The Ubbi diaper pail is a looker of a pail with an eco-friendly steel body that is powder-coated and contains rubber gaskets to help seal in odors. Unfortunately, odors escape from the main can when inserting the diaper due to a lack of containment when the deposit door is open; a huge downfall in our opinion. Overall, we didn't like this pail as much as we thought we would after reading about it. Given the novel materials and lack of excessive plastic we thought we'd love this diaper disposal. Unfortunately, it failed to truly contain odors and the child safety lock won't prevent a persistent tike from simply opening the main lid instead. With multiple concerns and the lowest score in our review, this pail is one we can't recommend.
Ubbi ReviewPrice: $69.99 at Amazon
Pros: Stainless Steel body, child lock, fun colors
Cons: Poor odor containment, open door when disposing of diaper lets odors waft out unchecked
Bottom line: Unique body construction, with interesting features, but odor control is really lacking
Estimated Diaper Capacity: Average: 35 Diapers, Newborn: 58, Size 1: 50, Size 2: 41, Size 3: 38, Size 4: 31, Size 5: 23
Type of Refill: Ubbi Unscented 13-Gallon Refill Bag, Standard 13- Gallon Kitchen Trash Bag
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Ubbi has a powder coated stainless steel body with plastic and rubber components. It is available in a variety of colors and has an easy sliding access door for dirty diaper deposits. The pail can be used with special Ubbi biodegradable bags or regular 13 gallon kitchen trash bags. It has a child-proofing lock on the diaper door to keep little ones from dropping toys inside, and they claim the pail holds 58 newborn diapers. The pail has a list price of $80.
When the can is sitting closed and not in operation, it does a pretty good job of containing odors. In our sniff tests we experienced very little scent coming from the Ubbi when closed, but putting a dirty diaper inside changes the story completely. Because the mechanism for diaper disposal is an open door, a strong and continuous whiff of poop escapes as long as the door is open, which can be awhile. This results in parents speed loading the sliding door to decrease the amount of stink that hits the nostrils, which in our experience led to "spillage" of diapers onto the pail itself and our hands (eww).
The Ubbi only scored a 4 for odor control. This score is primarily a reflection of the open deposit door design. It is the only pail in our review that doesn't at least make an attempt to seal or close the opening immediately after deposit or as the new diaper is put inside. The competition all offered a "clam closure", "trap door", or twisting seal containment, some attempt is made beyond a gapping hole for odors to seep out of. The best in our tests for odor control is the Diaper Genie Essentials that scored a 9 of 10 and has a great double sealing containment system and 7 layer bag to control the stink.
Ease of Disposal
Diaper Genie Elite; it offers a hands free foot pedal and simple drop in design with no pushing necessary. The first problem with this pail is the sliding door.
The other potential problem with diaper disposal is if you use the child proof lock you will need two hands to open and unlock the deposit door and push the full diaper in. And while we like a child proof lock to avoid unsanctioned toy deposits by curious toddler (a fun past time of Diaper Champ toddlers) it isn't even that effective because truly curious kids will just open the pail lid which does not have a lock on it. We suspect parents will think this diaper door is fine at first, but grow disenchanted over time as baby and their diapers grow in size and contents. In our experience, as the smell increases so does the difficulty of making deposits.
Ease of Bag Changes
In addition, even if odors didn't change parents feelings on bags, the experience of changing a very full bag most likely will. In our tests we had trouble getting a full bag of diapers out without tearing the bag on the "teeth/tabs" located on the lid and spilling poopy diapers everywhere (a bigger problem with the Ubbi biodegradable bag than the kitchen bags, but this just makes another reason to not buy their proprietary bags).This can also works with ordinary kitchen garbage bags, which will keep costs down over time, but the bags don't manage odors as well as the Ubbi bags. So it can be a trade off in what is most important to you, cost savings and a strong bag that doesn't tear, or the slim possibility the bag with decompose in the landfill before you die of natural causes at 90 and better odor management with a higher price and better chance of tearing. We honestly aren't sure which is better and think both options kind of stink… literally. We think most parents will want to change the bag every 2-3 days maximum to keep smells to a minimum. Because of this we think the bags are unlikely to be full and that over the lifetime of the pail you'll be using more bags than with other brands or pails, which might negate savings or the amount of plastic added to the landfill biodegradable or not.
Disposable diaper users who use the Ubbi with their proprietary plastic bags may find them to be a bit flimsy, and the inside lid can tear robustly filled bags upon removal. This might cause dirty disposable diapers to fall on the floor. So, take heed, and change bags frequently to avoid this messy mishap!
We really wanted to love this pail and feel sort of bad saying there is no best application for its use. With the possible exception of using it simply to avoid the use of plastics, there is no best application for this product. With an odor control problem and a hard to change bag, this pail fails to function in a way we think parents will love over time. The primary reason for diaper pail usage is to contain and control odors between trips to the outside garbage receptacle. If the deposit hole releases excessive odor with each deposit, then you are in essence letting the smell permeate your home 6-12 times a day. This is a deal breaker for us.
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Other Versions and Accessories
Ubbi makes no other version or accessory for this pail beyond bag refills.
For more information about how the Ubbi pail works, you can view the video provided below:
This video explains how to put the rubber gasket back on if it falls off.
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