Works For Me Wednesday- The Diaper Pail Wars Part 2

WFMW  So I have officially finished my comparison of the diaper pails and am ready to declare a winner. You may recall I began my study with the Diaper Genie II Elite and found some things I liked and some things I didn’t. You can read the full scoop back here. Next up to try was the Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail. And I have some thoughts on this one (imagine that).

Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper pail Right out of the box, I was ready to declare the Munchkin pail the winner. It came assembled and I loved the design of the liners. Instead of threading them through and tying them off like other diaper pails I have seen, this bag simply fits in a slot and when you are done you pull it out and insert a new one. No cutting, tying or wrestling. Super easy. Or as Hannah would say “easy peasy lemon squeezie”. The refill bag box holds 10 liners and each liner holds approximately 25 diapers. Again, I find it annoying that you have to buy their liners, but I get that it is kind of they way it goes in diaper pail land.

The coolest thing about this pail though is the Arm & Hammer part of it. Every time you close the lid a little puff of baking soda is released and then the baking soda cartridge continues to absorb odors in the pail. When the diaper pail is closed the diaper goes down into another compartment so it is really sealed away from the outside. I thought it did a really good job absorbing odors overall. It might get a slight edge over the Diaper Genie in this area. FYI- thankfully, the baking soda cartridge is refillable so you don’t have to buy a new one. Save your money for the new bags.

Now for the cons. This is marketed as easy, one handed use. I am not sure what kind of freakish, limber gymnast can manipulate this one- handed. Although maybe I was just really spoiled by the foot pedal and height on the Diaper Genie. It is really short so you have to bend over and I found it really difficult to open one handed. At times, I had trouble getting it to open, but then other times it just popped right open for me. Also, unlike the Diaper Genie, this one is designed so you have to the diaper in. I am just not a fan of this. It can be a bit gross and I would rather avoid handling poopy diapers as much as possible.

Playtex Diaper Genie II Elite So is there a clear winner? I think they both had major pros and cons. First off BOTH require you to buy replacement bags which to me is a major drawback. BOTH did a good job of containing odors with a slight edge to the Munchkin. Diaper Genie definitely wins for the height of the pail and ease of using one handed. Munchkin wins hands down for assembly and ease of using their bags. Diaper Genie gets big points for be not having to squish the diapers in the pail to get them in. On Amazon the Munchkin costs about $8 less, but the cost of  their refills seem similar.

The net out on paper is that the Munchkin wins. However truth be told, I still have them both in my nursery, side by side, and I find myself using the Diaper Genie more simply because it is taller and easier to use one handed. And I also really don’t like pushing down a diaper into the pail with my hands. How unhelpful am I anyway? I think honestly you need to assess which of the features is most important to you and choose your pail accordingly. If I got either of these pails I think I would be very satisfied with how they performed knowing that no diaper pail available seems to be a perfect fit for my needs.

I am member of the Mom Central community and I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central, sponsored by Diaper Genie, and received a free Diaper Genie diaper pail and a free Munchkin Arm & Hammer diaper pail to facilitate my review.

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  1. Thank you SO much for this. We are expecting our first in January and I know we’re going to need one of these! I’m 6′ and my bf is 6’2, so I’m guessing the Diaper Genie would be best for us :)

  2. Thank you for this! We’re expecting our first in October, and I’ve had no idea what to do in terms of diaper pails. :)
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  3. I avoid all of this and just take the stinky ones straight to the outside trashcan. I just think hoarding stinky diapers inside is kinda gross. No fancy liners, no “does it stink in here” thoughts, no bending over, no spending money on a diaper pail to begin with…just out to the garage with it. AND here is the best part, when you have an older one, THEY can do the dirty work of sending it to the garage for you!
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