* Diaper pails are nonnegotiable when it comes to having kids
* Options, styles and prices vary
* Choose one that works for your lifestyle – and your decor scheme
It is estimated that a baby will use an average of 2,500 diapers per year which is why a specialized trash disposal system is in order. Whichever system you choose to buy, however, all depends on your individual needs, price points and style preferences.
The original Playtex Diaper Genie is the number 1 best-selling diaper pail on the market and has every amenity you could possibly need. One of the most important features is the “Ultimate Odor Lock System” which is a built-in, odor controlling antimicrobial and double air-tight clamp system that helps to seal in odors.
If that isn’t enough smell control, there is also a carbon filter installed at the top of the bin to help capture smells that try to sneak out as well. It’s further outfitted with a built-in foot pedal, which eliminates the need to bend down, and a front tilt bin, making it easy to change the bag by simply pulling it through the built-in cutter.
While the Playtex Diaper Genie seems like the perfect diaper disposal system, there are a few other brands for you to consider that might have more preferable options and/or fewer bells and whistles (i.e. no need to buy special and costly trash liners AND odor controlling refills).
We have listed 6 alternative diaper pails that are worth checking out that have certain attributes that the diaper genie might not have. Whether you prefer a higher or lower priced option, plastic or steel base, multiple color options or just simple white, our selections cover them all.
1. Diaper One N Done
The Diaper One N Done is a unique, easy-to-use diaper disposal system. Simply place your dirty diapers in the bin, tie a knot in the used bag and detach it from the new bag underneath. Dirty diapers are disposed of individually and can be thrown away in your normal house trash. This alleviates having to empty heavy canisters full of soiled diapers every few days. Each unit comes with 100 bags and for even more convenience can be hung from a changing table or wall or can stand alone on a table top. No more leaning and bending down to throw anything away.
2. Diaper Dekor
The Diaper Dekor is a totally hands-free system. Simply step on the foot pedal, drop your dirty diaper through the trap door and be done. This can be of the utmost importance when it comes to diaper pails as changing diapers can be messy. The Dekor is also equipped with triple odor control plastic that does not absorb odors and has a life after diapers – this converts from a diaper pail to a trash can. The Diaper Dekor uses a refill system that holds more diapers per refill, are powder-scented and are continuous liners vs. individual bags so you can throw away one diaper without having to waste one whole bag.
3. Diaper Champ Deluxe
The Diaper Champ Deluxe by Baby Trend boasts superior odor control, holds a large capacity of diapers and requires no assembly. This diaper pail system also requires refill liners which are available for separate purchase or can accommodate any 13-gallon trash bag of your choosing.
4. Tidy Diaper Pail
The Tidy Diaper Pail by Creative Baby is a diaper disposal system designed for one-handed use. With its rotating lid design, you can dispose of a diaper fast and easy and their unique piston system will push the diaper and the odor into the pail. This pail uses any type of garbage bag and is dishwasher safe for the ultimate clean.
5. Munchkin Step
The Munchkin Step Diaper Pail comes with all the bells and whistles you might want and/or need in a diaper pail. First and foremost, this uses an easy-to-use foot pedal which makes it completely hands-free, uses a self-sealing technology that twists your refill (lavender-scented) tight each time you close the lid for complete odor elimination and no stink blast, and provides additional odor protection using Arm and Hammer baking soda cartridges that are included with the system.
This is a diaper pail that requires refills and a starter pack is provided with initial purchase and they are available to buy separately. Finally, to make you feel better about all the waste and help offset gas emissions, Munchkin will plant a tree for every Diaper Pail sold.
6. Ubbi Diaper Pail
Our final diaper pail alternative is probably the most attractive of the bunch, comes in a whopping 13 colors and is big enough to hold a large number of diapers. The Ubbi Diaper Pail is an award-winning full-size disposal system made out of powder-coated steel with rubber seals that are strategically designed to lock in odors. In addition, it comes with a sliding lid that minimizes air disruption, keeping smells inside the pail. This pail is another great option as it can be used with both reusable and disposable diapers, uses any standard kitchen trash bag of your choosing and is easy to load, use, empty and clean.