What Are the Most Absorbent Cloth Diapers?

We can talk all day about trimness, or fit, or whatever, but what tends to matter most when it comes to cloth diapers is….does it absorb what you need it to absorb?

In this article, I want to show you top picks for the most absorbent cloth diapers. I looked through the thousands of survey responses that we have and here is what I found to be the most absorbent cloth diapers (as purchased):

Ragababe Easy AIO

Score: 95%

This received a score of 95%, which is a whopping 4% higher than any other diaper (that is HUGE!). The diaper is made of bamboo rayon and topped with suede cloth. The neat thing about this diaper is that it dries relatively quickly. There’s also a pocket opening, so you can add more absorbency.

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Blueberry 2.0 Simplex

Score: 91%

This diaper is made of  11 layers of 100% cotton birdseye fabric, but there are also pocket openings so that you can add even more absorbency.

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Sustainablebabyish Organic Bamboo Fitted

Score: 91%

This diaper is made of organic bamboo/cotton fleece with the soft jersey side out. You do need a waterproof cover to go overtop of it.

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Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Cloth Diaper System (One Size)

Charlie Banana One Size 4

Score: 91%

This diaper comes with two microfiber inserts, so you can stack them up for added absorbency.  Since this is a pocket diaper, you can add additional inserts for added absorbency.

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bumGenius 4.0

Score: 90%

This diaper also comes with two microfiber inserts that you can stack. The PUL is durable and helps keep wetness in. This diaper also won Diaper of the Year in the Padded Tush Stats 2011 Diaper Awards.  Since this is a pocket diaper, you can add additional inserts for added absorbency.

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Thirsties Duo Diaper (Discontinued)

Score: 90%

This diaper features an insert with a total of 7 absorbent layers made of a hemp/cotton blend and microfiber terry. The microfiber terry insert and the hemp/cotton insert snaps together, so they dry quickly. Since this is a pocket diaper, you can add additional inserts for added absorbency. Another bonus is that there are pocket openings on both ends, so the insert should agitate out in the wash.

Want to buy any of these diapers? If you search for the brand name in the Cloth Diaper Retailer Database (www.clothdiaperretailers.com), you can see what retailers carry them and compare things like shipping, location, specials going on, and more. Often times retailers provide me with exclusive discount codes for PTS followers.

You can compare statistics at any time by going to “Statistics” at the top of this website. You can fill out surveys on diapers by going to “Surveys” at the top of the site.

What do you think of these findings? Do you agree?

* Statistics are based on all diapers that received over 20 survey responses. Images courtesy of Thirsties, Swaddlebees, bumGenius, and Sustainablebabyish
Tara Porter

Tara Porter

Tara Porter began using cloth diapers in 2011 when she felt that using disposable diapers was costing too much money. The problem was, a lot of the highly recommended diapers weren’t working for her baby. What she finally discovered was that her baby was skinny and a heavy wetter, and that diapers worked differently for those baby types. Because of her professional work with survey design and statistics, she designed Padded Tush Stats as a way to determine how different cloth diapers worked on different babies.

Tara moved on to other career endeavors in 2014 but can still be found online blogging about health and fitness at Fit Baby Steps.
Tara Porter


  1. a says

    Based on refashionista.com website, mother ease sandys large is second best compares to sbish in absorbency. How was this list created?

  2. Rachel N says

    I agree with most of these but not the Charlie Bananas. They are just plain microfiber inserts and I find they leak fairly quickly. I do agree with the simplex though, that one holds up well for us.

  3. MD says

    Opinions of absorbency are relative to the user and how heavy the baby wets. Are these based on votes or did you actually test the absorbency of each of these diapers?

  4. Dawn says

    I have a ridiculously heavy wetter, especially when he was EBF. I had to use a hemp insert with the large MF insert all the time. That combo would work in BG 4.0, but if I used it in any other of my diapers (HH, Fuzzi Bunz, AMP, Cumfy Rumps, Rump arounds) I would get wicking around the legs. I changed him whenever I fed him, just had an oversupply of milk. I want to try that Thirsty’s Duo. Of course I would love a Ragababe, but that seems like a bit of a pipe dream!

  5. Bekah says

    Awesome! So great to have this info all in one place. I’d love to see a similar comparison for inserts/prefolds, for those of us who use prefolds & covers. Would that be possible? :)

  6. Amy says

    There are some cons, especially not being American Made, but Kawaii Goodnights hold Huge amounts! I have a super soaker and only use 1 of the supplied inserts.

  7. says

    I agree with all of these! Besides the Charlie Banana – I’m shocked at that. I would definitely say it is my least absorbent diaper by far. I don’t double stuff due to it being too bulky if I do so, so the one insert is so not absorbent! Every other microfiber insert I have is way more absorbent than Charlie Banana. Otherwise, definitely agree with the Simplex. My favorite!

    I love this list! You think of the best things that we mamas love to hear!

  8. says

    We have the Thirsties Duo Diapers on sale right now too! (Last day of the sale is today) :) I LOVE how the inserts agitate out in the wash by themselves. That was the number 1 selling point on these to my hubby :)

  9. kenner82 says

    I want to try the Simplex now! (And you even made me want to try the SBish . . . even though I HAVE a super old one, and don’t particularly care for it all that much!) 😉


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