Which Condom Holds The Most Air Before Exploding? (Video)

You might be be surprised how much air a condom can hold, or water (try 25 liters). But which holds the most before bursting to pieces? Our friend Theresa at Consumer Reports donned a lab coat and glasses to find out which brand of condoms came out on top in their durability tests.

If you this clip, you should also watch Theresa in this ShamWow test video.

For the full condom review and ratings, check out this article on ConsumerReportsHealth.org (subscription required).

Which condom, or contraceptive method, do you prefer?

How Consumer Reports Tests Condoms [Consumer Reports]


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  1. dohtem says:

    Ladies, don’t let this “test” fool you! These cursed things can still be too tight.


  2. Nick1693 says:

    I think the Consumerist writers should help with the jokes.

  3. Paladin_11 says:

    Oh Consumerist, do your innuendo-inducing comments have no limit?

    As for which condom came out on top, the answer is all of them. Since when have bottoms needed condoms?


  4. LetMeGetTheManager says:

    There is a joke about the person who has been ’employed’ to ‘inflate’ the balloons. Change the words in quotes, and you will get there…

  5. scorpionamongus says:

    I’m interested in the results, because I usually blast air like a gas station air hose after a good session with the girlfriend.

  6. subtlefrog says:

    Where I used to teach, we had freshmen college kids test condoms, too, to learn the scientific method. They’d smear some sort of lube (baby oil or KY or something good or bad) on one and nothing on a control and then come up with some test. You’d be *amazed* how much water the things will hold. And at the mess they make when they finally break.

    (Cue jokes…)

  7. remington870_20ga says:

    release it outside in a heavily populated public place and laugh

  8. Mischif says:

    Still not big enough for me.

    (Come on, nobody else went there?)

    • rocketbear79: threadkiller says:

      (Come on, nobody else went there?)

      I think you’ll find the average male consumerist reader to be more mature and beyond such boastfulness. A proper man uses innuendo and juxtaposition to show off his manliness, such as power tools, HEMI engines, and the color of our AMEX card (which is now angrily canceled, this is Consumerist after all).

  9. diasdiem says:

    What’s the point of that test? I’m not packing a bicycle pump down there.

  10. chocobo says:

    So… where are the results?

  11. Omali says:

    I don’t know what number four in the air test is, but I won’t be buying a brand that can’t offer that minimal protection.

  12. Willmeister says:

    Keeping them in your jeans will damage the condom entirely

  13. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    Why did the condom fly across the room?

    It got pissed off.

    Yes, funniest joke EVAH in about 6th grade.

  14. georgi55 says:

    ConsumerReportsHealth required additional $19 subscription evne though I’m alredy paying subscriber for ConsumerReports? What a BS. At lease give me access to like up to 5 articles or something.

    • dialing_wand says:


      Agreed. I was like, well I should go see just for the fun of it even though we’re actively trying to have something to put in a car seat.

      $19 more dollars? Should being a CR subscriber give us system-wide access?

      I am going to write to Consumerist about this. Oh wait…

  15. first man says:

    @jurisenpai: Despite my screen name, I’m a lady. And I like the feel of Trojans, but does anyone else think they smell REALLY funky? My faves are Lifestyles.

  16. orange20854 says:

    I’m all for linking Consumer Reports to this site, (especially since CR is the new owner), but if you’re going to publish a story about condom testing, its unfair to the reader to not publish the results!

    This is really just one huge advertisement for purchasing a subscription to Consumer Reports. Sort of like giving someone the first two hours of Titanic, and then charging them $14.95 to watch how it all ends. (Who wouldn’t throw down to see that?!)

    Throw us a bone, and tell us the rankings. Think of it as a “free trial” of CR.com.

  17. Chumas says:

    @mythago: I’ve been looking for data pertaining to polyisoprene, not polyurathane and cannot find relavant articles in the health area. My googlefu has failed for now. Hmm.

    I started using these under the guidance of a urologist due to a severe latex allergy. The charts he had were of comparable STD protection and breakage with latex.

  18. ExtraCelestial says:

    I’m a big fan of proper attire condoms. Partially because proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood but also because they come in different patterns and I’m a dork :oD.

    I think the bf prefers Crowns.

  19. pittpanther says:

    What does filling a condom with air (or water) have to do with “durability” testing?

    Shouldn’t they be rubbing the condom to see which one tears first?

  20. Brazell says:

    Well Theresa, if you ever want to put some of those lab studies to a real world test… let me know.


  21. henrygates says:

    @H3ion: Talking with a squeaky voice would be a new order of hilarity.

  22. TopcatF14B says:

    @H3ion: Big Pharma wouldn’t allow it…no need for Viagra to help you get it up.

  23. LetMeGetTheManager says:


    You’d get light-headed?

  24. CapitalC says:

    @H3ion: @gStein_has joined the star bandwagon: I believe burlap-sack trumps thick condoms. ;)

  25. dohtem says:

    @jurisenpai: I hate to be nosey, but “female-type person”?

  26. Chumas says:

    @jurisenpai: I prefer Lifestyle Skyns, they don’t have latex so no allergies! Plus they transmit heat and sensation really well.

  27. rocketbear79: threadkiller says:

    @jurisenpai: I second that recommendation, though sometimes they (the thins) can be harder to find if there isn’t a CVS around.

  28. BklynHotniss says:

    @jurisenpai: Thanks for the tip ladies. We use Magnum but never saw the “Thins”. Always looking to have more fun w/o the “it broke” fear factor, lol.

  29. merely_a_muse says:

    @jurisenpai: Trojan used to make these condoms called Elexa’s. They were part of some woman branding thing they did for a bit, but they were the most amazing condoms ever. Cut bigger than regular Trojans plus they didn’t smell or taste like latex. I was very sad when they stopped making them.

    We use Beyond Sevens, pretty comfy, plus smell & taste aren’t as bad as a lot of the Trojanss.

  30. uber_mensch says:


    ‘Beyond 7’ is the absolute best. Larger and thinner than the typical Trojan Max. Giggity, giggity.

  31. jurisenpai says:

    @dohtem: I could say lady, chick, chica, etc but I hate calling myself a woman – I feel too young for that word still.

    Hence: female-type person.

  32. Keavy_Rain says:

    @Trai_Dep: I just use a garbage bag.

  33. dohtem says:
  34. Nick1693 says:

    @Trai_Dep: True, but I mean in the video. I only noticed one joke.

  35. mazzic1083 says:

    @Trai_Dep: And we all know a girl can’t get pregnant on top anyways, it’s simple gravity dude

  36. mrscoach says:

    @Trai_Dep: I probably thoroughly embarrassed my children over condoms.Forget probably, I know I did. This was about three years ago, I guess, and I knew their classmates were having sex (number of pregnancies was a big clue) and I wanted them to know what condoms were and how to use them. Yes, I got out a banana and SHOWED my children how to put a condom on (one boy, one girl). Then I proceeded to place a box of condoms in their bathroom. I still do not check if they are using them, but have had them request twice for replacements. They are fairly honest with me and since I had said to give them to friends if they know they need them, I believe them when they tell me they were given away.
    For one thing, I was told by the one who HAS had sex, that they had. I also know at least one of the kids they gave condoms to, and I know he isn’t so innocent.
    Now, when my daughter told me what brand not to buy because of ‘such and such'(I don’t remember, I think failure rate) I about fell out of my chair. Yes, I gave them condoms, but she isn’t supposed to know about all the different brands and their positives and negatives!LOL

  37. brandymb says:

    @Trai_Dep: ROTFLMAO! Thats as funny as when some of the boys in elementary school used to pee on the radiators in the boys can in the middle of winter when they were hot. The bouquet was indescribable!

  38. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @mythago: condomania is selling a new latex condom with the allergenic proteins minimized.

  39. PrincessOfPower says:

    @Xerloq, we are all made of stars.: and how drunk were you that night?

  40. Englishee Teacher says:

    @BklynHotniss: Don’t use French condoms. They don’t stand up to North-American style “testing”.

  41. scorpionamongus says:

    @Con Seannery: If you want to insult me, that’s perfectly fine; But please put some effort into it. That was lame by even fifth grade standards. Hmmm… Or was this your class project for this semester?

  42. NancyCpants says:

    @Rachacha: It wasn’t ironic at all. Congratulations at completely missing the joke.

  43. Rachacha says:

    @NancyCpants: I would like to retract my statement…I first looked at the video with the sound off…DOH

  44. colorisnteverything says:

    @mrscoach: You are a pretty cool parent. My parents were very open. The rule was no sex while we lived in the house and both my sister and I have followed that one. However, my parents were very open about birth control, sex, and how we needed to use a condom. Everyone always says that my parents are great and taught me well. Of course, because of this sexual openness, I was able to get over all the worries and study porn in class at the school with the world’s largest collection of porn. My sister is a bit more shy, but she knows what is going on!

  45. The Porkchop Express says:

    @colorisnteverything: what school is that? is there an online course?

  46. morlo says:

    @colorisnteverything: “no sex while we lived in the house” is not very “open”

  47. colorisnteverything says:

    @The Porkchop Express:

    It’s Indiana University and there is no online gender studies course, sorry. LOL

  48. pz says:

    @TechnoDestructo: Zing!