Adult Pull-Ups vs. Adult Diapers - Which One Should You Choose?

Posted by Deborah Lee on

Incontinence is an issue that prevails amongst many elderly persons, however due to the sensitive nature of the condition, most people do not seek professional help or often deal with it without the being equipped with the best knowledge. In this article, we cover the two common products relating to incontinence and their main features and uses.

Adult Diapers 

An adult diaper is the preferred type of incontinence item for caregivers to use. They are completely adjustable due to their taped sides, have standing leak guards to prevent unnecessary leaks, and can be changed without the removal of clothing. Briefs tend to also have the highest absorbency out of any incontinence items.

Here’s some examples of situations where briefs would be your best choice:

  • If the individual is immobile or has limited ambulatory function briefs can make changes easier because the complete removal of pants and underwear is not necessary. The individual is also not required to move for changes.

  • Briefs have a higher absorbency than pull ons, making them the best choice if the individual using the briefs is completely incontinent or is immobile and cannot use the bathroom with any regularity.

  • Since briefs have a higher absorbency, they result in less changes. This is ideal if the individual is in a situation where changes cannot be made as often or there is a strict budget for purchasing any incontinence items.

Based on the different needs of the user, choose a capacity that suits best; Day diapers will have less capacity than Overnight diapers and will be less costly on the whole. 


Adult pull-ups have elastic waistbands and are generally preferred by incontinence users who are still ambulatory and using the bathroom when possible. Pull-ups come in a variety of waist sizes, have elastic waist bands for a snug and comfortable fit, can easily be pulled up and pulled down like underwear, and have standing leak guards to prevent unnecessary leaks.

Here’s some examples of situations where pull ons would be your best choice:

  • If the individual is ambulatory and prefers to use the bathroom when possible but requires incontinence protection for when they can’t make it to the bathroom in time, pull ons are a great choice.

  • If the individual only has light incontinence and requires occasional protection from leaks or accidents

We hope this article has been useful in helping you choose the right incontinence product. Feel free to contact us at +65-8657-1657 should you have any other queries. 

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