Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Diaper Pail review part 1- Introduction to the Diaper Genie II Elite and the Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail

As you all know, I'm the mom of a 1-year-old daughter and an almost 3-year-old son. My son has been strongly resisting all attempts to be potty trained, which means that I deal with a lot of diapers on a daily basis! Add in to that the fact that we live in a 900-square-foot condo that gets very warm in the afternoons, and you have a situation in which good diaper disposal and odor control is a must.

For the past couple of years we've been dealing with the diaper issue in a couple of ways. We have had a diaper pail that was easy to use, but that didn't control odor terribly well, so we had to empty it a lot.  In the other room, we just had a small garbage can, since we were too cheap to buy a second diaper pail. This was located right next to my husband's head when he slept, so frequent emptying was a must.  For a while this worked for us, but then our days got busy and we'd forget to do the morning/evening diaper pail and garbage can emptying and emergency trips to the garbage chute were always being taken.

Enter a fabulous email to me from Mom Central, letting me know that I had been selected to be a part of a diaper pail test group. Then I went on vacation and when I got back- two new fancy diaper pails were waiting for me!

The two pails that I received were the Munchkin: Arm & Hammer Pail and the Diaper Genie II Elite.

Diaper Genie II Elite

Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail

Here's some information on the pails, from the respective websites.  
The patented self-sealing system tightly seals the bag and locks odors away, while the Arm & Hammer® baking soda cartridge safely absorbs odors and dispenses natural baking soda each time the lid is closed. A full cartridge lasts over 90 days, and refilling is simple (no need for a separate deodorizer). Each bag holds up to 25 diapers and is easy to snap, seal and toss when full.
  • Patented double-lock pail design and multi-layer refill seals in odor and germs
  • Antimicrobial protection inhibits odor-causing bacteria
  • Foot pedal allows for easy, hands-free opening
  • Ergonomic, no need to bend down
I'm going to write a second post tomorrow (or the next day, stay tuned!) with information on what I thought of these pails after several weeks of using each.  Here were my initial reactions:

Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail: I liked the refillable baking soda cartridge in the lid. What a simple, yet brilliant way to help fight odors! I also really loved that it came pre-assembled, even with the first diaper disposal bag inside and ready to go.

Diaper Genie II Elite: I really liked the height of this right away and could tell that it would mean less bending- and therefore less stretching to keep one hand on the baby while one hand disposed of the diaper. And it has a foot pedal, which has been at the top of my most-loved-features list since we started using a garbage can with a foot pedal.

So, stay tuned later this week as I fill you in on my impressions from using these both for a while now- I know you're all dying to see what I have to say! :)

Disclosure: I am a member of the Mom Central community and I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive 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.