Top Adult Diapers Reviewed
Best Overall Adult Diaper
- Highly absorbent
- Comfortable padded panels
- Hardly ever leaks
- A little bulky
- Plastic covering can irritate skin
- Larger sizes may run small
Extremely absorbent and infinitely wearable, the Molicare Super Plus Adult Diaper gets strong feedback from wearers and experts.
If you’re looking for quality coupled with peace of mind, this diaper can offer you excellent leakage protection, effective odor control and a comfortable fit.
Protects all through the night, and then some. In XPMedical.com’s comparative absorbency test, the Molicare Super Plus took in a total of 46 ounces of fluid — an admirable yield, in league with some of the other most absorbent brands of adult briefs.
But the Super Plus truly shines in the test’s “wicking distance” category. Outdoing the other contenders, it absorbed fluid over the space of 18 inches, allowing much of the padding to be used before needing to change.
Other experts fall in line, rating these adult diapers tops in absorption and freedom from leakage. John Davis at IncontinentSupport.org notes that because of its high absorbency, the Molicare Super Plus is a particularly good choice for overnight use.
Ease of Use
A secure, snug fit. The general consensus seems to be that the Molicare Super Plus briefs are comfortable to wear, although a review by the IncontinenceSupport.info warns that the brand’s sizing at the larger end of the spectrum is somewhat skewed. (They advise taking four to five inches off the size specifications for the larger sizes.).
High-tech materials keep odors at bay. The Super Plus’ three-part absorbent core is designed to neutralize odor, and most wearers seemed satisfied with this feature, as it went mostly unmentioned in user reviews.
IncontinenceSupport.info says that while the Molicare Super Plus is a relatively pricey product, it’s worth its cost for the “peace of mind it gives me in leakage and odor control protection.”
Best Adult Diapers for Extended Wear
If you need an adult diaper for heavy incontinence or for extended wear — up to 10 hours or more — 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.
If there’s a downside, it’s that these are relatively bulky, and that the plastic shell is a little noisier than most, so the self-conscious might be hesitant to wear them for all occasions.
Best Discreet Budget Adult Diaper
- Discreet under clothing
- Good absorbency
- Comfortable fit
- Budget priced
- Tend to bunch up with activity
- Plastic sometimes crinkles
Attends Briefs Waistband Style draw kudos for their snug fit and discreet appearance under clothing.
While the Attends don’t measure up to briefs like the Molicare Super Plus (Est. $25 for a pack of 14) when it comes to absorbency and capacity, they still perform admirably for light to moderate incontinence or single wettings.
Their elasticized waistbands, soft leg gathers to prevent leakage, and contoured shape make them quite comfortable for extended use.
Attends are also priced less than most premium adult diapers.
Good protection for more moderate needs. 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 for those with light to moderate issues, but pales compared to what top rated diapers can accommodate.
But what the diaper lacks in capacity it makes up for in discreetness and comfort, experts say.
Its plastic outer covering is designed to prevent leakage, another plus. User reviews aren’t uniformly positive, but enough give it a thumbs up to qualify Attends Waistband Briefs as a dependable, discreet solution for many situations.
Ease of Use
All in all, a discreet, comfortable brief. Attends Briefs generally 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 generally say that the diapers stay in place well.
I did see a few comments, however, regarding the plastic outer covering crinkling, though most say it’s quiet enough.
Some users also noted that the diapers have a tendency to bunch up around the crotch after physical activity.
Odor neutralizers are up to snuff. Attends Briefs Waistband Style features super absorbent beads meant to quickly lock in fluids and prevent odor, according to Walgreens.com. User reviews there and elsewhere back that up, noting no issues with odors escaping.
Best Pull-On Disposable Underwear
- Cloth-like outer covering is breathable, soft
- Good absorbency
- Easy to remove and discard
- Not effective for severe incontinence
Abena Abri-Flex Premium Air Plus pull-on disposable underwear is designed to mimic normal underwear, offering more dignity and freedom than adult diapers. Experts and users praise the fit and comfort level.
Though not rated to be as absorbent as the best standard adult diapers, users are nonetheless pleased how well these deal with daily or even overnight incontinence issues, yet are snug enough to fit under clothing without embarrassment.
High absorbency, low leakage. Abena Abri-Flex Premium Air Plus is available in a variety of sizes and absorption levels, maxing out at 74 ounces for the highest level 3, or Extra (depending on the packaging) variety, says retailer NationalIncontinence.com. That’s as much or more than all but the most absorbent adult diapers, making Abena Abri-Flex a good alternative for everyday use by those with mild to moderate incontinence.
Users seem very pleased — ratings for the various sizes and absorbency ratings are high, with much praise around them being discreet to wear while providing excellent absorption and leakage protection.
Ease of Use
Comfortable to wear; quick to remove. Abena Abri-Flex pull-ups can be put on or taken off like standard underwear, and the elasticized waistband and crotch area make for a snug but comfortable fit. In addition, just like Tranquility Premium Overnight Underwear (Est. $55 for a pack of 64), Abena Abri-Flex has tear-away side-seams for easy removal and disposal.
Core material reduces the risk of unwanted smells. Abena Abri-Flex Premium Air Plus has an advanced super-absorbent core designed to securely trap fluids, preventing the release of odors. Reviews are relatively silent on how well it works, though I spotted no complaints of odor issues.
Best Overnight Pull-On Underwear
- Holds over a quart of liquid
- Soft, breathable fabric
- Tear-away side seams for easy removal
- Comes in many sizes, including XS
- Relatively thick
- Sizing sometimes inaccurate
If you’re looking for a highly absorbent nighttime or extended wear diaper with the ease and simplicity of a pull-on, Tranquility Premium Overnight Underwear should be at the top of your list.
With its effective “Peach Mat” construction to contain odors and disperse urine, this product will provide you with reliable protection all through the night, and its tear-away sides will ensure quick, easy removal in the morning.
An undergarment that doesn’t underwhelm. With an absorbency level of 34 ounces in its larger sizes, the Tranquility Premium Overnight disposable underwear is a high-capacity diaper ideal for nighttime or extended use.
John Davis at IncontenentSupport.org generally recommends against pull up underwear, especially by those with fecal incontinence, but makes an exception for Tranquility, adding that they are “the best pullup I have found so far.” Davis notes that the standing leak guards and leg gathers are effective in controlling leakage — a major issue for those who toss and turn at night.
Ease of Use
The simplicity of a pull-on with the absorbency of a high-capacity brief. Tranquility Premium Overnight disposable underwear is designed with tear-away side seams to allow for easy removal, and it also features a cloth-like outer backing that ensures discretion and quiet movement. The fabric is soft and breathable.
Users generally praise the comfortable fit of the underwear for overnight or extended day usage, though some add that the sizing can be off; some trial and error might be needed to find the right fit.
Impressive inner core stops odors in their tracks. Tranquility Premium Overnight appears to control odors remarkably well.
The product contains Tranquility’s “Peach Mat” construction, a patented, super-absorbent composition designed to disperse urine, keep the skin dry and repress odors.
This inner material neutralizes urine pH, preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi in order to protect the skin and eliminate bad smells. Users who comment on that feature give it a thumbs-up for effectiveness.
Best Disposable Incontinence Pads
- Can be worn with regular underwear
- Good for mild incontinence
- Discreet under clothing
- Not as leak-proof as adult diapers
If your incontinence is mild to moderate and you don’t want to wear a brief-style diaper or disposable underwear, reviewers say Abena Abri-San pads are one of the most absorbent pads on the market.
While the Abena Abri-San is constructed with a leak guard and a waterproof plastic backing, the product is not nearly as leak-proof as a brief-style adult diaper fastened with tape. Pads, however, are less bulky while still offering reasonable protection.
A great solution for occasional or mild-to-moderate incontinence. According to adult diaper retailer NationalIncontinence.com, the largest version of the Abena Abri-San Premium, the Abri-San X-Plus, absorbs a total of 114 ounces — a shockingly high capacity for a disposable pad.
However, the pads may be better suited to people with mild to moderate incontinence than those with severe incontinence because they can be prone to leaks, users say.
Ease of Use
Lightweight, comfortable, and easy to remove. Abena Abri-San Premium pads aren’t as bulky as traditional disposable diapers, so they can be worn discreetly inside regular underwear or optionally under specially designed washable mesh pants.
The largest sizes provide nearly the same absorbency levels as the best full adult diapers without the hassle of tape tabs.
Abena Abri-San’s design also allows for easy removal, as users can simply tear them out of the host underwear and replace them without getting undressed.
Double absorption core designed to neutralize smells. Abena Abri-San Premium pads contain a two-layer, super-absorbent core designed to protect the skin and prevent the development of unpleasant odors. However, we did not find enough feedback to rate how effective the pads are in controlling smells.
Best Booster for Added Protection
If you’re in need of an extra dose of protection, the Tranquility TopLiner Booster Pad can extend the capacity of your primary diaper, helping you get through the day without needing a change. The pad’s design allows it to fill first, and only transfer liquid to a host diaper once its capacity is exhausted.
- Great for extra protection
- Soft material
- Material is a little thin
Booster pads like the Tranquility TopLiner 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 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.
Extends the capacity of any diaper. While the Tranquility TopLiner Booster Pad is strictly a supplementary means of protection against incontinence, it’s effective in increasing the capacity of a primary diaper so that even those with the heaviest incontinence can get through the night or day without needing a change.
Reviews say that the regular size TopLiner absorbs a total of 10.9 ounces before liquids begin being transferred to the primary diaper. Users are generally pleased with the additional absorbency these incontinence booster pads provide.
Ease of Use
Extra absorbency in a hassle-free package. Users describe the TopLiner as easy to put on and dispose of, although a small minority criticize the pad’s fit inside briefs. IncontinentSupport.org gives the Tranquility Topliner a recommendation, saying the pad fits better within the primary diaper than other booster pads and provide as much boost as double diapering, but with less hassle.
Little feedback, but a little boost couldn’t hurt. The Tranquility Topliner Booster Pad is designed to boost the absorbency of a primary disposable brief or undergarment, thus preventing skin irritation and controlling odor.
The pad does not appear to contain any components meant specifically for odor neutralization, but its essential function should, in theory, inhibit the diffusion of unwanted smells. However, no reviews mention anything about the Tranquility Topliner’s ability to absorb odors.
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