Best Water Based Lubricant (2021 Review)

We all know that sex can come to a screeching halt when one partner experiences pain. Many people think pain comes from a penis that is too large, but pain can come from as simple a reason as dryness, chafing or launching into sex too early, before proper stimulation has occurred. The best way to eliminate pain from is to lubricate. As the saying goes, "wetter is better." And experts know that the best lubricants to use are water-based.

5 Best Water Based Lubricant




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ID Glide Personal Water-based Lubricant


Personal Water-based Strawberry-Flavored Lube


Lubricant - Personal Water Based Lube for Men, Women


Slippery Stuff Personal Lubricant Gel


Astroglide Water Based Personal Lubricant

Best Water Based Lubricant - Product Reviews

ID Glide Personal Water-based Lubricant

I-D Glide is condom compatible, and safe to use with sex toys. It is thinner than other lubricants, which heightens stimulation. Like other lubes I-D glide may need to be reapplied during longer sessions. However, it lasts longer than other lubes, and can easily be re-activated with just a drop of water or saliva. Slightly more expensive than other lubricants. Also, keep in mind that this is a 17 ounce bottle, which is larger than most lube bottles.

Personal Water-based Strawberry-Flavored Lube

Why not have a little flavor with your lubrication? The strawberry flavor enhances oral sex. Despite the flavor, it does not stain. It is also food-based, so it is edible. The product comes in a larger bottle so you can go longer without purchasing another, which can be a drawback if you wind up not liking the product.

Lubricant - Personal Water Based Lube for Men, Women

Personal lubricant does not get sticky, and feels silky as it moisturizes as well as lubricates. It does not contain glycerin which is beneficial for women prone to yeast infections. This lube is highly rated by experts and devoted, regular users.

Slippery Stuff Personal Lubricant Gel

This product from Slippery Stuff is a gel, not a lubricant, which means it generally lasts longer without re-applying. Even though it is a gel, it is still water based. It is Paraben and glycerin free, so the risk of yeast infections are lower. It is also odorless and non-staining. The only warning is that this product may freeze in severe cold weather, so keep that in mind if products shipped to you have to wait outside for hours at a time.

Astroglide Water Based Personal Lubricant

Astroglide grease-free lubricant is designed for comfort and long lasting. It simulates natural bodily fluid. This product is compatible with latex condoms.

How is lube applied?

Place a nickel-sized amount in your hand, rub your hands together, and then spread it slowly over the tip of the penis, working your way down the shaft. If condoms are not lubricated, apply the same way over the condom. A drop can go on the tip of the penis under the condom. You can even put a bit of lube around your lips (or your partner's) before any oral action.

What kind of lubes are out there?

Lubricants are generally water-based, oil-based or made primarily of silicone?

What are the advantages of water-based lube?

They are easier to use, and not as messy or sticky as oil or silicone. Water is easier to be absorbed by skin and mucous membranes, so cleanup is much easier. Also, water-based lube is completely compatible with condoms. Oil-based lubes can corrode the latex and make it not efficient in preventing pregnancy or diseases.

Any disadvantages of water-based lube?

If your sexual exploits last a long time and you or your partner are not naturally producing lubricant, you will need to re-apply. And most of us do not like to interrupt sex for any reason, let alone a reapplication of lube.


After trying all these products and using them multiple times, they all provide lubrication you would expect from a water-based lubricant. However, the winner for pleasure and quality is ID Glide Personal Water-based Lubricant. The thinner consistency makes for a more pleasurable sexual experience, plus the reapply is easy and doesn't interrupt the flow of the experience. And since it is water-based and not oil, petroleum or silicone-based, it is easy to use, clean up afterwards, and it is less likely to stain your sheets or clothing.

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Kathy Harper

Kathy shares her huge experience in relationship. She lived an ordinary life until her college years, when she came to believe that guys were designed for her. Unfortunately, she was blessed with much naivety. Therefore, she had her heart broken numerous times, but collected a lot of experience.