Why The Cheapest Adult Diaper is not Always the Best

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Overview

In the incontinence world, the old adage of “You get what you pay for” is so very true. If you are a light to moderate user, the store brands can be great for you. However, some the less expensive brands will bunch up in the crotch area when wet, and they have a tendency to leak. The leakage can be due to the way they are constructed or lack of features like cuffed leg openings. If you are currently using a generic brand product and they work for you – then stay with them. But if you are experiencing wadding, leakage or they are not comfortable, it may be time to look for a better brand. The cheapest adult diaper is not always the best, it depends. Let's take a good look at why.

We've broken down this article into different levels of incontinence based on your different needs. If you want to skip to your level of incontinence, click on the appropriate link below

Moderate Urinary Incontinence

Most of the brands on the market will deal with the moderate urinary incontinence. However, there are some downsides – are they comfortable to wear and do you experience leakage? If the product is not comfortable to start with, you will be dealing with that feeling all day long. And no one wants to experience leakage from a product, especially when you are out in public.

Some the generic brands do not have the elastic cuff bands around the leg, which is where most leakage occurs. Or their tab fasteners do not refasten, then what do you do? These are just a few of the short cuts used to make the product less expensive. Again, if what you're doing is working, stay with it. We get so many calls from people having problems though.

These products are name brands but not that much more expensive than the generic. They will have some of the advanced features and are more comfortable without as big of a price tag:

Tranquility Comfort Care Economy Pull Ons - higher capacity with leg cuffs and elastic waistband. Locks in fluids and odors along with a comfortable fit.

Prevail Per-Fit Protective Underwear - soft, breathable cloth like outer fabric that does not make noise and reduces risk of skin irritation. Improved odor control, promotes skin health and wearer comfort.

Surecare Protective Underwear - leg cuffs to prevent leakage. Maximum fluid retention reduces odor while keeping wetness away from skin.

Here's a Comparison Table of the Above 3 Products

Product Image Product Fit Type Absorption Special Features Sizes Cost/diaper - Medium case
Tranquility Comfort Care Economy Pull Ons tranquility comfort care icon Pull Up 10.1-13.5 fl.oz. Leg cuffs and elastic waistband. Locks in fluids and odors along with a comfortable fit 22"-66" 94 cents
Prevail Per-Fit Protective Underwear per-fit underwear icon Pull Up Moderate to Heavy Soft, breathable cloth like outer fabric that does not make noise and reduces risk of skin irritation. Improved odor control, promotes skin health and wearer comfort. 34"-68" 62 cents
Surecare Protective Underwear surecare underwear icon Pull Up Heavy Leg cuffs to prevent leakage. Maximum fluid retention reduces odor while keeping wetness away from skin. 34"-66" 84 cents

Note that although Tranquility Comfort Care Economy Pull-Ons are more expensive, they also have more features, comfort, and durability.

An Example

One customer called in and was experiencing leakage. She was very upset because it happened in public. After asking several questions, it turns out that her generic brand did not have the elastic cuffs at the leg openings. So thus the leakage. She switched to an actual brand name product with better features and was surprised they were not that much more expensive, they fit correctly, they were comfortable and no more leakage.

Full Urinary Incontinence

For those with heavy urinary incontinence including heavy incontinence during the day, you probably won’t find a store product that will work for you. The higher capacity products are not readily available at the local store. It has more to do with the stores stocking procedures than the manufacturer. They buy in bulk and only carry certain brands. There are several brands that have products that are excellent for heavy incontinence with a high capacity. Most heavy incontinence customers have to switch over when they find out about these better products because heavy incontinence almost always requires a better product to work well.

Here are some products made for those in need of heavy incontinence products and not much more in price than the generic brands. They have the added capacity:

Tranquility Slimline Brief – brief with tabs, dual leg cuffs, super high capacity and no extra padding at the hip area. Great for daytime use.

Prevail Stretchfit Brief – brief with tabs with stretch sides for ease in movement, leg cuffs. Good for those who are active and do not like the feeling of confinement.

Tranquility Premium Daytime Pull Ons - pull on style with dual leg cuffs with high capacity for daytime use.

Here's a Comparison Table of the Above 3 Products

Product Image Product Fit Type Absorption Special Features Sizes Cost/diaper - Medium case
Tranquility Slimline Brief tranquility comfort care icon Brief with tabs 10.9-23.7 fl.oz. depending on size Dual leg cuffs, heavy capacity and no extra padding at the hip area. Great for daytime use. 20"-64" 87 cents
Prevail Stretchfit Brief per-fit underwear icon Brief with tabs Moderate to Heavy ßtretch sides for ease in movement, leg cuffs. Good for those who are active and do not like the feeling of confinement. 32"-68" 79 cents
Tranquility Premium Daytime Pull Ons surecare underwear icon Pull Up 25 fl.oz. Dual leg cuffs with high capacity for daytime. Comfortable. Excellent Quality 34"-80" $1.22

We receive calls all the time from people whose try to use the generic brands due to the cost. But by the time they have switched to a better brand, they are comfortable and know they will not experience the problems they were having. They feel confident to go out and do things again.

Maximum/Nightime Incontinence

None of the products sold in the stores have the maximum or night time rating. Your muscles relax when you sleep and the flow is heavier than during the day time. If one of the store brands is working for you, great. Stay with it. If not, here are some that will have a higher capacity and keep you dry during the night:

Tranquility Premium Overnight Pull Ons – This is a pull on style, available to fit from a 17” waist up to an 80 inch waist. Capacity ranges, depending on size, from a wopping 20-34 fluid ounces, and that's capacity under high pressure.

Tranquility ATN Briefs - Similar to the Premium Overnights only the brief with tabs style. Waist size from 18 inches to 64 inches with a capacity from 18-34 fluid ounces.

Tranquility Elite Care Briefs – A brief with tab style for waist sizes 32-64 inches. Extremely high capacity of 44 fluid ounces but it also costs more.

Here's a Comparison Table of the Above 3 Products

Product Image Product Fit Type Absorption Special Features Sizes Cost/diaper - Medium case
Tranquility Premium Overnight Pull Ons tranquility premium overnight pull ons Pull On 20-34 fl.oz. depending on size (full adult bladder holds 16 fl.oz.) Capacity rating is under high pressure, high comfort in this line, all the fit and leak protection that Tranquility provides, and they are the best. 17"-80" $1.08
Tranquility ATN Briefs Tranquility ATN Adult Diaper with Tabs 18.5-34 fl.oz.(full adult bladder holds 16 fl.oz.) Tabbed style of Tranquility Premium Overnights above 18"-64" 97 cents
Tranquility Elite Care Briefselite care disposable pull ons underwear icon Adult Diaper with Tabs 44 fl.oz.(full adult bladder holds 16 fl.oz.) All of the best Tranquilty features combined with extremely high capacity. 32"-64" $1.67

Note that the Tranquility Elites have that huge capacity, which is why they're priced higher.

These products will keep you and your bedding dry through the night. They will allow you a full nights sleep and wake up dry and rested. Note that it's always good to change a wet diaper as soon as possible to save the skin.

Moderate Bowel Incontinence

The majority of products sold in your local stores do not deal with bowel incontinence. Thus, when looking at the local store products, read the package and see if it deals with fecal incontinence. Chances are it won’t and you will experience those embarrassing moments. The product will not perform for your needs as it was not designed to deal with that need. Bowel incontinence products deal with the special needs for containment. They have extra leg cuffs and more absorption at the back of the product. They will fit a little snugger for the containment factor.

Here are some Moderate Bowel Incontinence products that would be cost effective. They have more of the features at less cost:

Tena For Men (with an adjustment) – This product is designed to be worn with the wider side to the front. However, if turned around with the wider side to the back, you have bowel coverage.

Prevail Breezers Adult Briefs – Designed for both comfort and performance. Rustle free with Easy Lock fasteners that will attach multiple times anywhere on the cloth like outer fabric.

Tranquility Slimline Brief – features dual leg cuffs, refastenable tabs for adjustment, and peach mat core that quickly wicks away and keeps odor contained. No added padding on the sides for a slimmer look under clothing.

Here's a Comparison Table of the Above 3 Products

Product Image Product Fit Type Absorption Special Features Sizes Cost/diaper - Medium case Fecal?
Tena For Men (with an adjustment) tena for men Pad (with adjustment-wider side to back) Light to Moderate Urine and Bowel Coverage This product is normally designed to be worn with the wider side to the front of the person. However, if turned around with the wider side of the pad to the back, you have bowel incontinence coverage. All people can wear 87 cents each, come in pack 20 or 120 Light to moderate bowel coverage
Prevail Breezers Adult Briefs Prevail Breezers Adult Briefs Adult Diaper with Tabs Moderate urine and/or bowel coverage Comfort and performance. Rustle free with Easy Lock fasteners that will attach multiple times anywhere on the cloth like outer fabric. 32"-64" 62 cents Fecal containment zone for moderate bowel coverage
Tranquility Slimline Brief tranquility comfort care icon Adult Diaper with Tabs 10.9-23.7 fl.oz. depending on which size. This is moderate urine and/or bowel coverage. Dual leg cuffs, very high capacity and no extra padding at the hip area. Great for daytime use. 20"-64" 87 cents Moderate bowel coverage

An Example

We had a customer that had tried almost everything and was very frustrated that nothing worked along with being seen under his clothing. The Tena for Men product was suggested, he tried it and went from frustration to being able to go out in public without fear of his clothing being stained.

Heavy Bowel Incontinence

Once again, not all incontinence products deal with bowel issues. These tend to be called “specialty” items. Products for bowel incontinence deal with placing the absorption product where needed, close fitting leg openings and ease of changing. So when looking at the generic products at your local store, read the package and see if it deals specifically with fecal incontinence. Chances are it won’t and you will experience those embarrassing moments.

Here are some products that might be of some help for those with heavy bowel incontinence:

Abri-San Special Heavy – while only a pad, it can be worn inside your normal close-fitting underwear. The sides will cover your entire backside with ribs and pockets to contain fecal matter. It has a massiv e urinary and bowel capacity of 67.6 fl. oz.

Tranquility Smartcore Brief – has been designed for a large capacity for bowel and urine during the day. It has dual leg cuffs for leakage control and odor control.

Tena Ultra Brief – improves dryness and healthy skin while reducing leakage. Dual core transfers any fluid to core for containment. Hook tab fasteners are easy to use and refasten as needed.

Here's a Comparison Table of the Above 3 Products

Product Image Product Fit Type Absorption Special Features Sizes Cost/diaper - Medium case Fecal?
Abri-San Special Heavy Abri Sans Special Fecal Huge pad 67.6 fl.oz. maximum urine or bowel capacity. It can be worn inside your normal close-fitting underwear. The sides will cover your entire backside with ribs and pockets to contain fecal matter. It has a massiv e urinary and bowel capacity. All people can wear $1.04 each, come in pack 20 or 112 Almost the best bowel coverage as far as capacity that you can get
Tranquility Smartcore Brief Tranquility Smartcores Adult Diaper with Tabs 22-34 fl.oz. heavy urine and bowel capacity for during the day All the great Tranquility features of fit and comfort like dual leg cuffs and more comfortable design 24"-80" $1.34 Heavy urine and bowel coverage for during the day
Tena Ultra Brief Tena Ultra Brief Adult Diaper with Tabs Moderate to heavy bladder and/or bowel coverage. Gentle on the skin, elastic leg bands, quick drying. 34"-64" 79 cents Moderate to heavy bladder/bowel coverage

Although the Tena Ultra Briefs are good for moderate to heavy bladder and bowel leakage, they don't have the massive capacity of the other two products above, which is the reason for the cheaper price. You're getting what you pay for in this case.

Both Urinary and Bowel Incontinence

Once again, the products you are finding at your local store or store brands probably do not cover bowel incontinence. They are basically for urinary only. Bowel incontinence products have the ability to contain the feces with extra protection added with absorption control placed where it is needed most.

All of the above products in the bowel incontinence sections will hold urinary incontinence also. Your primary concern when it comes to both urinary and bowel incontinence is the bowel side of the issue.

Conclusion

While some of these products may be a little more expensive than your store brands, they are designed to do the job. When figuring out the costs involved you should probably also factor in the washing of bedding and clothing along with the embarrassment involved. I believe you will consider the products that are designed for the need more than cost effective. Don’t forget to factor in the fact that you now feel like you can go out and go places again because you have the coverage you require.

So it is time to get out the calculator and figure how many times you change during the day before leakage occurs. Then find a higher capacity product and compare the daily costs. You may be surprised. The prices per diaper in the above tables are for a medium case, choose sizes wisely.

Best Wishes

The iDiaper Team