Disposable and Washable Bed Pads for Incontinence - Which Ones to Look Out For and Why You Should Add them to Your List

Disposable and Washable Bed Pads for Incontinence - Which Ones to Look Out For and Why You Should Add them to Your List

Chux is a common term for disposable underpads, similar to how Pampers seems to be synonymous with baby diapers, and Kleenex is often used to refer to facial tissue. 

People managing leaks may need to use incontinence bed pads throughout the night. If the adult diaper leaks, a bed pad can save bed sheets and the mattress. A quality bed pad can reduce nighttime changes and interruptions. 

Who doesn't want to get better sleep and wake up dry when managing incontinence?

There are many sizes and styles of underpads, but which ones should you consider? Disposable or washable bed pads? What size? What material? How do you wash bed pads for longevity? 

Learn what to look out for and the best pads for incontinence. Say goodbye to leaks and hello to drier mornings. 

Disposable Bed Pads for Incontinence 

If you or someone you love are managing heavy urinary leaks, find a superabsorbent pad that can hold large amounts of liquid. Look for a bed pad that is large enough to cover your mattress. 

Things to look out for when selecting a disposable bed pad:

  • Absorbent capacity 

  • Size 

  • Material 

  • Performance

Like adult diapers, absorbency and size matter. Weak bed pads sweat or leak liquid once they are at capacity. 

Absorbent Capacity:

Disposable bed pads that hold over 50 ounces of liquid are considered heavy-duty. When shopping for disposable bed pads, pay attention to the absorbency. You may see the absorbency typically listed in ounces or milliliters. If you are unsure, use an online measurement converter


Bed pads should cover most of your mattress. 

For example, the width of a queen mattress is 60 inches, so you would need a bed pad at least 30 inches wide. 


If you use bed pads at night, consider pads with breathable backing. Breathable bed pads can help you stay cooler and can prevent skin irritation. 


Frequent leaks are a sign that you may need a more absorbent bed pad. As simple as it sounds, if you wake up rested and dry, you have a great bed pad. 

What is the Best Disposable Bed Pad for Incontinence?  

The best disposable bed pad for incontinence is NorthShore MagicSorb Air. MagicSorb Air Underpads are 2x more absorbent than average bed pads. The pads offer first-class absorbency. MagicSorb Air is perfect for people who manage overactive bladder, urge incontinence, and nocturnal enuresis

MagicSorb Air Disposable Bed Pads:

  • Offer up to 96 ounces or approximately 3000 milliliters of liquid.

  • Have a breathable backsheet to keep skin cool

  • Strong enough to reposition individuals 

  • Are available in large sizes not found in stores (L, XL, 2-XL)

"MagicSorb Air Underpads are very absorbent and durable compared to underpads at normal retail stores. They have a nice soft feel, so they do not irritate. A magical item to protect your furniture." 

James T., Verified NorthShore Buyer 

MagicSorb Air disposable incontinence bed pad

The bed pad is so absorbent that instead of using 2 or 3 at a time, you may only need to use one. Washable bed pads are available to offer individuals with incontinence peace of mind. 

Washable Bed Pads for Incontinence  

Washable incontinence bed pads are a lifesaver to caregivers, families, and adults. A benefit of using washable bed pads is that you can reuse them. Washable bed pads are great for the environment too. 

Caregivers can rotate them into the laundry as needed. Most washable underpads are available in a pack of 4. Caregivers can buy two packages of 4 and always have pads on hand. 

Some people prefer using them over disposable underpads because of their look and feel. 

If you are looking for a washable bed pad to manage leaks for yourself or a loved one, consider Champion XD Underpads

Champion XD Underpads:

  • Have an absorbent, quick-drying top sheet 

  • Are washer and dryer friendly 

  • Last for up to 250 washings

  • Offer a blue color to hide leaks

"I have been caring for my mother for months. Incontinence has been an issue. Every day is laundry day. With these pads, life has become easier for both of us. I bought 4 so I can cycle them in and out and never have an urgent need to do laundry. For some, this may seem small, but if you know, you know!" 

Jean F., Verified NorthShore Buyer 

Champion XD washable incontinence bed pad

How Do You Clean Washable Incontinence Underpads?  

How you care for incontinence underpads affects how well they perform. 

Steps to clean a washable incontinence bed pad:

  1. Wash the bed pad before first use. 

  2. Wash with similar items and colors.

  3. Machine wash in hot water with adequate rinse cycles.

  4. For white underpads, use limited amounts of bleach. 

  5. For blue underpads, use color-safe bleach only as needed.

Note: Do not use fabric softeners. Fabric softeners reduce absorbency and wicking capabilities. 

How to Dry Washable Incontinence Underpads

  • Tumble dry on medium heat. 

  • Do not over-dry. 

  • Do not iron. 

Incontinence bed pads (disposable and washable) can be life-changers for those managing incontinence. Bed pads stop leaks from getting on sheets, save time on laundry, and allow individuals and caregivers more sleep. It’s a win-win. 

More sleep can make someone feel better and help them start their day positively. What can come when using more absorbent bed pads? Eight hours of good sleep? Less time on laundry? More time to enjoy with friends?

No matter your situation, there are durable incontinence bed pads that can help. Underpads are here to help you get more sleep. 

Discover our collection of incontinence underpads and stay asleep longer.