The Honest Company diaper is a high-priced diaper offered in various patterns. This product prides itself on being eco-friendly and good for your baby, with a lot of marketing geared toward health and eco-conscious parents. Compared to the traditional disposable diaper competition, it is better at both than many diapers we tested. Still, it struggled to keep up with the higher-scoring green option in this review. Unfortunately, it also didn't perform well in our tests for absorption, one of the main requirements of a diaper. So despite its better-than-average leak protection, eco-health, and improved durability, it still can't match the performance of other green options that cost less and are better for babies and the environment.Editor's Note: This diaper review received an update on April 20, 2022, with new sections about our award-winners and recommendations.
Honest Company Diapers Review
Pros: Eco-friendly, higher health score, better leak protection
Cons: Disappointing absorption results, not as durable
Manufacturer: The Honest Company
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Honest Company Diapers
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$0.29 each at Amazon
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|Pros||Eco-friendly, higher health score, better leak protection||Impressive absorption, great leak protection, comfy||Great absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefits||Durable, comfortable for baby, affordable||Great for health, durable, comfortable|
|Cons||Disappointing absorption results, not as durable||Average eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durable||Less durable, below-average leak prevention||Average absorbency, less eco-friendly||Average for leak protection|
|Bottom Line||An eco-friendlier option that didn't perform as well as expected for absorbency||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 durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bank||A healthy option that is comfortable and durable, but absorption and leak protection aren't the absolute best|
|Rating Categories||Honest Company Diapers||Babyganics||Seventh Generation...||Mama Bear Gentle Touch||Bambo Nature|
|Specs||Honest Company Diapers||Babyganics||Seventh Generation...||Mama Bear Gentle Touch||Bambo Nature|
|Type of Diaper||Green||Green||Green||Traditional||Green|
|Miscellaneous Materials Details||Plant based inner and outer layer|
|Stretchable Side Wings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Eco-awards||PETA Cruelty-Free and Vegan
Certified "B" Corporation
Gold Level Green America Certified Business
Our Analysis and Test Results
Actress Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, former CEO of Health Child Health World, co-founded The Honest Company. Jessica says she started the Honest Company "…to help moms and give all children a better, safer start." The company makes a variety of home products, from soaps and cleaners to multi-vitamins and diapers. Both Christopher and Jessica were frustrated, trying to find the best products for their little ones, so they created these products themselves. Honest strives to develop effective, safe, eco-friendly, convenient, and affordable products for families.
It is hard to say what we liked about this diaper compared to the diapering competition. While it has some fun designs, and we like that you get to choose what pattern you order, it didn't score that well in most of our tests, leaving a general feeling of blah about it. However, it managed above-average scores for our ecological and health metrics, which is something we can truly get behind.
This diaper earned a relatively high score for eco-friendliness, where many traditional diapers struggle in this metric. It is totally chlorine-free (TCF) and uses plant-based plastics and pulp from sustainably managed forests. It also has a plant-based inner and outer layer, but Honest doesn't remark on its biodegradability. Honest offers a partial disclosure list for their diapers, and we wish it were a complete disclosure because we've caught them in "greenwashing" fibs before, which now makes most of their claims a little suspect, in our opinion. Despite scoring above average for these metrics, it is important to note that other green diapers score higher, often much higher, and cost less.
For health, the Honest diaper also scored above average. This diaper is TCF and offers a partial disclosure list. It is perfume and latex-free, but it has a print and added lotion, so it isn't lotion or dye-free. It could have scored higher if they offered a full disclosure list and were free of any additives.
Our new testing and research for Honest diapers show an uptick in its ability to control leaks, which is a big deal given their previous disappointing results in this metric. With an above-average score for leaks this go, we think there is finally a key diaper aspect to love about the honest diaper.
The Honest diaper didn't perform that well in our absorption tests, making it a tough diaper to love overall, as this is one of the two main objectives of a diaper.
If a diaper can't lock moisture away in the core, there is a high probability that the baby's skin is in direct contact with wetness. This moisture can lead to discomfort, skin irritation, and diaper rash over time. It can also lead to wet clothing or leakage because it doesn't absorb fast enough and could run off the surface and past the leg cuff or up the back. While our new testing and research indicate less leakage than our previous review, we still think poor absorption creates a situation conducive to potential leaks.
One of our testers developed a rash when using Honest. After a three-day break, the irritation went away, but it came back as soon as they tried Honest diapers again.
We also don't like that this diaper isn't very durable. While it isn't as poorly constructed as we've seen in the past from Honest, it still didn't hit the average score for the group compared side-by-side. After much use and online research, this diaper seemed to have some issues with faulty tabs and occasionally falling apart compared to other diapers we tested. With a higher price, you expect that diaper to stay in one piece, and you don't want to have to throw away an unused diaper because the tabs don't work.
Should You Buy the Honest Diaper?
The Honest diaper has some nice features and materials that make it eco-friendly and healthier for babies with TCF production and no perfumes or latex. However, it isn't the best at locking away liquids, a critical component of diaper functionality, in our opinion. Because it has difficulty doing the main job of a diaper, it is not a diaper we recommend. Also, we noticed that since Honest went mainstream with increased distribution, its performance decreased in our tests (comparing this year to our 2014 tests). It also performed poorly compared to similar green diapers in our tests, which makes us wonder if the mass distribution has impacted the quality of the materials used to produce this diaper. While this diaper has always had a relatively average score in our tests, it has now dipped below the average, which indicates (to us) that it is either losing performance abilities or other diapers are improving at a more rapid pace.
What Other Disposable Diaper Should You Consider?
For an impressive eco-friendly and healthy diaper, we love Eco by Naty. This diaper is more expensive than Honest, but we think the performance difference is worth the extra cost and suspect you will use fewer diapers with Eco by Naty. Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection has a similar price point to Honest and is a higher-ranking option in the key metric of absorption. It also performs better than average for health and eco-friendliness.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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