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Thirsties Duo All-in-One Review

With some fit and leakage issues and long drying time, we recommend bumGenius Freetime AIO.
Thirsties Duo All-in-one Snap (shown in Mango)
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Price:   $726 Estimated lifetime cost
Pros:  All-In-One, adjustable rise and waist, machine dry
Cons:  Two size system, runs small for its suggested sizing and weight, bulky
Manufacturer:   Thirsties
By Alison Buck ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 5, 2014
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RANKED
#6 of 15
  • Absorbency - 25% 7
  • Fit / Leakage - 25% 8
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Ease-of-use - 20% 5
  • Eco - Health - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Thirsties All-in-One (AIO) diaper is a cover with the insert sewn into the inside. AIOs are an excellent option if you are intimidated by having to match up the right insert with the right cover. AIOs function much like a disposable because there aren't any extra steps for preparing them for use. This diaper is cushiony soft, very absorbent and successfully wicks moisture away from the surface. It is less neat and trim which causes it to be bulky and bunch up more than the bumGenius Freetime, which is why that one scored higher in our testing.


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Pros All-In-One, adjustable rise and waist, machine dryOne-size, great adjustable fit, customized absorbency, unique inner gussets, roomy pocketOne-Size with nice adjustability in waist & rise, thin and trim, easy, re-useable coverHigh quality, one size, flexible, great performance, minimal leaks, ability to reuse coverTrim, slim, one-size, adjustable rise and waist, high quality
Cons Two size system, runs small for its suggested sizing and weight, bulkyBulkyCover needs to be line-dried, synthetic, but organic cotton insert option availableLine dry cover, long drying time of insertMust line-dry entire diaper, some staining.
Bottom Line With some fit and leakage issues and long drying time, we recommend bumGenius Freetime AIO.Simply our favorite. Easy to use, so soft, highly customizable, & excellent performance.Flexible hybrid system with excellent performance, comfort, and ease-of-useTop Pick for Best Green Cloth Diaper. Performs well, easy to use, and flexible.Highest scoring AIO we tested. Great for first-time cloth diapering.
Rating Categories Thirsties Duo... Rumparooz G2 Flip Hybrid GroVia Hybrid bumGenius Freetime...
Absorbency (25%)
10
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7
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7
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8
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7
10
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5
Fit Leakage (25%)
10
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8
10
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9
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Comfort (20%)
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Specs Thirsties Duo... Rumparooz G2 Flip Hybrid GroVia Hybrid bumGenius Freetime...
Type of Diaper All-in-One (AIO) Pocket All-in-Two (AI2): Hybrid All-in-Two (AI2):
Hybrid
All-in-One (AIO)
Estimated Lifetime Cost $726 $720 $300 $540 $600
Material: Cover Outer:
100% Polyester w/ PUL
Outer:
100% Polyester w/ TPU
Inner:
100% Hypo-Allergenic Micro Chamois
Outer:
100% Polyester w/ PUL
Tabs:
95% Polyester, 5% Spandex
Outer:
Polyester TPU
Inner:
100% Polyester Mesh
Outer:
100% Polyester w/ PUL
Tabs:
95% Polyester, 5% Spandex
Material: Insert Inner:
100% Polyester
6r Microfiber Soaker:
80% Polyester, 20% Polymide
Stay-Dry Upper:
100% Polyester
Absorbent Layers:
80% Polyester, 20% Nylon
Stay Dry Soaker Pad
Stay Dry Upper & Leg Gussets:
100% Polyester Microfleece
Inner:
55% Hemp, 45% Cotton
Outer:
100% Polyester TPU
Organic Cotton Soaker Pad
Inner:
100% Organic Cotton
Outer:
100% Polyester TPU
Leg Gussets:
88% Polyester, 12% Cotton
Inner:
80% Polyester, 20% Nylon
Available Closures Snaps
Aplix
Snaps
Velcro
Snaps Snaps
Hook/Loop
Snaps Hook/Loop
Sizes available Two Sizes:
1 & 2
One-Size (OS) One-Size (OS) One-Size (OS) One-Size (OS)
Weight range (lbs) Size 1: 6-18
Size 2: 18-40
OS: 6-40 OS: 8-35 OS: 8-30 OS: 8-35+
Prep Instructions Wash 1-3 times before first use Wash once prior to first wear. Cover & Stay Dry Insert:
Wash hot (120F) once before first use.
Hybrid shells do not need prepping.
Stay Dry and Organic Cotton Soaker Pads: Wash on hot with detergent and tumble dry at least 5-6 times before first use.
Wash once hot (140F).
Prewash dark color diapers six times separately before washing with other diapers.
Routine Laundry Instructions 1) Pre-rinse warm
2) Wash hot
3) Rinse warm
4) Dry: Line or machine low (Turning inside-out may speed dry times.)
1) Pre-rinse cold
2) Hot wash/Cold rinse w/1/4 portion of regularly recommended amount of detergent
3) Dry: Lay flat or machine low (they dry fast)
Wash darks separately
1) Pre-wash cold
2) Wash hot (120F) w/ detergent
3) Rinse.
4) Dry:
Line for cover
Machine for insert
1) Machine wash warm (110F) w/ detergent every 2 days
2) Dry:
Line for cover
Machine for insert
Wash darks separately.
1) Pre-wash cold
2) Wash hot (120F) w/ detergent
3) Rinse
4) Dry: Line
Detergent Recs Allen's Naturally Liquid
Ecover Powder/Liquid
Mountain Green Baby
Nature Clean
Planet
Vaska
Original Tide Ultra
Gain
Ecover Powder (not liquid)
bumGenius
Allen's Naturally
Country Save
Ecos Free & Clear
Mountain Green Baby
Nellie's All Natural Soda
Tiny Bubbles
Tiny Bubbles bumGenius
Allen's Naturally
Country Save
Ecos Free & Clear
Mountain Green Baby
Nellie's All Natural Soda
Tiny Bubbles
Diaper Balm Recs Thirsties Booty Love
Angel Baby Bottom Balm
Baby's Bottom Butter
Magic Stick
Motherlove
Avoid diaper cream.
If needed, add re-useable liner.
Avoid diaper cream.
If needed, add a re-useable liner.
GroVia Magic Stick Avoid diaper cream.
If needed, add a re-useable liner.
Special Laundering Recs 15 min hot dry cycle once a month beneficial to lamination.
Avoid HE sanitize or high heat cycles, laundry boosters or additives, bleach, Borax, fabric softeners, brighteners, dyes, fragrances, pure soap.
Avoid laundry additives such as bleach, Oxiclean, borax, Bac-out, or fabric softeners.
Do not soak diapers ever.
If need diaper cream, use re-useable liner!
1/4 cup bleach in hot wash once/mo.
Avoid baking soda, vinegar, fabric softeners, additives, boiling, rash creams.
Do not use bleach, enzyme cleaners, whiteners, vinegar, or fabric softeners.
Do not soak diapers prior to washing.
Do not use diaper balms or detergents containing petroleum or plant oils.
1/4 cup bleach in hot wash once/month.
Avoid enzymes, brighteners, whiteners, vinegar, baking soda, dyes, perfumes, essential oils, natural soap, fabric softeners, diaper cream
How is it sold? Thirsties Duo AIO (Cover/Diaper Insert) Rumparooz sold w/ two inserts:
1 one-size and 1 NB
Covers & Inserts sold separately.
Flip set: 1 one-size cover & 1 one-size insert.
Cover used w/ Stay-Dry Insert, Organic Day Time or Night Time Insert, or Disposable Insert. Stay-Dry Insert also available in Newborn.
Shell & Soaker Pads sold separately
Shell compatible w/:
Stay Dry Soaker
Organic Cotton Soaker
BioSoaker Disposable Pads
bumGenius Freetime AIO (Cover/Diaper Insert)
Accessible, replaceable elastic
Manufacturing Origin USA China (by a Danish, mom-owned FWF certified company) Flip Cover: USA or Egypt
Microfiber Insert:
China
China Cover: USA
Microfiber Insert:
China

Our Analysis and Test Results

Thirsties Duo All in One
Thirsties Duo All in One
For those who love the idea of cloth diapering, but covet the pragmatic ease-of-use of disposable diapers, the all-in-one (AIO) approach is just the ticket. As noted in our article, Cloth Diapers vs. Disposables, AIOs can be as easy to use as disposables with the caveat that laundering is required. Overall, the Thirsties Duo AIO scored 5th out of 15 cloth diaper systems we tested and is a top performing diaper, well worth consideration.

The stitching and seams are quality but the fabric less so and isn't as nice as the bumGenuis Freetime AIO. The Thirsties Duo AIO, like the Thirsties Duo Wrap, comes in two sizes: Size One (6-18 lbs) and Size Two (18-40 lbs).

Absorption


The Thirsties Duo AIO scored on par in absorbency with our Editors' Choice the Rumparooz G2, both receiving an 7 of 10. This placed it near the top, but not as high scoring as the Best Value award winning Flip Hybrid which scored an impressive 8 of 10 in absorbency. The Duo AIO's polyester insert which is sewn into the cover on the sides is soft, fluffy, and well-functioning and stays that way after washing and drying. An added bonus for this AIO is that space between insert and cover allows for the option to slide in addtional inserts for increased absorbency if needed.

Fit/Leakage


There's only one row of snaps at the waistband, which leads to bunching and lack of a nice smooth fit across the waist. It's definitely bulkier in comparison to the bumGenius Freetime AIO. What is very nice, however, is that the insert is sewn into the cover and doesn't flap out at all.

Comfort


Thirsties Duo All in One
Thirsties Duo All in One
The Duo AIO is soft against baby's skin, but the diaper is bulky and tends to bunch around the waist.

Ease-of-Use


It's very easy. All you have to do is put it on and take it off, just like using a disposable. There's no folding or layering of insert flaps as required with the bumGenius Freetime AIO. Also the pocket in between the insert and the cover allow for additional absorbent layers to be used if needed.

Minimal laundry steps are a plus in our book, and the Duo AIO can be machine dried on low. While there is some space between the cover and the insert to cut down on drying time, it still takes a long time for the Duo AIO to dry.

Eco-Health


The Duo AIO received a 7 of 10 for Eco-Health, relatively low compared with competing cloth diapers. It is constructed entirely of synthetic materials: the inner and cover are made of polyester and the outer is waterproofed with PUL.

Best Applications


Thirsties Duo AIO is a good cloth diapering system for caregivers or daycare as it comes in either velcro or snaps and doesn't require any folding of attached inserts. It really is just like a regular disposable diaper, but it doesn't go to the landfill! A bonus is that it can be machine-washed, although it may need to go through a few drying cycles before it is fully dry. Rotating it inside out helps to minimize dry time.

Value


Lifetime cost with the Duo AIO is really driven upwards because this is a two-sized system, so you will need to buy another batch as your baby gets bigger. For an estimated $125 less, you can invest in the one-size bumGenius Freetime AIO which has a better fit with overall less leakage issues and is less bulky. It does, however, require line-drying, but it is does so very quickly because the absorbent inserts are not completely attached to the cover as with the Duo AIO.

Conclusion


The Thirsties Duo AIO is a good cloth diapering system at a better price point than its competitor, the bumGenius Freetime AIO. However, keep in mind that that all Thirsties systems come in 2 sizes: Size One (6-18 lbs) and Size Two (18-40 lbs), so overall lifetime cost may be higher in the end. Diaper changes and laundering are a breeze with the Duo AIO, that is, if you don't mind extra drying time. Down sides are its make up of 100% synthetic materials and overall bulk as well as bunching at baby's waist. Bottom line: we think if you are looking for an All-In-One diaper, the Thirsties Duo AIO is a fine choice, but if you've got a few extra bucks to spend upfront, go for the bumGenius Freetime which has a better fit with less bulk and requires less time in the drier.

Other Versions and Accessories


The Thirsties brand offers many cloth diapering systems, all two-size systems with the exception of their newest one, the One-Size Pocket for babies 8 to 40 lbs. The other Thirsties systems we tested in this review are Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert and Thirsties Duo Wrap with Duo Hemp Prefold. This brand also carries the Duo Fab Fitted over which their Diaper Cover can be placed.

In terms of Thirsties cloth diapering accessories, our favorites are Thirsties Booty Love, Thirsties Fab Wipes, and Thirsties Wet Bag.

Video


This You Tube video takes you through a Duo AIO Snap in Size One.


Alison Buck