When I was asked to road-test diaper pails for this Babble’s Best post, I was a little skeptical. I have a 13-month-old and have never used a diaper pail in my life — honestly, I thought they weren’t particularly necessary, but was hoping to be proven wrong over the course of my testing.
Over the past four weeks I have tested out every diaper pail system under the sun … or so it seems. My house has had diaper pails lining the walls in every room to see if it could stand up to the stinky test of containing terrible solid-food-eating baby odors with minimal fuss or effort. If it’s not easy, then I’m not into it. All of these pails were tested for at least two weeks, and while two weeks is a little long to go before emptying a diaper pail (even the most odor-controlling), I wanted to make sure to put these pails through the ringer to be able to share the best reviews possible. Since we use disposable diapers, I commissioned a friend whose toddler wears cloth diapers to test out the cloth diapering options so I could share a truly comprehensive list.
I am happy to say that at the end of my journey, I have been pleasantly surprised by the usefulness of diaper pails and found one that made the cut for our family, along with a bunch of others that are definitely useful in their own right. Read on to see my reviews for best all-around, on a budget, and more:
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