All Briefs usually have the same basic make-up, cloth-like outer surface that's soft to the touch, a highly absorbent inside, elastic leg cuffs, and either tabs or hook-and-loop fasteners. They mimic infant diapers because of the tabs but they are positioned for a more comfortable and tigher fit on the hips.

For caregivers, briefs make for an easier application and removal. Briefs are the item of choice for those that are bed-ridden due to the ease of use. For those that purchase incontinence supplies for themselves usually opt to purchase pull-on underwear