A Parents’ Guide on Picking the Best Diaper Pail for Fresher Nurseries

As parents, I think we’d all agree that changing diapers is hands down the worse aspects of having children. To begin with, your little bundle of joy overpowers the smell and you just seem to block it off but as weeks turn into months and months into years, you soon realise that it’s just unbearable at times. In the busy days and lives that we lead, especially as parents, what’s the best way to deal with this problem?

Take them outside of course! But, as you know, it’s simply not possible to take out every single diaper, you’d be backwards and forwards all day and night, even multiple times an hour! Although you’d get extremely fit and healthy, surely there’s a better way?

There is, the diaper pail!

There are dozens and dozens of makes and brands to choose from, each with their own features and niches to serve and store even the nastiest of your baby’s creations. There’s never been a better time to invest in one. So, if you’re looking for ways to save time in your life but also save your home from the smell of a dirty diaper, read on to discover my five favourite diaper pails currently available so you can be saved from all the stress!

Not sure what you’re looking for when it comes to diaper pails? Not a problem! Simply scroll down and you’ll find my complete buying guide to diaper pails, going step by step through everything you need to know to make the best purchasing decision for you!​

My Five Favourite Diaper Pails This Year

Ready for the freshest, cleanest smelling nursery in your neighbourhood? Here’s my top five list of some of the diaper pails available today.

1. Munchkin Step Diaper Pail Powered by Arm & Hammer

Firstly, I’ve chosen one of the highest quality diaper pails available today. Ensuring every drop of smell is under control, the Munchkin Diaper Pail uses patented STEP technology to lock in smells and odors so you can enjoy the freshest smelling nurseries. Even when you’re in a rush, such as going to work, about to leave the house or your baby is needing your full attention, this pail operates a self-sealing lid, locking in smells automatically so you don’t have to worry.

Another great feature of this pail is the fact that the bag system is completely universal, allowing you to purchase all kinds of bags such as rings and snaps or even seal and toss diaper bags, meaning you never have to worry about buying the wrong type. The pail is operated using a single foot pedal located at the bottom of the bin, meaning in just a few short seconds, you can dispose and forget about your baby’s diaper and that’s the end of it!

What's Great About It: For those parents who have an eco-conscious mindset, for every pail sold, the Munchkin diaper pail company will purchase and plant a tree, giving something back to the environment, at absolutely no extra cost to you.

2. PlayTex Diaper Genie Complete Diaper Pail featuring Odor-Lock Technology

Perfect for any room in the house including nurseries, bedrooms or baby rooms, the PlayTex Genie had recently updated their design so your pail can seamlessly integrate into any room in the house without standing out. To compliment this, the pail is now also available in five beautiful colors, giving you a personal feel, enabling you to create the look you want. Fully utilising the Odor-Lock Technology, you can be safe in the knowledge that you can leave the bin without any nasty odors escaping into your room.

Inside the pail itself, you’ll find an innovative carbon filter, once again locking in odors and bad smells whilst keeping your room environment clean and sanitary. The lid creates an airtight seal, once again keeping those smells away and out of your room and tall, sleek design allows you to effortlessly push the pedal located at the bottom of the pail, enabling you to dispose of your diapers using a one-handed operation.

What's Great About It: Since the design update mentioned above from the previous model, swapping the bags on the inside of the pail is now easier than ever. The front of the bin is slightly tilted forward, allowing you to slide out the bag while the specially designed cut and tie give you a hygienic and fast bag-changing experience.

3. Dekor Plus Hands-Free Diaper Pail

An affordable mid-range diaper pail solution, the Dekor Diaper Pail boasts a completely hands-free experience when disposing of your baby’s diapers. Simply step on the durable pedal located at the base of the bin, drop in your diaper and walk away, it’s that simple. The bags used in this bin are specially designed for optimal use for this particular bin but the company prides itself on being one of the most cost-effective refill solutions on the market.

The pail itself is made from high-quality, durable closed-cell ABS plastics, a type of material that works as effectively as metal as stopping and repelling smells and odors inside the bin but also helps to make the bin one of the most lightweight solutions on the market.

What's Great About It: One of the best features of this pail is the fact that once your baby has grown up and is no longer using diapers, this internal system can easily be removed and returned so you can use the pail as a fully-functioning trash bin for any room in the house, allowing you to still enjoy the odor-free benefits, however you decide to use it.

​4. Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

The most expensive diaper pail on my list but overflowing with features, this pail is worth every cent. No special bag or refill bag is needed to operate and fill this pail. Simply lift the lid using one hand, drop your diaper in and you’re done, using any kind of bag you want. Since there’s no foot pedal on this design, you can easily set up this pail wherever it’s most convenient for you as you only need access to the top. You could even store it away in a cupboard!

Since the pail’s body is made predominately from steel, it’s slightly heavier than some of the other pails on this list but, you’ll get to enjoy full odor protection in every room in the house. An updated design from a previous pail model, this pail now boasts an improved bag holder system, resulting in fewer rips and bags when you’re changing the bag. Even the cover and edges of the top have been updated to completely minimise this risk.

What's Great About It: As there’s no foot pedal and the entrance to the pail is located on the top, this pail prides itself on its childproof design, allowing you to rest assured that they’ll be no little spillage accidents in your nursery.

​5. The Diaper One N Done

The most affordable diaper pail on my list, this pail is ideal for budget conscious parents. The pail is easy to use in every single way and thanks to its small size, you can genuinely locate this pail anywhere you need it, allowing you to set it up in such a way so you can enjoy maximum efficiency. You can even hang it on a wall, chair or framework thanks to the handy hooks located on the back of the design.

The base of the bin is slightly lifted, meaning there’s no pedal so your baby, or parent, can accidentally step on it and release all those awful odors. The pail is operated by you wrapping each individual diaper up into its own protective bag and then you simply drop it in the pail, ready to be emptied at a later date.

What's Great About It: This is by far one of the simplest pail designs on the market. With the ability to hang from anywhere, this lightweight design means you can simply pick up the pail to empty it, no messing around with bags, tying bags or being so careful that it doesn’t rip.

My Complete Step by Step Buying Guide to Diaper Pails in 2017

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for in the perfect diaper pail for you, whether you’re shopping online or taking a trip to your local retailers, use my buying guide below to make sure you’re making the perfect choice for you and your household.


One of the most important things to consider is the bag refills of your pail. Some pails are compatible with any kind of bag you choose from specially designed diaper bags to normal bin bags. However, it’s worth noting that some pails will only fit their own branded kind of diaper bag. This can sometimes be very expensive, especially if the bags are individually scented, this could end up being very expensive. When in doubt, always choose a universal pail.

Access to Pail

When you’re trying to clean your baby up and handle everything that’s going on, you want a pail that’s easily accessible and doesn’t take too much effort to operate. The most common method of operation is the foot pedal, usually located at the bottom of the pail meaning you can operate the pail hands-free. However, in some cases, the pail may feature a one-handed lift lid or even a drop hole. These can be effective but if you’re rushing around, drop holes and lids can cause a problem, especially if you miss.


A number of the more high-end pails will come with air filters that can help trap the odors and smells of your diapers. These can be made using any type of material, commonly carbon or charcoal. The best thing to do is to choose a filter-free pail that has an air tight seal on top or a carbon filter that causes very little pollution in your rooms.


Another vital aspect to consider that’s usually overlooked. When shopping for your pail, always look out and make sure the pail will actually fit where you want it to go. If you have a specific location in mind for your pail or you’re thinking of creating a designated space, measure it out first before you head off and buy the pail. Some pails can be small and some can be extremely tall, so always be aware before you buy.

It’s also important for the size that you consider how many diapers you are going to be using. If your baby’s bowels are exceptionally active, you may be using the pail a couple of times an hour, which means more empties and you won’t really be saving any time. In these situations, always invest in one of the larger pails.​

Added Scents

For some models, you may be able to buy or add your own extra fragrance to your diaper pail. This is similar to an air freshener and will have a designated space in the bin for you to fit it. This is completely optional and depends on your personal preference. All the bins in my list above don’t come with a designated space for an air freshener but they don’t need it thanks to their air-tight seals. This will save you money from having to keep rebuying new ones.


This is a vital aspect to consider. As with all objects, the cheaper you go, the more likely it is that your pail won’t be child proof. The most danger comes from foot pedal devices that can be pressed by your child. In a situation where they push the pedal and knock the bin over, you’re going to have a very messy and smelly room. If this may be a problem, look towards investing a completely childproof pail.


Diaper pails have been game changers when it comes to modern parenting. We all understand how difficult it can be when life throws so many things in our directions and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. By investing in a high-quality diaper pail, you can save time, money and speed up what is otherwise a rather unpleasant job.

    Sandra Cobain

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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