Choosing The Best Nappy Bin
Updated Jan 2017 - As every new parent soon discovers, your baby’s dirty nappy will never smell like roses. Throwing these nappies away in a bin that is inside your home can make your whole house smell unpleasant.
Many parents have started throwing these dirty nappies in an outside bin. However, this solution is not always a great one, especially during a 3 am nappy change. So what other option does a parent have? Below you will find a list of the best nappy bin we have found currently on the market.
After many hours of research we found that the Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Bin was the best nappy bin for most people thanks to its brilliant compact design, large capacity if 28 nappies and multilayer antibacterial film that kills 99% of germs. All this while still offering excellent value for money.
Nappy Bin Buyers Guide
Features to Look For When Purchasing a Nappy Bin
Before we take a look at our list of nappy bin reviews, first we will discuss what features you should really look for before deciding on a nappy bin.
Dry or Wet Nappy Bin?
Currently, you will find that there are two common types of nappy bins on the market; a dry nappy bin and a wet nappy bin.
Dry nappy bins are very similar to a trash can and are usually used with a liner. These bins can be used for disposable or cloth nappies. This kind of nappy bin is very light and easy to lift and move around, and it is also considered a safer storage option than a wet nappy bin. However, if you use this bin for cloth nappies, they may become stained as they just sit in there waiting to be washed. The dry nappy bin also requires a liner to be used and will need to be deodorized.
Wet nappy bins, on the other hand, are used solely for cloth nappies. A wet nappy bin is filled with water and acts as a presoak for dirty nappies before they are thrown into the wash. With this type of bin, parents usually add baking soda or white vinegar to the water to prevent odors from lingering and to also prevent staining. It is important to note that you should never add bleach to the water in a wet nappy bin because it can break down and destroy your cloth nappies.
A wet nappy bin can be a better option for those who use cloth nappies and it provides you with easy stain removal because the water acts as a presoak before you throw your nappies in the wash. This bin can also produce less of an odor if the water is treated correctly. However, due to the water weight, it can be difficult to lift and move. This bin will also require you to treat the water and can be a bit messier because the water can spill.
Many parents find that using a nappy bin that requires liners to be pretty easy to use. However, when you use this type of disposal system, you need to keep in mind that not all bins use the same type of liner. Some nappy bins on the market will only use one of the following liner systems:
- Any Liner - Nappy bins that are compatible with any type of liner on the market are also capable of using regular trash bags.
- Brand specific liners - These bins require you to use their specific brand name liner. These liners will not work with any other liner from a different brand. However, these liners usually have odor or bacteria fighting properties. Unfortunately, they are usually more expensive than regular liners.
- Cloth liners - These liners are generally used for cloth nappies and can be thrown in the wash with the cloth nappies. However, these liners will need to be dried before placing it back into the nappy bin.
These liners can actually end up costing more than your budget will allow, so this is something that you definitely need to keep in mind.
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There are some safety hazards that come with nappy bins because they are so close to the ground, and easily accessible to young children. With dry nappy bins, the plastic liners can be a suffocation hazard for children due to the plastic liners. Wet nappy bins can pose a drowning risk to young children because they contain water. With this in mind, you may want to look for a nappy bin that has a childproof lid. If your nappy bin has a foot pedal, than this can make it difficult for your curious little one to get into.
The sole purpose of a nappy bin, besides the fact that it is easily accessible, is that it prevents the scent of dirty nappies from lingering in your household. If your nappy bin does not contain these bad odors, then it is simply just useless. It is best that you know the different systems that your nappy bin uses to contain odors. The best nappy disposal systems will use:
- Scented nappy bin liners
- Air filters that are usually made from charcoal
- Manual addition of fragrance or deodorizing powder
Whichever system the nappy bin you choose uses, make sure that it is easy for you.
The capacity that your nappy bin can hold is important because if it is too small, then you will find that you are constantly emptying it every day; however, if it is too large, then you can go days without changing it but the smell of the dirty nappies can become overwhelming. In the end, you will have to decide which is best for you (i.e. an increased emptying cycle or the overpowering smell that comes from changing the nappy bin a few days later).
However, if you have twins or more than one child that wears nappies in your home, then it is a better option to go with a larger sized nappy bin. It is also important to keep in mind that as your baby gets older, the nappy he/she wears get bigger. This unfortunately means that as your nappy bin will not be able to accommodate as many nappies. This is another reason a larger nappy bin would be a great idea to have.
Bin foot pedal
A foot pedal can prove to be a very beneficial feature that your nappy bin can have because it allows you to easily open the bin. You also will not have to juggle your baby and dirty nappy while trying to open the bin.
Ease of use
One of the most important features that you can look for in a nappy bin is how easy it is to use. Is it something that you can use while juggling a baby and a dirty nappy? Look for something that features a one hand operation. Also, keep in mind that even though a nappy bin has negative reviews, you may find it easy to use and an efficient result for your situation. Not everyone is the same, so go with your instincts.
Nappy bin material
Generally, you can find nappy bins made from plastic or metal. Each material has its own advantages as well as their own drawbacks.
Plastic nappy bins are the most commonly available, are usually inexpensive compared to their counterpart, and usually provide more features. However, the plastic is able to absorb odors and are not as durable.
Metal nappy bins do not absorb odors, are resilient and long lasting, and provide a sleek look. However, these bins are usually expensive compared to plastic, and they are not able to be used as wet nappy bins.
All nappy bins are not equal and can vary in price. This depends on the material that they are constructed from and what features the nappy bin provides. Nappy bins can vary in price from £13 to £65.
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Below is a small sample of some of our 'Best Picks' which, after countless hours of research we would recommend for most parents as they are not only the best quality, they are also reasonably priced and affordable. Don't worry, the links will open in a new window so you can still see our Top rated Nappy Bins further down.
Our Top 5 Nappy Changing Bin Reviews
Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal Review
OUR BEST PICK
- Twists and wraps each nappy individually
- Antibacterial film
- Bin holds up to 28 nappies at one time
- Quick and convenient
- Odor blocking
- Germ protection
- Easy to use
- Easy to empty
The Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal is a great and effective way to throw away dirty nappies. It is a quick and convenient nappy disposal system as you simply place the nappy in the well until it is gripped and then twist to seal each nappy.
Each nappy is wrapped into a freshly scented, multilayer, antibacterial film. This antibacterial film kills up to 99% of germs. The nappy bin is easy to use as it features an Easi-Push plunger which plunges the dirty nappy into the bin.
This nappy bin is an affordable, compact and convenient bin to have in your home. It is easy to use and is easy to empty. The Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal also provides germ protection by featuring an antibacterial film. It also features odor blocking, which helps save those nostrils. However, there have been some reports of the lid not staying on.
Thoughts and Recommendations
Overall, this is the best nappy bin to have and it really does stand out, specially when compared to cheaper models.
After hours of research it soon became clear that it is one of best designed models available, while still being within most people budgets. It's not the cheapest but at well under £30, it offers excellent value for money without compromising on quality and features. It functions very well and has very little disadvantages if any.
During our research we also noted that this model was the best selling nappy bin on Amazon.co.uk with well over 500 reviews.
If your really not sure which model to invest in, you can't really go wrong with this model.
Angelcare Nappy Disposal System Review
OUR CHEAPEST RECOMMENDED MODEL
- Push and Lock
- Air-Seal Technology
- Simple and easy to use
- Blocks odors
- 28 days use
- Multi-layer bag
The Angelcare Nappy Disposal System is easy to use. There is no twisting required to wrap dirty nappies individually. All you need to do is push the nappy through the clamp system. This nappy bin uses a push and lock system that pushes the nappy through the clamp system and automatically disposes the nappy into the multilayer bag.
The multilayer film technology in the cassette provides an efficient odor barrier that is hygienic and simple. This nappy disposal system also contains a bag cutter, which is used to safely separate the film when you are ready to empty the bin. A single cassette has been able to last, on average, up to 28 days. As every baby is different, you may experience some differences in how many days a cassette will last.
The Angelcare Nappy Disposal System is an affordable nappy bin that blocks odors, is hygienic, and is simple to use. It also features a one handed operation and an air-seal technology. However, there have been customer complaints of the bin being flimsy and having to push your hand through the internal flap in order to properly dispose of the dirty nappy.
Thoughts and Recommendations
Overall, this nappy bin seems to be an ideal bin that does its job well. Regardless of its disadvantages, this bin gets the job done and does its job perfectly.
It is an inexpensive nappy bin that provides you with more functionality than most bins for the same price.
Korbell Nappy Disposal Bin Reviews
- Discreet design
- Step and drop design
- Sleek, contemporary design
- Door-mounted safety liner cutter
- Odor free triple seals
- Holds up to 25 nappies
- Larger foot pedal
The Korbell Nappy Disposal Bin is an effective nappy bin that uses a triple sealing system that guarantees to have an odor free disposal. Your hands will never touch the bin as you use the foot pedal to open the lid and the nappy is wrapped into a biodegradable bag. This bin does not require you to frequently change the refill cartridge because it stores up to 25 nappies.
The Korbell Nappy Disposal Bin features a step pedal, a safety liner cutter, and an odor free triple seal. It is also capable of holding up to 25 nappies. This nappy bin is relatively affordable, but on the higher end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, the refill cartridges can be expensive and some customers have reported that it does not keep smells in very well.
Thoughts and Recommendations
Overall, this is a very convenient nappy bin to use. It has a foot pedal so you do not have to touch the dirty nappy or the other nappies in the bin.
However, for its price, it should be able to hold in odors better than what customers have claimed.
Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket Review
- Simple, modern design
- Practical nappy bucket
- Stores cloth nappies ready to be washed
- Close fitting
- Lockable lid
- Internal hooks to attach laundry bags
- Stores a full load of laundry worth of nappies
- Square shape design
The Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket is a nappy bin specifically designed for cloth nappies. It includes a simple, modern design that features a square shape in order to easily fit against washing machine. This nappy bin can store up to a full load of laundry worth of dirty nappies. Its lid is close fitting and is able to be locked so your little ones cannot get into the dirty nappies. The Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket also features concealed internal hooks that allow you to securely attach laundry bags.
This nappy bin is beneficial for parents who use cloth nappies because it was designed especially for these types of nappies. The internal hooks provide parents with an easy way to securely attach laundry bags. Other beneficial features include its locking lid and its ability to provide laundry readiness. It is also an inexpensive bin. However, some previous customers have complained of the lid fitting loosely as well as there not being a seal on the lid.
Thoughts and Recommendations
Overall, this nappy bin seems like it would be ideal for parents who choose to use cloth nappies. Unfortunately, because it does not feature a seal, it is not capable of keeping odor in.
Diaper Champ 3041 Nappy Bin Review
BEST OF THE BEST
- Quick and easy to empty
- Easy to clean
- One hand operation
- Can hold approximately 30 nappies
- Keeps odors held within
- Suitable for disposable and cloth nappies
The Diaper Champ 3041 Nappy Bin is an ideal bin for many parents. It is capable of holding up to approximately 30 nappies. This nappy bin also keeps odors in and features a one hand operation. It also includes a paternal lock and is suitable for disposable and cloth nappies.
The Diaper Champ Nappy Bin is very beneficial for parents who have had twins or more than one child in nappies because it is capable of holding many nappies at one time. It also features a one hand operation, with quick emptying, and is easy to clean. Unfortunately, it is expensive and replacement bin liners can be hard to find.
Thoughts and Recommendations
Overall, this nappy bin would be more appealing to those parents who have more than one child in their home that wears nappies. It is an expensive bin that includes many beneficial features.
A Closer Look
In this section, we will look closer at the best nappy bins that are included in our list.
The Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal twists and wraps each nappy in order to lock in odors. It features an antibacterial film which kills 99% of germs and also features odor protection. The nappy bin is capable of holding up to 28 nappies (based on size one nappies) and is 100 times more effective at odor protection than nappy sacks. Fortunately, this nappy bin is quick and convenient, easy to use, easy to empty, compact, and is compatible with different brands of cassettes. It is most notably an inexpensive bin. However, there have been some reports that the lid does not stay on.
The Angelcare Nappy Disposal System is simple to use, as it features a clamp system. This clamp system provides you with the ease of one handed operation as it comes with the push and lock system. When you push the dirty nappy through the clamp system, it is disposed of into the multilayer bag. All of these nappies are safely contained within the bin without you having to ever touch or smell them. The Angelcare Nappy Disposal System is an inexpensive bin that is easy to use, blocks odors, is hygienic, and provides one handed operation. However, some have reported it to be flimsy, as well as having to push your hand through the internal flap.
The Korbell Nappy Disposal Bin is a convenient and discreet nappy bin that has a sleek and contemporary design. The step and drop design that this bin provides guarantees that kids and pets cannot get into the bin. It also features a built in safety liner cutter that provides easy emptying. This nappy bin also includes odor free triple seals. The Korbell Nappy Disposal Bin includes a large foot pedal, a safety liner cutter, odor free triple seals, and is capable of holding up to 25 nappies. Unfortunately, the refills for this nappy bin can be expensive and some customers have reported that this bin does not keep in odors very well.
The Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket is an affordable, simple, modern, and practical nappy bucket that is designed for cloth nappies. It stores a full loads worth of dirty nappies that are ready for laundry. The nappy bin is a square shaped design so that it can be placed easily against the washing machine. It has a close fitting and lockable lid and also features concealed internal hooks for you to securely attach laundry bags. However, many have reported that the lid fits loosely on the bucket and that it does not have a seal on the lid. The seal can allow odors to escape.
Lastly, the Diaper Champ 3041 Nappy Bin is capable of holding approximately 30 nappies at one time. This nappy bin also provides one hand operation, a paternal lock, is easy to clean, quick to empty, and is suitable for disposable and cloth nappies.
Unfortunately, this bin is expensive when compared to other models, however if within your budget, it's probably the best nappy bin overall. The only down side is that its a little too expensive which why it did not win our best pick award.
The best nappy bin is up to you to decide. However, our best pick is the Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal because it provides many features at an inexpensive price and has very few drawbacks. However, you may find another one from our nappy bin reviews that you find is more suitable to your needs.
Before you choose a nappy bin, make sure that you look at the material that your option is made from, all of the features, as well as the price in order to ensure that you are paying the appropriate amount for the features you select provides. In the end, the best nappy disposal system is a matter of choice that comes down to you and what your individual preference is. Hopefully this review helped you select the best nappy bin for your needs.
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