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"I want a diaper genie or some other kind of diaper pail"

I have a friend who is having her first baby and thought that a diaper genie or whatever the latest brand diaper disposal system would be a great gift. Any suggestions?

wanted by: mieyun (72) in Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 +
updated on: Sept. 23, 2012, 10:59 p.m. (7 years, 6 months ago)
posted on: Sept. 23, 2012, 10:48 p.m. (7 years, 6 months ago)
tags: baby diaper genie
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Re: I want a diaper genie or some other kind of diaper pail

Ok, although my baby smells sweet, his diapers definitely do not. I thought I'd be able to put the diapers in plastic shopping bags but I didn't have enough bags on hand. Plus, they didn't really do much to mask the odor, especially once he moved onto solids.

So I rolled up my sleeves and researched this a few months ago. Here's what I learned re: key decisions you'll need to make when deciding on a diaper disposal system:

- Foot pedal or no foot pedal?
- Manufacturer refills or standard garbage bags?
- Willing to cut liners?

For the record, my answers were:
- I wanted one
- Didn't matter but I did want it to minimize stink no matter what.
- Sure, why not

But I digress. Back to sharing what I learned...

First, the original Diaper Genie system is no longer available. Called the Diaper Genie Twistaway Pail, that's the one where you'd take a soiled diaper and shove it through a hole and twist the opening so the smell would stay contained as each diaper was individually "sealed". While refills are available for the original diaper genie, the actual system isn't. While some swear by it, I'm not sure if I would go out of my way to find it at a garage sale myself as I remember distinctly thinking it was a pretty gross concept to create a series of diaper sausage links when I had my first child years ago.

Diaper Genie Options

The Diaper Genie folks continue to make diaper pails though. They currently offer two options: the Diaper Genie Elite and the Diaper Genie Essentials. The biggest difference is that the Elite version (btw, known previously as Diaper Genie II Elite) has a foot pedal. Plus, the Elite version costs about $10 more than the Essentials model.

Here's a good review that compares Diaper Genie Elite vs Essentials. In a nutshell, it recommends the Essentials because the reviewer thinks the Essentials does a better job of containing the smell and seems a bit less tippy:

Before you settle between one of the two, there are other diaper disposal systems to consider. Diaper Dekor has diaper pails that are closest to the Diaper Genie Elite in terms of design. Both systems include foot pedals and use a long roll of plastic liner to hold the used diapers. When you're ready to toss the dirty diaper stash, you cut the liner off with a built-in cutter and then tie a knot at the bottom of the liner.

Diaper Genie vs Diaper Dekor
There are surprisingly fierce opinions people will have when debating the merits of the Diaper Genie Elite vs the Diaper Dekor. When it comes right down to it, there are three major differences between the two.

First, the Diaper Genie features a double trap door that they claim reduces the odor that can waft when opening the lid of the diaper pail vs the Diaper Dekor and its swinging trap door system. While the Diaper Genie does appear to work more effectively based on diaper pail reviews I read, there was a very fair point made that poopy diapers smell. And they will always smell. Point taken.

A second difference is that the Diaper Dekor comes in three sizes: classic, plus and XL. Interestingly, more may be less in this case as having a particularly pungent bag of dirty diapers may not be the best idea. However, if one were to use it for adult diaper disposal, the Diaper Dekor XL can make a lot of sense.

Finally, for those environmentally conscious folks, the Diaper Dekor comes with biodegradable refills. If you're using cloth diapers, opting for a more green diaper refill makes sense. But, let's be honest, if you're planing to use them with your plastic disposable diapers, it seems like you could make a bigger contribution to the environment by rethinking that instead of buying green refills.

Arm & Hammer Diaper Pails - No liners!

Another option for those of you who don't relish the idea of having to cut and tie liners, consider the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail. This unit comes with self-contained liners that you can snap right into the pail and so you don't need to worry about making sure you've tied the knot securetly enough to ensure no odor (or worse!) gets through. While the system doesn't have a foot pedal, one nice feature is that it sprinkles a bit of baking soda every time you put another diaper into the pail.

Again, you'll see as many positive reviews for the Arm & Hammer diaper pail as you will for the Diaper Genie. Here's one that rates the Arm & Hammer better at odor control -- interestingly, the blogger was asked by Diaper Genie to review it vs the A&H model!
But just to confuse things a bit, here's a mix of reviews when comparing the Arm & Hammer to the Diaper Genie:

Diaper pail refills can be costly

Keep in mind while the diaper systems just mentioned are probably the best at containing odor, one of the ways they do so is by requiring to use their specially designed bags and liners.

While these bags are good at containing smell, they don't do very well when it comes to containing price. Depending on how often you use refills, you can probably expect to pay $5 to $10 per month for those plastic bags as it will be the only way you can use the diaper pails.

Much like the razor companies realized that the way they make money is by requiring blades designed specifically for their system and be replaced regularly, it appears that the diaper disposal companies have figured it out, too. I guess I can't blame them -- they need to make a living, too. But just keep that in mind. Generic versions can help keep costs down.

If you're not a fan of having to pay for diaper refills, then you should evaluate diaper pails that can use standard plastic bags.

Diaper Champ Deluxe vs Diaper Genie
Baby Trend's Diaper Champ Deluxe is probably the most well-known diaper pail option for those looking to use standard 13-gallon kitchen bags. This will definitely reduce your total costs which is great for the value-conscious shopper. However, reviewers have noted that this diaper pail does tend to release a bit more odor than the diaper pail standard bearer Diaper Genie:

Other diaper pails without refills
Finally, Safety 1st makes a couple of diaper pails that can also use standard plastic bags. While they seem to work fine, the general knock on them is that they seem a bit lower and as a result, require a bit more bending to access. As I'm barely over 5 feet tall, that's less of an issue for me but taller readers should make sure they feel the diaper pail is easily accessible.

Bottom Line;
If you want a diaper disposal system primarily beause you want to minimize smelly diaper syndrome, then I'd go for the Diaper Genie and pay for their proprietary bags to get the multi-layered plastic protection. But if you are more cost conscious and willing to compromise on smell, consider the Diaper Champ Deluxe.

In the end, the absolute best way to minimize odor is to have someone else change your darling baby's diapers and take out the trash. Wouldn't that be nice...!

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