The Best Diaper Bag Review

Which of the top diaper bags is the best? Do the practical considerations in a diaper bag mean an end to any sense of fashion? To answer these questions, we reviewed and tested 14 of the top-rated and most popular bags. We compared them side-by-side on metrics like storage capacity, ease-of-use, quality of materials/workmanship, weight, and features like changing pads, strap systems, bottle holders and more. We found big differences between bags and the results might surprise you. Read on for the full review and comparison.

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Review by: ⋅ Mom-in-Chief, BabyGearLab

Top Ranked Diaper Bags Displaying 1 - 5 of 14 << Previous | View All | Next >>
Our Ranking #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
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Skip Hop Studio
Skip Hop Studio
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Storksak Olivia
Storksak Olivia
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Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared
Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared
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Skip Hop Versa
Skip Hop Versa
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Skip Hop Duo Deluxe
Skip Hop Duo Deluxe
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Editors' Awards  Editors' Choice Award  Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award     
Price $90 List
$70 from Amazon
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$70 from Amazon
$58 List
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Pros Lightweight, roomy, stylish, eco-friendly materials, water resistant, easy to clean, fits most laptopsStylish, functional, quality, built to last, well-sized pockets, shoulder strapRoomy, Mommy pocket, insulated bottle pockets, nice changing padStylish, easy to use, great storage, lightweight, expandable, eco-friendly materials, good valueLightweight, Durable, Quality
Cons Can't think of anyUncomfortable handles, no feet at bottom of bagHeavy, a bit cumbersome, not as stylish as similarly priced bagsNo key clip, shoulder strap unpaddedDeep interior with narrow opening, magnetic closures, shoulder strap panel w/o grip
Bottom Line Our favorite diaper bag!If the price doesn't scare you away, you won't be disappointedWith all the bells and whistles, this bag is perfect if you like extra storage or have more than one in diapersGem of a bag for a gem of a priceClassic, durable unisex diaper bag
Date Reviewed Apr 09, 2012Apr 09, 2012Apr 09, 2012Jan 31, 2012Jan 31, 2012
Weighted Scores Skip Hop Studio Storksak Olivia Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Skip Hop Versa Skip Hop Duo Deluxe
Storage / Ease-of-Use - 35%
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Quality - 25%
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Weight - 20%
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Features - 15%
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Product Specs Skip Hop Studio Storksak Olivia Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Skip Hop Versa Skip Hop Duo Deluxe
Weight 1.8 lbs 2 lbs 3.15 lbs 1.4 lbs 1.6 lbs
Dimensions 6" L X 17" W X 12" H 5" L X 17" W X 12" H 6.5" L X 18.5" W X 14" H 4" L X 13"-16.5" W X 14" H 4.25" L X 13" W X 13.75" H
Material Bag: eco-friendly materials & free of PVC, Changing pad: 100% polypropylene Nylon satin with faux leather trim & hardware Waterproof Teflon treated outer fabric, AgION protected antimicrobial linings, memory foam changing pad, metal hardware Bag:Polyester with polyurethane trim, Eco-friendly materials w/o PVC, phthalates, or BPA, Changing pad: 100% polyethylene foam Bag: Poly-canvas, Changing pad: 100% polyurethane foam
Surface Wash Yes, wipe clean Yes, wipe clean Yes Yes, spot clean Yes
Machine Washable Changing pad machine wash Yes, air dry
Anti-Microbial Lining Yes, 1 Agion antimicrobial treated pocket Yes
Feet Yes, nickel Yes, metal
Number of Pockets 12 12 17 10 (not including main interior compartment) 9
Changing Pad Yes, 12 3/4" W X 22" L, velcro closure Yes, 14" W X 23 1/4" L, with velcro closure Yes, 15 1/2" W X 21 3/4" L, memory foam Yes, 12 1/4" W X 23 1/4" L, velcro closure Yes, 12" W X 23 1/4" L
Insulated Bottle Holder Yes, 2 Yes, 1 Yes, 2 Yes, 2 Yes, 2
Wipe Case
Accessory Pouch Yes, 8" W X 6" H
Stroller Straps Yes, metal clips Yes Yes, Plastic shuttle clips
Key clip Yes (if stroller attachments not in use)
Tote Handle Yes Yes Yes Yes
Messenger Straps Yes, unpadded & detachable Yes, padded & detachable Yes, unpadded Yes, padded & detachable
Backpack Straps
Closures Zippered, Magnetic, & Snap Zippered & Magnetic Zippered & Magnetic Zippered Zippered & Magnetic
Made in China Changing pad: China, Bag: ?London China China China

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Skip Hop Versa
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Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack
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Skip Hop Duo Deluxe
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Carter's Out 'N About Diaper Bag
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Kid's Line Carry All Diaper Bag
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Eddie Bauer Belmont Duffle
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Gerber 4 in 1 Diaper Tote
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Carter's 5 Piece Diaper Bag Set
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The task of picking the right diaper bag is a daunting one given the sea of choices. We researched over 80 bags currently on the market and narrowed our testing down to 14 of the most popular and highly rated bags for our detailed hands-on review. Check out our two articles How We Test - Diaper Bag as well as How to Choose the Perfect Diaper Bag for more information on what we consider important when deciding on the right bag for you.

Without further adieu, here are the award winners.

Our Editor's Choice Bags
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Skip Hop Studio. Note one of two large external insulated bottle pockets on each side.
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We chose 2 bags for the Editor's Choice award; both resemble a purse instead of a diaper bag! The Skip Hop Studio is priced in the mid range at a list of $90. It's a dream in terms of storage capacity with large internal pockets, personal pockets, and even an antimicrobial-lined outer pocket for dirty items. It has nice soft tote straps which are comfortable to carry. It fits a ton of stuff with ease and elegance, yet is on the lighter side compared to many of the other heavy and more cumbersome higher-end bags we tested. Made of eco-friendly materials, it is an in vogue bag you will feel good to carry.

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Storksak Olivia. Can be carried by tote handles or by shoulder strap.
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The StorkSak Olivia, also an Editor's Choice winner, is a high end bag at a list price of $198. It really feels more like a stylish, quality purse than a diaper bag and it is built to last beyond the diaper changing years so you can use it as just that. The bag can be carried by tote handles or a shoulder strap, and it includes nice accompanying accessories like a large changing pad, an accessory pouch, and an insulated bottle holder.

Our Best Value Award Winner
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Fisher Price Deluxe Fastfinder On the Go Backpack. Insulated bottle pocket and plenty of room for toys and personal items.
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The Fisher-Price Deluxe FastFinder On the Go Diaper Backpack is our Best Value at a list price of $45. It is lightweight and functional with fairly good quality for the price. The padding on the straps and back panel of the pack make it comfortable to carry, even when fully loaded.

The Fisher Price Fastfinder is is a great pack for a long day of on the go activity, even with two kids in tow.

Our Top Pick Award Winners
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The Diaper Dude and the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared bags both won our Top Pick award as each have unique qualities that set them apart from the other bags we tested.

The Diaper Dude is a basic yet durable messenger style bag tailored for dads. It is compact and functional in design with nice details like a phone pocket on the messenger strap and an internal key clip.

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The Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared is a full-featured, high end bag complete with all of the bells and whistles, perfect for multi-day excursions or multiples. It is machine washable with antimicrobial lined fabric and a separate mommy pocket boasting great function, organization, and features. Both the internal and mommy pockets open widely with bottom gussets to help prevent stray items from falling out the sides.

Juliet Spurrier MD
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