My Comparisons and Ratings
I’ve tried some of the cups, and these are my thoughts to compare those I’ve tried. I’ve pretty much only tried the cups who have sent me samples for reviewing… I don’t really have the budget or desire to buy a bunch of cups just to review here… so that’s why there are lots of brands whose cups I haven’t tried. (If you’re a cup brand and want me to review your cup, I’d love to!)
I have 2 methods for rating/ranking the cups I have tried. One is by personal preference – so this is just which cups I “like” the best. I have also done a system where I award (or remove) points to make a score based system. This gives a ranking for how good the cups are “on paper” (as the phrase goes), but are not necessarily a reflection of how much you may like the cups in actual usage. But I feel that ranking system can be helpful, since a ranking based on my personal “likes” is very subjective.
By looking at both (and my comments about why things are scored where they are), this might help you in your cup shopping endeavours :)
Cup Rankings By Personal Preference
While a score based ranking system shows which cups are “best” when scored for particular things, it doesn’t necessarily reflect what I would personally pick as my favourite cups. Everyone is different, and everyone has different needs and different preferences. So this is just based on what I would recommend to others based on what I personally would choose.
In a perfect world – my most ideal cup would be a Lena in the same purple silicone the LadyCup “Lilac”, with the same soft silky feel as the Lily Cups, and a silicone firmness of the Fleurcup. I prefer the shape of Lena because it’s a bit smoother (and prettier) on the outside and I love that particular shade of LadyCup purple.
Taking colour out of the equation, I look for a tab stem. I have found these to be a good balance of grip and comfort. My next choice over the tab stems would be a “stick” stem so long as it has enough grip – the Claricup and Organicup stems being a great example. The best of the “hollow tube” stems I’ve found was the LadyCup’s stem, as their stem was flexible enough not to be bothersome, even though it’s a hollow tube that I don’t especially like. I have not tried the “wide” flat tabs, I suspect those would be good too. The other thing I look for is less ridges and markings on the cup – the smoother the cup, I find the nicer it feels.
|Personal Choice (Including Colour)
If I allow colour to influence me, then I would score some cups differently, this is the order of my preference.
|Personal Choice (excluding Colour)
If I ignore the colour aspect and rank the cups I’ve tried based on physical features alone, this is the order of my preference.
Cups I won’t Rank (and why)
Aneer/iClean I had trouble getting the cups to open since the silicone is very soft, so I wasn’t able to give them a proper review to compare them with other cups. Also, since I personally wouldn’t recommend them anyway (since I am wary of very cheap cups), I really don’t know where I would rank these. I find the colours are not as good as the colours in other brands, and the silicone softness is not a good match for me. Yet I acknowledge that they could be good cups for someone else. They do have the tab stem I find more comfortable, and the soft silicone appeals to some people.
Bassrose is a difficult cup to rank, since I personally would not choose to buy this cup, and I don’t know how to recommend it. It has some good features that would rank high (stem was comfortable, the size and silicone stiffness was a good match for me), and it has some aspects that would prevent me buying one (I don’t need a cup that can be emptied in place like that). As far as the comfort and ease of insertion/removal aspects go (ignoring the negatives), I would probably rank it about a #3. However given the negatives, if I think about which cups I would prefer to use before I would use a Bassrose, I’d have to rank it down near the bottom of the list. But then some people may like the idea of a cup you can empty without removing. So since I don’t know how to rate it, I will leave it off the personal rankings.
Detailed info of the rankings for my personal choice can be found here:
Cup rankings based on Score
What I’ve done here is considered different areas for rating the cups. Where a cup performed better than average, I awarded a point (or more than 1 point if it was exceptional in that area). Points were deducted when a cup performed worse than average in an area. In some areas a cup will have scored no points and had no points removed – which means there was nothing either particularly good nor bad about that cup in that area – it was just average. So low rated cups may be low because they had no features that particularly stood out against the other cups, not necessarily because there was anything wrong with them.
A detailed rundown of what I was looking at, what properties each cup had in that area, and how I scored each one – is found below:
Cup Ratings Chart
(See the online chart here)
- Lena Cup (13.5)
- Sckoon (12.5)
- Femmycycle, MeLuna [new, “classic”] (12)
- Bassrose (11.5)
- Fleurcup, Lady Cup, Lily Cup (11)
- Lily Compact (10)
- OrganiCup (9.5)
- Claricup (9)
- Aneer (8.5)
- Lunette, Si-bell (8)
- Gaia Cup (7.5)
- Cup Lee, Luv Ur Body (7)
- Blossom Cup, iClean, Yuuki [New style] (6.5)
- Juju, Mami Cup, Miacup (6)
- Eco-Cup (5.5)
- Luna Cup, Vcup, Yuuki [old style] (4.5)
- Ruby Cup (4)
- Meluna [old style] (3)
- Diva (2.5)
- Femmecup [new style], Mooncup UK (2 )
- Femmecup [old style] (0)
- Keeper [damaged] (-1)
- MPower (-1.5)
Please take into consideration that some of the first cups I tested and reviewed were done from 2008 onwards – so some aspects of the cups I’ve tried have since changed. Yuuki, Diva, MeLuna and Femmecup for example have made changes to their design since I rated them. Some of these new cups I have been able to test as well as the older versions, some I only have the older versions.