The options for the best diapers on the market seem endless. Every company boasts that they have the most absorbent, softest, and overall best-value diapers out there, so deciphering the truth can be difficult.
In this piece, we took a look at five of the best diapers we could find. We considered quality, affordability, safety, and a few other characteristics when deciding our rankings. We also included a few buying tips you can use to save some money on diapers in the long-run.
Did we miss you baby’s favorite diaper brand? Let us know about it in the comments. We’re always aiming to improve our rankings, and love to hear feedback from our readers.
How We Developed Our Rankings
Accuracy is always important to us, especially when it comes to products for babies. Over time, diapers become a massive financial investment for parents, so we wanted to be sure that we were as close to 100% accurate as we could be.
We should also note that we never receive financial compensation for reviewing these products. There is no incentive for us to give one diaper brand a better review than another. Customer satisfaction is always our end goal and making sure babies have comfortable, soft; absorbent diapers was the aim of these rankings.
One of the most important aspects of a diaper is the quality and stability of the product. The best diapers make sure to allow babies and toddlers to move freely while preventing any leaks.
Of course, it’s almost impossible to find a diaper that can do it all. Light diapers are prone to leaks, and bulky, absorbent diapers can restrict movement throughout the day.
In our rankings, we did our best to find diapers with minimal leak risks and maximum mobility. Most products landed somewhere in the middle, but that’s often the best you can ask for. We included a little of both on our list – some diapers that focus on being leak-free and some that prioritized mobility.
A baby’s health is first and foremost when you’re talking about any product for them – especially diapers. If a diaper makes a baby uncomfortable or causes a rash, we took it off of our list of rankings.
Additionally, we gave preference to a couple of companies that use natural materials in their diapers. Some brands use chemicals and other harmful additives to get rid of smells, but it’s not worth the tradeoff.
We want your babies to be happy and healthy. Diaper brands are a commitment, and we only wanted to recommend products that will be safe for your children.
We don’t always consider the product price when developing our rankings, but diapers are a bit different. Parents will most likely be buying these products in large quantities and will spend hundreds of dollars on diapers throughout their child’s development.
For this reason, affordability is one of the largest concerns for parents. Sure, the top-of-the-line diaper might be the best quality, but it’s not always feasible for most parents.
Price isn’t the biggest factor we took into account when developing our rankings. You can tell by the price of the first product on our list. Still, we considered the price of the best diapers in our review, since this is a component a lot of parents care about.
User feedback is one of the best tools we have when reviewing any product. Those who have purchased these diapers for their babies often have the best insight to provide about how they perform throughout the day.
We took care in testing these products ourselves, but there is always a blind spot or two. This is where user reviews come into play.
Of course, we did our best to wade through the extremes of user reviews. Most consumers only leave a review when they’re extremely happy or extremely displeased with a product. The truth is somewhere in the middle, and we tried to compile a list of user reviews to find the best information.
Top 5 Best Diapers
In this section, we’ll take a look at the five best diapers we’ve seen. There are a lot of diaper options out there, but these stood out for their quality, construction, and value.
1. Bambo Nature Eco-Friendly Baby Diapers
Bambo Nature diapers are some of the best all-around disposable diapers on the market. Made from sustainable resources, you can be sure that there are no harmful or otherwise unpleasant chemicals associated with these diapers.
If you are concerned with the environmental impact of disposable diapers, you can take comfort in the knowledge that you and your baby’s footprints are minimal.
- Our classic, eco-friendly diaper design minimizes the risks of allergy and diaper rash
- Ultra-absorbent and perfect for both daytime and overnight use
- Plush, super-soft nonwoven backsheet protects baby's delicate skin
Bambo Nature has one of the softest diapers available. As soon as you touch the diaper, the difference becomes clear. There isn’t much of a risk of your baby developing a rash with these diapers. They are also extremely absorbent, limiting the risk of overflow.
The enhanced absorbance doesn’t add too much to the weight of Bambo Nature diapers either. These diapers are light and flexible, allowing for natural and comfortable movement. The Velcro tabs are also a nice perk, making wrapping up a full diaper hassle-free.
The only substantial negative about this brand is the price point. Natural products are almost always more expensive, and diapers are no exception. Although this brand may cost a little bit more than some others, the quality seems worth it if you can afford them.
Another drawback to this brand is that the odor protection is not as great as with some other brands. A soiled diaper may smell a bit sooner than with competitors. We’ve also seen reports that this brand runs a bit big. You should probably buy a lower size, or at least try them out before buying in bulk.
2. Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers
Huggies is one of the leading brands of diapers, with some of the best name recognition in the space. They’ve earned their reputation, and the Huggies Little Snugglers is one of their best diapers we’ve seen.
One of the elements that make these Huggies diapers unique is their elastic waistband. The band is comfortable but firm and prevents the “blowout” effect that other diapers can experience. There’s much less of a risk of the mess creeping up the baby’s back with these diapers.
- One pack of HUGGIES Little Snugglers Baby Diapers, Size 4 (22-37 lb.), 144 diapers total
- Huggies Little Snugglers diapers are designed for gentle skin protection to help keep baby's skin clean and healthy
- DryTouch liner absorbs moisture on contact to help keep baby dry, and pocketed-back waistband helps stop back leaks
Huggies are also ultra-absorbent, which gives you more time to change your baby’s diaper before they start to leak. They run a bit big, however, so we recommend trying out a 4-pack to get a sense of the size before buying in bulk.
3. Earth’s Best TenderCare Chlorine-Free Diapers
Earth’s Best got its name for developing organic baby food but didn’t stop there. Their diapers are among the top environmentally friendly choices on the market.
One major selling point is that they do not contain chlorine, which makes them better for both the environment and the baby wearing them. Earth’s Best also makes their diapers from all-natural, biodegradable material.
The diapers are quite absorbent, so leaks will be rare with this brand. The softness of the diaper prevents rashes and irritation, making a baby more comfortable and less fussy while wearing them.
- Four packs of 44 Earth's Best Chlorine-Free Disposable Size 1 Diapers
- For babies up to 8-14 pounds
- Chlorine-free, latex-free, dye-free and fragrance-free
Odor protection offered by this brand can also be compared to some of the best on the market. As you can tell by the reports of increased odor with Bambo Nature diapers above, this is not always the case with all-natural diapers.
The price is significantly less than similar all-natural brands as well, making this natural alternative a more realistic everyday option. Earth’s Best is a solid choice if you are concerned about the environment but still want a quality diaper for an affordable price.
Although still a great diaper, Earth’s best tends to be a little bulkier than brands such as Bambo Nature. This bulkiness seems to restrict movement a bit for toddlers.
While still soft enough to prevent rashes, Earth’s Best diapers are not the softest you’ll find. These diapers might not be the most comfortable natural diaper on the market, but they are certainly worth a mention when you consider affordability.
4. Pampers Baby-Dry Extra Protection
Pampers is another household name when it comes to diapers. Most parents turn to the Pampers Baby-Dry Extra Protection for overnight protection, since you can count on them to be absorbent and comfortable for the whole night.
Rashes are of no concern, as the soft lining is gentle on the skin. The double-wrapped packaging keeps them fresh for prolonged storage as well, meaning buying in bulk isn’t an issue.
- Up to 12 hours of overnight dryness
- Locks away wetness into 3 Extra Absorb Channels
- 3 layers of absorbency pull liquid away and keep your baby dry
Although slightly higher in price than other popular brands of diapers, Pampers Extra Protection makes up for it with reliability. These diapers deliver on their promise of all night protection.
As we alluded to above, the Pampers Extra Protection diapers are primarily designed for nighttime use. Daytime use is often without incident, but there have been times when leakage is an issue.
Babies do a lot more wiggling and moving during the day, and these diapers hold up better when the baby is still.
5. Luvs with Ultra Leakguards
Luvs is another popular brand of diaper, being among the top three most advertised. The Luvs with Ultra Leakguards has one of the lowest price points on the market, and are comparable to other popular brands such as Huggies and Pampers.
As a scented option, it is easy to disguise a messy diaper. The real selling point on this brand is the price. They are less costly than Huggies and Pampers but offer similar support, and tend to be leak and rash free.
The negatives of this brand are the fit and the thickness. They are thinner than most leading brands. Luvs diapers tend to make it easy for babies to move around, but are also more prone to leaks and spillage.
Although the Ultra Leakguard line advertises nighttime use, they don’t always live up to the promise. We’ve seen reports of customers waking to a mess in the morning. Again, these are a cheaper option, but for a nightly diaper, they tend to fall short.
Now that we’ve given you our recommendations for the best diapers out there, you know where to get started on your diaper search. In this section, we’ll take a look at a couple of tips you can use when you’re buying your diapers.
Here, we’ll give you some advice on sizing, along with whether or not disposable diapers are the best option. With this information, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision when it comes time to buy diapers for your baby.
Size Before You Buy
Different brands of diapers tend to run bigger or smaller than other brands, which can make bulk-buying difficult.
Buying a large pack of diapers that run large isn’t a huge deal. You can always use them later as your baby grows. Buying diapers that are too small, though, will be an issue. You’ll have to donate them or give them to a friend since they’ll be of no use to you.
For that reason, we recommend buying smaller packages of diapers at first. That way, you can see how they fit before jumping into a brand feet-first.
On top of sizing, testing the quality of diapers in smaller quantities is important. Diapers are expensive, and if your son or daughter starts to fuss in them, it will be more money down the drain.
Cloth Vs. Disposable
As you can see, we included a list of the best disposable diapers we’ve seen. While this is how a lot of parents choose to deal with their children’s’ waste, it’s not the only option.
Cloth diapers present a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to disposable diapers. They’re also much more of a hassle since you have to wash them after each use.
The choice is ultimately up to you and your lifestyle. Some parents decide to use a combination of the two diaper types since they can save some money once and a while, and make life easier the rest of the time.