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Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions Review

Smaller diaper pail with good odor control
Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $35 List | $27.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Very good odor control, unscented liners, small size, easy to use, cloth covers
Cons:  No foot pedal, proprietary bags
Manufacturer:   Playtex
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig  ⋅  Aug 27, 2018
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  • Odor Control - 60% 8.0
  • Ease of Diaper Disposal - 25% 6.0
  • Ease of Bag Change - 15% 7.0

The Skinny

The Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions impresses with near top odor control and an easy to use design. We like the Push N' Lock clamp system that traps odors and prevents the escape of stinky smells when you make a deposit. The lid of this Genie opens with the push of a button and the inner liner twists after each deposit to trap odors in the bag. Diaper Genie offers cute fabric sleeves for the Expressions (sold separately) that can coordinate with your nursery decor or create a good looking standalone pail. The internal liners are easy to change, and the bag removal process is fairly intuitive. This pail uses proprietary bags, so your lifetime cost will be more than some of the competition, and the bags could be harder to keep on hand than ordinary kitchen bags. If you are looking for a quality pail, that looks good, is easy to use, and contains odors then the Expressions is the product for you.

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Pros Very good odor control, unscented liners, small size, easy to use, cloth coversGreat odor control, easy to operate, uses regular trash bagsAffordable, simple to use, one-handed disposalConvenient, large capacity, saves space, easy to clean and useAffordable, minimizes odor in nursery, easy to use
Cons No foot pedal, proprietary bagsSmall size, wipes may get stuckDoesn't reduce smells, plastic constructionZipper can be difficult, average smell containment, cloth will wear over timeNo diaper storage, minimal capacity
Bottom Line Smaller diaper pail with good odor controlGreat option to contain the stink and stay in your budget long termBasic pail with minimal stink containment, but a budget-friendly priceWhimsical, convenient, and space-saving way to hamper dirty cloth diapersInnovative 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%)
8.0
8.0
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5.0
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Ease of Diaper Disposal (25%)
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8.0
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Ease of Bag Change (15%)
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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
Refill Cost $7 $14 $14 $0 $3
Estimated Lifetime Cost of Refills $260 $53 $53 $0 $182
Estimated Total Cost of Ownership $285 $113 $73 $34 $201
One-Handed Operation No Yes Yes No Yes
Foot-Pedal Opener No No No No No
Material Plastic Plastic Plastic Cotton/PUL Plastic
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.

Performance Comparison



Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions diaper pail - playtex diaper genies all require the purchase of proprietary bags...
Playtex Diaper Genies all require the purchase of proprietary bags. While somewhat expensive, these liners allow you to use only as much bag as you need and they keep odors under control better than the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


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!


The simple to use push button on the Expressions lid releases the...
The simple to use push button on the Expressions lid releases the lid for diaper disposal.
Diapers go through the Expressions Push N' Lock system to fall into...
Diapers go through the Expressions Push N' Lock system to fall into the main compartment of the pail and help trap odor.

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.

Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions diaper pail - the attached blade on the expressions makes it easy to cut the liner...
The attached blade on the Expressions makes it easy to cut the liner when it needs to be changed.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

Dislikes


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.

Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions diaper pail - the push n' lock clamp on the playtex diaper genie expressions...
The Push N' Lock clamp on the Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions almost works too well as pushing full diapers through may cause an unexpected emptying of contents.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions diaper pail - the lid on the expressions releases easily to place a new cartridge...
The lid on the Expressions releases easily to place a new cartridge of bags inside.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


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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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig

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