Luvs Ultra Leakguards diapers have been around for a long time, and they continue to be popular because they are quite inexpensive. These diapers provide adequate performance and comfort for an excellent price, which can be all you need in a diaper.
- Price – These are quite budget-friendly.
- Performance – They aren’t the top performing diapers, but they get the job done for the price.
- Sensitivity – Lower quality ingredients may irritate babies with sensitive skin.
- Eco-friendliness – These diapers are not particularly eco-friendly.
- Company Background
Luvs is owned by American company Procter & Gamble, the same corporation that owns Pampers. P&G owns other well known consumer products such as Downy, Tide, Charmin and Gillette. Luvs diapers were first introduced in 1976 as a deluxe diaper, but have been sold as budget diapers since 1994.
Luvs diapers earned an average score for performance, with average scores in both absorption and leakage from Baby Gear Lab.
This is the “performance” measurement that matters most to babies. Bad absorption is what causes diaper rash and other uncomfortable situations for babies. Absorption should be quick and complete, in order to pull moisture away from a baby’s skin and lock it away.
The diaper’s topsheet is the material that sits directly against the baby’s skin and (ideally) acts as a one-way barrier by allowing liquid to pass through into the diaper but NOT back out to the baby. The diaper’s Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) core is the material responsible for absorbing and holding moisture. It expands considerably as it absorbs moisture, which is why a wet diaper feels so bulky and full. These two layers are responsible for the “quick and complete” absorption — quick transfer through the topsheet and complete absorption by the SAP core. If one or the other is not up to the task, the diaper’s overall absorption score will suffer.
During Baby Gear Lab’s testing, the Luvs diapers received an average score for absorbency. While this may be less than ideal for many brands, we consider this a solid score for this wallet-friendly diaper.
This is the “performance” measurement that matters most to parents. Leakage problems mean parents are cleaning up wet cribs and the dreaded car seat blow-out. Diapers should form a comfortable seal around the baby’s legs and torso to keep the urine and poop in place between changes. There are a number of factors in the design, construction, and material choice of the diaper that will impact leakage. This is also an area where user error plays an important role. Proper sizing and fit are critical before assessing the pros/cons of one diaper vs. another when it comes to leakage. Oftentimes, there is a parental learning curve with a new diaper brand and leaks will become less frequent as you become more familiar with the brand.
In line with the absorbency test results, the Luvs diapers received average scores for leakage as well. The tests did reveal some run-off to the pan and analysis of online customer reviews had a high rate of leakage issues. As we’ve noted with other diapers, a lot of this might be explained by incorrect sizing and/or fit.
Every baby is unique, but one thing they all share is that their skin needs a lot of extra TLC. A baby’s skin is significantly more sensitive and permeable than an adult’s, which means that the chemicals and materials that you put on your baby’s skin need to be vetted and understood. We assess each diaper for potential allergens and known toxic chemicals. We also do our best to help you understand the relative risk of each factor and will not scare you into buying only the most expensive diaper.
The Luvs diapers were below average when looking at health-conscious decisions. We know the diaper is elementally chlorine free and latex free, but the disclosures don’t go much further to bring transparency on the ingredients used (and not used) in the diapers. The diapers do use lotions, fragrances, and inks for the print.
While transparency is key to a diaper brand’s reputation and understanding what goes into making their product, independent third-party certifications are absolutely necessary is holding the industry accountable. A good diaper brand tells you what is/isn’t in their diapers and a great diaper brand proves it.
Luvs diapers have no third-party certifications related to baby health and sensitivity.
Transparency of ingredients, unfortunately, is severely lacking in the diaper industry. The lack of regulations in the US means that manufacturers are able to hide hazardous materials and obfuscate ingredient lists behind words like “fragrance” or “ink”.
Luvs diapers had below average transparency, with minimal information on the ingredients used in the product and those chemicals NOT used in the process.
Luvs diapers were significantly below average when it comes to the quality of their ingredients that go into their diapers and the manufacturing process.
Unfortunately, we can’t ask a newborn how one diaper fits over another. We can, however, ask parents to gauge the comfort of their child and get a good sense for which diapers are the most comfortable for different babies. Our scores for comfort are subjective measures based on real-world testing and analysis of thousands of product reviews (i.e. asking and listening to parents). Diapers are meant to be universal, but in reality there are differences between diapers that will make the fit and comfort better for one body type over another. Honest diapers, for example, are significantly more narrow than Naty’s line of Eco diapers. This means that a longer, thinner body type might work better in Honest diapers — or it might simply mean that you’ll need to size-up on Honest earlier. We try to provide all the context you need in making the right decision for your child, as well as the right decisions on when/if to size up.
We assess the eco-friendliness of the various diaper brands with a complete lifecycle philosophy (cradle-to-cradle). As best we can, we look at the manufacturing, supply chain, materials, and disposal of each diaper brand to give a full picture of their impact on our environment. Some of this relates to climate change (e.g. energy intensive production, long-distance supply chains, etc.), while others relate to the health of our environments and ecosystems (e.g. chlorine used in manufacturing, landfill compostability, etc.).
Luvs diapers have no independent third-party certifications that prove its commitment to being a sustainable, eco-friendly brand and company.
Many of the ingredients using in diaper production find their way back into our ecosystems — whether through industrial by-products, off-gassing, or landfill disposal. For example, all diapers will claim to be “cholorine free”, while the details vary significantly between an “elementally” cholorine free (ECF) process and a “totally” chlorine free (TCF) process. ECF pulp production results in the release of dangerous chemicals into the environment such as halogenated organic pollutants and chlorinated compounds, which TCF pulp production is (as you’d expect) totally free of these risks.
Luvs diapers use the ECF pulp production processes and do pose a risk to local environments. Their use of minimal plant-based materials does not help the raw material scoring.
Manufactured in the US, the Luvs diapers have a minimal carbon footprint, as diapers are manufactured close to where they are consumed.
A baby can use more than 2,500 diapers in their first year, with 10+ diapers used each day as a newborn. The costs can add up quickly and every family’s budget is a personal consideration in picking diapers.
Luvs Ultra Leakguards diapers are about as inexpensive as it gets and are very budget-friendly.
- Size 1 costs: $0.13 per diaper for Luvs
- Size 2 costs: $0.13 per diaper for Luvs
- Size 3 costs: $0.15 per diaper for Luvs
- Size 4 costs: $0.17 per diaper for Luvs
- Size 5 costs: $0.20 per diaper for Luvs
- Size 6 costs: $0.24 per diaper for Luvs