Best Condoms for His & Hers Pleasure
Condoms come in all sorts of sizes and,' literally, flavors. So choosing the right one can be har...difficult. With so many new designs, textures, and materials, how do you pick? We took a look at the results from Dr. Herbenick’s test group of 30 couples with feedback from Women’s Health testers to find the right one for you and your partner. Just make sure you’re not wearing the wrong sized condom or you might be putting yourself at risk.
BEST ALL-AROUND: Trojan Ultra Ribbed Ecstasy
More than a third of the guys in the Men’s Health test group rated this Trojan as their favorite. It’s shaped like a baseball bat (to allow more movement inside), has two sets of ribs, and is lubricated inside and out. Testers said it flexed well and the lube lasted a long time, and the women loved the ribs.
Rated high for: Comfort, fun Rated low for: Natural feel
BEST FOR YOUR PLEASURE: LIFESTYLES X2
It’s lubed inside and out and contains L-arginine, a supplement the company says heightens sensation. Testers noticed a difference: “I felt a cool, tingly feeling,” said one. Many liked that, but some said it felt too cold and made them too sensitive.
Rated high for: Increased sensation, comfort Rated low for: Lasting longer
BEST FOR HER PLEASURE: Trojan Her Pleasure Ecstasy
Shaped like a slim lightbulb, it’s ribbed at the base—a design that Trojan says enhances women’s pleasure. The condom’s roominess made some men worry that it had slipped off. But the women said it felt great. “I liked that she liked it,” one male tester wrote.
Rated high for: Her pleasure, comfort Rated low for: Natural feel
MOST NATURAL FEEL: DUREX EXTRA SENSITIVE
The company describes this condom as “super thin” and says it’s shaped to be sleek and feel less like a condom. Our testers confirmed that: “It felt very close to sex without a condom,” one wrote. Many men said it helped them maintain an erection.
Rated high for: Comfort Rated low for: Her pleasure
GREATEST COMFORT: LIFESTYLES SKYN
It’s made from polyisoprene, marketed as being softer and stretchier than latex. Some guys thought it was too thick, but others loved that it didn’t have a latex smell. “It seemed to be slick without really being lubed,” a tester wrote.
Rated high for: Comfort, natural feel Rated low for: Increased pleasure, lasting longer
MOST SURPRISING: INSPIRAL
It's large, spiral-shaped head twists during sex, creating friction. Testers said it’s a “corkscrew like sensation” that “felt like a completely different experience of sex.” But like any novelty, it wears off: Only 7 percent of the men called it their favorite.
Rated high for: Fun Rated low for: Helping maintain an erection