Looking for Better Incontinence Underwear? Consider These Brands

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Incontinence underwear, also known as adult pull-ons, are not what they used to be. Many people recognize Depend, Tranquility and Tena as popular brands for adult pull up style underwear, however, there are other brands of pull-ons worth considering, if you're searching for a premium, highly absorbent product.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH) states that 1 in 3 patients who visit a primary health care provider are managing bowel incontinence. This common condition, along with the 33 million people who are managing severe urinary incontinence, is causing the demand for more super-absorbent incontinence underwear options.

Today, many brands of incontinence underwear are designed for individuals with unique body types, available in small to 2XL sizes, and offer bowel incontinence protection. Whether shopping for yourself or someone you care for, there are so many options to choose from in absorbent pull-ons.

If answering the question, "What is the best underwear for incontinence?," is important, see below for a comparison of recommended brands.

Underwear Brands & Features

NorthShore GoSupreme™ Underwear

  • Up to 8 hours of protection for bladder and bowel leaks

  • Snug leg elastics provide a secure fit around the legs

  • Flexible, snug waistband for a superior fit

  • Available in sizes Small to 2XL

  • Up to 38 ounces of capacity (maximum protection)

NorthShore GoSupreme adult pull up diapers

“These pull-up underwear are the only ones that fit properly around the legs. I've tried so many different brands for my husband. No matter what style or size, they don't always provide full containment. These have extra gathered edges around the legs that give full protection. I will continue to buy these!” - Elana P., Arizona Resident, NorthShore Customer

NorthShore FlexSupreme™ Underwear

  • Up to 8 hours of protection for bladder leaks

  • High waistband with flexible side panel prevents sagging

  • Tall leak guards for restless and side sleepers

  • Available in sizes Medium to 2XL

  • Up to 38 ounces of absorbent capacity (maximum protection)

NorthShore FlexSupreme adult pull up diapers


“My husband kept complaining the underwear was not long enough since he is 6'4" tall. The XL is perfect. Thanks for making something for tall people who are long waisted.” - Ted B., California Resident, NorthShore Customer

Molicare Premium Mobile Underwear

  • Narrow belly bands for reduced bulk

  • Curly fibers keep the skin's pH at a healthy level

  • Air Active® technology promotes skin breathability

  • Available in sizes Small to XL

  • Up to 30 ounces of absorbent capacity (moderate protection)

MoliCare Premium Mobile adult pull up diapers

“These are as described for quality and absorbency. I especially like the fit in the leg and the 'seat'. It's closer than others - not so much width. Also, the waist is lower and more like that of regular underwear.” - Heidi L., Florida Resident, NorthShore Customer

Abena Abri-Flex Premium Pull-On Underwear

  • Extra tall waistband for added comfort

  • Air Plus system promotes skin airflow

  • Four-strand leg elastics provide a leakage barrier

  • Available in sizes Medium to XL

  • Up to 37 ounces of absorbent capacity (maximum protection)

Abena Abri-Flex Premium adult pull up diapers

"I did a lot of research online to try and find pull-ups that would allow my elderly relative to be able to go out and about without worries as well as decrease the washing of clothes and linens for us. The aides in the nursing home report she has by far the best quality which shows in comfort and in keeping her and her surroundings dry. "- Beto K., Idaho Resident, NorthShore Customer

While Depend, Tranquility and Tena are popular brands at local retail stores, the brands highlighted in this article often offer higher absorbency and leak protection. Additional features such as the type of waistband, leg openings, style and fit are also important considerations when shopping for the right incontinence products.  

For example, individuals who have thinner legs or thighs may want to consider NorthShore GoSupreme Underwear. GoSupreme's smaller leg openings provide a more secure fit around the leg areas, where most leaks occur. Individuals who want larger sizes, incluidng XL and 2XL, may want to try NorthShore FlexSupreme Underwear.

Depending on what is important - size, level of protection, style, or fit - NorthShore offers a variety of options.

View the complete line of pull-ons at the Incontinence Underwear Page or call (800) 563-0161 for more information.