What I Like About This Diaper Pail
This diaper pail is very easy to use. You add a bag so it's snug around the top arm and close the lid. Then you slide open the door in the top to add a diaper. Once you've closed the sliding door, you can turn the little lock button to prevent your child from opening the lid.
In our house, the Ubbi diaper pail can hold close to a week's worth of disposable diapers. During that time, when the lid is closed, no smells were coming out of the pail. It definitely keeps the olfactory grossness where it belongs. That's one big advantage of the powder-coated steel. It won't pick up any odors from the diapers as plastic diaper pails can. When it's time to change the bag, you just open the lid, tilt the arm of the diaper pail up and release the trash bag.
Ubbi makes plastic bags that you can use in the diaper pail, too. You don't have to use their brand, but the advantage to theirs is biodegradable plastic. You could also compost or recycle the bags. If you're using eco-disposables or a hybrid diaper system with disposable liners, the biodegradable trash bags might be a good option for you.
I love that the company has also considered cloth diapering families. Ubbi makes a washable cloth diaper pail liner so that you can throw the whole bag full of diapers into the washer. The Ubbi pail held about 3 days worth of my son's one-size pocket diapers. For a newborn, you'd probably be able to fit two days worth of cloth diapers in there.
What I Don't Like About This Diaper Pail
If you let the bag get too full, the little tabs inside the diaper pail can catch on the plastic and rip the bag. Overstuffing can also tear the bag when it hits the arm that holds the top of the bag.
The cloth diaper bag is supposed to be waterproof, but the outside of it felt damp when I was emptying the diapers into the washer. Nothing was leaking out of it, but I didn't like feeling any wetness on the outside of the bag.
The top of the bag near the drawstring is made of a stretchier, almost sheer material. If it comes into contact with a soggy diaper, that part of the bag definitely takes up moisture. That's pretty gross when it's time to change the bag. Again, not filling the diaper pail to the top helps.
At about $80, this is one of the more expensive diaper pails on the market. It is worth the price as far as keeping smells contained and being super easy to clean. In fact, it rarely requires much cleaning. It's really nice that you can use the Ubbi pail for disposable or cloth diapers, and it will look good in any nursery. If you're willing to practice a little on filling it to the right spot and removing the bag carefully so you don't tear it, you will probably be very happy with this diaper pail.