The Best Anal Lubes

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.

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.

Best all-rounder

Lovehoney Discover Water-Based Anal Lubricant 250ml

Discover 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.

What customers say: "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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Best for anal sex

Sliquid Silk Hybrid Lubricant 255ml

For advanced anal players, silicone-based lube is great. It often allows 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.

What customers say: "The cool thing is you can use this lube for just about anything along the lines of anal, sex, on toys and why not even use it for a hand job?"

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Best for anal easing

pjur Back Door Relaxing Anal Glide Lubricant 250ml

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 desensitisers should be used with caution. A slick of desensitiser 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 you

What customers say: "This lube is definitely 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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Best for rimming

ID Frutopia Natural Watermelon Flavoured Lube 100ml

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 lube useful. Rimming is when one stimulates the anus using the mouth, lips and tongue.

What customers say: "This lubricant hands down is a must have, it’s not tacky or sticky the consistency is perfect and it tastes amazing."

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