We found the best reviews at XPMedical.com. It's a retailer website, but it did extensive laboratory testing and sells various brands, although not the least expensive kinds commonly found in supermarkets. We found detailed user reviews at Drugstore.com. The main criticism found in user reviews on that site is that the side tapes don't always stay fastened. We found good general information at the Incontinence Resource Center, although the ratings are of brands rather than specific models.
Reviewers say the Abena's Abri-Form X-Plus is the best premium brief-style adult diaper available for people with moderate to severe incontinence. Users say they are absorbent, with less leakage and good comfort. When fastened, the latex-free Abena Abri-Form X-Plus encircles the waist with an elastic waistband and closes on the sides with tape. One lab test showed that the Abena Abri-Form X-Plus absorbed more than a half-gallon of liquid, and user reviews also praise capacity. Lab tests don't measure comfort, but user reviews say the Abena Abri-Form X-Plus doesn't bunch like cheap adult diapers and are worth the price. The one drawback with most brief-style diapers is that they are bulky under clothing. If your incontinence is moderate, reviewers say the Attends Briefs Waistband Style (*est. $17 for a package of 22 medium) are less absorbent but more discreet.
1. XP Medical.com
XPMedical.com, a retailer website, tests the diapers it sells in a lab, although there's no indication that anyone wore these as part of the evaluation. The Abena Abri-Form X-Plus soaked up more than a half-gallon of liquid in tests.
Review: Adult Diaper Review and Testing, Gary Evans
About 25 owners give the Abena Abri-Form X-Plus very high average scores. Most say they are worth the expense, although one reviewer contends stronger tape was needed to keep them on.
Review: Abena Abri-Form X-Plus Fitted Briefs Medium, Contributors to Drugstore.com
IncontinenceSupport.org gives ratings in nine performance categories to a wide selection of adult diaper brands, but doesn't specify which model of each brand was tested or say how testing was conducted. Abena gets very good or good ratings in every category except an "average" for the plastic backing strength.
Review: Abena, Editors and users of IncontinenceSupport.org
4. Magic Medical
This retailer website ranks 21 tape-on briefs and 10 pull-ons, although there are no details on testing. Abri-Form X-Plus is one of two adult diapers given the highest absorbency ratings, although the recommendation goes to Molicare Super Plus.
Review: Which One Is Right for You?, Editors of Magic Medical