Vendors in the in the incontinence care industry often like to distinguish between “premium” and “basic” products in order to cater for different markets. Premium products often are aimed at people who are paying everything themselves whereas basic products usually fill the requirement of fitting within the allowed budget of health insurances and public health systems. They usually use different (cheaper) materials and come with limited choices of absorption ratings. We’ve had a good look at Hartmann‘s MoliCare Premium Slip products already, so it’s now time to glance at the “regular” MoliCare Slip extra and super.
These are the follow-up products to the older versions of same name. I never got around to testing them, but if someone still has a package floating about that he’d like to provide, I can still sneak in a review just for the fun of it. ;-)
The product comes in all sizes from XS to XL, but only in the lower absorbency extra version. The super is limited to the S, M and L sizes. The measurements and cut pattern are pretty much identical to the Premium line products, give or take the typical manufacturing tolerances. This makes things interchangeable without having to worry about fit issues. If you tried one flavor, the others will match and you can mix and use them as you like.
Naturally, there have to be some differences. The biggest one compared the older fully foil-coated versions is of course the new semi-breathable cover on top of a textile carrier tissue. A similar analogy applies to the fully breathable Premium variants. Some might be quick to call this a product caught in the middle, but that wouldn’t be a proper statement in either direction. As it is, it’s unique in its own way.
One of the things you’ll notice right away is that it feels a bit more stiff occasionally. This is an inherent limitation of this kind of diaper and the way it is layered. It’s not that it would be super-rigid or anything, but it may wrinkle up a bit more and be a bit more difficult to adapt to your body contours. This may also mess with your skin around the leg seams if you are particularly sensitive there. You definitely have to try and see if it works for you.
On the positive side, this takes care of another issue. As I wrote in my review, I didn’t quite get the intent of the other extra product due to the diaper sagging a lot once wet. This is much better with this version as the foil part stabilizes things and also prevents stuff from seeping through. Ironically the lesson learned here is to use the lower-end product over the more pricey Premium if you are really interested in such a low-absorbency diaper.
Speaking of absorbency, it’s mostly on par with the other members of the MoliCare family, though strangely enough it seems to me that the extra can hold just that bit more due to the things I mentioned, while on the other hand the super doesn’t seem to be quite as close to its Premium sibling. It’s of course utterly subjective and not necessarily a design feature or flaw. Within what you would expect, though, it’s perfectly okay.
The samples I got suffered once more from issues with the adhesive tapes. Hartmann must have a bad streak with this, since I already reported similar problems with the Premium Slip. This time around the tapes would simply slide off as the glue on them got warmer on your body. Some of them would also not hold that well to begin with, which made it inevitable to wear something tight on top of your diaper. As with all quality issues you should assume that they get straightened out and will not affect you, but I felt it worth mentioning just in case you run into them. Once more I’ve apprised the Hartmann people of the situation and maybe one day they’ll actually care to respond and forge a few words I can post here.
With this article or little journey through MoliCare land is at an end – for now. I’m working hard on getting my hands on the Premium Elastic which came out as I was working on this series, so maybe I’ll have something more in a little while. I hope my articles make at least some sense and help you understand the restructured product portfolio a bit better and make up your mind which ones to buy. My personal favorites remain the Slip maxi and the Premium Slip maxi because they just have the right balance and feel comfortable, but should my health insurance ever decide to cancel their contracts with my current supplier (Attends) I wouldn’t mind switching to the Slip super.