Many people have asked me about a dry weight and wet weight comparison of Bambino Diapers with another premium diaper like Abenas. Well, I didn’t do this experiment myself but somebody else did. I am just reposting it from their post. Keep in mind the experiment was done with water which is not completely accurate but still it ends up favoring Bambino and I will explain why Bambinos are even more favored if a proper solution was used that emulated urine more. So here is the post:
“I tested the absolute absorbency of the Abena X-Plus and the Bambino Bianco by first weighing them dry and then weighing them after soaking them in water for 10 minutes, then letting them hang to dry for 10 minutes. I also did the same thing for the Abri-Let Maxi and the Bambino Quadro. I used a kitchen scale that mewp_es to the closest 5g; not that it really mattered in the end, there was one very clear winner…
Abena X-Plus – 185g
Bambino – 165g
Abri-Let Maxi – 70g
Bambino Quadro – 45g
Abena X-Plus – 4255g
Bambino Bianco – ~6600g !! It actually exceeded the kitchen scale’s range so I weighed it on my bathroom scale (14lbs.) and converted the result.
Abri-Let Maxi – 620g – this had a lot of press out/runoff when I hung it up because it is mostly pulp. It also compressed in thickness as well.
Bambino Quadro – 1880g !! This one swelled to almost quadruple the thickeness of the Abri-Let !! I will post a picture to my gallery of the comparison. It is impressive considering the dry comparison pictures. “
So, this person experimented with water testing the absorbancy between Bambino Diapers and Abena. They also tested the Bambino Quadro and Abri-let Maxi. So, water is not a accurate representation of real urine. If a saline solution (salt solution basically) which is more representative of urine was used then this would only make Bambino Diapers better. Bambinos have made it clear they use a lot of polymer in their diaper (source: http://www.bambinodiapers.com/news/) and polymer reacts and absorbs better when a saline solution is used. So, if the tests were done using a saline solution then the Bambino probably would have done even better than Abena using water. So, I guess the lesson we learned is that the dry weight thickness doesn’t always represent how absorbant it is. It is more about the materials and technology used in the diaper that makes it more absorbant. So, while the Abena may appear thicker DRY compared to the Bambino, the Bambino actually swells up larger and is MORE absorbant then Abena by a significant amount when actually WET.
Note: The test was performed by a user on Adisc.org.