The 10 Best Lubes For Anal Sex

When it comes to anal sex, I have a simple philosophy: the more lube, the better. Because the anus and rectum aren’t naturally self-lubricating, these areas need all the help they can get during anal play. Luckily, the best lubes for anal sex provide that extra cushion for the pushing, delivering the extra slickness and long-lasting wetness needed to make anal stimulation feel extraordinary.

From silicone to hybrid, oil, or water-based lubricants, the options can seem endless when you’re shopping for lube, especially if it’s your first time. Because silicone is hypoallergenic, has a higher viscosity (meaning it’s more slippery), and helps minimize heat and friction, it’s usually considered the best lube for anal sex.

But on the downside, silicone can be a hassle to clean and isn't compatible with silicone-based sex toys (it sounds counterintuitive, but it's true). Oil-based lubes are as slick as they come, but they're also super messy and can’t be used with condoms, which is important to keep in mind for safe sex. Water-based lubricants can be a great alternative because they’re thicker and compatible with most toys and latex, but they also dry out easily, meaning you’ll need to reapply a lot along the way.

At the end of the day, you don’t have to be a lube connoisseur to enjoy anal, but it helps to know a thing or two about your options. Here's are a few of my favorites that help create a mutually pleasurable backdoor experience for yourself and your partner.