Earth's Best Tender Care Review
Pros: Leak prevention, durable, average absorption
Cons: Not as cozy or eco-friendly
Manufacturer: Earth's Best
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Earth's Best goal is to "protect the earth through sustainable farming practices." The company focuses on quality and organic farming for the last 30 years and are committed to Earth-friendly practices. Earth's Best makes a variety of products for baby, including diapers, wipes, formula, and first foods.
We like this diaper for its excellent ability to prevent leaks, earning one of the top scores of the group. It performed well in our run-off tests, and according to most reviewers on Amazon, it keeps everything contained.
This diaper earned a relatively high score for durability compared to the competition, with fewer reports of faulty tabs, escaping SAP, or falling apart. Unfortunately for this product, the higher durability score may be a result of a more uncomfortable diaper (see dislikes below).
Earth's Best earned an average score for both absorption and health, which isn't as good as some of the competition, but there are products in this review that received lower scores. In our tests, the transfer paper did have some moisture on it, but it wasn't as significant as lower scoring products. While this isn't a high score, it isn't a deal-breaker, especially when combined with a higher leakage score.
For health, Earth's Best doesn't offer a complete disclosure list, which is a bummer. However, they did provide enough details to earn an average score. This diaper is chlorine-free, though they don't specify if this is totally free of chlorine or only free of elemental chlorine. It is also free of perfume and latex. It claims to be free of dyes but has a print on the waistband. Many brands will use what they call "pigments" to claim a dye-free diaper. What the difference is between a pigment and a dye is anyone's guess, since there is not an industry agreed-upon definition. We aren't big fans of these kinds of word games, and we think it is misleading to consumers to intentionally use the lack of agreed-upon definitions to make inaccurate claims.
This diaper struggled in most metrics to eke out an above-average score, and it only managed it for leakage and durability. With only two average metric scores, the remainder were below average making them things we don't like about this diaper.
Earth's Best earned a below-average comfort score. When compared to the competition, this diaper isn't as soft inside or out, and the motion points and closure tabs weren't very skin-friendly. The elastic on this diaper is nice, but it isn't nice enough to make up for the other comfort issues we observed.
For a diaper that claims to be good for the Earth, this option didn't pass muster compared to some others that we tested. While no disposable diaper is great for the environment, some products are trying to improve their footprint or at least decrease their impact. Earth's Best doesn't offer a full disclosure list of their best practices, and they make no claims of biodegradability or recyclable packaging. And while they do claim to use wheat and corn, they don't explain how and it doesn't seem to decrease the other materials that aren't as eco-friendly. Overall, this diaper had one of the lowest scores for ecology.
Earth's Best diapers earned an above-average overall score in our tests. It performed well in our tests and research for leakage, but it struggled in areas we would have expected it to excel like eco-friendliness and baby's health. This diaper offers average absorption properties and durability with below-average performance for comfort. Overall, it might provide adequate protection against leaks and keep baby dry, but for the price, we think it should provide more in the way of absorption, health, and eco-friendliness.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz