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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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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%).
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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