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Tommee Tippee Simplee Review

A great inexpensive choice for small spaces but will need to empty often.
Best Value Award
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Price:   $33 List | $33 at Amazon
Pros:  Perfect for small spaces, inexpensive, color choices
Cons:  Blade is awkward to use, have to empty often, lid can be difficult
Manufacturer:   Tommee Tippee
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig  ⋅  Aug 27, 2018
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The Skinny

The Tommee Tippee Simplee is a compact diaper pail great for small spaces or packed nurseries. This small diaper pail does a nice job of containing odors and comes at a great price, earning it our Best Value Award. The internal bag cutting blade does leave something to be desired, as it isn't as easy to use as the competition. Also, while its compact nature is part of the appeal, it does mean more frequent emptying than the other pails we tested, but this could translate into less stink in the long run. Overall, we think that this is a great choice for families on a budget or those with limited space who don't mind frequent bag changes.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Tommee Tippee was born over 50 years ago by three brothers in the plastic business. They were approached by a doctor to design a toddler cup. While the doctor did not like the design, a British businessman did and he decided to help bring the cup to moms and dads needing a solution for constant spills. The cup had a weighted bottom to avoid tipping over, and they put a picture of their dog, Tommee, on the side, and Tommee Tippee was born. Tommee Tippee is very popular in the UK, is part of the larger Mayborn group and has become a recognizable name worldwide.

Performance Comparison


Tommee Tippee Simplee is a space-saving diaper pail that has good odor containment. It performed nicely in our testing and is priced well, earning our Best Value Award.

The Tommee Tippee Simplee performed well in our tests  earning it a Best Value Award.
The Tommee Tippee Simplee performed well in our tests, earning it a Best Value Award.

Likes


The Simplee is a smaller sized diaper pail that is perfect for families who need a more compact solution for disposing of dirty diapers. The small design is perfect for those living in an apartment or tighter space, or for those that do not want a larger eyesore in the nursery. An added benefit of the small container is putrid smells will not have the chance to build up like those in a larger capacity can.

The compact nature of the Simplee works well in tight spaces.
The compact nature of the Simplee works well in tight spaces.

Another thing that was pleasing about the Simplee is its reasonable cost. While it is not the cheapest pail we tested, it sure comes close. It has the right combination of odor containment, eye-pleasing style, and durability.

The design of the pail is modern and simple. It has five different lid color options - gray, bright and pale pink and blue - allowing you the flexibility to find a color that works well with the nursery decor. The minimalist design and high quality make it a natural fit for any home, big or small.

The gray and white color combination of the Simplee is perfect for boys or girls.
The gray and white color combination of the Simplee is perfect for boys or girls.

Dislikes


While there is much to like about the Simplee, there are some important things to note. We aren't big fans of the blade to cut the bag. In our experience, the blade is dull and not very easy to use. Changing the bag became a blend of cutting and tearing the bag to release it, which was frustrating. When changing out diaper pail bags, you want it to be an easy experience so you are not passing out from holding your breath. It might be worth it to keep a pair of scissors nearby to make the experience more manageable. Of course, then you need to keep the scissors out of the reach of curious toddlers.

The blade on the Tommee Tippee Simplee was dull and hard to use.
The blade on the Tommee Tippee Simplee was dull and hard to use.

The lid trap door that separates the lower pail from the top is stiff. While it is great for keeping odors contained, it can lead to a messy situation. If you have a full diaper, the contents can spill out because the door is so rigid. Also, when it is time to change the bag, the entire lid needs to come off. You are then left balancing the stinky bag and lid while trying to cut the bag with the unimpressive blade. A hinge would definitely come in handy during this process.

The trap door on the Simplee can be so stiff that disposing diapers can turn into a messy situation.
The trap door on the Simplee can be so stiff that disposing diapers can turn into a messy situation.

Also because of its small size, you will have to empty it frequently. Tommee Tippee claims that it can hold 18 newborn diapers. We believe this to be a generous claim and your little one will not be wearing newborn size very long. That means when they get to 3, 4, or 5 sized diapers, you will be able to fit 5-10 diapers before a bag change will be required. While it is not a deal breaker, it can be an inconvenience.

Conclusion


The bottom line is the Simplee is a compact, inexpensive pail that does a decent job containing odor. It has a more modern look than some of the other designs and is sturdy. Yes, the blade and lid could use an upgrade, but we believe this is a great choice for those living in a tight space.

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Accessories


Tommee Tippee Simplee Diaper Pail Refill Cartridge are offered in packs of two or four.


Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig