PAD REVIEW: Battle of the Overnight Pads [Sofy]

You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning to find blood stains on your bed sheet, blanket, pants, and underwear? Well I know how it feels. You’ll hate the pad you’re wearing, hate yourself for leaking through the night, for having to wash (read: scrub) the blood stains away, for having to go through this thing known as Menstruation, for being a female.

With so many overnight pad options out there, how do you know which offers the best protection? Or which is the comfiest? Which will allow you a good night’s sleep? We’ll be launching a series of overnight pad reviews, before concluding with the best overnight pad in the Singapore market. Today we will compare the 5 types of overnight pad that Sofy has to offer.

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Photo credit: Sofy

Sofy Pads (Sanitary Napkins) for Night Use

Sofy has 5 different ranges of pads suitable for night-time use. Let’s look at pads that are longer than 30cm because any length shorter than that would not help in leakage protection. The 5 ranges are: Sofy Extra Dry, Sofy Extra Slim 0.1, Sofy Body Fit 超熟睡 ガード (this means Super Sleep Guard according to Google Translate) Slim and Ultra Slim, and Sofy Side Gathers Night.

Sofy’s 42cm overnight pads was famous for its sheer length and its butterfly hip guard (excellent protection) but now there are so many more options in the market. Let’s see if the Sofy Body Fit lives up to its name! The 5 Sofy pads that we’ll be testing are:

sofy extra dry skin comfort+ 40cm
Sofy Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm

 

Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm
Sofy Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm

 

Sofy Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm
Sofy Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm

 

Sofy Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm
Sofy Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm

 

Sofy side Gathers Night 42cm
Sofy Side Gathers Night 42cm

 

We’ll be testing the pads on 4 factors: absorbency, leakage protection, comfort, design.

Absorbency

We’ll start off with testing the absorbency of the pads. Absorbency is really important for an overnight pad ’cause you wouldn’t want the blood to roll off the sides before they get absorbed. For consistency, each of the pads will be tested with 7ml of blood. This is also the average amount of blood lost in a day during menstruation.

Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm

The Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ took slightly more than 10 seconds to absorb 7ml of blood into its core. That’s quite fast considering how slowly the blood was dripped onto the pad (just so I don’t make a mess!). The pad is pretty thick – the center core is about 6mm thick.

 

sofy extra dry skin comfort+ blood absorption

Not too much blood was transferred to the tissue paper after pressing it down lightly on the pad, 30 seconds after the test. It sure does what it claimed on the packaging of the pad, “absorbs even thick flow & securely locks liquid deep at the bottom.” Sofy also claims that the “napkin surface remains dry, skin feels dry, fresh & sticky free”, which I agree it did as well as a pad could possibly do. How could blood-filled sanitary napkins ever feel completely fresh and sticky free?

I’ll conclude my verdict on the Sofy Extra Dry’s Absorbency together with the other pads!

Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm

The Sofy Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 took almost 16 seconds to absorb the blood underneath the first layer. It’s only 35cm long, a lot shorter compared to the Sofy Extra Dry we tested above. It’s also much thinner – the core is only about 3mm thick. Oh and don’t be mistaken, the 0.1cm indicated in the name of the range is referring to the thickness of other parts of the pad (excluding the center bit).

 

sofy extra slim 0.1 night wing 35cm absorption

I guess if you want ultra slim, you’re going to have to compromise on the absorbency. If you compare how the two pads look with the same amount of blood on them, you can see that the Sofy Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 is unable to absorb as well as the Sofy Extra Dry. The blood is a lot more visible on this one, and much more blood transferred onto the tissue.

Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm

The Sofy Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft took a little more than 16 seconds to soak up the blood. I was actually expecting the absorption to be better because of what I’ve heard about the brand. After all it’s really thick – 10mm to be exact.

 

Sofy Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm absorption

Unfortunately, it seems like the top layer is not that permeable. Look at the amount of blood transferred onto the tissue! I’m sure that a lot of blood can be contained inside the pad due to its thickness though. Perhaps it just needs a little more time to seep in.

Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm

 

The ultra slim version of the Sofy Body Fit seem to perform a lot better than the slim version! It absorbed the blood in 11 seconds. Also the thickness stands somewhere in between the Slim version and Extra Slim 0.1, at about 6mm thick. Also it looks EXACTLY like the Extra Slim 0.1, even I was confused for a second.

 

sofy body fit ultra slim cottony soft 42cm blood absorption

Slightly less blood was transferred to the tissue compared to the Sofy Body Fit Slim. However, it looks like the 7ml of blood takes up more surface area here. With this pad, you win some and you lose some – it holds less blood but it absorbs quicker.

Side Gathers Night 42cm

 

Sofy Side Gathers Dry Net looks like the Body Fit Cottony Soft except that the material is coarser. This has a dry net while the Body Fit is cottony soft, if you haven’t inferred already! But it’s a trade-off between having a comfy pad versus a less comfy one with better absorption. It only took 12 seconds for 7ml of blood to seep in, 4 seconds faster than the Cottony Soft. It is also 10mm, like the Cottony Soft.

 

Sofy side gathers dry net 42cm blood absorption

The Dry Net does a little bit better than the Cottony Soft in keep the blood beneath the surface of the pad, although still not as well as the Extra Dry.

Absorbency Verdict

Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm: 4/5
Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm: 3/5
Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm: 2/5
Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm: 3/5
Side Gathers Night Dry Net 42cm: 3/5

True to its word, the Sofy Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ is the most absorbent of all. I like how the pad securely retains blood beneath the surface layer and how blood is absorbed so speedily.

Leakage Protection

There’s nothing more important than leakage protection at night while you’re asleep. To evaluate the pad’s protection against leakage, we’ll be looking for blood leaks as people tend to move around while sleeping. We’ll see if the blood flows when the pad is tilted sideways and front/back.

Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm

 

Upon tilting the pad sideways, you can see in the video that the sideguards were excellent at preventing leakages. The flow of blood stopped promptly at the sides, never going over the edge. Also when tilted backwards, the anti-leak lines (grooves) on the pad really helped to prevent the blood from going further down.

Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm

 

The Sofy Extra Slim 0.1 did pretty well in the leakage protection department considering how the side guards/flow guards to stop blood flow aren’t as defined as the ones on the Sofy Extra Dry. The Extra Slim 0.1 had the same anti-leak lines as the Extra Dry, and they really do help with back leakage. However I wouldn’t take my chances with the Extra Slim 0.1 as I tend to sleep on the side, and it doesn’t look like the Extra Slim 0.1 will be able to hold all the blood that may flow down the sides.

Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm

 

The flow guards on the Sofy Body Fit 42cm are as good as those on the Sofy Extra Dry. From the clip above you can see how the blood don’t flow beyond the guards. Also the flow guards act as a wall to prevent blood from escaping. Like the Great Wall of China! It’s great for side leakage prevention! As for protection against leakage from the back, I would say it pales in comparison to the Extra Dry because the ridges/anti-leak lines aren’t as well defined as it’s less thick at the back.

Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm

 

The Sofy Body Fit Ultra Slim fares similarly to the Sofy Extra Slim 0.1. After all they look exactly the same.

Side Gathers Night Dry Net 42cm

 

Did you see how fast blood seeps into the Sofy Side Gathers? I did speed up the video but still! Blood is visibly absorbed into the pad (or at least beneath the first layer). The side gathers/side guards are really efficient in preventing side leakage, just like the Sofy Body Fit Slim and Sofy Extra Dry.

Leakage Protection Verdict

Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm: 5/5
Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm: 4/5
Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm: 5/5
Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm: 4/5
Side Gathers Night Dry Net 42cm: 5/5

These pads are all really good at leakage protection, but if I had to choose one, I would pick the Sofy Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night again. The Body Fit Slim and Side Gathers are both great at preventing side leakage, but they’re not as good as the Extra Dry with back leakage prevention. Don’t underestimate the extra grooves and indentations on the Extra Dry!

Comfort

Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm

Sofy extra dry skin comfort 40cm cross section

 

Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm

sofy body fit extra slim 0.1 35cm cross section

 

Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm

sofy body fit slim cottony soft 42cm cross section

 

Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm

sofy body fit ultra slim 42cm cross section

 

Side Gathers Night Dry Net 42cm

sofy side gathers 42cm cross section

 

Comfort Verdict

Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm: 3/5
Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm: 5/5
Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm: 3/5
Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm: 5/5
Side Gathers Night Dry Net 42cm: 2/5

I’m someone who prefers my pads to be ultra slim. I hate wearing thick pads because it makes me feel like I’m wearing diapers and they’re uncomfortable and bulky. I especially hate net-like pad surfaces, even though nets are better at absorbing. All the pads have a cottony soft surface except the Side Gathers (dry net). The Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft and Side Gathers Dry Net are 10mm thick!! Too thick for my liking. The Extra Dry is the widest among all, hence it’ll be more comfortable for girls with thigh gaps. For just comfort alone, I would go for the Extra Slim 0.1 35cm ’cause I don’t need my pads to be 42cm long and I love ultra slims.

Design

Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm

sofy extra dry skin comfort 40cm

 

Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm

sofy body fit extra slim 0.1 35cm

 

Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm

sofy body fit slim cottony soft 42cm

 

Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm

sofy body fit ultra slim 42cm

 

Side Gathers Night Dry Net 42cm

sofy side gathers dry net 42cm

 

Design Verdict

Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm: 4/5
Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 35cm: 5/5
Body Fit Slim Cottony Soft 42cm: 3/5
Body Fit Ultra Slim 42cm: 5/5
Side Gathers Night Dry Net 42cm: 3/5

I love the floral patterns on the Sofy Body Fit Extra Slim 0.1 and Ultra Slim! So pretty! I know design is the least important right now but the flowers on the pad can help to make me feel a tad better. The side gathers/guards on the 3 other pads don’t look very pretty but they’re functional. I also prefer the clean and white look on the Extra Dry to the sanitary blue on the Body Fit Cottony Soft and Side Gathers Dry Net.

The Best Sofy Overnight Pad is..

After weighing the pros and cons of each pad, I like the Sofy Extra Dry Skin Comfort+ Night Wing 40cm the most. Not only does it absorb really fast, it provides the best leakage protection and its cottony surface feels really nice and soft. The only downside is that it’s quite thick (still not as thick as the 42cms!).

Here’s a quick summary of how each pad stacks up against each other.

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Have you tried any of these Sofy pads before? Let me know what you think in the comments below! 🙂

 

 

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Jia Jun is the editor of The Ladies Room. While she's not editing articles, she's usually at the pantry, looking for food. Oh and she writes pad reviews for a living.
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