When I registered for baby gear, if there were a couple different pricepoints on items, I generally chose the lower-priced item, thinking that there aren't generally substantial differences. NOT SO with diaper pails. Here's the dish:
Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail: This is what I registered for. It's made by Arm & Hammer, so it has to be good at keeping the smell at bay, which it is. But it's a little small, so you end up emptying it more often. And you have to push the diaper into the bag with your hand, which can get unsanitary. It's also a hand-open model, not the foot-pedal open style, which is also less than sanitary. And last but not least, you have to buy 2 things, both the bag refills and the Arm & Hammer baking soda refills. So while it costs less, I prefer the Diaper Genie Elite.
Playtex Diaper Genie Elite
: (For reference, the only difference between the Diaper Genie and the Elite model is the foot-pedal opener, which is totally worth the extra $10.) This model has a claw-type mechanism that opens when you push the foot-pedal, and the diaper drops in, hands-free. It also has about twice the storage capacity of the Arm & Hammer model. My parents bought one for when they baby sit, and when I visited for a week, we only emptied it once at the end of my trip, and I never smelled it. Not to mention, it just looks nicer.
Diaper Dekor Plus: Recently on a trip to Buy Buy Baby, I used their changing room, and they had one of these in it. It did not have any type of closure on the bag to keep the smells in, and I noticed the refills are a bit more pricey than the above two models. So I'll pass on that.
These are the only models I've tried, but I wouldn't recommend going up to a higher price point for something that is essentially just a fancy trash can. If you're like me, your husband will more than likely end up breaking it somehow and you will have to buy another anyway! Hope this helps.
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