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Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions Review

Smaller diaper pail with good odor control earning it the Editors' Choice Award
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $35 List | $23 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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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.


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


The Playtex Diaper Genie Expression performed well in our odor control test earning it our Editors' Choice Award. We also like the option to customize the appearance with washable fabric sleeves.

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.
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.

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 and 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 lid for diaper disposal.
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.

The attached blade on the Expressions makes it easy to cut the liner when it needs to be changed.
The attached blade on the Expressions makes it easy to cut the liner when it needs to be changed.

The style of the Expressions is relatively compact making it less of an eyesore and using less valuable real estate in your bathroom or nursery. 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 available. 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. This hands-on mess is never a fun thing to experience.

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.
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.

As with several of the other pails, 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 lid on the Expressions releases easily to place a new cartridge of bags inside.
The lid on the Expressions releases easily to place a new cartridge of bags inside.

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 ready for continued investment in the liner refills, then the Expressions is one to consider.

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Accessories


The Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions Diaper Pail Fabric Sleeve are available in multiple colors and designs. These covers are machine washable and easy to put on and take off when they need to be cleaned.

The Playtex Diaper Genie Refills are available in multiple size packs, and you'll want to stock up to avoid needing a bag and not having one. Because it can sometimes be challenging to find the liners in stores on your way home from work, keeping a good supply on hand will prevent going without a disposal system altogether.

Other Versions


The Playtex Diaper Genie Complete is available and part of our diaper pail review. This pail is similar to other Diaper Genie options, but we felt the odor containment wasn't on par with the Expressions which is why it didn't rank as high in our pail roundup.


Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig