Parents say Thirsties Duo diapers have a lot going for them. The easy-to-insert liners do a good job of absorbing messes, and the double gussets help prevent leaks. The diapers are easy to adjust for a closer fit despite coming in only two sizes, reviewers say. The wide range of colors and patterns also has a lot of fans. However, some parents warn that the diapers can wear out somewhat quickly, particularly if you opt for Aplix closures instead of snaps.
Absorbent and adjustable. Thirsties Duo diapers generally get solid marks for absorbency, and parents like the ability to choose between a microfiber and hemp insert. According to reviews, the diapers' double gussets do a good job of containing solid messes. The Duo, which comes in two sizes with either snap or aplix closures, also gets high marks for adjustability. Some reviewers say the Duo is a happy medium between convenient one-size diapers and multiple-size diapers that offer a closer fit. The diaper has two openings for inserts, and parents like that the inserts don't need to be removed before washing -- they agitate out on their own in the machine. On the downside, some say the Aplix closures easily collect lint and tend to wear out fairly quickly. The inserts also may shift more in the Duo than in diapers with just one opening, leaving some babies vulnerable to leaks. The diaper has a fairly slim profile, reviewers say.
Lots of colors and designs. Thirsties Duo covers are made of moisture-resistant polyester urethane and polyester microfleece. Parents can choose from two inserts: one is polyester-microfiber terry, and the other is hemp and cotton. The latter is more absorbent, but reviewers warn that it takes a long time to dry. The diapers are also free of VOCs, PVC, phthalates, lead and latex. Thirsties offers a wide range of colors and patterns, which parents love. All diaper components can be machine washed and dried, though line drying may extend the life of the diapers.
Review Credibility: Excellent Porter reviews Thirsties Duo diapers based on more than 50 parent surveys and compares the Duo to other pocket diapers. Ultimately, the Duo is deemed best for chunky babies and earns the respect of cloth-diapering skeptics. The leg gussets and insert design also earn praise, but reviewers dislike the Aplix closures. Reviewers say the Duo is easy to wash and stuff.
Review: Thirsties Duo Diaper -- Statistical Review, Tara Porter, Oct. 10, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good TreeHugger.com's brief roundup of eco-friendly diapers includes both disposables and cloth diapers. Copeland likes Thirsties' adjustable sizing and choice of inserts. She also says they "come in seriously cute styles." The short review does not compare the diaper to others or note cons.
Review: 10 Best Green Baby Diapers on the Market, Blythe Copeland, Jan. 23, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good This cloth-diaper roundup covers several popular brands and includes a discussion about the benefits and types of cloth diapers. An informative review praises the Thirsties Duo for its adjustability and absorbent, easy-to-clean inserts. The review does not note any cons.
Review: Best Cloth Diapers, Melanie Monroe Rosen, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Blogger Kimball reviews 25 different diapers from 21 brands, scoring them on a 30-point scale. As she notes, her experiences are limited to her own household and baby. She likes the Thirsties Duo double gussets, which hold in bowel movements well. However, the diaper does leak sometimes with just urine, she says. She likes having two openings for inserts, which makes the diaper faster to stuff and eliminates the need for unstuffing before washing. However, that also means liners may shift and allow leaks. The diaper started to look worn quickly, she says, giving it 20 points.
Review: Cloth Diaper Reviews: What's the Best Cloth Diaper for You?, Katie Kimball, April 24, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Based on reader recommendations, Corley nominates five cloth diapers for About.com's Readers' Choice Awards. She quotes a reader calling the Thirsties Duo the "cutest diapers ever" and says they are a good happy medium between a sized and a one-size diaper. The snaps and Aplix tabs allow for a custom fit, and she likes the two openings for the inserts.
Review: 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards -- Best Cloth Diaper Finalists, Heather Corley, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Thirsties Duo diapers earn 4 out of 5 stars in nearly 50 reviews on Amazon. Reviews are skewed lower due to some complaints about Amazon's shipping. Owners like having two options for inserts and say the adjustability, comfort and ease of use are ideal. They also like the cute colors and double gussets, which contain runnier messes. Some owners complain of leaks and say the Aplix closures show wear easily. Others say the hemp inserts take a long time to dry, and some find the sizing a bit off.
Review: Thirsties Duo Diaper, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Thirsties Duo is among Bestcovery.com's top four picks for best pocket diaper. Puryear likes the diaper's adjustability and leg gussets, and says the different layers do a good job of locking in moisture. However, she notes that the diaper is a little less affordable than one-size options.
Review: Thirsties Duo Diaper Review, Natasha Puryear, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good In a brief roundup of pocket diapers, White says Thirsties Duos are almost as convenient as a one-size diaper, with just two sizes and a customizable rise. The short review does not touch on other facets of the diaper or compare it to the other listed diapers.
Review: The Best Pocket Cloth Diapers, Jennifer White, Not dated