Prefold Absorbency – Flat Absorbency – AND MORE

Absorbency testing is huge in the cloth diaper space because everyone is curious about a product’s ability to perform and whether it’s worth the cost or the investment or the cheapness of the product. There are a variety of prefolds, preflats, flats, rectangle inserts and other larger absorbency options on the market. This post is dedicated to them to help keep it simple with regards to learning about the absorbency of products.

You can check out my YouTube Channel to see and watch videos related to absorbency testing of many these products. 

How I Absorbency Test?

I’m measuring the maximum capacity of an insert by soaking it in water and then measuring the weight of the insert minus the original weight. This is explained in the video below. Maximum capacity and everyday real life experiences will vary. The key is about consistency. I’m also verifying all of my results by measuring each product at least three times to come up with an average absorbency of the flat or the prefold or the other large insert type thing. 

There are many ways to meausre absorbency and it’s not consistent across the board. Be sure to consider those variations when reflecting on numbers. Mine is really max capacity after one minute. I have not found longer soaks to actually increase absorbency textiles like bamboo or hemp but this may evolve with time. 

Absorbency of Prefolds & Flats & Other like Inserts

  • SmartBottoms Smart Fold Organic Cotton Prefold size Large – 15.3 ounces
  • Nuggles BambooLuxe Overnight Insert 3 Layer Bamboo Size 2 – 14.8 ounces
  • GroVia Size 3 Prefold – 13.7 ounces
  • Osocozy Cotton Flats – 13.46 ounces
  • AMP 3 Layer Hemp Insert – 12. 3 ounces
  • HumBird Flats – 12.2 ounces
  • AppleCheeks 3 Layer Bamboo Insert – 12.06 ounces
  • Nuggles BambooLuxe Overnight Insert 3 Layer Bamboo Size 1 – 10.1 ounces
  • Smart Bottoms Smart Fold Organic Cotton Prefold Size Medium – 10.1 ounces
  • Nuggles 2 ply Bamboo Insert (older version) size 2 – 9.8 ounces
  • Bummis Infant Size Prefold – 9.5 ounces
  • AMP 2 Layer Hemp Insert – 8.8 ounces
  • Smart Bottoms Smart Fold Organnic Cotton Prefold Size Small – 8.8 ounces
  • AMP 2 Layer Bamboo Insert – 8.75 ounces
  • Nuggles 2 Ply Bamboo Insert (older version) size 1 – 6 ounces

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