Condoms are available in so many shapes, sizes and materials these days that the choice can be overwhelming.
It can be difficult to know which to buy, let alone which is the best. Well, help is at hand…so to speak.
What’s in this guide?
We’ve done all the research for you to give you a head start on generating a shortlist to choose from.
Why can you trust our opinion? Well, we’ve been researching, writing and – for a short period – actively selling condoms in Australia.
We know all the condoms that are available in the market, have handled and tried most of them out ourselves (it was an arduous process but somebody had to do it!).
All of the condoms listed in this guide are readily available to buy online or at your local chemist (E.g. Chemist Warehouse, Priceline etc) or supermarket (Woolies, Coles).
What is the best condom?
The best condom is the one that both you and your partner feel most confident and comfortable with.
We recommend trying a few different types of condoms out and have an honest conversation with your partner as to which felt most enjoyable and comfortable for you both.
If you feel that a condom is a distraction either in the sensation, comfort or anxiety then chances are it’s not the right one for you.
Think of condoms like shopping for shoes. You need to get the right size for you and choose the right type for the activity you’re looking to undertake.
If you wear the wrong-sized leather business shoes for a mountain hike then you’re going to have a rough time.
Once you find the condom that works for you, it’ll quite literally transform how you feel and enable you to enjoy safe sex without distraction.
Best Ultra-Thin Condoms
Advances in condom manufacturing technology and materials, coupled with high market demand, have led to condoms becoming increasingly available in ‘thin’ varieties
‘Thin’ refers to the thickness of the condom wall (the condom material) which, for thin and ‘ultra-thin’ condoms, is typically 50% of a standard condom.
It’s common for Ultra-thin condoms to also have a smaller nominal width (i.e. girth). This provides a tighter fit, which can again contribute to a thinner wall through being stretched, and heightened sensitivity.
Our three contenders for the best thin condom are:
- Ansell Lifestyles Zero
- Durex Fetherlite Ultra-Thin (Editor’s Choice)
- Ansell Skyn
Ansell Lifestyles Zero
Made from an ultra-thin premium quality latex, Ansell’s Zero range is around 45% thinner than the standard Ansell range.
Combining the ultra-thin finish with special long-lasting lubricant, they one of the closest things to feeling like you’re wearing nothing at all.
You’ll pay a premium price for this premium condom at around $1 to $1.25 per condom from most retailers. Ansell Zero are not available to buy in bulk, only in quantities of 8 or 16 from both offline and online retailers.
- Nominal width of 52mm is slightly below average, but is comfortable enough for anyone who normally uses ‘regular’ sized condoms.
- Ultra-thin condoms increase sensitivity for an ‘is it even on?!’ feeling
- Coated with a non-spermicidal lubricant to provide extra comfort and enjoyment
Durex Fetherlite Ultra-Thin
Unlike Ansell’s Zero and Skyn condoms, Durex Fetherlites are made from natural latex.
The latex however is ~20% thinner than the latex Durex use in their standard range such as the Durex Regular.
Fetherlites are available in a range of box sizes, meaning you can make a saving by buying in larger quantities.
A box of 10 Durex Fetherlites cost around $6.50 (65c/condom) in a supermarket or chemist however a box of 30 is just $15.00 ($0.50 per condom) from Amazon Australia.
Whilst priced higher than regular condoms, they’re a great condom and an attractive option at roughly half the price of the similarly thin Ansell Zero or Skyn condoms and certainly place them up there as one of the best condoms available in Australia.
- Super thin wall for heightened sensation
- Nominal width of 52mm (slightly smaller than regular condoms)
- Pre-lubricated for added comfort
- Made of natural rubber latex (some prefer this to polyisoprene condoms)
They’re a great condom with an attractive combination of comfort and strength.
Polyisoprene is a premium condom material and, as such, adds to the cost of these condoms.
A pack of 10 costs ~$9 (90c/condom) on Amazon with a 20 pack providing a slight cost saving at $17 (85c/condom). In either sized, these are a premium priced condom at the high-end of the market.
- Great for those with latex allergies
- Nominal width of 53mm (regular size)
- Pre-lubricated for added comfort
Best Small Condoms
Using the right size condom is imperative for both safety and enjoyment. An ill-fitting condom (especially one that is too and becomes loose) is not only uncomfortable, but also not as effective in preventing pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s).
If you find that ‘regular’ sized condoms simply don’t fit in terms of slipping off during use or don’t feel as snug as you’d expect, then small condoms could be the right choice for you. Most smaller sized condoms offer a snugger fit thanks to a narrower width, typically around 48-50mm.
Our contenders for best small condom are:
- Ansell Lifestyles Closer Fit
- Glyde Slimfit Condoms
- Four Seasons Naked Closer Fit
Ansell Lifestyles Closer Fit
The straight shaft shape provides security and comfort from top to bottom, well suited to those who find regular condoms loose at the base or shaft.
A pack of 12 are priced at just $6.49 (54c/condom) on Amazon and are also available from chemists or online stores. We’ve not found Supermarkets to generally stock these.
- 49mm width provides snug fit
- Straight shaft shape delivers security and comfort
These are also certified vegan and Fair-Trade, so are perfect for those who are either vegan and/or the more ethically conscious.
GLYDE Slimfit are only available in bulk packs of 100. As such they offer fantastic value at just 29.5c/condom with 100 costing $29.95 from Amazon Australia.
They are generally only available in bulk online. You can also find GLYDE stocked at most sexual health centres throughout Australia for free.
- Great value at just 29.5c/condom
- Vegan-friendly and Fair Trade
- Available in bulk or at Australian Health Clinics
Four Seasons Naked Closer
A pack of 12 condoms on Amazon is $12 with free delivery. Buying in bulk online becomes much more affordable with a box of 144 averaging around $35 (24c/condom).
- 49mm tighter fitting condom
- Pre-lubricated and ultra-thin for heightened sensation
- Available in bulk for cost savings
Best Large Condoms
If you or your man more than pack the undies, then you’ll be wanting something a little larger to provide a secure option with less risk of breakage.
Large condoms typically measure 56-60mm in width to offer a more comfortable fit.
Our contenders for best large condom are:
- Ansell Lifestyles Large
- Glyde Maxi
- Four Seasons Naked Super Fit
Ansell LifeStyles Large
Combined with an Easy-fit shape, these condoms provide a better fit for the wider girthed gent.
Priced at ~$6 for 12 off and online (50c/condom) from Amazon and around $34.95 for 144 in bulk (24c/condom)
- Generous 58mm width great for larger sized men
- Easy-fit shape provides added comfort
- Available in bulk for cost savings
- Great for use with sex toys (recommend using with a water-based lubricant)
At 56mm width, Maxi’s are at the smaller-end of ‘large’ condom scale – great for those who find regular condoms just slightly too tight.
Made with GLYDE’s patented ultra-thin latex technology, these are a premium condom that offer a comfortable, odour-free experience.
Whilst a premium condom, GLYDE Maxi’s are only available in a bulk – typically in a box of 100 which you can purchase on Amazon Australia directly from GLYDE.
- Premium odour-free condom
- Slightly larger than regular but not huge
- Certified vegan and Fair Trade.
Four Seasons Naked Super Fit
A unique flared shape condom with enhanced silicone lubricant that delivers a comfortable fit that doesn’t compromise on feeling.
Super Fit’s are available in either retail box from most chemists and supermarkets or in bulk via online retailers.
A retail box of 12 costs around $7.95 (66c/condom) with a bulk box of 144 coming in around $34.95 (24c/condom).
- Flared-shape offers comfortable fit
- Enhanced silicone lubricant for heightened sensation
- Available in bulk for great cost savings
Best Latex Free Condoms
Advances in condom technology have seen a plethora of latex-free condoms being made in alternative materials including polyisoprene and polyurefane.
This has generally been in search of producing thinner condoms, however latex suffers rejoice as these alternative materials offer then a latex-free condom experience.
Our contenders for best latex-free condom are;
- Durex Real Feel
- Sagami Original 0.02
Durex Real Feel
The Durex Real Feel are an ultra-thin, non-latex condom that delivers.
Made from polyisoprene and measuring 56mm, they deliver a fantastic skin-on-skin feeling.
Even if you’re not allergic to latex, Durex Real Feel can offer something different.
A premium condom that, in retail stores comes with a premium price of $6.99 for a box of 6 ($1.17 per condom!), however you can nab yourself a box of 24 condoms on Amazon for just $12.99 ($0.54/condom).
- Polyisoprene offers great heat transfer
- 56mm width provides comfortable ‘regular fit’.
Sagami Original 0.02
The second generation of 0.02’s are thinner and softer than the first generation, first introduced in 2005.
Made from polyurethane, they are a premium, super-soft feeling condom that offers no bad latex smell with advanced thermal conductivity.
These are a pretty-penny but that’s what you pay for innovation! In Australia, we’ve only found these on Amazon where you can grab a box of 5 for $17.99.
- Completely transparent
- Ultra-smooth and soft
- Something different!
The best way to find the right condom for you of course (and an awesome excuse) is to try them out.
If you’ve been using the same condom for a long time, try something new – you’d be surprised at the difference it makes to both you and your partner’s experience!
Have we missed anything? Do you have a ‘firm favourite’ that you’d like us to include? Please do let us know!