The Super Seni diapers are tape-on diaper produced by Toruńskie Zakłady Materiałów Opatrunkowych (TMZO) group and sold mainly in Europe, as well as Africa and East Asia. They make a wide range of personal care products, including the Happy baby diaper line. The Seni line was the first to introduce breathable diapers (a.k.a cloth-backed diapers) in 2005. Seni makes several classes, each with 4 levels of absorbency – Seni, Seni Plus, Seni Trio and Seni Quadro. They comes in five sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL. As usual, most shops here only carry M and L sizes. It has an absorbency colour code blue.
M – 75-110cm (30-43 in)
L –100-150cm (39-59 in)
This review is based on the M sized Super Seni pack of 10 diapers I got from NTUC Fairprice Xtra for S$11.50. These cloth-backed diapers were bought early in 2018.
Appearance and Features
Seni has evidently invested a lot in making this diaper line. These diapers are cloth-backed, have standing leak guards, wetness indicators as well as elastic back and front waistbands. This diaper uses a four-tape system.
When folded the diaper measures 24 by 16 cm with the height of about 2.5 cm. When unfolded the diaper measures 63cm lengthwise, 24.5cm of it being the actual padding. Top to bottom the diaper measures 83cm, 71cm of it padded and the narrowest part has a width of 29cm, 16cm of it padded. Both the front and back elastic waistband measure 15cm, but expands to 21cm when fully stretched. However the front waistband is 5cm tall whereas the back one is 3.5cm.
The backsheet backing of the diaper is cloth-backed with vapour-permeable material, according to Seni’s website. As mentioned, the cloth-backing doesn’t crinkle at all, this providing a discrete user experience when wearing. The wetness indicator runs down the diaper from front to back. They consist of two lines running from the front to the back of the diaper, they are yellow in colour, and turn blue when the diaper is wet.
Like other diapers of today, it also has the diaper’s info on it, stating its level 2 absorbency rating as well as its size. The printed matter would not be too useful for caregivers as the blue theme probably indicates the diaper’s absorbency and the size is barely visible, and blends in with what I’m guessing is its production date.
The standing leak guards also run from top to bottom of the diaper. Seni calls them Standing Gathers. They are initially curled in, and are recommended before wearing to be adjusted to further standing position. The topsheet is lined with a soft cloth-like cover, which is gentle to the skin and does not irritate it. Dermatologically tested and claiming to be hypoallergenic, the entire diaper does allow the skin to breathe a little, with its breathable nonwoven sides.
Their diapers include their proprietary ‘Extra Dry System’, or EDS, buried under the top-sheet at the crotch area. This feature spreads out wetness to allow for faster absorption. It is similar in nature to Tena’s Feel Dry Layer. It does swell up considerably as the diaper fills up, but otherwise isn’t visible in a fresh diaper.
As of this article, the SSD is the only diaper retailing in local supermarkets that has both front and back waist bands (not counting the ones in home care shops). The front waistband is of the same length as the back one, however the front one is taller. The waistbands, along with its tapes form part of Seni’s FLEXI360° system, which is their way of saying that the diaper conforms well to the wearer’s body shape while disallowing leaks.
Like other cloth-backed brands, the Super Seni doesn’t have a frontal patch. The tapes latch in directly to the cloth backing itself using a mix of Velcro-type fasteners and Scotchtape-like adhesive. These can be refastened a few times. Being a cloth-backed diaper they barely crinkle, and the tapes do not make a ‘straining’ sound!
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Performance And Fit
These diapers were a little big for my average-sized frame, but with some adjusting they were able to give a snug fit. It is evident that this diaper is meant for the European market. I daresay that this diaper is one of the quietest in the market, as I didn’t hear any plasticky strain sounds. The diaper was very quiet, as the tapes didn’t creak even under the strain of a full diaper.
I walked around malls, took busses, sat down on hard seats, and the tapes did not budge if they were fastened on for the first time. For subsequent refastenings though, the outermost adhesive part of the tapes did move a little, but the inner velcro part didn’t. Importantly during my period of review, they didn’t burst open, a tendency seen in other cloth-backed brands. The cloth-backing greatly minimised trapping sweat and heat, so the inner-thighs were spared the discomfort felt with plastic-backed diapers.
The standing leak guards do their job well, with no leakages experienced even on the second flooding. They have a decent amount of SAP, holding about 2 to 2.5 medium wettings, on par with the Tena Slip Super and better than a Fairprice Safe Care. Seni markets the SSD with an absorption guide of 6 out of 9 droplets (it doesn’t give an ml value though). The odour neutraliser does its work, but starts to give in at about 4 hours, which is better than average, given that 3 hours is the threshold for changing a wet diaper. They hold messes well, with no messy leaks.
This is undoubtedly a thin diaper. Though thick when folded, once you put it on it feels very thin. Coupled with the bigger size, you can feel a little airy in the crotch and seat of the diaper. You only start to feel the bulk of the diaper when it is nearing capacity as the EDS starts to swell. But perhaps due to the slight slack, I was a little conscious when I wore this diaper out, though I didn’t see any visible outline through my pants.
This is the fifth cloth-backed adult diaper I’ve tried, and I’ll admit that this is one of the better diapers out there. The diaper’s edges provide a tight fit but the crotch and seat areas tend to be looser than other brands. It is definitely aimed at the European market in terms of sizing but it still performs well on absorbency and leak prevention.
Given that it is marked to be on par with Tena Slip Plus, but performs to the standards of the Tena Slip Super, I must admit that the Super Seni has impressed me. It wouldn’t make a fashionable ABDL diaper per se, but it would help caregivers take note of its relevant features.
Price wise, at U.P. $1.15 a piece it is on the higher end of the price spectrum. It is value for money in terms of absorbency, and discreetness and thus suitable for overnight and prolonged use.
With its notable discreetness, retention ability, and acceptable absorbency level, this diaper is one that I might recommended to any diaper-user. As this is one of Seni’s entry level diapers, I will definitely go for the chance to try their higher-absorbency diapers.
Review Date: 31st Mar 2018