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Adult Diaper Reviews

By: Damon McClure on August 03, 2017

Editor's Note:
If you or a loved one are dealing with incontinence issues, there's no better adult diaper than Molicare. For those with milder symptoms, Abena makes the top pull-ons and pads. We also look at other options, from budget diapers to boosters that can help your regular product get you through the night.

Molicare Slip Maxi Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Latex-free -- Yes Elastic waistband -- No Waterproof backing -- Yes

Best adult diaper

Molicare Slip Maxi disposable underwear is an updated version of Molicare Super Plus, and feedback indicates that it's every bit as good, making it an excellent choice for those with daily incontinence. Its super-absorbent core makes it ideal for overnight use or heavy bladder and bowel leakage, and reviewers say the padded panels make for a comfortable fit. See our full review »

Buy for $71.98
Dry Care ConfiDry 24/7 Review
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Specs that Matter Latex-free -- Yes Elastic waistband -- Yes Waterproof backing -- Yes

Adult diapers for extended wear

If you need disposable underwear for heavy incontinence or for extended or overnight wear, the Dry Care ConfiDry 24/7 should receive serious consideration. These land at the top of the charts in testing for absorbency, and experts laud their comfort and performance. Fit is described as comfortable and accurate, and Dry Care ConfiDry are among the most absorbent products you can buy.

Buy for $39.99
Attends Briefs Waistband Style
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Latex-free -- Yes Elastic waistband -- Yes Waterproof backing -- Yes

Budget adult diapers

Attends Briefs Waistband Style adult diaper has an absorbent core that's effective for light to moderate incontinence, and the elasticized waistband allows for a customized, comfortable fit. It's discreet enough to wear under most clothing without detection, giving added piece of mind to the self-conscious. Though not rated as highly by some as premium adult diapers, Attends Briefs are also substantially less expensive than the top choices. See our full review »

Buy for $46.49
Abena Abri-Flex Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Latex-free --Yes Elastic waistband --Yes Waterproof backing -- No

Best adult pull-up disposable underwear

For those with mild to moderate incontinence, Abena Abri-Flex pull on disposable underwear provide both protection and dignity. Just like standard underwear, they can be pulled on and off -- or can be torn away quickly for easy clean up. Elastic in the waistband assures a good fit, while elastic in the crotch prevents leakage. See our full review »

Tranquility Premium Overnight Underwear Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Latex-free -- Yes Elastic waistband -- No Waterproof backing -- No

Best overnight pull-on underwear

Tranquility Premium Overnight Underwear garners high praise from users and expert reviewers alike for its good absorbency, comfortable fit and ease of use. Absorbency is excellent and the adult pull-ons are available in a wide range of sizes. Though their thickness makes them best for overnight uses, those with heavy incontinence could consider them as an alternative to a standard adult diaper. See our full review »

Buy for $61.00
Abena Abri-San Premium Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Latex-free -- No Elastic waistband -- No Waterproof backing -- Yes

Best disposable incontinence pads

Whether you need a little protection, or a lot, there's a size and absorbency of Abena Abri-San Premium incontinence pads to meet your needs. You can use it with close fitting standard underwear for maximum discreetness or with specialty underwear designed for this purpose. Capacity varies greatly by size, yet is good considering the relative slimness of each pad. See our full review »

Buy for $10.89
Tranquility TopLiner Contour Booster Pad Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Latex-free -- Yes Elastic waistband -- No Waterproof backing -- No

Best booster for added protection

Booster pads like the Tranquility TopLiner Contour aren't designed to be used alone, but rather to increase the capacity of a primary incontinence product, such as adult brief-style diapers and/or disposable pull-on underwear. The TopLiner is designed to fill to capacity before transferring the liquid to the primary protective garment. It fits well inside adult diapers and is easy to remove. See our full review »

Buy for $22.45

Types of Adult Diapers

Brief-Style Disposable Diapers

Disposable briefs are the most common solution to total bowel or bladder control loss. Of all the types of incontinence products out there, these protective adult briefs offer the most consistent leakage protection, the highest absorbency and the most security. They generally feature a cloth-like or plastic outer surface, a highly absorbent inner core, leg elastics, and either tape tabs or hook-and-loop fasteners.

Disposable Adult Pull Ups

This type of adult diaper works like regular undergarments and can be pulled on and off. They are meant to offer more dignity and freedom than brief-style diapers. However, they often don't have the capacity or protection to handle severe incontinence.

Disposable Incontinence Pads

Much like female menstrual pads, disposable incontinence pads are designed to be worn inside regular underwear. They are generally not absorbent enough to protect against major bowel incontinence, but they can provide adequate protection against light bowel leakage and urinary incontinence.

Absorbency Booster Pads

These are worn inside a primary diaper for supplementary protection. When they fill to capacity, wetness passes through them and into the host garment, extending the longevity of the main diaper. Many people with severe incontinence rely on booster pads for extra overnight protection.

Protection differs among various styles of adult diapers

Millions of adults struggle with chronic incontinence on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are a wealth of quality products on the market designed to meet their needs, though choosing the best one for your particular situation can be tricky at times.

When it comes to adult incontinence products, the general rule is that high absorbency comes at the cost of discreetness. For the most part, the higher a diaper's capacity, the bulkier it's going to look under clothing. It's almost always a trade-off, although some are slightly less conspicuous than others.

Finding The Best Adult Diapers
Our Sources
"Adult Diaper Reviews"
"An Introduction to Adult Diapers Their Selection and Wear"
"Disposable Adult Diapers Reviews"

The best website by far for testing and reviews of adult diapers is XPMedical.com, an online retailer specializing in incontinence products. Although only a handful of products are tested, its diaper reviews are detailed and specific, and information on each style includes wet and dry measurements, features, results of wetting and rewetting tests, cost per diaper and comments on overall quality and effectiveness. We also considered the reviews done at IncontinenceSupport.info. They are more anecdotal than scientific, and we'd be happier if we knew more about those who administer the site, but the reviews are based on hands-on testing and cover most aspects of what those who need adult diapers should know before making a selection. However, on the whole, there isn't a lot of informative testing out there on adult diapers, so we also placed a lot of emphasis on user reviews and ratings found at specialty sites that deal with incontinence products, as well as at general retail sites such as Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

To name the best-reviewed adult diapers, we considered performance (how well the diaper retains contents, how well it absorbs fluids and how well it protects against leaks), ease of use (comfort, fit, convenience of removal) and odor absorption (whether the product neutralizes odor and how long the protection lasts). Our top picks for disposable underwear, adult pull ups, incontinence pads and booster pads all receive favorable reviews from experts and strong feedback from owners.

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