Best condoms 2020: including lubricated, vegan, thinnest, and condoms that feel ace for her

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When you're looking for the best condom for safe sex, finding the right one is vital. Put aside all pride; a condom that doesn't fit the penis perfectly – be it too snug or too loose – increases the risk of it breaking or falling off. 

A well fitting condom doesn't just increase its effectiveness, it takes the worry away from sex and makes things that much more pleasurable as a result. 

Pleasure should always be the key word, not just for the person wearing a condom. Sex is a team effort, and finding a condom that works perfectly for both partners is crucial.

Besides, this isn't really an exercise in looking for the perfect condom. This is a chance to find something special, and something that can make sex more enjoyable. You'll probably need to experiment before you find the perfect one for both of you – we're sure that won't be too much of a chore. 

Disclaimer: it's important to remember that no condom is 100% effective, and rates vary between brands so always do your research before buying.

 Choosing the best condom 

While there's nothing stopping you from using any one condom in all number of situations, selecting the best condom for the job is important. Consider yourself, your partner, and what you both want to get out of sex. 

If the condom is there as a simple contraceptive, a thin and ultra-sensitive condom might benefit the individual with a penis more; consider something more textured to increase pleasure for both parties.

Anal sex demands a slightly stronger construction and increased lube – and do be careful to select something flavour-free to avoid irritating those slightly more sensitive areas. Don't forget you can always add more lube.

And if you're engaging in a fresh encounter, it's sensible to use a condom for oral sex too. Flavoured condoms aren't just a gimmick – lubricant can taste absolutely awful, so pack something you can stomach.

Some people suffer from a latex allergy, or can find themselves irritated by silicone lubricants, so selecting a latex-free condom may be a wise choice. And if you're put off by certain varieties for ethical reasons, there are even vegan condoms out there which cut out the casein.

 The best condoms to buy now 

Best condoms: Skyn Intense Feel

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1. Skyn Intense Feel

The best condom for a skin-like sensation

Reasons to buy
+ Non-latex material + Smooth lubricant + Wave pattern with dots + Straight fit 

Latex condoms are not universal. Some people have a severe allergy to the stretchy stuff, so Skyn's super-thin polyisoprene construction – which retains the same level of protection against STIs and pregnancy without the latex – may be the only choice for those who can't use anything else.

Allergy or not, though, that material feels significantly softer and, yes, more skin-like than standard latex, which means these might appeal to those who just don't like the feel of regular condoms. 

There's a stack of varieties on offer, including a Large variant and an extra lubricated version, but we'd suggest trying the Intense Feel to really take advantage of that advanced material.

Best condoms: Okamoto 003 Smooth

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2. Okamoto Zero Zero Three Smooth

The best condom for the smaller penis

Reasons to buy
+Super-thin latex+Heat transferring properties+Unusual powder lubricant+Lesser girth
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

A narrower base ring, measured at around 52mm, means these Japanese imports might feel a little tight on some, but for the penis with slightly less girth they’ll be a perfect fit.

That ‘Zero Zero Three’ refers to the super-thin 0.03mm latex, engineered both for softness and for heat transfer between partners. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a little sensitivity, although while that latex is plenty strong we’d advise not getting too rough with it.

Unusually these uncontoured condoms offer a powder lubricant, something you’ll rarely find elsewhere. It’s great for a smooth feel without the sticky and often pungent lubes that other condoms favour. 

Best condoms: Hanx condoms

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3. Hanx

A vegan condom designed to boost her pleasure

Reasons to buy
+ Completely vegan latex + No extra additives + Classy attitude + Great smell 

Most latex condoms include casein, a milk derivative which helps soften the latex; Hanx switches this out for thistle extract, which means its contoured condoms are certified vegan. There's no spermicide, no parabens, and a clean scent that covers up the off-putting smell of latex.

Extra credit, too, for their neutral packaging and grown-up attitude, switching out the randy masculinity of many brands for something much more refined and designed to make women feel good. You can set up a subscription to make sure you never run out – another big plus, if you ask us.

Best condoms: Pasante Unique

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4. Pasante Unique

The best condom to keep with you

Reasons to buy
+Wallet-friendly packaging+Generous width+Heat shrink tech+Latex-free
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Pasante’s Unique condoms are just that. They’re not only packaged differently, folded and slid in their threes into a sturdy flat credit-card sized container perfect for keeping stashed in a wallet or purse, but they’re quite unlike any other condom.

Made from a non-latex resin-based synthetic material, which means they can be used with oil-based lubricants, the Uniques activate with body heat to cling to the penis and ensure a comfortable fit. That’s handy, because they have a flared base, and at 60mm wide they’re a little more generous than some. 

Crucially these are amongst the thinnest condoms around, so if you’re looking for sensitivity they’re a strong choice.

Do be careful not to get them too hot while they’re still in the package, though, as we’ve heard reports of them, er, shrinking themselves a little early.

Best condoms: TheyFit/MyOne condom

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5. TheyFit / MyOne

The best condom for getting the right fit

Reasons to buy
+ Custom-sized in length and width + Online fitting process + Discrete wrapping+ Very comfortable  

It's estimated that only 12% of people with a penis are using condoms that actually fit properly. TheyFit offers up 66 individual sizes depending on length and width, and will guide you through the fitting process (which doesn't necessarily have to be done solo...) to ensure you find the right size, whether it's bigger, smaller, or somewhere in between.

With the company acquired in 2017 by Karex, the TheyFit branding is now transitioning to that of similar US brand MyONE Perfect Fit – it's the same product. Do note, though, that these use a silicon lubricant, which can be an irritant for some people.

Best condoms: Durex Mutual Climax

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6. Durex Mutual Climax

The best condoms for evening things up

Reasons to buy
+ Benzocaine lube + Extravagant texturing + A whole lot of fun + Easy to apply 

It is a fact that we can't always stay in sync with our partners, and there's no magic bullet for that. Working together to find that balance is a fun but sometimes frustrating experience.

If you're looking to line things up a little better, these easy-on condoms pack a double dose of help: they're ribbed and dotted to help stimulate the vagina, and they pack Durex's Performa, a benzocaine-infused lubricant which can help slightly numb the penis to delay climax. The rest is down to you.

Best condoms: LELO Hex condom

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7. LELO Hex

The best condom for closeness

Reasons to buy
+ Thin, next-gen construction + Water-based lube + Deals with breaks well + Larger option 

Inspired by the super-strong structure of graphene, Swedish brand LELO has produced the water-lubricated Hex as a unique combination of strength and thinness – and if there is a break anywhere in the condom, the hexagonal web will contain it to a single panel. 

Slimmer than most in more than one respect (some report that the standard Hex runs a little tighter than most brands), there's a second option for those with slightly more girth: the Hex Respect XL is 10% larger but still just as thin.

Best condoms: Passante Extra

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8. Pasante Extra

Great for when you need an extra-tough condom

Reasons to buy
+ 1mm thick walls + Extra-lubed + Well sized + Hard to break 

When you need a little additional protection and strength, a thicker condom is the best condom for you. Pasante's Extras are average-sized, so you shouldn't have any problem getting them to fit, but they're also a full 1mm thick, meaning they're suitable for extra-vigorous activity and great for worry-free anal sex.

Don't think you'll lose too much sensation; there's extra non-spermicidal silicone lubricant on board for maximum feel – if you need to add more, just make sure it's water-based to avoid degrading the latex.