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Pampers Pure Review

Greener diaper with an adequate overall performance but average absorption could be better
Pampers Pure
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $0.38 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Better on leaks, comfortable, some eco-friendly practices
Cons:  Average absorption, durability concerns
Manufacturer:   Pampers
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Apr 20, 2022
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RANKED
#5 of 17
  • Absorption - 40% 5.0
  • Leakage - 20% 9.0
  • Comfort - 15% 8.0
  • Health - 15% 7.0
  • Eco-friendly - 5% 6.0
  • Durability - 5% 5.0

The Skinny

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

Editor's Note: We performed an update on April 20, 2022, with more details on our favorite disposables for our consideration in making a buying decision.

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Pros Better on leaks, comfortable, some eco-friendly practicesImpressive absorption, great leak protection, comfyGreat absorption, soft material, better health and eco-benefitsDurable, comfortable for baby, affordableGreat for health, durable, comfortable
Cons Average absorption, durability concernsAverage eco-friendliness, lower health scores, less durableLess durable, below-average leak preventionAverage absorbency, less eco-friendlyAverage for leak protection
Bottom Line Greener diaper with an adequate overall performance but average absorption could be betterTop performance in absorption and leaks with a comfy feel but they aren't as green as some of the competitionA soft and cozy diaper with some green practices and high absorbency but less than stellar leak protectionA durable diaper that has some health and comfort benefits without breaking the bankA healthy option that is comfortable and durable, but absorption and leak protection aren't the absolute best
Rating Categories Pampers Pure Babyganics Seventh Generation... Mama Bear Gentle Touch Bambo Nature
Absorption (40%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Leakage (20%)
9.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
5.0
Comfort (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Health (15%)
7.0
3.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
Eco-friendly (5%)
6.0
4.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
Durability (5%)
5.0
3.0
4.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Pampers Pure Babyganics Seventh Generation... Mama Bear Gentle Touch Bambo Nature
Type of Diaper Green Green Green Traditional Green
Chlorine-Free Totally Chlorine-Free Totally
Chlorine-free
Totally Chlorine-Free Elemental
Chlorine-free
Elemental
Chlorine-free
Perfume-Free Yes Not Listed Yes Yes Yes
Biodegradable No No No No No
Contains SAP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Miscellaneous Materials Details
Wetness Indicator Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Stretchable Side Wings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stretchable Back No Yes No Yes No
Eco-awards Nordic Eco-label
FSC Certified
Asthma-Allergy Denmark

Our Analysis and Test Results

Wildly popular, Pampers is possibly one of the most well-known diaper brands owned by 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


Pampers Pure disposable diaper - the ph sensitive wetness indicator on the pampers pure will help you...
The pH sensitive wetness indicator on the Pampers Pure will help you know when it is time to change your baby.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


Pampers Pure scored relatively well compared to the other diapers in our review. Its leak performance and comfort earn it a spot in the top third of the group with above-average results in most testing metrics. The Pure is the first green diaper from the Pampers brand, boasting slightly more eco-friendly practices and healthier components. This diaper has an impressive score for leakage, as it absorbs liquid and locks it away relatively quickly, decreasing the chances of leaks and blowouts. The stretchy gussets and closure tabs ensure a better fit and help contain the diaper's contents.

Pampers Pure disposable diaper - the gussets and inner lining of the pampers pure diaper are both...
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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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 friction points are extra soft. The stretchy side tabs allow for a snug fit without sharp corners digging into the baby's belly.

This diaper truly shines in baby health, being one of the top scorers. The Totally Chlorine-Free manufacturing process is better for your baby and the environment alike. 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.

Pampers Pure disposable diaper - the pure absorbency test results show a generally average result for...
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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


Absorption is an essential diaper job. If it can't take what baby dishes out, you will end up with a mess. 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 fake urine, indicating that Pampers has done a good job of creating a consistent product. Still, we would have liked to see better diaper absorbency results overall.

Pampers Pure disposable diaper - there were a few issues with the closure tabs of the pampers pure...
There were a few issues with the closure tabs of the Pampers Pure tearing off.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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 cause this issue. Parents will have to be extra vigilant about getting their baby out of a wet diaper quickly to solve this problem.

Pampers Pure disposable diaper - 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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Pampers Pure?


The Pampers Pure did well in most of our tests, earning it a higher rank in our lineup than most other popular brand diapers. We were 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 definitely the way to go with more consideration for the environment and average absorption, beating the other Pampers' selections. 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 perform better overall or have a more affordable price.

What Other Disposable Diaper Should You Consider?


With an average lower price than Pure, Mama Bear Gentle Touch has a similar overall score and metric results profile. This makes it an excellent wallet-loving choice. Absorption test results are somewhat better, with leakage protection being somewhat lower. Mama Bear is comfortable and durable, making it an option we think most parents will love. Alternatively, if finding a great green diaper is your primary goal, Bambo Nature and Eco by Naty are both top-performing considerations with features for your baby's health and the Earth.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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