Battle of the Pails: Munchkin Arm vs. Diaper Genie II Elite (Part One)

We just added another little guy to our household, which means TWICE as many diapers.  Over the last few weeks, we tested two of the top names in diaper pails:  Munchkin Arm & Hammer and Diaper Genie II Elite -- to see which one we like best.  Here is part one of our findings:


Putting together both pails was relatively easily.  The Munchkin pail was already assembled, leaving just the baking soda cartridge to insert.  The Diaper Genie needed minimal assembly, and while it was basically a two-minute process, we did have a bit of a snag when trying to snap the top lid onto the bottom base.  It took a little bit of coaxing, but it finally came together in less than 4 minutes.


Both pails are white, and about the same shape.  The Diaper Genie is quite a bit taller than the Munchkin pail, however, which was a bit of a drawback to this product.  

 It seems overwhelming in our small bathroom, and those with small spaces may find it impractical.

Ease of Use

Hands down, the Diaper Genies wins in this category.  With a handy foot pedal that lets you open the pail without any hands, it was a necessary tool for getting rid of stinky diapers when you were holding a baby and a nasty “present.”  My three-year-old is potty training and still occasionally has an accident.  He was able to dispose of his own pull-up in the Diaper Genie by using the foot pedal.  He could not use the Munchkin pail, however, as it required that you press in the lever on the lid of the pail with your fingers, and then pull up.  It was too difficult for him, so he used only the Diaper Genie (which was a blessing to me!)

Want to know more about our findings?  Stay tuned for part two of our test drive!
I am a member of the Mom Central community and I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central, sponsored by Diaper Genie, and received a free Diaper Genie diaper pail and a free Munchkin Arm & Hammer diaper pail to facilitate my review.