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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Guide to the Best Fitted Diapers of 2013

Have you used or considered using fitted cloth diapers? Are you new to cloth diapers and just trying to sort out what a fitted is? Look no further! I’ve compiled a handy, 3-page PDF guide to show you all the features of the best fitted diapers you can find!

Here’s a sneak peek at the twelve fitteds that made my list! I’m sure you recognize a few…

Collage of the best fitted diapers of 2013

This free, downloadable PDF guide lists my twelve favorite fitted cloth diapers, where they’re made, the price, sizing ranges, types of closures available, the absorbent material used, whether or not the rise is adjustable, and whether or not the waist has crossover tabs.

Looking for a one-size, made-in-the-USA fitted diaper? Or a hook-and-loop closure fitted with an adjustable rise? Check the Diaper Wrecker 2013 guide to fitted diapers – you’ll find what you’re looking for! Click here to download the guide with all the details on the best fitted diapers out there!

(And in case you missed any of my other free cloth diaper product guides, check out the archives here!)

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?

The Best AIO Diapers of 2013

Did you see last week’s post on the best pocket diapers? This week we’re featuring the best AIO diapers. That’s short for “all-in-one” if you’re new to cloth diapers; just read the guide and it will all become clear!

In this series of free downloadable product guides, I’ll introduce you to the best brands of cloth diapers. These diapers are made by respected companies with fair manufacturing practices – no sweatshop diapers allowed. These are brands you can trust because the products are made well, but if you should need support down the road, I know you’ll get it, whether from the manufacturer or the retailer. You can find a wide range of price points in each guide, so there’s something to fit any budget.

Here’s a peek at 19 of the best AIO diapers currently on the market in the United States and Canada. (It was just a coincidence that 19 pocket diapers were on last week’s list, too!) Do you own any of these? Which ones would make your personal list of the best AIO diapers?

Best AIO Diapers

Download the free PDF guide to AIO diapers to see and compare lots of handy information about the best AIO diapers – where they’re made, how much they cost, the sizing options, types of closures and absorbent materials, and which cloth diaper retailers carry what.

From Hybrid Diapers to Handwashing

I just arrived home this evening from a five-day trip to Texas to visit family and attend a wedding. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I didn’t use cloth diapers on our trip. It wasn’t feasible for a number of reasons, and even though I’m a huge cloth diaper advocate, I’m also practical and see no need to feel guilty for using disposables on occasion as a convenience.

However.

Cloth diapers have unleashed a little bit of diaper snobbishness in me. Ok, a lot. While I felt no guilt about using disposables for a few days from a cost or environmental perspective, I had serious qualms about the ugliness factor. In my mind, mainstream disposable diapers look like wrap-around maxi pads. I’m spoiled by the vibrant colors and adorable prints of cloth diapers.

Enter hybrid diapers. You may have read about them on my Cloth Diaper Systems page, but in case not, allow me to bring you up to speed. Hybrid diapers are a specific type of all-in-two (AI2) diaper that can accomodate either cloth or disposable inserts. This is a brilliant beyond brilliant idea, because you can take advantage of the convenience of disposables while maintaining the illusion of cloth. I present to you the perfect solution for using disposables incognito!

For our trip, we brought along a mix of gDiapers disposable inserts (which lay inside the sized gPant) and GroVia biosoakers (which stick to the GroVia One-Size Hybrid Shell). Both types of inserts are biodegradable, and we never had any troubles with leaks. I was one happy mama!

gDiapers and GroVia hybrids

Now, the irony.

Tomorrow is the start of the Dirty Diaper Laundry Flats & Handwashing Challenge, and I’m participating. What was I thinking??? I need to catch up on laundry from our trip, go grocery shopping, plan meals, catch up on work, and just catch up on things in general. And on top of that, I’ll be making MacGyver diapers out of t-shirts and washing them by hand.

Stay tuned to find out how this goes…

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