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Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe Review

Inexpensive lifetime use but not the best for odor control
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Price:   $35 List | $35 at Amazon
Pros:  Uses kitchen bags, average smell, one-hand, budget-friendly
Cons:  Competition contain odors better
Manufacturer:   Baby Trend
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Aug 27, 2018
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The Skinny

The Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe is a popular diaper pail and one we like. Even though it fails to meet our high standards for odor control, it isn't terrible, and with frequent bag changes and realistic expectations, the odor control is reasonable and manageable. The big draw of this pail is the ability to use kitchen trash bags, and we like the convenience and savings the for the lifetime of the unit. With its one-hand operation and flip-top lid for bag removal, this has one of the least expensive products we reviewed that still functions well. While there has been a long debate as to which is the best, the Diaper Genie versus Diaper Champ, we think there is a place in many nurseries for budget-conscious families looking for a simple, easy-going diaper pail.


Our Analysis and Test Results

The Diaper Champ Deluxe rotating cup works well for the most part  but diapers can get stuck in the rotating cup if the bag is too full.
The Diaper Champ Deluxe rotating cup works well for the most part, but diapers can get stuck in the rotating cup if the bag is too full.

Baby Trend is a baby gear supply company that makes a variety of gear from diaper pails to car seats and strollers. Baby Trend has been in business for over 26-years meeting the demands of new parents. They strive to provide safe and reliable products at an affordable price.

Performance Comparison


The Diaper Champ Deluxe performed well during testing, and while it doesn't offer the best odor control, it does a good job for the price with the added convenience of using kitchen trash bags you already have.

The Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe with the lid closed after making a deposit.
The Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe with the lid closed after making a deposit.

Likes


The Diaper Champ Deluxe is one of the most budget-friendly options we reviewed. The lifetime cost of this product is about $90 including the initial investment in the pail and assuming you use kitchen bags instead of the Baby Trend proprietary option. This saving is significant compared to some of the more expensive competition, like the Editors Choice winner, the Munchkin Step.

We recommend using kitchen bags over the Baby Trend bags. Kitchen bags cost less and both control odor about the same with equal stink making a diaper deposit and during bag changes. While the Trend bags are scented, we found the scent to be offensive and there are scented kitchen bags available if that is your thing.

Diaper Champ Deluxe has a lower lifetime cost because it can be used with ordinary kitchen trash bags.
Diaper Champ Deluxe has a lower lifetime cost because it can be used with ordinary kitchen trash bags.

Changing bags on the Diaper Champ is relatively easy as it doesn't have a complicated bag system or cutting and tying off of plastic. The simple procedure involves pushing the button to release the lid, tying off the bag, flipping open the internal frame and removing the bag. Inserting the bag requires pushing an open bag through the internal frame locking the frame closed and closing the lid. We appreciate the Champ's simplicity which leaves minimal room for mistakes. Read more below on some tips for easier bag changes.

The easy to use button on the Champ releases the lid for bag changes.
The easy to use button on the Champ releases the lid for bag changes.

The Diaper Champ is easy to use if the circumstances are right. The rotate to open diaper cup in the lid is easy to operate, with no tricky twisting mechanisms. Just rotate the handle, to expose the cup, dump the dirty diaper in and rotate the cup into the pail. Voila! We recommend rotating the cup bag immediately to the ready position to avoid the giant poof of stink that can come after it sits closed for any period. Deposits can be difficult if the bag is too full or the diaper isn't wrapped tightly, as it can get jammed in the rotation process. This jamming means you will have no other choice but to stop and open the full lid to dispose of the individual diaper or change the bag. To avoid this problem we suggest changing bags frequently which will keep things cleaner, reduce odors, and avoid stuck diapers or trouble rotating the cup.

The lid on the Baby Trend is heavy and cumbersome. It created a stability issue when fully open.
The lid on the Baby Trend is heavy and cumbersome. It created a stability issue when fully open.

Dislikes


For odor control, the Champ didn't have the same superior level of odor containment as the Diaper Genie Expression with their seven layer bag and clamp containment system, or the Munchkin Step with its twisting clamp and baking soda puck. However, it does offer adequate odor control. The primary odor problem with the Champ is the whoosh of putrid air that escapes when you rotate the handle to expose the diaper cup to place a soiled diaper into the pail. As stated above, returning the cup to the open position every time you use it will reduce this problem so the cup won't be pre-loaded with stink waiting for release.

We didn't experience any difference in smell containment between Diaper Champ's 9-Layer Odor Grabber Refill Bags and regular 13-gallon kitchen trash bags. All of the products we tested did pretty well with the systems fully closed whether we used proprietary or kitchen trash bags. Several user reviews report that over time the Diaper Champ becomes stinky with regular trash bags due to the plastic pail permanently absorbing odors. Even repeated washing doesn't seem to help. While the Champ's proprietary multi-layer refills claim to maximize odor protection, we don't think it prevents the pail from absorbing odor. We also experienced the Diaper Champ absorbing odor and we used their proprietary refills.

Anecdotally, we find that cleaning the Champ and leaving it open to dry in direct sunlight helps to remove most of the odor that is absorbed by the plastic. Doing this on a regular basis helps with the overall stink of the pail. This result is possibly a result of UV light killing odor-causing bacteria. Keeping an open box of baking soda in the bottom of the pail (much like you would your refrigerator) can also help capture odor before it has a chance to seep in or escape.

The Diaper Champ Deluxe plastic cup for diaper disposal should be kept in the open and ready position to avoid a stench filled burst of air from within when making a new deposit.
The Diaper Champ Deluxe plastic cup for diaper disposal should be kept in the open and ready position to avoid a stench filled burst of air from within when making a new deposit.

While the one-handed operation is easy to use, the diaper drops directly into the plastic receptacle with no barrier between the plastic receiving cup and the diaper. So if diaper contents spill out and come in contact with the cup, they will linger until you clean it. As a result, you need to disinfect your Diaper Champ more frequently than some of the competition.

Toddlers may be very intrigued by the handle and disappearing cup on this pail. You'll need to check the contents of the bag for toys before you tie it up and toss it out. Whether or not you decide to retrieve them is up to you. You might consider keeping this pail up and out of toddler's reach if they discover this fun bonus.

The foot pedal is useful to step on to avoid the pail tumbling over during bag changes.
The foot pedal is useful to step on to avoid the pail tumbling over during bag changes.
This pail is top heavy and prone to falling over when you change the bag. This problem translates to banged shins or scratched walls. To avoid this, it is best to use the footpad at the bottom front of the pail to hold the pail steady when you change the bag so that the unit won't tip over (see the video below). The pail will remain prone to toppling until you insert the new bag and close the lid. This design flaw is not a deal breaker, and you can avoid it if you are careful. It also helps if you avoid overfilling the bags as removing monster bags requires a lot of jostling which can cause the pail to fall and dirty diapers to spill out.

The Diaper Champ Deluxe works by rotating the handle to open receptacle  dropping the diaper in  and closing the handle. This can usually be done with one hand and no trouble.
The Diaper Champ Deluxe works by rotating the handle to open receptacle, dropping the diaper in, and closing the handle. This can usually be done with one hand and no trouble.

Conclusion


While the Diaper Champ Deluxe didn't win any awards, it does have a place in our line up. The Champ is simple to use, budget-friendly and works with regular 13-gallon trash bags. It has average odor control, and you will need to change bags regularly but this habit can translate to a cleaner pail and fewer mishaps. With its lower lifetime cost and sturdy design, the Champ is one to consider if your budget is tight or you don't want to search for special bags.

Manufacturer Video


This short video shows how to insert the Baby Trend 9-Layer Odor Grabber Refill Bag into a Diaper Champ Deluxe. Inserting a regular 13-gallon kitchen trash bag would follow the same procedure.


Accessories


While we recommend using a regular 13-gallon trash bag with the Diaper Champ to save money, you can purchase their proprietary refill bags, the Baby Trend Odor Grabber Universal Diaper Pail Refill. Baby Trend claims the bags provide additional odor control over regular bags, but we didn't see enough of a difference to merit spending the additional funds.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team