Which Condom Is Best for You?

Choosing the right condom is key, because so many have new designs, textures, and materials, says Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., the Men’s Health Sex Professor. But how to pick? Use the results from Dr. Herbenick’s test group of 30 couples along with feedback from Women’s Health testers to find the right one for you—and your partner.

And make sure You’re Not Wearing the Wrong Size Condomor 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

$13, Buy It Here

BEST FOR YOUR PLEASURE: Trojan Charged Orgasmic Pleasure

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

$6, Buy It Here

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.

Related: The 45 Best Sex Positions for Couples 

Rated high for: Her pleasure, comfort

Rated low for: Natural feel

$7, Buy It Here

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

$9, Buy It Here


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

$10, Buy It Here

MOST SURPRISING: Trojan Twisted Pleasure

Its large, spiral-shaped head twists during sex, creating friction. Testers said it’s a “corkscrewlike 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

$6, Buy It Here


The inside tip of a Performax rubber is coated with a body heat-activated lube that contains Benzocaine, which reduces skin sensitivity (yes, it’s the same stuff you’d put on a bug bite). With a slightly numbed penis, you’re less likely to your peak before she does. One Women’s Health tester says: “Our fun definitely went on longer than usual. These condoms are a smart buy for guys who need them.”

(Learn how to Have Sex for an Hour!)

Rated high for: Lasting longer

Rated low for: Natural feel

$6, Buy It Here


With its powder-fresh aroma, you’d never guess this condom is made from natural animal membranes. (Does PETA know about this?) The latex-free condom is so thin and flexible, it feels like a second skin—which is pretty much what it is. It’s best for committed couples, since it offers no protection against STDs. Tester says: “This condom felt amazing!”

Rated high for: Natural feel

Rated low for: Protection

$19, Buy It Here

BEST FOR THRILL SEEKERS: Trojan Magnum Twister

You don’t have to wield equipment of Ron Jeremy proportions to enjoy the less restrictive feel of these jumbo wrappers, which are 15 percent larger than standard condoms. The extra latex and twist shape at the tip create additional friction for everyone involved. One Women’s Health tester says: “I swear the tip brushed my G-spot, but it also caused the condom to get stuck inside me. Yikes!”

Related: Why Can’t You Find the F*#@ing G-Spot? 

Rated high for: Comfort

Rated low for: Reliability

$14, Buy It Here


It’s not as barely-there as lambskin gets, but a Kimono is the next best thing for couples who want a condom with STD protection and minimal material between their privates. According to the manufacturer, this baby is 20 percent thinner than competitors’ “thin” models but still strong enough to pass vigorous testing. Tester says: “It made sex feel more intimate, and the water-based lube wasn’t at all sticky.”

Rated high for: Natural feel

Rated low for: Lasting longer

$10, Buy It Here

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