Attends Briefs Waistband Style are beloved for their snug fit and discreet appearance under clothing. While they don't measure up to briefs like the Molicare Super Plus (Est. $65 for 90 briefs) when it comes to absorbency and capacity, they still perform admirably for moderate to heavy incontinence or single wettings, and their elasticized waistbands, soft leg gathers to prevent leakage, and contoured shape make them quite comfortable for extended use.
Protection you can count on. According to the adult-diaper retailer XPMedical.com, which tests its products in a lab, the Attends Brief Waistband Style has a total capacity of 18 ounces, which is a decent enough absorbency rating. But what the diaper lacks in capacity it makes up for in discreetness and comfort, the website says. Its plastic outer covering is designed to prevent leakage, and it appears to provide good protection for heavy -- although perhaps not severe -- incontinence. Most reviewers at Overstock.com, Walgreens.com and Drugstore.com said the product was an extremely dependable solution.
All in all, a discreet, comfortable brief. Attends Briefs receive excellent reviews for comfort and fit. XPMedical.com says the product has "a unique square leg cut that looks odd but is comfortable for most people." The soft, stretch waistband and six tape tabs allow for a customized fit, and users at Drugstore.com noted that the diapers stay in place well. While a few contributors at Walgreens.com said that they had problems with the plastic outer covering crinkling, the general consensus among users seems to be that the briefs are quiet and discreet. However, some reviewers at Drugstore.com and Walgreens.com said the diapers had a tendency to bunch up around the crotch after physical activity.
Odor neutralizers are up to snuff. Attends Briefs Waistband Style feature super absorbent beads meant to quickly lock in fluids and prevent odor, according to Walgreens.com. One user at Overstock.com pointed out that it was fairly easy to contain odors by fastening the tape tabs tightly. Another owner at Walgreens.com praised the briefs' odor control, although he said that recent changes to the product's material had compromised overall absorbency, and a second Walgreens.com contributor said the product "handles smells well."
1. XP Medical.com
This adult diaper retailer has conducted extensive laboratory testing on the products it sells. Of Attends Briefs Waistband Style, the company says, "Great padding coverage, double waistbands and six tapes make this a long-standing favorite where discreetness and comfort are priorities."
Review: Adult Diaper Review and Testing, Gary Evans, Not dated
2. Magic Medical
This incontinence-product provider supplies a comparative list of adult diapers for users. Attends Briefs Waistband Style fare moderately well, scoring in the "Very Heavy" absorbency category in the tape-on brief section. Magic Medical does not appear to have performed any formal testing on its products.
Review: Which Adult Diaper Is for You?, Editors of MagicMedical.com, Not dated
Adult incontinence product seller NationalIncontinence.com offers a number of comparison charts on different types of diapers. On the list of plastic outer layer briefs rated "Good," "Better" or "Best," Attends Briefs Waistband Style receives a "Better" rating, although National Incontinence does not provide any criteria for the ratings.
Review: Tips & Advice: Plastic Outer Layer Briefs Comparison Chart, Editors of NationalIncontinence.com, Not dated
The product received a 4.3 rating out of 5 based on about two dozen reviews, with 91 percent of respondents saying they would recommend the product to a friend. A few contributors said that the plastic backing has a tendency to crinkle, while others said the exact opposite, calling the product a very discreet diaper.
Review: Attends Waistband Style Briefs, Contributors to Walgreens.com, As of July 2013
Drugstore.com users are slightly more critical of Attends Briefs than other online reviewers. The briefs receive a 4 out of 5 star rating, based on five reviews, although all the respondents say they would recommend the product to a friend. One user points out that the briefs are a little noisy and that the tape is not refastenable.
Review: Attends Briefs Waistband Style, Large, 44in-58in, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of July 2013
The product received glowing reviews by about a dozen users, landing a 4.8 out of 5 rating. Ninety-one percent of contributors said they would recommend the briefs to a friend. Most of the users said the product offers great leak protection, and many called it their favorite adult diaper on the market.
Review: Attends Medium Brief with Waistband, Case of 88, Contributors to Overstock.com, As of July 2013