GroVia vs Best Bottom All-in-Twos

GroVia vs Best Bottom

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of all-in-two diapers. AI2s are more affordable, take up less space, and generate less diaper laundry than all-in-ones (AIOs) or pocket diapers. Most of my personal cloth diaper stash is made up of AI2 diapers. In this post I’ll compare two popular brands: GroVia and Best Bottom Diapers.

Overall, the GroVia and Best Bottom AI2s are quite similar. Both have rise snaps to make the shell adjustable to fit from infant to toddler; both have both stay-dry and natural fiber inserts. They are priced similarly and are both high-quality diaper systems. When considering GroVia vs Best Bottom, here are a few points to consider:

FeatureGroViaBest Bottom
Shell FeaturesSnap or H&LSnap or H&L
Mesh inner is soft against baby's skinLaminated inner can be wiped clean
Crossover tabsCrossover tabs
No extra leg gussetExtra leg gusset
Three rise settingsFour rise settings
$16.95 each$16.95 each
Insert FeaturesOne-size insert fits in the shell regardless of rise setting; insert has elasticized gussets on sides and is backed with TPU.Inserts come in small, medium, and large sizes, which correspond to the rise setting of the shell.
Stay-Dry InsertsCotton/hemp topped with fleece. Sold as a two-pack for $17.95.Microfiber topped with fleece; Sold as singles for $3.95.
Natural Fiber InsertsOrganic cotton; two for $18.95Cotton/hemp blend; $5.95 each
Hybrid (Disposable) InsertYesNo
Made InChinaUSA
WarrantyOne year60 days
Best Bottom vs GroVia

Inserts (top to bottom) – GroVia stay-dry, GroVia organic cotton, Best Bottom hemp, and Best Bottom stay-dry

Although the GroVia inserts are individually more expensive than the Best Bottom inserts, they are actually less expensive overall when you consider the fact that you will have to buy Best Bottom inserts in multiple sizes:

  • Price of four GroVia stay-dry inserts (2 x $17.95) = $35.90
  • Price of four Best Bottom stay-dry inserts in each size (4 x $3.95 x 3) = $47.40
  • Price of four GroVia organic cotton inserts (2 x $18.95) = $37.90
  • Price of four Best Bottom cotton/hemp inserts in each size (4 x $5.95 x 3) = $71.40

Overall, these are both awesome diapering systems. I personally find that GroVia fits my toddler better around the waist, but Best Bottom does make waist extender tabs to allow the diaper to fit much longer.


Which AI2 system do you prefer – Best Bottom or GroVia? Cast your vote below and elaborate in the comments!
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Winter Cloth Diaper Prints

It’s a shame that winter-themed cloth diaper prints are hard to show off. There’s that pesky problem of having to be a good parent and put pants on your baby in cold weather and such.

This season we’ve seen a number of adorable holiday and winter cloth diaper prints – some just recently released. Let’s hear your thoughts on which print is the cutest! Voting ends December 31!

AppleCheeks Delishmas Best Bottom Flurry Bummis Penguin Party gDiapers Good Tidings Peachy Green Holly Jolly SoftBums Snowflake HTML Map

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All in Two Diaper Guide for 2013

All in two diapers (AI2s) – what’s not to love? They last longer, generate less diaper laundry, and are more economical than pockets and all-in-ones. Each brand has a slightly different system with slightly different choices, so I’ve compiled one handy guide that compares the best all in twos available. In one quick glance you can compare where they’re made, sizing, pricing, closures, insert options, and more! Download the free PDF guide by clicking here.

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How many inserts per cover you need for your all-in-two system will depend on your baby’s age. Babies who are not yet eating solid foods tend to have messier diapers, which may require you to wash the covers more frequently. Therefore, in the early months, you might find yourself in need of three inserts per cover, but later, you can go through as many as five or six inserts before needing to wash the cover. Covers contain the more delicate materials (elastic and laminate), so washing causes wear and tear on these components. By using an all-in-two system, you can keep your cloth diapers in better condition for longer than is possible with other systems that require washing after every single use. Hopefully this means you can resell them for more, or use them on more than one child!

For cost comparison purposes, I ran numbers assuming purchasing six inserts per cover in the full range of available sizes to fit a baby from newborn to potty training (hypothetically). Six was the easiest number of inserts to calculate because some brands’ inserts are sold in packages of two, three, or six.

Even the most expensive option averages out to $19.99 per change, which is right in line with the price of a typical pocket diaper or AIO.

Cost per change of AI2 diapers

  • gDiapers – $19.99 per diaper change. Includes covers in small, medium, and large at $17.99 each, plus two six-packs of gCloth at $32.99 (NB/S and M/L/XL sizes).
  • Best Bottom – $14.68 per diaper change. Includes one shell at $16.95, plus six stay-dry microfiber inserts in S, M, and L at $3.95 each.
  • GroVia – $11.80 per diaper change. Includes one shell at $16.95 with three 2-packs of stay-dry soakers at $17.95 each.
  • SoftBums – $11.56 per diaper change. Includes one Echo shell at $21.95, six small DryTouch pods at $2.95 each, and six large DryTouch pods at $4.95 each.
  • Flip – $7.48 per diaper change. Includes one cover at $14.95 with two 3-packs of stay-dry inserts at $14.95 each.

 

Are you a fan of all in two diapers? If so, what’s your favorite system and why?