How to Choose the Best Condom Size

woman condom sizeEveryone knows wearing a condom is one of the best ways of protecting yourself against sexually transmitted diseases, as well as guarding against an unplanned pregnancy (outside of abstinence, and what fun is that?). Although schools in many countries teach the importance of using a condom, very few actually teach you how to select the right size condom.

A correctly-sized condom not only helps ensure
they give you the protection you want,
but can also enhance your sexual stimulation.

CONDOM SIZE CATEGORIES

Understanding that guys’ penis sizes vary over a range of sizes, in both length and girth, condom manufacturers typically have three size options available, to help you get the best fit. These three sizes are:

  • Small (often known as “Snugger Fit”,
  • Regular and
  • Large (sometimes known as XL or Magnum-sized)

WHY YOU WANT TO CORRECTLY SIZE YOUR CONDOM

condomLike shoes, condoms come in a variety of sizes. This is for both functionality and comfort. You wouldn’t want to wear a pair of shoes so large they kept slipping off your heels. You also wouldn’t be comfortable wearing shoes that are two small and pinch your toes. The same is true of condoms.

Although you may feel like a stud slapping down a box of XL condoms in front of the cute cashier at the drugstore, if they’re too large it is possible for semen to leak out of the condom and other bodily fluids (with potential STD transfer) to get underneath the condom. A too-large condom may come completely off during intercourse, giving no protection whatsoever. A condom that is too loose may also diminish some of the sensation you feel during sex.

On the flip side, a condom that is too small can be just as ineffective. If the condom is too small, it has a higher chance of tearing during intercourse. Again, this will result in loss of protection from STDs and unplanned pregnancy. A condom that is too tight can also be uncomfortable, negatively affecting your pleasure.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST CONDOM SIZE

The first rule of thumb when buying condoms is to not buy condoms larger than you need, just because you want people to think you have a big penis. According to one study of 3,500 men, from 28 countries, 35% of participants needed small sized condoms. That’s a pretty significant percentage.

The second rule when choosing a condom size is know your penis! It’s surprising how many guys really don’t accurately know their penis length or girth. Don’t guess – measure! Use a string and a ruler or a measuring tape to get an accurate number. And, definitely don’t let ego add an inch to this measurement.

Lastly, refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines on the sizing of their condoms. Many times this information is right on the box. Most manufacturer’s also have condom sizing info on their websites. Select a condom size that is closest to your erect penis size. Here’s a chart of some of the most popular brands, for easy reference.

SIZE
Condom
Description / Size
Snugger FitLifeStyles Snugger Fit
lifestyles snugger fit
Smaller lubricated with a unique shape and reservoir tip for more comfort and safetyLength: 7″/178 mm
Width: 1.75″/ 44,5 mm (below head)
Base width: 1.92″/ 49mm
Thickness: 0.0027″/ 0.07mm
Snugger FitCaution Wear Iron Grip Snugger Fit
Caution wear Iron Grip Snugger fit
Smaller size, lubricated latex condom from Caution Wear.Length: 6.69″ / 170mm
Width: 1.92″/ 49mm
Thickness: 0.0027″/ 0.07mm
Snugger FitGlyde SlimFit
GLYDE Slimfit Premium Lubricated Condoms 12-Pack
FDA-approved Vegan condom, with reservoir tip. Strong and lubricated.Length: 6.7” / 170 mm
Nominal width: 1.93” / 49mm
Snugger FitDurex Performax
Durex Performax Condoms 36-Pack
Durex latex condom, lubricated with climax control lubricant, for extended pleasure.Length: 7.01″/178 mm
Width: 2.05″/52mm
Thickness: 0.003″ /0.07mm
Snugger FitNight Glow Condoms
Night Glow
These are the first glow-in-the-dark condoms approved for the prevention of pregnancy and disease by the FDA. Perfect for those who want to add some fun in their bedroom and try something new.Length: 7.09″/180mm
Width: 2.09″/53mm
Snugger FitBeyond Seven Studded
Okamoto Beyond Seven Studded Condoms 36-Pack
Studded condoms made of strong, thin Sheerlon, for enhanced pleasure.Length: 7.28″/185mm
Width: 2″/ 50.8mm
Snugger FitBeyond Seven with Aloe
Okamoto Beyond Seven Aloe Condoms 36-Pack
Latex condoms with water lubricant and aloe, designed to prevent irritation for sensitive skin.Length: 7.28″/185mm
Width: 2″/ 50.8mm
Thickness: 0.0019″
Snugger/Regular FitOkamoto Beyond Seven
Okamoto Beyond Seven Condoms 36-Pack
Made from Sheerlon latex, this condom straddles the size parameters between small and regular-size condoms.Length: 7.28″/185mm
Width: 2″/ 50.8mm
Regular FitTrojan ENZ
TROJAN ENZ Condoms
Straight-shaped lubricated, latex condoms from Trojan, with a reservoir tip.Length: 7.5″/ 190mm
Width: 2″/ 50.8mm
Regular FitKimono Thin
Kimono Thin Condoms 36-Pack
This is Kimono’s original condom.Length: 7.48″ / 190mm
Width: 2.05″/ 52mm
Regular FitKimono MicroThin
Kimono MicroThin Condoms 36-Pack
One of the thinnest latex condoms on the market that is both strong and lubricated.Length: 7.48″ / 190mm
Width: 2.05″/ 52mm
Regular FitDurex Extra Strength
Durex Extra Strength Lubricated Condoms 36-Pack
Strong, lubricated latex condom from Durex. It is thicker than standard condomsLength: 7.51″/191mm
Width: 2.08″/53mm
Thickness: 0.0031″/0.08 mm
Regular FitDurex Extra Sensitive
Durex Extra Sensitive Condoms 36-Pack
Thin, lubricated latex condom from Durex, for more sensation.Length: 7.5″/191mm
Width: 2.04″/52 mm
Head Width: 2.13″/54mm
Regular FitCrown Skinless Skin
Okamoto Crown Skin Less Skin Condoms 12-Pack
Lightly lubricated condom that is one of the thinnest on the market.Length: 7.50″/190mm
Width: 2.05″/52mm
Regular FitLifestyles Extra Strength
Lifestyles Extra Strength Condoms 12-Pack
Thick condoms from Lifestyles, pefect for those that need more securityLength: 7.50″/190mm
Base Width: 2.09″/53mm
Regular FitTrojan Ultra Thin
trojan ultra thin
Thinnest, regular-sized Trojan condom. It is made of lubricated latex and has a reservoir tip.Nominal Length: 7.50″/190mm
Nominal Width: 2.09″/53mm
Regular FitDurex Her Sensation
durex her sensation
Ribbed, lubricated condom from Durex, to add to her sensation. These also have a berry scent and no latex smell.Nominal Length: 7.50″/190mm
Nominal Width: 2.09″/53mm
Regular FitDurex Enhanced Pleasure
Durex Enhanced Pleasure Lubricated Condoms 36-Pack
Latex condoms from Durex, made for pleasure. Flared at the head for increased sensitivity.Length: 8.01″/178 mm
Width: 2.05″/52mm
Regular FitLifeStyles Luscious Flavors
Lifestyles Luscious Flavors
Flavored condoms from Lifestyles – Wild Strawberry, Sensuous Vanilla and Tropical Banana flavors available. Great for oral sex. Extra head room and lubricated.Length: 7.5″ /190 mm
Width: 2.09″ /53 mm
Regular FitLifestyles Skyn
Lifestyles Skyn Non-Latex Condom 36-Pack
Premium strong, but thin condoms made from odor-free polyisoprene, for sensitive skin.Length: 7.50″ /190 mm
Width: 2.09″ /53 mm
Regular FitTrojan SUPRA

Trojan SUPRA Lubricated Condoms 36-Pack
Trojan condom made of polyurethane, a new material that is thinner, more heat sensitive and strong. It is also less stretchable than latex.Length: 7.87″/200mm
Width: 2.28″/58mm
Thickness: 0.0016″/0.04mm
Regular FitDurex Pleasuremax
Durex Pleasuremax
Ribbed and studded condom from Durex offers extra sensation for both partners. Made of latex, has a wider head for intensified feeling.Length: 7.9″ /200 mm
Width: 2.13″ /54 mm
Head Width: 2.48” /63 mm
Large FitLifestyles Zero Larger CondomsLifestyles Zero Larger CondomsLarger variant of Lifestyles Zero, ultra thin latex condom. Straight shape, lubricated.Length: 7.9″ /200 mm
Width: 2.2″ /55 mm
Large FitDurex Love
Durex Maximum Love Condoms 36-Pack
Durex Maximum Love are thinner and slightly larger Durex condoms designed to offer maximum pleasure.Head Width: 2.48” / 63mm
Width: 2.2” / 56mm
Length: 8.07” / 205mm
Large FitLifestyles KYNG
Lifestyles XL Condoms 12-Pack
Lubricated latex condoms from Lifestyles, largest in the Lifestyles product lineLength: 7.48″/190mm
Width: 2.20″/56mm
Large FitLifestyles Skyn Large
Lifestyles Skyn Large 12-Pack
Bigger version of Lifestyles Skyn. This is the first large-sized condom made from polyisoprene. Perfect choice if you’re looking for a larger non-latex condom.Length: 7.87″/200 mm
Width: 2.20″/56 mm
Thickness: 0.0028″/0,07 mm
Large FitPlayboy Large Size Condom
Playboy Large Condom
Lubricated, larger sized latex condom by Playboy, with a reservoir end and a wider head for extra comfort.Length: 7.48″/190 mm
Base width: 2.20″/56 mm
Thickness: 0.0028″/0.07 mm
Large FitTrojan MAGNUM Thin
Trojan MAGNUM Thin Lubricated Condoms 36-Pack
Thinner version of Trojan MagnumLength: 8.07″/205mm
Width: 2.13″/54mm
Head width: 2.36″/60mm
Large FitTrojan MAGNUM
Trojan MAGNUM Lubricated Condoms 36-Pack
15% longer and wider than a traditional Trojan condomLength: 8.07″/205mm
Width: 2.13″/54mm
Head width: 2.36″/60mm
Large FitKimono MAXX
Kimono MAXX Condoms 12-Pack
Kimono latex condoms with 25% more head room and 15% more length.Length: 7.68″/195mm
Width: 2.05″/52mm
Head width: 2.34″/59.5mm
Large FitKimono MicroThin Large
Kimono MicroThin Large Condoms 36-Pack
Ultra thin, large and ultra strong latex condom from KimonoLength: 7.68″/195mm
Width: 2.05″/52mm
Head width: 2.34″/59.5mm
Large FitTrojan Magnum XL
Trojan Magnum XL Lubricated Condoms 36-Pack
Biggest, lubricated, latex condom from Trojan.Length: 8.07″/205mm
Width: 2.3″/58mm
Head width: 2.56″/65mm
Large FitDurex XXL
Durex XXL Condoms 12-Pack
Durex XXL is the biggest condom that Durex offers.Length: 8.46″/215mm
Nominal width: 2.24″/57mm
Large FitONE The Legend
ONE The Legend
The Legend is the largest condom, from ONE. Made from Sensatex, it is wider than others.Length: 7.87”/200mm
Width at Base: 2.2”/56mm
Width at Head: 2.4”/61mm
Width at Middle: 2.3”/58.5mm
Large FitTrustex Extra Large
Trustex Extra Large
Extra Large condom from Trustex, slightly thinner than most large condoms.Length: 8″ /203 mm
Base Width: 2,25” /57.15mm
Head Width: 2,25”/57.15mm
Shaft Width: 2,25”/57.15mm
Large FitVivid Large
Vivid Large
A lubricated condom with reservoir tip, which is slightly longer and significantly wider than a regular condom.Length: 7.5″ /190mm
Width: 2.3″ /58mm
Large FitTrojan Natural LambTrojan Natural LambTrojan Natural Lamb are a natural condoms made of a lamb skin membrane. They offer more room than regular condoms and come with a KLING-TITE band to hold it in place. They offer superior sensitivity; however lambskin does not protect against STDs.Length: 7.9″ (200 mm)
Width: 2.7″ (68 mm)

Kimberly Wylie

2 thoughts on “How to Choose the Best Condom Size

  1. Surely there is no reason for people to buy the larger condoms? You could have to be around 7 inches in girth. Not many people floating around that mark.

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