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Price: $0.30 list | Available for $0.32 each (in 140-pack) from Amazon
Pros: hypoallergenic, all reasonable efforts to be earth friendly , have good fit and a soft feel
Cons: has a little of a waxy feel, but still soft
Bottom line: Great diaper that offers green and hypoallergenic qualities while still absorbing well. Not to mention it is at an exceptional price point
Manufacturer: Earth's Best
Earth’s Best TenderCare diaper is the winner of our Editors’ Choice award; a diaper that changed our perception of what a green diaper is capable of. As we headed into testing, we expected the green diapers to be a compromise in both cost and performance relative to the more traditional diapers like Pampers and Huggies. Not so! What we found in the Earth’s Best TenderCare diaper was the best of both worlds. Priced only slightly higher than Pampers, it performed equally to Pampers Swaddlers in absorbency (9 out of 10) but outperformed both Pampers and Huggies in every other testing metric while offering an unmatched combination of price and performance overall.
All-in-all, we feel that Earth's best makes a great diaper with a price point on par with more traditional brands. It did very well in absorbency testing, is eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, feels soft, fits nicely, and is true to size. We strongly recommend it.
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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Earth's Best Tendercare stands out in our field of 20 diapers as the single best combination of performance, price, and eco-health virtues. Costing only 3 cents more per diaper than Pampers, the Earth's Best diaper offers matching absorbency capability, with superior fit, leakage, and comfort. And, surprise, it's one of the best green diapers available. While the Attitude and Bambo Nature brands did a little better, they are both priced significantly higher. And, while Pampers is very slightly less expensive, they do not offer the green attributes of being manufactured without chlorine, dyes, perfume, latex like Earth's Best.
Throughout testing, we found Earth's Best TenderCare diapers to be well-constructed with a great fit. The materials are durable yet soft with thoughtful tab placement and nice elastic throughout. Besides being chlorine and latex-free, these diapers are also manufactured without perfumes or dyes and utilize corn and wheat in its superabsorbent gel formulation. In addition, Earth's Best website states that these diapers are made with fewer petro-chemicals. At face value, it appears that each brand of green diaper differs in its own proprietary SAP formulation such as using corn and/or wheat in replacement of wood pulp. In this vein, materials and production differ as well.
All of the 20 disposable diapers that we tested contain SAP in their inner core which is the key to absorbency. Once SAP absorbs urine, it expands in size forming little clear crystals which puffs up the diaper. If a diaper is particularly full, these crystals can leak out onto baby's skin, particularly if the diaper's construction is not durable. This phenomenon has alarmed more than a few new parents. Earth's Best is a well-constructed, durable diaper which means that SAP will more likely remain inside the core of the diaper and away from your baby.
20% Off Discount Available from Amazon
While priced slightly higher than Pampers, you can buy Earth's Best using Amazon Mom's Subscribe & Save program for 20% off the normal discounted price, or only $0.24 per diaper, a significant savings which applies to both wipes and diapers (and includes free shipping).
These diapers did have a slight waxy feel on the back sheet, but were still very soft on the interior.
Earth's Best TenderCare won our Editor's Choice Award for its great value and performance. Unlike it's similarly-priced competitors, it is eco-friendly and also hypoallergenic for baby produced without perfumes, dyes, or latex. Of course, if price is not an issue, Attitude or Bambo Nature are great choices for disposables as our testing revealed unparalleled absorbency and overall score.
Check out this side-by-side comparison to see how Earth's Best stacked up versus Pampers, Huggies, and the other award winners:
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Natalie Kellum
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Most recent user review: March 28, 2013
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