In Partnership with Coterie
November 16, 2021

We Put Popular Diaper Brands To The Test -- And One Came Out On Top

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In Partnership with Coterie
November 16, 2021

We Put Popular Diaper Brands To The Test -- And One Came Out On Top

Shop Our Winner

I'm a tough critic when it comes to pampering my babies. As part of my constant search for the “best of the best,” I thought I’d see how our beloved Coterie diapers stack up against the competition. With metrics like functionality (absorption, leakage), materials, eco-friendliness, design, and comfort in mind, I put Coterie (our current favorite) to the test against Honest's new line of recently redesigned Clean Conscious Diapers that are slim and absorbent.

Test #1: Functionality

Coterie: With a proprietary core that holds 70% more than competing brands, an extra-wide back panel that limits leaks, & a transfer layer that moves liquids away from skin within 15 seconds, these diapers go above and beyond. They don’t get the full and saggy feeling that you often see with pee-soaked diapers. 9.5/10.

Honest: I love the “poo pocket," an extra backup layer for super messy poops. But these diapers got fuller, faster. 8/10.

Test #2: Materials

Kids wear diapers 24/7 for at least the first two years of their life, so if there’s one place to eliminate toxic chemicals, this is probably it.

Coterie: These diapers are INSANELY soft. Like, I weirdly enjoy taking them out of the drawer because they feel so nice. They're also free of harmful chemicals, including fragrance, dye, parabens, chlorine, VOCs, brighteners, and more. Basically, they’re as clean (and soft) as it gets. 10/10.

Honest: I think Honest diapers are mostly non-toxic, but I had trouble finding any information about materials. I’m a busy mom and don’t have time to read a million blog posts; I’m simply looking for straightforward answers (which I couldn't find). 7/10.

Test #3: Eco-Friendliness

We go through at least 10 diapers a day, which means 10 giant balls of waste going into the trash can every single day. While they’re obviously necessary, diapers are hugely wasteful, and I appreciate brands that make an effort to do something good for the environment.

Coterie: Sustainability is at the forefront of production for this brand, and their diapers are made of 25% plant-based ingredients including wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests. Because of the higher absorption noted above, parents use fewer Coterie diapers compared to the competition, yielding less overall waste. 9/10.

Honest: The company claims to save over 7,000 trees a year by harvesting wood from sustainably managed pine and spruce trees in Scandinavia. 8/10.

Test #4: Design

I’ll be honest, the loud colorful prints many diaper brands offer are just…not cute. Or at least not my jam. For me, simplicity and a good fit is all you need.

Coterie: As someone with (self-proclaimed) great taste and appreciation for design aesthetic, I love that Coterie’s only available colorway is a simple white. In terms of fit, I’ve found the sizes seem to run small despite following their size guide. I definitely recommend sizing up (my 12 pound baby is almost in a size 3). 9/10.

Honest: This brand offers tons of designs -- like lemons, avocados, and leopard print, along with fun seasonal patterns. They fit true to size and the new less bulky design is great. However they are not soft at all and don’t seem particularly comfortable. 6/10.

Test #5: Cost

Diapers are a daily expense and add up quickly. So naturally, I’m always looking for a deal.

Coterie: It’s well known Coterie is synonymous with premium for the diaper market. But, as with all things in life, you get what you pay for. These diapers will set you back $90 a month if you choose the subscription model or $100 for a one-time purchase of 150 diapers. 8/10

Honest: $62.40 a month for the subscription, or $65.70 for a one-time purchase. You can buy them directly from Honest, or in different sized packs from bigger retailers like Amazon or Target. 9/10

Final Verdict: Coterie FTW

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. You just read a thousand words about diapers, so you must really care (it’s OK; I do too!). At the end of the day, Coterie is the clear winner for me. Not only are they the softest and most leak-proof diapers on the market, the brand’s website is super easy to navigate, and I was able to quickly get all the information I needed to make a confident purchase. And really, as a parent, what more could you ask for?

Use the code Extra10 with a subscription purchase at checkout to try Coterie for just $81 for the first month.
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