The Abena Abri-Form X-Plus stands as one of the best premium brief-style disposable diapers available today. Its sky-high capacity, effective standing leak guards and comfortable fit are some of the features that make it a perennial favorite among users, although it's a little bulky under clothes for discreet daytime use. The brief has four refastenable tapes, a wetness indicator and an elasticized waist. If you're looking for an adult brief with superior odor control, try our best reviewed pick, Molicare Super Plus Adult Diapers (Est. $65 for 90 briefs) .
Absorbency you can count on all through the night. In XPMedical.com's capacity test, the Abena Abri-Form X-Plus diaper took in an impressive total of 75 ounces -- second best of all the diapers tested. "Soaking up over 1/2 gallon of liquid, it actually emptied our test container, yet under the weight of 150 lbs. just 1 ounce of liquid was forced back out," the authors said. Users at Amazon.com and Drugstore.com said the Abri-Form X-Plus leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to absorbency, and that a single brief can last all through the day or night without leaking.
Some struggle with the tape tabs. Despite their amazing absorbency, Abri-Form X-Plus briefs could be a little more user-friendly. Several contributors to Amazon.com and Drugstore.com say they had issues with the refastenable tape tabs, and dozens of owner reviewers criticize the diaper's bulky appearance under clothing. By all accounts, however, this product has a snug, comfortable fit. A reviewer at the Incontinence Resource Center claims the briefs "are indeed very comfortable without too much bulk in bad places."
Odor control system holds its own. The product's super-absorbent core is designed to keep liquids inside the pad while inhibiting the spread of unwanted odors. The reviewer at the Incontinence Resource Center calls this feature "decent," saying, "better than cheap products but not quite as good as Molicare Super Plus and the Dry24/7 diaper mentioned in other reviews." The author also points out that concentrated urine leads to an ammonia smell, but if you stay hydrated the issue won't arise until after about six or seven hours.
1. XP Medical.com
XP Medical, one of the Internet's premier adult-diaper retailers, tests its products in a lab for absorbency, wicking, acquisition rate, press-out and other capabilities. The company calls Abena Abri-Form X-Plus "one of the best adult diapers on the market" and "our most popular product for several years now."
Review: Adult Diaper Review and Testing, Gary Evans, Not dated
2. Magic Medical
This incontinence-product retailer ranks its diapers, pads and briefs on an extensive comparison chart, although there is no indication that the company has conducted any formal testing. It places Abena Abri-Form products in its "Heaviest" absorbency category, but the official recommendations in the briefs category go to Molicare Super Plus and Comfortaire PM Extended diapers.
Review: Which Adult Diaper Is for You?, Editors of MagicMedical.com, Not dated
This adult-diaper seller gives Abena Abri-Form X-Plus diapers a "Best" rating on its comparison chart of 10 plastic outer layer briefs. The company rates its products based on absorbency, cost and wearability, but it doesn't appear to have put them through any sort of testing.
Review: Tips & Advice: Plastic Outer Layer Briefs Comparison Chart, Editors of NationalIncontinence.com, Not dated
In this comprehensive, analytic review, the Incontinence Resource Center grades the Abri-Form X-Plus on about a dozen features, such as fit, absorbency, rewet absorbency and ease of removal. The author's methodology appears to be based on personal experiences with the diaper rather than formal testing. The product receives high marks in almost every category.
Review: Abena X- Plus Briefs at a Glance, Editors of IncontinenceSupport.info, Not dated
While NorthShore Care Supply does not provide in-depth reviews on the products it sells, it does recommend the Abri-Form X-Plus as the most absorbent overnight fitted brief. The retailer says the diapers "absorb even more than Tranquility & are a top-seller in Europe."
Review: Overnight Fitted Briefs, Editors of NorthShoreCare.com, Not dated
Abena Abri-Form briefs receive generally favorable reviews, earning a total score of 4.2 out of 5 stars based on nearly two dozen user submissions. Most respondents praise the diaper's absorbency and ease of use, although a few complain about issues with refastening the tape.
Review: Abena Abri-Form Briefs, X-Plus, Large, Pack/12 [Health and Beauty], Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
The brief received a 4.5 out of 5 rating based on more than 40 reviews, and 93 percent of respondents said they would recommend the product to a friend. While most of the contributors point out that the product is a little bulky for daytime use, they praise it for excellent absorbency and leakage protection.
Review: Abena Abri-Form X-Plus Fitted Briefs, Large, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of July 2013