The cost of condoms varies greatly depending on where you buy them, brand, type and quantity. In Australia, condoms cost from $0.33 – $2 each however condoms are also available for free from family planning clinics.
What’s in this guide?
- A price comparison of 20 different condoms from Australian condom brands.
- Which brands cost more/less.
- The most expensive and cheapest condoms.
- How the type of condom impacts price.
- Buying condoms online vs in shops.
Condom Cost Comparison
The two main brands in most retail and online stores in Australia are Ansell and Durex. For our comparison test, we have taken a sample of 20 condoms from four brands available at Woolworths.com.au and in-store. Prices are from June 2018.
- Four Seasons
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Assorted 24pk||Variety||$10.00||24||$0.42|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Life Styles Ribbed 12pk||Ribbed||$7.00||12||$0.58|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Regular 12pk||Regular||$6.00||12||$0.50|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Regular 24pk||Regular||$8.00||24||$0.33|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Skyn 20pk||Non-Latex||$17.00||20||$0.85|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Skyn Condoms 10pk||Non-Latex||$8.90||10||$0.89|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Skyn Extra Lubricated 10pk||Non-Latex||$8.90||10||$0.89|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Skyn Large 10pk||Non-Latex||$8.90||10||$0.89|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Ultra Thin 12pk||Ultra-Thin||$7.00||12||$0.58|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Ultra Thin 24pk||Ultra-Thin||$10.70||24||$0.45|
|Ansell Lifestyles Condoms Zero 8pk||Non-Latex||$9.00||8||$1.13|
|Ansell Skyn Condoms Intense Feel 10pk||Non-Latex||$8.90||10||$0.89|
|Durex Fetherlite Ultra Thin Feel Condoms 10pk||Ultra-Thin||$6.50||10||$0.65|
|Durex Pleasure Me Condoms 10pk||Ribbed||$6.50||10||$0.65|
|Durex Regular Condoms 30pk||Regular||$17.00||30||$0.57|
|Four Seasons Condoms Naked Classic 12pk||Ultra-Thin||$6.99||12||$0.58|
|Four Seasons Naked Closer Classic 12 Pack||Ultra-Thin||$6.99||12||$0.58|
|Four Seasons Naked Condoms Larger Pack 12pk||Large||$7.00||12||$0.58|
|Hero Condoms Natural 12ea||Regular||$8.00||12||$0.67|
|Hero Condoms Ultra Thin 12ea||Ultra-Thin||$10.00||12||$0.83|
In our research, Ansell is the most affordable condom brand in Australia, with an average cost per condom of 53 cents. Ansell also offers both the most expensive condom available (Skyn at 89c per condom) and the cheapest condom in the Ansell Lifestyles Regular 24 Pack, ‘coming in’ at just 33 cents each.
In terms of the ‘big two’, you’re generally paying a 20% premium to use Durex condoms over Ansell.
In contrast, Hero condoms are the most expensive brand of the four at 75 cents per condom however it should be noted that Hero donates a condom to a developing country for every condom sold.
Note: To ascertain cost fairly between brands, we included all condom types except Non-latex as these are premium condoms that, depending on the range provided by the brand, heavily skew the average pricing.
Condom Type & Material
No surprises that your plain, jane, regular condoms are the cheapest kind at 52 cents a piece.
Generally, you pay more for a condom with some kind of feature.
If you’re larger than the average man, then you’re looking at a 10% premium (+6 cents) to ‘go large’ and buy yourself a condom that fits. A small investment for added comfort.
Wanting to make things interesting and add ribbed edges to the equation (for her pleasure)? That’s a pricey 15% premium (+10 cents).
Equally, in a rare instance of ‘less in more’ in this conversion, you’ll also pay a 15% premium for ‘ultra-thin’ condoms containing less material than standard, regular condoms.
Finally, the highest premium at a whopping 76% increase (+40 cents), is paid for non-latex condoms (E.g. polyisoprene)
These condoms are more-so marketed as ‘ultra-ultra-thin’, E.g. Ansell Skyn, than to cater for those with latex allergies. Why? You could suggest there are more people out there who want to ‘feel more’ from sex with a condom than those with latex allergies….
Buying Condoms Online vs Offline
The addition of postage fee’s for buying smaller quantities of condoms (E.g. 12/24 packs) makes buying online often more expensive than simply walking into Woolies or Chemist Warehouse and picking up a pack of dingers.
Online condom stores, however, do provide the luxury of a much wider selection of condoms, catering for a wider range of sizes (from 48 – 60mm nominal width) which is key to finding a condom that fits well, as well as additional brands, materials, colours, flavours and quantities.
Most importantly, online stores offer the ability to order condoms in bulk.
Not sure which condom is best suited to you? We recommend testing a variety of different condoms and cover some of the best condoms available on the market for you to try.
Buying Condoms in Bulk
If you are a regular condom user then you may benefit from buying condoms in bulk. You can buy bulk boxes of 144 condoms from Ansell, Four Seasons and Glyde.
Buying condoms in bulk is a lot cheaper. A box of 144 condoms will cost around $35 plus P&P, say of $8 via Australia Post. $43 for 144 condoms equates to 29 cents per condom.
Online stores also often have sales and/or free shipping offers which can make this even more affordable.
What’s The Most Expensive Way to Buy Condoms?
Buying single 1-pack of condoms via vending machines in bathrooms at pubs, bars, clubs, gas stations etc is, by far, the most expensive way to buy condoms however it is still a damn sight cheaper than kids 🙂