I have been using this product for the last 4 or 5 years. I used to use Playtex religiously, but found that Kotex was cheaper. After switching to Kotex in hopes of saving money, I found that I absolutely preferred Kotex to Playtex and have not switched back. Kotex are reasonably priced and I find coupons regularly. I never has issues with leaks that cause wardrobe changes. I never have to use this product with a back up pad. This product is all around great - which is nice because it is necessary. I find that I definitely prefer the unscented tampons to the scented. I think the scented tampons are sickeningly sweet smelling and I find that scent to be offensive. This is not specific to Kotex as all scented tampons have the same smell. I recently found a great deal on Tampax Pearl and have lived to regret every single cent that I thought I was saving. The Tampax tampons were a leaky disaster. I will never switch again.