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Luvs ReviewPrice: $0.11 List | $0.14 each (in 186-pack) at Amazon
Pros: Comfy, budget-friendly
Cons: Disappointing leakage and absorption
Bottom line: Inexpensive option with possible leaks and low absorption
Chlorine-Free: Elemental , Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free: Not Listed
Luvs is an inexpensive somewhat comfortable diaper that has below average test results in almost every metric. With absorbency and leakage performance that is below much of the competition, this diaper may fail you when you need it most which could lead to possible wet clothes and potential diaper rash. If a diaper can't keep liquids locked away, then it isn't accomplishing the basic goal of a diaper. Even if you are willing to accept the unimpressive test results it has other problems including poor eco-friendliness, baby health, and durability. No matter what you are looking for, there is probably a diaper out there that does it better.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Luvs is owned by Proctor and Gamble which also makes Pampers diapers. Luvs is based on the idea that you do not need to pay more for a diaper to find a great diaper that works well. Luvs offers a money back guarantee if you are not happy with their diaper compared to another brand you've used. Luvs believes that once you are an experienced parent you'll use Luvs over other brands because it saves you money with the same level of quality and function.
The comparison chart shown here includes the overall scores for all of the diapers we tested in this review. Luvs performed below the average and came in the bottom half of 24 products.
The sections below include what we like and dislike about the Luvs diaper based on test results and compared to the competition.
After testing there isn't much to love about Luvs. In fact, with only two exceptions, this diaper scored below average in every metric but comfort and absorption where it eked out average results. It isn't even the least expensive option with several diapers costing less with higher overall scores. That being said we do like the lower price.
This diaper is average for comfort with a 5 of 10 compared to the competition. The tabs and cuffs are the best part and very skin friendly with relatively soft fabric.
Luvs also scored a 5 of 10 for absorbency, which is average for the group and not really impressive. However, given the lower than average scores overall it is still a like for us. On the up side, the absorption results were at least consistent without some of the wide variation we saw in the Pampers products that are made by the same company. Because the absorbency is subpar, baby's tushie may be continually wet which could result in skin irritation and diaper rash.
We didn't like the test results for leaks. This diaper earned a 5 of 10 for leaks which is below the average for the group. It had more run-off during testing than the some of the competition and online reviewer accounts have a significant percentage mentioning leaking problems. For a diaper that has a money back guarantee for leaks, this is disappointing. The high for leakage in this review is 8, earned by some of the green diapers. If budget is a concern Babies R Us earned a 7 for leakage and absorption with a similar price point..
We didn't like that Luvs, much like Pampers, isn't trying that hard to be eco-friendly or limit irritants or chemicals that come in contact with the baby with a 2 of 10 for both ecology and health. If your baby has sensitive skin or you have concerns for the environment, then this diaper is not the one for you.
This diaper is free of elemental chlorine which prevents dioxins, but it doesn't state it is totally chlorine free (TCF). It is latex free but doesn't comment on other common irritants like dyes, perfumes, and lotion. There is a print and a strong odor so we assume it has all three. We'd prefer if Luvs and Proctor and Gamble had a full disclosure list so parents could make informed purchases. Luvs also doesn't disclose any nods toward the environment and it makes no claims for biodegradability of diapers or packaging and it doesn't appear to use renewable resources. Given than many other brands are moving in this direction it is disappointing to see such a large company ignore the possibilities.
Luvs diapers leave a lot to love, even at the lower price. This diaper is average in most respects with several individual metric scores coming in below average. While it has an average score for absorption the lower leakage score indicates this diaper could result in unwanted messes and baby bottom irritation. If a diaper doesn't absorb or prevent leaks, then it isn't really doing its job. If you combine this with the lower scores for ecology and health, you have a diaper that doesn't really meet any objective.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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