Baby Trend redesigned the Diaper Champ a few years ago, but reviewers say the new "Deluxe" model misses the mark. While parents can use their own trash bags with this pail, saving on costly refills, the pail's ability to contain odors is questionable at best. The Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe was designed to be easy to use, but some reviewers say diapers can get wedged into the chute, adding to the stink factor.
A few problems. Reviewers like being able to use the Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe with one hand. Simply place a diaper in a small plastic chute, flip the handle and voilà -- no more diaper. That's how it's supposed to work, anyway. Many owners complain diapers get stuck in the chute, especially as the bin begins to fill up. Others say the pail topples over easily while the lid is open, making changing bags a pain. The Diaper Champ Deluxe is just 21 inches tall, so parents will probably need to stoop to use it. The pail is easy to clean, reviewers say.
Can use standard trash bags. This is where the Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe shines -- it can take standard 13-gallon trash bags, so owners don't need to buy special refills. However, proprietary liners (*Est. $6 for one) are also available and can hold up to 300 diapers each. There are few durability complaints.
Poor odor control. The Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe seems to flunk the smell test. Reviewers complain odor control is minimal, and one expert review cautions parents to call in a hazmat team when changing the bags. Another expert says odor control is only fair even using the Diaper Champ refills instead of normal trash bags. The pail holds up to 30 diapers at a time and is available in white with either pink or blue accents. The Diaper Champ Deluxe is not childproof, and one reviewer warns that children may find flipping toys into the pail entertaining. Parents who use cloth diapers can use the Diaper Champ with the addition of a waterproof liner.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe places third and is named "best value" in BabyGearLab.com's test of six diaper pails -- the Diaper Genie Essentials places first; the Diaper Genie Elite, Munchkin Arm & Hammer, Diaper Dekor Plus and Safety 1st Simple Step are also reviewed. Spurrier likes the Diaper Champ's one-hand design and ability to use regular trash cans, but says odor control is only average. She also says using the Champ's proprietary refills did not seem to cut down on the smell.
Review: Diaper Champ Deluxe Review, Juliet Spurrier, April 4, 2012
2. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent Baby Bargains, a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors review six popular diaper pails, including the Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe. They list pros and cons, considering cost, ease of use and odor control, and give each pail a letter grade.
Review: Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good BabyCenter.com praises the Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe in a non-comparative roundup of the six best diaper pails that did not earn top-pick status from moms or editors in the 2012 Baby Center Product Awards for using normal trash bags -- a big money saver. Editors say parents also like the pail's large capacity and easy, one-hand operation. They say the Diaper Champ is also ideal for cloth-diaper use. However, some owners say it's hard to remove bags, while others complain of ineffective odor control.
Review: The Best Diaper Pails, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Owners give the Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe an average rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars in more than 150 reviews on Amazon.com. While owners like the easy, one-hand operation and fact that they can use their own trash bags, the pail gets mixed or poor reviews on odor control. Many users bought the Deluxe after owning the original Diaper Champ, and most say they dislike the new version. Some reviewers complain that the diaper doesn't flip easily into the basin as it starts to fill, while other say the unit tips over when it's open.
Review: Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
5. Yahoo! Voices
Review Credibility: Very Good A mother of twins reviews the Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe, Playtex Diaper Genie Elite and Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail after using each model extensively with her sons. She likes the Diaper Champ's large capacity and ability to take normal trash bags. She also says it's easy to change the bags. However, the pail "just did not cut it with the poopy diapers" on odor control, and diapers touch parts of the pail that aren't easily cleaned.
Review: Diaper Pail Reviews from a Mother of Twins, "McMillen", Sept. 27, 2012