My 100th post YAAAAAAAYYYYY!
I've done some math and testing with the adult diaper market and figured out this...
I bought a pack of Depends and Tena Super(USA version) to use them as they were meant to be.
Wear and use them for 24 hours a day until the pack was finished.
I took flooding into account so I tried the best I could to limit my voids to squirts every now and then to prevent flooding and allow the diaper to have time to absorb. I would also change when I feel the diaper was full and about to leak (or did leak).
My fluid intake is usual for me I tend to drink a little more than the average person I believe.
The point of my study is to show people the difference between a premium diaper and a diaper you can find anywhere. How paying more per diaper is still cheaper than paying for something that's cheaper and made for profit only.
I don't/can't wet at night so it's held until morning when I let it squirt out over time through the morning.
I'm also not counting by wettings since the average incontinent person doesn't. Also time is when I wake up til I got to sleep I'm not going on a certain time schedule.
Depends Maximum Protection: (medium)
Average cost per pack is about $18.00.(with taxes)
Amount per pack 18
Cost per diaper: $1.00
Day 1: I used 6 diapers.
Day 2: I used 4 diapers.
Day 3: I used 5 diapers.
Day 4: I used 3 diapers and I was out of the pack.
I didn't really realize how much I was going through until day 2. It seemed scary to have to afford Depends to get some kind of independence from incontinence.
I just went ahead and say I would go through about 2 packs of depend per week.
Total cost per week: $36.00 (multiplied by 2 per week)
Total cost per month: $144.00 (multiplied by 4 per month)
Total cost per year: $1,872.00 (multiplied 1 week by 52 weeks per year)
I took a day off to let my skin dry and heal and start a full day.
USA Tena Super: (Medium)
Average cost per pack: $21.00
Amount per pack: 28
Cost per diaper: $0.75
Day 1: I used 4 diapers.
Day 2: I used 4 diapers.
Day 3: I used 4 diapers.
Day 4: I used 4 diapers.
Day 5: I used 4 diapers.
Day 6: I used 3 diapers.
Day 7: I used 4 diapers. I Stopped the study after a week and I still had 1 diaper left.
I'll go ahead and say I'll probably go through 1 pack per week.
Total cost per week: $21.00 (on pack per week)
Total cost per month: $84.00 (4 packs per month)
Total cost per year: $1,092.00 (52 packs per year)
So to give points to a few arguments...
Overall Tena is a VERY discreet diaper and no longer has those tape strips on the front of their diapers and went with the velcro like tapes? These diapers are very quiet and discreet and protect your clothing quite well.
Depend on the other hand is OK but leaks often. I'm actually kinda nervous to go out into public when wearing these not trusting them to hold up. Also to bring diapers with you to work would be scary for me cause at to think I would have to bring a couple extra around. While wear Tena's I could keep a spare in my car in case. Though Tena has no leg guards and it still gives you good amount of protection until it is filled to capacity. It just doesn't strike me why the Depends have leg guards probably for fecal containment. Depends are thin, have minimal protection and they make me nervous wearing them especially when I wet them. I feel like they are always gonna leak on me.
I feel quite lucky to have a store in my town of Lafayette, Louisiana that supplies Tena Ultra, Tena Supers other than Depend or the like.
Now to the savings of having Premium Diapers vs. Store bought diapers.
Weekly Savings: Depends $36.00 - Tena $21.00 = $15.00 Savings.
Monthly Savings: Depends $144.00 - Tena $84.00 = $60.00 Savings.
Yearly Savings: Depends $1,872.00 - Tena $1,092 = $780.00 Savings.