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Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Review

An abundance of pockets offer excellent organization, but with difficult-to-adjust straps
ju-ju-be be right back diaper bag review
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Price:  $175 List
Manufacturer:   Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back
By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 29, 2022
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RANKED
#1 of 12
  • Storage - 35% 8.0
  • Quality - 35% 9.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8.0
  • Style - 0% 5.0

The Skinny

The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is a diaper bag that (nearly) has it all. It is roomy but not bulky, polished but not flashy, and has one of the best organization systems of all the bags we tested. When packing for a day out with your baby, the Be Right Back provides the perfect pocket for every diapering essential and keeps everything easily at hand. We had some gripes with the strap adjustment, and the lack of carrying style options may deter some parents. However, we love this diaper bag's functionality and think it's an excellent match for almost every family.
REASONS TO BUY
Excelent organization
Comfortable carry
Under the radar design
REASONS TO AVOID
Only one carry style
Expensive
Annoying straps
Editor's Note: We updated this individual gear review on November 25, 2022. We added new contenders to the competition, so we ensured that the information here still reflects the Be Right Back bag's performance.

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Pros Excelent organization, comfortable carry, under the radar designBeautiful design with thoughtful features, multi-use, heavy-duty hardwareEasy-to-access interior, great price, nice exterior organizationStorage, lay flat design, machine washable changing padCompact, easy to use, travel-friendly
Cons Only one carry style, expensive, annoying strapsHeavy, expensive, zipper problemsLacks inner pockets, straps uncomfortableLocation of integrated wipes pocket, heavyOnly room for 1 cloth diaper (compared to 4-6 disposable diapers)
Bottom Line An abundance of pockets offer excellent organization, but with difficult-to-adjust strapsA thoughtful bag that is multi-functional and stylish, but it is expensive and heavyThis easy-to-clean and practical bag has a unique stay-open feature that makes access simple but is not as comfortable to carryA dad-centric bag with enough space to pack everything for every occasion or if you have multiple childrenA convenient well-made traveling changer with only enough room for the bare necessities
Rating Categories Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Skip Hop Mainframe... HighSpeedDaddy Skip Hop Pronto
Storage (35%)
8.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
2.0
Quality (35%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Ease of Use (30%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
9.0
Style (0%)
5.0
7.0
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Specs Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Skip Hop Mainframe... HighSpeedDaddy Skip Hop Pronto
Carry Style Backpack Backpack/Tote Backpack/Crossbody/Tote Backpack Wrist Strap
Dimensions 12"W x 16"H x 5"D 14"W x 12" H x 6.5" D 14.8"W x 14.2"H x 6.2"D 18"W x 18"H x 7.5"D 12"W x 8"H x 3"D
Weight 2.34 lbs 2.8 lbs 1.8 lbs 3.3 lbs 0.75 lbs
Insulated Pocket/Cooler Yes, 2 insulated pockets Yes, 2 insulated pockets Yes, 2 insulated pockets Yes, 2 insulated pockets No
Included Accessories None None None None Wipe case
Cleaning/Care Machine washable Machine washable Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent Machine washable changing pad. Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent

Our Analysis and Test Results

Business partners Joe Croft and Kristin Hunziker began the Ju-Ju-Be company in Southern California, intending to create a diaper bag to help ease the parenthood journey. Ju-Ju-Be first introduced its quality line of diaper bags in 2005 and has since been offering unique features such as anti-stain treatment and machine washability in all their bags. With top-notch organization and a lifetime guarantee, Ju-Ju-Be bags have been a crowd favorite for over 15 years.

Performance Comparison



ju-ju-be be right back diaper bag review - the side pocket is large enough for a baby bottle or a smaller-sized...
The side pocket is large enough for a baby bottle or a smaller-sized water bottle.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is one of our favorite diaper bags to date. Although it only has an average number of pockets, they are all perfectly sized and situated. With an abundance of cool features like elastic straps and large, center-zip pockets, the organization of this bag is unparalleled. Paired with its memory foam carry straps and high-quality construction, we love to use this bag day in and day out. When packed with all the items from our list of essentials, we found a perfect spot for everything and still had room to spare. We even found ourselves searching for more things to put in the extra pockets.

Many of the organizational features found in the Be Right Back are...
Many of the organizational features found in the Be Right Back are not common in other bags.
A zipper in the center of the pocket makes the contents more easily...
A zipper in the center of the pocket makes the contents more easily accessible.

Features unique to most Ju-Ju-Be bags include crumb pockets, a memory foam changing pad, an Agion-treated inner lining that resist bacteria, mold, and mildew, and a waterproof exterior with a stain-resistant Teflon treatment. All materials are free of PVC. If you need one more reason to love this bag, the whole thing is machine washable. Babies are messy, and diaper bags are there for it all; blowouts, spit-up, spilled milk, and the last thing you want to worry about is how you will clean your diaper bag.

ju-ju-be be right back diaper bag review - the parent pocket in most ju-ju-be bags is the best we've encountered.
The parent pocket in most Ju-Ju-Be bags is the best we've encountered.
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Another Ju-Ju-Be specialty is the parent pocket. True to form, the Be Right Back has one of the best parent pockets among the bags in our selection. An easily accessible zippered pocket on the front of the bag includes a key clip, a super soft sunglasses pocket, and a variety of mesh pouches and zippered pockets perfect for smaller items like lip balm, wallet, phone, and other essentials. We love that this bag is functional for your baby and can reduce the parent's load by eliminating the need for a purse or another way to stash essentials.

ju-ju-be be right back diaper bag review - no more digging through a black hole; the be right back puts it all...
No more digging through a black hole; the Be Right Back puts it all on display.
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The Be Right Back has zippers that reach all the way around the bag, resulting in an ultra-wide opening that lays the contents out for display. You can stuff the pack to its limits without worrying about digging through a mess later. It is all easily and immediately accessible. This feature reminds us somewhat of a suitcase, and we love the added level of usability.

ju-ju-be be right back diaper bag review - quality hardware and smooth-running zippers improve the overall ease...
Quality hardware and smooth-running zippers improve the overall ease of use of the Be Right Back.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


There is a lot to love about the Be Right Back diaper bag; however, there are a few limiting features. It can only be carried backpack-style, and most other options we tested offer various carrying methods. However, the carry method is a personal preference, and we did not find this bag any less comfortable for its lack of options. The numerous compartments can come in handy, but you could get lost in the pockets if you're not careful. We recommend choosing a dedicated pocket for your items so that as you use your bag, it will become automatic to reach for the right pocket at the right time.

The backside of the Be Right Back has mesh ventilation, and the...
The backside of the Be Right Back has mesh ventilation, and the shoulder straps have memory foam padding, creating a comfortable carry.
There is a small carry handle at the top of the Be Right Back, but...
There is a small carry handle at the top of the Be Right Back, but it is not as handy as some other bags.

We also had some trouble with the shoulder strap adjustment. The hardware is minimalistic and not easy to loosen, and we found that the two rings would often get crossed when tightening the straps. We were surprised by the difficulty of this process, as everything else about the Be Right Back was smoothly functional and very user-friendly.

ju-ju-be be right back diaper bag review - the double d-ring strap adjustment method was not very user-friendly...
The double D-ring strap adjustment method was not very user-friendly in our experience.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Be Right Back is available in many fun colors and prints, and you can select a basic unisex design that both parent or caregiver will feel comfortable carrying. This practical bag is on the smaller side of the diaper bag spectrum, so you don't have to be worried about weighing yourself down by overloading it. Although, you may have to be pickier about what diapering items you pack. It is similar in size to the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F., but when we pack the two bags side by side, the Be Right Back does not fit quite as many supplies.

ju-ju-be be right back diaper bag review - the ju-ju-be be right back is an entirely pvc-free product.
The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is an entirely PVC-free product.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back?


The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is a great diaper bag we love to use, and we would recommend it to almost every parent. The organization is unbeatable and high-quality construction along with a lifetime warranty from Ju-Ju-Be means that you will be able to use this bag through multiple children; perhaps even passing it on after your kids are out of diapers. You can't go wrong with the Be Right Back if you seek a practical diaper bag that's just right for you and your baby's needs.

What Other Diaper Bags Should You Consider?


The Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F is another high-ranking and high-quality diaper bag. It offers three carrying options (something the Be Right Back doesn't), so parents who plan on sharing the diaper bag but have different carrying style preferences may be interested in this option. If your budget is smaller, you might consider the Skip Hop Mainframe Wide Open that cost significantly less and could be all you need in a diaper bag.

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