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.
Andy Pandy Review
Pros: Eco-friendly, few leaks, durable
Cons: Expensive, poor absorption, lower health results
Manufacturer: Andy Pandy Kids
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|Pros||Eco-friendly, few leaks, durable||Impressive absorption, great leak protection, comfy||Great absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefits||Great absorption, better health, and higher eco-friendliness||Durable, comfortable for baby, affordable|
|Cons||Expensive, poor absorption, lower health results||Average eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durable||Less durable, below-average leak prevention||Hard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durable||Average 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 likeability||Top performance in absorption and leaks with a comfy feel but they aren't as green as some of the competition||A soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency but less than stellar leak protection||A high absorbing, healthier option that is Earth-friendly, but it isn't very durable or comfy||A durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bank|
|Rating Categories||Andy Pandy||Babyganics||Seventh Generation...||Nature Babycare||Mama Bear Gentle Touch|
|Specs||Andy Pandy||Babyganics||Seventh Generation...||Nature Babycare||Mama Bear Gentle Touch|
|Type of Diaper||Green||Green||Green||Green||Traditional|
|Perfume-Free||Not Listed||Not Listed||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Miscellaneous Materials Details||Bamboo Based Plastics||Corn Based Plastics|
|Stretchable Side Wings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Vincotte OK Biobased Certified
Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation Recommended
"Good Environmental Choice" Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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, Nature Babycare 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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