Skip Hop Nursery Style Review
Pros: Compact, low-odor, steel body
Cons: Lid doesn't always latch, small opening
Manufacturer: Skip Hop
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|Pros||Compact, low-odor, steel body||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||Affordable, simple to use, one-handed disposal|
|Cons||Lid doesn't always latch, small opening||Lavendar scent can be overwhelming, small opening, expensive, proprietary bags||Small size, wipes may get stuck||No foot pedal, proprietary bags||Doesn't reduce smells, plastic construction|
|Bottom Line||This tall and narrow pail is perfect for reducing smells in a small nursery||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||Basic pail with minimal stink containment, but a budget-friendly price|
|Rating Categories||Skip Hop Nursery Style||Munchkin Step||Creative Baby Tidy||Playtex Genie Expre...||Safety 1st Easy Saver|
|Odor Control (60%)|
|Ease Of Diaper Disposal (25%)|
|Ease Of Bag Change (15%)|
|Specs||Skip Hop Nursery Style||Munchkin Step||Creative Baby Tidy||Playtex Genie Expre...||Safety 1st Easy Saver|
|Dimensions||8.5"W x 16"D x 28"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||14"W x 14"D x 19"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||$138||$357||$113||$285||$73|
|Childproof Safety Lock||Yes||No||No||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Skip Hop's debut product was the Duo Diaper Bag, designed in 2003 by parents Michael and Ellen Diamant. Unsatisfied with the bag options they could find at the time, Ellen designed something tailored to her needs as a mom. From there, the company expanded into producing many baby essentials, with a core philosophy of "Must-Haves Made Better." Skip Hop has been a part of the Carter's conglomerate since 2017.
The Skip Hop Nursery Style is an innovative pail that offers many attractive features for smaller nurseries. It is one of the narrowest pails in our review, with a width of only 8.5". At this size, it will easily slip into tight spaces between walls, dressers, or cribs that would be too small for many other pails. The above-average height provides great diaper capacity to make up for the narrow profile. If you are short on storage space, the removable compartment on top of the pail can be used for extra diapers and creams, or you can swap it for the Skip Hop Wipes Holder. The unassuming grey color blends with most nursery decor.
We found the Nursery Style to be one of the top diaper pails for holding in the stink. The steel body of the pail is durable and does not retain odors over time. The deposit style is unique amongst the pails we tested, and we admire the innovative thinking behind it. There is a small lidded compartment where you place the dirty diaper. You then seal the lid shut, and press a button to open the trap door at the compartment's bottom. A small plastic window allows you to watch the diaper fall into the main chamber without releasing all the inside smells. We appreciate this process for its maximum odor containment and found that we had some of the least smelly diaper deposits while using the Skip Hop. It also creates a double seal that helps reduce odor even when you are not tossing diapers.
There are many ease-of-use components that we like about this diaper pail. First, it has a lid lock that can help keep curious toddlers (and their toys) out of the pail. We also love that it uses regular trash bags, as opposed to requiring a proprietary bag system. This will help you save a bucket of cash over time, and it will be much easier to find refills at your local grocery store without having to order online. Changing the bag is a simple process, requiring you to undo the lid latch and remove the bag from an inner plastic ring. However, during this process, the entire lid opens right up to the open bag, and you are hit with a blast of week-old diaper stench.
We love this diaper pail.. when it works. However, we, and many other users, found the trap door opening to be very small. If the used diaper is not heavy enough or not wrapped tightly enough, it will not fall through to the main bin. If this is the case, you will have to give it a manual push. This is disappointing as one of the most attractive aspects of the Skip Hop pail is the hands-free deposit method. Some users also complain that the pressure required to unlatch the lid is a bit excessive. However, we did not feel that it was too hard and almost prefer it because it is more difficult for little hands to open. Because there are many moving parts and latches in the lid of this pail, the upper portion may not be as durable as the steel body. Parts may not function as smoothly over the long term.
The Skip Hop Nursery style is a diaper pail that does its job well. While it is more expensive than some other pails in our review, the use of regular trash bags reduces the lifetime cost by and bundle, and you end up spending less in the long run. With minimal smell and space-optimizing organizational features, we think it is perfect for parents with small nurseries or those who simply don't want to take up a lot of space with a large garish diaper pail.
— Abriah Wofford
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