Best lube 2020: silky-smooth lubricants to make sex and masturbation even better

Ease your way with eight of the slickest, most luxurious lubes to stash in your nightstand

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Lube shopping often throws up a question or several: 'What's the best lube for anal sex?' 'Will this stuff stain my sheets?' and 'Should I always use lube with my vibrator or dildo?' So yeah, lot of questions and, thankfully, lots of lubes to choose from.

If you've used lube before, you'll know it makes sex and solo play feel better – smoother, slicker, easier – especially if you're bringing a sex toy into bed too. The best lubes vary in consistency and feel, with anal lubes usually having a thicker consistency, and lubes marketed as feeling similar to vaginal secretions having a thinner, more watery consistency.

Even if you hate the thought of using lube because it doesn't feel 'natural', there'll be one to change your mind – try the Durex Naturals Intimate Gel Lube (below) for a start.

In our round-up below, you'll find both water-based and silicone-based lubes. Unsure which type to use with your favourite sex toy? Silicone toys need water-based lubricants, while metal or glass sex toys play safely with both water- and silicone-based lubes. Let's take a look at these now...

The best lubes to buy now

Best lube: Liquid Silk

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1. Liquid Silk Lube

The best lube for using with all of your sex toys

Size: 250ml **Type**Water-based
Reasons to buy
+ Great value + Non-tacky with no residue 

Our top pick for best lube is water-based and comes in a handy pump, making it easy to use – no fumbling around tipping bottles upside down in a crucial, heated moment.

We found the texture to be beautifully silk-smooth, leaving no sticky or tacky residue behind on our skin. We were also impressed with how little was needed to lubricate, so a 250ml bottle should prove to be good value. 

Liquid Silk Lube is suitable for all sex toys, is condom-friendly, and can be used both vaginally and anally (though you may prefer to use a thicker anal lube if you're new to anal play).

Best lube: Durex Naturals Intimate Gel Lube

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2. Durex Naturals Intimate Gel Lube

A more natural approach to lubrication

Size: 100ml **Type**Water-based **Ingredients** 100% natural, contains prebiotics
Reasons to buy
+Moisturises and lubricates+Fragrance free+pH friendly

If you prefer to keep your lubrication free from smells, taste or colour, Durex’s Naturals Intimate Gel ticks all of those boxes and is suitable for use during sex and with sex toys. Durex has formulated this gel lube with prebiotics to help maintain skin balance; the product certainly has a moisturising effect, rather than just pure lubrication.

While it may not look as all-singing, all-dancing as some of the lubes in this list, this is a safe option from a trusted brand. The lack of smell and taste is refreshing, and, like the Liquid Silk Lube, it lubricates well without leaving any residue.

Best lube: Sliquid H2O Original Lube

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3. Sliquid H2O Original Lube

The best lube for those with sensitive skin and allergies

Size: 125ml **Type**Water-based
Reasons to buy
+No parabens or glycerin +Formulated for sensitive skin 

Sliquid’s H20 Original has been formulated using plant-based cellulose as a thickening agent instead of glycerin or other sugar derivatives, as used by many other lubes on the market.

It’s also made without parabens, so H20 is a good choice for anyone with sensitive skin or a tendency for allergic reactions. “Formulated” say Sliquid “by sensitive women for sensible women”.

The texture is super slippery and because it’s perfume-free there’s no off-putting smell or taste either. Oh, and it’s 100% vegan.

Best lube: Pjur Backdoor Lube

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4. Pjur Back Door Lube

The best lube for anal play

Size: 100ml **Type** Silicone-based
Reasons to buy
+ Long-lasting + Super-slippery 

As suggested by the name, Pjur’s Back Door Lube is formulated for anal use. As this is a silicone-based lube, it’s not suitable for use with silicone sex toys, so reserve this lubrication for glass or metal anal sex toys only.

Lubes made for anal play need to be longer-lasting as, unlike the vagina, the anus isn't a naturally lubricating area. Pjur's Back Door Lube has been designed to stay the distance, and we found that its super-slippery texture lasts... and lasts. 

Our best lube for anal play comes enhanced with jojoba, a relaxant that can help anal sex toy play go smoothly, so it’s a good choice for beginners.

Best lube: System Jo Gelato Espresso Lubricant

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5. System Jo Gelato Lubricant

The best lube for those with a sweet tooth

Reasons to buy
+Choice of seven flavours+Calorie free+pH balanced

System Jo specialises in exotically-themed lubes, and the Gelato range comes in Hazelnut Expresso, Crème Brulee, Salted Caramel, Tiramisu and Mint Chocolate, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and Decadent Double Chocolate flavours. Yes, we can safely say there is a dessert theme to these water-based lubricants. 

Formulated using plant-sourced glycerin, the Gelato range may taste sweet but it’s not tacky or sticky, but rather glides, making it the ideal addition to our best lubes guide for those who don't want to feel like they're covered in tacky residue. 

If you don’t have a sweet tooth and you’d prefer to keep dessert out of the bedroom, Jo does a large range of non-flavoured lubricants. The company also sells a choice of silicone-based lubricants for anal play.

Best lube: YES Organic Water Based Lube

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6. YES Organic Water Based Lube

A water-based lube that's condom friendly

Size: 100ml **Type:** Water-based
Reasons to buy
+ Organic + No smell, taste or colour 

Made with aloe vera, this organic lube is carefully balanced so as not to upset the pH balance in the vagina. It’s compatible with all sex toys and latex condoms.

At just 50ml, the bottle felt a little small but we found that only a tiny amount was enough to use during sex-toy play and it didn’t get sticky or tacky. 

Perfumed lubes can be off-putting for many and so it was a relief to find that this lube is blessedly fragrance free, with no smell or taste. An added bonus is that it leaves skin feeling super moisturised.

Best lube: LELO Personal Moisturiser Lube

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7. LELO Personal Moisturiser

This luxury lubricant doubles as a body moisturiser

Size: 150ml **Type:** Water-based
Reasons to buy
+ Stylish packaging + Good for sensitive skin 

You can always expect a bit of class from Swedish sex toy manufacturer LELO and this lube certainly ticks that box arriving in a stylish bottle that could pass as an expensive moisturiser or perfume.

Unscented, and glycerin and paraben-free, this lube is good for those with sensitive skin or allergies. Enriched with aloe vera, LELO’s Personal Moisturiser feels very gentle and as it’s pH balanced there were no concerns about having any reaction or discomfort.

We were impressed by the luxurious texture, which is non-greasy. It feels so moisturising, we weren’t surprised to learn that this best lube pick can also be used for full-body massages.


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8. Coco De Mer Divine Glow Aqua Lubricant

A designer lube that's small enough to sit discreetly in your bag

Size: 100ml **Type** Water-based
Reasons to buy
+ Stylish packaging + Ultra smooth 

Like all Coco De Mer products the design and quality of the Divine Glow Aqua Lubricant is in the luxury range. As this is a water-based lube it’s suitable for use on all sex toys: silicone, metal and glass. It can be used with latex condoms too. 

We found that its ultra-smooth texture makes it easy to use and as it’s long-lasting, this 100ml bottle won’t disappear after a few weeks. The design of the bottle, and the box it comes in, is very stylish, so you won’t feel the need to hide this away in the bathroom cabinet.

Buy the Divine Glow Aqua Lubricant direct from Coco de Mer.