The 7 Best Diaper Pails to Buy in 2018

Keep smells at bay with these top-picks

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Diapers pails are one of those things you don’t ever want to think, about because even the phrase conjures a horrible smell, but they are necessary for every household with a diaper-wearing child. When buying a diaper pail, you should consider how much capacity you want your bin to hold, how strong you want odor control to be, and whether or not you are using cloth or disposable diapers, to begin. Below, we round up the top best diaper pails on the market.

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Best Overall: Playtex Diaper Genie Complete

The Playtex Diaper Genie Complete is perfect for the parent who doesn’t have a lot of time—which, as you may already know, is every parent. Arriving assembled in the box with a 7-layer bag already installed, the Playtex Diaper Genie Complete can hold up to 270 used diapers, making it perfect for use by families with multiples or more than one child in diapers.

Designed to be hands-free—the top opens by pressing a foot pedal—the Diaper Genie also comes with a carbon filter in the lid to control bad odors. The bags can be removed via a front tilt bin—the only downside is that they must be replaced with a Diaper Genie branded bag rather than a regular garbage bag. The ease of the design and the effectiveness of the odor control helped the Diaper Genie to win the 2018 Women’s Choice Award as America’s Most Recommended Diaper Pail.

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Best Budget: Dekor Classic Diaper Pail

Like the Diaper Genie, the Dekor Classic Diaper Pail is hands-free, allowing users to open the top via a foot pedal. Horrible smells are kept under control with the spring-loaded OdorKeeper trap door, which keeps diapers sealed in tight, as well as the powder-scented Dekor Classic refill bags, which controls odors when the bin is open.

Each refill bag lasts through multiple loads of diapers. In order to change it, users cut the top of a full bag with a child-safe cutter mounted on the front-loading service door, and tie a knot on the end of the remaining bag. Many Dekor Classic fans keep their bins long after they stop changing diapers, and repurpose them to dispose of animal or garden waste. It’s no wonder that the Dekor Classic is Amazon’s #1 bestseller in diaper pails.

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Best Splurge: Ubbi Diaper Pail

Although significantly more expensive than its competitors, the Ubbi Diaper Pail can be used with regular garbage bags or cloth diaper bags, saving money—and time— on having to constantly buy specific refills. The Ubbi Diaper Pail’s steel body traps odors much more effectively than plastic—odor control is maintained with rubber seals around the rim, as well as a sliding opening that minimizes air disruption.

The diaper pail’s oval shape also allows it to slide neatly into smaller spaces—although beware that the bin holds 50 diapers, far fewer than some of its competitors. As a result of its innovative design, as well as effective odor control, the Ubbi Diaper Pail has won multiple awards. Reviewers on Amazon note that any issue with the bin was quickly and effectively addressed by customer service.

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Best Odor Control: Munchkin Step Diaper Pail

Like many of its competitors, the Munchkin Step Diaper Pail is hands-free and allows access to the lid via a foot pedal. What sets it apart is a patented self-sealing system that twists the bag completely shut each time you close the lid for complete odor elimination in the atmosphere.

Other features include a childproof locking system and an opening that is compatible with both rings and snap, seal, and toss bags. Each Munchkin Step Diaper Pail comes with an Arm & Hammer Puck Baking Soda Cartridge and a snap, seal, and toss refill bag, both scented with lavender. Reviewers on Amazon rave about the odor control in comparison to competitors with similar features.

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Best for Cloth Diapers: Busch Systems Odorless Cloth Diaper Pail

Made from recyclable plastic, the Busch Systems Odorless Cloth Diaper Pail is a seven-gallon container specifically designed for cloth diaper users. It has a wide, opening secured by a durable lid that has two handles, making it easy to carry to a washing station. The bin can be used with cloth diaper bags, or without them—users say that the Busch Systems Cloth Diaper Pail contains roughly two days worth of diapers before it needs to be emptied. Odors are kept under control by a carbon filter in the lid.

Reviewers on Amazon note that breastfed babies’ diapers can be thrown directly in the bin, but that the poop of older children should be rinsed off beforehand. The diaper gets extra points for being eco-friendly.

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Best For Small Spaces: Baby Trend Champ Deluxe

Small and friendly looking, like a little robot that lives in your child’s nursery, the Baby Trend Champ Deluxe has a diaper deposit system unlike any of its competitors. Users drop the diaper in a cup in the center of the lid and then pull up an exterior handle to dump the diaper in the bag. This, many reviewers say, effectively eliminates odors until its time for the diaper bag to be changed.

The relatively small size of the Baby Trend Champ Deluxe means that it needs to be changed more frequently—optimistically, it holds about 30 diapers, which is roughly five days worth of waste from a baby. Like the Ubbi Diaper Pail, the Baby Trend Champ Deluxe can be used with regular garbage bags, saving the headache of constantly having to order refills. As a result of its economic size and effective odor control, the Baby Trend Champ Deluxe is Amazon’s Choice for diaper pails.

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Best For Single Diapers: The Diaper One N Done

Some families, especially those with multiple children, eschew the diaper pail entirely and throw their diapers directly in the trash. This works if you take your trash out daily—the smell of a soiled diaper will not linger in the house as long as it is removed promptly. For extra odor control for single diapers, there is the Diaper One N Done, a product that is essentially a bucket resting on a roll of refillable plastic bags, which are pulled through a hole in the bottom.

The supporting frame can be secured to the side of a changing table, or stand alone on a tabletop. Either way, the method of disposal is easy. A diaper is thrown in the bag, the bag is sealed with a knot, and a new bag can be pulled from the bottom over the lid of the bucket.

Users on Amazon raved that the Diaper One N Done got rid of the deathly smell that lingered in their nurseries whenever they opened their larger capacity diaper bins. It’s also great for space saving in a small room shared by more than one child.