These pads do exactly what you'd expect, and are slightly more absorbent than some of the local pet store pads. My one gripe is they don't have taped corners like some of the pet store brands which helps them stay put. Without the taped corners they do have a tendency to move around as your dog walks on them, which is obviously not a good thing. Also, the price for 25/50 pads is about the same as my local pet store brands, so these are not a less expensive option. A good all around pad that would be better if it 1) included taped corners, and 2) was slightly less expensive.