Since I recently wrote posts about unnecessary baby products and all of the crazy commercialism associated with the baby industry, I should start by saying that this item is a luxury/"nicety" (not a necessity).
You certainly don't *need* a diaper disposal system. A trash can next to the changing area will do just fine.
That said, if you are going to buy one anyway, then I feel it is my duty to tell you NOT to buy a Diaper Genie. Graco's Touch Free Diaper Pail is sooooo much better.
The pail is truly "touch free." Just wave the diaper over the sensor and the top will "magically" open. Then, drop the diaper in to the compartment and the diaper falls to an airtight space beneath. Finally, the lid closes all by itself, thus sealing out odors.
The pail has a sleek, contemporary design that will likely compliment almost any room's decor...and it's "compact" too so you can slide it (and hide it) in a corner with ease.
Best of all, this pail uses regular trash bags so there's no need to purchase expensive "refills."
The Graco Touch Free Diaper Pail retails for between $50-$75 (depending on where you buy it) and requires four DD batteries (batteries not included). The pail does come with one charcoal filter, however, that needs to be replaced every 30 days or so.
I can't speak to the durability of the open/close motor or the longevity of the batteries because we've only had the pail for a few weeks (no problems so far!), but I would recommend that Graco make the pail bigger to accommodate more diapers when they come out with their 2.0 version.
Overall, I really like this high-tech pail. It's attractive, easy-to-use, and ultra-cool.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a Touch Free Diaper Pail by Graco. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, April 28 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #80 Elena. Congratulations!