Diaper Genie II Elite: Poop Management Goes Hands Free

03/04/2009 at 12:00 PM ET

I know this gets filed under “you only care if you change a baby a million times a day,” but I do, and I think Playtex Baby’s Diaper Genie II Elite ($40) is a pretty terrific diaper pail.

It has Diaper Genie II’s trap-door design so there’s no twisting the top to make a diaper sausage. Even better, a foot pedal means your hands never touch the pail during a diaper change. Press it with your foot and the lid pops up, the trap doors open and, after you drop in the dipe, everything closes up automatically.

At first I resisted buying any Diaper Genie pail because I would have to buy their bag refills, which are about $5 and last a couple of weeks in our household. I preferred the kind that use standard trash bags because they’re always around and they’re certainly cheaper. But we kept finding that the other brands stopped working smoothly after a few months of use. The Diaper Genie II Elite has been in heavy use for a couple of months and I’ve had no problems with it. It even passed the Daddy test. My husband likes it because it’s simple to use.

Changing the bag is definitely a two-handed operation but it’s not difficult at all. A bag cutter is part of the works and it means you don’t have to hunt for scissors. Just tie a knot in both the full bag and the new one and it’s done. With an 8-month-old baby who gets changed about five times a day, we empty it about twice a week. Though the pail is taller than others, that just makes room for the mechanism and doesn’t necessarily mean the capacity is larger.

Diaper Genie’s “Baby Smells” campaign is a website where you can learn about your baby’s sense of smell and watch a video about several families’ trials and tribulations of poop management. If that’s your cup of tea, have at it. Unfortunately they’re out of their cute sets of free decals for the pails.

Of course, the real point of a diaper pail is containing the nastiness. Otherwise, we’d just use trash cans. The Diaper Genie II Elite has a double-lock system that keeps the stink in even when the lid is open, and it does a great job. I smell nothing unpleasant in the nursery, even when the pail is full.

Pros: Easy, hands-free operation and great odor control.

Cons: You have to buy the Diaper Genie refill bags, which can add up.

— Kristen

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Ann on

Actually, this design is exactly like the Dekor. We used it 4 years ago with our first baby and using it now with our second. We love it.



It may sound like the same, but it’s not. I’ve had both and I can tell you that the Diaper Genie II is far superior. I think it has to do with the DGII plastic bags AND the way it closes, but you do not smell the funk with the DGII. I actually got rid of the Diaper Dekor because it didn’t contain the smell.

— Danielle

Diane on

I had the original model of this when it was first introduced. Wow have times changed over the years. I don’t have to change diapers anymore, but I remember mine. The only problem I had, was the liner got a hole in it, and odor was absorbed into the plastic wall, so we had to have it replaced.

Karen on

Have it. LOVE it!!! 🙂

Leah on

I dont care what anyone says, Diaper Genies are absolutely revolting,no matter how often you change them.

May on

I don’t like it, don’t hate it, but really don’t like it…I loved the Diaper genie II, but not the elite version.

Danielle on

Leah, would you mind telling us why you think they’re revolting?