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13 Best Water-Based Lubes for Friction-Free Sex & Masturbation

Thanks to the versatility, water-based lubes can be used during solo sessions, partnered penetrative sex and anal sex. “If you’re looking for a natural feel, water-based lubes are great for this… there are even varieties that create pleasant tingling sensations during lovemaking,” added Megwyn White, certified sexologist and Director of Education at Satisfyer.

Water-based lubes are also the best choice if you’re using a silicone sex toy or sex toy for couples. Silicone lubricants will break silicone sex toys down (a huge waste of money), while water-based lube will be kind to the £100 LELO vibrator you (happily) forked out for.

And, as Gigi pointed out, water-based lubes are best when using condoms, as they’re safe to use with latex. In fact, you should be using water-based lubes with condoms always so they are less likely to break.

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How long does water-based lube last during use?

Water-based lubes quickly dry up during use so you’ll find there isn’t a lot of playtime with the product. “That’s just the way it is, because they are water-based and get absorbed quickly,” Gigi explained. “Just stop and add more if this happens.” When it comes to this type of lube, more is most definitely more.


Any reasons why you shouldn’t use water based lube?

The only major downside to water-based lubes is that they dry out more quickly when exposed to air. This means they’re probably not your best bet if you’re hoping to use them for masturbation or a hand-job, for instance. They’re also not the best choice if you’re having sex in water, because they’ll wash off really easily. For that reason, it’s always best to order a few different lubes to find out what works best for you, your body and your sex life. A different lube for every occasion would certainly not go amiss…

Ahead, our full edit of the best water-based lubes that won’t upset your pH balance.


1. Best water-based lube overall

Roam Front Lubricant

Why we love it: Hailed as the “best personal lubricant” by our tester, Roam should be a staple in your bedside table from here on out. Aside from the stylish branding and recycled packaging (we also love the addition of braille, which makes this product much more inclusive), the formula is lightweight, vegan-friendly and long-lasting which isn’t always the case for water-based lubes. Formulated with the likes of aloe vera and jojoba to hydrate without any irritation, it also contains a microbiome prebiotic, is fragrance-free and pH-balanced.

Fragranced? No.


2. Best water-based lube for sensitive skin

Self Love Natural Waterbased Lube

Why we love it: Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, this water-based lube is made from 100% natural ingredients – meaning it’s free from toxins, preservatives and fragrances. It lasts well, feels refreshing on the skin and looks chic in your bedside cabinet.

Fragranced? No.

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3. Best water-based lube for condoms

Smile Makers Generous Gel

Why we love it: Compatible with both condoms and silicone sex toys, vibrators and dildos, this discrete bottle of water-based lube feels super silky but is easy to wash off after use. It gives a bit of extra cushioning during solo or partnered play, and is vegan, fragrance-free and paraben free. What’s not to love?

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