Abena Abri-Flex Air Plus Pull-Ons Review

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Bottom Line

Abena Abri-Flex Air Plus adult pull-ups are designed to mimic normal underwear, offering more dignity and freedom than adult diapers. Experts and users praise the fit and comfort level. Though not rated to be as absorbent as the best standard adult diapers, users are nonetheless pleased how well these deal with daily or even overnight incontinence issues, yet they are snug enough to fit under clothing without embarrassment.

ProsCloth-like outer covering is breathable, soft, Good absorbency, Easy to remove and discardConsNot effective for severe incontinence

Breaking it down

Performance

High absorbency, low leakage. These Abena Abri-Flex adult pull-ups are available in a variety of sizes and absorption levels, maxing out at 74 ounces for the highest level 3, or Extra (depending on the packaging), variety, says retailer NationalIncontinence.com. That's as much or more than all but the most absorbent adult diapers, making Abena Abri-Flex a good alternative for everyday use by those with mild to moderate incontinence. Users seem very pleased -- ratings for the various sizes and absorbency ratings are high, and they are often complimented for being discreet to wear while providing excellent absorption and leakage protection.

Ease of use

Comfortable to wear; quick to remove. Abena Abri-Flex Air Plus adult pull-ups can be put on or taken off like standard underwear, and the elasticized waistband and crotch area make for a snug but comfortable fit. In addition, like Tranquility Premium Overnight Underwear (Est. $50 for a pack of 72), Abena Abri-Flex has tear-away side-seams for easy removal and disposal.

Odor absorption

Core material reduces the risk of unwanted smells. Abena Abri-Flex Air Plus has an advanced super-absorbent core designed to securely trap fluids, preventing the release of odors. Reviews are relatively silent on how well it works, though we spotted no complaints of odor issues.

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Our Sources

1. XP Medical.com

Abena Abri-Flex Disposable Protective Underwear, Editors of XPMedical.com, Not Dated

XPMedical.com is a retailer website that tests its products in a laboratory for absorbency, wicking and other capabilities. It calls Abri-Flex protective underwear "perhaps the finest pullups available anywhere" and praises their comfortable fit, super-soft material and superior absorbency. The website also says the diapers are the most absorbent pull-ups tested to date. However, unlike what the site does in regards to standard adult diapers, their testing method isn't documented.

2. Amazon.com

Abena Abri-Flex Air Plus Pull-Ons, Extra, Medium M3, 14, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2016

We spotted roughly 200 reviews of Abena Abri-Flex Air Plus pull-on disposable underwear in various sizes and packaging options, including more than 100 for the medium size in a pack of 14. Regardless, ratings are uniformly high with little negative feedback. It earns a 4.4-star rating in this version, while other versions score similarly or even a touch higher.

3. Magic Medical

Which Adult Diaper Is for You?, Editors of MagicMedical.com, Not Dated

This adult diaper retailer offers a comparison chart of various types of adult diapers and pull-on underwear. Though it doesn't rate at the very top, Abri-Flex Premium Underwear is in the first tier of pull-on products with absorbency that's rated as "heavy." However, the company does not appear to have done any formal testing on the products.

4. NationalIncontinence.com

Tips & Advice: Breathable Underwear Comparison Chart, Editors of NationalIncontinence.com, Not Dated

This comparison chart gives the Abena Abri-Flex a "Best" rating and praises the product's stand-up leak guards, wetness indicator and tear-away seams. However, NationalIncontinence.com does not explain the methodology for the ratings. 

5. NorthShore Care Supply

Abena Abri-Flex Pull-Ons Level 3, Contributors to NorthShoreCare.com, As of May 2015

We found about 20 user reviews for the Abena Abri-Flex Pull-Ons Level 3 in various sizes at incontinence retailer NorthShoreCare.com's site. It earns an impressive 4.7-star rating, with only one user granting these pull-ons less than 4 stars. It earns a 5-star rating from 75 percent of those that post reviews.