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Diaper Champ Deluxe Review

Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe. Holds up to 30 diapers.
Best Value Award
Price:   $92.00 Estimated lifetime cost
Pros:  Uses regular kitchen bags, average smell containment, one-hand operation
Cons:  Competing products contain odors better, both in diaper disposal and bag removal
Bottom line:  Least expensive with kitchen trash bags, but the best odor control is elsewhere
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Dimensions:  14.4" W x 10.9" D x 21.6" H
Estimated Diaper Capacity:  Newborn: 30
Type of Refill:  Baby Trend 9-Layer Odor Grabber Refill Bag, Standard 13-Gallon Kitchen Trash Bag
Manufacturer:   Baby Trend

The Skinny

Update — February 2018
The Diaper Champ Deluxe has been discontinued.

The Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe is the newest version of the popular Original Diaper Champ diaper pail and one we really liked. Even though it failed to meet our high standards for odor control, it wasn't that bad and we felt with frequent bag changes and realistic expectations that the odor is certainly acceptable. The big draw of this pail is the ability to use kitchen trash bags for refills, and we like that this will save the budget conscious family money over the lifetime of the unit. With its one hand operation and flip top lid for bag removal, this unit scored 3rd in our review and had the cheapest lifetime cost of the products we tested making it a shoe in for Best Value winner. While there has been a long debate as to which is the best: the Diaper Genie versus Diaper Champ we still think there is a place in many nurseries for this simple easy going diaper pail even if it didn't earn as many points overall as the Genie Essential.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
Monday
May 11, 2015

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The Diaper Champ is a short pail with an easy to use rotating handle. This pail has a cup like receptacle where the diaper goes and rotating the handle causes the diaper to disappear into the bag inside. Returning the receptacle to the open position and ready to accept the next diaper keeps the odor to a minimum. This pail is easy to use, holds up to 30 newborn diapers, and works with ordinary 13 gallon kitchen trash bags or with the Diaper Champ refills for maximum odor control. It comes fully assembled, in white with two different accent colors, pink and blue. It has a list price of about $38.50 depending on sales and availability.

Performance Comparison


Diaper Champ Deluxe's lifetime cost is lower compared to some of the competition because you can use regular kitchen trash bags instead of costly brand bags.
Diaper Champ Deluxe's lifetime cost is lower compared to some of the competition because you can use regular kitchen trash bags instead of costly brand bags.

Odor Control


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.
For odor control the Champ tied for second place with the Diaper Genie Elite with a score of 6 of 10. It didn't have the same superior level of odor containment as the Diaper Genie Essentials did with its 7 layer bag and clamp containment system, but it did offer adequate odor control that we think is definitely acceptable and can be improved upon with a little ingenuity and deliberate action.

The main odor problem with this product is the whoosh of putrid air that escapes when you rotate the handle to open the receptacle to place a soiled diaper into the pail. You can minimize this air by returning the cup to the open position after the diaper is deposited inside. This way your next "use" will not be pre-loaded with stink waiting to get out.

Always returning the diaper receptacle to the open and ready to accept the next diaper position will limit the amount of stinky air that poofs out at you between deposits. This will keep the odor to a minimum when adding new diapers to the bag.

The Diaper Champ Deluxe rotating cup works well for the most part  but diapers can become 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 become stuck in the rotating cup if the bag is too full.
Is there a difference in smell containment between Diaper Champ's 9-Layer Odor Grabber Refill Bags and regular 13-gallon kitchen trash bags? Basically, all of the diaper pails we tested did pretty well when the systems were fully closed whether they had proprietary or kitchen trash bags inside. The caveat is several user reviews report that over time with regular trash bags, the Diaper Champ becomes stinky even as a closed system due to the plastic eventually absorbing odor. Even repeated washing doesn't seem to take care of all the odor. So, do the Champ's proprietary multi-layer refills which they claim maximize odor protection help prevent the pail's plastic from absorbing odor? Well, the best we can tell you is that we also had an issue with the Diaper Champ absorbing odor that we could not remove. And, we did use their proprietary refills. The general gist is that most people using this system used regular kitchen trash bags which is the big draw of the product.

Anecdotally, we have found that cleaning the Champ and then leaving it open to dry in direct sunlight helps to remove most of the odor that seems to be absorbed by the plastic. Doing this on a regular basis helps with the overall stink of the pail. This is possibly a result of UV light killing bacteria.

Ease of Disposal


The Diaper Champ came in with a middle of the road score for disposal with 2 products scoring higher and 3 lower. It is easy enough to do if the circumstances are right, but can be difficult if the bag is too full or the diaper isn't wrapped tightly enough and gets jammed in the rotation process.
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.
There are a few things about the one-handed operation of the Diaper Champ you should probably know. First, the diaper drops directly into the plastic receptacle. There is no barrier between the plastic receiving cup and the diaper. So if the diaper contents spill out of the diaper and come in contact with the receptacle, they will linger there wreaking havoc until you get around to cleaning it. As a result, you will need to sign up for disinfecting your Diaper Champ more frequently than some of the other competing pails. In addition, when the Diaper Champ starts filling up, the receptacle-lever and rotating cup are prone to jamming. This means you will have no other recourse than to stop, put baby down, and open the entire lid to dispose of the individual diaper or change the bag right then and there (stinky and not fun!). On the plus side, you will be emptying the Diaper Champ with regularity, before it gets this full, and keeping it cleaner, both of which will help with overall odor control.

Toddlers may be very intrigued by the handle and disappearing cup on this pail. You may have to double 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 once they are mobile enough to discover the fun.
Toddlers may find the rotating handle and empty cup irresistible once they realize that toys magically disappear when placed inside the Diaper Champ Deluxe.
Toddlers may find the rotating handle and empty cup irresistible once they realize that toys magically disappear when placed inside the Diaper Champ Deluxe.

Ease of Bag Changes


Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe.  Use Diaper Champ Refill for maximum odor control or use any 13 gallon trash bag.  Open lid to install or empty bag.
Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe. Use Diaper Champ Refill for maximum odor control or use any 13 gallon trash bag. Open lid to install or empty bag.
This product did not score well for ease of changing bags. Even though there isn't a complicated bag system or cutting and tying off of plastic, this pail is top heavy and prone to falling over. This usually results in either banged shins or scratched walls. To avoid this outcome when removing a bag full of dirty diapers it is best to use the provided foot pad at the bottom front of the pail when opening so that the unit won't tip over once the bag is removed. The unit will remain topple prone until you place the new bag inside and close the lid. In general, this flaw in design is not a deal breaker and can be avoided if you are being thoughtful when removing the bag. It helps to avoid over full bags as well, as removing these fat monsters requires a lot of jostling about which can cause the pail to fall or dirty diapers to spill out.

The Munchkin earned the highest score for bag changes with an 8 of 10. The Champ came in with a 4, and the lowest in our tests was the Ubbi which requires a video tutorial to get it right.

Best Applications


The best application for this pail is for parents on a budget and/or those who don't want to rely on special refill bags. The Diaper Champ has a lower overall lifetime cost thanks in large part to the pail working with 13 gallon kitchen bags, an item most homes already have on hand and purchase frequently. Not only does this save you money, but it also prevents the inevitable moment when you need to change your diaper pail but lack the "special" bags that go with it. While you can certainly manage for a day or two by putting dirty diapers into a regular plastics bag while you wait to get the specialty bags that most of the competitor's pails require, you don't have to do this with the Champ. As long as you have kitchen bags, you have refills for this product. This is a pretty convenient option.

Value/Estimated Lifetime Cost


The lifetime cost of this product is about $92. This includes the initial investment of the pail and assuming you use kitchen bags instead of the special bags Baby Trend sells for this pail.

We recommend kitchen bags over the proprietary bags for two reasons: It will cost less. You will still be hit with the stinky business of closing an open bag during a bag change regardless of which you use. So you might as well save your money and go with using a regular trash bag.

If you are considering using the Champ's refills (at a cost of about $143 over the lifetime), we encourage you to think seriously about upgrading to our Editors' Choice winner, the Diaper Genie Essentials for a total cost difference of about $103 over the long haul.

Conclusion


The Diaper Champ Deluxe tied for 2nd place in stink containment out of the six products we tested. Because it does an adequate job in odor control and it offers the convenience and cost savings of using regular kitchen bags, it wins our Best Value award. The total cost of ownership using the Diaper Champ system with kitchen bags for one child is about $92, which is tough to beat in a product category that almost relies on continued purchases of refill bags to make a profit. If you feel that cost control is of number one importance when shopping for a diaper pail, then the Diaper Champ is definitely your pail. However, be willing to deal with higher maintenance, more frequent bag changes, and the occasional bruised shin.

Other Versions and Accessories


Baby Trend does not make any other kind of diaper disposal system. There was a prior version of the Diaper Champ at one time, but it is no longer being produced and can only be purchased used.

Video


A Baby Trend video showing how to insert their 9-Layer Odor Grabber Refill Bag into a Diaper Champ Deluxe. Insert of a regular 13-gallon kitchen trash bag would follow the same procedure.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

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