The 6 Best Bondage Ropes to Get Tied Up in Knots

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by Rain Egan
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Want to delve into the world of bondage rope, or just passing through and curious as to how it works? We’ve got what you need! Our testers have rounded up the 6 best bondage ropes out there, along with some helpful information for those who are just starting their bondage journey; for those that are bondage pros, you’ll want to read on to find your new favorite restraint rope!

How We Tested the Best Bondage Ropes

Our team of testers and reviewers has made it their mission to provide quality, informative, and honest content that helps real people to find their perfect sex toy match (or matches!).

The reviews that we provide come from thorough, extensive, and detailed research and we pride ourselves on delivering this through working with the highest-rated and most trusted online sex retailers out there.

Our Bedbible rating is based on our sex toy expert’s extensive research and the user ratings come from collecting and averaging all of the customer reviews from the shop’s websites to make sure we bring you unbiased, reliable ratings that you can trust!

Each bondage rope in this review has been carefully judged on factors such as strength, durability, materials, and anatomy compatibility.

 

How to choose the best rope

  • Diameter: 6mm is the most common size due to its flexibility. It is great for many types of bondage play, but you probably want to go thicker for suspension play. 8mm is the most common for suspension, as it is stronger. 10mm (and above) is good for larger body types. This is a great size option for suspension and floor play, as it won’t dig in as much as thinner ropes.
  • Length: How much you need depends on what you plan to do with your rope. If you only want to use your rope to restrain your partner’s ankles or wrist or tie your partner to some furniture, 3 m might be enough. 4.5m lengths are great for extending other pieces of rope. If you want to use your rope for breast bondage or making a harness, you will need to look for at least 9 m.
  • Softness — Ropes made of hemp, bamboo, or nylon are softer on the skin, whereas, jute, polyester are rougher.
  • Ease of use — Cotton, polyester, and nylon can all be machine washed, but cotton can be tricky to untie. Natural materials such as hemp, jute and bamboo are a bit more difficult to care for, as washing can damage the rope’s integrity.
  • Strength — Weaker ropes such as jute and some cottons are better for light bondage but not suspension. Hemp and bamboo bondage ropes are medium strength, but bamboo is not suitable for suspension as it stretches. Polyester and nylon are stronger, however nylon can be slippery, meaning knots can tighten themselves more easily.

Materials:

  • Cotton — cheap, soft, not for suspension, difficult to untie, can tighten over time due to natural stretch of material
  • Hemp – expensive, great for suspension, durable, can develop rot
  • Jute – expensive, low elasticity, great for complex knots and wont tangle, not for suspension as light, needs to be treated and conditioned before use
  • Bamboo – silky and light, good for bedroom, not recommended for suspension and wont leave marks
  • Synthetic – nylon ( strong, soft, stretchy), polyester (not as soft, but feels more secure)

Synthetic vs natural materials

When it comes to choosing between natural and synthetic rope, it really boils down to the kind of bondage you plan to partake in; are you big into suspension or do you prefer light bondage in the bedroom?

For a natural rope that can handle suspension, hemp is a great option; for a synthetic rope that can handle suspension, try polyester.

For a natural rope that will please during light bedroom bondage, try cotton or jute; for a synthetic rope that delivers during light play, try nylon.

FAQ

How do I suggest bondage to my partner?
To engage in healthy bondage play, you and your partner should both agree on what you’re comfortable with before you begin. Have an open and honest dialogue with your partner about the roles you’re each drawn toward so that you both feel comfortable and confident experimenting.
How much should I spend on bondage rope?
Good quality bondage rope doesn't have to set you back a lot of money! Different materials and lengths will vary in price, but you can easily get good bondage rope for around $20.
Can I use regular rope as bondage rope?
Absolutely! There are some things you'll want to consider: length, material, thickness, to name a few - but you absolutely don't need to buy a certified 'bondage rope' in order to start playing.
How do I store bondage rope?
There are multiple knots you can tie in order to minimize the storage space needed for your rope. Depending on the material and longevity of your rope, it's best to do your research to find the best method of storage. You can use twine or tie wraps to fix the rope in place, too. If you are using natural ropes, make sure it has good aeration to prevent drying and molding, and oil it before storage.
Is bondage rope safe?
Everything comes with a risk. By using fit-for-purpose rope, communicating with your partner, and taking it as slow as you need to fully grasp the knots you are tying, you are minimizing that risk as much as possible.

What is Bondage Rope?

Bondage rope is a type of rope used to restrict movement, wrap, suspend, or restrain, as part of BDSM activities. Bondage can be a beautiful as well as sexy act, for example there are many bondage styles, the most 'mainstream' being the Japanese style of shibari, an intricate knot-tying art adapted for erotic restraint. It can be very tricky to perform and therefore should only be performed by those who understand bondage and the risks that come with it; if performed safely and securely, bondage can be an intensely freeing and pleasurable experience. Bondage rope can come in different materials, such as cotton, hemp, bamboo silk, jute, and nylon. Each material has a different expertise and you should ensure you research this before buying so that you can get the best possible experience from your rope!

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The 6 Best bondage ropes in Test

1 Test Winner

Doc Johnson Japanese-Style Bondage Rope 10 Meter

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With 10 meters (393 inches) of rope, Doc Johnson’s Japanese-Style Bondage Rope enables you to perfect elaborate knots and mind-blowing bondage positions. The super-soft cotton reduces chafing and is woven to lay flat against the skin for easy and comfortable restraint no matter how long the play session. The best part? It’s as strong as it is soft, and will last you multiple sessions without digging into the wrists and other joints.

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Prefer a light, soft texture
Want to use it for bedroom bondage
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Want to use it for suspension
Are tall and want a full-body harness
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Length393 inches
MaterialsCotton 
Pros
Soft
Easy to knot
Strong
Easy to clean
Cons
Frays easily
Bad for suspension
Limited colour choice
Conclusion

This is a great rope for both beginners and experienced rope users. It’s a great price for a decent quality, lays flat with ease, and is incredibly soft. Cotton ropes tend to be hit or miss when it comes to stretching, but this one is great for knot-tying and easy to undo. Note that the ends will fray as they aren’t sealed or protected –  and if you want something for suspension play, we would strongly recommend you stay away from cotton, as it’s designed more for binding and creating harnesses.

2 Cheapest

NS Novelties Logo Bondage Couture Rope

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What could be better than Bondage Couture? This 25 foot (300 inches) long rope is secure, soft, and super stylish. Tie your submissive up in blue, gold, or combine the two for stunning decorative bondage. The rope is fused at each end with nickel-free hardware to prevent fraying and increase durability, so you can engage in rough play with the confidence that your rope won’t give out on you!

NS Novelties Logo Bondage Couture Rope test
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Are a bondage beginner
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Length300 inches
MaterialsPolyester fiber 
Pros
Secure
Stylish
Budget-friendly
Easy to knot
Cons
Limited color options
Not suitable for suspension
Conclusion

Overall, the Bondage Couture Rope is great for bondage beginners, as it’s budget-friendly while still being strong and secure. Polyester is also a great synthetic material for beginners, as it’s easy to knot and undo and won’t slip out of your hands like other synthetic materials. It’s still silky, though, so if you prefer a non-shiny material, you might want to look at cotton or more natural fibers. It is also not recommended for suspension play due to the synthetic material.

3 Beginner

KinkLab Bondage Basics Restraint Kit

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This all-in-one kit from KinkLab is great for beginners to the bondage scene, or those who just want to add a little BDSM to their bedroom! Explore unlimited options with the range of Bondage Basics included, and discover a whole new world of kink! The kit includes 2 leather wrist cuffs, 2 leather ankle cuffs, 1 adjustable padded leather blindfold, and 25 foot (300 inches) of black nylon rope. Check out our round-up of other bondage kits on the link!

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LengthRope: 300 inches
DiameterCuffs: 5.5-7  inches
MaterialsNylon, leather 
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Stylish
All-in-one
Beginner-friendly
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Single colour choice
Very limited cuff movement
Real leather may be a turn-off
Expensive
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This inclusive bondage kit from KinkLab is a great beginner-friendly addition to your bondage collection! While the price point is higher than other on this list, it included a wider range of toys including real leather cuffs, which don’t typically come cheap. Once again, the synthetic rope is unsuitable for suspension – and it’s worth noting that the nylon material will be very sleek and shiny, which may impact the ability to knot easily.

4 Pre-Tied

Bondage Boutique Soft Bondage Rope Restraints

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Not a fan of knots? Try this pre-tied set from Lovehoney’s Bondage Boutique range. A sturdy O-ring at the end of each restraint can be attached to beds like straps, specialty bondage racks, collars and other restraints with a bondage clip. Use all 4 to fully restrain your sub, leaving you free to tease and punish them. Adjust the rope restraints with ease using the simple slip knot feature. This multi position rope restraint set allows for versatile restraint that’s comfortable enough to hold limbs for prolonged periods.

 

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Length53  inches
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MaterialsNylon 
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Comfortable
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This kit is perfect for those who prefer light bondage and aren’t interested in complex shibari knots. While it doesn’t give you the most versatility, the cuffs are very easily adjustable and can be tailored to suit your specific needs, depending on the type of restraint you want. The nylon material may be a bit shiny and slippery, but ultimately, since it won’t be used for knot work, that’s not as big of an issue as it would be in a standard rope.

5 Rainbow

Emojibator Unicorn Rainbow Bondage Rope

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Brighten up your bondage collection with the Unicorn Rainbow Bondage Rope from Emojibator! The bamboo rope is more environmentally friendly than cotton, and softer than hemp. The tight twist ensures safety if used for suspension, even with the natural stretch that makes it great for easy knots. Along with its soft touch, this rope is also safe for those with allergies to jute and hemp. The strands are dyed prior to spinning so that the color is beautifully variegated and coated with wax and treated for immediate use.

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Length314 inches
MaterialsBamboo silk 
Pros
Environmentally friendly
Suitable for suspension
Soft
Secure
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May be too bright
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This super fun rope from Emojibator is super soft, secure, and environmentally friendly. The texture and give make is suitable for beginners that are interested in more intricate knot work, and the price point is great for bamboo silk. Note on the suspension capability of this rope: as bamboo has a natural stretch, it is not generally recommended for suspension. The particular twist of this rope makes it suspension-safe, but it may not be preferred over hemp.

6 Long

Temptasia Bondage Rope 32 Feet By Blush Novelties

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Wrap your sub in soft to the touch, sensual Temptasia Bondage Rope. Cotton rope is traditionally associated with Japanese Shibari rope bondage and will hold your knots tightly and securely. Pair with Bondage Safety Scissors to ensure you are always ready to care for your bound partner. To clean, slip your rope in a lingerie bag to keep it from getting tangled, and machine wash with similar colors. Use cold water and air dry to avoid shrinking!

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Want something super lightweight
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Temptasia Bondage Rope 32 Feet By Blush Novelties features
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Length384 inches
MaterialsCotton 
Pros
Lightweight
Easy to care for
Good length
Smooth
Cons
Not suitable for suspension
Frays easily
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The Temptasia Bondage Rope is super long and super soft, at a very good price point for cotton rope. It also holds knots very well, given the natural stretch that cotton has and the naturally ribbed texture. Again, not suitable for suspension, but wonderful for complex and decorative rope tying! The length is also great for full body harnesses, as there’s plenty to work with.

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The Essential Companion to Bondage Rope

These safety scissors are NOT for kids.

Bondage Without the Knots

Not ready for the knot life? We’ve got you! Check out our round-up of bondage tape here, too!

How to Tie Bondage Rope

Put your bondage ropes to the test with these four exciting ways to tie!

Single Column Tie

Most ties start with a single column tie. A single column tie is a cuff that will not tighten when you pull on the tail, making it a safe and secure first step.

Square Knot

The square knot, or reef knot, is a primarily decorative knot when it comes to bondage. It’s ideal for tying two pieces of rope together to create one long rope, as the two twists create quite a bit of friction between each length when weight is applied.

Double Coin Knot

The double coin knot is a beautiful decorative knot that it presents potential loops on each corner where ropes can pass through, making it ideal as a central knot for an unlimited variety of rope harnesses. It’s also a flat knot that is comfortable to wear and lie upon!

Prusik Head Knot

The Prusik head, or Prusik shackle knot is, as you may have guessed, great for shackling, and forms the basis of many great handcuff knots. Master this one, and you’ll be able to restrain your sub comfortably and securely – as it tightens when struggled against but remains loose when relaxed.

Which Materials are Best for Bondage Rope?

When it comes to bondage rope, like so many sex toys, the best material depends on your planned use. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common bondage rope materials and their best uses!

Cotton

Let’s start simple. Cotton ropes are great if you’re on a budget, and they’re super customizable! It’s super soft and knots easily, but it may (k)not be the best for suspension. Cotton ropes can also be difficult to untie, and depending on the brand, they may tighten over time due to the natural stretch of the material.

Hemp

Hemp rope, on the other hand, is GREAT for suspending, as it’s super secure and durable. An 8 mm hemp rope size is ideal for critical support lines, but for other ropes, you can use the easier to maneuver 6 mm hemp rope. The downside to hemp rope is that pre-treated/conditioned rope can be quite expensive, and it’s not usable for bondage pre-treatment. It can also be difficult to clean, and develop rot/mildew if not dried correctly.

Jute

Enter jute. Jute is a hemp-like material that is springy and light compared to hemp. It has very low elasticity, so it’s great for complex knots as it won’t tangle! There’s also a lesser chance of rope burn compared to other materials, but it still leaves great rope marks. Once again, though, it must be treated and conditioned before use, and pre-treated jute can get quite expensive. As it’s lighter than hemp, it’s also not recommended for suspension.

Bamboo

Bamboo ropes are probably the lightest out there, so they’re great for bedroom bondage, and feel super silky on the skin. It won’t leave the best rope marks, if that’s your thing, and it’s also not recommended for suspension due to the stretch and density. That being said, the friction is great, and it feels incredibly luxurious.

Synthetic

While natural is great, you may want to consider going for a synthetic rope if you’re on a budget. Nylon rope is super soft, stretchy, and is incredibly strong. Polyester, on the other hand, feels more secure and stable compared to the slipperiness of nylon, so it’s better for beginners overall.

The History of Rope Bondage

Bondage is an beautiful, ancient art with fascinating roots; let’s take a look at how we got here!

Seiu Ito

The development of modern shibari or kinbaku is generally traced to the work of Seiu Ito, an artist who incorporated rope bondage into his erotic works early in the 20th century. We’re talking 1920s – check out his iconic work in the video!

Meanwhile, in the west

Around the same time, John Willie began to create erotic artwork involving rope bondage that would influence a generation of future rope artists. In the 1950s, Irving Klaw started doing the same, and one of his most popular models was the well-known Bettie Page. The “pin-up” genre of artwork expanded this archetype, and burlesque shows and detective magazines featuring captured and bound females continued to broaden the exposure and appeal of these kinds of images.

More and more popular

Here’s where it might become familiar to you. Bondage starts to bleed into visual culture more prominently in the 1960s/70s, with Eric Stanton’s iconic bondage comics, and the Japanese magazine ‘SM’ becoming more and more popular.

Blending together

Throughout this period in the West, there was undoubtedly some crossover and influence from Japanese bondage. However, despite these mutual influences, Japanese and Western rope bondage retained unique characteristics that still distinguish them as different styles of rope bondage art.

Practice Aftercare

Any act of BDSM could leave need for some aftercare when finished; you should practice aftercare to ensure your sub feels safe after BDSM scenes or acts. It can be important to recharge after certain acts which could be mentally, emotionally, or physically tiring.

Take care of sore spots

Take care of sore spots

Take care of sore spots

Treat any sore spots or injuries appropriately and with care.

Have a snack or a drink

Have a snack or a drink

Have a snack or a drink

After treating sore spots, it is important to have something to eat or drink to ensure your body can recharge. For those that do not want to eat, a hot drink can be a great and soothing option.

Cuddle!

Cuddle!

Cuddle!

Care can be established through a good cuddle, or through gentle closeness.

Communication

Communication

Communication

After play, it can be a good idea to communicate; it doesn’t have to be about the scene itself- it can be about anything that is in your mind.

Sleep, glorious sleep

Sleep, glorious sleep

Sleep, glorious sleep

Give your body what it will inevitably need- a good sleep! Sleep will help you to recharge after a bdsm act, and is an important part of aftercare.

How to Use Bondage Rope

We’ve compiled some top tips for the best way to start your bondage rope journey, and to ensure that you get the most out of your bondage rope.

How to Use Bondage Rope

Take it slow

Take it slow

You don’t want to rush into something like bondage play. Keep it slow and simple to begin with. Establish a strong line of communication with your partner, and don’t jump into difficult knots or positions on your very first go. You may even want to work up to rope play by using easy-to-remove Velcro restraints.

Scissors at the ready

How to Use Bondage Rope

Always have a pair of safety scissors on hand, like the ones recommended above. Scissors like these are essential back-ups in case something goes wrong during the session, or, perhaps more awkwardly, if you just have trouble untying them at the end of play. It happens to the best of us!

How to Use Bondage Rope
How to Use Bondage Rope

Try tying

Try tying

Practice tying the knots BEFORE you try them on a person. Practice once, and practice again, because errors during play range from killing the mood to causing harm to your partner. You could try tying around something like a bed post if you’re looking for a wrist-sized guide!

Have a safe word

How to Use Bondage Rope

Trust and mutual consent between partners is the foundation of bondage. However, it may be hard to distinguish between participating in the ‘scene’ and an honest request to slow down or stop the experience in the middle of a session. Ensure you establish a safe word with your partner that is distinct enough from your play to take them out of it. You could even try a random word generator!

How to Use Bondage Rope
How to Use Bondage Rope

Potential position

Potential position

In this one, the person being restrained sits up straight with their knees bent and feet on the floor. Their elbows and knees are tied together, as are their ankles and wrists. This allows for some amazing vulnerability – the dom can go down on their partner as they struggle against their bonds, or stand over them and receive from above!

How to Clean Bondage Rope

Cleaning bondage rope can be a little more complex than other toys, because the materials are so varied and different. Luckily for you, there are plenty of people on the internet that have trial-and-errored it, so you don't have to! The videos below are super informative and come from people that have put in the time. The main thing to consider is that natural ropes will get moldy if they're not dried correctly, so make sure you look at the guide provided with the rope to ensure it lasts as long as it should.

Porous
materials

Soft plastic, hard plastic, jelly, rubber, Cyberskin are all porous materials, meaning that small particles and bacteria can penetrate the surface. This makes it impossible to completely clean these types of materials.

Therefore, it is recommended that you use a condom with these types of toys, especially if you are sharing them. Clean these toys with mild soapy water and dry gently with a towel. These materials are more easily damaged, so be sure to be gentle and make sure your toys are completely dry before storing.

Non-propous
materials

Silicone, glass, stainless steel and some hard plastics can all be washed using a mild soap (like you would use on your body) and warm water. Just be careful if your toy contains electrical parts.

Silicone and stainless steel toys without any electrical parts can also be boiled for sterilisation.

The toys with electrical
components

If your toys contain electrical components, be extra careful when cleaning them and always check the instructions provided with the toy. You can use a gentle cloth and soap to wipe or sex toy cleaner or cleaning wipe to down your toy, making sure that no water comes into contact with the electrical parts.