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Thread: Affordable, quality mid-level diaper?

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    I'm a medium 32-34", 150lbs, 6' or so. Wear 24/7.

    On the high end (8-16 hours; overnight use), I like the ABU space/simple/littlepaws or Bambino Bellisimo. All around $2 each. Very happy with these.

    On the low end (0-2 hours; as a holdover when I know I'll want to shower soon for bed), I begrudgingly use the TotalDry Plus briefs. These are garbage, and split down the back very easily, and only hold a tiny tiny amount. But at $0.70 each, they fit the bill for when I know any other diaper would just go to waste.

    The problem is, I can't find a medium end product (2-8 hours) that is affordable. The Bambino Teddies are a perfect fit on quality, but the price has just steadily soared. They're now at $1.60 each, which is close enough to the high end that it's just not worth it. Too often, the teddies don't make it long enough and I have to change, so it would be more economical to just stick to the high end premium products. But I don't want to do that!

    Mid-level is like, I want to go out to dinner or the movies. I'm a little wet. It won't leak, but all the same, it might start to smell a bit. Better to change. I'll probably get dinner, come home, maybe mow the lawn, then hop in the shower. If I put on the low-end, it'd likely fail in public, split or leak. If I put on the high-end, then I'm going to be wasting 70% of the capacity. I need something in between.

    What I want is a brief around the $1.00 to $1.30 price point that falls between these two extremes. Plastic-backed, good width between the legs, not a lot of empty plastic space with no padding, and preferably with at least front elastic waist band. Does anyone have suggestions?

    What I have tried:

    Tena Slip Maxi: these were perfect! So of course they were discontinued =(

    Tranquility EliteCare: cloth-back, yuck. Cloth sags, seeps, etc. No thank you!

    Dry 24/7: too expensive. Way too stiff and uncomfortable to wear. Leaks easily due to stiffness not being form-fitting.

    Tranquility ATN: at $1 each, these could work, but the cut between the legs is very thin, and they have a whole lot of empty plastic with no padding on the front and back. No elastic waist bands also means they don't give a good fit.

    ABU Cushies/SDK: $1.70 each. Even worse than the Teddies, the one-tape is cute but gives an awful fit, and not even a waist band. Can't justify buying these for anything but looks.

    NorthShore Supreme: the mediums are just way too small. They remind me of ATN smalls. The larges at $1.45 each, this is too close to the teddy pricing. Plus I don't know if the large would fit me well or not.

    Contenders!

    NorthShore Supreme Lite: at $1.25 for the larges, this could work. If the absorbency were decent (2-8 hours) and the size were closer to a medium in any other brand.

    Abena: been a long time since I tried these. Looks to be $1.42 for a medium Classic Level 4, which is getting in the high end again.

    Molicare Premium Soft Extra: just shy of $1 each, the price is right, but there's a massive amount of dead space in the front, and no elastic waist bands. Doesn't look comfortable.

    Anything else I should consider?

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    Ever tried ID Slip? From the ratings I've heard from others, they're better than TSM's. Definitely thicker/stiffer than the Tenas, but super absorbent and still very discreet. Very well priced and they have both cloth and plastic versions.

    http://www.xpmedical.com/id-slip-soft.html
    Last edited by LeafiniteLittle; 18-Jun-2016 at 00:50.

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    Bambino still sells the Tena Slip Maxi, but they've been out of stock for a while and I don't know if they'll ever have them again...

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    Take a look at the Totaldry Plus (not Xplus). No front/rear elastic, but otherwise a good lighter weight diaper, and very reasonably priced. I recently restocked on them for daytime wear when they were having their labor day sale (15% off?) Four cases ought to hold me till the next deal.

    http://bambinodiapers.com/totaldry-p...n-briefs-c-20/

    case of 96 medium for $69.

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    Abena Delta-form? They come in both cloth and plastic, and do hold a fair amount. I once used them for overnight use, but switched to other brands. They do not have an elastic waistband, but do have a wide crotch.

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    You have a pretty comprehensive list. I think that while the high end has gotten very competitive, there's a lot of room for jockeying in the middle and I hope that someone will really step up. It's a little outside your stated price point ($1.48 each at the case level) but the only other one I can think of offhand are Superios from Unique Wellness: https://wellnessbriefs.com/products/...-pack-145.html.

    It's been a while since I bought any but they are quite similar in capacity and profile to the defunct Tena Slip Maxi. I didn't like the feel of the plastic nearly as much as TSM, so they weren't my favorites in that class. You might find them worth a look, particularly since Unique Wellness offer free samples. Despite any temptation, I'd steer clear of their Wellness Briefs. Although they were once my favorite low-end diaper, their pinhole leaks makes them unsuitable for me.

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    honestly if your not a heavy wetter that floods and looking for a hold over 2-6 hr product that holds approx 18-32 REAL oz of fluid.. as in no leaks etc , Always Discrete makes a good inexpensive product in their maximum absorbancy... not totaly awesome for a flood or a massive bowel movement but... will handle my several times a day voiding of 4-8 oz a void in anything from constant drip to minor flood and not yet have i had a major leak..
    id say these coud fit your mid level use demand for the time frame your requesting

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    The Tranquility ATN is the best daytime compromise for me. Total Dry Plus as the backup short term/home use only. Dry 24/7 for nighttime.

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    I'd recommend the new iD Slip PE (plastic backed) diapers from XP Medical. They're a good replacement of the old Tena Slip Maxis and the price is pretty reasonable at $1.38 per diaper for a case of 45 mediums. They have a slim profile to start off with but expand like crazy and can easily last 6-8 hours. http://www.xpmedical.com/id-slip-PE.html

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    Thanks everyone for the replies!



    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley19
    Bambino still sells the Tena Slip Maxi, but they've been out of stock for a while and I don't know if they'll ever have them again...
    They're manufacturer discontinued. Bambino is selling off the last of its surplus stock. Once the extra large size is gone, that'll be the end of them.



    Quote Originally Posted by bambinod
    Take a look at the Totaldry Plus (not Xplus). No front/rear elastic, but otherwise a good lighter weight diaper, and very reasonably priced.
    This is my lightweight use diaper. The price is great, but this is basically four Bounty paper towels inside the world's thinnest trash bag for a diaper :P

    I will wear them at home for 0-2 hours, but I won't go out in public with these. Not enough confidence they won't leak. Not often, but I've had the entire back split down the middle from light movement. Even when using for 2 hours, I will find moisture at the leg gathers escaping.



    Quote Originally Posted by scott476
    Abena Delta-form? They come in both cloth and plastic, and do hold a fair amount.
    Interesting! I only saw the cloth ones on Northshore Care's site. I will try and find these, thanks!



    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor
    I think that while the high end has gotten very competitive, there's a lot of room for jockeying in the middle and I hope that someone will really step up.
    Definitely! It doesn't make sense why the low-end can get to $0.30 - $0.70 a brief, yet the middle is full of $1.60 - $1.70 briefs. Whereas the ridiculously premium brands are only $1.95 to $2.10 each. Obviously I don't expect to get AB custom diapers in the middle price range. But a non-AB mass-produced plain-white Bambino Bianco should only cost around $1.20 each given their capacity.



    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor
    It's a little outside your stated price point ($1.48 each at the case level) but the only other one I can think of offhand are Superios from Unique Wellness:
    Well, if it works as good as the Teddies, it would at least be a small savings. But this is very close to premium prices too =(



    Quote Originally Posted by alannanicole
    Always Discrete makes a good inexpensive product in their maximum absorbancy
    Appreciate the suggestion, but: not a diaper (it's a pullup), cloth-backed, and for women. I won't outright dismiss that, but we have different plumbing so something tailored for a woman won't work as well for us guys (think front padding)



    Quote Originally Posted by LittleICme
    The Tranquility ATN is the best daytime compromise for me.
    So far I am leaning this way. I used to like these back in 2005 or so. But they've either gotten thinner, or I've gotten pickier due to the abundance of premium products out now.



    Quote Originally Posted by INTrePid
    I'd recommend the new iD Slip PE (plastic backed) diapers from XP Medical. They're a good replacement of the old Tena Slip Maxis and the price is pretty reasonable at $1.38 per diaper for a case of 45 mediums.
    Hmm, a little cheaper than the Superios suggestion. Still kind of expensive though. I'll look into a sample of these as well, thanks!

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