A Guide to The Best Condoms 2021

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Condoms are available in all sorts of shapes, sizes and made from materials from many different condom brands. We have done hundreds of hours of research and taken loads of feedback from customers to help you find the best condom for you.

This guide to the best condoms is targeted across many different categories from thin to strong, and small to large.

At the end of the day, the best condom is the one that fits you the best, and the one you and your partner get the most enjoyment out of.

We do recommend trying a couple of different condoms out. Then discussing with your partner which felt most enjoyable and comfortable.

What’s in this article?

This is not a sponsored article and we have not been paid to promote one brand over another. This guide has been created to highlight what we believe are the best condoms available.

We have researched a tonne of condom topics and put them into the following categories. If you are pressed for time you can click on the links in the contents table below to go straight to the parts that interest you the most.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about condoms. This information is provided by The Department of Health:

Condoms FAQ:

1. Are condoms effective against preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

Yes. Condoms have been proven to provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms are the only contraceptive method that provides both protection against STI's and unwanted pregnancies.

Some STI's are spread by contact with bodily fluids while others are spread by skin to skin contact.

Research shows that condoms prevent STIs that are spread by bodily fluids, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV.

Condoms also can reduce the risk of spreading skin-to-skin diseases, like herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV).

Note: Condoms only can protect against such diseases if the sores are in areas covered by the condom.

If condoms are used properly, they are 98% effective in preventing STIs and unplanned pregnancy. - The Department of Health Western Australia.

2. Do condoms come in different sizes?

Yes. Condoms are made in different lengths and widths and produced by different manufacturers.

There is no regular size for condoms. The designs made from natural rubber will stretch to fit the length of the male erect penis.

3. Do female condoms cause a lot of mess?

Female condoms work in a similar way to male condoms. The sheathing works by containing the sperm when the man ejaculates. They are not messy to use if used correctly.

4. How are condoms tested?

Condoms in Australia must pass the standards stated by the Governments Therapeutic Goods Department.

There is a range of tests performed by both governing agencies and condom manufacturers. The tests include electronic testing, water leak tests, airburst tests and strength tests.

5. Are two condoms better than one?

Using two or more condoms at the same time (either two male condoms or a male and female condom) is not a good idea. The friction between the two may result in the condoms tearing.

A better multi-pronged approach against pregnancy when having sex is to use another form of contraception. For example, using the contraceptive pill, an IUS, or vaginal ring in conjunction with a condom will ensure that you have double protection against pregnancy.

6. Do condoms break or slip off frequently?

No. When used as instructed condoms are effective in preventing pregnancy and STIs.

It is important to follow directions for correct use, provided by the manufacturer.

7. How can I check a condom is safe to use?

First check the use-by date is still current.

Secondly, check the packing has a standards approval mark (eg: ISO, CE, FDA), and that they have been properly stored.

8. Can you use a condom underwater?

It is not recommended. However, if you are going to use one in water, put the condom on before you get into the water.

If the water contains chemicals like chlorine, or solvents like soap, bath oils or bubble bath then this may breakdown the latex.

10. Do people commonly make mistakes using condoms?

Yes. Most mistakes are user errors. These include:
- Putting the condom upside down and then turning it over.
- Taking it off too soon.
- Putting the condom on too late.
- Opening the package with a sharp object (like a knife).
- Using an oil-based lubricant.

... or the most frequent mistake: Not using a condom at all.

11. How often do condoms fail?

Compared to modern hormonal methods, condoms are not as effective at protecting against unwanted pregnancy. However, they are the only method that will protect against STIs.

12. What is the best way to buy condoms?

You can buy condoms at most chemists and supermarkets. If you prefer being discreet you can buy them online from a reputable store like The Hot Spot. They are also available at family planning clinics and some doctors.

13. How much protection do condoms give against pregnancy?

When used as instructed they are very effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

If a condom does break, and no other form of contraception is used (eg: the contraceptive pill), then there is a risk that a woman may become pregnant, so you should consider using Morning After Pill (Emergency Contraceptive Pill).

There is also a risk of contracting an STI if a condom breaks during sex.

14. Does using a condom make sex less pleasurable?

Some people report that condoms affect the spontaneity and sensation of the moment. However, they can also be a fun part of the process and part of foreplay.

Some men report that sex is less pleasurable and some feeling and sensations are dulled.

15. Are condoms fragile?

No. Most condoms are made out of a strong and durable material called latex.

They undergo meticulous quality control testing to ensure that they are strong, stable, and have no holes.

You can also use a condom when using sex toys like vibrators.

16. How Should Condoms Be Stored?

Store your condoms in a cool dry place, and not your wallet.

17. Can you use lubricants with condoms?

Yes, so long as you used either water-based or silicone-based lubricants.

Avoid oil-based lubricants, including baby oil or petroleum jelly, as it weakens the latex.

Always check the instructions provided when choosing a lubricant for use with a condom.

Some condoms come pre-lubricated

18. Can I reuse a condom?

No.

Never reuse any condom – male or female. A new condom should be used every time you have sex.

19. How effective are condoms?

According to healthdirect.gov.au:

When used correctly, the male condom is 98% effective and the female condom 95%

Correctly is key!

With incorrect use, the male condom is only 82% effective.

This means that approximately 18 out of 100 women will experience an unintended pregnancy.

A female condom scores just 79% (21 out of 100 women will experience an unintended pregnancy).

Best Ultra-Thin Condoms

New advances in condom technology and high market demand for thin or 'nude' condoms have put pressure on manufacturers to create a wider range of ultra-thin varieties.

‘Thin’ refers to how thick the condom wall is. Thin and ultra-thin condoms are typically 50% less thick than a standard condom.

Another common feature of ultra-thin condoms is they have smaller width or girth. This provides a tight fit which also contributes to a thinner wall because of the extra stretch.

The concept of thin and ultra-thin condoms is to create the sensation or illusion that you are not wearing a condom at all. They allow you to feel maximum sensitivity.

There is a common worry that people think thin condoms are less safe. This is not true. If you are buying from reputable brands, they are all tested and must pass strict safety standards to be sold.

Our research found the best thin condom are:

1. SKYN Elite Ultra Thin and Ultra Soft Condoms.
2. SKYN Intense Feel Condoms.
3. SAX Ultra Thin Condoms.

1. SKYN Elite Ultra Thin and Ultra Soft Condoms

Skyn Elite Condoms

Ansell SKYN Elite condoms are ultra thin and ultra soft for your added pleasure. They feel like you're wearing nothing at all.

This product does not contain natural rubber latex which makes it a great choice for people with a known or suspected allergy to natural rubber latex.

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You’ll pay a premium price for this premium condom at around $1.50 to $1.90 per condom from most retailers. SKYN Elite are not available to buy in bulk, only in boxes of 10 from both offline and online retailers.

KEY FEATURES:

They are a nice straight fit with a nominal width 53mm which below average, but is comfortable for anyone who normally uses regular sized condoms. They are naturally coloured and have a smooth texture. They are lubricated, but not spermicidal.

2. SKYN Intense Feel Condoms

Skyn Intense Feel Condoms

Ansell SKYN Intense Feel condoms have a wave design texture and intensely raised dots for those who want to maximize stimulation and pleasure.

This product also does not contain natural rubber latex, making it a solid choice for individuals with allergies to natural rubber latex.

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COST

You’ll pay a premium price for this premium condom at around $2.00 to $3.00 per condom from most retailers. SKYN Intense Feel Condoms are not available to buy in bulk, only in boxes of 10 from both offline and online retailers.

KEY FEATURES:

Similar to the Elites, they are a nice straight fit with a nominal width 53mm which below average. Naturally coloured and have a smooth texture. They are also lubricated, but not spermicidal.

3. Sax Ultra Thin Condoms with Lubricant

SAX Ultra Thin Condoms

Sax Ultra Thin are lubricated (non-spermicidal) are a high-quality straight fit choice, made from high-quality rubber latex.

They’re a great condom with an attractive combination of comfort and strength, and very well priced. They are also available to buy in bulk.

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One of the cheapest condoms you find on the market. They range from $0.34 to $0.70 per condom from most retailers. Sax Ultra Thin Condoms are available to buy in bulk, and you can get packs containing 100 condoms.

KEY FEATURES:

53mm nominal width, straight shafted condoms with a reservoir tip. High-quality rubber latex. Priced cost-effectively to ensure you never have to think twice when stocking up on condoms.

 

Best Small Condoms

Using the right size condom is essential for sexual safety as well as enjoyment. A condom that does not fit properly, especially one that is too large is not only uncomfortable but also not as effective in preventing pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s).

If you find regular-sized condoms don’t fit, meaning they slip off during sex or don’t feel like a firm fit, then small condoms might be the right choice for you.

Most smaller sized condoms offer a snugger fit because they have narrower width, typically around 48-50mm.

Our research found the best small condom are:

1. Sax Extra Tighter Small Condoms with Lubricant.
2. Sax Tighter Fit Small Condoms with Lubricant.
3. Glyde Slimfit Condoms

1. Sax Extra Tighter Small Condoms with Lubricant.

SAX Extra Tighter Small Condoms

Sax Extra Tighter Small Condoms with Lubricant are lubricated (non-spermicidal) are a high-quality straight fit choice, made from high-quality rubber latex.

They’re a great condom with an attractive combination of comfort and strength. They are available in boxes of 12.

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COST

They range from $1.50 to $3.00 per condom from most retailers.

KEY FEATURES:

Small nominal width of just 46mm, so they are going to be snug fitting. High-quality rubber latex. Medium price range.

2. Sax Tighter Fit Small Condoms with Lubricant.

SAX Tighter Fit Small Condoms

Sax Tighter Fit Small Condoms with Lubricant are lubricated (non-spermicidal) are a high-quality straight fit choice, made from high-quality rubber latex.

They are not as tight as the Sax Extra Tighter Small Condoms. They are available in bulk.

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They range from $0.34 to $0.70 per condom from most retailers, which is as cheap as you will find for a quality condom.

KEY FEATURES:

Small nominal width of just 49mm and snug-fitting. High-quality rubber latex. Very cheap price range.

3. GLYDE Slimfit

GLYDE Slim Fit Condoms

GLYDE has a patented ultra-thin latex technology which makes these condoms give you great sensitivity and feeling without compromising security.

This brand is also certified vegan and Fair-Trade, so are perfect for those who are either vegan and ethically conscious.

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GLYDE Slimfit are available in bulk. Fantastic value at just $0.29 - $0.70.

KEY BENEFITS

They are very cheap and high-quality, well-known brand. Certified Vegan-friendly and Fair Trade. Available in bulk packs.

 

Best Large Condoms

If you pack more downstairs than most, then you’ll be wanting something a bit larger to provide better comfort with less risk of breakage.

Large condoms typically measure 56-60mm in width to offer a more comfortable fit.

Our research found the best large condom are:

1. Sax Super Max Extra Large Condoms with Lubricant.
2. Glyde Maxi Gold Large Condoms with Lubricant.
3. SKYN Large Condoms with Lubricant.

1. Sax Super Max Extra Large Condoms with Lubricant.

SAX Super Max Extra Large Condoms

Sax again tops the list because of their price and quality. Sax condoms are individually electronically tested for quality.

Sax Super Max condoms are Extra Large sized condoms with lubricant (non-spermicidal) and 64mm nominal width, straight shafted condoms with a reservoir tip.

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Great value at just $0.35 - $0.70 and can be purchased in bulk.

KEY BENEFITS

They are very cheap and high-quality, well-known brand. Available in bulk packs. They have a large nominal width of 64mm.

2. Glyde Maxi Gold Large Condoms

Glyde Maxi Gold Large Condoms

GLYDE has a patented ultra-thin latex technology which makes these condoms give you great sensitivity and feeling without compromising security.

This brand is also certified vegan and Fair-Trade, so are perfect for those who are either vegan and ethically conscious.

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Glyde Maxi Gold Large are available in bulk. Fantastic value at just $0.29 - $0.70.

KEY BENEFITS

They are very cheap and high-quality, well-known brand. Certified Vegan-friendly and Fair Trade. Available in bulk packs.

3. SKYN Large Condoms

SKYN Large Condoms

Ansell SKYN Large condoms are the same as the original SKYN condoms, just larger and longer than our standard condoms for extra comfort.

This product does not contain natural rubber latex and is a suitable choice for individuals with a known or suspected allergy to natural rubber latex.

- Straight fit
- 56mm nominal width with reservoir teat
- Natural coloured
- Smooth texture
- Lubricated (not spermicidal)

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You’ll pay a premium price for these premium condoms at around $1.60 to $3.00 per condom from most retailers. Not available to buy in bulk, only in boxes of 10 from both offline and online retailers.

KEY FEATURES:

A large nominal width 56mm which is not as large as the Sax Super's, so make sure you get the best fit for your size. Naturally coloured and have a smooth texture. They are also lubricated, but not spermicidal.

 

Best Non-Latex Condoms

Advances in condom technology and a growing demand for latex-free condoms have seen a big influx of condoms being made new materials like polyisoprene and polyurethane.

Initially, these materials were discovered in the search for making thinner condoms. Now we can enjoy the dual benefit of these condoms being latex-free and ultra-thin.

Our research found the best large condom are:

1. SKYN Elite Ultra Thin and Soft Condoms.
2. SKYN Condoms Xtra Lube Lubricated.
3. SKYN Large Condoms with Lubricant

1. SKYN Elite Ultra Thin and Soft Condoms

Skyn Elite Condoms

The SKYN Elite Ultra Thin and Soft Condoms are an ultra-thin, non-latex condom that delivers.

Made from polyisoprene and measuring 53mm, they deliver a fantastic skin-on-skin feeling.

Even if you’re not allergic to latex, SKYN Elite Ultra Thin can offer something different.

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COST

You’ll pay a premium price for this premium condom at around $1.50 to $1.90 per condom from most retailers. SKYN Elite are not available to buy in bulk, only in boxes of 10 from both offline and online retailers.

KEY FEATURES:

They are a nice straight fit with a nominal width 53mm which below average, but is comfortable for anyone who normally uses regular sized condoms. They are naturally coloured and have a smooth texture. They are lubricated, but not spermicidal.

2. SKYN Condoms Xtra Lube Lubricated.

Skyn Extra Lubricated Condoms

Ansell SKYN Xtra Lube condoms have 40% more long-lasting, ultra smooth lubricant for those who want to enjoy the benefits of SKYN, with maximum comfort with.

This product does not contain natural rubber latex.

- Straight fit
- 53mm nominal width with reservoir teat
- Natural coloured
- Smooth texture
- Lubricated (not spermicidal)

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COST

You’ll pay a premium price for this premium condom at around $1.50 to $1.90 per condom from most retailers. SKYN Elite are not available to buy in bulk, only in boxes of 10 from both offline and online retailers.

KEY FEATURES:

They are a nice straight fit with a nominal width 53mm which below average, but is comfortable for anyone who normally uses regular sized condoms. They are naturally coloured and have a smooth texture. They are lubricated, but not spermicidal.

 

3. SKYN Large Condoms

SKYN Large Condoms

Ansell SKYN Large condoms are the same as the original SKYN condoms, just larger and longer than our standard condoms for extra comfort.

This product does not contain natural rubber latex and is a suitable choice for individuals with a known or suspected allergy to natural rubber latex.

- Straight fit
- 56mm nominal width with reservoir teat
- Natural coloured
- Smooth texture
- Lubricated (not spermicidal)

[Check Price]

COST

You’ll pay a premium price for these premium condoms at around $1.60 to $3.00 per condom from most retailers. Not available to buy in bulk, only in boxes of 10 from both offline and online retailers.

KEY FEATURES:

A large nominal width 56mm which is not as large as the Sax Super's, so make sure you get the best fit for your size. Naturally coloured and have a smooth texture. They are also lubricated, but not spermicidal.

 

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