I started off with 'off the shelf' brands and after trying a fair amount and trying to persevere none of them worked for us. I tried pockets and also fitteds/wraps or wool. It got to the point where Noah would outwee an unboosted nappy within an hour and also night nappies were making his legs very sore as were the wraps we used. It was a case of give wahm nappies a try or go to sposies (which i didn't want to do but Mike was more than happy to give up and use them).
Anyway, i bought a few different brands, WNNL's, HL and F&S. Luckily all of them worked like a dream so we had HL for nights which did away with 'terry burns' and the WN and F&S worked really well under wool. Then Noah started weeing even more so i had to switch to heavy wetter ones for day, he now wears mostly HL for days and WNNN for nights (although i'm loving LLS for nights, they fit him perfectly).
I would love it if i could get away with a cheaper nappy system for him but as it is i can't. He's to heavy a wetter and i don't have to time to be changing him on the hour especially since Poppy is following the same pattern. And i figure that whilst i'm happy to spend £20-£30 on a nappy then why shouldn't I?! Embroidery and dye aren't my main motivation, the nappies i buy fit and work well for my children and the prettiness are just a bonus.
I do agree thats theres something pleasing about a lovely plain nappy, i loved Poppy's plain terries when she was a newborn she looked adorable in them.