Best Condoms Guide – updated 2017

Choosing the best condom is a rather subjective thing. I already wrote how choosing the best fit according to your size increases the condom effectiveness.

Therefore, a condom size is the first parameter you should consider when searching for the best condom. Read on how to find your correct size, if you haven’t already.

Condom thickness is another factor, and we discussed why some would prefer thin condoms and others find thick condoms better suited to their needs.

You should keep in mind that some condoms don’t protect from sexual transmitted diseases (for example lambskin condoms). Some condoms can’t be used with oil-based lubricants (latex condoms) and some can (condoms made of polyurethane).

Besides from these factors, there are many other subtle differences which give advantage to some condoms.

Although different persons might have different needs, various polls showed that people on average do prefer some condoms more than the others. In this post I will present you with some of the best condoms from several different categories, based on the results from the Annual Condom award, customer reviews, ratings, as well as my own research and experience.

Best condoms in 2017

Lets start with three condoms which got the highest ratings in the 15th Annual Condom Award ran by condomdepot.com. Their Official Condom Tester Pool was consisted of 250 people and they had to choose from the sample of 40 condoms with the highest ratings they received via online reviews.

Best Buy Regular Sized Ultra Thin Condom

Okamoto Crown Skinless Skin is a 15th times best condom winnerand this speaks for itself. It’s a quality condom from a well-known Japanese manufacturer, offered at a very competitive price.

Dimensions:
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  • Head Width: 2.08″
  • Shaft Width: 2.08″
  • Base Width: 2.08″
  • Length: 7.08″
  • Thickness: 0.0185″

Durex Extra Sensitive Condoms

Durex Extra Sensitive condoms are 20% thinner than other Durex condoms to provide a more intense feeling.
Dimensions:
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  • Head Width: 2.125″
  • Shaft Width: 2.05″
  • Base Width: 2.05″
  • Length: 7.8″
  • Thickness: 0.019″

Okamoto Beyond Seven Condoms

Dimensions:
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  • Head Width: 1.97″
  • Shaft Width: 1.97″
  • Base Width: 1.97″
  • Length: 7.64″
  • Thickness: 0.0019″

These three have been on the market for a long time (10+ years!) and usually receive high customer ratings. However, the condom industry did advance in recent years and a lot of these new products are not yet available in certain online stores, not to mention local pharmacies (as they are yet to receive an FDA approval).

Lets see which other condoms are worth your time, divided by different categories.

Best condoms for the first time


Durex Extra Safe Condoms

Yes, you want to be extra cautious the first time. So use the Extra Safe condom by Durex.

Best condoms for women pleasure

These are the condoms ladies prefer the most.

Trojan Her Pleasure Lubricated Condoms
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  • regular size
  • extra head room
  • Ribbed and contoured for extra enjoyment and stimulation
  • Silky Smooth Lubricant – for comfort and sensitivity

Trojan Magnum Ribbed
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  • larger size
  • Spiral ribbing at the base for extra stimulation for her
  • extra smooth lubricant
  • reservoir tip

Best condoms for pleasure

Lifestyles Dual Pleasure (Xtra Pleasure)
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Both men and women rated that this condom gives the most pleasure.
Update: This condom is now called Lifestyles Pleasure Shaped.

# Over-sized at the tip for some extra pleasure
# Specially lubricated for enhanced sensitivity

Best condoms for oral sex

Trojan ENZ Non-Lubricated Condoms
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You should know that you risk getting an STD if you indulge in unprotected oral sex. When you choose a condom for oral sex, you should select a condom which is non lubricated and preferably flavored. For more suggestions check out the section at the bottom of the article or read this post.

Best smaller condom

Caution Wear Iron Grip Condom

Dimensions:
iron grip snugger fit

  • Width: 1.92″
  • Length: 6.69″
  • Thickness: 0.27″

Snug fitting condom which wont slip off.

Best condoms to last longer

Durex Performax Condoms
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If you finish too soon, you could try climax delay condoms. These condoms have a small addition of benzocaine, which will slightly numb your feeling/sensation and thus allow you to have longer intercourse.

Best condoms for women (best female condoms)

Reality Female Condom FC2
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The female condom is a condom made to be worn by women on the inside of the body and it helps to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, as well as unintended pregnancy. The new generation FC2 condom is made from nitrile, it is softer than the old FC polyurethane condom and also cheaper.

Best thin condoms

okamotozerzerofourOkamoto Zero Zero Four 004

Although there are even thinner condoms these days, this one is FDA approved and as such more easily available, plus present on the market for a long-enough time to receive enough customer reviews and appraisals.

Click here to order Okamoto 004

Old winner: Kimono MicroThin Condom
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Kimono Micro Thin have been available on the market for some time now.

These are best rated thin condoms on the market which are also FDA approved. If you’ve looking for something even thinner try some of the new ultra thin condoms I’ve talked about before you make the final verdict.

Best large condoms

Trojan Magnum XL Lubricated Condoms
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  • Length: 8.07″/205mm
  • Width: 2.13″/54mm
  • Head width: 2.56″/65mm

Best non-latex condom

skynLifestyles SKYN

These were the first FDA approved polyisoprene condoms on the US market and they are still one of the best non-latex condom choices. Odorless and affordable, they transmit heat and sensation better than a lot of classical latex condoms.

Click here to order them online.

Best flavored condoms

Trustex Assorted Flavors Extra Strength Condoms
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It’s hard to pinpoint just one flavor as the best one as we all have a different taste. For this year’s Valentine Day, guys from HuffingtonPost.com got a bunch of different flavored condoms, put them on bananas and invited all their employees to test them and pick the best one (btw. that’s an interesting idea for team building 🙂 ).

As you can see in this video, most of them picked the Chocolate flavor as the best one (but it was a tough call). Houstonpress.com ran a similar contest and their winner was Strawberry (and Chocolate was at the end of the list!).

That’s why I’m suggesting you try a flavored variety pack and discover firsthand which flavor (if any) is your pick.

Best condom brand

Okamoto

I already wrote about Okamoto, it is a well known Japanese condom brand.

Well, that’s about it. I would love to hear your comments. Maybe you have your own favorite condom? Please share your favorite candidates below.


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