Since founding a sex-care company, as well as in our development stage, we have talked to A LOT of people about condoms. People of all genders and sexualities, and folks with extensive experience in the industry. Here we share what they've said about what makes a good condom.
BY THE ROAM TEAM 2 MIN READ
a thin rubber sheath worn on a man's penis during sex as a contraceptive, as protection against infection or both.
Here are some of the key themes we’ve found of what you need to look for to find the best condoms:
The fit is important.
Too tight is a no. Too big feels weird, and less natural. So, making sure that you find the right fit for you is important. Roam offers different sizes for this exact reason. If you don’t know your size, get out that ruler… and take our quiz.
Always make sure the condoms you buy are CE marked. Condoms are regulated carefully in Europe, and the CE mark is the sign of this. Condoms also have an expiration date and are more likely to break/dry out if used after this.
No one likes the feeling of dry rubber. Most condoms will have some kind of lubricant on them, to make putting them on easier and to reduce the friction during penetration. Finding the right level of lubricant, as well as the best type for you is important. Roam condoms are generously lubricated, to keep it slippery down there and reduce the need to add extra lubrication – though we always recommend more lube for better sex! This can also reduce the risk of condom breakage.
We’ve all had the free condoms from the doctors, sex clinics, or from sex ed at school, and let’s face it… they are usually very thick. We get it - they’re safe. But they can also dull the sensation down there. There’s been a lot of progress in condom manufacturing since these older versions were made, and now super thin latex can be safe and strong. Most people (though not all) want as much sensation as they can get down there, so that’s why Roam condoms are ultra-thin feel.
Taste + Smell = Optional
You may have noticed that most of the free condoms we’ve been given have a funny smell, and if you’ve performed oral sex on someone after wearing one, or tasted them, you’ll know there’s a common rubbery taste that can be quite unpleasant. Equally, if you’ve ventured into the universe of flavoured condoms, you may find them quite unnatural, and if used for penetrative sex they can cause infections due to the artificial sugar used in production. This is why our Roam condoms have been formulated to have no perceivable taste or smell, because the best sex-care should feel like it’s not there at all!
*Hot tip: Because they have no taste or smell, our condoms also work extremely well as dental dams!
Unfortunately, there’s never been a vote on the world’s best condom. But with this list in mind, you know some things to look out for. Other things to consider are skin sensitivity to latex, as well as wrapper thickness and how this can protect the condom.
We hope this helps you find your perfect match!