Hands-on Detailed Testing
Storage and Ease-of-use
Capacity played another important part in determining how simple it was to use each bag. We packed each with as many necessities as they would allow. Even though some of the bags boast a larger size, that was not always an indication that they could hold everything we wanted, let alone maintain any sense of organization.
A smaller but important portion of the score was dedicated to the types of closures used to secure your valuables, namely: zipper closures on the main compartment and magnetic buttons for pockets. Bags that did not have a zipper enclosure on the main compartment did not perform well in this category. We also took into account the extra "perks" included with each bag such as multiple carrying options and special designated spots for keys, sunglasses, phones, etc.
We here at BabyGearLab care a lot about the quality of the products we test. We believe any major purchase, such as that of a diaper bag, represents an important investment. Because this type of bag will typically be subject to more heavy-duty use, we think it is vital that the materials it is made from are durable and that the companies who produce them have a good warranty in place.
To rate each bag on quality, we also considered factors such as how easy it was to clean, whether features such as metal feet were included, the materials used, quality of stitching/seams, closures, and the general durability of the product. Quality ratings were both multi-faceted and subjective judgments but there were clear and obvious differences between the bags. We also researched user-reviews, if available, to see if there was a pattern of complaints about specific durability or manufacturing quality issues on any specific bag. If so, we noted those complaints in the review and factored that research into the rating.
Skip Hop Chelsea and our Best Value Award winning Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel.