The good news is there are many styles to choose from, each with their own unique method of preventing odors and germs. When selecting a diaper pail, look for these four main features:
1. Odor Prevention - Since each pail design is unique, each has a different method of preventing odors. Some use more than one type of odor prevention.
- Carbon filters (e.g. Graco, 1st Years)
- Absorbs odors
- Needs to be changed every 30 days
- Fan system (e.g. Graco, 1st Years)
- Circulates the air reducing odors
- Requires batteries
- Trap door (e.g. Diaper Champ, Graco, 1st years, Diaper Dekor)
- Seals odors inside the pail
- Odor-resistant scented plastic liner bags (e.g. Diaper Genie)
- Scented liners help mask odors
2. Capacity - The capacity differs by model, and is typically based on newborn size diapers.
- Large capacity
- Absorbs odors
- Needs to be emptied less frequently
- Smaller capacity
- Needs to be emptied more frequently
- Emptying it more often helps reduce odors
3. Liners/Bags - Some models use regular garbage bags while others use plastic liners specifically made for a certain model.
- Some liners are biodegradable
- Some liners are scented to mask odor or are odor-resistant
- Garbage bags
- Cost efficient
- Will not mask odors as well as liners
4 - Hands-Free Operation - Let's parent dispose of diapers while safely keeping a hand on baby. Hands-free is typically available in two styles.
- Foot pedal operation
- Parents use their foot to open the lid
- Also prevents small children from opening because they do not have the strength or coordination required
- Motion activated lid
- Lid opens when diaper/hand is waved in front of it
- Batteries are required for these styles