The Ubbi Diaper Pail (*Est. $80) offers design-conscious parents an alternative to utilitarian plastic bins. The pail comes in several colors, including traditional pastels and some less conventional hues. Reviewers say the powder-coated stainless steel and rubber seal do a good job of keeping odors locked away, though parents should still expect a strong whiff when they open the pail. The Ubbi's ability to use standard trash bags instead of special refills also helps offset its higher price. Buyers should beware, though: A design flaw in older Ubbi units means bags may rip on a sharp hinge during removal. As of January 2013, Ubbi is selling white, gray and orange models with the redesigned hinge. Other colors will follow when old inventory runs out. Customers with the older models can contact Ubbi for replacement parts.
If the Ubbi isn't sleek enough, the Danish-made Vipp 15 (*Est. $319) offers parents a chance to add some European design to the nursery -- if they don't faint after seeing the price tag. While it was designed as a trash can, not a diaper pail, owners say the Vipp does an admirable job of sealing off smells. Though you may expect miracles at this price, reviewers say the smells will still be there to greet you once the pail is open. A foot pedal offers hands-free use, and the Vipp is able to use standard trash bags. Owners also say the handcrafted Vipp will last a lifetime as a trash can, which may make the exorbitant price tag a little easier to stomach.