Hybrid lube is typically a water-based lube with a small amount of silicone-based lube blended into it. This gives it the longevity of a silicone lube, without the high price tag associated with them. Hybrid lubes are usually safe to use with silicone toys because the percentage of silicone in the formula is so low, but if you’re worried about it, you can always do a “spot test” by applying some of the lube to the base of your silicone toy and leaving it on for a few minutes to see if it changes the texture of the toy.
Oil-based lube can work well for anal, because it lasts a long time and has a luxurious, smooth feel to it. It can even double as massage oil. However, it has one key flaw that’ll be relevant if you’re engaging in safer sex: “If you are using condoms, oil-based lubes should not be used, because the oil can cause the condom to rip or tear,” Bezalel says, due to how oil weakens latex.
What’s the best type of lube for anal sex?
For most people, silicone is the way to go. “Silicone-based lube is thicker and lasts longer, so I’d recommend a silicone-based lube for anal play and anal sex,” Bezalel says.
However, if you’re using silicone toys, you might prefer a water-based lube so there’ll be no risk of damaging them. Water-based lubes are also easier to wash off and won’t stain your sheets. Go with a thicker, gel-like formula, as these last longer before needing to be reapplied.
If you’re not using condoms or other safer-sex barriers made of latex or polyisoprene, an oil-based lube is a fine choice as well.
An important safety note: When shopping for anal lubes, make sure you never get one that contains a numbing agent like lidocaine or benzocaine. These are often marketed as being helpful for anal sex because they reduce or eliminate any pain or discomfort you might feel during penetration, but those sensations are crucial warning signs from your body that something is wrong and that an injury might be imminent. Not to mention, presumably you want anal play to feel pleasurable, and obviously you can’t feel pleasure if the whole area has been numbed out!
Now that you’ve got the low-down on lube, here are some of the best ones on the market for anal play.
The Best Water-Based Lubes for Anal Sex
Like all Sliquid products, this lube is specifically formulated to be hypoallergenic and non-irritating. It’s also unusually thick and long-lasting for a water-based lube. Containing just five ingredients, this lube is unscented, tasteless, and well-rated online. “This is the one to buy if you are doing anal consistently, but is great for other uses,” one Amazon reviewer wrote.
This is my personal tried-and-true favorite, not just for anal play but for any kind of penetration. It’s got a luxuriously thick glide to it and almost feels more like a hybrid or silicone lube because of how slippery and long-lasting it is. It also contains some aphrodisiac ingredients, like horny goat weed and ginseng root; I don’t know for sure whether these actually do anything, but regardless, this lube is wonderful.
If you want a good lube at a great price, this one’s worth considering. It’s got a thick, gel-like consistency that outlasts thinner water-based lubes, and its smell and taste are minimal. “This is hands-down the best lube I have ever used,” an Amazon reviewer wrote. It’s best for anal rather than vaginal sex, because it contains glycerin, which has been known to cause vaginal irritation and infections.
The Best Hybrid Lubes for Anal
A blend of silicone-based and water-based lubes, this formula is truly the “best of both worlds.” It’s got a creamy, cushiony texture that makes it ideal for anal sex, and will last longer than a solely water-based lube. Because it contains only about 12% silicone, it’s generally safe to use on silicone toys as well. “This is excellent. Last waaaaayyyyyyy longer than regular lube,” an Amazon reviewer wrote.
It’s hard not to love a lube with a name as ballsy as Fuck Water, and this one is worthy of its great moniker. While its label says “water-based,” it’s actually a hybrid lube, containing a small amount of silicone that makes it creamier and longer-lasting. Incidentally, its whitish hue makes it look a bit semen-esque at a glance, which could be hot if you’re into that.
The Best Silicone-Based Lubes for Anal Sex
“I would highly recommend Uberlube for anal play and anal sex because it has simple, body- and condom-friendly ingredients, is scent- and color-free, dissipates when no longer needed (so there’s no sticky residue) and is recommended by leading doctors,” Bezalel says. Since its only ingredients are silicones and skin-nourishing vitamin E, it leaves your skin feeling better than it did before, even in intimate areas. The bottle’s pump top is also super convenient, since it allows you to reapply one-handed if you need to. Just make sure not to use this lube on silicone toys, as it could damage them.
This lube was designed specifically for anal sex. It’s silicone-based, so it’s got a long-lasting, smooth glide, and it also contains jojoba extract, a moisturizing and soothing ingredient that some users say is helpful for sphincter muscle relaxation. “A little goes a long way, just a few drops,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “This really helped my fiancée take all of me in her rear comfortably and I was able to really take her to pound town, which was rarely possible with what we had been using before, so the relaxing effect really works.”
The Best Oil-Based Lubes for Anal Sex
Unusually for a lube, this one comes in a little pot, and is solid at room temperature because coconut oil is its main ingredient. It quickly warms up as you spread it onto your skin, though, and becomes a fabulously moisturizing lube that works well for anal as long as you’re not using condoms (oil breaks down latex).
Fully organic and hypoallergenic, this oil-based lube lasts a long time and moisturizes your skin with coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, and more. Like all oil-based lubes, it’s not safe to use with condoms, but it makes up for that by doubling as a lovely massage oil!