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Honest Company Diapers Review

Expensive, eco-friendly option that didn't perform as expected
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Price:   $0.51 List | $0.41 each (in 34-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Eco-friendly, higher health score
Cons:  Disappointing leakage and absorption results, durability, price
Manufacturer:   The Honest Company
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  May 24, 2018
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RANKED
#18 of 23
  • Absorption - 40% 4
  • Leakage - 20% 5
  • Comfort - 15% 6
  • Health - 15% 4
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 7
  • Durability - 5% 3

The Skinny

The Honest Company diaper is a high priced diaper with multiple patterns. This product prides itself on being eco-friendly and good for baby and compared to the competition, and it is better than most diapers we tested at both. However, it isn't good at doing the essential jobs required for a diaper with poor performance in keeping liquids away from baby's skin and preventing leaks. Without these abilities, a diaper could cause messes or diaper rash making it a no-go in our book. If you are looking for an eco-friendly option that is good for baby and keeps messes where they belong, we prefer Nature Babycare over the Honest diaper with better test results for absorption, leakage, ecology, and health.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Honest diaper did not perform well in our tests and earned overall lower scores than it did in previous years reviews.
The Honest diaper did not perform well in our tests and earned overall lower scores than it did in previous years reviews.

The Honest Company was co-founded by actress Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan former CEO of Health Child Health World. Jessica says she started the Honest Company "…to help moms and give all child 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 decided to create these products themselves. Honest strives to create effective, safe, eco-friendly, convenient, and affordable products for families.

Honest is a pricey "green" diaper with poor performance in key metrics like absorption and leakage.
Honest is a pricey "green" diaper with poor performance in key metrics like absorption and leakage.

Performance Comparison


The comparison chart below includes overall scores for each diaper in this review. The Honest diaper failed to break the top 12 diapers and therefore, didn't earn any awards.


The sections below describe what we like and dislike about this diaper based on the test results. Compared to the competition there wasn't a lot to like.

Honest tested above average for eco-friendliness and baby's health  but it wasn't at the top of the green pack.
Honest tested above average for eco-friendliness and baby's health, but it wasn't at the top of the green pack.

Likes


It is hard to say what we liked about this diaper. 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. However, it did manage an above average score for our ecological and health metrics, and that is something we can truly get behind.

The Honest diapers come in a variety of patterns you can choose from for a more custom look.
The Honest diapers come in a variety of patterns you can choose from for a more custom look.

This diaper earned a 7 of 10 for eco-friendliness where the high is only 8. It is totally chlorine free (TCF), 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 "green washing" fibs before which now makes most of their claims a little suspect in our opinion.

The Honest diapers are super cute with lots of available patterns to choose from and they fit our little testers well.
The Honest diapers are super cute with lots of available patterns to choose from and they fit our little testers well.

For health, the Honest diaper earned a 6 of 10, where the high is 8, and the average is 4. This diaper is TCF and offers a partial disclosure list. It is perfume and latex free, but it has a print, and a lotion added, 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.

Honest earned below average scores for leakage and absorption making it a poor performing diaper where it counts.
Honest earned below average scores for leakage and absorption making it a poor performing diaper where it counts.

Dislikes


The Honest diaper didn't perform that well in our tests for absorption or for leakage, which makes it a tough diaper to love. The two main objectives of a diaper are to lock away moisture and prevent contents from leaking out. With an absorption score of 4 of 10 and leakage results of 5 of 10, this diaper is below average for both metrics.

Honest diapers didn't perform well in our tests for absorption with more moisture on the test paper than competing diapers.
Honest diapers didn't perform well in our tests for absorption with more moisture on the test paper than competing diapers.

If a diaper can't lock moisture away in the core, there is a high probability that 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. Our tests for leakage and online Amazon reviews both indicate that leaks are a possibility with the Honest diaper.

The Honest diaper caused a repeated rash on one of our testers.
The Honest diaper caused a repeated rash on one of our testers.

One of our testers developed a rash when using Honest, and after a three-day break where the irritation went away, it came back as soon as they tried Honest diapers again.

Honest diapers earned a below average score for durability with many online reviewers remarking on faulty tabs and falling apart.
Honest diapers earned a below average score for durability with many online reviewers remarking on faulty tabs and falling apart.

We also don't like that this diaper isn't very durable. It only earned 3 of 10 for durability with only one diaper scoring lower. After tallying reviews made by Amazon users, this diaper seemed to have some issues with faulty tabs and occasionally falling apart when compared to the reviews of other diapers we tested. With a higher price, you really need 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.

The Honest diaper disappointed in its performance in our tests compared to the competition.
The Honest diaper disappointed in its performance in our tests compared to the competition.

Conclusion


The Honest diaper has some nice features and materials that make it eco-friendly and healthier for baby with TCF production and no perfumes or latex. However, it isn't the best at locking away liquids or at preventing leaks, two critical components of a diaper. Because it has difficulty doing the main job of a diaper it is not a diaper we recommend. Also, we have noticed that since this diaper went mainstream with a higher distribution rate that it decreased in performance 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 either the quality or the materials used in the production of this diaper. While this diaper has always had a relatively average score in our tests, it has now dipped below the average which indicates that it is either losing performance abilities or other diapers are improving.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz