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What’s the Best Lube for Anal Sex? 2017 Buyer’s Guide

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What’s the Best Lube for Anal Sex? 2017 Buyer’s Guide

No matter if you are a newbie or a veteran to anal play having a quality anal lube is a pre-requisite to enjoying anal sex. Although beginners should expect some initial discomfort in the process, using lubes specifically designed for anal sex will make it more comfortable, fun and pleasurable no matter your experience.

Before going further you should know the different types of lube available on the market. However, if you are looking for the ultimate best lube for anal sex you should pick a silicone based lube. But, if you intend to use your lube for vaginal sex and on sex toys (all-purpose lube), pick a water based lube.

Best Anal Lubes 2017

best anal lube: wet platinumWet Platinum
Top Pick
Silicone Based$$4.5
(1,500 reviews)
best anal lube for beginnersPjur Back Door Glide
Best for first-timers
Silicone Based$$$$4.3
(29 reviews)
Gun oil anal lubricantGun OilSilicone Based$$$4.5
(80 reviews)
Lynk Pleasure anal lubeLynk Pleasure
Best Water-based
Water Based$4.3
(430 reviews)
Wicked anal gelWicked Sensual CareWater Based$$4.4
(92 reviews)

Which Type of Lube is the Best Lube for Anal Sex?

Believe it or not, anal sex is actually an effective way to achieve orgasm when traditional sex might have gotten stale. So let’s discuss which kind of lube works best for you and your partner with a little education on the most important characteristics of the three lubes on the market.

Water-based lube

Water-based lubricants are exactly that, lubes made from water. They’re arguably the most popular type on the market due to its ease of use and availability.

The texture isn’t sticky, but is instead smooth, which not only makes it stain-proof but a cinch to clean as well. The downside to water-based lubes, however, is that they don’t last as long as others, meaning the liquid might have to be re-applied during intercourse, which could be a mood-killer.

Silicone-based lube

Unlike water-based lubricants, silicone-based are long-lasting and would likely not have to be re-applied. However, silicone-based lubes are much greasier and thinner than water-based, which means it can be difficult to clean once the fun is over.

Some have gone as far as to say silicone-based lubes can feel like motor oil, which, as somebody who has tried silicone lubes, is an incredible overstatement. Silicone-based lubes are fantastic, especially if you’re into shower sex, as water-based brands tend to get washed away.

Oil-based lube

Oil-based lubes are the least popular of the three types presented because they tend to corrode latex, which makes protected sex redundant. They’re also made with ingredients that have been known to harm a lady’s genitals, which is kind of counterintuitive when you consider sex’s end-game. As for its texture, oil-based lubes are thicker/slimmer than most, think Crisco and Vaseline.

As for which is the best lube for anal sex, it’s definitely down to water- and silicone-based. Personally, I prefer silicone, as I welcome its slippery-factor (which ranks second to none during anal sex, where things can be anything but slippery) and the fact that I don’t have to pull-out and reapply. If you don’t pull out and reapply when necessary you could leave your partner (male or female) susceptible to anal tearing, which I’m sure is pretty painful.

Plus, I’m in agreeance with the industry’s top porn stars, who I’ve had the pleasure to interview on multiple occasions and most — if not all — insist that silicone is better for anal sex. For vaginal sex? The answer was almost unanimous: they love coconut oil.

As for which lube brands are best? That’s another thing entirely. So to choose the best of the best, I used the collective knowledge of myself and a few porn stars to determine the buying guide above.

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Bobby Box

Bobby Box is a freelance writer and editor in Canada. He’s also a redhead, which is to say he likes the sun, but the fondness isn’t reciprocated. Bobby has written and writes for,,, Elle Canada,, and so on. Add, Follow, or Friend him on his social networks.

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