What are the Top 5 Adult Incontinence Underwear for Women?

Brooke Lounsbury Registered Nurse

Fact checked by: Lynda Menegotti, Editor

How We Found The Best Incontinence Underwear:

6 Experts Consulted

210+ Hours of Research

74 Products Considered

10 Products Selected

Caring Village may receive commissions for purchases or leads made through links in this article.

What are the Top 5 Adult Incontinence Underwear for Women?

Brooke Lounsbury Registered Nurse

Fact checked by: Lynda Menegotti, Editor

How We Found The Best Incontinence Underwear:

6 Experts Consulted

210+ Hours of Research

74 Products Considered

10 Products Selected

Caring Village may receive commissions for purchases or leads made through links in this article.

What are the Top 5 Adult Incontinence Underwear for Women?

Brooke Lounsbury Registered Nurse

Fact checked by: Lynda Menegotti, Editor

How We Found The Best Incontinence Underwear:

6 Experts Consulted

210+ Hours of Research

74 Products Considered

10 Products Selected

Caring Village may receive commissions for purchases or leads made through links in this article.

Best Overall

Best Overnight

Most Absorbent

Best Washable

How We Tested & Selected Our Favorite Incontinence Underwear for Women


6 Experts Consulted


210+ Hours of Research


74 Products Considered


10 Products Selected


Comfort

Comfort is key when shopping for incontinence products. We looked for soft materials that feel great against the skin and tested for the telltale crinkle that can sometimes give away the fact that the user is wearing disposable underwear. 


Absorbency & Leak Protection

We tested each brand's recommended absorbency and checked to see if there was any leakage when standing, sitting, or laying down. Then, we pushed past the recommended absorbency to see if they could stand up to even more liquid.



Fit

Fit is an important factor when it comes to leak protection. We checked to make sure the material conformed to the body with minimal bunching and that the leg gathers were comfortably snug but not tight. 


Ease of Use

After testing absorbency, the underwear went on to wear-testing to find out how easy it was to get them on and off, both dry out of the package and after they had absorbed liquid. If the style was tearaway, we tested to see if the sides split on their own when heavy with liquid or if they were difficult to tear by the user. 

The Best Disposable Incontinence Underwear for Women

After countless hours of research and testing some of the most popular brands of incontinence underwear, including everything from familiar drugstore brands to new products, we have put together a list of the Best Disposable Incontinence Underwear for Women.

Because Quality Bladder Protection for Women

Photo: Because Market

Because Market offers an extensive product line with some of the highest absorbency incontinence products we've found to date. Their underwear collection is sustainably produced in the US in a carbon-neutral facility with post-consumer, biobased packaging. Because underwear is latex free with tear-away sides, an odor-reducing system, and a triple stitch leg leakage barrier. Subscribe today and Save 60% on your first order!

What We Love About This Brand:

  • Soft, clothlike breathable fabric
  • Built-in leak guards
  • Tear away seams for easy use
  • Dual absorbent core keeps skin dry
  • Products are latex and fragrance-free
  • Products made in the USA
  • Carbon neutral company

Product Tested: Premium Overnight Plus Underwear

Photo: Brooke Lounsbury, RN

Our reviewer found the fit excellent. She noted that the top band didn’t bunch up when putting on pants, and the underwear was barely visible. Most impressively, the gusset did not bunch even when wet, which was surprising given the tremendous capacity of liquid this underwear can hold.


Because uses incredibly soft, pliable materials in its products, making them feel almost like real fabric. While our reviewer loved the softness, she found the leg openings a little snug. However, given that this particular style is designed for overnight use, the snug fit makes sense for use at a time when movement is limited, and liquid output may be quite high.

One of the many places Because incontinence underwear really shines is absorbency. With a stated capacity of six cups, we were skeptical. However, our reviewer found that she could add a further half a cup of liquid without any leaking. Impressive!

Photo: Because Market

DryDirect

Photo: DryDirect

Dry Direct's Ultimate Underwear’s Super absorbency equals fewer changes per day and less leaks – which is ideal for all caregivers, but especially family caregivers. This is the first incontinence underwear ParentGiving have put their brand on, and the first one they confidently recommend ONLY 3 or 4 changes per day are required. Dry Direct Ultimate Underwear is ideal for nighttime use and a good night’s sleep without interruption.

What We Love About This Brand:

  • Elastic leg cuffs (to prevent leaks inside sleepers and for bowel incontinence)
  • Breathable cloth-stretch panels
  • Soft cotton outer layer
  • Odor lock core (to minimize odors while in use)
  • Unisex design
  • Pull-up underwear design with tear-away panels for easy removal

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Product Tested: Super Overnight Protective Underwear

Photo: Brooke Lounsbury, RN

Our reviewer found these to be one of the best incontinence underwear tested. Made from soft, latex-free, hypoallergenic, non-chafing material, this product also has a protective top sheet that wicks moisture away from the skin. 



The generous length and width of the pad, along with the leak guards, allow for a dry, comfortable night’s sleep. We added 4 cups of liquid (the stated capacity) and the pad easily accommodated this without any leakage.



In addition, the blue line running the length of the pad is a wetness indicator that fades as wetness soaks, helping the caregiver know when it is time for a change. A huge plus for caregivers!

Photo: DryDirect

Nexwear (formerly LilyBird)

Photo: Nexwear

Tell Your Bladder Who's Boss with Nexwear (formerly Lily Bird)! Get pads and disposable underwear delivered to your home so you can feel confident leaving it. Lily Bird's products are softer, more comfortable, and more absorbent than most drugstore brands. Their high-quality, long-length pads come in 5 absorbency levels and are designed specifically for bladder leaks. All have a slight hourglass shape and gentle side elastics for maximum comfort and solid leak protection. Start with a trial. Cancel anytime. (Yes, really!) And shipping is always free.

Product Tested: Premium Protective Underwear

Photo: Brooke Lounsbury, RN

Our reviewer found Nexwear's product to be reasonably comfortable. Made from a soft, cloth-like fabric, these underwear were relatively form-fitting and could be slipped on and off quite easily. 


She found the absorbent material in the gusset to be a bit unevenly distributed and bulky feeling at times but appreciated the snug-fitting waist as it resulted in less riding up or down than other brands. These underwear were also somewhat visible through clothing.


30 ounces of liquid was added during testing (the stated capacity is 28 ounces) without any leakage. However, the underwear did feel slightly wet to the touch.


Photo: Nexwear

Tena Women Protective Underwear

Photo: Tena

Tena Women's Protective Underwear provides a more discreet style of disposable underwear that’s designed to look and feel like regular underwear, with a snug, body-close fit for moderate to heavy incontinence. It is made of a soft, cloth-like, cottony material and a soft, narrow comfort waistband that can be easily pulled on and off like regular underwear.

Product Tested: Stylish Designs Maximum Protection Underwear

Photo: Brooke Lounsbury, RN

Our reviewer tested TENA's Stylish Designs underwear and enjoyed the pretty floral print. She found the material soft to the touch, comfortable, and the underwear easy to put on and take off. Though TENA does not state this product has tear-away sides, they did tear along the sides for easy removal.


Our reviewer felt the underwear had a sleek fit, no bunching, and could be worn under clothing without any noticeable panty lines.


Although the brand's website does not indicate fluid capacity (a pet peeve of ours), she started with 8 ounces. She continued to add fluid until the underwear was fully saturated, which happened at 28 ounces.


Our reviewer noted that the underwear's internal pad was shorter than she would have liked and did not reach the entire front-to-back peri area, where some incontinence episodes happen depending on an individual's position.


Photo: Tena

Prevail Protective Underwear for Women

Photo: Prevail

The Prevail Protective Underwear for Women provides discreet absorbent protection. It has a comfortable waist panel that gives a discreet fit and has soft leg gathers that ensure a comfortable fit and dryness. Most importantly, these are super absorbent, dry quickly, and lock away wetness and odor.

Depend Underwear for Women – Maximum Absorbency

depend-womenThe Maximum absorbency product is the heaviest protection available from Depend. Its breathable stretch panels gently contour to the body for a close comfortable fit. The cloth-like outer material is rustle-free underneath clothing and the absorbency protection is designed specifically for women.

Tranquility Premium OverNight™ Incontinence Underwear

tranquility-womenTranquility’s Premium OverNight™ Disposable Absorbent Underwear is the top-rated overnight underwear for adults. It offers superior protection to ensure a restful sleep. Premium OverNight™ Disposable Absorbent Underwear is available in a range of sizes from XS to 2XL. The absorbent Peach Mat Core provides maximum protection by locking away liquid resulting in dryness, urine pH neutralization, and odor reduction while protecting delicate and sensitive skin from the damaging effects of moisture. The superior performance of the Peach Mat Core is why Tranquility’s Premium OverNight™ Disposable Absorbent Underwear is considered a top-rated overnight adult diaper among caregivers and medical professionals.

LivDry Overnight Protective Underwear

Top 5 Incontinence Products for Women - LivDry Overnight Protective UnderwearLivDry’s Overnight Protective Underwear is designed for maximum comfort, ultimate protection, and bedtime-to-rise reassurance. Their proprietary super absorbent gel core quickly locks fluid away, reduces odor, and can handle night bladder incontinence. LivDry Adult Overnights have a soft, cloth-like, latex-free material with a stretch panel that contours to your body for a comfortable fit with leakage barrier leg cuffs and tear-away sides that allow for easy removal.

Attends Incontinence Care Breathable Briefs for Adults

attends-womenThe briefs made by Attends have breathable side panels and a soft inner liner that provides exceptional comfort. They also utilize a triple-tier moisture-locking system that delivers superior performance and leakage protection, while promoting skin wellness and managing odor. The soft and flexible Comfort Flex-Tabs fasten anywhere for a secure and tailored fit.

Wellness Absorbent Underwear

Top Incontinence Product - Unique Wellness Absorbent UnderwearThese award-winning pull-ons made by Unique Wellness are so innovative that they were featured on Discovery Channel’s How stuff works and are designed to last up to 8 hours using NASA-inspired multi-layered InconTek® technology similar to designs used by astronauts in space for long missions. This is revolutionary because changes can actually be scheduled to only once in eight hours/ three in 24 hours putting the wearer or caregiver in control with no worry of any exposure to the effects of urine. Save up to 70% over other absorbent underwear due to fewer changes and rarely requires expensive creams or ointments.

Although there are a lot of choices for women in the incontinence underwear market, these products have solidified their positioning in the market and have received excellent reviews and feedback from those who have purchased and used them.

NorthShore

A pull-on that's different from the rest. GoSupreme™ from Northshore provides top-of-the-line comfort, absorbency, and fit while featuring extra coverage in the front, rear, and sides. Improved leg elastics will fit great for those with skinny legs while still remaining comfortable for others. Plus, silky-smooth feel against the skin; extra waist elastics; low-profile design for reduced bulk; breathable yet 100% waterproof!

Washable Incontinence Underwear

For those with light to moderate incontinence, washable incontinence products may be the way to go. Not only are they discreet, so you can go about your usual day-to-day activities, but you'll also be saving money and helping the environment at the same time.

Just’nCase by Confitex

Our favorite brand of washable incontinence underwear is Confitex who offer a variety of functional pee panties and male incontinence underwear in a range of fashionable and comfortable designs. Awarded Best Product of the Year in the prestigious Plus X Awards, Just’nCase by Confitex reusable absorbent underwear feature market-leading textile technology that has been independently proven to offer the best combination of absorbency capacity and leakproof performance without excess bulk. Unlike other brands, Confitex’s patented waterproof textile doesn’t rely on a layer of plastic, which means the absorbent gusset within their life-changing Just’nCase women’s briefs can be both heat-sealed and stitched to deliver superior protection against leaks. Better still, unlike other brands, they can safely be machine-washed and tumble dried without affecting their performance.

Confitex offers a variety of functional pee panties, male incontinence underwear, and nursing pads in a range of fashionable and comfortable designs.

Why choose Just’nCase by Confitex:

  • Comfortable, quality stretch cloth fabric, just like normal underwear
  • Machine washable and tumble dryable to save you time
  • Superior absorbency and leakproofing for light-to-moderate bladder leakage
  • Independently lab-tested leakproof, odor-resistant and breathable
  • Eco-friendly option over single use products, that can also save you money
  • Stylish designs available in different colors and absorbency levels
  • Easy online ordering and discreet delivery to your door

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Incontinence Underwear Brand Comparison

Brand

Leak Protection

Odor Control

Wetness Indicator

Bariatric Styles

Bowel Incontinence

X

X

X

X

All Styles

X

X

X

Super Briefs

X

X

Extended Use Briefs

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

All-Thru-The-Night

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Tips & Advice for Choosing the Right Products

Keep in mind that your regular underwear size will not necessarily be the size you should purchase in incontinence underwear. Each product comes with its own sizing chart and recommendations based on your height, weight, level of activity, and current leakage. For some, an incontinence pad or liner may be all that is necessary. For others, their everyday activity level and need for comfort and discretion may mean that a pull-up style brief is the way to go. And for still others, a lack of mobility or overnight issues may make a tabbed diaper the best choice.

Other products that may help ease the amount of work required for caregivers of elderly patients or loved ones include personal care wipes, diaper covers, and underpads for beds.

SOURCE

  • *The Illinois Department of Public Health
  • **We filtered the results to those that had at least 30 product reviews.
  • ***US Industry average is 1200mL absorbency for an overnight product. Because is over 1500ml.

Expert Contributor

Brooke Lounsbury Registered Nurse

Brooke Lounsbury, RN

Brooke worked as a home health and hospice nurse for many years. During her time working with patients and families, she saw the pressures and strain of what caregivers went through while caring for loved ones. Lack of resources to help caregivers prompted her to start a support group for caregivers in her area. Since then Brooke has turned to writing courses for nurses and content writing.

In her spare time, she enjoys time with family, her dog, and travel.