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Most Satisfied Customers | Rascal + Friends

Rascal + Friends has won over Aussie parents in our disposable nappy ratings, scoring five-star reviews for baby comfort, leak prevention, fit, design, and overall satisfaction.

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Being a parent naturally means a lot of messy work – from day one – so being equipped with the right products for every occasion is a must. When it comes to baby bottoms there is nothing more important than keeping your little one dry and comfortable and the mess under control, and this comes down to the nappies you pick. Not only that, but picking the right nappies can be the difference between an enjoyable day out or not, an overnight change or not, and an unfortunate leak or not. So, which brand is keeping Aussie parents – and their bubs – the happiest? Our annual nappy brand review aims to answer just that!

How we rate disposable nappies

It’s pretty common for a baby to use over 300 nappies in the first month of their life, so finding a nappy that makes your baby happy, and fits your budget, is essential. Our survey of Aussie parents saw the average monthly spend on nappies total $96.50, with 20% of mums and dads saying they tend to buy the cheapest nappies available, and 41% of parents buying in bulk. Everyone wants to bag a bargain, but when it comes to nappies, it’s generally a case of getting what you pay for. This is probably why 40% of parents believe splashing out is worth it to prevent future splashes. In addition, one in five parents (21%) have tried cloth nappies as well as disposable, and a third (31%) feel guilty over the environmental impact of disposable nappies. It seems a lot more goes into picking a nappy than the cute picture on the front. Canstar Blue has compared the top disposable nappy brands in the market, so you can skip the indecision and find the right fit.

Canstar Blue surveyed 769 Australians for their feedback on the disposable nappies they’ve purchased and used for their child/children in the last six months.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their disposable nappy brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a disposable nappy brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Baby comfort: the nappy seemed comfortable for baby to wear for long periods and didn’t cause irritation or obvious discomfort.
  • Absorbency: the nappy absorbed liquids effectively to the point that it didn’t require frequent changing.
  • Ability to prevent leaks: the nappy could be worn for the required time without any leakage.
  • Fit: the nappy size was correct, fit the baby snugly, and could be adjusted and stretched if needed.
  • Design: the look and style of the nappy was aesthetically pleasing (i.e. included patterns and colours).
  • Value for money: cost was low for the quality and effectiveness of the nappy.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  1. Rascal + Friends
  2. BabyLove
  3. Huggies
  4. Little One’s (Woolworths)
  5. ALDI Mamia
  6. CUB (Coles)

Rascal + Friends cosied up to number one, bringing in top marks for baby comfort, ability to prevent leaks, fit, design, and overall satisfaction.

BabyLove and Huggies shared wins for baby comfort, absorbency, ability to prevent leaks, and design, leaving Little One’s as the only brand to score five stars for value for money.

Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.

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Top Disposable Nappy Brand – Rascal + Friends

Rascal & Friends Nappies Bulk Newborn

Rascal + Friends pride themselves on being the brand that understands parents, summed up by their ethos, ‘made for real messy life.’ Their New Zealand-designed nappies were the brainchild of a mum who was looking for an affordable, effective, and ultra-gentle nappy. When she couldn’t find one, she designed her own.

Rascal + Friends unisex nappies are said to provide a leak-proof base with a 3D core that can handle up to 12 hours of wear and are made from dermatologically approved, feather-soft materials which help to reduce nappy rash and irritations. The range caters to newborns, infants, crawlers, toddlers, walkers, and juniors upwards of 16kg. Rascal + Friends disposable nappies are available for purchase from Coles supermarkets. A pack of nappies starts at $14 and goes up to $27, depending on the age group, sizing, and number of nappies. Rascal + Friends also sells disposable nappy pants and sensitive wipes.

  • Rascal + Friends earned top marks for baby comfort, leak prevention, fit, design, and overall satisfaction. The brand landed four stars for absorbency and value for money.

Things to consider when buying nappies

Our research identified the following drivers of parent satisfaction when it comes to disposable nappies:

  • Baby comfort: 26%
  • Value for money: 22%
  • Absorbency: 20%
  • Ability to prevent leaks: 15%
  • Fit: 13%
  • Design: 3%

Many brands boast maximum leakage protection with a secure and comfortable fit, but whether they live up to these claims or not is another matter. That’s why we survey parents to find out which nappies are really living up to expectations. Getting good value for money is naturally important to most parents considering how many nappies you’ll likely go through, but ultimately the nappies you buy have to deliver when it comes to preventing leaks. You won’t care too much about the price of nappies when it’s 2am and you’re waking up for a change. Did the nappy hold tight, or do you need to change the bed sheets?

Here are some other key findings from our latest survey:

What are the best reusable nappies?

The best reusable nappies are highly absorbent, made from materials that won’t irritate your child’s skin, can adapt to your child’s growth, and most importantly that are easy to clean. To find the right nappy for you and your child, you’ll need to consider sizing, age, lifestyle, and cost. First, get acquainted with the types of reusable nappies – we have come a long way from the terry cloth square!

There are several different types of reusable nappies:

  • Flats: traditional square, cloth nappies that can be used with a waterproof covering.
  • Prefolds: an absorbent, rectangular piece of cloth that is folded and used with a waterproof cover.
  • Fitted nappies: designed like a disposable nappy but requires an additional waterproof cover.
  • Nappy covers: waterproofed outer coverings used with different types of nappies.
  • Pocket nappies: designed like a disposable nappy with an opening for absorbent inserts to be placed into.
  • All-in-ones: designed like a disposable nappy, and has an attached waterproof cover and absorbent layer which requires the entire nappy to be washed.
  • All-in-twos: designed like a disposable nappy, with a separate waterproof cover and absorbent layer which allows the outer cover to be reused several times before washing.
  • Night nappies: bulkier, highly absorbent nappies suitable for overnight use.
  • One-size-fits-most (OSFM): designed to fit a child throughout multiple stages of growth.

There are plenty of reusable nappy brands in the market, with each one aiming to suit different needs. Most nappy brands offer free samples online for parents to test and try, which should help narrow your search for the best reusable nappies.

Are supermarket brand nappies any good?

Are supermarket brand nappies good

If you’re looking for cheap disposable nappies, the supermarkets are often the way to go. But are they any good? ALDI Mamia has topped our customer satisfaction ratings several times, while Woolies’ Little One’s, and Coles’ CUB nappies often bag a four-star rating for overall satisfaction, suggesting that parents are pretty happy with the results.

The difference in quality between nappies is likely to be most obvious overnight, when cheap nappies may become overly full more quickly. With that in mind, investing a little more in a quality nappy could really save the day – something 40% of mums and dads told us they do.

You won’t really know how good nappies are until your baby uses them, but the good news on that front is that many brands, like Huggies and BabyLove, offer free samples for you to try before you buy.

About the author of this page

Megan Birot

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.

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Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s disposable nappy ratings:

  • 2021: ALDI Mamia
  • 2020: ALDI Mamia
  • 2019: ALDI Mamia
  • 2018: Huggies
  • 2017: Huggies
  • 2016: ALDI Mamia
  • 2015: Snugglers
  • 2014: ALDI Mamia

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