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Huggies Little Snugglers Review

This diaper offers excellent leak protection and comfort, with better absorption but the lack of disclosure is disappointing
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Huggies Little Snugglers Review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Manufacturer:   Huggies
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jun 2, 2023
84
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RANKED
#4 of 19
  • Absorption - 45% 8.7
  • Leakage - 25% 9.0
  • Comfort - 20% 7.9
  • Durability - 10% 7.0

The Skinny

Huggies Little Snugglers are cozy, comfortable top-ranked disposable diapers with soft fabric inside and skin-friendly closure tabs and motion points. This diapering staple is well-constructed and feels durable enough to put up with whatever your baby dishes out, which is somewhat difficult to obtain while staying comfortable. This diaper also performed well in our tests for leakage and absorption, key metrics where a diaper should excel. Unfortunately, Little Snugglers do not have clear transparency on what they do or don't contain. The lack of up-front disclosure is hard to accept given the competition and at the very least we'd expect clear information for fragrances, lotions, and dyes.
REASONS TO BUY
Great leak prevention
Good absorption
Comfortable
Very durable
REASONS TO AVOID
Not as eco-friendly
Lack of transparency
Editor's Note: This Huggies Little Snugglers review was updated on May 30, 2023, with more details on which diapers we recommend based on new tests of 13 diapers.

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Bottom Line Great absorption and leak protection, but few nods for baby's skin or the environmentImpressive performance and better health nods than you'd expect make this a budget-friendly diaper parents will loveWith great absorption and leak protection, this durable and comfy diaper is a reasonably priced option for most familiesGood absorption and few leaks with a budget price that are easy to find, but no nods for eco-healthAn affordable diaper that holds up well and is comfortable to wear with better health and eco considerations than similar options
Rating Categories Huggies Little Snug... Kirkland Signature Hello Bello Premium Huggies Snug & Dry Mama Bear Gentle Touch
Absorption (45%)
8.7
10.0
8.7
8.0
6.3
Leakage (25%)
9.0
9.0
8.4
7.8
6.6
Comfort (20%)
7.9
8.6
7.4
7.5
6.6
Durability (10%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
Specs Huggies Little Snug... Kirkland Signature Hello Bello Premium Huggies Snug & Dry Mama Bear Gentle Touch
Type of Diaper Green/Traditional Traditional Traditional Green Traditional Traditional
Chlorine-Free ECF/TCF Not Listed ECF TFC Not Listed ECF
Fragrance-Free Yes Yes Yes No - Strong baby powder scent Yes
Biodegradable Not listed Not listed No Not listed Not listed
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Wood Pulp
Sodium Polyacrylate
Polypropylene
Polyethylene
Adhesives
Polyester
Polyrurethane elastics
Made with Plant Based Materials (At least 23%+ by weight) TCF fluff pulp from sustainably managed forests, a high-performance Super Absorbent Polymer, polypropylene/polyethylene/polyester nonwoven fibers, plant-derived PLA nonwoven fiber, spandex strands, and an elastomeric fill Wood Pulp
Sodium Polyacrylate
Polypropylene
Polyethylene
Adhesives
Polyester
Polyrurethane elastics
Wetness Indicator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable side wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back of Diaper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eco-Awards & Certifications Good Housekeeping ~ "2022 Parenting Awards"
New York Magazine ~ "Best Diaper Subscription"
ptpa.com ~ "winner"
Dye-Free "Printing inks are used to provide a decorative design. The colorants and pigments we use are evaluated to ensure they are safe and non-sensitizing." Not listed, does have a print No "Printing inks are used to provide a decorative design. The colorants and pigments we use are evaluated to ensure they are safe and non-sensitizing." Not listed, has a very minimal print on waistband
Lotion-Free Not Listed Yes Yes Not Listed Yes
Latex-Free Not listed Not listed Yes Not listed Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Huggies Snugglers is made by Huggies, a Kimberly-Clark Baby and Childcare Brands company. Huggies is a well-known brand with new and seasoned parents alike, providing a variety of diapers and wipes for different needs.

Performance Comparison


huggies little snugglers - the closure tabs and motion points on the little snugglers are soft...
The closure tabs and motion points on the Little Snugglers are soft compared to the competition and unlikely to irritate sensitive skin.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


The best thing about this diaper is it has fewer leaks and performed well in our tests for leaks with little to no mock urine escaping the diaper.


Amazon users also report fewer leaks with this diaper in real-world use. These results earned the Snugglers an exceptional score for leakage, one of the highest in this diaper review.


It also performed well in our tests for absorption, with one of the highest results in our tests. This diaper did well during testing, locking in moisture quickly to create a drier surface for the baby's skin.

huggies little snugglers - notice the leakage pan for the snugglers is dry, but the absorption...
Notice the leakage pan for the Snugglers is dry, but the absorption paper is soaked through across the span of the paper.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


We also like how cozy and comfortable this diaper feels compared to the best diaper competition. It scored just below the high for comfort. The fabric is soft, but more importantly, it has soft motion points where a baby's joint will move, and it has tab closures that aren't rough or poky like some of the competing diapers we tested.


This diaper also scored extremely well for durability, which is often hard to do while remaining comfortable and a rare feat in this competition.

huggies little snugglers - the little snugglers were no match for 100ml of mock urine in our...
The Little Snugglers were no match for 100ml of mock urine in our tests for diaper absorption. This diaper scored only 2 of 10 for this test.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


We don't care for the lack of transparency from Huggies on all their diapers. While the Huggies website says the Little Snugglers are fragrance and lotion-free, it does not say much else about what is in the diaper or whether or not it is free of other known allergens like chlorine dyes or latex. In general, the website fails to offer any disclosure on ingredients or what it has or lacks, which we think all manufacturers should offer to parents so they can make an informed decision.

huggies little snugglers - while the snugglers are super soft, we don't like that huggies...
While the Snugglers are super soft, we don't like that Huggies doesn't offer anything in the way of material or content disclosure for these diapers which prevent parents from making informed decisions.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We also dislike that Huggies isn't making any effort to improve the eco-friendliness of this diaper. While any disposable diaper isn't ideal for the environment, some brands are making choices that increase the potential for biodegradability, or they are using renewable materials like bamboo or corn SAP.

Huggies Little Snugglers scored well in our testing in critical metrics and overall.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Little Snugglers?


Huggies Little Snugglers are comfortable and durable diapers that offer great leakage protection and absorption, which are the primary battles for a favorite disposable diaper. Unfortunately, this diaper doesn't offer much in the way of baby skin health or the environment. So, even though these diapers are comfy, dry, and offer less leaking, we wish they did more concerning transparency for potential skin irritants and the Earth.

What Other Disposable Diaper Should You Consider?


Kirkland Signature is an excellent performer this round, with a perfect score for absorption and a high for leak protection. With a budget-friendly price and better scores for health and the earth, it is hard not to choose Kirkland over Little Snugglers. If you want a similar performing diaper but need a little more benefits for eco-friendliness, Hello Bello Premium is another option to consider. This diaper performed well in our tests for absorption and leaks, plus it is easy to find and scored higher for considerations for the environment.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz