12 Best Diaper Pails in 2017

We can all agree that shopping for a diaper pail isn’t exactly as fun as, say, strolling down the streets of Milan and deciding whether you want a bag from Versace or a pair of shoes from Gucci.

While it may not be as glamorous as international window-shopping, finding a diaper pail is quite important, and there is a lot to know about them before you choose.

Where will it be located in your home? What material is it made of and how large is it? It is for cloth diapers or is it something designed for both cloth and disposable diapers.

In our guide, we’ll be answering all of these questions (plus a few more) to help you purchase the best diaper pail for your home. We will also show you the top 12 options on our table and provide you with detailed reviews of the top five products, so consider this your one-stop shopping guide to the stinkiest pail in the house!

Top 12 Diaper Pails Ultimate Table

DesignNameDiaper CapacityBest FeatureRating (1-5)
  1. Dekor Plus Hands-Free Diaper Pail Up to 60 Hands-Free Opening System 4.3
  2. Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Pail with Refill Bags 25 Odor Control 4.3
  3. Munchkin Step Diaper Pail Powered by Arm & Hammer 30 Hands-Free Opening System 4.3
  4. Bubula JR Steel Diaper Pail 40-50 Odor Control 4.3
  5. Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail Up to 55 Odor Control 4.2
6. Large Hanging Wet/dry Cloth Diaper Pail Bag 20-25 Waterproof 4.2
7. Odorless Cloth Diaper Pail 20 Air Circulation with Odor Control 4.2
8. Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe 30 Hands-Free Opening System 4.1
  9. Bundle Tumble DiaperDropper Disposal Unit 40 Hands-Free Opening System 4.1
  10. Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail 20-25 Lightweight 4.0
  11. Tommee Tippee Simplee Diaper Pail Starter Set 18 Odor Control 3.9
  12. Diaper Genie Essentials Diaper Disposal Pail 34Convenient 3.8

How to Choose a Diaper Pail – All the Dirty Details

Based on everything we know, have researched and experimented with, here are the top things you should pay attention to as you shop for a diaper pail.

  • How Well It Contains the Odor – Ideally, you need an airtight lid to prevent odors from escaping, but just remember that you will run into gap problems should you decide to use the thicker, reusable liners.

For families that cloth diaper, this doesn’t create too much of a problem if laundry is done every other day or so, but if you usually wait until the pail is full and you’ll have dirty cloth diapers in the pail for a few days, then you’re going to run into a very stinky problem.

Lids are usually designed with ring or seal that helps close the gap between lid and pail. Some bulky liners can prevent them from sealing properly, creating a “leak.”

Other lids are designed with special airflow systems that allow outside air to flow through the bin but trap odors inside (the Busch Systems pail is a good example of this).

  • Material – Plastic, being porous, is more likely to leak odors, so make sure the lid has an extremely snug fit to prevent the smell from escaping. One nice thing about plastic is that it is lighter in weight and easier to clean.

Stainless steel or aluminum cans are great for odor control but can pose rust problems if they stay wet. Make sure you dry them thoroughly after washing.

  • Size – Most families will probably opt for a larger bin since more diapers can fit in them. They are essential for families who have multiple children in diapers.

On the other hand, large bins aren’t always the most convenient choice. You might have the main bin in one room of the home but would like something smaller to keep in a different room for emergency diaper changes on the spot: maybe one in the basement where the playroom is, for example. Some of you may just prefer a smaller bin!

If that’s the case, the Tommee Tippee Simplee Diaper Pail would be ideal.

  • Hands-Free or Hands-On? – How important is the foot pedal to you?

Even some of the best diaper pail options on our list don’t have one, yet they are still great product thanks to the other features they offer.

Compare, contrast and decide: that’s the point of this guide!

  • Safety Features – Toddlers pull things, and pets knock things down. If you have either in the home, be sure that you get a can with great safety features! Locking lids are a must if you want to avoid some very stinky (and messy) spills.
  • Diaper Capacity – You’ll notice in our table that we included the average diaper capacity since this is what many shoppers want to know when they are comparing and contrasting products.

The thing you need to remember is that the diaper capacity depends on the type of diapers you are throwing in it.

Most manufacturers will state the average amount of newborn diapers that their product can hold, but not everyone has newborn diapers.

If you want specific details, head to the customer comment section of a product, and you can usually find out how many cloth diapers or larger disposables it will hold.

Some Tips for Those Who Cloth

If you’re new to cloth diapering, then one of the first (and most important) things you need to know about choosing a diaper pail is that not all liners will fit different brands of pails.

Let’s say, for example, that you purchase the Dékor Cloth Diaper Liners together with the Dékor Cloth Diaper Liners.

Perfect! Both are from the Dekor brand, so the liner will fit the pail.

Now, let’s say that instead of the Dékor pail you end up purchasing the Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail.

Whoops! The liner doesn’t fit this pail.

When you purchase a certain brand of liner, make sure that you know which brands of pails that it will fit in (and vice versa) to avoid the hassle of having to return a product.

  • Dékor Classic Pail OR Dékor Plus Pail + Dékor Cloth Diaper Liners

Top 5 Best Diaper Pail Reviews

1. Dékor Plus Diaper Pail

There are so many reasons to love this diaper pail and plenty of reasons why it is the best diaper pail on our list!

This pail is the largest size of the Dékor line with 27 square inches of internal space for diaper disposal.

You can easily use this with cloth diapers (as we have already mentioned) or disposables, and the trap door helps prevent the odors from escaping when you open the main lid. They even added a lock on the trap door to help prevent spills! The handy foot pedal means hands-free opening, so you don’t have to worry about getting anywhere near the mess.

We know that not everyone out there needs a pail like this for baby diapers, so if you happen to be looking for something to use with adult diapers, this would also be a great choice.

If you would like to see the Dékor Plus in action, check out the manufacturer’s video:

2. Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper

For those of you who would like to be as hands-off as possible, the Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Pail would be an excellent choice: especially if you use disposable diapers.

We like to think of this as Munchkin’s version of the Diaper Genie. It does an awesome job at controlling odors thanks to the combination of the vented Arm and Hammer baking soda puck that is fixed on the top of the lid. Every time you close the lid, this little puck suspends down into the hole where you drop the diapers and helps absorb the odors.

All you do is open the lid (sorry, this doesn’t have a foot pedal), drop the diaper in, and then close. It has a self-seal system that seals the bag when you close the lid: this would be another ideal solution for disposable adult diapers or pads.

They also have a video you can watch to get a better idea of how it works:

3. Munchkin Step Diaper Pail

After comparing this Munchkin pail to the previous one, you’ll notice that they are pretty much the same.

What is the main difference? That would be the foot pedal. This pail has it, and the previous one does not.

You do, however, get 10 refill bags with the previous pail, which was a small bonus.

This version costs slightly less than the previous one, so if you wanted to save a bit of money and you prefer something with the foot pedal, we would encourage you to get this one.

Same great odor control with a more convenient opening system!

4. Bubula JR Steel Diaper Pail

Moving right along, we have the stainless steel and aluminum pail from Bubula.

The manufacturer says you can use any standard-size can liners in it, but since that was a bit too vague, we searched for actual numbers and found that a 13-gallon bag will work just fine inside.

We really liked the odor control, the safety lock on the lid, the fact that you can use just about any bag inside and that the bottom has non-skid tracks on it, so you don’t have to worry about it scratching the hardwood flooring.

Probably the biggest complaint that users have with it is the fact that there is no foot pedal.

The odor control is superb, and the pail itself is sturdy, but if the foot pedal is the determining factor for you, then, unfortunately, this does not have it.

5. Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

Ubbi is the most popular pail on our list and has plenty of awards under its belt. It gets a lot of publicity and is well-known in the diapering world, so hence its spot on our top 5.

For a pail that doesn’t have a foot pedal, it is still super user-friendly thanks to the sliding lid. This lid is also great because it rather than lifting air up or down with an up and down movement (i.e. wafting it in your face), the sliding motion doesn’t disrupt the air when you open it.

You don’t need any particular brand of liner bags, and it works great with both disposable diapers and cloth diapers.

It’s very sturdy and traps in odors quite well, and Ubbi has great customer service. It’s a 5-star pail in our book!