Pros: Affordable, wetness indicator
Cons: Not absorbent, run small, not durable
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|Pros||Affordable, wetness indicator||Great absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendliness||Great health, good absorption, eco-friendly||Durable, comfy, price||Comfortable, durable|
|Cons||Not absorbent, run small, not durable||Hard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durable||Possible leaks, not so cozy||Health, not very eco-friendly||Poor absorption, more leaks, not eco-friendly|
|Bottom Line||The most affordable option per diaper may end up costing more in the long run||High performing, healthier option that is Earth friendly||Budget-friendly green option with great health and eco scores||Durable and cozy diaper with good performance for the price||Comfortable option that fails to provide enough absorption and limited leaks|
|Rating Categories||Luvs||Nature Babycare||Free & Clear||Kirkland Signature...||Target Up & Up|
|Eco Friendly (5%)|
|Specs||Luvs||Nature Babycare||Free & Clear||Kirkland Signature...||Target Up & Up|
|Type of Diaper||Traditional||Green||Green||Traditional||Traditional|
|Miscellaneous Materials Details||Corn Based Plastics|
|Stretchable Side Wings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Vincotte OK Biobased Certified
Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation Recommended
"Good Environmental Choice" Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
Rainforest Alliance Certified
Our Analysis and Test Results
Luvs is owned by Proctor and Gamble, which also makes Pampers diapers. Luvs' idea is that it is possible to find a great diaper that works well without paying more. 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 choose Luvs over other brands because it offers the same quality and functionality while also saving you money.
Our favorite part about Luvs diapers is the comfort factor. The inner liner is smooth and lightweight. It has almost no texture that could cause chafing or irritation. All elastics and gussets feel gentle on the skin and are not restricting. Compared with some other diapers, Luvs diapers are thinner and made with less material, leading to a less bulky feel. These diapers fit better under clothing and might be less restricting for your little one.
Another attractive feature of choosing the Luvs brand is the price. At .15 per diaper, it is one of the cheapest options we tested. For parents looking for an affordable diapering option, the sticker price may fit neatly into a tight budget. However, we urge you to consider that the number of diapers you use overall may increase compared to using a more durable and slightly more expensive brand.
After completing all of our tests, Luvs left us not in love. With one of the lowest absorbency scores and an equally poor leakage score, we do not trust these diapers to withstand an extra heavy wetting or to contain a blowout. The lack of wicking properties means that your baby will be sitting with wet material directly against their skin, which can cause irritation and rashes. To avoid this, users often complain about having to put on a new diaper much more frequently than with other brands, often encountering leaks if the diaper is not changed soon enough. During our leak tests, Luvs left a large puddle of uncaptured mock urine because the diaper could not absorb the liquid quickly enough.
On top of poor urine containment, Luvs are not that durable. The closure tabs do not attach very securely to the diaper's front, and they tend to pull off at exactly the wrong time. The amount of leaks you deal with is dependent on your child's potty habits; however, the consensus is that these diapers may not be the best option for nighttime or long car rides.
The final metrics that we evaluate are health and eco-friendliness; Luvs did not do well in either category. While they do not list any dyes or perfumes, the diapers have a print all over and fragrance so strong that you can smell it even before opening the package. Aside from touting latex-free materials, Luvs does not fully disclose their list of ingredients, which leaves buyers guessing at the contents, and we would prefer that they be more transparent about what they put into their diapers. They are elemental chlorine-free (ECF), which prevents dioxins, but we prefer diapers to be totally chlorine-free. Other than being ECF, they don't claim to make an effort at being biodegradable and use renewable resources during production.
When making a final decision, we do not recommend using Luvs as your primary disposable diaper. If you are in a bind and need something baseline affordable, these will do their job. However, to prevent leaks and blowouts, remember to change diapers sooner than you think you need to, and you may end up using more diapers, raising the overall cost. If you are looking for a better functioning diaper that will save you money in the long run, we recommend looking elsewhere.
— Abriah Wofford