PAD REVIEW: Battle of the Ultrathins Part 2

Ultrathin Pad Review (1)

I know we’ve already done an article for Ultrathins already, but today we are going to be focusing on different features of the pads. Maybe your impression of these pads will change, when we talk about these different features. The pads we are going to review are:

1. Kotex Soft & Smooth Ultrathin 23cm

2. Whisper Ultra Clean 24cm (formerly Whisper Ultra Regular)

3. Laurier SuperSlimGuard 22.5cm

4. Sofy Extra Dry Ultra Slim 26cm

And the criteria we are testing on are:

1. Design

2. Absorbency

3. Dryness

Just like how we did in our premium range review, design will be assessed based on the presence of ridges that will protect against leakage and wing shape. Absorbency will based on how fast fake blood gets transferred to the back of the pad, while dryness will be tested by placing a tissue paper on the pad to see how much blood gets transferred at the 1.5 minute mark.


Design

Ultrathin Pad Review (2)

1. Kotex Soft & Smooth Ultrathin 23cm

The design of this pad was different from the rest of the pads as this was the thickest out of the bunch. The absorbent core of the pad was protruding very much like a non-ultrathin pad would, and did not have that super slim feeling that you would expect from an ultrathin. The pad had side ridges, and medium sized wings that should provide adequate protection against leakage.

2. Whisper Ultra Clean 24cm

This pad had the plastic texture that is typical of Whisper pads, and was very thin. It had a dry-netting on top that would keep the surface of the pad free from blood, however the side ridges we not very well-defined and may not provide very much leakage control. But the wings of this pad were the widest of the bunch, and that should make up for the shallow side ridges. The pad also has a blue absorbent core that should be able to absorb blood quickly and efficiently.

3. Laurier SuperSlimGuard 22.5cm

This pad was very thin, and had a cottony texture. Like the Whisper Ultra Clean, this pad did not have very deep ridges, but in addition to that the wings of the Laurier SSG were not very wide either, so leakage may be a problem with this pad.

4. Sofy Extra Dry Ultra Slim 26cm

Like the Laurier pad, this one had a smooth cottony texture, and was very thin. The ridges were pretty deep, and the wings of this pad were very small, but being the longest of the bunch, this pad may provide the most protection against back leakage. The sticky layer of this pad was not very strong, so slippage might happen if you are too active, or if the gusset of your panty is too narrow.

Overall: Whisper Ultra Clean

This pad wins this round because of its wide wings, and sticky underside. Though the side ridges were not very obvious, the wide wings make up for it in terms of leakage protection.


 

Absorbency

1. Kotex Soft & Smooth Ultrathin 23cm

Kotex Ultrathin 23cm

As like its more premium counterpart (Kotex Luxe), the absorbency of the Kotex Ultrathin pad was extremely good, with all liquid being absorbed within 15 seconds. Most of it was transferred to the back of the pad, and was well distributed too. Unfortunately, there was a lot of transfer to the tissue paper even after 1.5 minutes, meaning that a lot of blood would remain on the surface of the cotton pad, and make you feel all damp and clammy (boo).

2. Whisper Ultra Clean 24cm (formerly Whisper Ultra Regular)

Whisper Ultra Clean 24cm

The absorbency of the Whisper pad was comparatively good, as the blood was quickly absorbed into the pad after staying on for a few seconds, though not as quickly as the Kotex Luxe. Most of the liquid was transferred to the back of the pad, and was well distributed too. However, the spreading of the blood was not very well-contained as the side ridges were not very effective in keeping the blood in the centre of the pad. There were hardly any transfer to the tissue paper (as seen in picture), making it extremely comfortable for its users (no more bloody stains, YAY!)

3. Laurier SuperSlimGuard 22.5cm

Laurier SuperSlimGuard 22.5cm

The blood took the longest to absorb for this pad, and the blood immediately flowed to one side of the pad. This is not good as this means that the blood flow is not directed and may run off, and stain your clothes. Though this pad had side ridges, they were not particularly effective in containing the the blood flow, as seen from the picture.

4. Sofy Extra Dry Ultra Slim 26cm

Sofy Extra Dry Ultra Slim 26cm

Like the Laurier pad, the Sofy one did not direct the blood flow very well as it flowed to one side of the pad immediately, even though the side ridges for this pad were quite deep. Some blood was transferred to the back of the pad, but not very much either. Meh.

Overall: Whisper Ultra Clean

Absorbency by the Whisper Ultra Clean was simply the best out of all the pads as the blood was mainly absorbed by the absorbent core, meaning that there was no run off to the sides of the pads, preventing leakage. There was also most transfer to the back of the pad, and the blood was distributed evenly, allowing greater absorbency overall.


 

Dryness

1. Kotex Soft & Smooth Ultrathin 23cm

Looking at the picture, need I say more? The surface of the pad was still damp to the touch even after 2 minutes, and a lot of blood was transferred to the tissue paper, meaning that the blood was not allowed to be absorbed into the pad itself, and instead remained on the surface of the pad.

2. Whisper Ultra Clean 24cm (formerly Whisper Ultra Regular)

On the other end of the spectrum from Kotex, is Whisper. There was barely any transfer onto the tissue paper, and a lot of the blood had moved to the bottom of the pad. The surface of the pad was dry to the touch due to the dry-netting on the surface of the pad.

3. Laurier SuperSlimGuard 22.5cm

There was some transfer onto the tissue paper, but the pad itself was quite dry to the touch after 2 minutes. The thing about Laurier pads is that the surface always gets pretty dry, which is a plus for a cotton pad.

4. Sofy Extra Dry Ultra Slim 26cm

The performance for this pad was pretty much similar to that of the Laurier pad, but the surface of the pad itself was not as dry. Once again, meh.

Overall: …Whisper Ultra Clean

Yes, for the third time, the champion is the Whisper Ultra Clean! Look at the pictures, do I need to say more?


 

Overall Champions: Whisper Ultra Clean!

Hardly a surprise, but yes this is an unbiased review (and an unsponsored one!), so trust us when we say that Whisper Ultra Clean is the best in terms of the criteria we tested. With it’s dry netting, and and slim design, it is honestly quite comparable to some of the Premium ranges that we tested. So if you’re in the market for an ultrathin but do not want to pay the premium price, give Whisper Ultra Clean a try!


What are some of your ultrathin suggestions? Do you have a favourite that we did not mention? If you do, then leave your comments down below and get a conversation started! 🙂

 

For a cramp-free period, do give MenstruHeat a try at www.menstruheat.com

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Chen Wei Chua

Chen Wei is an undergrad majoring in Psychology. She's currently spending a year in New York City, where she's interning at a startup. When she's not at work, you can find her practising yoga, or exploring the Big Apple with her camera in hand.
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