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Pros: Highest scoring diaper across all of our tests. Fabricated with earth's and baby's health in mind, function and construction is excellent
Cons: Fourth most expensive diaper we tested
Bottom line: The best performing diaper we tested. Quality tough construction. Green. Hypoallergenic. Amazing absorption. Premium priced, but worth it.
The Bambo Nature diaper won our Top Pick Award for Best Green Diaper and was also the highest scoring diaper overall of the 20 diapers we tested. Highest scoring in our absorbency testing, Bambo Nature is very eco-friendly for a disposable and certified to be hypoallergenic. The diaper does run larger than most brands, but because of flexible cloth-like materials, it fits very well with minimal effort. Although about 50% more expensive than most diapers, we feel it is worth the price. Highly recommended.
Consumer alert 9/16/13: Bambo revised this product, and the new diaper is thinner and generally considered inferior to the Bambo diaper version we reviewed. We will be giving the new version a detailed test and comparison in our next update of this review. In the meantime, we encourage you to look at the many negative reviews of the new version of the diaper on Amazon before you buy.
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Consumer alert 9/16/13: we have received multiple emails from BabyGearLab members reporting that Bambo revised the product, and that the new diaper is thinner and inferior to the Bambo diaper version we reviewed. We have ordered the new version and will update this review once we have had a chance to look at the new product. In the meantime, we encourage you to look at the many negative reviews of the new version of the diaper on Amazon. The text below and ratings reflect our view of the older version, and are not likely to apply to the new revision.
The competition was fierce in our diaper test, with 20 top-rated competitors in the review. But, the Bambo Nature diaper was unstoppable, either winning or tying for first place in every rating metric. On an overall rating score, the Bambo was unmatched, earning the highest score of all 20 competitors.
We were amazed to find a green diaper like Bambo outperforming popular name-brand diapers like Pampers & Huggies. In fact, this surprise was not just about Bambo. Both Bambo and Attittude tied for best rating in absorption, and yet at the same time, set the pace for low carbon footprints with exceptional hypoallergenic materials. We feel these are both great diapers, but Bambo won out overall as the very best.
We found the quality of materials impressive. The breathable back sheet works to keep babies skin smooth and dry. The diaper uses polypropylene, a material buyers would recognize from their wicking athletic wear. Every time we changed this diaper we were impressed with our baby's skin being mark-free and "smooth as a baby's bottom."
Credit: Bambo Nature
The high quality materials also are durable, which gives the product strength to withstand diaper checks and children's movement. The durability also serves to keep the super absorbent polymers, SAP, contained in the diaper; we never had gel/crystal leakage on our little testers. All functional disposables contain SAP. You would have to cloth diaper to avoid it all together. The next best thing is a diaper that is capable of containing it effectively, which we feel the Bambo does very well.
Bambo Nature diapers do run a little large to the eye, but more in the height, which helps prevent those over-the-top blowouts. However, even though it looks large in side-by-side comparison, it fits really well and avoids being bulky. Bambo has a great fit for a variety of body types and is also the only eco-diaper we tested that has a wetness indicator which functions superbly.
The Bambo diaper really impressed us during our absorption testing. Anyone out there who claims a green diaper cannot compete in absorption is wrong. In fact, we were amazed to find five of the top seven performing diapers in our absorption test to be green and hypoallergenic. Bambo really stood out, not only in absorption but also in leakage control. Diaper leakage is directly related to fit. If the diaper does not fit well, the mess will find its way out. Even though Bambo looks large, and the manufacturer states they run big, the product fits most babies well because the quality of the materials used are very flexible and soft.
The bad news is that these diapers are priced at a premium of about .44 a piece. So if you calculate your total investment over 6,000 diapers in a child's diaper phase, you will spend about $2,600 on premium green-diapering with Bambo. In comparison, you would spend only approximately $1,800 if you used our Editors' Choice winner Earth's Best or only $860 if you used our Best Value winner, Target's Up & Up.
These diapers are very high-end in construction, made from quality materials that performed excellently in our testing. The efforts made to be eco-friendly and hypoallergenic are exceptional. The Nordic Eco Swan labeling validates Bambo Nature's efforts toward treating the environment and the health of babies with care. This all comes at a cost though with Bambo being the second most expensive disposable we tested.
We awarded Bambo Nature our Top Pick Award for Best Green Diaper. But even when ignoring eco-health, Bambo outperformed the other 19 diapers tested in overall score, and won or tied for first place in every testing metric. Our testing was tough, and this is one great diaper.
If you are interested in the best disposable diapers available from fit to function, in our opinion, these are the ones to buy. In fact, this diaper's performance so impressed our pediatrician founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier, that she switched from using Seventh Generation with her own children before our testing, to Bambo Nature after.
Check out this side-by-side comparison to see how Bambo Nature stacked up versus Pampers, Huggies, and the other award winners:
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Natalie Kellum
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Most recent user review: December 19, 2013
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