Best cheap diaper?

vulpix97

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I don't mind skimping quality for quantity as long as the quality is still decent. When I cheap out, I'd get crinklz. I wanted to try abena abri-form m4s but I've heard they went downhill :'(
What sucks the most is they were the first abdl diaper I've ever seen. Wanted a case ever since. If they're really that not worth it lmk. Still love the design and thickness, and dat price doe.

Thought of Molicares till I discovered they went bye-bye :(

Dunno what tena maxi slips are called in the states, so I don't wanna risk getting the wrong ones. All I really know are the best/most expensive pamps.

What would you guys recommend? I'm adamant on not spending $40 on 10 diapers or $100+ for 40 diapers.
 
Molicare slip Maxi is still readily available and the identical diaper as the old purple super plus, just a different name & color. Abena with the PE/plastic outer shell are still as good as they ever were from my experience, and I wear those as my main daytime diaper. The only Tena in the US and most of N America are the "Pro Skin" which are the "breathable" cloth like diapers. The "active Fit" Slip Maxi & Ultima are plastic shelled but only available right now through an AB diaper retailer and they're gold plated.

Truth be told if money is tight, the best bang for the buck in all of existence has to be the Tranquility ATN....good for 2-3 hours of hard use (daytime) or 4-6 hours at night (my experience) but they're less than $1.00/each.
 
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Best “cheap” diaper by far is ATN by Tranquility. They are very crinkly and the tapes aren’t the greatest (certainly not the worst) but for the price, they work great. I can wear them to bed and wet a good full wetting in the middle of the night and wake up without any leaks. I wouldn’t recommend more than 1 full wetting at night, but if you plan on changing in the middle of the night, they are fine.

They are 100x better than Depends! Trust me!
 
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I agree with dltyty. Tranquility ATN should be your best value for what you're looking for.
 
Any Store Brand diapers may work for ya
 
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If access to medical supply stores go with tranquility ATN
if you only have stores like Walmart then you're basically down to depends or tena
Try them out
As they say you get what you pay for.
 
Thank you guys for the recommendations! I typically buy online and the site I was on didn't have tranquility ATNs or tena. I ended up settling for incontrol active air. It came with 20 of em and they seemed pretty good from the reviews.
 
I hear a lot of good things about ATNs, so that is a good place to start. I couldn't get a fit I like with them, so my favorites are the tena stretch. Only one good wetting, and they are cloth backed, but I like the fit, and they are under $1 each!

If you want to spend a little more, dry 24/7 are about $2 a piece. I haven't used them in a few years, but I loved the fit and capacity! There are a few posts saying they have gone downhill in the last few years, but I've also heard they are still the same medical diaper.
 
Both dry 247 and Abena have gone way down hill compared to how they used to be... But their price hasn't! They're still functional and might work for some, however don't think the dry247 price inline to it's lack of performance.

Some other diapers to consider: Xp5000 (xpmedical.com) may be good and of course you already mentioned betterdry/crinklz. Northshore non-megamax diapers are pretty good too from my experience. Seni Quarto are also decent last time this puppy tried them. All of these diapers can be expected to hold at least two good wettings if not more.

As you know, there's a balance to be had with more affordable product and number of changes required, at some point it's too poorly made to be usable for your needs or requires so many changes you spend more time and $ than it's worth. Sometimes this puppy only needs a diaper for an hour or two and not as absorbent/ reliable is ok. But really am spoiled now with premium diapers that hold a lot and don't need to worry about leaking with - but that comes with added cost that this puppy happily can afford. A diaper that needs changed on every wetting for fear of leaks isn't very practical.
 
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I have a couple Abena M4s left. I like them, but when I pull off the tapes to change or whatever they rip the plastic everytime, so I not only struggle to roll them up for disposal but fear the sap falling out and making a mess
 
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tbjay said:
I have a couple Abena M4s left. I like them, but when I pull off the tapes to change or whatever they rip the plastic everytime, so I not only struggle to roll them up for disposal but fear the sap falling out and making a mess
Yep, their tapes tend to slip a bit where the second chance tapes often get on the super thin shell and rip it open... not a big issue because it's usually the leg tapes that do it on my body so not on the padding as much. Not an easy diaper to reapply or readjust. Gave up on them as the quality went down hill, on my body shape the issue is more because the padding clumps up so easily (and not as absorbant as used to be) - and this puppy knows others don't have the clumping issue.
 
PupSpaz said:
Yep, their tapes tend to slip a bit where the second chance tapes often get on the super thin shell and rip it open... not a big issue because it's usually the leg tapes that do it on my body so not on the padding as much. Not an easy diaper to reapply or readjust. Gave up on them as the quality went down hill, on my body shape the issue is more because the padding clumps up so easily (and not as absorbant as used to be) - and this puppy knows others don't have the clumping issue.
I'd assume the way to keep from ripping the diaper is to use the blue tapes then the white tapes when reapplying. Had the same issue with crinklz. Also dang I should've went with abena rather than incontrol. Haven't gotten them yet but I heard they weren't worth it. Really only got them cuz they're in a pack of 20. They'll serve their purpose till my tykables come in the mail...
 
vulpix97 said:
I'd assume the way to keep from ripping the diaper is to use the blue tapes then the white tapes when reapplying. Had the same issue with crinklz. Also dang I should've went with abena rather than incontrol. Haven't gotten them yet but I heard they weren't worth it. Really only got them cuz they're in a pack of 20. They'll serve their purpose till my tykables come in the mail...
Yes, Abena X-Plus have the second chance tapes, your supposed to be able to remove the white tape later leaving the blue on the diaper, but I recall still having issues with the white tapes grabbing the plastic too even though didn't reposition. Abena x plus have very thin plastic now.

Crinklz are similar with bottom tapes often mysteriously migrating and moving on my body... had to learn a loser taping technique for the lower tapes because that diaper really quickly irritated my skin between the legs otherwise. Crinklz are a great diaper if it doesn't cause major chafing on you! Of course many have issues with crinklz tapes moving because the formulation requires pressing and holding (warning up?) the tapes to get them set properly. Crinklz would still be my diaper except for the fit issue that developed over time...
 
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Yes, Abena X-Plus have the second chance tapes, your supposed to be able to remove the white tape later leaving the blue on the diaper, but I recall still having issues with the white tapes grabbing the plastic too even though didn't reposition. Abena x plus have very thin plastic now.

Crinklz are similar with bottom tapes often mysteriously migrating and moving on my body... had to learn a loser taping technique for the lower tapes because that diaper really quickly irritated my skin between the legs otherwise. Crinklz are a great diaper if it doesn't cause major chafing on you! Of course many have issues with crinklz tapes moving because the formulation requires pressing and holding (warning up?) the tapes to get them set properly. Crinklz would still be my diaper except for the fit issue that developed over time...
If they made the plastic more durable this issue would be eradicated. Sure it'd be more cost effective but why make the plastic dangerously thin in the first place? All that really does is give the product a bad reputation and is a sure fire way for them to take a dip in sales rather than save money in production.
 
vulpix97 said:
If they made the plastic more durable this issue would be eradicated. Sure it'd be more cost effective but why make the plastic dangerously thin in the first place? All that really does is give the product a bad reputation and is a sure fire way for them to take a dip in sales rather than save money in production.
Lol, it's a single use product, and thinner shell is cheaper to make than thicker. Don't mess with their profits!

Abena choose to push their fabric covered diapers and tried to eliminate the plastic backed ones. Vendors in north America requested they continue making the plastic backed version, so Abena keeps making them. However, even before Abena tried to get rid of the plastic backed line, the quality started to deteriorate, the absorbancy went down, the padding started to fall apart... The plastic got thinner. Little changes added up over time making a diaper that's a shell of it's formal glory - probably mostly driven by pencil pushers trying to increase profit by lowering the production cost, certainly not customer demand. Unfortunately, most people needing diapers are either ignorant that the diaper could easily be better or to shy to speak up - there's always another sucker or institution that'll buy them even if you and I know they're sub par. (Ranty puppy about this, lol)

Still better than depends...
 
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Lol, it's a single use product, and thinner shell is cheaper to make than thicker. Don't mess with their profits!

Abena choose to push their fabric covered diapers and tried to eliminate the plastic backed ones. Vendors in north America requested they continue making the plastic backed version, so Abena keeps making them. However, even before Abena tried to get rid of the plastic backed line, the quality started to deteriorate, the absorbancy went down, the padding started to fall apart... The plastic got thinner. Little changes added up over time making a diaper that's a shell of it's formal glory - probably mostly driven by pencil pushers trying to increase profit by lowering the production cost, certainly not customer demand. Unfortunately, most people needing diapers are either ignorant that the diaper could easily be better or to shy to speak up - there's always another sucker or institution that'll buy them even if you and I know they're sub par. (Ranty puppy about this, lol)

Still better than depends...
True, Abena didn't really have the diaper connoisseur in mind to begin with, hense the emergence of bambino, snuggies, Abu, etc. It was the best option way back when, but now it's the future lol

Stayed way clear of depends from the get-go, but I'd even take depends over the really cheap pull up style drug store briefs. At least taped depends still feel like diapers when you double.
 
It does make this puppy sad sometimes seeing or hearing someone suffering from incontinence (and doubly suffering from really crappy protection) that has no clue there's really good diapers out there if they only knew where to look... Seems many doctors aren't educated and play towards the mentality of continence at all costs, you shouldn't need diapers, and therefore also don't know what great products are available. Institutional products play into the "replace any slightly soiled product immediately or the patient may die / liability" - oh and that means at least 12 diapers a day and more profit for the manufacturer that can make cheap / impractical products.

If you need diapers, then you'll certainly appreciate products that don't need changed every wetting... Unfortunately in the USA, you can't find products that are good replacements for toilet use in standard brick and mortar stores. Some are better than others, but none of the retail brands come close to what you can find online. A retail diaper may work fine for minor leaks / prostate surgery when a toilet is still predominantly used, but certainly are a burden for those that use them exclusively.

Anyway, there's a wide variety of diapers online at least, with a wide variety of price points. What works for this puppy may not work for you, but there's a good chance you'll find something that meets your needs and budget online! This puppy tries to check out new diapers to see if they fit and work well periodically - manufacturers also often change the design (sometimes with "new and improved" labeling, often leaving unstated "new and improved for our profit"), so it's worthwhile to try something again after a few years...
 
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Yes, Abena X-Plus have the second chance tapes, your supposed to be able to remove the white tape later leaving the blue on the diaper, but I recall still having issues with the white tapes grabbing the plastic too even though didn't reposition. Abena x plus have very thin plastic now.

Crinklz are similar with bottom tapes often mysteriously migrating and moving on my body... had to learn a loser taping technique for the lower tapes because that diaper really quickly irritated my skin between the legs otherwise. Crinklz are a great diaper if it doesn't cause major chafing on you! Of course many have issues with crinklz tapes moving because the formulation requires pressing and holding (warning up?) the tapes to get them set properly. Crinklz would still be my diaper except for the fit issue that developed over time...
I too have issues with chafing of the crinklez diapers.
I'm interested in what your looser taping technique is because my inside of the legs beg for mercy
 
winterheart01 said:
I too have issues with chafing of the crinklez diapers.
I'm interested in what your looser taping technique is because my inside of the legs beg for mercy
I found angling the lower tapes up towards my belly button and intentionally making them very lose helped dramatically with the chafing inside the legs on the crinklz diapers - didn't seem to cause leaks or anything. The upper tapes (belt of the diaper) was tight as ever to hold it up. Also, the lower tapes would often cut into my upper legs unless they were attached higher up.

Unfortunately, still had some issues and changing to a different brand fit better and didn't cause the issue. Your body is different than mine presumably, but do try different positions and tightness for the lower tapes. Crinklz are pawsome diapers and great value - but the cut of the diaper was just not very compatible for my body. Still have some around and wear every once in awhile as one off - but not my daily wear.

Oh, also remember every time use desitin would cause the print to rub off on the legs, lol. My favorite diapers have prints that are printed on the outside all over, so it's not just crinklz this is an issue with. Not a major concern, price we pay for having a good / fun looking diaper, lol.
 
If you don't mind cloth backed I've been using the Medline extended wear diapers (got a smoking deal on them) and retail isn't too bad on them ~$80 for a case of 60... They are definitely more absorbent than the tranquility atn and molicare slip maxi and maybe even moreso than the current iteration of abena M/L4. I'm incontinent and I've had to go with cheaper diapers and use boosters due to rising costs and these definitely do the job for me. I doubt you can hold it til your back teeth float and then unleash the flow without winding up standing in a puddle but if you just pee normally they will do fine! I've had decent luck with the sunkiss trust plus as well but the tapes are not great and if you don't wear underwear over them the tapes will fail sooner rather than later.
 
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