Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions Review
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|Pros||Very good odor control, unscented liners, small size, easy to use, cloth covers||Great odor control, easy to operate, uses regular trash bags||Affordable, simple to use, one-handed disposal||Convenient, large capacity, saves space, easy to clean and use||Affordable, minimizes odor in nursery, easy to use|
|Cons||No foot pedal, proprietary bags||Small size, wipes may get stuck||Doesn't reduce smells, plastic construction||Zipper can be difficult, average smell containment, cloth will wear over time||No diaper storage, minimal capacity|
|Bottom Line||Smaller diaper pail with good odor control||Great option to contain the stink and stay in your budget long term||Basic pail with minimal stink containment, but a budget-friendly price||Whimsical, convenient, and space-saving way to hamper dirty cloth diapers||Innovative diaper pail alternative perfect for small spaces|
|Rating Categories||Playtex Genie Expre...||Creative Baby Tidy||Safety 1st Easy Saver||Planet Wise Hanging...||Diaper One-N-Done|
|Odor Control (60%)|
|Ease of Diaper Disposal (25%)|
|Ease of Bag Change (15%)|
|Specs||Playtex Genie Expre...||Creative Baby Tidy||Safety 1st Easy Saver||Planet Wise Hanging...||Diaper One-N-Done|
|Dimensions||11"W x 11"D x 21"H||11.5"W x 15"D x 16"H||14"W x 14"D x 19"H||16"W x 26.5"H||6"W x 6"D x 11"H|
|Type of Refill||Proprietary Liner||Trash Bag||Trash Bag||No Bag||Proprietary Liner|
|Estimated Lifetime Cost of Refills||$260||$53||$53||$0||$182|
|Estimated Total Cost of Ownership||$285||$113||$73||$34||$201|
|Childproof Safety Lock||No||No||No||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Playtex Baby was born in 1952, but since 2015, it has been a part of a larger company, Edgewell Personal Care. Edgewell is a worldwide corporation that is home to over 25 brands like BananaBoat sunscreen and Schick shaving products.
The Diaper Genie Expressions does a great job at containing odor with the Push N' Lock clamp system. The trap door is securely hinged allowing it to keep odors inside the pail. You press the button on the lid, the push the dirty diaper through the door, and voila! You have disposed of your diaper without a puff of poop!
One thing that makes the Expressions great is how easy it is to use. No guessing games here. Once the bag is full, they are simple to remove. The top of the lid opens, and after using the provided blade to cut the bag, tie it up and toss in your garbage can. We also appreciate that the 7-layer proprietary bags trap odors and are unscented.
The style of the Expressions is relatively compact making it less of an eyesore and using less valuable real estate in your home. The smaller size also limits how many diapers can pile up, thereby limiting the amount of odor it can collect. Because the liners tie off when you change the bag you can change it frequently without wasting bag space.
The Expressions is different than other pails because you can choose from a variety of fabric sleeves to "decorate" it with several cute options. The only downside is Playtex sells all of the covers separately with no option to buy them as a set.
One of the main complaints with this is the lack of a foot pedal. While at first, it may not seem to be a huge issue, some users feel that the clamp for containing odors is so stiff that they really have to shove the diaper through the opening. The problem is that poop can squish out onto your hand as you push it through and the hands-on mess is never fun.
This pail uses a proprietary liner and won't work with regular trash bags. This design means a higher lifetime cost compared to those products that work with any bag. Although most major chain stores carry liners for the Diaper Genie, it could mean purchasing online if your local store doesn't carry what you need.
The Diaper Genie Expressions is a great performer with a small footprint. It is easy to use, has available stylish fabric sleeves to improve its appearance, and does a great job containing diaper stench. While it is missing a foot pedal and the lifetime cost is higher than options that use kitchen bags, the Expressions gets the job done without any hassles, so if you are prepared for continued investment in the liner refills, then the Expressions is one to consider.
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