Best-Rated Continence Products

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Most Satisfied Customers | Always Discreet

Aussies have rated Always Discreet best in Canstar Blue’s continence products review, scoring the brand five stars in ALL categories! These include quality and comfort, absorbency and effectiveness, variety, packaging appeal, value for money, and overall satisfaction.

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Winners leaked: Always Discreet rated best in continence product ratings

Continence products are a mainstay in many people’s bathroom cupboards. They are super useful products, ready to help people move through the day without worrying about leaks or accidents. In fact, over a third of consumers (35%) say that continence products allow them to continue to live their life the way they want, with another 10% just using them when exercising for extra confidence.

However, although they’re all designed to assist in the same way, not all continence products are created equal. Nearly half of our respondents (44%) have tried multiple brands in the search for the right one, while a third (29%) have tried multiple products from the same brand while looking for a good fit. To see which continence products are best on the shelf, here’s our review.


How we rate continence products


Over a third of people surveyed for this review (35%) said continence products have allowed them to continue pursuing their preferred lifestyle. However, a small portion (12%) have had a continence product leak in public, suggesting not all products for bladder and bowel leaks are created equal. Be sure to compare products and do some research.

Canstar Blue surveyed 444 Australians for their feedback on the continence products they purchased and used within 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 [name of product] brand 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 continence product as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Absorbency & effectiveness: the product doesn’t leak if used properly and holds a reasonable amount of liquid.
  • Quality & comfort: the product is comfortable to wear day and night (i.e. not itchy, holds in place when exercising and sleeping, etc.) and offers discreet protection.
  • Range variety: the brand offers a good range of sizes, and product options to suit various incontinence needs.
  • Packaging design: the product packaging was aesthetically pleasing and provided sufficient information/instructions.
  • Value for money: good quantity, quality, and effectiveness of the product for the cost.

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. Always Discreet
2. Depend
3. Poise
4. Tena
5. Stayfree

Always Discreet surged ahead of the competition to score five stars in every category, including quality and comfort, absorbency and effectiveness, variety, packaging appeal, value for money, and overall satisfaction. The only other brand to receive full marks was Tena for packaging design.

Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.


Top Continence Product – Always Discreet

Always Discreet

Always Discreet specialises in women’s continence issues, providing a comprehensive range of products, including pads, liners, and underwear to help manage overactive bladders. Always Discreet pads feature an ultra-thin absorbent core with Rapid Dry and Odour Control Technology to provide
discreet protection under your clothing. Its pads come in various options for all levels of continence from occasional leaks to frequent leaks. Always Discreet products are available to purchase from most supermarkets and pharmacies.

  • Always Discreet scored five stars for quality and comfort, absorbency and effectiveness, range variety, packaging appeal, value for money and overall satisfaction.

What are the main causes of incontinence?

Incontinence refers to an inability to control your bladder and bowel, often resulting in leaks. It’s not uncommon and in fact, one in four Australians experience incontinence regularly, according to the Continence Foundation. There are a few different reasons that someone might be incontinent including:

  • Being pregnant or, having been pregnant makes it more likely for you to experience incontinence
  • Neurological and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Health conditions
  • Reduced mobility
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Medications
  • Infections

What’s the best type of continence product?

The type of continence product you need will largely depend on how light, moderate or heavy your incontinence is and how frequently you experience leaks. It will also depend on whether you experience urinary incontinence or faecal incontinence, or both. Some of your decision will also be based on your personal preference with some people preferring disposable pads over reusable underwear and vice versa. Our survey found that most people purchase disposable pads (61%), followed by disposable pants (15%), and reusable bed pads (6%).

About the author of this page

Luciana Lawe Davies - Canstar Blue This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Content Producer Luciana Lawe Davies. She writes about streaming, appliances and consumer products and services. Luciana enjoys bringing readers the best in what’s on TV and at the shops, including the best deals and latest reviews.

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