4 Best Warming Lubes That Heat Up During Use

Make things even hotter in the sack with the best warming lube in the market. Read on to know more about all the important info you’ll need before buying.

Warming Lubes

If you’ve grown a little jaded toward regular lube, why not try out something a little different? Something…hotter?

Warming lubes can really spice things up and help you out during the masturbation sessions when your hands or toys feel cold.

Which lubes are worth your time, though? That’s what I’m here to tell you.

You’ll read about the best warming lubes on the market right here. There’s also some important info about what to look for in warming lubes in general.

P.S. we also have a guide on the best fisting lube if you want other options.

Before We Get Started…

There’s one caveat that applies to warming lubes, and it would be irresponsible of me to not mention it right here at the beginning.

Quite a few people experience not-so-pleasant reactions when they use warming lube. These are usually irritations that burn.

This doesn’t make warming lube a bad product. 

But the essential thing to do is to patch test it before getting it on your junk. If you don’t end up having a reaction to the lube when testing, you should be absolutely fine during play.

I go over patch testing in more detail later in the guide, so don’t skip that part.

Tip: put the lube on your toys, not your penis – sometimes this simple change can help with burning sensations.

Top Warming Lubes Available Today

ky warming jelly

KY Warming Jelly


Price: $$$
Type: Water-based
Taste: A tad sour
Intensity: Very mild
Volume: 2.5 fl oz

sliquid sizzle

Sliquid Sizzle


Price: $$
Type: Water-based
Taste: Slightly minty
Intensity: Mild
Volume: 4.3 fl oz

wicked ultra heat

Wicked Ultra Heat


Price: $
Type: Silicone
Smell: Cinnamon
Intensity: Strong
Volume: 2 fl oz

1. Sliquid Sizzle

Our pick

Type: Water-based | Taste: Slightly minty | Intensity: Mild

  • The cold-to-warm sensation is really cool
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Usable with all toys and condoms
  • Not great for people sensitive to menthol
  • Not particularly long-lasting
sliquid sizzle product shot

Sliquid Sizzle is pretty much the best overall warming lubricant you’ll find. In action, it first cools the skin due to the menthol it contains.

But once friction kicks in, it gets nice and warm, not overwhelming at all.

But the greatest thing about Sizzle is that it doesn’t contain parabens or glycerine, which can irritate the skin or cause yeast infections.

What’s more, it has zero allergens. It’s even gluten-free.

All of this means that Sizzle is the least likely of all warming lubes to irritate you. The only exception to that is people sensitive to menthol, who may find it uncomfortable to use.

This lube is water-based, which means the body absorbs it faster and it needs more frequent reapplying.

On the upside, however, you can combine it with any toy or condom without damage. 

It also doesn’t stain sheets!

2. KY Warming Jelly

Best for anal

Type: Water-based | Taste: A tad sour | Intensity: Very mild

  • Harder to use all of it up
  • Compatible with all toys and condoms
  • Good for anal
  • Doesn’t taste amazing
  • Not as easy to get off the skin
  • Kinda weak in the warming department
warming jelly product shot

Next up, we’ve got a warming lube from KY, a well-established brand in the lubrication niche. 

Though it’s also water-based, this one is noticeably thicker than Sizzle, which means you needn’t use as much of it per session.

That’s great, but it also comes with the minor nuisance of being a little clumpier when it dries up, which means more cleanup effort.

But this thickness also makes it a better warming lube for anal. This lube is thick and slick enough for backdoor play to go perfectly smooth.

Seeing that it’s water-based, it doesn’t react negatively to any other material, although its ingredients are far from perfect and might cause irritations.

KY heating lube is pretty mild in my experience, a little more so than other such lubes. I’m not alone on this, apparently: plenty of KY warming gel reviews claim the same thing.

3. Wicked Ultra Heat

Budget pick

Type: Silicone | Smell: Cinnamon | Taste: Cinnamon-lemon mix | Intensity: Strong

  • Very slick
  • Long-lasting
  • Tastes and smells divine
  • Not compatible with most silicone toys
  • Some may find it too intense
ultra heat lube product shot

If you’re looking to dial up the heat a little more, then Wicked Ultra Heat has got you covered.

This one is silicone-based, meaning that it’s more slick and long-lasting than water-based lube.

It might eat away at low-quality silicone toys, but outside of that, it’s as good lube as it can be. Enduring, effortless penetration is a piece of cake with this one.

However, it isn’t just practical: it also smells and tastes great

It has a wonderful cinnamon aroma (thanks to the Cinnamon oil added) with a hint of something citrusy like lemon. It reminds me of Christmas, personally!

But how well does it fare at the warming front? Well, it gets pretty warm – again cinnamon oil to blame.

This is great if you’re after something more intense, but some might feel put off by its potency. 

If you’re willing to try out a little stronger lube, this is the one to turn to.

4. Coconut Oil

Type: Oil | Smell: Coconut | Taste: Coconut (who would’ve thought?) | Intensity: Mild

  • Lasts a really long time
  • Rarely clumps up
  • Tastes/smells like heaven
  • Can degrade latex condoms
  • May upset a vagina’s PH balance
a coconut oil

Coconut oil, the beloved cooking condiment, turns out to be about as useful in the bedroom as in the kitchen. Well, at least, extra-virgin, unrefined coconut oils.

As a heating lube, it can work like a charm. That said, you do need to heat it up manually

Putting it in hot water, a microwave (make sure not to make it too hot), or even rubbing it in your hands should do the trick. 

Alternatively, you can just store it in a warmish place to have it ready 24/7. 

But when it’s ready to go, coconut oil is great as warming lube and lube in general. 

For one, it lasts a very long time. Furthermore, it’s incredibly slick without clumping up.

It’s a fine moisturizer, too, so it’s helpful if you have dryness problems (like during menopause). And if that wasn’t enough, the aroma it spreads is just amazing.

So is there any downside to coconut oil as warming lube? There are a few things to consider.

To start with, oil-based lubricants degrade latex, so latex condoms and coconut oil are a bad mix. And getting some of it on your sheets will end up in stains you’ll have a hard time removing.

There’s also a chance that coconut oil will disturb the pH balance in your vagina.

If you’re prone to bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and all that nasty stuff, stay away from coconut oil.

What Should You Consider When Buying Warming Lube?

Most of what makes a good warming lube is what you would find in any well-made lube guide. 

But the number one thing to keep in mind when buying a warming lube is the safety aspect.

Before anything else, you should check a warming lube’s ingredients. Plenty of people have reported having reactions to these lubes that goes beyond just some warmth.

The following common ingredients are known to cause burning or similarly unpleasant problems:

  • Glycerin
  • Cinnamon oil, 
  • Citric acid, 
  • Propylene glycol 
  • Parabens, 
  • Benzocaine, 
  • Benzyl alcohol, 
  • Propylene glycol, 
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Petroleum

Irritation isn’t the whole story, either. Some of these substances (such as glycerin) can, in some cases, cause yeast infections, mostly due to their sugar content.

Mind you, they don’t necessarily mean the lube will burn you, just that it might. It’s a matter of concentration (i.e., how much of the stuff there is in the lube), among other things. 

What’s more, something like glycerine is common in warming lubes, so you’ll have a hard time avoiding it.

All in all, it’s not wise to just pile any old lube onto and/or into your nether region. That’s why it’s smart to do a patch test.

Simply put a little bit of lube on your skin (preferably somewhere bare and soft like the inside of your elbow). 

In case your body really disagrees with it, you’ll quickly notice burning and redness. You don’t want that on your genitals. Rest assured that the reaction on your mucousy privates would be much worse.

If you want to be a little more thorough, put a bandaid where you poured lube and wear it for around 24 hours.

If you see a reaction after you remove the bandaid, consider getting a different lube.

“Safest” Warming Lube?

So which hot lube is the least likely to result in any adverse effects?

The vote will have to go to Sliquid Sizzle.

It comes from a reputable brand, for one. Moreover, it has clean ingredients list free from glycerin, parabens, and common irritants. And there are simply the fewest complaints about it as far as I’ve seen.

However, I still suggest you do a patch test before committing to it!

Commonly Asked Questions About Warming Lube

How Does Warming Lubricant Work?

Warming lubes include a few “spicy” ingredients to relax and widen blood vessels in a process called vasodilation1.

The usual chemicals that do this in warming lube are menthol, capsaicin (like in hot peppers), and alcohol-based like glycerin or propylene glycol. 

Does Warming Lube Feel Good?

If you don’t get any adverse reactions, then warming lube can feel really good. It provides a warm sensation that can make masturbation more pleasurable.

But that’s not all. Warming lubes can also increase sexual pleasure since they promote blood flow to the genitals. As such, they can make sex feel even better.

That said, don’t mistake burning for pleasure. It should never burn.


So these are the best warming lubes that you can find out there.

Although they have a bad rap, these lubricants can actually do wonders for your sex life. You just need to know in advance how your body will react to them.

Alternatively, you can always go the DIY route and make a homemade anal lube.

When you find the right lube for you, you’ll never get enough of it.


  1. “Is Vasodilation Good?”. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/vasodilation.
Dainis Graveris

Dainis Graveris

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