It would be impossible for one person to tell you what the best condoms are for you. It takes some trial and error and depends on your personal preferences. Luckily, your search can be narrowed down by doing a little bit of research. It is a fairly sure bet that you have never looked across a beer at the guy you are hanging out with and said; ”Dude, what kind of condom do you use?” That leaves you with either the internet or a bunch of field research. While ”field research” will be fun, there is the chance that a condom will fail and you have some unwanted consequences to pay. So, we decided to put together a breakdown of the main types of condoms and give a quick top five list of the best condoms in our opinion.
The Different Types of Condoms
Condoms are simple devices. There isn’t much innovation needed to market a great product. All a company has to do is make sure it won’t break during normal intercourse. If it tends to break, market it as a sex toy or novelty condom. Therefore, there are really only two types of condoms: contraceptive or novelty.
Contraceptive condoms have been approved by the FDA to aid in the prevention of pregnancy and limit your exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. These condoms must pass a rigid(pun intended) set of tests prior to approval. That doesn’t mean they have to be boring or must be so thick that they deaden any sensation during intercourse. Many are thin enough to feel as if you are going bareback, can be ribbed, or even have warming lube applied to the inside and outside of the condom.
Novelty condoms can add some spice for men and women. They can be a great alternative if your partner does not feel comfortable with a vibrator or other toy. They can be ribbed, colored, have a tickler tip, glow-in-the-dark, or be edible. All you need is a little bit of imagination and you have great night ahead of you. The drawback to most of these condoms is that they are useless for contraception or STD prevention. They are best used with a partner that you know and trust or in conjunction with a contraceptive.
Top 5 Best Condoms
Crown Skinless Skin Condoms: ultra thin for pleasure, but tough as nails for contraception.
Durex Performax Intense: tough contraceptive condom with a desensitizing gel on the inside to extend your performance.
Lifestyles Snugger Fit: these have a more narrow base for a tighter fit. Great ultra thin contraceptive condom.
Trojan ENZ: comfortable fit from a trusted brand.
French Tickler: nearly every manufacturer has a tickler. These are strictly for play and should never be counted on for contraception.
After years of research, these are the five best condoms in our opinion, but may not be for you. One of the best ways to avoid spending a fortune on condoms is to buy a variety pack. Trojan, Durex, and Lifestyles all offer great assorted packs so that you can try multiple products.