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Andy Pandy Review

An eco-friendly diaper that is durable with fewer leaks but poor absorption and a higher price hurt its overall likeability
Andy Pandy
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $0.50 List
Pros:  Eco-friendly, few leaks, durable
Cons:  Expensive, poor absorption, lower health results
Manufacturer:   Andy Pandy Kids
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Apr 20, 2022
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  • Absorption - 40% 2.0
  • Leakage - 20% 8.0
  • Comfort - 15% 7.0
  • Health - 15% 5.0
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 8.0
  • Durability - 5% 8.0

The Skinny

The Andy Pandy diaper is an intriguing option for parents concerned about the environment, as it earned one of the higher scores in our review for eco-friendliness. Andy Pandy has made significant efforts to create a more environmentally friendly and healthy diaper for babies compared to the competition, and we appreciate their efforts. Unfortunately, this diaper struggled to absorb and lock away liquids in our tests, hurting its overall score during testing. The higher price and poor absorption results override the benefits of this diaper as there are better performing diapers with similar or better environmental and health advantages.

Editor's Note: We updated this disposable diaper review with new details about our favorite diapers from this review. It was updated on April 20, 2022.

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Pros Eco-friendly, few leaks, durableImpressive absorption, great leak protection, comfyGreat absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefitsGreat absorption, better health, and higher eco-friendlinessDurable, comfortable for baby, affordable
Cons Expensive, poor absorption, lower health resultsAverage eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durableLess durable, below-average leak preventionHard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durableAverage absorbency, less eco-friendly
Bottom Line An eco-friendly diaper that is durable with fewer leaks but poor absorption and a higher price hurt its overall likeabilityTop performance in absorption and leaks with a comfy feel but they aren't as green as some of the competitionA soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency but less than stellar leak protectionA high absorbing, healthier option that is Earth-friendly, but it isn't very durable or comfyA durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bank
Rating Categories Andy Pandy Babyganics Seventh Generation... Eco by Naty Mama Bear Gentle Touch
Absorption (40%)
2.0
9.0
9.0
10.0
6.0
Leakage (20%)
8.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
Comfort (15%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
3.0
7.0
Health (15%)
5.0
3.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Eco-friendly (5%)
8.0
4.0
6.0
8.0
4.0
Durability (5%)
8.0
3.0
4.0
1
9.0
Specs Andy Pandy Babyganics Seventh Generation... Eco by Naty Mama Bear Gentle Touch
Type of Diaper Green Green Green Green Traditional
Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free Not Listed Not Listed Yes Yes Yes
Biodegradable 86.5% No No 99.9% No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Bamboo Based Plastics Corn Based Plastics
Wetness Indicator Yes Yes No No Yes
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back Yes Yes No No Yes
Eco-awards FSC Certified
Vincotte OK Biobased Certified
Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation Recommended
"Good Environmental Choice" Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
EcoCert
GOTS Certified

Our Analysis and Test Results

Andy Pandy is a part of the Hansen Kids LLC company, a small owner-operated business located in Michigan. Inspired by their love of family and the planet, the company strives to create environmentally friendly and safe products for children. In 2013, the Hansen family released their dream diaper, the Andy Pandy Premium Bamboo disposable diapers, after years of research and testing to create a quality, eco-friendly product.

Performance Comparison


Andy Pandy disposable diaper - andy pandy is comfortable with soft fabric and smooth elastic and...
Andy Pandy is comfortable with soft fabric and smooth elastic and closure tabs.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


This diaper scored well for leakage, coming in above-average in our tests. We had minimal to no leaking during testing, but some Amazon reviewers did experience some leaking during normal use, which impacted the leakage score.

Andy Pandy disposable diaper - andy pandy performed well in our tests for leakage with no run-off...
Andy Pandy performed well in our tests for leakage with no run-off or leaks experienced during testing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We also love the efforts of this brand to create an eco-friendly diaper with nods to a baby's health as well. This diaper uses renewable bamboo for the outside and inside covers grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals; it is totally chlorine-free (TCF) and biodegradable under the right conditions (rare in a traditional landfill). This diaper is latex, dye, perfume, alcohol, preservatives, phthalates, PVC, TBT, and Antioxidant free. It does have an aloe liner, which is akin to a lotion additive (in our opinion), and a pH strip for wetness indicating.

The Andy Pandy diaper is comfortable with soft fabric, non-abrasive tabs, and elastic. It came in close to the front of the pack in the comfort metric and remained fairly durable, a step up from a previous version we've reviewed in the past (hooray for improvements!).

Andy Pandy disposable diaper - the overall score the andy pandy was hurt by its inability to truly...
The overall score the Andy Pandy was hurt by its inability to truly lock away moisture to avoid messes and possible skin irritation or diaper rashes for baby.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


Unfortunately, this diaper did not score well in our absorption tests, with one of the lowest scores in the diaper group. Liquids don't get trapped in the diaper core and could either run off or sit wet against the baby's tushie, potentially causing irritation or possible diaper rash. Absorption is a key functional feature of a diaper, along with preventing leaks, and it is hard to consider a diaper with a score this low.

Andy Pandy disposable diaper - andy pandy is an eco-friendly diaper with good scores for leakage...
Andy Pandy is an eco-friendly diaper with good scores for leakage and health.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Our research indicated that some users had trouble with faulty tabs and leaking SAP (the portion of the diaper that collects and traps liquids and looks something like Jello when full). A diaper doesn't have to live long, and we suspect the attempt at biodegradability has left this product on the thinner side, but it should last between diaper changes, so you don't end up with a mess on your hands.

Andy Pandy disposable diaper - several online reviewers reported that the closure tabs on the andy...
Several online reviewers reported that the closure tabs on the Andy Pandy diaper are often faulty resulting in a higher percentage of useless diapers compared to the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Andy Pandy?


Andy Pandy is an interesting diaper making keen attempts at being eco-friendly and effective. This diaper hits the mark for Earth-friendliness and is better than average for baby health, but it misses the boat for absorption, making it a no-go no matter how much we love some of its other redeeming attributes. While being eco-friendly is important, other diapers get the job done in that department with better scores for leaks and absorption than Andy Pandy.

What Other Disposable Diaper Should You Consider?


Because this diaper ranks in the bottom third of test products and is one of the most expensive in the group per diaper, we think almost any option is a better fit. If you want an eco-friendly disposable diaper, Eco by Naty has a similar score for this metric to Andy Pandy, but it also has the highest absorption result in the group as well. Its test results make it a better performing diaper with a lower price. Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection is another potential contender with slightly lower eco-health results but an overall impressive test performance that results in a higher-scoring diaper.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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