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Pampers Pure Review

Green diaper with good overall performance and average absorption
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Price:   $0.39 List | $0.36 each (in 92-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Doesn't leak, comfortable, some green practices
Cons:  Durability issues, just average absorption
Manufacturer:   Pampers
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Jan 28, 2020
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  • Absorption - 40% 5
  • Leakage - 20% 8
  • Comfort - 15% 8
  • Health - 15% 7
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 6
  • Durability - 5% 4

The Skinny

The Pampers Pure diaper is part of Pampers' green line of diapering products. Free of fragrances or lotions, and manufactured using a totally chlorine-free process, this diaper is better for your baby's health and the environment. We like that Pampers is making an effort to produce an eco-friendly diaper, but were less than impressed with the Pure's average absorbency results and low durability score. Overall, this is a high scoring diaper. Still, we would recommend a higher scoring ward winning green option if you are looking for a green diaper that has better absorption properties and falls in a similar price range.


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Pros Doesn't leak, comfortable, some green practicesGreat absorption and leak prevention, better health and eco-friendlinessAbsorption, comfy, durable, better healthGreat for health, eco-friendly, comfyGreat health, good absorption, eco-friendly
Cons Durability issues, just average absorptionHard to find a good fit, not as comfy or durableAverage leakage and eco-friendlinessAverage for leaks and durabilityPossible leaks, not so cozy
Bottom Line High scoring diaper with average absorbencyEarth friendly, healthy choice that works greatKeeps baby drier in a cozy, durable diaper that has better health statsComfy, healthy option with performance where it countsBest green bang for the buck that works well with a top health score
Rating Categories Pampers Pure Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Absorption (40%)
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8
Leakage (20%)
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Comfort (15%)
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Specs Pampers Pure Nature Babycare Babyganics Bambo Nature Free & Clear
Type of Diaper Green Green Green Green Green
Chlorine-Free Totally Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Totally
Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free Yes Yes Not Listed Yes Yes
Biodegradable No 99.90% No No No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details Corn Based Plastics
Wetness Indicator Yes No Yes Yes No
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back No No Yes No 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
Nordic Eco-label
FSC Certified
Asthma-Allergy Denmark
FSC Certified
Rainforest Alliance Certified

Our Analysis and Test Results

Wildly popular, Pampers is possibly one of the most well-known diaper brands owned by the company Proctor and Gamble. Their design of the modern-day disposable diaper is one of the oldest out there, being first developed in the 1950s by Victor Mills, a Proctor and Gamble researcher. The initial design of the diaper was very simplistic and bulky. With the additions of elastic leg gussets, tape closure tabs, and new absorbent core material, Pampers have been evolving through the years to be the diapers we know today.

Performance Comparison


The pH sensitive wetness indicator on the Pampers Pure will help you know when it is time to change your baby.
The pH sensitive wetness indicator on the Pampers Pure will help you know when it is time to change your baby.

Likes


Pampers Pure scored relatively well compared to the other products in our review. Its leak performance and comfort earn it a spot in the top third of the group with above-average results in the majority of testing metrics. The Pure is the first green diaper from the Pampers brand, boasting slightly more eco-friendly practices and healthier components. This diaper shares the top score for leakage, as it absorbs liquid very quickly and locks it away immediately, decreasing the chances of leaks and blowouts. The stretchy gussets and closure tabs ensure a better fit and help to contain the contents of the diaper. You can trust this diaper to hold everything in as long as you change your baby regularly.

The gussets and inner lining of the Pampers Pure diaper are both soft to the touch and will cause minimal irritation to sensitive spots around baby's legs.
The gussets and inner lining of the Pampers Pure diaper are both soft to the touch and will cause minimal irritation to sensitive spots around baby's legs.

In true Pampers fashion, the Pure diaper is very soft inside and out, and it scores near the top of the pack for comfort. The leg gussets are free of scratchy and pokey material, and Pampers takes special care to ensure any points of friction are extra soft. The stretchy side tabs allow for a snug fit without any sharp corners digging into the baby's belly.

Where this diaper truly shines is in baby health, being one of the top scorers in for health. The Totally Chlorine-Free manufacturing process is better for the baby and the environment alike, and the diaper is easy on the skin because it is free of lotions, perfumes, and parabens. It has some cute prints on the outside, but most areas that come into contact with sensitive baby skin are dye-free.

The Pure absorbency test results show a generally average result for keeping moisture locked away. The less green on the paper  the better the absorbency and the drier baby's skin will be.
The Pure absorbency test results show a generally average result for keeping moisture locked away. The less green on the paper, the better the absorbency and the drier baby's skin will be.

Dislikes


Absorption is the most important diaper job. If it can't take what baby can dish out, then you are going to end up a frustrated mess without fail. Pampers Pure scored right in the middle of the group for absorbency, making it neither good nor bad. In our absorbency testing, all three filter papers came out with about the same amount of mock urine showing, indicating that Pampers has done a good job of creating a consistent product. Still, we would have like to see better absorbency results overall.

There were a few issues with the closure tabs of the Pampers Pure tearing off.
There were a few issues with the closure tabs of the Pampers Pure tearing off.

Pure diapers also seem to be slightly less durable than average, with some reports of closure tabs tearing off when putting the diaper on the baby. Another complaint is that the inner lining occasionally sticks to the baby's bum and may allow moisture to sit closer to the skin, increasing the risk of a rash. When we contacted Pampers, they informed us that they manufacture the lining from a fiber blend that "includes a plant-based material derived from sugar cane." The two types of liners feel and look nearly identical, but have different makeups, which may be the cause of this issue. To solve this problem, parents will have to be extra vigilant about getting their baby out of a wet diaper quickly.

The Pampers Pure diaper has a cute print without using too much dye.
The Pampers Pure diaper has a cute print without using too much dye.

Conclusion


The Pampers Pure did well in most of our tests, earning it a higher rank in our lineup. We are impressed with the comfort of the diaper, its health-conscious materials, and its capacity to retain leaks. If you are a Pampers loyalist, the Pure line is the way to go. However, this diaper did not stand out in the metric that we value the most, absorbency. For this reason, we would recommend other green options that either perform better overall or have a more affordable price.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team