The Best Diaper Pail 2020

Best Diaper Pail 2020

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2020 @ 4:36 pmThe Best Diaper Pail 2020. After comparing and testing a wide selection of diaper pails, we selected the Diaper Dekor brand as our top choice for best diaper pail. The Dekor comes in three sizes: the Mini, the Classic and the Plus.

Scroll down for our pick for Best No-Refill Diaper PailNew to diaper pail shopping for baby’s room? Read our7 Things No One Tells You About Buying a Diaper Pail for advice and tips.

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The Best Diaper Pail

Diaper Dekor

The excellent Diaper Dekor diaper pail comes in three sizes: Mini, Classic and Plus. With it’s hands-free operation, triple odor control and smart design, this is our top pick for best diaper pail.

Best Diaper Pail. Here’s the skinny on the Diaper Decor’s three sizes and how much they hold: Mini (holds 25 diapers), Classic (40 newborn diapers), Plus (60 newborn diapers). And each pail has different refills with two options (regular or biodegradable). Refills run about 15 bucks for a two-pack that wraps about 1100 diapers. (1100!)  Be careful which size refills you buy: the Classic size won’t fit in a Plus can.

Diaper Dekor in Three Sizes

Diaper Dekor comes in three different sizes. The Plus is the most popular. Remember: refills are specific to each size.

As you might guess, the Mini is designed for lighter use (grandma’s house?) while the bigger Plus version is pitched to folks who want to do less frequent emptying of the pail. The Classic and Plus are available in colors for around $5 more than the white version.

Diaper Dekor pink version

Diaper Dekor Plus comes in black, white and four designer colors: pink, mint green, gray and baby blue.

Of all the models, the Plus is most popular—but all the Dekors get generally good marks from readers. No diaper pail can completely seal out the stink and the Dekor’s critics (about one in four folks who buy it) say the Diaper Genie works better. But the majority of readers are happy with the Dekor.

As for the refills, the regular ones work better at holding back the stink than the biodegradable, based on reader feedback. Our opinion: the “biodegradable” refills are horrible at blocking odor, the main reason why you’d part with the big bucks to buy one of these pails, right? So stick with the regular refills for the best odor control.

Also Great

Munchkin Step Diaper Pail

The Munchkin Step diaper pail is a good runner-up—we like the easy-to-use seal and a mechanism to add odor-fighting baking powder to cut down on the stink.

Best No-Refill Diaper Pail

Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

Hate buying refills? The Ubbi steel diaper pail is a great option. It has a sliding opening with a rubber seal to keep odors in. And the steel can doesn’t absorb odors like plastic. Best of all, it uses regular trash bags! The Ubbi has received some pretty positive reviews overall, although it does get some criticism for the sliding opening (not everyone is a fan). 

Also parents note you don’t want to overfill it–the bag can snag on the lid. But it’s a lot less expensive than diaper pails that use refills (when you factor in refill expense), comes in 15 different colors  and patterns . . . and you can really use this as a trash can after baby is out of diapers.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing diaper pails since 2005. In addition to hands on testing (yep, our noses were put to the test smelling things one normally avoids—you’re welcome), we evaluated consumer reviews posted on sites like Amazon, as well as our own message boards.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews. We’ve been writing and reviewing baby gear since 1994. Yes, that long!

How we picked a winner

Diaper Dekor mommy baby

We evaluate diaper pails with in-depth inspections and product tests, checking models for overall odor fighting as well as ease of use. We also gather significant reader feedback (our book, Baby Bargains has over 1 million copies in print), tracking diaper pails for quality and durability. Besides interviewing parents, we also regularly talk with retailers and consumer experts to see which brands are most trustworthy and other key quality metrics.

Stink control may be hard define in precise terms, but it’s like the old definition from the Supreme Court on pornography—you know it when you see it. When researching and evaluating diaper pails, you know the best when you DON’T smell it!

7 Things No One Tells You About . . .

7 Things No One Tells You About Buying A Diaper Pail!

1. The average baby requires 2300 diaper changes in his or her first year.

That’s right, 2300 diaper changes. A staggering figure . . . only made more staggering by figuring out what do with the dirty ones once you’ve changed baby. Yes, we can hear first-time parents raising their hands right now and saying “Duh! They go in the trash!” We’ll get to that later.

Why so many? First time parents are inexperienced when it comes to knowing the signs baby needs a change, so they check baby more frequently. Breastfed babies also poop more often than formula fed babies. But you don’t get off easy by using formula: formula-fed babies are more “odiferous” than breastfed babies.

2. Diaper pails vs. regular trashcans: it’s a stinky battle.

We’ve heard from a pretty sizable share of parents who claim they don’t need a special diaper pail. A trash can works just fine for them. Maybe they don’t have babies eating solids yet or drinking formula, but eventually they’ll realize a specialized diaper pail isn’t such a bad idea.

Diaper pails often use either deodorizers like baking soda or deodorized plastic liners to keep the stink under control. The effectiveness of such odor control varies wildly as you’ll notice when you read our reviews of diaper pails (see above).

3. Diaper bags that use refill cartridges of deodorized plastic can get expensive.

Diaper Dekor Refills

Our top choice as well as our runner up diaper pails both use refill cartridges of deodorized plastic to keep down the stink. And the Munchkin pail also releases a shot of baking soda on each diaper for extra deodorizing.

These refill cartridges can really add up. For example, our top choice, the Diaper Dekor Plus refill cartridge holds up to 1160 diapers per cartridge (that means if you have newborn or size one diapers, you might be able to dispose of 1160 diapers before installing a new cartridge). Cost: about seven bucks per cartridge. But you’ll need to use more than one. And likely you won’t get 1160 diapers into one cartridge as your baby grows.

So let’s say the average per year is four cartridges at $7 each or $28. Then assuming you’re changing diapers for three years that’s $84. Add in the cost of the Plus itself and you’re talking about around $130 for a diaper pail.

4. Yes, diaper pails that use regular trash bags are cheaper, but the trade off is the stink.

If you choose to go with trash bag liners for your diaper pail, get ready for the smell. They will need to be replaced more frequently. And even if you get odor control kitchen trash bags like Glad OdorShield, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to stand the smell after baby starts solid foods. So be aware of the trade off.

5. Skip the eco-friendly versions of refill cartridges.

Diaper Dekor biodegradable refill

Great news for our eco-conscious friends: many diaper pails offer biodegradable refills. Bad news: they may not combating stink as well as the regular kind. We suggest you test out one pack of biodegradable refills rather than invest in several. Biodegradable are slightly more expensive than regular, by the way.

6. If you’re worried your cloth diapers will stink up the nursery, let us put your mind to rest.

Follow these tips to keep your the nursery from stinking with cloth diapers. Scrape baby’s poop from the diaper into the toilet using a flushable wipe. Throw the dirty diaper into a diaper pail. Some parents like to soak cloth diapers in a bleach solution or use a pre-soak product with enzymes (like Shout) that “predigest” the poop. Presoaking will help keep down the odor. Every few days, wash as you would your regular clothes. If you have an older washer, you may need to add bleach during the cleaning process.

7. Avoid deodorant disks in your diaper pail or kitchen trash.

diaper pail deodorizer disks

Older babies and toddlers are attracted to the oddest things. We recommend you avoid deodorant disks that are stuck onto the lid of the diaper pail or kitchen trash can. You don’t want to find your toddler sucking on one!

Reviews of diaper pails

The Best Diaper Pail

Diaper Dekor

The excellent Diaper Dekor diaper pail comes in three sizes: Mini, Classic and Plus. With it’s hands-free operation, triple odor control and smart design, this is our top pick for best diaper pail.

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