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Earth's Best TenderCare Chlorine Free Diapers Review

   
Editors' Choice Award

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Overall avg rating 4.4 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: March 28, 2013
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
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Recommendations:  50% of reviewers (1/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Earth's Best
Review by: Juliet Spurrier, MD and Natalie Kellum ⋅ October 31, 2012  
Bottom Line
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

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We tested 20 disposable diapers, putting 9 of the top-rated green diapers head-to-head against 11 traditional diapers.
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Pros
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.
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Green diaper absorbency cagematch. Performance by BAMBO Nature (middle row, 2nd from left) and Attitude (bottom right) was unmatched by any other diaper we tested, green or not. Earth's Best (middle row, far right) also performed very strongly and at significantly lower cost than either Bambo or Attitude.
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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).

Cons
These diapers did have a slight waxy feel on the back sheet, but were still very soft on the interior.

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Earth's Best performed very well in absorbency scoring 9 out of 10, alongside Pamper's Swaddlers, and outperformed Huggies. We were impressed to find a reasonably priced green-diaper performing so well.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff
Conclusion
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
Summary of All Ratings

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50% of 2 reviewers recommend it
Rating Distribution
3 Total Ratings
5 star: 33%  (1)
4 star: 33%  (1)
3 star: 33%  (1)
2 star: 0%  (0)
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   Mar 28, 2013 - 08:11pm
Michelle · New York, ny
I've used these diapers for about a month now. My daughter is now crawling and I needed to move on from pampers swaddlers. My earth friendly conscience kicked in and I wanted to cloth diaper, after doing all the research and ready to make the investment, I read about the washing and care. I live in NYC and do laundry with the rest of my building in the basement, two washes and a dry every five days would have been way too expensive and time consuming, alas I turned to Eco friendly disposables. The Earths Best don't wick moisture away like the Swaddlers did and they seem to be more bulky from the get go (presumably because they use more filler and less SAP), but other than that, performance has been pretty much the same.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Feb 22, 2013 - 02:31pm
jessiebyrd004 · Long Beach
I started using these diapers when my daughter was a newborn. They didn't leak "regularly", but they definitely leaked more often than I would think a diaper should. I love that they are good for the environment and don't irritate my little girls skin. But there are better brands out there.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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