Astroglide Gel

Astroglide Gel

There's no such thing as the best lube, period.  Lubricant is a product that interacts with our body, our unique chemistry, and how it works, feels, and even tastes, can depend on how we use it and who we use it with (because then there are two or more bodies, each with their own starting point of lubrication).

So if you're looking for the best lube what you really want to be looking for is the best lube for you.

  And you need to know that that might not be the best lube for your partner, or a celebrity lube spokesmodel (if they exist).  What you need to do is learn about lubes and experiment. 

For a lot of people Astroglide Gel is their lube of choice.

Astroglide was one of the earliest “second generation” water based lubricants to come on the market. Far superior to the original KY, which wasn't designed for sexual use but for medical use, Astroglide was made specifically for sex play and offered a longer lasting and more user friendly product. The company was also smart enough to market to health care professionals, and it became a favorite recommendation of doctors and sex therapists.

One of the few but constant complaints about Astroglide was that in attempting to make a product that felt "natural" they made a lube that was thin and light in consistency, almost too slippery for some people and for some sexual activites.

Several years after introducing Astroglide, the company developed Astroglide Gel (originally called “Astrogel”) in response to requests for a lubricant with a thicker consistency. Astroglide Gel is essentially the same product as Astroglide, only thicker. As a result, it’s a lubricant that stays where you put it and doesn’t easily slide off the hand, fingers, or other body parts.

This makes it much easier to use with sex toys during anal sex, and for people with less mobility who might find thinner lubes difficult to manipulate.

It's only available in one size (4oz) and comes in a squeeze bottle with a flip top.  Like all water based lubricants, it is condom compatible.  The main drawback to Astroglide Gel is that it contains both glycerin and parabens, which you may want to avoid if you’re prone to getting yeast infections or to reacting to chemical preservatives. 

Here's a snapshot of the pros and cons of the product:



  • Widely available, easy to find.
  • Thick consistency is good for anal sex and sex toys.
  • Minimal taste, doesn’t stain sheets.
  • Relatively long lasting lubricant.


  • Contains both glycerin and methylparaben.
  • Doesn’t last as long as silicone lubricants.


The Bottom Line

Astroglide Gel is a good choice if you’re looking for a thick water based lubricant. It’s similar in ingredients to the original Astroglide, and while it’s a favorite for many, if you’re prone to yeast infections or are concerned about reacting to chemical preservatives you may want to stay away from this one.


Purified Water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Methylparaben, Glucono Delta Lactone, Sodium Hydroxide