The Diaper Dekor Plus will appeal to parents who don't like the idea of wasting money on a diaper pail they'll only use for a few years -- it can be repurposed as a trash can after your kids are out of diapers. Parents also like how easy it is to use the Dekor Plus. But many reviewers give the pail poor marks on odor control, particularly when they're using Diaper Dekor's new, biodegradable liners.
Hands-free, but refills are a pain. Reviewers are big fans of the Diaper Dekor Plus for its easy, hands-free operation -- just open the can using the foot pedal and toss in the diaper. Changing the bag is not quite as easy, however; owners have to cut the bags and tie them. Parents say installing a new refill is also a pain. However, the pail's simple design means it's easy to clean. The Diaper Dekor Plus is 22 inches tall, so parents may find they need to bend over a bit to make sure diapers hit their mark.
Can be a trash can, too. The Diaper Dekor Plus uses scented plastic liners (*Est. $14 for a pack of two). They are available in two types: original (white) and biodegradable (green). Owners should be careful to choose liners made specifically for the Dekor Plus, as there are two other Dekor sizes -- Classic and XL. Each refill holds up to 335 diapers. Expert reviewers say the pail could be sturdier and that its hinges and foot pedal can easily break. If the Dekor Plus makes it through the diaper years unscathed, it can become a regular trash can.
Questionable odor control. Many reviewers say the Diaper Dekor Plus doesn't do a great job containing odors, particularly after babies are eating solid foods. Some experts say the redesigned biodegradable liners do a poor job of reducing smells, and parents should use the Dekor with the original liners only. The Diaper Dekor Plus holds up to 60 newborn diapers, a fairly large capacity for a diaper pail. Some reviewers say this is actually a downfall, as it can contribute to the odor problem. Parents do like the pail's sleek appearance. While the Dekor Plus claims to be childproof, some parents say their toddlers were easily able to defeat the lid and door locks. The Dekor Plus can be a cloth-diaper pail with the addition of a waterproof liner.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Diaper Dekor Plus places fifth in BabyGearLab.com's test of six diaper pails -- the Diaper Genie Essentials places first; the Diaper Genie Elite, Diaper Champ Deluxe, Munchkin Arm & Hammer and Safety 1st Simple Step are also reviewed. The unit fared poorly in odor-control tests. Spurrier also says the refills are too strongly scented, and sometimes a lighter diaper won't actually open the unit's trap door. The pail gets high marks for ease of use.
Review: Diaper Dekor Plus Review, Juliet Spurrier, Jan. 6, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent Babble.com's editors tested several diaper pails for at least two weeks using diapers from a baby and a toddler. They pick the Diaper Dekor Plus as "Best in the Long Run," praising its ability to become a simple trash can after use as a diaper pail. They also say the pail can be effective for cloth diapers with a wet bag. They say odor control is good, but not as good as the Munchkin Arm & Hammer.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Diaper Disposal Units, Editors of Babble.com, Not dated
3. 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 Diaper Dekor Plus. 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 Diaper Dekor Plus 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. They like the ease of use and ability to repurpose the unit as a trash can. They say odor control is good, though parents will get a strong whiff when removing a full bag. There is also "cutting and tying" involved in emptying the full unit.
Review: The Best Diaper Pails, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good In a roundup of four top diaper pail picks, Robin Elise Weiss, About.com's pregnancy & childbirth guide, praises the Dekor Plus for its large capacity, odor-reducing triple seal and hands-free operation. She also likes its ability to become a trash can, but notes no cons.
Review: Top 4 Diaper Pails, Robin Elise Weiss, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Diaper Dekor Plus earns an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars in more than 625 user reviews on Amazon.com. Owners like the ease of use and large capacity. They're also fans of the pail's attractive design and ability to become a regular trash can. Reviewers are divided over whether it effectively controls smells, with some saying the pail doesn't cut it after a baby starts solid foods. Some say the bags break easily and are worse at controlling odors after a redesign. Some also say the pail is not childproof.
Review: Diaper Dekor Plus Diaper Disposal System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The Diaper Dekor Plus earns an average rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars in nearly 400 user reviews on Buzzillions.com. Owners praise the ease of use and say the unit is very easy to clean. They also like that it isn't heavy and say it's attractive. However, some say it does not contain odors, and many complain about spending money on refills.
Review: Diaper Dekor Plus, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good This review pits the Diaper Dekor Plus against the Diaper Genie Elite. The Dekor earns praise for its compact design and hands-free operation, but the large capacity means diapers sit longer and stink more, Sandra says. She also says the bags are difficult to replace. Ultimately, she says the Diaper Genie Elite is a better choice because it combats odors more effectively.
Review: Battle of the Diaper Pails: Diaper Dekor Plus vs. Diaper Genie II Elite, "Sandra", Dec. 8, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good In a humorous but informative test, DadLabs.com's Nichols and Powell load up the Munchkin Arm & Hammer, Diaper Genie Elite and Diaper Dekor with chicken blood catfish bait. They put the pails in separate rooms and evaluate them on the strength of the odor when walking into the room, quickly opening and shutting the pail and leaving the pail open. The Dekor scores the worst on each test with the reviewers branding it "essentially a trash pail."
Review: Diaper Pail Sniff Test 2012, Clay Nichols and Brad Powell, Not dated