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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Price paid for the pack size we tested.
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We test regular and super pads. 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.
Wings are the extra material on the sides of the pad that fold over the sides of your underwear.
Each product is tested for its absorbency speed. A specific amount of saline solution is dosed into the centre of the sanitary pad using the dosage pump. The amount of time it takes for the liquid to disappear is recorded and the process is repeated once more after waiting for three minutes. The total time for both gushes to absorb is taken as the absorption speed.
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Price per pad
The cost per pad is the price we paid divided by the pack size tested.
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Wet feeling score
We test the wet feeling (or rewet) five minutes after the last gush from the absorbency test. We place six pre-weighed dry filter papers on the sanitary pad and hold them down for 30 seconds. The filter paper is then removed and immediately weighed. Ideally, the filter paper should remain relatively dry.
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We look for any leakages during testing and note if a leak was observed. This isn't scored.
Shop Ethical rating
Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.
PEFC, FSC or Sustainable Forest Initiative certified
Does the product claim to be PEFC, FSC or Sustainable Forest Initiative certified?
Included in this review
- Price per pad
- Pack size tested
- Shop Ethical rating
- Overall score
- Absorbency score
- Wet feeling score
- Velcro strength score
- Velcro strength comment
- Leakage detected
- Individually wrapped
- Warning not to flush
- PEFC FSC or Sustainable Forest Initiative certified
- Biodegradable claims
- Odour control claims
- Suitable for sensitive skin claims
- Unscented claims
- Other claims
- Country of origin