Buying adult diapers can be a complex process for some people based on their needs.  Many people you would be surprised to find out that they know nothing about buying diapers online such as Abena, Bambino Diapers, Molicare, Secure, etc etc.  They probably haven’t seen these brands in their local stores so they know nothing about them.  All they know is what the store gives them and hence are missing out on a lot of features that some of the best adult diapers provide.  So, their choice is simple for the most part because the selection is so limited in stores and the quality is so poor.  But, for the rest of the people that have discovered the advantage to ordering adult diapers online have come to find that it can be a complex choice on which ones to go with based on a lot of different factors.

I know for me when I look at buying adult diapers and which ones I choose to ‘invest’ in I go for the best quality (i.e. best absorbency, tapes, etc) because this in essence will allow the diaper to last longer and takes a lot of the worries about leaking out of the picture.  Price is also a major factor in buying adult diapers…probably the biggest factor for a lot of people.  I for one am a fan of an “all in one” price meaning that the shipping is built into the price and your just paying for what is advertised.  I hate getting to the end of a checkout cart and then seeing any amount extra added onto shipping – that always makes me hesitate to buy things because no matter how much it is, its a mental thing for me.  Some of the big players in the adult diaper world do this all in one pricing and I think its a huge advantage.

One thing to look at when comparing adult diapers (especially premium  adult diapers) is not only their features that come with it but the cost per unit.  That means if a case if $50 for example and you are getting 40 diapers then the cost per diaper is $1.25.  This is important to take into consideration because while one sites price may appear cheaper for a case – it may just have more or less diapers in the case.

There are many tricks that some companies will enact that you may be unaware of…I will demonstrate one way companies do this.  It is a prime example and nothing against the company – it is just how they lure you into buying their diapers.  ABUniverse offers their Cushy diapers for $99 for 80 diapers…that puts the price at $1.24 per diaper basically.  This is disregarding the fact that the Cushy diapers aren’t as absorbent or have as many features as some of the best adult diapers like Abena X-Plus, Bambino, Secure, Molicare…but anyways back to the point.  ABUniverse is going to charge you shipping now which significantly increases the price per diaper.  UNLESS, you spend $100…then you get free shipping…so they made the price $99 ($1 below $100) so now you have to buy something else to get that free shipping which may not be a problem for some but for those counting the pennies – this may be an issue.  This is just one of those techniques some diaper companies employ to lure you into purchasing their diapers.

This does not even take into account the features of the adult diapers – absorbency, tapes, fit, leg gather effectiveness, material used, clumping, etc.  Many of these features are extremely important and should definitely be considered…like clumping…while it does not seem like a big issue it can be a big issue in various ways.  If a diaper clumps for one it can be uncomfortable for the user because now you have this huge clump of material in your diaper.  Second, it DECREASES absorbency of the diaper because now you don’t have a lot of material covering where you urinate.

Many of you may already know all this but these are just prime examples of things you should at least think about before choosing to buy adult diapers.  Adult diaper companies can use various tactics to lure you into buying a product even if it is inferior by disguising it with either just the look of the diaper (to make it look absorbent when it really isn’t) or to make it seem cheaper when its really not (either by not taking into account shipping or the diaper is so inferior to other diapers that you are not getting your money’s worth).  I am a penny pincher in all honesty – so these are things I think about when I choose to buy my adult diapers…which for the record is typically Bambino Diapers, Secure Personal Care (which are now offered on Bambino’s website), and XP Medical.  These are the most trusted sources in my mind over the years…not to say others aren’t – but these are my go to stores for anything I really need..

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  1. Jag October 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    This actually does help… well it would i had any other choices but im stuck buying Depend at the local store. Easier to hide on the way back to college vs. having a package delivered

    when diapers are delivered, is there a way to make the box “discreate” rather than have the word “DEPEND” or “DIAPER” in bold print

  2. Willy October 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    i am glad your still keeping it up. I love reading your site. Thanks for the good advice

  3. black-dragon October 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Adrian. Nice to see you are back. Very good topic you got here. I can’t say but I think you might have missed one thing maybe. I think that would be the size of the diapers that anyone can order. I’ll say Med, Lrg, and XL for most sizes around. Would the Quanity also factor into the price as well?! Lets say Attends Breathable for example. Not knowing where you choose to order from either it be at say or at a local Medical Supply store that one might know of?! They have 24 in a pack and 3 packs to a case for 72 diapers total. Not the best but just an example.

    I also agree that the features that you mentioned also play a big part in any brand of diaper. Some have them and some don’t. Lets talk about Depends for say. At any given store you can find them easy enough. The S/M size I think have about 18 and the Lrg size have 16 to a pack. If your not to carefull here or there you might get the wrong size and quanity if you go buy certain number of diapers to a case and size. I can’t say what the difference would be to cost of just a 2 diaper difference. Of course I think we want the maxium amount of diapers for the least amount of cash these days.

    I might not have the math behind what I just said but it can make one stop and think some to get the best quanity to quality when ordering vs buying your diapers in person. Oh, as I said I previuos post, It is worth while to attend a AB/DL munch at a public place just to get out and meet new people.

    Take it easy and don’t forget to responed to your readers comments if anyone reader mentions something of interest in response to your quality topic.

  4. rebaka October 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    yay, adrienne is back,,,,,,,i was missing her…i buy bambinos with the baby tapes and the white ones only. i think the prices are ok for now, but, i have insurance also.

  5. Wes October 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Adrian, thank you for your blog. If it wasnt for your advice i would never have bought Bambino or Secure Personal Care. Not only are they the best diapers money can buy (in my opinion) but they really are the best deal, plus they dont add on shipping either. However i have learned, dont use prepaid credit cards, they are great for everything online but Secure doesnt accept them. SO for them i keep a real one.

    Thank you for your blogs.

  6. baby luke October 19, 2010 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Jag, most, if not all websites you buy adult diapers from have discrete shipping. Bambino’s is one of them. They send it to you in a plain brown box with there company name abbrivated on the return lable. This is one reason I will always by from them. That and the fact they are the best adult diaper out there. If you haven’t tried them, I suggest you do. They are far above Depends. I wear diapers 24/7 for urine incontience, and I only have to change 3 sometimes 4 times a day. They hold up to my standards and beyond. But in other words, look at the websites shipping section, or policy section. Most have discrete shipping.

  7. Deen October 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I usually buy mine from XP Medical. I did buy 2 cases of Bambino’s in the new Teddy’s print. The tapes were TERRIBLE. I ended up having to use packing tape to keep them on.
    Now have 2 cases of Dry 24/7 as the samples I got really are the most absorbent I’ve ever tried. I tried them several years ago but the sizing was all wrong. They have them fitting better now.
    One thing about XP is that the owner is in a wheelchair and uses what he sells as well as having some testing he does. The chart really does help in choosing what to try.

  8. Thomas October 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Nice to read something new

  9. John October 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Adrian After useing Bambino’s and Secure X-PLUS DIAPERS FOR THE LAST MOUNTH Ive really ben pushing these brands they ere the best I will ever want to ware I thank they are awsom. And as to your article what about balk purchacing is there any way
    to know if there are any discounts from Bambino’s if you buy in balk.
    And what do you think about balk purchaceing,
    What is your take,
    Thank you for your article you all take care.

  10. Amanda October 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I don’t usually have this problem with Tena

  11. Mike October 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Adrian , Great topic. I agree with you that you have to balance the cost per unit against your needs, but you also need to factor in that a premiun diaper will last for hours more than a cheaper one. For example a depend might cost .85 a piece but use four or five a day ,against x-plus or bambino at 1.25 a piece but you only use two and the savings you think you get from the cheaper brands dont add up. BTW im lucky b4ns is a 20 minute drive from my place and i have an agreement where by they allow me to just pick them up

  12. SJ October 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    ABU also does not cover duty and taxes when shipped to Canada. I just got invoiced from FexEx a $17.80 charge for HST, duty, ect on a 10 pack of SDK diapers. So tack on another $1.78 per diaper to what you already stated. Would probably be less if I ordered a case, but this was just a tryout. I’ve settled on Bambinos from a Canadian supplier. All costs are up front, including shipping and taxes.

  13. Jakes October 23, 2010 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Just curious, has anyone tried out the Dry 24/7 briefs from XP Medical. If so what do you think of them?

  14. ME October 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Good to see your back on things

    i always look at if the shiping is combined into the price , thats very important however that i dont oder much yet ,

    i have to say that there is quite the challenge Just as a dl to find proper product that even fits correct or that there is not something or issues of some sort

    You also might consider your sizing when buying specialy if you can manage to fit both into small or mediums , im about that point wich makes it rather difficult

    i find a cozier fit in mediums but when you get a product that is abit bigger then the norm it can be challenging too ,

    Diaper counts you usualy get more per ‘ if your getting a smaller size ,
    Then again im hard to fit into things or maybe just too fussy aha !

    Rebeka I figure Insurance dosent pay for bambinos if i am correct ?
    or they pay for other diapers ? or that is what you always use?

    Rebeka / other folks that need them for medicaly ,
    How do you guys take it with abdl folks or do you frequent or such abdl places / sites for General information towards products usualy ?

  15. Jake October 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Just curious, has anyone tried out the Dry 24/7 briefs from XP Medical. If so what do you think of them?

  16. babyevan October 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I got a sample pack the other day, and was utterly amazed. They had everything I liked about bambinos and none of the things I didn’t. I think the problem with bambinos is that hard panel up front for the tapes and also the tapes themselves. The 24/7s have no taping panel, the tapes stick really well, and they don’t get torn off from the back of the diaper like bambinos can. They’re plain white which is nice, and they’re also super absorbant. I’ve only worn one so far, but I gave it a run for it’s money. Every time I wet I thought okay that’s it, it’s going to leak, it never did. Seriously considering getting a case even though they’re about 120 for 70 (I think).

  17. ME October 24, 2010 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Tried Dry 24

    Overall imo , very similar to Abenas
    absorbancy wyse dint get to test it fully But seems thicker
    i could flood it witout having any issues ,

    Big problem Sizing is way off and i could of worn a small instead of medium

  18. Deen October 25, 2010 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Looks like some people need to read the previous posts before asking questions. See my Oct. 19th posting regarding the 24/7 briefs!

    I’ve been incontinent since I was about 25 and I’m almost 64 now. I’ve “experimented with almost every brand I could find.

    The more expensive/more absorbent diapers are usually worth the extra cost upfront. The 24/7’s are FAR more absorbent than anything I’ve ever tried, including Abena’s.


  19. Cory October 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    What did you and Peter do for Halloween, Adrian?

  20. CJ November 4, 2010 at 2:40 am - Reply

    I’ve been using dry 24/7 diapers lately and I really like them.
    Bambino’s are nice but I haven’t been thrilled with the thickness, feel of the plastic, or the ‘landing zone’ thing on the front.
    In addition, the 24/7 ones seem to be drier overall while the bambinos are full of holes and so keep me feeling wet far more of the time; almost like they are primarily for show – not for folks who need them for incontinence purposes (which I dont).
    Both however, are head and shoulders better than the abenas imo.

  21. Portlanddaddy November 6, 2010 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to bring up a few issues that I’d never considered when buying diapers. I’ve always gone with the store brands (depends/attends). I may try looking into the online products you mentioned. Again, thank you. May you have a good day.

  22. Pulcher Animus February 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    XP Medical is a very trustworthy site. I think Abena makes the best product available. Although Bambinos are also very good. Provider’s Choice makes a great functioning diaper and the padding is very thick and holds up extremely well. I just don’t like the very rigid velcro like taping zone. I like the flexibility of taping zones in tape placement and the fact that those systems often have tapes that are much better on refastening strength. However because I prefer the less rigid (meaning the flew and contouring of the diaper) diaper type the location-specific blue tape refastening system is the better system for me. I love Abena x-plus with the plastic backing and to (2) boosters:)

  23. bbyshwny November 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    my girlfriend likes to see me all dressed up in baby clothes and big disposable diapers.

  24. bby shwny November 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    i buy attends disposable diapers at walgreens and i always get cmments. plus girls like to laugh and tease me for wearing diapers like a baby. i wear diapers day and night infront of everyone. i luv it,

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