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Updated: 26 Apr 2022

Best disposable nappies 2022: Which? Best Buys and expert buying advice

Find out how parents rate Pampers and supermarket own-label nappies from the likes of Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and Asda including the pros and cons of using disposable nappies.
Sabrina Sahota
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In March 2020 we asked more than 1,000 parents to rate the disposable nappy brands they use, to find out which brands leave parents most satisfied.

Of the 14 brands rated, we uncovered a clear winner that gained five-star ratings across the board. Parents were impressed with the absorbency, comfort, ease of use, fit and value for money the nappies offered, with many saying they would recommend the brand to others.

But some brands left parents disappointed. Our lowest-scoring brand got just two stars for comfort and value for money, earning an overall customer score of only 60%.

Best Buy disposable nappies for 2022

Highest scoring nappy

  • 95%
    • best buy
    £4.29

    These nappies do an excellent job at protecting against leaks and have speedy absorption, so there's little time for any liquid to escape. It's a brand that impresses parents who we've surveyed, too.

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Cheapest Best Buy nappies 

  • 81%
    • best buy
    £2.99

    These nappies are great for speedy absorption. In our tests we found fluid remained trapped inside the core, so you can be reassured they'll keep your child dry. It's a brand that parents rate highly, too.

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  • 78%
    • best buy
    £2.99

    Whether you're using them overnight or during the day, these nappies absorb wetness quickly. Fluid is locked away in the core and doesn't seep out, keeping your baby's skin dry.

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Best and worst disposable nappy brands

Our survey results can help guide you to the best disposable nappy brands.

For each nappy brand we’ll tell you how parents rate each of the following:

  • Absorbency
  • Comfort
  • Ease of use
  • Fit
  • Value for money

We also calculate a customer score for each brand, which is based on parents' overall satisfaction with the nappies and how likely they are to recommend them. You can see a preview of the best and worst customer scores below:

  • Best brand - 86%
  • Worst brand - 60%

Disposable nappy brand ratings

Only logged-in Which? members can view our recommendations in the table below. If you’re not yet a member, join Which? for access to our test results.

BrandCustomer scoreAbsorbencyComfortEase of useFitValue for money

Aldi

Asda
Boots
Carrefour
The Co-operative
Eco by Naty
Kit & Kin

Using the table: Star ratings and customer scores are based on an online survey of 1,242 UK parents in March 2020, who were asked to rate the nappy brands they currently use. Customer score is calculated using a combination of overall satisfaction and how likely members are to recommend the brand to a friend.

Sample sizes: Aldi (348), Asda (275), Boots (150), Carrefour (47), Eco by Naty (37), Kit & Kin (49), Lidl (192), Morissons (121), Ocado (53), Pampers (365), Rascal + Friends (32), Sainsbury's (126), Tesco (204), The Co-operative (66).

How to buy the best disposable nappies

With so many brands of disposable nappy to choose from, finding the right one for your baby can involve some trial and error.

The nappy size, fit and cost are all factors to consider when deciding which nappy to buy.

Nappy sizes range from newborn all the way through to potty training pants. You can check the nappy’s size guide to help you pick the right size for your baby's weight.

Most disposable nappies are designed with easy-fastening Velcro tabs, an elasticated waistband and elasticated leg holes to give a snug fit. You might need to experiment with different brands to find one that best fits your baby.

The cost of nappies can vary depending on the brand you choose. Supermarket own-label nappies are generally cheaper than big brands such as Pampers.

Want to compare all disposable nappies we've tested? Head straight to our nappy reviews.

Best eco-friendly disposable nappy brands

Baby nappy

Each nappy can take hundreds of years to naturally degrade, so the sheer number of disposable nappies thrown away presents serious problems to the environment. This is particularly true when you consider that each baby could use more than 5,000 nappies before they are fully potty trained.

While most disposable nappies are recyclable, the UK doesn’t currently have the facilities to process them in the right way.

However there are more eco-friendly disposable nappy options available, with some brands offering nappies made using sustainable wood pulp or packaging sourced from renewable materials.

Our survey results include parent ratings of eco nappy brands Eco by Naty, Kit & Kin and Rascal + Friends. Find out how they were rated in the table above.

Eco by Naty

Eco by Naty nappies are free from chlorine, latex, fragrances and tributyltin. The core is made from 100% FSC certified wood pulp and the packaging is sourced from renewable materials.

Kit & Kin

Kit & Kin nappies are made using chlorine-free fluff pulp harvested from sustainably managed forests. It funds the protection of tropical rainforest and supports sustainable community development projects in Guatemala through the World Land Trust.

Rascal + Friends

Rascal + Friends proudly boasts that its nappies have ‘no nasties’ meaning they’re free of latex, chlorine, fragrance and lotions, and use water-based inks. Its nappies contain sustainable pulp, are vegan and are certified by animal rights organisation PETA.

How many disposable nappies do babies use per day?

It's likely that your baby will use between six and 12 disposable nappies a day in their first few months, with this decreasing as they get older.

This adds up to a lot of nappies. If your child went through eight nappies a day until they were two years old, it would total more than 5,300 nappies.

How much do disposable nappies cost?

Disposable nappies can cost anything from 5p to more than 20p each, depending on which brand you choose.

While this may not sound too pricey, costs can quickly add up. Opting for cheap nappies is likely to set you back around £15 a month, while choosing more expensive options could bring your monthly nappy spend closer to around £50.

But spending more doesn’t guarantee a better nappy. In fact, our survey results have uncovered a top-rated nappy brand that offers some of the cheapest nappies around, as well as expensive nappy brands that left parents dissatisfied.

Disposable nappies: the pros

  •  Convenience Unlike reusable nappies, which need to be washed and dried, disposable nappies can simply be thrown away after use.
  • Availability They're widely available in supermarkets, so you can pick them up on your weekly shop.
  • Easy to transport Their slim, light design means you can easily carry several around with you when you're out and about.
  • Absorbency They contain sodium polyacrylate, which traps liquid inside the nappy by turning it to gel, absorbing many times its own weight in liquid.
  • Fit Disposables tend to be less bulky on a baby than reusable nappies.

Disposable nappies: the cons

  • Environmental impact Disposable nappies can’t be recycled in the UK, so most will end up in landfill.
  • Cost They need to be continually restocked, making them more expensive in the long run compared to reusable nappies.
  • Chemicals Some disposable nappies contain chemicals such as chlorine, perfume and dyes.
  • Potty training Disposable nappies could prevent toddlers from being able to feel wetness, which some argue makes potty training more difficult.

Disposable nappies vs reusable nappies

While disposable nappies are convenient, reusable nappies could be worth considering if you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly option.

Reusable nappies are more expensive to buy initially, but they’re cheaper in the long run as you won't have to continually buy new packs of nappies. Some councils offer incentive schemes with benefits ranging from a free starter pack to vouchers that you can put towards the cost of reusable nappies.

However, reusable nappies are less convenient as they have to be washed and dried after use.

Some parents decide to use a mixture of both, opting for reusable nappies at home and disposable nappies on days out or holidays. Others use disposables during the night and reusable nappies during the day.  

Find out more about the pros and cons of reusable nappies in our guide on buying the best reusable nappies.