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.
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?