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Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor Review

Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor
Price:   $203.00 Estimated lifetime cost
Pros:  Hands-free, child-proof, refills made of 20% recycled materials
Cons:  Poor odor control, scented refills smell, trap door doesn't open with a lightly soiled diaper
Bottom line:  Despite looking good, this pail struggles with odor containment. Look elsewhere.
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Manufacturer:   Diaper Dekor

The Skinny

The Diaper Dekor scored 4th out of the 6 diaper pails we tested. This poor overall score is primarily due to a poor odor control score of 5 out of 10, a metric we feel is pretty important in diaper pails. No matter what your reason for considering the Dekor, there is likely s different product that does it better. Despite its good looks and attractive styling, diaper disposal is the only metric this pail did marginally well in (its trap door design makes deposits very easy). All of this makes the Dekor a pail we don't recommend.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
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May 11, 2015

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The Diaper Dekor claims to be a hands free pail that saves you money. It has a list price of about $46 dollars for the pail itself, and it comes in a wide variety of colors. Made with odor resistant ABS plastic, this pail doesn't absorb odors or yellow over time, and it is scratch resistant. For odor control is offers a "Magik" trap door system to seal in odors after each deposit, a sealed lid to keep odors contained all the time, and a powder scented bag as a 3rd line of defense to keep smells at bay. This pail has a hands free operation that is foot pedal activated to open the lid so deposits can be made through the trap door. It needs proprietary refill bags that come in 2 varieties (regular and green) and are made with 20% recycled materials.

Performance Comparison


Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor has several child-proof features to prevent little ones from accessing dirty diapers or making deposits
Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor has several child-proof features to prevent little ones from accessing dirty diapers or making deposits

Odor Control


Unfortunately odor control is not the strong suit of this nice to look at pail. Despite its 3 levels of defense system that include a trap door, sealing lid and scented bags this product earned only 5 points of 10 for odor control. Part of the problem is the trap door system (more on this in the ease of disposal section) but needless to say it allows a big waft of stank to float out with each deposit, and the hands free lid fans the odors into the room as it closes to "seal in odors", so it doesn't start from a very good place scent wise.

Interestingly, the 3rd level of defense, the powder scented refills are also part of our complaint about the Dekor's ability to contain odor. There are 2 different kinds of refills to use with the Dekor system, regular (white, $15 for a 2-pack) and biodegradable (green, $16 for a 2-pack). Both have a strong, powder scent that, in our opinion, exacerbates the poop odor rather than improving it. The combination of powder and poop is almost more than we can stand and brings up strong compulsions to vomit. We suspect their bags might be easier to take if they were unscented or at least offered a non-scent version for people sensitive to smells. personally, we think it is better to contain odors than to make attempts to mask them, which is all a scented bag really has to offer.

In addition to the 3 levels of odor defense already mentioned, Dekor claims that the strong ABS plastic they use in the pails construction, is less likely to absorb and retain odors like much of the competition, like the Diaper Champ. However, the overall smell coming from this product is so strong that you aren't likely to notice if the ABS plastic smells or not.

Ease of Disposal


The trap door on the Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor works best when diapers are heavy
The trap door on the Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor works best when diapers are heavy
This pail claims to be a hands free operation for diaper disposal and for the most part that is probably true and earned it a 7 of 10, the second highest score in this metric. However, we found that lighter diapers will need a hand pushing them through the trap door as they aren't heavy enough to make the door open on their own, which can lead to diaper contents spilling out on your hand or the door itself. The lowest score for disposal was earned by the Arm and Hammer Munchkin with a 3.

The foot pedal on this pail works well to lift the lid, under the lid is a trap door that you set the diaper on. If the diaper is heavy enough, the trap door will open, the diaper will fall through, and the trap door will close. Unfortunately, when the trap door opens, odors come out (sometimes a lot). Then the lid closes pushing the escaped trap door odor into the room like a big fan (more stinky air). So even if the door works as it should and you don't need to push the diaper through the door, you can expect a puff of poop to hit your nostrils as the lid closes after your deposit is made.

Where the Dekor system does shine is in child proof features of diaper disposal: the trap door locks with the twist of a knob, a button keeps the top lid closed, the bottom access door locks when closed, and the door-mounted cutter is child-proof. However, all this great child proofing, translates to needing two hands to unlock the pail to throw diapers away, so keep that in mind when determining how important these features are. On the up side, we suspect Dekor parents find fewer toys in their diaper bin than parents who use the Diaper Champ.

Ease of Bag Changes


The Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor refill liner can be tricky to get on right without following instructions
The Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor refill liner can be tricky to get on right without following instructions
Changing refills on this product is difficult and requires you to pay special attention to the directions and videos to help you install them correctly. If the refills become unruly on the dispenser, they can bunch up making it difficult for the trap door to open and close properly. It is hard to remedy this situation once it occurs and we found ourselves getting frustrated and just starting over with a new refill (sort of a waste). If the trap door gets stuck opened even just a bit, then you end up having a pail with almost no odor protection and you are no better off than if you used a simple trash can. This pail earned a 5 of 10 for bag changes. The Diaper Genie Elite had the highest score with an 8, and the Ubbi earned just 3 points. Alternatively, removing a full bag, cutting and tying off the end, to create a new empty bag is simple.

Cutting and tying off new portions of the refill on the Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor is easier than changing the refill itself
Cutting and tying off new portions of the refill on the Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor is easier than changing the refill itself

Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor bottom door locks when closed to prevent children from accessing the main compartment
Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor bottom door locks when closed to prevent children from accessing the main compartment
The bag refills are made of 20% recycled materials (a mixture of post consumer and commercial) which is kind of cool. The biodegradable refills theoretically break down quicker, making them seem like a no-brainer to buy. However, from an environmental standpoint, the biodegradable refills are unlikely to break down as quickly as you may think. In a typical landfill biodegradable materials aren't exposed to the dirt, oxygen, and microbes that are necessary for aerobic breakdown, meaning that decomposition is much, much slower process. Additionally, we found many user reviews citing their opinion that the biodegradable refill does not contain odor as well as the regular white refill.

Best Applications


Removing the diaper trap door turns the Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor into an ordinary trash can
Removing the diaper trap door turns the Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor into an ordinary trash can
There probably isn't a best application for this diaper disposal pail. While it is nice to look at and can compliment many nursery d├ęcor options, it fails to really being odors under control and thus it fails at the basic function of a product of this kind. In addition, given that it requires a proprietary bag, it adds inconvenience to the mix by requiring parents to always have the special refill bags on hand, which are not available in every store. No matter what is driving your decision to buy a diaper pail, this product is not the best option going. Even the claim that it can be used as an ordinary trash can after your diaper days are over, is not enough to make the 4 years smelling poop worthwhile.

Value/Estimated Lifetime Cost


Overall, the Dekor claims a cost savings compared to the Diaper Genie systems citing that the Dekor refills hold more than the Diaper Genie refills. One Dekor refill will hold up to 580 newborn diapers which Dekor estimates is almost twice the number of newborn diapers than a Diaper Genie refill. They cite a cost savings of up to $70 with the Dekor Plus. The estimated lifetime cost of this product is $203 which is very reasonable compared to our Editors' Choice winner, the Diaper Genie Essentials that has a lifetime estimated cost of $308. However, it is still over $100 more than the lifetime cost of the Best Buy winner, Diaper Champ which costs about $93 in total. If it contained odors as well as the Champ, then the price would be worth it, but given its poor odor control and vomit inducing scented bags (in our experience), we feel the added cost buys you nothing but smells.

Conclusion


Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor has a trap door for odor containment when adding new diapers
Diaper Dekor Plus Kolor has a trap door for odor containment when adding new diapers
The Diaper Dekor Plus is a hands-free, refill-based diaper disposal system that didn't impress us for many reasons. Poor odor control is the biggest one, but refill design flaws and hard to manage bag changes also caused us concern.
Despite some interesting child proof features, it's our feeling that the system doesn't deliver on what really matters, excellent odor control. And, while we really wanted to like the Diaper Dekor Plus because of its stylish good looks, it ended up being a disappointment.

Other Versions and Accessories


Dekor offers three sizes to its diaper pail system: Classic ("regular size"), Plus, and XL. Each holds increasingly more diapers. However, the best cost savings with number of diapers/refill is with the Plus. All of the systems use the same technology and design for diaper disposal and odor containment so we assume that any size will have similar or worse results if more dirty diapers are contained in the pail when sniffing.

Video


Diaper Dekor Plus Demo


Changing Refills
Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

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