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Cuties ReviewPrice: $0.23 List | $0.22 each (in 144-pack) at Amazon
Pros: Inexpensive, absorption, better health for the price
Cons: Leakage, not eco-friendly
Bottom line: Good absorption and cheaper price can't make up for possible leaking
Cuties diapers are budget-friendly and came in the top half out of 24 diapers tested. It managed an above average score for absorbency with minimal moisture transfer to the paper. However, there isn't much to boast about here with average or below average performance in most metrics, and even the lower price can't save it from disappointing leakage. On the upside, this product does offer more for baby's health than the majority of cheaper products with chlorine, latex, and perfume free construction. It has an aloe additive and dye on the diaper, but it claims to be dye free which means their definition of dye may be different than yours. Overall, this diaper isn't good enough to pass muster and could leave a mess behind.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Cuties brand diapers are manufactured by First Quality, a company that also makes adult incontinence products. First Quality began making children's diapers in 2008 and Cuties are the only diaper for children they make. The company's goal is to make a great performing diaper that has high absorbency qualities. It is one of the more economical diapers we tested.
This chart provides a comparison of the overall test results for the 24 diapers we tested in this review. Overall scores are computed using individual metric scores with a weighting toward absorption and leakage.
The sections below detail what we like and dislike about this diaper as a result of testing and compared to the competition.
Absorption is the only metric that Cuties earned a score above average. This makes it one of the few things we like about this diaper. With a 6 of 10 performance compared to the competition, this diaper is pretty good at locking away moisture and keeping baby's tushie on the drier side. Our tests also indicate it is consistent showing at the very least a certain quality assurance during manufacturing unlike some of the competition that had test results all over the board.
This diaper earned a 4 of 10 for health which is the average for the group and a high amongst cheaper diapers. While it doesn't offer a full disclosure on best practices or how it is made, it is chlorine free making it one of the few cheap choices that are. However, they don't state if they are elemental chlorine free or total so the jury is still out on what it means overall.
The Cuties diaper did not score well for leakage with a score of 5 of 10 which is below the average for the group. In our tests, this diaper showed some run off which indicates slow absorption and a chance for leaking. Online reviewers also indicate that the diaper leaks more than the competition with 33% of reviews we looked at discussing leak issues. This means that one of the two main jobs of a diaper is lacking; the absorption is just average and the leakage is below average, this doesn't bode well for the diaper during use.
We also didn't care for the ecological performance of this product with a score of 2 of 10 with almost no consideration for creating a more Earth-friendly diaper. Cuties claim to be chlorine free but they don't say if it is elemental or total. They do not offer a disclosure list of how this is made or what it is made of. It does not appear as though renewable or sustainable resources were used and no information is given for biodegradability. While no disposable diaper is going to be Earth loving, some brands are making efforts to improve the eco-friendliness of this type of diaper.
Cuties diapers are a cost effective diaper solution that scored above average for absorption but disappointed with a below average performance for leakage. This means Cuties aren't the best at the two main functions of a diaper, absorbency and preventing leaks. If a diaper can't absorb liquids quickly or it doesn't prevent leaks then it doesn't work very well. In addition, this diaper isn't the best for eco-friendliness and is below the average for comfort. No matter what metric is most important to you Cuties doesn't meet the need even with the lower cost.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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