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Ruvalino Backpack Review

An affordable backpack with enough pockets to organize your daily supplies, but low-quality construction
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Price:  $50 List
Manufacturer:   Ruvalino
By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2021
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RANKED
#9 of 12
  • Storage - 35% 8.0
  • Quality - 35% 2.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6.0
  • Style - 0% 6.0

The Skinny

The Ruvalino Backpack is an excellent choice for parents who want a unisex diaper bag that won't break the bank. The large interior easily accommodates enough supplies for both parent and baby with room to spare. On the inside, you will find a variety of zippered pockets, elastic pouches, mesh dividers, and more, to pack diapering essentials and other gear. While it has some great features, the quality of the Ruvalino is not on par with some of the top-ranked diaper bags we tested. So, it may be best as a temporary or secondary option. If you are looking for a unisex diaper bag for short-term use, and are not as worried about quality, then the Ruvalino is a decent choice.
REASONS TO BUY
Affordable
Spacious
Comfortable to carry
REASONS TO AVOID
Zipper issues
Not well structured
Editor's Note: We updated the Ruvalino gear review on November 25, 2022, to add new sections and details to help your decision-making process.

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Pros Affordable, spacious, comfortable to carryEasy-to-access interior, great price, nice exterior organizationCompact, easy to use, travel-friendlyChanging stationThick material
Cons Zipper issues, not well structuredLacks inner pockets, straps uncomfortableOnly room for 1 cloth diaper (compared to 4-6 disposable diapers)Additional purchase for charge bank, hard to zip, heavyUnpleasant smell, main pocket harder to close, lacks interior organization
Bottom Line An affordable backpack with enough pockets to organize your daily supplies, but low-quality constructionThis easy-to-clean and practical bag has a unique stay-open feature that makes access simple but is not as comfortable to carryA convenient well-made traveling changer with only enough room for the bare necessitiesAn innovative diaper bag with changing station, but it's not the easiest to useBetween its unpleasant off-gassing smell and lack of organizational pockets, this diaper bag contender didn't impress
Rating Categories Ruvalino Backpack Skip Hop Mainframe... Skip Hop Pronto Tiny Orca KeaBabies Original
Storage (35%)
8.0
6.0
2.0
4.0
5.0
Quality (35%)
2.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
2.0
Ease of Use (30%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
3.0
4.0
Style (0%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Specs Ruvalino Backpack Skip Hop Mainframe... Skip Hop Pronto Tiny Orca KeaBabies Original
Carry Style Backpack/Tote Backpack/Crossbody/Tote Wrist Strap Backpack Backpack
Dimensions 12"W x 17"H x 8"D 14.8"W x 14.2"H x 6.2"D 12"W x 8"H x 3"D 14"W x 17"H x 7"D 14"W x 16"H x 7.5"D
Weight 1.9 lbs 1.8 lbs 0.75 lbs 3.6 lbs 2.15 lbs
Insulated Pocket/Cooler Yes, 2 insulated pockets Yes, 2 insulated pockets No Yes, 2 insulated pockets Yes, 3 insulated pockets
Included Accessories None None Wipe case None None
Cleaning/Care Wipe clean Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent Spot clean or hand wash and drip dry

Our Analysis and Test Results

Ruvalino is a Chinese brand that exclusively manufactures totes and backpacks. With three different diaper bag styles and various non-diaper totes, Ruvalino aims to offer intuitive organization for everyone. Their diaper bags aim to provide enough space for you to pack for your baby's every need while on the go.

Performance Comparison


ruvalino backpack diaper bag review - the ruvalino backpack has enough storage for all the odds and ends...
The Ruvalino Backpack has enough storage for all the odds and ends you and baby need.
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Likes


The Ruavalino is a decent option for parents on a tight budget. It's a large-capacity backpack-style diaper bag with several pockets. Besides packing your baby's diapering necessities, you may find yourself looking for additional items just to fill the pockets. We like the gender-neutral design of the bag, and the well-padded backpack straps are comfortable enough to carry the bag on a full-day adventure. Tote handles are on the top if you prefer not to carry the diaper bag on your back. However, the backpack straps do not tuck away and are not removable, so they may get in the way if you prefer to use the tote handles frequently.

The Ruvalino Backpack has an internal key clip, a helpful feature to...
The Ruvalino Backpack has an internal key clip, a helpful feature to stay organized.
The shoulder straps on the Ruvalino are well padded and comfortable...
The shoulder straps on the Ruvalino are well padded and comfortable for long wear.

The bag has three main compartments with a variety of convenient features found in each one. Elastic straps, insulated pockets, and mesh pouches are abundant, providing effortless organization for all of your essentials. One compartment unzips all the way to the bottom for a suitcase-style opening that we love. It allows you to easily reach items at the bottom of the bag without digging through a mess of burp cloths, diapers, and the best baby teether toys. Other compartments only have a partial zip that makes them more difficult to access, but it keeps things more secure.

The suitcase-style opening makes it easy to access the bottom of the...
The suitcase-style opening makes it easy to access the bottom of the bag without having to dig.
The Ruvalino has a variety of mesh, elastic, and zippered style...
The Ruvalino has a variety of mesh, elastic, and zippered style pockets.

You will find a water bottle pocket on each side of the bag, and the elastic around the top was stretchy enough to accommodate our 18oz bottle, but anything wider might not fit. Two insulated pockets in the bag's main compartment keep formula or breastmilk cool for a few hours.

ruvalino backpack diaper bag review - organizing and later finding all your baby supplies can be done with...
Organizing and later finding all your baby supplies can be done with ease thanks to the Ruvalino's great organizational system.
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Dislikes


The Ruvalino has a large capacity with lots of great storage options, but due to the flimsiness of the construction, you may not be able to take full advantage of the space. There is more than one report regarding issues with the zippers busting open during use, particularly when the bag is packed to the max. While this did not happen during our tests, we agree that the zippers feel flimsy and do not glide as smoothly as other bags we have used. We had to use two hands most of the time.

ruvalino backpack diaper bag review - we do not completely trust the lower quality zippers on the ruvalino...
We do not completely trust the lower quality zippers on the Ruvalino diaper bag.
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The lower quality of the bag also shows in its lack of structure. When you load heavier items, the Ruvalino does not keep its shape very well and can start to sag. After heavy use, it begins to look frumpy and show signs of wear. We did not have any problems with the stitching unraveling, but the craftsmanship did not look as clean, and we noticed a few loose threads.

ruvalino backpack diaper bag review - finding a good diaper bag can be key to making outings with baby...
Finding a good diaper bag can be key to making outings with baby easier and more enjoyable.
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Should You Buy the Ruvalino Backpack?


The Ruvalino diaper bag is a multifunctional backpack with adequate storage and organization for all your baby supplies and will blend in with your everyday life. While the lower quality of the bag means that it may not be around for years, we think it is a good choice for parents who are on a strict budget but don't want to sacrifice style and convenience.

What Other Diaper Bags Should You Consider?


In the best diaper bag review, the Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back or Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. are podium finishers. While they are more expensive than the Ruvalino, they offer high-quality construction and a better user experience. But, if cost is a factor, the Skip Hop Mainframe Wide Open could be a compelling contender and may fit your needs and budget.

Abriah Wofford
 

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