The Best Bariatric Diapers with Tabs of 2024

Chad Birt

Written by Chad Birt on Thu Dec 21 2023.

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Finding the right incontinence products always takes some research, but it can be even more challenging if you or your loved one is over six feet tall or has a waist size greater than 62 inches.  

Diapers that don’t fit right can leak, bunch up, or cause skin irritation. Luckily, most manufacturers offer bariatric diapers to help accommodate 72% of Americans with larger bodies.

This guide will help you learn about bariatric diapers, the ones that Carewell’s customers love, and how to choose the right one for you or a loved one. 

What Are Bariatric Diapers with Tabs?

Bariatric diapers with tabs, also known as plus-sized diapers, are incontinence products for people with waists between 62 and 102 inches. 

They have a thick, absorbent core that wicks moisture away from the skin and adjustable side tabs that stretch over the hips and belly. All bariatric diapers protect against urinary incontinence, and those that support bowel incontinence have labels like “maximum” and “severe.”

How We Chose the Products in This Round-up

The products featured in this round-up are a mix of our “highest-rated” and “best-selling” adult bariatric diapers with tabs. 

Under each entry, we’ve included real caregiver or user feedback with the heading:  Hear it from a Caregiver/User.

The Best Bariatric Diapers with Tabs

1) Tranquility Air-Plus Bariatric Disposable Adult Diapers with Tabs, Maximum

 

These AIR-Plus bariatric diapers with tabs are manufactured by Tranquility and are one of our best sellers. They’re specially designed for people 4XL and up (e.g., those with waists between 70-108 inches) and feature a Peach Mat Core that helps keep the skin dry.

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Heavy duty

  • Support both urinary and bowel incontinence

  • Ideal for wheelchair users and/or people confined to bed

  • Adjustable tabs secure snugly around the waist

  • No rubber or latex

Hear it from a caregiver

“This product is excellent for fit and value. The patient that I care for is on the larger size and the tabs allow for a variety of fits. He finds them very comfortable.”

- Mr. M.

Hear it from a Caregiver: “Quality and good fit. My husband is in a rehab facility following a stroke and he is bedridden for the time being. He is a large man and the facility did not have the right size bariatric disposable diapers and they were using some that were too small. They did get some but I continue to buy these and bring them to the facility rather than use theirs because of the fit and quality.” - Lillian H. 

Hear it from a Caregiver: “Very high absorbency and stretchy for any size. Great quality after trying so many different ones. The amount you get is great for your money. Used for a 380 lb woman and I keep coming back. Will not buy any other.” - Regina G.

2) McKesson Bariatric Ultra Adult Diapers with Tabs, Heavy

 

These adult bariatric diapers with tabs are manufactured by McKesson. They have soft, stretchy side panels, allowing for a comfortable and roomy fit.

The absorbent core pulls moisture away from the skin, converting it into an odorless gel. There’s even a built-in wetness indicator that changes color when your or your loved one’s diaper is full. 

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Refastenable tabs on each side of the diaper, letting you adjust and readjust for the perfect fit

  • Ideal for people with waist sizes between 70-95 inches

  • Elastic gathers that hug the legs

  • Protection from urinary and bowel incontinence

Hear it from a caregiver

“The fit is great with maximum coverage. The price is exceptional and affordable. So glad I discovered you on my phone. A great store that supplies me with everything I need PLUS MORE!”

- Delphine W. 

Hear it from a Caregiver: “They work great. Just what my wife needs.” - Joan C. 

Hear it from a Caregiver: “These diapers work well on my 275-pound dad.” - William B. 

3) Attends Bariatric Adult Diaper with Tabs, Severe

 

Attends is synonymous with high-quality incontinence products. These bariatric adjustable diapers with tabs are ideal for wheelchair users and others with limited mobility, as they provide hours of incontinence protection.

The breathable fabric is comfortable and won’t bunch up under your or your loved one’s clothes. There’s a dual-core absorbent layer that contains odor-blocking properties and elastic leg barriers that prevent leaks. 

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Ideal for people with waist sizes between 63-100 inches

  • Soft and stretchy side panels that hug the hips

  • Refastenable tabs

  • Supports urine and bowel incontinence

Hear it from a caregiver

“These diapers are perfect. I’m unable to use pull-ups on my husband since he is paralyzed and since these have tabs, I’m able to position them perfectly, and they fit well. They are also very absorbent. We haven’t had any accidents.”

- Sherry M. 

Hear it from a User:  “I'm grateful to purchase these diapers in my size as very few companies carry them.” - Roylene G. 

Hear it from a Caregiver: “Great product and fit with super absorbency. The size is perfect. Mom [is] really happy!” - Alexander R. 

Attends Bariatric Adult Diaper with Tabs, Severe
Attends Bariatric Adult Diaper with Tabs, Severe

Price: $12.69 - $68.86

4) FitRight Disposable Cloth-Like Bariatric Adult Diapers with Tabs, Maximum Absorbency

FitRight manufactures these bariatric diapers with tabs. Customers tell us they’re some of the most comfortable diapers around.

Consider these diapers if your loved one has urinary incontinence. The high-capacity core and dryness layers protect against moisture, and the wetness indicator changes color when the diaper is full. 

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Skin-safe tabs allow for multiple fastenings

  • Ideal for people with waists between 65-94 inches

  • Each diaper has a soft and quiet outer cover that feels like regular underwear

Hear it from a caregiver

“I take care of my 83-year-old dad who is not able to stand or use a toilet. These diaper-like briefs are excellent. There is no leakage and they’re very soft on the skin so he doesn’t get rashes. They are super absorbent. I get them delivered to my home every 30 days so it’s very convenient. If you’re looking for adult diapers this is a great product.”

- Joy F.

Hear it from a Caregiver: “My husband is very pleased with his 3XL briefs…much more comfortable than the 2XL.” - Francis M.

Hear it from a Caregiver: “The name is right for the product –– FitRight! Because they do!” - Carol G. 

5) Tranquility Hi-Rise Bariatric Disposable Adult Diapers with Tabs, Maximum

These Hi-Rise diapers have a unique ‘full-rise’ design with additional material on the front and back panels. The soft and breathable fabric fits snugly against your or your loved one’s body, preventing leaks and keeping clothing and bedding dry.

Caregivers tell us these diapers are true to their size and excellent for tall people –– especially those over six feet. 

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Peach Mat core turns liquids into a gel

  • Stretchy side panels wrap comfortably around the bottom and hips

  • Flexible and re-fastenable tabs allow for a perfect fit

Hear it from a caregiver

“Great fit. Haven’t leaked once. The hi-rise is great if one is tall.”

- Heather L. 

Hear it from a Caregiver: “The best product in adult diapers IMO. I have been using this product for a few years now. After using other products, I found Tranquility to be the most effective in preventing leaks and prevention of skin irritation. Worth using and I order this on a regular basis because of my satisfaction.” - Sherry P.

Hear it from a caregiver

“If you love a diaper that covers the tummy and also goes up the back like regular briefs this is the one to buy. All other brands did not cover well and were very uncomfortable. I'm so glad I found these hi-rise diapers from Carewell.”

- Karen P. 

6) Covidien Wings Quilted Bariatric Adult Diapers with Tabs, Super

 

These bariatric diapers from Covidien provide up to eight hours of urinary and bowel incontinence protection. They have a cloth-like backing, four adjustable tabs, and durable side panels that hug the hips and bottom snugly.

Customers tell us that Covidien diapers have some of the strongest tabs. Many users say they’ve been able to stop worrying about leakage after they start wearing them.

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Breathable side panels keep skin fresh 

  • Ideal for people with waists between 74-100 inches

  • Manufactured in the United States

Hear it from a caregiver

“This product is really sturdy and just what we need to help with mom's home care. They are easy to use, comfortable for her, and provide good protection for her bedding along with other Covidien products.”

- Darris H. 

Hear it from a Caregiver: “Just what I needed. These diapers are great.” - Andrea E. 

Hear it from a Caregiver: “I bought the 3XL tab diapers. They work just fine and the fit is adjustable.” - Anna-Marie M.

How to Choose a Bariatric Diaper with Tabs

Before buying adult bariatric diapers with tabs, think about the following things:

  • Features - What type of features are most important to you? For example, do you or your loved one have sensitive skin? If so, make sure to buy diapers free of allergens like rubber and latex.

  • Absorbency - How much incontinence protection do you or your loved one need? Or, if the wearer has bowel incontinence, you need overnight or heavy absorbency.

  • Odor protection - Some bariatric diapers contain odor guards or odor-blocking properties. If you or your loved one wear diapers regularly, odor protection can provide peace of mind and help you feel more confident. 

  • Overall mobility - Does the person wearing diapers use a wheelchair or spend most of their time in bed? If so, mobility probably isn’t a concern. But, if you or your loved one work or are relatively independent, it’s crucial the diapers you choose don’t interfere with your range of motion.

Commonly Asked Questions

1) Are there bariatric pull-ups?

Bariatric pull-ups are incontinence products that look similar to regular underwear. They have a stretchy waistband and two leg holes that you step into. 

Plus-sized pull-ups only go up to waist size 2XL (about 80 inches). Consider an adult bariatric diaper with tabs if you or your loved one need something larger.

2) Does someone who wears plus-sized pants need bariatric diapers?

Not necessarily. If you or your loved one wear plus-sized pants, it doesn’t guarantee that bariatric diapers will fit. 

Before buying diapers, measure:

  • You or your loved one’s waist in inches, just below the belly button

  • The width of your or your loved one’s hips in inches

Write both numbers down and then reference the sizing guide provided with each incontinence product.

3) What types of incontinence do bariatric diapers support?

The type of incontinence a bariatric diaper supports depends on the brand you buy. 

Each listing on the Carewell website features a table with product information. When shopping, look for the label Incontinence Type. You’ll see urine, bowel, or urine and bowel to the right of that. 

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Takeaways

Being a larger size body can make finding incontinence products a bit tricky, but it isn’t impossible. If you know what features to look for and take the necessary measurements in advance, you will find a brand of diapers that meets your needs.

Still wondering if bariatric diapers are right for you? Worried you might make the wrong decision? Don’t stress! 

Our compassionate Caregiving Specialists speak English and Spanish and know about each product we carry. Contact us anytime via email at support@carewell.com, or call (800) 696-CARE. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Chad Birt
Chad Birt

Chad Birt is a freelance medical writer who resides in Astoria, Oregon. When he isn't behind a keyboard, you can find him hiking, camping, or birdwatching with his wife Ella and their two dogs, Diane and Thoreau.