How to Choose a Nappy Disposal System

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Recent developments in nappy disposal technology have taken hygiene and convenience to a new level. There are several types on the market that differ in price and complexity. Find out which one is best for you and your baby. All of the models described he

In addition to keeping your baby's nursery clean, tidy and pleasant-smelling, modern nappy disposal systems are also kinder to the environment than a simple plastic pail and lid. With many different features and a wide range of prices, it's hard to know which one is best for your situation.

The simplest models start at around £10. These are the Angelcare Nappy Disposal System (RRP £14.99, Amazon price £7.49) and the Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nursery Essentials Tub (£9.99).  At the other extreme is the Diaper Champ 3051 M at £85.64. The Korbell Nappy Bin Plus occupies the middle ground at £54.45. All four are available with free delivery through Amazon Prime.

Demonstrated in this video, the Angelcare system has a push and lock clamp in the lid and uses replaceable cassettes of plastic liners. Instead of individual sacks, the system employs a continuous tube of plastic. Because you can remove as few or as many used nappies as you want, there is less plastic waste. With seven layers of plastic, the bags keep the bad smells inside. Angelcare has a capacity of approximately 28 Size 2 nappies. A pack of three refill cassettes costs £11.95 (RRP £14.99). Each cassette lasts for three months and holds approximately 180 nappies.

Slightly more sophisticated, the Tommee Tippee system seals each nappy individually in multi-layer antibacterial film. Like the Angelcare, it has a capacity of 28 Size  3 nappies. A pack of three cassettes costs £9.75 (RRP £13.99). Each cassette lasts approximately one month.

The higher-priced Korbell Nappy Bin Plus (26L) has two hermetically-sealed plastic tubs. One fits inside the other. This arrangement is designed to contain smells more effectively than other bins using only one tub. You use a foot pedal to open the bin so it is completely hands-free. The 26-litre model holds 60 nappies. Each liner holds approximately 335 nappies, or 3-4 weeks' worth. It does seem to be made of a sturdier plastic than either the Angelcare or Tommee Tippee systems. Refills cost £16.99.

The Diaper Champ, according to its price, would seem to be the cadillac of nappy changing systems. It is priced at more than £80.00. Unlike the Korbell system, at just over £50, I don't see the value. Maybe you save money on refills because the Diaper Champ uses any plastic bags and not specially designed cassettes. What I really dislike is the fact that it does not seal individual nappies or, indeed, a sackful. It is also vastly more complicated. Over-priced and over-engineered.

I would purchase the Korbell, particularly if I were planning to have two or more children. It is built to last and, when you have a squirming baby on the changing table, being able to operate it without taking your hands off him is a definite advantage. 

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Posted on Sep 1, 2012