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Last updated: 24 December 2018

When you get your period it's important to use products that keep you feeling comfortable and protected. Our sanitary pads buying guide will help you work out what to look for and how we test explains our testing rigour. 

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Need to know: Only products of each type (regular, super and liners) can be directly compared with one another, so use our filter tool to sort by type.

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Our tests results will tell you which sanitary pads:

  • absorb the quickest
  • stay damp on the surface
  • have a strong adhesive system to keep them secure
  • leaked during testing.
Our interactive tool helps you sort by price per sanitary pad, and our Recommended list will quickly tell you which brands came out on top. Show less


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    We tested regular and super pads as well as liners. Pads that are labelled as super, overnights or maternity have all been tested as super pads. Only products within each type are directly comparable to one another.

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      • adhesive
      • odour control
      • origin
      • overall score
      • absorbency level claims
      • other claims
      • velcro strength score
      • rewet score
      • manufacturers description
      • biodegradable
      • pefc fsc or sustainable forest initiative certified
      • price ($)
      • pack size tested
      • cost per pad ($)
      • individually wrapped
      • warning not to flush
      • contact
      • wings
      • absorbency score
      • suitable for sensitive skin
      • leakage observed
      • recommended
      • unscented claim
      • velcro strength comment
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