These Are The Best Anal Lubes

by Lovehoney

on May 1, 2017

Whether you’re having anal sex, indulging in butt play or using anal toys, you should never be without a bottle of anal lube.

Because the anus and rectum aren’t self lubricating, you'll need plenty of long-lasting lubrication to make your experience as pleasurable as possible.

Anal lubricant has a much thicker consistency than regular water-based lube, which helps to protect the sensitive skin of the anus.

Plus, anal play is enhanced with a good slick of lube - by making sure that there's no harsh friction, you'll enjoy your anal adventures much more.

Choosing the right lube depends on what you're doing and which toys you're using. Here's our guide to the best anal lubes.

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  1. Lovehoney Discover Water-Based Anal Lubricant
  2. Best All-Rounder:

    Water-Based Anal Lube

    For anal sex toys and beginner's anal sex, opt for a water-based lube. Water-based anal lubes are specially formulated to be thicker and longer-lasting than normal lubricants, but are still easy to wash away after use.

    Water-based anal lube tends to be the most popular choice as it is compatible with all toys and condoms.

    "A little goes a long way but liberal use doesn't cause excess slippage and frustration, just more glide to work with. Discover stays at the right consistency all the way through. I truly love this lubricant."

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  3. Lovehoney Indulge Silicone Lubricant 100ml
  4. Best for Anal Sex:

    Silicone-Based Lube

    For advanced players, silicone-based lube is great. They often allow both parties to experience more sensation than water-based lube as it doesn't need to be as thick.

    Silicone-based lubricants are condom safe, but shouldn't be used with your silicone toys.

    Caution should be taken if using silicone-based lubes as they are often more slippery than water-based lube which can cause penetration to be deeper and faster than intended.

    "This lube goes a long long way, great for anal, vaginal and solo masturbation. I was impressed with the longevity of the lube, it's very silky and has a sensual feel on the skin and also a nice smell."

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  5. pjur Back Door Relaxing Anal Glide Lubricant 250ml
  6. Best for Anal Easing:

    Desensitizing Anal Lube

    Anal easing lube is a sticky wicket for many couples. Why? Well, pain happens for a reason - it means that something's wrong and your body is alerting you to it. Anal lubes containing desensitizers should be used with caution.

    A slick of desensitizer may help you relax, but if you need it for regular anal sex then there may be a bigger problem behind the pain. Always exercise caution and listen to your body extra carefully when using desensitizing lubricants.

    "This lube is defiantly my new go-to lube. It provides an easy silky glide for insertion for all my toys. Can also definitely feel the relaxing element to the lube with absolutely no loss in general stimulation."

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  7. Lovehoney Strawberry Flavoured Lubricant 100ml
  8. Best for Rimming:

    Flavored Lube

    Oral sex can be greatly improved by adding some flavoured lube. Not only does it taste better, the extra slipperiness enhances sensations!

    Fans of rimming or analingus in particular may find flavoured useful. Rimming is when one stimulates the anus using the mouth, lips and tongue.

    "This lube is a great addition to any foreplay! It tastes amazing, and closer to actual strawberries than most strawberry ice cream! Perfect for those who want to add a little sweetness to the bedroom. Will have you licking each other all over!"

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Originally published on May 1, 2017. Updated on Aug 5, 2020