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BETTERDRY AND CRINKLZ PLASTIC BACKED ADULT BRIEFS FULL REVIEW


***PRODUCT NOTE:  The BetterDry and Crinklz Diapers are the SAME product functionally and in regards to fit.  The only difference is the Crinklz diaper is printed with a design and a bit more expensive. Northshore Care Supply carries the Crinklz, XP does not.***


SIZING


The BetterDry and Crinklz Diapers comes in two sizes:


  1. Medium 29” to 43” waist or hip

  2. Large 43” to 59” waist or hip


*NOTE:  This is the SECOND product to receive all “very good” ratings in our reviews!  Read the review and you’ll understand why.  If you are looking for a diaper that will protect you laying on your stomach, on your side, on your back, standing on your head....this is definitely an amazing product!  Like I found with the Northshore Supreme Briefs, the position in which you are standing or laying doesn’t matter.  These protect amazingly well in ALL positions! 


The fit of the BetterDry and Crinklz diaper gets a “very good” rating due to the fact that they will definitely fit what their sizing says.  I wear a large, as I have a 40” waist and prefer the larger fit of a large diaper, and I have NO doubt that the side wings are plenty large enough to go up to a 59” waist or hip.  The leg openings are large enough, but not so large as to be loose if you are at the smaller end of the sizing. 


CONSTRUCTION


The BetterDry Brief has a white plastic outer covering.  The Crinklz diaper has a printed plastic backing.  The BetterDry has a printed wetness indicator, that is printed in liquid soluble ink that disappears when the diaper gets wet to indicate a need for a change.  The wetness indicator is printed so light that you almost don’t notice it which, as far as I am concerned is a great thing!  The usable capacity of this diaper is SO high that the liquid soluble wetness indicator vanishes before full usable capacity is reached.  The wetness indicator is very faint though, and really should not be visible under a pair of thin white pants or shorts.  There are two dual layer adhesive tapes on each side.  The dual layer tapes have a blue tape that attaches to the plastic backing of the diaper with a white tape tab on top of it.  When you need to unfasten and refasten the tape, you pull up on the white tape leaving the blue one behind.  When you want to refasten the tape, you put the white tape right back on the blue tape and you have the same fit as you did when you first put them on!  The ends of both the white and the blue tapes are huge and very easy to grasp and should be no problem for those who have limited dexterity to fasten and unfasten. The tapes are VERY strong and DO NOT slip at all.  I can wear JUST this diaper with nothing over it at night and the tapes never move!  The tapes on this product are HUGE!  They are just about as tall as the tapes on the ComfiDry 24/7, and are longer than the ComfiDry but much much better.  The Better Dry diaper has very tall and effective standing inner leak barriers IF you make sure to run your finger along them to make them stand up when you open the diaper.  They have a tendency to stick to the elastic leg gathers when the diaper is unfolded.  They are probably the most moisture resistant standing inner leak barriers of any product on the market at this point.  They are also INCREDIBLY effective at containing bowel movements!.  The Better Dry diaper has an elastic waistband in the back AND in the front!  It is a tall waistband that does not chafe or bind against the skin.  It is very effective at keeping the waistband of the diaper from rolling down. 


Plastic Backing

The plastic backing on these briefs is very strong.  This plastic does NOT stretch at all when you move.  I have seen no evidence of any kind of pinhole or plastic weakness AT ALL, and judging by the quality of this brief, I don’t think I ever will.  The plastic backing is actually relatively quiet for as strong as it is!  If you were wearing this diaper under jeans, no one would ever know it was there.  Under a pair of sweat pants, there may be some noise.


Elastic Leg Bands

The elastic at the leg openings is VERY effective at giving a snug fit around the legs and in the leg creases.  Even if you fasten the lower tape tabs SUPER tight, the leg elastic on the BetterDry diaper does not pinch or bind against the skin. You should not tape the bottom tapes of this product THAT tight though, as you will hurt its’ performance, as the leg gathers should flex and move with you to keep a good seal.  My experience with the elastics is that if taped comfortably snug but not tight, they protect INCREDIBLY.


Standing Inner Leak Barriers

The standing inner leakage barriers on this product are incredibly effective.  Really they are more for bowel containment than urine, as the padding absorbs SO fast that there is no need.  They come up better than 3/4 of the way in both the front AND back, giving excellent protection against leakage..  As noted above:  When you are unfolding the BetterDry or Crinklz diaper, you DO need to run y our fingers along the standing inner leak barriers to free the from the elastic leg bands, but for the protection the standing leak barriers offer, this is a minor issue.


Padding Size, Shape and Thickness

The padding shape on this diaper is the “figure 8” shape with very little padding out toward the wings.  Now, with the speed of absorbency of this product and the incredible standing inner leak barriers, excess padding in the wings is really not needed.  While the padding does not wrap all the way around the sides, it comes far enough past the elastic in the front and back to catch any wetness or stool that might get past the standing inner leak barrier.  The padding that extends out toward the wings in the front is about 1” to 2” narrower than it is in the back.  This allows a good, less bulky fit but still gives enough padding to make this a very protective product.


The padding on this product is fairly bulky and seems to be made primarily of super absorbent polymer with a paper pulp layer on the skin side of the diaper.  Even with the HIGH polymer content of this diaper, you do not feel bumps on the outside of the plastic and don’t experience “pinholes” caused by the polymer granules, like you do with other brands.  Under everyday clothing, this product would not be obvious while dry, other than an occasional plastic crinkle that you might be able to muffle by wearing a pair of tight fitting underwear over the diaper.  The padding absorbs VERY quickly!  One slight downside is that the padding does not wick quite as well as products like the Northshore Supreme, Northshore AirSupreme, Molicare Slip Maxi, etc..    This said, they do eventually wick toward the back, but by that time, they are SO wet that you want to change due to the swelling of the padding in the front and between the legs.  The padding does swell to about 3 to 4 times its‘ dry thickness when soaked, so you may want to wear them under looser fitting pants and/or for night time use.  Even with the swelling of the padding and INCREDIBLE amount this diaper absorbs, the plastic backing stays strong and the tapes continue to hold well, even when the diaper is totally saturated.


For those who are wondering about padding bunching up...the padding on this diaper does tend to bunch up a little when it’s not very wet.  I attribute this to the dry polymer surrounding the wet area trying to absorb from the wet polymer.  The wetter the BetterDry diaper gets, the less the padding bunches/breaks up.  It’s kind of hard to explain, but the protection this diaper offers is never compromised!     The construction of the padding and amount of polymer keep the padding in place.  I have not had padding quality problems either overnight/in my wheelchair or walking in my braces.  It never just falls down into the crotch like many other brands have problems with.


Dual Layer Refastenable Tape Tabs

As noted above, these diapers have the two piece refastenable tape system, with the blue “under tape” that fastens to the plastic backing and the white top tape that adheres to the blue tape and is used for unfastening and refastening.  BetterDry uses a HUGE tape tab with a generous grasping point at the end that make the tape easy to grasp when fastening and unfastening, even for those with dexterity/arthritis issues.  This is why this product received a “very good” rating for ease of putting it on and ease of removal.  The white tape can be unfastened from the blue one and refastened on the blue tape over and over again without any noticeable degradation in stickiness.  The white tab can also be refastened on other ares of the brief where the blue tab is NOT, but then the white tab is no longer refastenable and may rip the plastic backing if unfastened.


QUALITY


The quality of the BetterDry and Crinklz Brief is amazing so far!  I have found NO quality issues...no padding outside of the are it’s supposed to be in, no tape problems, no pinhole issues and no elastic issues on the standing inner leak barriers OR the leg elastics.  Now, that said, quality control CONSISTENCY in distribution of padding/polymer consistency is notable from time to time...mainly by the fact that sometimes the padding is stiff and dense in some areas where there is more polymer concentration on one diaper but the next, the stiff area either does not exist or is in a different area.  I call this a CONSISTENCY issue, but NOT a PERFORMANCE issue, as they tend to perform the same diaper to diaper, regardless of the padding inconsistency that exists from time to time.  Overall, performance and comfort stay excellent and this is a minor nuisance.



APPEARANCE


Again, the BetterDry diaper is all white, so should just look like regular underwear under a pair of thin white pants.  The wetness indicator is faint enough that it should not be visible under even thin white pants or shorts.  So overall, appearance is decent.  The Crinklz diaper has a playful colored design on the outside and is more likely to be seen under thin pants.


COMFORT


The BetterDry and Crinklz diaper is comfortable when put on dry AND when extremely wet!  The lining on the inside is very soft to the touch and the standing inner leak barriers, while tall and super effective are soft and pliable and do not chafe.  The tapes hold very well, so there should be no sagging or looseness as the diaper becomes wet.  There is an elastic waistband that helps hold the diaper up and improve fit.  Overall comfort is fantastic until this diaper is way beyond wet and well past time to change. 


VALUE FOR THE PRICE


For the performance of this diaper, the price is VERY worth it!  The prices run from $1.50 to $1.60 per diaper, which is WELL within a reasonable range for such a premium plastic backed adult diaper!  These prices are DEFINITELY worth it for this kind of quality and performance!  Don’t believe me?  order a bag first and see.  I’m not so big on paying MORE of a premium price for a diaper that performs the same, fits the same, but has a child-like print, but I know many of my readers don’t mind, so that’s why I included the Crinklz diaper in this review.  Drop an email to me and let me know what you think!

BetterDry and Crinklz Disposable Briefs at a Glance


Fit                                                 Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Ease of Putting it on                  Very Good        Good       Average        Poor

Comfort while dry                      Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Absorbency                                Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Rewet Absorbency                    Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Comfort While wet                     Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Keeps skin dry                           Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Ease of Removal                        Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

Plastic backing strength           Very Good        Good        Average        Poor

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