Munchkin STEP diaper pailWeb:

Type: Refill canister.

Price: STEP $57refills $14 (six pack; holds up to 180 diapers). PAIL $50

Pros: Baking soda+diapers = less stink.

Cons: Supposedly only needs one hand to open lid, but really difficult one handed.

Comments: The secret weapon in Munchkin’s STEP and PAIL diaper pails is baking soda—once you put a diaper in, a built-in dispenser sprinkles the diaper with baking soda to control odor (lavender scented). Yes, you still have to push in the diaper (like the Diaper Genie), but the self-sealing system is a bit easier to use and does what it supposed to do: control the stink.

Munchkin has two diaper pail options: the STEP with a step-on pedal to open the top (pictured), and the basic PAIL with a lid you have to lift to access. See below for a video of the STEP diaper pail works starting with the STEP.



And here is a photo showing the way the PAIL works.

munchkin PAIL diaper pail

The PAIL is harder to access if you have your hands full compared to the STEP.

Reader feedback on this has been trending positive on these pail. Parents praise the lack of odor saying it seals better than other brands. And the little shot of baking soda from the refillable cartridge can’t hurt. It’s also easy to replace the bag and remove the dirty diapers.

Perhaps the biggest complaint we hear from readers is what’s called the “squish factor.” You have to really push the diaper down to get it into the pail–not fun when it’s a really full diaper. And some enterprising toddlers have easily figured out how to get the door open in the base. Finally, it does take two hands to open the lid making for tough going if you have your baby in one hand. The step on pedal is an improvement–we recommend this version since the price differential is minimal. With all it’s faults, Munchkin’s Arm & Hammer diaper pail is a great option for odor control.

Rating: A