Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail

The Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin is a unique diaper pail for its odor eliminating mechanism. It is often compared to the Diaper Genie Elite II but it does have its flaws.

The way it works is you open the canister and use a little force to get the folded diaper through the inner lid and into the bag. To eliminate and prevent odor, a cartridge in the pail releases baking soda every time the lid is closed (a full cartridge lasts 90 days). The self-sealing system also twists the bag and pulls the diaper into the bag. To remove the bag, you open the top lid, snap the bag closed and push it down. Then you open the side door and remove the bag. You can keep en eye on the bag to see how full it is getting just by peeking through the side door. The manufacturers claim that the diaper pail can hold up to 25 diapers (size 1 diapers but as the diapers get bigger, the space gets smaller), but that number really varies on how big the diapers are and how tightly you fold the diapers. The bags are just as easy to pop in as they are to take out so rest assured this diaper pail is not complicated to use.

In theory the Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail sounds like a great idea but it has many flaws. The fact that you have to force the diaper through the inner lid means you run the risk or getting a diaper mess on your hands. The refill bags are expensive at $6.99 for 10 bags. Every time you shove a diaper into the bag you get a whiff of the smell, which is not as bad because of the baking soda but you get a whiff nevertheless. In addition, if your kids learn how to open the side door of the pail, the smell spreads and they are also exposed to a bag full of dirty diapers (disaster waiting to happen). The last issue is that some people claim the 1-handed opening actually needs 2 hands to open (which is difficult to do when you have a diaper or baby in your hands).

Overall the winning quality for the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail is its unique odor eliminating quality, but unfortunately the flaws are one too many to make it worth it to buy.