The Huggies Snug & Dry diaper is a budget-friendly diaper that performed well in our tests for leakage. This diaper is comfortable and durable with a combination not seen in most of the competition. Unfortunately, however, this diaper also failed to perform well in our tests for absorption which is one of two things a diaper should do well combined with preventing leaks. If a diaper can't trap moisture, then it isn't much of a diaper. So even if you can overlook its poor eco score or its failure to remove potential irritants from the diaper, it simply doesn't perform the duties of a diaper as well as the competition.
Huggies Snug & Dry Review
Pros: Comfy, durable, few leaks, price
Cons: Not eco-friendly, poor absorption, disappointing health score
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|Pros||Comfy, durable, few leaks, price||Great absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendliness||Absorption, comfy, durable, better health||Great health, good absorption, eco-friendly||Great for health, eco-friendly, comfy|
|Cons||Not eco-friendly, poor absorption, disappointing health score||Hard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durable||Average leakage and eco-friendliness||Possible leaks, not so cozy||Average for leaks and durability|
|Bottom Line||Inexpensive, cozy option with poor absorption, eco, and health scores||High performing, healthier option that is Earth friendly||Top performance where it counts with a comfy feel and durable design||Budget-friendly green option with great health and eco scores||Healthy, eco-friendly choice that gets the job done|
|Rating Categories||Huggies Snug & Dry||Nature Babycare||Babyganics||Free & Clear||Bambo Nature|
|Eco Friendly (5%)|
|Specs||Huggies Snug & Dry||Nature Babycare||Babyganics||Free & Clear||Bambo Nature|
|Type of Diaper||Traditional||Green||Green||Green||Green|
|Chlorine-Free||Not Listed||Totally Chlorine-free||Totally Chlorine-free||Totally Chlorine-free||Elemental Chlorine-free|
|Perfume-Free||Not Listed||Yes||Not Listed||Yes||Yes|
|Miscellaneous Materials Details||Corn Based Plastics|
|Stretchable Side Wings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Eco-awards||FSC Certified Vincotte OK Biobased Certified Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation Recommended "Good Environmental Choice" Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation EcoCert GOTS Certified||FSC Certified Rainforest Alliance Certified||Nordic Eco-label FSC Certified Asthma-Allergy Denmark|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Huggies is part of the Kimberly-Clark Baby and Childcare Brands that also make Good Nites and Pull Ups. Huggies makes a variety of different diaper options and wipes. They are a well-known brand in the United States and many parents consider them a quality brand with a reasonable price.
The comparison chart shown here includes the overall scores for each diaper tested including the Huggies Snug & Dry (in blue). Snug & Dry came in below the average for the group.
The information outlined below includes what we like and dislike about this diaper compared to the competition including how it performed during testing.
Snug & Dry diapers are a cozy option with a score of 8 of 10 for comfort, the highest score in the review. This diaper has skin-friendly elastic on the sides and back with smooth motion areas for limited chafing. The fabric is softer than the average diaper and the closure tabs are free of poky parts.
We also like that this diaper is durable with very few online reviewers remarking on durability issues. Compared to the competition we tested it definitely feels as if it will withstand what baby dishes out at least until the next diaper change.
The Snug & Dry also performed well in our tests for leaks with no leaking or run-off during testing. Also, only a third of Amazon reviewers remarked on leaks in their online reviews which is a favorable amount compared to the competition.
We also like the reasonable price point of the Snug & Dry, which is at least in part why this diaper is so popular and often the diaper of choice for many parents. At roughly $0.14 per diaper, it is tough to beat while still purchasing a well-known brand name. This price is more on par with store brand diapers like Walmart Parent Choice (that scored 4 points higher overall).
We dislike a few things when it comes the Snug & Dry and while some of them may not be on your list of important factors, certainly one of our dislikes is. This diaper did not score well in our tests for absorption earning only 4 of 10 which is below average when it comes to retaining moisture and locking it away. This causes some concern that the excess wetness could cause skin irritation, diaper rash, or wet clothes. Absorption along with leakage are the two primary objectives of a diaper and if a diaper doesn't do both well, then it is hard to consider it a top contender no matter what else it brings to the table.
We also don't like that Huggies is not making any strides toward a more Earth-friendly or baby health friendly diaper. While a disposable diaper is always going to have flaws when it comes to eco-friendliness, the Huggies brand and the Snug & Dry option are not even trying. This diaper earned a 1 of 10 for both Ecology and Health. Huggies does not offer a list of materials used and does not include information on renewable resources or biodegradability. They do not specify if they are chlorine, latex, perfume, of dye free and they make no claims or boasts about being allergy certified or attempts at using fewer chemicals during processing.
Huggies Snug & Dry is a popular inexpensive diaper that parents seem to like. it provides a cozy feel and comfortable fit that is durable enough to meet expectations between diaper changes. This diaper performed well in our tests for leakage with no run-off during testing and few reports of leaking from users. However, it did not do well in our tests for absorption with significant moisture transfer during testing that could potentially result in messes or skin irritation. The Snug & Dry is an old fashioned diaper that doesn't seem to be free of anything including chlorine, perfumes, dyes, or lotions which could be a problem for sensitive skin. This diaper also lacks and nods to eco-friendliness which seals its fate as a diaper we do not recommend.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz