Contrary to popular belief, condoms serve more purposes than only safeguarding; if you pick wisely, they may make contact with your partner more pleasurable. Using a condom may open up a new world of pleasures in the bedroom while bringing peace of mind.

We like having options. While some people like the same lunch daily, others like a choice. We constantly change our options, from what colour to paint our houses to what vehicles we drive and everything in between.

Therefore, it should not be surprising that we also demand choices to enhance our sex life. Fortunately, condoms have advanced significantly since the early days, and now there are several condom varieties available to suit almost everyone’s desires.

Did someone say free condoms?

The most wallet-friendly way to get hold of condoms is by getting free ones through the NHS at Umbrella clinics and pharmacies. However, even if you qualify for free condoms from the NHS you are not going to have a great deal of choice but if you are buying condoms, there are more varieties than you can imagine! As well as having so many male condoms to choose from, women can now choose to buy female condoms if they prefer.

Using condoms during foreplay, oral and anal contact, and even masturbation are all safe sexual practices. Given this, it’s critical to be familiar with condom choices. You need to be knowledgeable about topics like texture and lubrication and know the appropriate size.

This article discusses why you should use a condom, its practicalities and how a condom can enhance your sex life. We also discuss using lubricants and accessories designed to make your experience go from okay to fantastic - no need to settle for less.

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Why wear a condom?

The bottom line is that the use of condoms can help prevent unplanned pregnancies as well as several STIs (sexually transmitted infections), including HIV, and even lower the chance of developing some cancers. For instance, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can result in the development of cervical cancer and Chlamydia, the silent bacterial infection that can cause infertility if left untreated.

Additionally, condoms provide diversity and pleasure. There truly is a condom out there for everyone; you just have to choose the one that suits you. There are so many flavours, textures, and varieties to select from, and what’s more, you can choose a different one for every day of the week, climaxing with a big bang on Sunday (lucky you).

The chances are once you’ve read this article, you’ll choose to wear a condom rather than go bareback.

What sort of condoms can I choose from?

There are lots of different types of condoms that do all sorts of things, and the best kind of condom is the one that suits your preferences. There are many categories, from different condom materials and different shapes of condoms. There are also other flavours of condoms and the best condoms to use for all sorts of reasons.

So unbuckle, and let’s get started… in no particular order…

Non-Latex Condoms

The most typical substance used to make condoms is latex. Latex is waterproof, strong, and flexible. The majority of condoms are composed of natural rubber latex, but lots of people have allergic responses to latex and need an alternative so they can enjoy protected sex despite their latex allergy. Polyurethane condoms have become a popular choice for people with latex allergies.

So here’s the latex free condoms you can use instead of latex condoms:

  1. Condoms made from Polyisoprene
  2. Condoms made from Polyurethane
  3. Natural material condoms

Our favourite non-latex condoms are as follows:

Ultra-Thin Condoms

Ultra-thin is the ideal option when you want more sensitivity without sacrificing safety. Although these condoms are thinner than most, they are still powerful enough to provide you with the security you want while giving a more pleasant, natural feeling.

For the best type of condom to use for feeling, we suggest the following:

Warming Condoms

When it’s cold outside, or you need an extra tingle to get the engine moving, warming condoms have a unique lubricant inside and out that, when activated by body moisture, creates a soft warming sensation offered by the dual action lubricant that comes with a warming condom.

For the best warming condoms we love:

Textured (Studded and Dotted) Condoms

Textured condoms are made to stimulate the pleasure zones. Textured condoms have patterns of ribs or dots (or both) that are slightly raised, triggering sensations faster, so for better results. We love ribbed and dotted condoms so much that we wrote a whole article to list all the advantages of using ribbed and dotted condoms. Here are our favourite textured condoms:


Non-lubed condoms are for those who naturally create enough moisture or prefer a different lubrication than those offered in pre-lubricated condoms.

Our favourite non-lubed condoms are as follows:

  • Trojan ENZ Condoms without Lubricant
  • Lifestyles Non-Lubed Condoms
  • ON Clinic Un-Lubricated Condoms

Extra-Lubed Condoms

Who wants dry when they can have extra-lubed? Durex first invented the lubricated condom in 1957 to reduce friction, and now many brands sell extra-lubricated condoms which include loads more lubricant than usual and offer the most incredible amount of enjoyment. You’ll last longer and enjoy the feeling when you choose these condoms.

Rather than buying your lube separately, you can buy condoms that are already lubricated - which can be a bit less messy, as well as not having to worry about whether oil based lubricants will weaken your condom.

Our favourite extra-lubricated condoms are:

Condoms with Spermicide

For those who need to be extra safe, condoms with spermicide are the best choice, helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies - being extra safe doesn’t mean you have to be boring. Spermicidal condoms contain a chemical that destroys sperm, which helps to increase the effectiveness of pregnancy prevention, along with the barrier method.

The best condoms with spermicide are as follows:

Thick Condoms

Thick condoms provide the extra security you want because they have thicker latex than ordinary types. Thick condoms are a highly effective barrier method because they are less likely to tear or weaken. They are suggested for anal sex or for those who need to last longer.

Our favourite thick condoms are:

  • Durex Real Feels Condoms
  • Mates Supersafe Condoms
  • Adore Extra Sure Condoms
  • Mates Manix Super Safe Condoms

Japanese Condoms

Japanese condoms are known for superior quality offering super thin and sensitive condoms for every taste.

We love:

Vegan Condoms

When you need your condoms to contain no animal products, reach for vegan condoms because they have no milk or animal proteins, among other things - so, if you’re a vegan, use a vegan condom.

We love these vegan condoms from Mates, Skyn and Pasante:

  • Mates Supreme Condoms
  • Skyn 5 Senses Condoms
  • Pasante Unique Condoms
  • Skyn Intense Feel Non-Latex Condoms

Coloured Condoms

Coloured condoms are your Sunday condom. Coloured condoms cover condoms that don’t have the traditional natural hue. We have all the colours and more in our collection, offering way more fun than your average emergency contraception options.

You can even have coloured condoms with coordinating flavours and all kinds of other novelty condoms. Use colourful condoms to excite your sense of sight. We adore the following:

  • Skins Assorted Condoms
  • Durex Suprise Me Verity Pack

Flavoured and Glow in the Dark Condoms

Condoms with flavours enhance the sensory feels during intimate activities. Buy high-quality, FDA-approved flavoured condoms to spice up your love life.

Flavoured condoms come in a selection of mouthwatering, water-based lubricated tastes and smells, including banana, bubblegum, mint, chocolate, strawberry, cola, and coconut. We would love you to get your chops around these condoms:

For a glow-in-the-dark experience, we love EXS Glow In The Dark Condoms - Halloween all year long!

Now you know what condoms are available and what are the best condoms for your preferences, it’s worth looking at what else you can do to make your experience the best it can be.

Lambskin Condoms

Some people prefer using lambskin condoms which are made from animal intestines as it can feel more natural but the material is more porous and therefore not as effective at preventing STIs and not as good if you are looking to prevent pregnancy.

Tingling Condoms

While ribbed and dotted condoms are great for some extra sensation, tingling condoms can also add some extra pleasure. They tend to have mint lube to give you a cooling, tingling feeling. Some of the top tingling condoms are:

Vibrating Condoms

If you are looking for condoms that maximise female pleasureh r during sex, the tingling or dotted condoms might be a hit but you may also want to give vibrating ring condoms a whirl. Or for a sexy surprise, the EXS vibrating pants with remote control are sure to add some extra enjoyment.

Which Condoms Are Best?

With so many choices of different condom types, you are probably wondering which condoms are best? The simple answer is, everyone has different preferences, so it is all about finding the best condoms for your needs. When you are choosing your condoms, it is important to make sure you get the right size condom and this article will help you to make sure you get that snug fit.

Flavoured Lubricants

Flavoured Lubricant

If you want to mix your flavours, you can add a flavoured lubricant to your condom - try a chocolate condom with a mint-flavoured lubricant - Choc-Chip right there.

Why not mix Durex Cherry Pleasure Gel with your EXS Peach Flavoured Lube, add an On Chocolate Condom, and have a Bell Helen cocktail to add to your menu of delights?

That’s not all; the cherry on top of your proverbial cake has to be a glow-in-the-dark condom with some EXS Sweet Cherry Flavoured Lube and a Trojan Tandem Vibrating Ring. That’s your Saturday night menu sorted!

Jan 3, 2023
Written by:
Victoria Walsh