Thursday, 19 November 2020

Attends Premier Overnight Adult Diaper Review

 *For more information on how I do reviews see Diaper Test Methodology

Summary

There aren’t many adult diapers on the market that advertise as geared for overnight wear in spite of a large variety of heavy-maximum absorbency products. The Attends Premier Overnight like the Tranquility ATN is among those few, although I feel its absorbency is a bit more fitting for the description. This diaper is at the maximum absorbency ranking of the recently launched Attends Premier line of products. It is cloth-backed, very thick and incredibly soft in terms of both backsheet and topsheet. It features a breathable design, but does have some issues with moisture permeating through the backsheet when saturated.

The first thing you’ll notice about this diaper is how soft/puffed out it feels. In fact you’ll notice this before you even open the bag; where many high absorbency adult diaper bags feel like a sack of potatoes the Attends Premier Briefs feel as though someone stuffed a pillow in the bag (much like the Attento Tape-Style Diapers). The padding coverage of the actual diaper is extensive and surprisingly durable. Getting a good fit can be a bit tricky, but if you do I feel it provides strong protection for up to 3 wettings. I’m generally not a fan of cloth-backed diapers, but I feel this one is worth a try and probably a good fit for those who want high absorbency but are prone to skin irritation when wearing plastic-back diapers.

Key Features:

  • Cloth-like (non-woven backsheet)
  • Repositionable tapes
  • Soft/thick padding

Pros:

  • Overnight level absorbency
  • Breathable design
  • Durable padding
  • Very comfortable padding/backsheet

Cons:

  • Hard to get a snug fit
  • Backsheet permeates moisture when saturated
  • High unit cost


Product Details

For the purpose of this post I will be reviewing and referring to the medium-sized Attends Premier Overnight diaper. However, other available sizes are listed below:


Packaging

Brand: Attends
Manufacturer: Attends Healthcare Products, Inc.
Origin: USA
Units Per Bag: 14
Cost Per Unit: $$$
Dimensions (L x W x H): 43 cm (16.9") x 16 cm (6.3") x 26 cm (10.2")
Weight: 2.3 kg (5.1 lbs)
Available Sizes: M,L,XL
Advertised Absorbency: Overnight


1.1 Attends Premier Overnight Packaging


Diaper

Backsheet: Cloth-like (non-woven)
Wetness Indicator: Yes (double orange lines down middle, blue when wet)
Standing Inner Leak Guards: Yes
Leg Gathers: Yes
Product Style: Tab-Style Brief
Refastenable Tabs: Yes
Number of Tapes: 2
Repositionable Tabs: Yes
Outer Color: White
Inner Color: White (light blue lining/blue middle rectangle)
Front Waistband: No
Rear Waistband: No
Folded Thickness: 3.3 cm (1.30")
Folded Length: 26 cm (10.2")
Dry Weight: 167 g (5.9 oz)
Fragrance: None
Diaper Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 83 cm (32.7") x 65 cm (25.6") x 28 cm (11") x 61 (24")
Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Rectangular, Rectangular
Padding Dimensions (L x fW x mW x bW): 71 cm (28") x 35 cm (13.8") x 20 cm (7.9") x 35 cm (13.8")
Padding Wing Dimensions (fPW x fPH x bPW x bPH): 7.5 cm (3") x 14 cm (5.5") x 7.5 cm (3") x 14 cm (5.5")
Padding Wing Shape (Front, Rear): Semicircle, Semicircle
Total Padding Area: 1840 cm2 (285 in2)
Tape Spacing (t1 x t2): 4 cm (1.6") x 15 cm (5.9")
Tape (W x L): 3.5 cm (1.4") x 4 cm (1.6")


1.2 Attends Premier Overnight Diaper


Laboratory Absorbency Tests

Total Absorption Volume (after press out): 1333 ml (47 oz)
Total Absorption Volume (before press out): 1358 ml (47.9 oz)
Time to Absorb Wettings (first to last): (34 s, 42 s, 43 s, 38 s, 49 s, 53 s)
Wet Folded Thickness: 5.5 cm (2.2")
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 80%
Total Padding to Absorbency Ratio: 0.72 ml / cm2 (0.16 oz / in2)
Press Out Volume: 25 ml (0.88 oz)

Surface Dampness Rating: 8
The Attends Premier Overnight diaper was a top performer when it came to resisting surface dampness. There was no sign of it on the first wetting and very little on subsequent wettings until the fourth. In “real world” testing it also proved quite resilient to dampness in spite of the seemingly low density padding.



2.1 Wet vs Dry Diaper After Capacity Test


2.2 Used vs Unused Padding After Capacity Test


"Real World" Absorbency Tests

Posture Tests


Standing-Sitting

Total Absorbed Volume: 1358 ml (47.9 oz)
Total Wettings: 6 (1 standing, 5 sitting)
Leaked After Sitting: No
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 92%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.74 ml / cm2 (0.17 oz / in2)

Standing-Sitting Rating: 9
The Attends Premier Overnight diaper demonstrated a great amount of absorbency during the standing-sitting test. When wet while standing it quickly absorbed all the moisture and after a few minutes was barely noticeable; moreover there was no leakage or discomfort upon sitting. The next wetting while seated was again quickly absorbed with no signs of leakage and very little dampness. By the third wetting the front of the diaper was clearly near saturation and there was some brief pooling, but the moisture barriers held up and excess moisture was channeled toward the rear. The absorption rate was a little slower this time, but once again after it was absorbed it didn’t feel wet or clammy. On the fourth wetting the moisture pooling at the front was even more apparent, but the leak guards kept it from escaping before it could be channeled/absorbed. During the fifth wetting the front of the diaper had swollen considerably and moisture pushed both up and back, at this point there was some dampness at the rear but there was still plenty of unused padding up the back. By the sixth wetting moisture pushed back up the front of the diaper then leaked out through the sides in a substantial leak. Notably, even after this leakage there was still a fair amount of unused rear padding. All things considered, I feel this diaper should be good for 4~5 wettings before significant leakage occurs when sitting/standing.


Lying Down

Total Absorbed Volume: 1358 ml (47.9 oz)
Total Wettings: 4
Used to Total Padding Ratio: 87%
Padding to Absorbency Score: 0.74 ml / cm2 (0.17 oz / in2)

Lying Down Rating: 8
The Attends Premier Overnight diaper demonstrated an impressive amount of absorption when tested in a lying posture, absorbing 4 full wettings. The first wetting was easily absorbed without leakage during the test; although I will say you need to be careful because in other tests I’ve found this diaper doesn’t provide a snug enough fit or strong enough moisture channels to guarantee it won’t leak on the first wetting for heavy wetters. The second wetting resulted in brief pooling but it was quickly absorbed. By the third wetting the front of the diaper was mostly saturated and moisture started moving to the back, where it was quickly absorbed. On the 4th wetting the diaper demonstrated minor leakage through the side of the legs at the rear. I stopped the test at that, although I feel it could potentially absorb more. At the end of the test I also noticed moisture had seeped through the cloth-like backsheet from earlier wettings. I feel this diaper can reliably absorb 3 to 4 wettings, but by the 3rd wetting you’d need to watch out for moisture seeping through the backsheet.

2.3 Pattern of Used vs Unused Padding Test Stand/Sit (right) Lying Down (left)


Daily Wear and Bedwetting

The Attends Premier Overnight is marketed as an overnight diaper but performed surprisingly well in terms of durability and absorption when testing for daily wear. I generally prefer plastic-backed diapers, but with its impressive absorbency and comfort this diaper shouldn’t be overlooked. This diaper is incredibly comfortable, not unlike the Attento Tape-Style Diaper in its super soft cloth-like backing and topsheet. I feel the marketing is spot on in terms of breathability and I never felt any signs of skin irritation when wearing it, even when left wet for an extended duration. If there is any significant downside to this diaper I would say it lies in the tendency for moisture to seep through the backsheet when approaching saturation (after about 3 wettings). This could be a problem when seated as you may find dampness at the rear of your pants after sitting for any extended duration, it could also mean a bit of moisture seeping into the bedding if worn overnight. To be clear the amount of moisture that escapes is pretty small (similar to a light sweat) so it's possible it would go unnoticed and not be a concern. In terms of absorption I feel this diaper could confidently be worn for daily or overnight wear (keep in mind, that this diaper is very thick so discretion would be an issue for daily use). I found it has little impact on sleep and, when snugly fitted, will resist leakage. That’s not to say it’s foolproof, as getting the right fit can be a bit challenging and its moisture channels can occasionally fail when not well fitted or in an awkward position, leading to leakage through the breathable sides. You'll also want to make sure the padding at the crotch doesn't fold inwards, because that can also lead to leakage on the 2nd or 3rd wetting. In an average use-case scenario I’d say it can be expected to take up to 3 wettings before you need to be concerned about any leakage.


Wear & Tear Tests


Fitting

The Attends Premier Overnight diaper features a cloth-like backsheet with hook and loop (Velcro-like) fasteners. I’ve found the hook and loop fasteners to be of high quality and easy to re-adjust; however, removing them from the backsheet will tear bits of the soft nonwoven covering (this doesn’t affect the moisture barrier).

3.1 Attends Premier Overnight Fastener

 

Ease-of-Use Rating: 7
It’s reasonably easy to apply or reapply the Attends Premier Overnight diaper, but I’ve found it has a tendency to feel loose and the tapes may slide a little if not well applied. Also there aren’t any markings to guide applying the tapes. The tapes are high quality and have a decent adhesive so once you get a good fit you’re set. Also, removing the diaper shouldn’t be a problem but, as previously mentioned, it can result in slight tearing of the outer backsheet. I feel that with a good landing zone like the Attento Tape-Style Diaper, this diaper would be among the best for ease of use. As a further note, the wetness indicator on this diaper doesn’t rise very far up the front and is barely visible looking down.

3.2 Attends Premier Overnight Fit

Comfort


Comfort Rating (dry): 9
This diaper prominently promotes itself for breathability/comfort and I can say without a doubt that it does live up to the marketing. The diaper has both an incredibly soft interior and exterior. The backsheet fabric is interesting as it has more loose fibers than you typically find in a nonwoven backsheet, but that doesn’t detract from its comfort. The padding is thick but low density and has a fluffy feel to it (kind of like being wrapped in a pillow). It also provides a generous amount of padding coverage; among the most extensive of all the diapers I’ve tested. The sides of the diaper provide perfect airflow and counter perspiration. Perhaps the main downside is that the tapes can come loose and it can be tricky to get a snug fit.


Comfort Rating (wet): 9
The Attends Premier Overnight diaper ranks among the best for wet comfort. It took 3 wettings before there was any hint of surface dampness during testing and even then the breathable design had me questioning whether there was actually any surface dampness. It reminds me a lot of the Attento Tape-Style Diaper, but much more absorbent and without the surface dampness issues (albeit without the easy fit). The primary reason I couldn’t quite give it a perfect score was that I felt there was a tendency for small amounts of moisture to seep through the backsheet when saturated, which could cause discomfort during long term usage.

3.3 Attends Premier Overnight Topsheet and Backsheet


Durability

Dry Padding Deterioration Proportion: 1.6% (topsheet), 1.6% (backsheet)
Shake Deterioration Test: 2 shakes to deterioration


Durability Rating (dry): 9
The Attends Premier Overnight held out well during the dry durability test with very little sign of padding breakdown at the end. In fact the only area of breakdown was at the edges between the legs, a place that usually doesn’t matter much for absorbency.  It was worn for over 10 hours under modest activity. It should be noted that this diaper is marketed for overnight usage, which made its durability particularly interesting considering it wouldn’t typically be worn for such. The only potential source of concern is that refastening the tapes can damage the backsheet, but most wearers wouldn’t need frequent refastening.


Durability Rating (wet): 9
The durability of this diaper when wet was similar to its dry state. The padding is very resistant to clumping and tearing. This is another diaper where the results of the shake test were very deceiving. In reality this diaper held out remarkably well when wet, and again this was impressive for a diaper geared for overnight wear (albeit it was only put through light-modest wear when wet). My primary concern in terms of wet durability was its tendency to sweat moisture through the backsheet when saturated (less a concern after only 1~3 wettings though).

3.4 Attends Premier Overnight Diaper Dry Test Deterioration


Discretion Tests


Profile

Front Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 5 cm (2"), 5 cm (2")
Back Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 6 cm (2.4"), 4 cm (1.6")
Side Rise Above Waistline (Jeans, Sweatpants): 3.5 cm (1.4"), 3 cm (1.2")

Profile Discretion Rating: 7
The Attends Premier Overnight was designed for overnight use and discretion clearly wasn’t the intention of this diaper. The diaper was measured as the thickest I’ve tested in its folded state, but that was somewhat misleading as it was partially the result of the way it was folded. In spite of its thickness the padding and backsheet are relatively soft and perhaps that makes it easier to conceal under clothing than a firmer diaper. I’ve found the front of the diaper doesn’t often protrude far under looser clothing. But the back of the diaper produces a pretty obvious diaper bulge that could be tricky to conceal.


4.1 Attends Premier Overnight Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)

4.2 Attends Premier Overnight Jeans Profile (left) vs Normal Underwear (right)


Noise

Noise Rating: 8
The Attends Overnight Premier is a large and thick diaper which would typically put it at a disadvantage in the noise department, but with its extra soft padding and backsheet that simply isn’t the case. I’m sure it would be a little quieter if it were thinner/held closer to the body but I rarely noticed noise from this diaper. It will produce a very soft crinkling noise if worn while moving in a quiet room, otherwise it's pretty unlikely to be detected by noise alone. The real noise concern would be the obvious tearing noise it produces when it's time to change, but that’s generally a concern for any cloth-backed hook and loop diaper and not factored into my rating.

4.3 Attends Premier Overnight Noise Profile


Odor Reduction

Odor Reduction Rating: 8
The Attends Premier Overnight diaper was pretty good in terms of odor reduction and I rarely noticed any odors from the diaper during testing. Moreover, the diaper itself doesn’t emit any odors or have added fragrance. It wasn’t tested for fecal incontinence but I suspect the “breathable” design and lack of waistbands could present problems in such cases so I’m hesitant to score it higher. On the plus side it does a great job at reducing surface dampness and consequently the odors that may result from that.


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