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8 Tips for Choosing The Best Bariatric Adult Diapers

8 Tips for Choosing The Best Bariatric Adult Diapers
Akanksha Nigam

Bariatric incontinence is not a different condition from incontinence. It is just a term used to denote urinary incontinence issues of people with a larger build. 

There are many reasons why incontinence may occur. In a bariatric patient, excess weight puts more pressure on the bladder, which may result in accidental urine leakage while sneezing, coughing, or lifting heavy weights. Bariatric surgery may also cause incontinence. 

One of the most reliable methods of managing incontinence is wearing adult diapers and briefs. For bariatric incontinence, these adult diapers come with a superabsorbent core and stretchy side panels. These extra-large diapers for adults, are designed specifically to suit larger body types. They have wider side tabs to fit around the hips and belly to accommodate waist sizes between 62” and 108”. 

There is a plethora of bariatric diapers available in the market, and picking the right one that suits your needs the best may seem like a daunting task. To help you figure out which ones to go for, HPFY has 8 tips for choosing the best bariatric adult diaper.

8 Tips for Choosing The Right Bariatric Diaper

Absorbency, size, and fit are essential to managing bariatric incontinence properly. An improper fit will cause discomfort and leakage problems. These are some things to consider when choosing plus-sized adult diapers: 

1. Pay Attention To The Size Chart

Size is the primary aspect of any plus-size adult diaper.  A properly fitting diaper will prevent accidental leakages, absorb fluids better and keep skin dry.

Not every plus-sized individual requires a bariatric-sized brief. To determine the proper size, measure the widest part of the body between the waist and hip. For measurements less than 60", choose XL-sized diapers. Prefer looking at the brand diaper sizing chart to find the perfect size before buying the diapers.

2. Choose Your Style 

Bariatric diapers are available with refastenable tabs, single-use tabs, or in a pull-on style. Single-use tabs can be applied once, while refastenable tabs allow for a customized fit.  

Pull-Ons have a convenient, tear-away feature which makes them easy to remove and dispose of. They are designed with an elastic waistband to minimize irritation and itchiness on the waist.

3. Check For Absorbence

The level of urinary incontinence can vary from a minor drip to heavy incontinence episodes.  Bariatric adult diapers are available in various absorbency levels to accommodate patient needs.

Bariatric adult diapers are also available with overnight absorbency, which eliminates the need to change diapers frequently throughout the night to provide an undisturbed night’s sleep.

4. Leg Cuffs Matter 

For larger builds, the stretchability of leg cuffs is an important consideration. If the brief is not elastic enough, it will fit tightly on the legs and cause discomfort. 

Look for products that have stretchable, flexible leg cuffs, and offer complete leakage protection at the leg openings.

5. Fit Of The Adult Diaper

The diaper should have a high-rise waistband that covers the front and back in order to prevent accidents. 

6. Look For Skin-Friendly Options

Skin health and user comfort are two major factors to consider. The diaper should be breathable, allowing air circulation, moisture evaporation, and odor control while absorbing fluids. 

7. Wetness Indicator Feature

A wetness indicator is a line around the outside of a diaper that changes color when it becomes wet. This feature is a great help to the user and the caregiver to identify when to change the diaper and avoids unnecessary changes.

8. The Backing Material

Opt for bariatric products that are made with a soft cloth backing rather than plastic. Plastic backing is noisy and can make the wearer feel unclean and embarrassed by trapping harmful vapors and odors inside the diaper. 

Many manufacturers will send a free sample of their products so you can try several types to see which one best suits your needs. 

5 Best Bariatric Adult Diapers

HPFY offers a wide range of high-quality incontinence products from multiple adult diaper brands like Tranquility, Attends, Medline, McKesson, and Prevail. Here are some of our best sellers:

1. Attends Bariatric Underwear

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

Designed to offer premium softness and comfort to the user, this underwear comes with flexible, soft-stretch panels and extra-wide secure tabs to easily fit waist sizes between 70" and 100". Its rapid-lock dual core locks fluid inside and controls odor to keep the wearer feeling fresh.

5 Reasons to buy Attends Bariatric Adult Diapers

  • It is designed with an acquisition layer and super-absorbent polymer
  • The breathable fabric helps in keeping the skin dry and away from the harmful effects of urine, such as irritability and skin breakdown.
  • The rapid lock dual core locks the fluid and odor inside away from the fragile perineal skin.
  • Attends Protective Underwear offers premium softness and comfort to the user.
  • The super-sorb dryness layer maximizes the patient's well-being.
Attends Bariatric Underwear



2. Medline Baribrief Disposable Bariatric Briefs

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

Also known as Baribrief C, these briefs are suitable for day and night use. Its extreme absorbency and dryness layer helps keep moisture away from the skin. These bariatric diapers with tabs also feature side wings, which expand with body movement, and skin-safe tabs for multiple refastening.

5 Reasons to buy Medline Disposable Bariatric Adult Briefs

  • Medline bariatric briefs offer stand-up leak guards for leakage prevention
  • Soft cloth-like backing feels soft against the perineal skin
  • Absorbs 20% more fluid than regular briefs
  • Comes with skin-safe tabs or dual tape for multiple re-fastenings
  • Fits waist 65" - 94" (165cm to 228cm)
Medline Baribrief Disposable Bariatric Briefs



3. Tranquility Bariatric Air-Plus Disposable Brief

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

100% breathable brief that allows complete air circulation. It minimizes odor for a fresh feel and holds over one quart of fluid for maximum protection. The microscopic pores allow moisture to escape leaving the user feeling dry.

5 Reasons to buy Tranquility Bariatric Air-Plus Diaper for Adults

  • Disposable bariatric adult diaper inhibits bacterial growth
  • Refastenable tabs grip the soft, cloth-like outer layer to fasten the adult diapers securely
  • Inner leg cuffs channel fluids into the core and help contain a high volume of output
  • The wetness indicator eliminates unnecessary changes
  • Fits waist 70” – 106”
Tranquility Bariatric Air-Plus Disposable Brief



4. McKesson Ultra Plus Bariatric Tab Closure Adult Briefs

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

Designed with advanced dual-core performance to lock in wetness. These disposable briefs have a hi-loft premium, non-woven acquisition layer to absorb fluid into the core and are suitable for both men and women. 

5 Reasons to buy McKesson Ultra Plus Bariatric Tab Closure Adult Briefs

  • Advanced dual-core wetness locking core keeps the skin dry and reduces urine pH
  • Cloth-like backing feels soft against the sensitive perineal skin
  • Hook and loop closure tabs offer optimum protection
  • Advanced side stretch panels make donning on and off easier
  • Latex-free diapers are safe for those prone to allergic reactions
McKesson Ultra Plus Bariatric Tab Closure Adult Briefs



5. Attends DermaDry Bariatric Briefs

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

A revolutionary plus-size design that offers the best performance and fit. Features a triple-layer core that absorbs more fluid and keeps the user dry. The barrier leg cuffs provide added leakage protection.

5 Reasons to buy Attends DermaDry Bariatric Briefs

  • Less noisy cloth fabric offers discreetness
  • Rapid Lock Dual Core channels keep the skin dry and healthy
  • Attends bariatric diapers provide odor protection by neutralizing the foul smell
  • Tear away sides for quicker removal
  • Fit waists 63”-70” 
Attends DermaDry Bariatric Briefs


HPFY hosts a variety of incontinence products. Explore our wide range of wipes, washcloths, perineal skin care, underpads, and pads and liners.


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Akanksha Nigam has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2021. With a Masters Degree in Finance, she began her Marketing career in the banking industry. However, her interest in human ...

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