simplehuman 38 Liter Rectangular Step Can Review
Pros: Beautiful, highly functional, great long-term investment, easy to clean
Cons: Pricey, not good for disposable diapers
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|Pros||Beautiful, highly functional, great long-term investment, easy to clean||Best odor control, large capacity, self-sealing, durable, easy bag change||Great odor control, easy to operate, uses regular trash bags||Very good odor control, unscented liners, small size, easy to use, cloth covers||Compact, low-odor, steel body|
|Cons||Pricey, not good for disposable diapers||Lavendar scent can be overwhelming, small opening, expensive, proprietary bags||Small size, wipes may get stuck||No foot pedal, proprietary bags||Lid doesn't always latch, small opening|
|Bottom Line||One of our favorite cloth diaper options that is a great kitchen trash can||Great odor control with a large capacity makes this pail a winner||Great option to contain the stink and stay in your budget long term||Smaller diaper pail with good odor control||This tall and narrow pail is perfect for reducing smells in a small nursery|
|Rating Categories||simplehuman 38 Lite...||Munchkin Step||Creative Baby Tidy||Playtex Genie Expre...||Skip Hop Nursery Style|
|Odor Control (60%)|
|Ease Of Diaper Disposal (25%)|
|Ease Of Bag Change (15%)|
|Specs||simplehuman 38 Lite...||Munchkin Step||Creative Baby Tidy||Playtex Genie Expre...||Skip Hop Nursery Style|
|Dimensions||15.8"W x 12.5"D x 25.7"H||12"W x 10"D x 27"H||11.5"W x 15"D x 16"H||11"W x 11"D x 21"H||8.5"W x 16"D x 28"H|
|Type of Refill||Trash Bag||Proprietary Liner||Trash Bag||Proprietary Liner||Trash Bag|
|Estimated Lifetime Cost of Refills||$53||$292||$53||$260||$53|
|Estimated Total Cost of Ownership||$153||$357||$113||$285||$138|
|Childproof Safety Lock||No||No||No||No||Yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
simplehuman designs their brand around the idea of simplifying everyday activities like throwing away trash and washing your hands. Their innovative line of products includes items such as a sensor mirror and sensor pumps for soap.
This 38 Liter rectangular step can by superhuman is easy-to-clean, fingerprint-resistant, stainless steel and has an inside hinge and space-saving shape that allows placement directly against a wall. The steel foot pedal (designed to withstand 150,000 steps) and patented lid "Shox" (quiet slow-close) make opening and closing this pail easy and pleasant. It also does a good job containing odors making it a top contender for cloth diaper disposal.
The lid on this pail can be locked open indefinitely to make bag changing a breeze. It has a non-skid base with pads that keep the pail steady on the floor without causing damage. The replaceable inner bucket holds the bag making changes straightforward and clean up simple.
For cloth diaper use, you'll want to get a cloth liner, instead of using a kitchen bag or simplehuman liner. Of the liners we tried, we found the following work very well:
- Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner
- Kissa's Antibacterial Pail Liner
- Kanga Care Pail Liner — works OK, but takes some extra fussing to get it in the can so the lid closes
- GroVia Pail Liner — works OK, but takes extra effort to close the lid
This pail makes a great looking trash can once your out of the diaper years. Simplehuman makes custom trash bags that fit perfectly and are designed to stay hidden and in place inside the can. The super thick plastic and double-seam on their trash bags prevent rips and tears, or you can use regular trash bags.
The simplehuman can is more expensive than much of the competition, so you'll have more upfront cost. However, when you consider the high-quality materials and durable structure of the can, it's clear it will last well beyond your diapering days as a nice looking trash can. Some users remark that the plastic lid on the cheaper version can fail, so we suggest buying the can with the stainless steel lid if your budget allows. However, if the lid breaks, simplehuman has a 5-year warranty.
We are impressed with the performance of the simplehuman step can when used with the cloth diapers and a cloth diaper liner. This trash can has excellent smell containment, a modern look, and is easy to use making it a winner in our book. While you will need to fork over a decent amount of cash in the beginning, the lack of proprietary bags will help balance out the lifetime cost, making it less expensive than disposable diaper pails that use proprietary liners.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD
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