The Tena Value brand diapers are produced and distributed by SCA Group and is distributed mainly in Asia. It is a diaper that is often overshadowed by its famous cousins, the Tena Slips, yet it is one of the most common diapers in Singapore and Malaysia. Tena markets it as a ‘Economy Diaper’. It is a tape-on diaper, and they come in one class only, in two sizes, M & L. M – 32 to 44 inches (81-112cm) L – 45 to 58 inches (114-147 cm) This review is based on the M size diapers, which I got from Giant Express Supermarket for $10.15 for a pack of 12. They were bought in mid- 2014.
Appearance and Features
The Tena Value Diaper (TVD) comes with many of the usual features seen in a good adult diaper. It is plastic-backed, has standing leak guards, wetness indicators and a frontal patch for multiple re-taping. It uses a four-tape fastening system, with two tapes on each side.
When folded the diaper measures 18 by 25 cm with a height of about 2.5 cm. When unfolded the diaper measures 64 cm lengthwise, with 37 cm of it being the actual padding. Top to bottom the diaper measures 80 cm, 65cm padded and the narrowest part, the crotch, has a width of 33cm, with 22 cm padded. The tape is 2.7cm thick. As you can see, the dimensions are all significantly larger than the Tena Slip Super’s Medium. This diaper has an unusual shape of padding, for most diapers have rounded hourglass-shaped padding. The Tena Value’s hourglass has straight bottoms.
The frontal landing patch is made of strong plastic, for holding onto the tapes, which must land on them. It is essentially a very strong piece of clear, transparent plastic that has been pasted over the back-sheet of the diaper. Appearance-wise they are plain with just the Tena Logo, the size (medium) and the letter ‘M’ plastered over it in a regular fashion that is visually unappealing. They crinkle a little, but are sufficiently muffled by jeans or thick bermudas. The backsheet is made of soft plastic, which provides good water-retention. It doesn’t crinkle much, but it seems to trap heat faster than the other plastic-backed diapers that I’ve tried.. The wetness indicator runs down from the front to the back. It consists of two bands of dark blue lines, and when the diaper is wet these bands disappear. There are two lines of light blue words running either side which blare the Tena Logo and size in light-blue ink, which aren’t wetness indicators.
The standing leak guards run down both sides of the diaper. They are curled in and need to be fluffed out, and are generally low maintenance. The leg gathers generally do not irritate the skin when walking.The topsheet itself is cloth-like and is gentle to the skin, greatly minimizing irritation. It has included Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Olive Extracts and Vitamin E, according to the Tena website. The main thing that differentiates the Tena Value and other premium diapers would be the fact that the former doesn’t have front and back waist bands. The TVD also doesn’t have Tena’s proprietary Feel Dry Layer spreadsheet, which affects the way it handles floods.
(20c coin and A5 sized notebook used for scale reference)
Performance And Fit
These diapers fit my slightly below average-sized Asian frame just a tad loose with the seat of the diaper just a little roomy, but were otherwise quite comfortable. The top of the leg gathers don’t catch on my inner thighs when walking, and don’t move around much. The diaper was quite crinkly, as with diapers with frontal patches, but the sound was sufficiently covered by the noise of my everyday clothes. I have worn these at a study corner, took a few buses around here and there was negligible crinkle. However when you are in a quiet place, such as home, the crinkling is very obvious.You hardly feel the bulk of the diaper, but it can be noisy especially after a few hours without wetting, and this is a very big minus for this diaper.
The standing leak guards do their job fairly well, but when the diaper is wet it can fail to stem flooding. They seem to have a fair bit of SAP, holding up to 2-3.5 medium wettings, on par with Control Plus Overnight and Banitore. They aren’t that thin, maybe a little thicker than a store-brand one, but they don’t swell much upon full wetting, about 2cm. So you don’t have much of a bulky feeling between your legs due to a wet diaper. They hold messes very well, with no messy leaks. The tapes do allow for multiple refastenings, losing vital stickiness after the second application. One thing to note is that after the first use the bottom 2 tapes leave behind a sticky residue on the frontal patch. I believe that the bottom two tapes’ adhesive is much stronger than the top ones. I say this because I often end up mangling them as I remove them, they are very sticky.
If I were to compare these with the earlier-generation Tena Values that were phased out in 2011, I would say that I certainly prefer the older generation ones. They fit a little more snugly, they were thicker, used a two-tape system, and they looked MUCH more nicer with purple designs instead of blue ink. The absorbency has increased only a little, but the new generation Tena Values can catch small floods, which the older ones couldn’t do. Absorbency improved, design faltered. Alas, as I can’t find ANY info on the original TVD except from my own memory, I can’t comment further on their differences.
The original Tena Value diapers were the very first adult diapers that I tried back in 2008. While the newer generation diapers don’t live up to their ancestors, they still are one of the most common diapers in Singapore, and that is a telling fact (the Dr P comes in a close second). Regrettably, these diapers are – for the lack of a better word – ugly. Then again, it is aimed at the greying population, not at the youngsters.
The other obvious flaw with this diaper is its noise level. As mentioned, under tight-fitting clothes in an external environment the crinkling is masked. But as most ABDLs wear their diapers at home where their family doesn’t know, the noise can be a big issue.
BUT, and this is a big but, they do their job well. They hold big messes very well, they can catch wettings well too unless you flood Noah’s flood. So it is a pity that the external design is plain and dull, perhaps a bit of an eyesore, so those ABs into role-play won’t like this diaper. Nevertheless, it is still my go-to because it is affordable and does its job decently well.
At 85c a piece they are value for money in terms of absorbency and fit but not design and discreetness. I would recommend this diaper to my incontinent and DL friends for their price, rather than their above-average performance.