Best Diaper Pails of 2017

Best Diaper Pails of 2017

Last Updated: January 1, 2017
Smelling dirty diapers all the time is no fun so get the best pail to keep out odor. Best Diaper Pails of 2017

There’s a reason people will hand your baby back to you when he or she needs to be changed. Nobody likes a smelly diaper, least of all 30 of them sitting in a trash bag and stinking up a perfectly pretty nursery. That’s where a diaper pail comes in handy. These specialized trash cans employ sealing, scent absorption, and trapdoors to keep your baby’s room from reeking like a porta potty.

Do you need a diaper pail?

A diaper pail isn’t an absolute necessity. It’s true that you can use a regular trash can in your nursery. But in all honesty, you might find yourself breathing through your mouth rather than your nose. If you want to truly minimize the smell of dirty diapers, you have two options. The first is to run every used diaper to an outside trash can. And that can get old, real fast - especially in the middle of the night. Or, you can use a diaper pail. Because they are designed to lock in the formidable odor of soiled diapers, these containers help reduce unpleasant odors.

When do you need a diaper pail?

You might be surprised by how expensive some of the diaper pails can be. However, you’ll be using it the entire time your child is in diapers, starting from Day One and into toddlerhood; that’s an investment that lasts years. Plus, some diaper pails can be used after the diaper days as regular trash can.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real BabyList families about the baby products they love the most, now that their little one has arrived. We took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight. Here are the top diaper pails we think you and your baby will get the most out of.

Babylist Best Picks


Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail - $115.38

We don’t normally think attractive when we think trash can, but because the Ubbi is made from sleek steel and available in 13 colors, it’s easy to find a handsome match for your nursery. Beyond good looks, the Ubbi’s steel construction prevents odors from seeping into the container itself (which can happen with plastic), containing the yuck factor like a champ. It also has a child lock on the lid to keep your toddler from “exploring.” The bonus? You can use a regular kitchen trash bag or reusable cloth liner with it.


Unlike other options that feature a foot lever for hands-free opening, the Ubbi requires one free hand to open the slider on top.


“Love it! It’s stylish and keeps odors locked up. Plus it’s big so we change the bag about one time a week.” - Pamela S.


Diaper Genie Diaper Genie Essentials Diaper Disposal Pail - $21.99

This classic diaper pail uses a clamping system and its own special bags to seal off each diaper you stuff into the trash. Since each stink bomb is contained, you won’t get a rush of nasty air coming up when you open the trash can or when you change the bag, which usually happens with other models.


You do have to compact the diaper through a squeezing mechanism. Be sure to seal used diapers up tight so they don’t leak as you handle them.


“I never notice a smell with the Diaper Genie and it’s easy to refill.” - Dana W.


Munchkin Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Pail - $31.74

A bag of dirty diapers is ridiculously heavy and some pails make it an Olympian feat to lift a full bag out. But not the Munchkin. With a side door that opens to let you change the bag, it’s a breeze to reload. Plus, the top of the bag snaps shut, keeping nasty odors enclosed. The Munchkin also sprinkles a bit of baking powder into the trash bag each time a diaper is deposited - like your own personal diaper fairy.


While we like how the Munchkin seals the top of the bag after a diaper has been pushed through, some parents have reported getting their hand stuck in the self-sealing mechanism as they release the diaper down into it. Also, you’ll need to purchase the special pail liners (aka trash bags) and baking soda refill cartridges, making this a pricier option in the long run.


“I love the Munchkin. I wouldn’t change anything about it.” - Anna T.


Diaper Dekor Plus Diaper Pail - $39.99

Like the Munchkin, the Dekor also boasts a side door for changing a full bag of diapers and requires its own special bags that have a strong, powdery scent. But the best benefit of this pail is that you don’t have to stuff dirty diapers through some sort of squeegee contraption. The trapdoor quickly opens when a diaper weighs down on it. And it has a foot lever for hands-free opening!


Installing the refill liners can be tricky. Be sure to read the instructions, or watch the video, to get it down right.


“The refills are expensive but I just put regular trash bags in it now…It holds a lot of diapers.” - Jennifer B.

Choosing what’s right for you

While all diaper pails try to conquer the smell issue, different models offer various benefits. Choosing which diaper pail will work best for you depends on what you think will frustrate you most:

  • Is it having to pay for expensive refill liners (it can certainly add up over three years)? Then look for a pail that lets you use regular kitchen trash bags.

  • Is it making a herculean effort to lift a bag full of diapers out of the container? Choose a pail that has a side door for easy access to the bag.

  • Is it pushing a poopy diaper through a squeegee contraption? Find a pail that has a trap door or a simple hole that the diaper can fall through instead.

  • Is it the amount of of plastic liners you’ll throw out? Then make sure the diaper pail you pick is compatible with a reusable liner, like the ones from Planet Wise.

Making your nursery a place of sweet dreams and peaceful play creates a calm space for you to share with your baby. While it’s possible to go without a diaper pail, a good selection can keep your nursery environment feeling fresh and a bit less stressful.

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