Everyone knows that babies go through a lot of nappies, and a lot of those nappies will be soiled with poo and smelling less than is desirable.
With newborns going through up to twelve nappies a day, a hygienic nappy disposal system is essential whether you use disposable nappies or cloth nappies, as soiled cloth nappies still need to be stored hygienically while they wait to be washed.
Nappy bins are specifically designed to hold soiled nappies conveniently and hygienically whilst keeping odours at bay. There’s nothing worse than the smell of stinky nappies mixed up with your household rubbish, which is why a dedicated, odourproof nappy bin makes sense to thousands of parents.
Ultra convenient, you can hygienically dispose of every nappy even with a wriggling baby under your arm, often with hands free operation. They work to quickly lock away the nappies, as well as their odours and germs, for periods of up to several days until the unit is full and it’s time to empty.
The secure containment of the nappies keeps the whole thing clean and hygienic with modern nappy bins generally made of bacteria resisting materials, unlike a normal bin, as well as being easy to keep clean and maintain over time.
Read on for our list of the best nappy disposal systems in Australia, for both disposable as well as cloth nappies.
1. Tommee Tippee Twist and Click
Twists and wraps nappies individually for ultimate containment
Tommee Tippee Twist and Click is an advanced nappy disposal system found in nurseries all around the country. Simply pop the dirty nappy in the bin and the multi layer, antibacterial film twists and wraps around the nappy, effectively killing 99% of dangerous germs and containing odours. The built in plunger pushes the nappies deep into the bin when you close the lid, so no dirty hands or pooey nappies staring at you when you open it up next.
With a capacity of up to thirty nappies, you won’t need to take the rubbish out every day, even during those newborn days. Despite its high capacity, the Twist and Click has a slim, compact design to fit almost anywhere with a flat lid that opens against the wall with no banging.
Nappies are wrapped individually with an audible “click” noise when complete and uses the correct amount of film each and every time to minimise waste. Refills are available to purchase at a wide range of retailers throughout the country so it’s easy to keep well stocked.
Guaranteed to contain germs and odours efficiently and scoring extra points for its discreet and thoughtful design, this is our best nappy disposal system in Australia for hygiene and ease of use.
2. Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail
This multi award winning “can of steel” can be used with any liner
Hailed as “the can of steel”, achieving maximum odour control is the main focus of the Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail, which it certainly succeeds in. The unique sliding lid and cleverly placed rubber seals keeps air movement and disruption to a minimum, keeping the odour inside the pail rather than out.
Unlike most other nappy disposal units which are made of plastic, the Ubbi bin is made of powder coated steel for the highest level of hygiene. The advantage of this is that plastic is a porous surface which can absorb odours and bacteria, whilst steel does not. Steel is also incredibly easy to clean and maintain - simply wipe down occasionally with a damp cloth.
Our favourite feature of the Ubbi nappy bin is that it does not require its own branded bags or films and can be used with any appropriately sized liner which helps keep costs right down over time.
It’s incredibly easy and intuitive to use with no fiddly bits to get used to, and even features a childproof lock to keep away curious little hands. The Ubbi’s maximum capacity is generous at around 55 newborn nappies, or 20 toddler pull-ups, and its sleek, compact design is available in an array of colours and prints to suit your decor.
Best For Cloth Nappies
3. Dekor Plus Hands-Free Diaper Pail
The eco friendly choice and our best nappy bin for reusable nappies
This handsfree, odourproof nappy bin uses a foot pedal to open the lid for you to drop the nappy into effortlessly. With a huge capacity of up to 60 nappies, the Dekor Plus is perfect for families with twins or multiple babies in nappies, or if you just don’t want to be emptying the bin every other day.
With effective triple odour control, it’s constructed of a closed cell ABS plastic which gives the odour and absorption resisting benefits of metal without any risk of rusting, and can be cleaned using any household cleaning product.
The eco friendly refills are a long, continuous liner so you can empty the bin whenever you want to, and not necessarily only when it’s full. This is great for dealing with particularly stinky messes or if bin day is approaching. Handy markers let you know when the refill is almost out and for the eco conscious, certified biodegradable refills are also available.
As well as disposable nappies, the Dekor Plus is also designed for use with cloth nappies. Its extra large opening allows larger cloth nappies to be deposited without touching the sides, and a specially designed cloth liner is available for those intending to use it as such.
With a waterproof coating and a handy drawstring for secure closure, its sturdy high quality construction can be machine washed along with the nappies themselves time and time again.
4. Munchkin Toss Portable Disposable Diaper Pail
Ultra convenient “take and toss” system for families on the move
A great budget friendly option, this nappy bin is different to most in that it is both portable for families on the go, and disposable for ultimate hygiene and convenience, with five included in every pack.
The bins fold up easily to a small size and can be neatly stored almost anywhere. When needed, it then expands into a freestanding unit that can hold up to thirty nappies. The clear window on the side of the bin lets you know how full it is and when it’s time, simply dispose of the entire unit.
The resealable lid with odour control panels locks away the mess, effectively containing odour as well as wetness so there’s no need to to worry about potential spills when it’s bouncing away in the back of your boot.
These nappy bins are so convenient - you can keep one tucked away in every room of the house, in your car, or in your nappy bag and always be guaranteed a hygienic way of disposing of dirty nappies wherever you are.
They’re also great to give to relatives or babysitters looking after your bub who might be apprehensive about touching dirty nappies - simply pop the top, deposit the nappy, close again, and that’s it - no mess and no smell!
5. Angelcare Nappy Disposal System
Great starter set with simple operation and multi layer liners
The Angelcare Nappy Disposal System is the ideal no fuss starter kit for new parents, containing the bin as well as a full size starter cartridge. This as well as each subsequent refill cartridge should last around a month and uses less plastic than most competitors, making this a good option for those looking to reduce their consumption of single use plastic.
With its one hand operation, dirty nappies are simply pushed through the clamp opening where they will automatically “disappear”, never to be seen or smelled again. The multi layer bags with Air Seal technology keeps the mess well contained and it’s easy and hygienic to remove for disposal.
The capacity of the bin is around 20 newborn nappies, so in most cases you should be able to get away with emptying it only every few days, and we can say with confidence that there will be no leaks in that time either!
This is a simple yet effective system that is hygienic and easy to operate without any bells and whistles. Its only real downside being the long term expense of continuously purchasing refill cassettes, however you’ll find this to be the case with most nappy disposal units.
6. Korbell 16L Nappy Disposal System
Economical refills for those looking to keep ongoing costs to a minimum
The Korbell nappy disposal bin is operated by foot pedal and is the perfect size for most homes, comfortably holding up to 40 newborn nappies before emptying is required. Simply step on the deal and drop the soiled nappy through the automatic one-way door.
Odours are contained with three separate seals: on the one way door, the perimeter of the lid, and the perimeter of the top of the body of the bin.
The fact that the refills are well on the economical side is certainly appealing, as is the fact that they’re fully biodegradable and made of at least 20% recycled, post consumer materials.
The refills are continuous, meaning you can choose to cut them off at any point, not just when the bin is full. The childproof bag cutter is situated inside the bin for safety, and the bin is fitted with childproof locks so your baby won’t be able to get inside the bin no matter how hard he tries.
Made of an odour resistant ABS plastic, it’s also surprisingly sleek and stylish and won’t be an eyesore in your nursery. When nappies are no longer being used, the Korbell can easily be converted into a pedal operated normal bin perfect for the bathroom, laundry or kitchen.