are judging solely by longevity, Gun Oil will last you the longest out of any silicone lube we have ever tried.

This, paired with the lower price when compared to other top brands like Pjur, it is a pretty awesome value.  If you want to go on and on, and have fun all night long then go with Gun.


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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$21.99 $17.83


Pjur Original Body Glide


Pjur has been a long time favorite for me because it is high quality and one of the more premium lubes out there.  Like anything, you get what you pay for, and when using Pjur, you can really feel the difference.

Best of all, if you have sensitive skin like I do, is is odor free and hypo-alergetic and won’t leave an oily residue when you do finally decide to wash it off.


If you are willing to shell out the extra cash, then I say give Bodyglide a go.  You won’t be disappointed.


MQ Reader Review:
The best!: “My husband and I bought this for the first time today. I picked it because the bottle said voted number 1 by men’s fitness mag and that it was long lasting and won’t dry out…THIS LUBE IS SO WORTH THE MONEY! The best I’ve ever had, will never use another brand again.”


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$19.99 $17.63


Swiss Navy Silicone


Like its water counterpart, Swiss Navy Silicone is smooth, slick and extra slippery.  The consistency is a bit thinner than other silicone lubes on this list, making it feel less tacky, and giving it a more “pure” feeling.

If you have already tried Swiss Navy before, or are looking for a a quality silicone lubricant, look no further.  Judging on all measures, Swiss Navy Silicone is easily one of the best personal lubricants out there.


MQ Reader Review:
I love this lube more than any other lubes I’ve used. Better than Pjur stuff and better than Gun Oil. It’s nice and silky leaves your skin soft and the best part that I love about this lube is that you cannot taste it whatsoever. You can suck a cock after he’s put tons of lube all over himself. I really hate that nasty lube taste.. Another thing that’s good about this is the cap lock. Its spill free and not messy like the other brand bottles. Definitely try this one out if you haven’t. They have it in 3 sizes. Oh and its much cheaper on this site.


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$32.99 $27.87



When making suggestions our goal is always to give our readers options!  

Everyone’s needs are a bit different, so we make out testing as thorough as possible!

MQ has done recommendations in the past like our picks for The Best Lubes for Giving a Handjob and The Best Lubes for Anal Sex, but this time around we are judging on the best personal lubricants overall in terms of all measures.


For more information you can also check out our in-depth guides to the best personal lubricants by category.


We cover all types of personal lubes and variants in more detail below.


The Best Personal Lubes by type

the best based water lubes

the best silicone lubes cover

The Best Anal Relaxants Cover


These are our picks for the best personal lubricants. Do you have a personal favorite lube?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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