This article discusses the best adult diapers - the top eight disposables - diapers with tabs and pull ups based on the top consumer search article on the topic, website reviews, and our own personal interviews with customers. We try to be as neutral as possible. We've broken each product down into seven sections:
- What you should know (general information)
- Fit: This talks about how well the product conforms to a person's body.
- Available Sizes
- Odor Reduction
- Additional Products or Alternatives (what other products can or should go with this)
- Additional Information (what else we found in the interviews)
We start with the best products and go down to the least most important, but they are all fantastic. These are all for urinary incontinence, and three of them work for bowel incontinence. If you have fecal incontinence, #5, #6, and #7 are the best in the list. Remember, for bowel issues, it is best to use bowel incontinence products that are specifically designed for that purpose. To learn more about fecal incontinence, visit this site.
Background information you should know:
- A pullup is a diaper for adults that pulls on and off like regular underwear.
- A brief is a brief with tabs on the side like large baby disposable diapers.
- A booster pad is an additional pad put in an incontinence product that makes it much more absorbent.
- The average adult bladder holds sixteen fluid ounces when full.
- Most leakage happens in diapers for adults at the leg openings if it happens.
- Tear-away sides on a pull-up means that it can be ripped right off.
- It is recommend that you take your waist measurement at the belly button. Then check the sizing chart for the product to see what size to wear.
- All products in this article are unisex, used by both men and women.
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Here we go with the top 10 products:
Tranquility Premium Overnight Pull-Ons
What you should know - The top product in our adult diapers review was a pull up that holds a lot of urine that is made for overnight use but is also very useful during the day
Absorption - Tranquility tests their products using the C.U.P. method. The C.U.P. method is capacity under pressure, or how much liquid the product holds under pressure. How much liquid the product holds and the strength of the product is tested with applied pressure instead of just testing the diaper filled with liquid. The C.U.P. method is used to see what absorption is like if the person is sitting, standing, walking or lying down. It is a more complete test.
They're absorption technology is called the peach mat core and is the inner core of the product. It promotes skin health, odor reduction and urine pH neutralization. It quickly absorbs moisture and traps it away from the skin. By it quickly absorbing the urine, it helps with odor control. It locks in the urine so bacteria can't thrive. All of this makes for healthier skin conditions.
The capacity (absorption) varies with the size. The size X-Small and small holds up to twenty fluid ounces (that is 2.5 cups of fluid). Remember the average adult bladder holds sixteen fluid ounces. The size medium and up to 2XL will hold thirty-four fluid ounces (that is over four cups of fluid or over two full bladder losses).
Fit - This Tranquility product uses inner and outer leg cuffs. The most common place for leakage is at the leg openings. There's elastic around the waist, upper hip, and legs. This adult pull up features tear-away sides for ease in changing. The product quickly changes from a formed diaper to a flat one with a tug on the side, which means the person doesn't have to stand to change it.
If you do experience leakage in these pull ups, it can be for several different reasons. Fit is very important when it comes to incontinence products including this one. Make sure you are getting the correct size. If you have thin thighs (men are prone to this), you may not be getting a snug fit, and may want to try a brief with tabs like the Tranquility ATN (#3 best product - below).
Available Sizes - As said above, it is recommended that you take your waist measurement at the belly button. Then check the sizing chart for the product to determine what the correct size would be for you. The same size product in other brands using may not be the same as in Tranquility brand. The same goes for switching between any brands of incontinence products.
The Tranquility Premium Overnight comes in: X-Small (17-28 inch waist) all the way up to 2XL (62-80 inch waist). This product is available by the pack or case. It is recommended, if you are trying the product for the first time, to order the pack size first.
Odor Reduction - The peach mat core of this pull up is good at odor reduction because of how quickly it absorbs.
Additional Products or Alternatives - You also can add booster pads to add to the capacity of the product (see honorable mention below). Another product for daytime use with same features is the Tranquility Premium Day Time Disposable Absorbent Underwear. A brief with tabs with similar features is the Tranquility ATN (#3 best product below)
Additional Information - It is important with incontinence to get of a full, restful, sleep without leakage or problems. This Tranquility underwear is the best at this according to our interviews. While the price may be a little higher than your big box store brand, this is a case of you get what you pay for. You get the maximum leakage control, maximum capacity, healthy skin, odor reduction and comfort.
What you should know - Prevail Extra Protective Underwear is a pull up designed for moderate absorbency. This product is great for those who have skin problems such as rashes and irritation. It features Skin Smart fabric, which is made with Aloe, Vitamin E and Chamomile for the best skin health.
Absorption - It features a quick wicking core that helps prevent odors along with promoting skin health. It is for those who have moderate incontinence needs.
Fit -It pulls up and down like normal underwear. The gathers at the leg openings help prevent any leakage.
Available Sizes - They are available in a youth/small size for waist sizes 20-34 inches all the way up to a 2X-Large will fit 68-80 inch waists. They are available in pack and cases.
Odor Reduction - It features a quick wicking core that helps prevent odors along with promoting skin health.
Additional Products or Alternatives - You also can add booster pads to add to the capacity of the product (see honorable mention below).
Additional Information - It is an excellent product for those who have sensitive skin. The Aloe, Vitamin E and Chamomile the fabric of the product is made from are the best for skin health.
Tranquility ATN (All Through the Night) disposable brief
What you should know - This is a brief with tabs (built like a large baby diaper with tabs on the side as opposed to a pull up like underwear) that secures well around the waist and leg openings. This is the alternative to the pullup style Tranquility Premium Overnight Disposable Underwear. For some people, the pullup style does not work for different reasons. This product gives you the same maximum capacity and the same high quality as product #1 above.
Absorption - Tranquility uses the same C.U.P. testing procedure on this product. The C.U.P. method is capacity under pressure, or amount of fluid held under pressure. The absorbency amount and strength of the diaper is tested with pressure applied, not just soaked to see how much it will hold. The C.U.P. method is used to look at wearing conditions of the user whether sitting, standing, walking or lying down.
The amount of fluid the adult diaper holds is different for each size from youth, which holds 18 fluid ounces (over 2 cups of fluid), to the X-Large, which holds 34 fluid ounces (over 4 cups of fluid). It features the Tranquility peach mat inner core for the maximum absorbency under pressure, maximum leakage control protection, healthy skin, odor reduction and comfort. This inner core quickly absorbs moisture and traps it away from the skin.
Fit - This is the alternative to the pullup style (#1). For some, the pullup style does not work for different reasons. The brief with tabs gives you more of an ability to adjust things. If you have smaller thighs and are experiencing leakage at the leg openings, the brief with tabs gives you the ability to get that snug fit needed for leakage control. Human bodies are not all the same.
With the tabs you can adjust the fit in both the waist and leg openings to almost eliminate leakage. You need a snug fit, not a tight fit. Remember that the fit of the product is the key to both comfort and leakage control. There is an inner cuff and an outer cuff to help prevent leakage in the ATN.
Available Sizes - The Tranquility ATN are available in a youth size with an 18-26 inch waist, all the way up to an X-Large with a 56-64 inch waist. Tranquility ATNs are available in both pack and case size. It is recommended that you take your waist measurement at the belly button. Then check the sizing chart for the product to determine the correct size. The same size in another product might not be the same size in the Tranquility brand, as happens between all brands of adult diapers.
It is also recommended, if you are trying the product for the first time, to order the pack size first. If you experience leakage, make sure you are ordering the correct size and getting a snug fit - especially around the leg openings.
Odor Reduction - The inner core quickly absorbs moisture and traps it away from the skin. By the inner core quickly absorbing the urine, it helps with odor control as it is quickly neutralized. And because the peach mat core locks away urine, it deprives the related bacteria a place to thrive. All of this makes for healthier skin conditions.
Additional Products or Alternatives - You also can add booster pads to add to the capacity of the product (see honorable mention below). Additionally, a good product for daytime use with same features is the Tranquility Slimline Disposable brief.
Additional Information - Tranquility's goal is to give you a good night's sleep without leakage or problems. Not getting a good night's sleep is bad for your body, brain and behavior.
What you should know - The Attends Underwear Super Plus Absorbency is for moderate to heavy needs. This is a very popular product for those that don't need a maximum capacity product and have a lot of mobility and freedom in their life. This is a pullup style product so it is much like your normal underwear. It features tear away sides for easy removal.
Absorption - The Attends Super Plus features a triple-tier moisture locking system of cellulose fibers, micro-porous layer and super absorbent polymer. This system improves on absorbency and odor control while promoting skin health.
Fit - This is a pull up style product so it is much like your normal underwear. It features tear away sides for easy removal. There are comfortable waistband elastics and leak-guard cuffs at the leg openings.
Available Sizes - The Youth/Small will fit waist sizes of 22-36 inches, and sizes are offered all the way up to X-Large will fit waist sizes 58 to 68 inches. Remember to base the size you need on your measurements from your waist at the belly button. Do not rely on the poundage shown on the chart. Your body weight distribution is a key factor. The best fit is accomplished by using the waist measurement.
Odor Reduction - The triple-tier moisture locking system improves on absorbency and odor control while promoting skin health. The breathable airflow materials also promote a drier, healthier skin.
Additional Products or Alternatives - You also can add booster pads to add to the capacity of the product (see honorable mention below).
What you should know - The Tranquility Elite is manufactured with the same high quality standards as our best seller Tranquility Premium Overnight Pull Ons. It has all the key features that the Tranquility brand is known for – kufguards, peach mat construction, leg gathers, hook tab closures and latex free. This product is new to the marketplace and is getting great reviews. It has a higher capacity of 44 fluid ounces. That is over 5 cups of fluid. It is a brief with tabs, which gives you the ability to adjust the product as needed, and the higher capacity means less changes during the day or night.
Absorption - Tranquility tests all of their products using the C (capacity) U (under) P (pressure) method. This actually tests the products holding capacity much like it is released from the body. This is done by testing the product under applied pressure instead of just soaking the diaper to see how much it will hold.
The product also has the peach mat core which wicks any fluid quickly away from the skin and retains its in the core. This promotes skin health, odor control and prevents bacterial growth.
Fit - The Tranquility Elite is available in three sizes. It features the dual cuff system, an inner and an outer cuff. This helps prevent any leakage from occurring as the leg openings which is the most common place for leakage. The tabs on this brief can be refastened as needed. The tabs give you more room to adjust for a proper fit. Remember that a proper fit is the key to leakage control. Also remember to take your measurements for the waist at the belly button. Do not assume you wear a size large in all brands.
Available Sizes - The Tranquility Elite is available in three sizes. Each size will hold the same capacity. Use the measurements you have taken to make sure you are ordering the correct size. Always start with the smallest package when ordering to make sure you get the right size and fit before spending more. The Tranquility Elite will fit from a 32 inch waist up to a 64 inch waist (measurements taken at the belly button).
Odor Reduction - This product has the peach mat core which wicks away fluid quickly so it neutralizes any odors. The fluid is retained in the core with no exposure to the air.
Additional Products or Alternatives - You may only need this capacity in a diaper for overnight use. You may be interested in the Tranquility Daytime Pull-ons for daytime use. Some may need to add booster pads to add to the capacity of the product. Some also like a cover to go over the product – just in case.
Additional Information - While the elites may be a little more expensive than the generic brands, they are well worth the price. It has been proven that a full night’s sleep is good for you both mentally and physically. And you do not need to stay with only one brand of diaper. Perhaps you need less coverage during the day. Use the product that best fits your needs and life style.
What you should know - The Tranquility Slimline is a disposable brief with tabs. It is a high performance brief with a high capacity. It contains all of the Tranquility key features. These briefs are soft and comfortable with only a little padding on the sides at the hip. This makes them undetectable under your clothing and good during the day.
Absorption - The Tranquility Slimline Disposable Brief is a high capacity product designed for daytime use. Tranquility tests all of their products using a method that actually simulates fluid being released from your body. It is called the C.U.P. method. It is the capacity under pressure test. While testing the capacity of the products, it also tests their strength. It is a more complete and honest testing of an incontinence product than the soaking method. Tranquility’s peach mat core is in all of their products. The inner core of the product quickly absorbs all the fluid, wicking it away from the skin and keeping it contained in the center core. It serves to help with skin health, odor control, and urine pH neutralization. There is a wetness indicator that will show you when the product is reaching capacity and needs to be changed.
Fit -The Slimline Disposable Brief does not have the bulky padding on the sides at the hipline. This makes for a more discreet fit under your normal clothing. There are tabs at both the leg and waist openings so you can adjust the product to obtain a snug fit. Fit is the key to leakage control. The tabs can be refastened if needed. These tabs give you the ability to conform the brief to your body for a comfortable and discreet fit.
Available Sizes - The Tranquility Slimline Disposable brief is available in a wide variety of sizes. The capacity of the product varies with the size required. The waist sizes will go down to a 20” waist and up to a 64” waist. Please measure your waist at the belly button. Do not assume because you wear a certain size in one brand, another brand will be the same. There is no sizing standard with disposable incontinence products, so take your measurement carefully and always check the sizing charts to insure you order the correct size.
Odor Reduction - The Tranquility Slimline has the peach mat core. This core wicks away any fluids so quickly that it eliminates any chance of odor. By retaining the fluid in the core, it eliminates the tell-tale odors.
Additional Products or Alternatives - While the Slimline is a high capacity product, some still feel the need for added extra security. It provides peace of mind that no accidents will occur. Some will add the booster pads, while others use the cover-ups. Some will use both.
Additional Information - Tranquility brand is one of the best products on the market for incontinence products. They have a quality product with many desirable features. These features are on all of their products, from the peach mat core to the dual leg cuffs for leakage protection. They are constantly upgrading their products as new technology becomes available. The Tranquility products span from pads, liners, underpads up to the pull ons or briefs with tabs.
New Tena Classic Plus Briefs
What you should know - The New Tena Classic Plus Brief features a flexible design that offers moderate to heavy protection along with discretion in the wearing of the product. This Tena is designed for both urinary and bowel incontinence. The hook tab fastening system allows you unlimited refastening to obtain a secure, comfortable fit. Fit is the key to leakage control.
Absorption - The New Tena Classic Plus diaper with tabs is for moderate to heavy incontinence. It is for both urinary and bowel incontinence. If you have bowel incontinence, you need to have a product designed for that particular need. Also featured is a wetness indicator that will advise when it will be necessary to change the product.
Fit -The unlimited ability to fasten and refasten the hook tabs will ensure you obtain a secure and comfortable fit. To avoid any leakage, you must obtain a snug fit. The backsheet is a non-woven material for improved comfort and dignity. It does not make the rustling sounds of a plastic backing. The leg elastics are curved for a better, body hugging fit.
Available Sizes - The Tena Classic Plus diaper with tabs starts at a 34 inches waist. There are four sizes available up to a 64” waist. They are all available in both pack and case. It is advised if you are trying the product for the first time, order the pack to see if you are comfortable with the product.
Odor Reduction - Odor reduction is obtain by the use of super absorbent microbeads that are located in the core. They wick fluids away from the skin and traps it into the core. This is a natural odor control as the urine is not sitting in the air when it can emit an odor.
Additional Products or Alternatives - For nighttime use, many add booster pads for added capacity. You tend to have a higher flow during your sleep, and an added booster pad will insure you wake up dry. Many also add a cover up for added protection and peace of mind.
Additional Information - Tena has been providing products in the incontinence area for over 50 years. They are constantly improving their products and technology for a better caring product. They understand that each person and situation is unique. They want to provide products that are tailored to meet each individuals needs and circumstances.
McKesson Protective Underwear Ultra
What you should know - The McKesson Protective Underwear Ultra is a unisex pull on for moderate absorbency. The pull on style is as easy to use as your normal underwear. It features a stretchable waistband for comfort and fit. The core is a high quality layer that will absorb fluids quickly away from the skin. This reduces the pH level for a healthier skin and odor reduction. The leg cuffs at the leg openings give you a better, snug fit and helps with leakage control. The McKesson Protective Underwear Ultra is very discreet and comfortable.
Absorption - The McKesson Protective Underwear Ultra is designed for moderate to heavy absorption needs. It contains a dual core that will quickly wick away any fluids from the skin and retain it in the center core. This also neutralizes the pH to reduce odor at the same time.
Fit -The McKesson Protective Underwear Ultra provide a comfortable fit with the stretchable waist band. The leg openings have gathers to prevent leakage and give you a form fitting snug fit.
Available Sizes - The McKesson Protective Underwear Ultra are available in five sizes. They range from the small with a 25 inch waist up to the 2XLarge with a maximum of an 80 inch waist. They are available by the pack and case.
Odor Reduction - The McKesson Protective Underwear Ultra odor reduction is obtained due to the dual performing core. By wicking away the fluids into the center core, it provides odor control as the fluids are not exposure to the air for a long period of time. The fluids are quickly absorbed and the pH neutralized.
Additional Products or Alternatives - For overnight use of the McKesson Protective Underwear Ultra is may be necessary to add a booster pad. At night your body relaxes and tends to have a heavier flow. This can be handled by the addition of a booster pad to the interior of the product. Some add a cover-up as added additional protection for their nighttime or daytime use.
Additional Information - This product is designed for use with both urinary and bowel incontinence. When you have bowel incontinence it is very important to use a product designed just for that. The absorption and cores are placed a little differently than products just for urinary incontinence.
Per-Fit Frontal Tape Briefs
What you should know - The Per-Fit Frontal Tape Briefs are rated for heavy incontinence. They feature a cloth like outer fabric and easy-lock fasteners that grip and hold anywhere on the brief. These fasteners give you an improved snug fit without being sticky.
Absorption - The Per-Fit Frontal Tape Briefs are for heavy incontinence. They have the advanced zoning system and breathable zones for maximum leakage protection and skin dryness. There is a wetness indicator that changes in color from light blue to dark blue to indicate the need for a change of product. This product is also rated for bowel incontinence.
Fit -The Per-Fit Frontal Tape Briefs have the Easy-Lock fasteners that grip and hold anywhere on the brief. This gives you the ability to get the snug fit you need to prevent leakage. You can adjust the leg and waist openings as needed without the area becoming sticky from adhesive. The leg gathers in the crotch area provide leakage protection and containment.
Available Sizes - The Per-Fit Frontal Tape Briefs is available in four different sizes. They will fit from the size medium at a 32 inch waist up to the Xlarge that fits up to a maximum of 64 inch waist. They are available in either pack or case sizes.
Odor Reduction - The Per-Fit Frontal Tape Briefs have a target acquisition zone that will wick any liquid away from the skin. It is then contained within the core and away from the air for odor control.
Additional Products or Alternatives - The addition of a booster pad to the Per-Fit Frontal Tape Briefs will add to the capacity of the product. There are many to choose from; that will add anywhere from 4 ounces up to 16 ounces. The cover-ups are also very popular as an additional protection from leakage.
Additional Information - The Per-Fit Frontal Tape Briefs are for both urinary and bowel incontinence. If you are dealing with bowel incontinence, you definitely want a product that is designed for that type of incontinence. Urinary products are not designed to do both. The Per-Fit Tape Diapers with tabs are manufactured by Prevail. Prevail products are about hope, trust and dignity. They put care into every detail in their products to provide protection and comfort to allow people with incontinence to live better, more confident lives.
Attends Extra Absorbent Breathable Brief
What you should know - The Attends Extra Absorbent Breathable brief is a unisex product for those needing heavy incontinence coverage. The sides offer airflow to the skin for better skin health. They are a full coverage product. They offer improved comfort with flex tabs that are soft, flexible, and can be refastened anywhere on the brief. Both the inner and outer coverings are non-woven, cloth-like material that offers a softer and quieter fit.
Absorption - The Attends Extra Absorbent Breathable Brief has the rapid lock system that provides superior acquisition. This triple moisture locking system gives this product better absorption, promotes better skin health and odor control.
Fit -The Attends Extra Absorbent Breathable Brief is contour shaped for a better form fit to your body. There are no leg gathers, the product is cut to fit properly between your legs with no added bulk. The extra wide, soft, flexible flex tabs fasten anywhere to allow for a custom fit at the leg and waist openings.
Available Sizes - The Attends Extra Absorbent Breathable Brief is available for a wide range of sizes. The small will fit down to a 20 inch waist. The XLarge will fit up to a 63 inch waist. They are sold in both packs and cases.
Odor Reduction - The Attends Extra Absorbent Breathable Brief obtains its odor reduction with the use of the triple-tier moisture locking system. This system wicks any fluid away from the skin and down into the absorbent core. This limits the exposure of the fluids to the air.
Additional Products or Alternatives - While the Attends Extra Absorbent Breathable Brief is rated for heavy coverage, it may require the addition of a booster pad for night use. Your body is relaxed during sleep mode and you may experience a heavier flow. The booster pad will add capacity to the product. Some also prefer to add a cover-up. This give them peace of mind that there will be no leakage.
Additional Information - Attends brand has been providing effective, absorbent product for incontinence needs for over 35 years. They offer comfortable and discreet products. With their wide variety of products you will be able to find the correct product with the right level of protection. Their team continually strives to develop new technology for improved softness, absorbency, leakage protection and health skin.
Here's a table of features for your convenience:
|Product||Image||Style||Absorption||Fit||Sizes||Odor||Cost/diaper - Medium case||Fecal|
|#1 Tranquility Premium Overnight Pull-ons||Pull Up||20.3-34 fl.oz.||Dual Cuffs, tear-away sides||17-80"||Peach mat core||$1.08||No|
|#2 Prevail Extra Protective Underwear||Pull Up||Moderate||Leg gathers||20-80"||Quick wicking core||$.82||No|
|#3 Tranquility ATN||Diaper with tabs||18-34 fl.oz.||Dual Cuffs||18"-64"||Peach mat core||$.95||No|
|#4 The Attends Underwear Super Plus Absorbency||Pull Up||Moderate to Heavy||Leak-guard cuffs, tear-away sides||22-68"||Triple-tier moisture locking system||$.92||No|
|#5 Tranquility Elites||Diaper with tabs||44 fl.oz.||Dual cuffs, refastenable tabs||32-64"||Peach mat core||$1.68||Yes|
|#6 Tranquility Slimline Disposable Brief||Diaper with tabs||10.9 - 23.7 fl.oz.||Dual, refastenable tabs||20-64"||Peach mat core||$.85||Yes|
|#7 New Tena Classic Plus Briefs||Diaper with tabs||Moderate to Heavy||Refastenable tabs, curved leg elastic||34-64"||Super absorbent microbeads||$.67||Yes|
|#8 McKesson Protective Underwear Ultra||Pull Up||Moderate to heavy||Stretchable waist band, leg gathers||25-80"||Dual performance core||$.58||No|
|#9 Per-Fit Frontal Tape Briefs||Diaper with tabs||Heavy||Easy-lock fasteners, leg gathers||32-64"||Target aquisition zone||$.61||No|
|#10 Attends Extra Absorbent Breathable Brief||Diaper with tabs||Heavy||Flexible flex tabs||20-63"||triple tier moisture locking system||$.68||No|
Note from the table that some adult diapers are much more expensive, but they often have much more absorption and features such as increased comfort, increased odor control, better fit features, and of course they don't leak. In other words, you often get what you pay for in this case.
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