Cloth-diapering parents who like to hit the road should check out the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag. The zippered wet compartment keeps moisture and odors tucked away, and the dry compartment provides a convenient spot for wipes and clean diapers, owners say. The bag's limited capacity means it might not be the best at-home storage solution, however.
Good for on the go. The Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag is ideal for on-the-go cloth diapering, parents say. The "dry" compartment is ideal for clean diapers and wipes, while the zippered compartment keeps dirty diapers separate. Parents can use the small handle to loop the bag on strollers and carts, but a couple of reviewers wish there were a shoulder strap to make the Planet Wise more functional as a stand-alone bag. Because the bag lacks a drawstring, it is not ideal as a diaper-pail liner, and parents will probably need both hands to insert or remove diapers. The bag is easily machine-washable, but owners may want to forgo the dryer to preserve the waterproof lining.
Useful beyond the diaper years. Unlike traditional diaper pails that require proprietary liners or trash bags, the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag won't require any additional investment. Reviewers say the bag seems solidly constructed and stands up well to a lot of washing, but there have been a handful of complaints about the handle and waterproof lining coming apart from the bag. Owners say the bag has a long life even after the diaper years are done -- some have used it for wet swimwear and sweaty gym clothes, while others say it's handy for handling accidents during potty training.
No moisture or smells. Reviewers say the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag's zippered, antimicrobial wet compartment really does keep moisture and smells locked away. One owner even filled the wet compartment with soap and water, then played a game of catch with the bag -- still no leaks. The Planet Wise will hold up to 10 diapers, but that will vary according to the type of diaper used. Toddlers who know how to work zippers will be able to get into the bag, but parents can use the loop to hang it out of reach. The bag comes in dozens of patterns and a handful of solid colors.
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 Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag as "Best Cloth Wet Bag," citing its waterproof exterior and zippered closure, which they say keep moisture locked in. They also love the cotton "dry" pocket, which together with the wet compartment makes the bag ideal for on-the-go diaper changes, they say. Editors also love the array of colorful prints, and they suggest repurposing the bag for swimwear, potty training or gym clothes after kids are out of diapers.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Diaper Disposal Units, Editors of Babble.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag receives an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 80 reviews on Amazon.com. Owners say the bag is great for traveling or quick trips, and they say it contains moisture and odors effectively. One reviewer even reports filling it with soap and water and playing catch to see whether it would leak, and it didn't. The bag is easy to toss in the washer, reviewers say. However, the waterproof liner came apart after only a few wash cycles for a couple of owners.
Review: Planet Wise Wet/Dry Diaper Bag, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Monica Beyer reviews four popular diaper pails and bags but does not compare them. The Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag earns kudos for its hidden seams, waterproof fabric, locking zipper and array of designs. The short review does not note any cons, but it is based on parental input.
Review: Can Anything Contain the Diaper Stink?, Monica Beyer, July 19, 2012
Review Credibility: Good Blogger Marissa of TheReviewStew.com subjects the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag to real-world tests after receiving one for review. She says the bag is durable with thick material, and she likes the handle for carrying the bag on the go or hanging it on a door. She also likes the versatility of having both a wet and dry section and says the wet compartment doesn't allow wicking or leaking. However, she does wish the bag held more diapers.
Review: Store Both Dry and Wet Diapers in Your Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag & Giveaway, "Marissa", Sept. 26, 2012