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.
You should keep in mind that some condoms don’t protect from sexually 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 the 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 2018
Let’s start with three condoms which got the highest ratings in the 15th Annual Condom Award ran by condomdepot.com. Their Official Condom Tester Pool 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 time best condom winner and this speaks for itself. It’s a quality condom from a well-known Japanese manufacturer, offered at a very competitive price.
- Head Width: 2.08″
- Shaft Width: 2.08″
- Base Width: 2.08″
- Length: 7.08″
- Thickness: 0.0185″
- Head Width: 2.125″
- Shaft Width: 2.05″
- Base Width: 2.05″
- Length: 7.8″
- Thickness: 0.019″
- 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).
Let’s see which other condoms are worth your time, divided into different categories.
Best condoms for the first time
You want to be extra cautious for your first time. The most important thing you need to check is what kind of condom size should you use. Assuming its size will suit you, a basic and reliable condom like Trojan ENZ will surely do the job.
My old recommendation was Durex Extra Safe, but considering it’s not available on the US market, I feel Trojan ENZ is a worthy replacement.
Best condoms for women pleasure
These are the condoms ladies prefer the most.
- regular size
- extra headroom
- Ribbed and contoured for extra enjoyment and stimulation
- Silky Smooth Lubricant – for comfort and sensitivity
- larger size
- Spiral ribbing at the base for extra stimulation for her
- extra smooth lubricant
- reservoir tip
Best condoms for pleasure
Trojan Twisted Pleasure condom replaces Lifestyles Dual Pleasure in this category as the latter is getting harder to find.
Both men and women give high ratings to this uniquely shaped condom.
# Special twisted shape with spiral ribs should provide extra pleasure to both partners
# Specially lubricated for enhanced sensitivity
Best condoms for oral sex
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
- Width: 1.92″
- Length: 6.69″
- Thickness: 0.27″
A snug fitting condom which won’t slip off.
Best condoms to last longer
Durex Performax Intense Condoms
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
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. Since June 2017 this condom is rarely available in pharmacies and online as the company moved to a prescription distribution model. This means you can get them for free if you have a prescription from a doctor. They can also be found found at STI clinics.
Best thin condoms
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.
Worth considering: Lifestyles SKYN Elite
If you want to try a non-latex thin condom your best bet is Lifestyles SKYN Elite, which is 10% thinner than old polyisoprene condoms.
These are best rated thin condoms on the market which are also FDA approved. If you’re 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
- Length: 8.07″/205mm
- Width: 2.13″/54mm
- Head width: 2.56″/65mm
Best non-latex condom
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.
Best flavored condoms
Trustex Assorted Flavors Extra Strength Condoms
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 differently 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
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.