Which is the Best Lube?

Which is the Best Lube?

by Lovehoney

on May 1, 2017

People who use lubricant have better sex. It eases penetration and makes playing, with or without sex toys, so much more enjoyable. It’s the easiest and cheapest way to make every sexual experience you have smoother and more pleasurable.

Even if you feel that your body is doing a great job without any assistance, you might be missing out on loads of extra pleasure without knowing it - over 70% of women find sexual experiences more satisfying with lube.

Whether you just want a water-based lube or if you're feeling more experimental and keen to try other types such as flavored lube or silicone lube, this guide will help you to find the perfect sexual enhancement for any occasion.

What is the Lube for?

Lubes have lots of different ingredients and consistencies, and the best way to decide which is the best lube for you is to think about how you want to use it.

I want a lube for…

Try a…

Vaginal sex Water-Based Lube, Silicone Lube
Sex toys Water-Based Lube, Silicone Lube (do not use with real-feel or silicone toys)
Male masturbation Lube for Men, Water-Based Lube, Silicone Lube (do not use with real-feel or silicone toys)
Anal sex Anal Lube, Silicone Lube
Anal sex toys Anal Lube, Silicone Lube (do not use with real-feel or silicone toys)
Increased sensation for her Female Orgasm Booster, Warming & Cooling Lubricant
Increased sensation for him Warming & Cooling Lubricant
Delay or decreased sensation Delay Spray & Cream

Which is the Best Lube?

Once you know what you want to use your lube for, scroll through Lovehoney's top lube suggestions for the best all-rounder, as well as the best lubes for new sensations and experiences.

Lube FAQs

Is it safe to use lubricant with condoms?

For the most part, yes. All water-based, silicone and flavored lubes are 100% safe for use with condoms. The only exception is oil-based lubricant which can degrade the latex of condoms. You'll find that male lubes for men are often oil-based. We will always tell you on the product page if a lubricant is not suitable for use with condoms, so make sure to do your research before you buy.

What is silk lube?

Some lubricants are referred to as silk or hybrid lubes. This means that they're technically a mix between water-based and silicone, but the silicone content is low enough that it's fine for use with silicone toys. The advantage of a hybrid lube is that it tends to be more long-lasting than one that is purely water-based.

Can I use coconut oil as lubricant?

Yes, although it can't be used with condoms and some sex toys. We recommend using a bottled lube which has been tested and approved for intimate use.

Can I use lubricant with my sex toys?

You can use water-based lube with all sex toys. You should not use silicone lube with silicone sex toys or "real feel" toys like Fleshlights as the silicone in the lube can degrade the finish of your toy.

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Need more help?

You can Contact Customer Care, who will be able to help you find the right lube. You can email, telephone or live chat to an experienced advisor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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