After 16 hours of research evaluating 70 products, we picked TROJAN NaturaLamb Luxury Condoms as our top choice.
Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, a PhD sex researcher, found the following shocking statistic:
64.5% had a condom break at least once or twice during sex.
Seeing that is somewhat gut-wrenching, isn’t it? Then there’s the fact that even the best condoms end up being 85% effective in preventing pregnancy.
You use condoms so you can stay protected (from both STDs and pregnancy). But if you know there’s a good chance the condom might break, leak, that’s a major problem.
Here’s the deal:
Condoms are great. In fact, they’re so much more than just a form of contraceptive. They're also a great way to reduce the risk of disease, and, BONUS, they can make sex last longer and be more pleasurable.
There are many different types of condoms out there such as ribbed, textured, thin, thick, even lubricated or not lubricated.
And that’s not even counting the glow-in-the-dark, flavored, and other crazy varieties. There's a lot to look for when searching for the best condom and we found the best condoms in the world.
Extreme sensitivity, near-bareback feel, normal color, soft, thin, great for men with long and thin penises, no exposed skin, ultra-thin, durable, scentless, and user-friendly design.
Japanese design makes the condom a snug fit for thicker penises.
For those who want to enjoy every moment of their sex, this ultra-sensitive condom is worth trying! It's not a truly "natural" feel, but the design and lubrication of the condom heightens sensitivity effectively. Definitely a unique experience, one you don't get from the Crown or Sagami 001.
The condoms are long and thin, so men of greater girth may find them a hard fit. However, the extra length ensures every inch of skin is covered for maximum protection.
The condoms are .05 mm, making them one of the thinnest condoms on the market. They contain no spermicide, and the lubricant is odorless. The reservoir tip enhances sensitivity and prevents accidental breakage. The straight design makes them easy to slip on, but the added length keeps them from slipping off during sex.
At $6 for a 12-pack, these are on the pricey side. You get an amazing feel, however, so they're worth it if you need a condom that offers maximum sensitivity
Allergic to latex? Tired of wearing too-thick condoms that restrict flow or feeling? Bored by using the same type of rubber every time? Well, this LifeStyles SKYN Selection will help you break away from that mold by providing you with a super smooth, non-latex, and natural-feeling sexual experience.
There have been a number of complaints about breakage with these condoms. The percentage of reports weren’t enough to warrant that we not recommend these condoms, however.
So long as you use the right amount of lubricant and wear the right size, you probably won’t run into many problems with these condoms failing you in terms of birth control or protection.
For starters, these are made with SKYNFEEL, Lifestyles’ non-latex condom material, which makes them a nice hypoallergenic alternative if you or your partner can’t tolerate latex. Secondly, it comes with a great variety of extra studded, extra lube, and original condoms to keep things interesting when you reach for the box of condoms on the nightstand. Oh, and they’re super thin, which makes sex feel a lot more natural (and warm!).
Not bad at all for all the variety you get!
When you hear about people breaking condoms or losing them inside their partner, it’s typically because they’re not wearing the right size… which is why Caution Wear’s Iron Grip is so great! If you’ve struggled within finding the perfect snug-fit, slim-fit condom for sexy time, then look no further because this one both feels and fits great.
Some customers who reviewed this online—including those from Wirecutter—said that these were uncomfortably tight. So, we suggest using these if your condom woes have been more about slippage than length.
No one has had any complaints about these snug-fit condoms breaking, which is pretty remarkable considering you usually hear about at least one or two bad apples in the bunch with even the most well-known brands. But not with these guys. They fit well, which means you don’t have to worry about slippage or spillage. And they’re also well-lubricated, so you shouldn’t have problems with tearing after drying out.
These condoms were made specifically for men with smaller and thinner penises. There is also lubrication included to make for a more pleasurable experience for both partners.
These are not just the best snug-fit condoms, but they’re also the best cheap condoms.
For those of you struggling to fit into average-sized condoms (lots of breakage and a feeling of constriction are signs of that), then you should give these Magnum condoms a try. These aren’t the standard Magnums, though. They’re so thin that you’ll barely even feel like you’re wearing a condom—and who doesn’t want that?
You may find that your partner is reaching for the lube more often with these condoms.
Since these condoms are made for larger penises, you shouldn’t have issues with breakage so long as you’re using the right size (there are XLs if you find that these aren’t enough). Also, be sure to use enough lube. That’s the chief complaint with these condoms: not enough lube = breakage. So, play smart.
In addition to these condoms being made for the above-average penis, they’re also designed with both of your pleasure in mind. These condoms are so super thin that they’re barely detected during sex, creating a hotter and more intimate experience for the two of you.
Much like with anything you have to buy in a larger size, these are more expensive than the average condom.
When Lelo (the brand behind many high-end sex toys and vibrators) announced that they were releasing a condom made with a revolutionary technology, you can imagine it made huge waves in the news. Healthista, Kinkly, and Bustle all took turns reviewing this condom first-hand and had wonderful things to say about it in terms of how it felt. Basically, the hexagonal design of the latex creates for a warmer, more natural and intimate sexual experience.
Some customers complained about the latex drying up too quickly, so be sure to have lube on hand for this one. Also, this is currently only a one-size-fits all, which seems to be geared towards average-ish sizes.
Okay, so here’s the really cool thing about the technology used to create the latex of this condom: the hexagonal design leads to a more durable structure. While this doesn’t mean that the condom is puncture-proof, it does mean that the entire condom won’t tear apart at the first sign of breakage (which is what happens with others). Of course, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t stop and use a new condom; it’s simply meant to assure you of the true durability of the condom.
One of the slogans of the HEX is “Feel the Love”, and there’s good reason for that. This condom is super thin, which means that it feels way more natural than other condoms. In fact, it was made in a way in which the body heat from both partners can be transmitted through the condom so it really does feel as if there is no barrier between the two of you.
These are definitely the most expensive condoms you’ll ever run into. But, like with anything else you buy from Lelo, you’re paying for quality over anything else.
Depending on how you view it, buying condoms may just be like any other purchase, or it could somewhat of an awkward situation you try to get through as quickly as possible. Thanks to online shopping, the, erm, embarrassment of buying condoms can be a thing of the past.
No doubt you've heard of some of the more popular types of condoms (ribbed, extra-large, or ultra-thin), but you'd be amazed by how much variety there is! Condom manufacturers are always experimenting with new ways to make sex more pleasurable.
Here are all the types of condoms you need to know about:
Standard – This is your garden variety prophylactic with zero frills or extras. It's a simple, cheap condom made of latex. If you want your penis to be the star of the show (without all that ribbing), this is the ideal choice. You can find standard condoms in all sizes.
Studded/Textured – These condoms come with ribs, studs, dots, or a wide range of other textures intended to increase both male and female stimulation. There's no "best texture" to recommend, as each woman has their own preference of sensations. However, according to Cosmopolitan Magazine, some women dislike the texture of the condoms.
For His Pleasure – These condoms often include warming lubricant on the interior of the condom as well as a pouch-like top that increases friction on the head of the penis.
For Her Pleasure – The enlarged head of these condoms are designed to cause heat-induced friction with the tip of the penis. Add to that the warming lubricant and the ribbed shaft, and the condoms can help to improve sensations during intercourse.
Shared Pleasure – These condoms have special warming lubricant (such as Trojan's Fire and Ice) on both the interior and exterior, and the tip is designed to increase pleasurable friction for both the penis and the vagina.
Warming – These condoms are coated with a special warming lubricant that is activated by the moisture produced during sex, producing a pleasant warming sensation that can heighten intercourse. They are also usually made of thinner latex to enhance sensations.
Colored – These are usually standard or textured condoms that are made in any of a broad range of colors. They're FDA-approved as a contraceptive and STD protection.
Ultra-Thin – For men with less sensation in their penis, ultra-thin condoms can improve the pleasure of sex with condoms. The thinnest condoms are roughly .0016 inches, and they increase sensation while still offering protection from pregnancy and STDs.
Glow-in-the-Dark – Since the Star Wars movies were released, this has been the (not always so secret) fantasy of men around the world. The condoms are made with three layers: a phosphorous pigment interior between two layers of latex. They're FDA-approved and offer the same pleasure as your average condom—the only exception being they light up in the dark!
Flavored – Flavored condoms aren't made of the same material as edible underwear; they're still latex, but they're coated with a flavored lubricant that makes the taste and smell of the condoms more pleasurable. On the downside, some women experience vaginal irritation with flavored condoms.
Edible – These condoms are like edible underwear, made from a material that is fully edible and can be eaten off during oral sex. They are NOT contraceptive condoms and will not protect against STDs. They can also lead to a higher risk of vaginal infections if used for regular intercourse.
Non-Latex – Latex allergies affect roughly 1% of the U.S. population. That's 3 million people who can't have sex with regular latex condoms. Non-latex condoms are usually made of polyurethane, and they tend to be thinner than latex. On the downside, they're less popular than latex condoms, so they only come in two sizes and styles. Not a lot of variety here!
Spermicide-Free – Spermicide is a secondary contraceptive method, one that increases the effectiveness of condoms as a birth control option. However, contact with spermicide more than twice a day can lead to problems for the woman, among them increased risk of HIV acquisition and vulvovaginal epithelial disruption. Women who want to have sex more than twice in a day are better off using spermicide-free condoms.
Tantric-Style – These condoms come with fancy tattoo-looking designs that enhance the appearance of the condoms. They're pricey, but they do nothing to improve the sensation. It's all about the looks with these!
Novelty – Novelty condoms may come in odd shapes (such as the French Tickler) or with a unique pattern (similar to the Tantric-Style condoms). They're not always effective for preventing STDs or pregnancy, so be cautious when using them!
Female Condoms – This type of condom is inserted into the vagina rather than slid over the penis. It gives women more control over the contraception, but sadly it's less effective than condoms (see below for reliability rates of condoms). They're also more expensive—on average roughly $18 for a 5-pack.
There are five basic materials from which condoms are made:
Condoms are the most common, popular, and cheapest of the birth control methods around. Roughly 93% of sexually active women have had partners that use condoms. 39% of high school students are taught condom use in health class, with 20% of sexually active teens using condoms—even along with other birth control methods. Given that the average condom costs roughly $0.45, they're definitely the most widely available, with over 450 million sold each year!
But let's talk reliability and safety. Just how effective are condoms at preventing pregnancy? How about STDs and STIs? What sort of results can you expect when using condoms?
According to the CDC, condoms are 98% effective when used properly. Even if used incorrectly (a lot more common than you'd expect!), they still have an 82% effectiveness rate. Compared to the top-rated birth control methods—such as implants, vasectomies, or IUDs—condoms are still pretty reliable.
Protection Against STDs/STIs:
When it comes to STIs and STDs, condoms are most effective against those that are transmitted via bodily fluids, including (but not limited to) chlamydia, HIV, and gonorrhea. Consistent condom use can reduce the risk of HIV transmission by anywhere from 80 to 94%.
They can also protect against diseases like HPV and herpes, which are passed via skin to skin contact. As long as the sores are covered, the condom will be effective.
Condoms are the ONLY form of birth control that can also protect against STDs/STIs, provided they are used properly. Common condom errors include:
When it comes to protection from STIs and pregnancy, it seems like a thicker condom would be the safer option. After all, a larger barrier = more effective protection, right?
Extra-thick condoms aren't any safer than regular or extra-thin condoms. These condoms are designed to withstand the sort of use that comes with intercourse (even wild animal sex!). They are manufactured from durable material that is resistant to damage. Just because it's extra-thin, that doesn't make it weaker. One clinical study found there was no significant difference between extra-thick and extra-thin condoms in terms of breakage and slippage rates.
However, novelty condoms are more prone to damage, regardless of thickness. They are designed for "fun" rather than offering real protection. You should avoid using novelty condoms unless you are having sex with your long-term partner or spouse. There is a very real risk of slippage or breakage, leading to a higher risk of STIs and pregnancy.
To make sure your use of condoms is effective—protecting against disease and pregnancy—follow this advice:
A lot of guys hate condoms because they believe it diminishes sensation and interferes with the pleasure of intercourse. Here are some tips to make your sex with condoms feel better:
A 2014 study from the University of Oregon examined condom styles and brands to find the best for each use. Here are the results:
Durability – GLYDE Ultra, Trojan Her Pleasure Sensations with Spermicidal Lubricant, and Lifestyles Ultra Lubricated were the strongest and most durable condoms on the market.
Sensation – The Night Light offered amazing heat transfer (for more sensation), while the ONE Pleasure Dome had the best quality of lubricant. But it was the Kimono MicroThin that offered the best texture and sensation. Durex High Sensation also won for best applied texture.
Easy Application – The Trustex Lubricated was the easiest to put on correctly and avoid putting on inside out, while the Trustex Non-Lubricated was the easiest to put on in the dark. Durex Extra Sensitive was the quickest to put on.
Taste and Smell – The best tasting condom is the Trojan Supra Bareskin Lubricated, while the Fantasy Flavored condoms tied with Trojan Supra Bareskin Lubricated for best smell.