The sleek, Danish-made Vipp 15 is actually a trash can, not a diaper pail, but it's often used as a diaper bin. Owners say the steel construction keeps odors on lockdown, and the unit is popular in doctor's offices for that reason. While parents may expect miracles for the eye-popping price of $319, reviewers say there's still a strong odor every time they open the can. However, if you can stomach the price, owners say the handcrafted Vipp will last a lifetime.
Hands-free operation. The Vipp 15 operates like any standard foot-pedal trash can, meaning parents can deposit diapers without touching the can. The Vipp also has a removable galvanized steel interior bin, which could prove especially handy for tossing cloth diapers in the washer. Information on whether bags are easy to insert and remove is scarce, though one owner says both processes were frustratingly tricky. Parents will likely have to stoop to make sure diapers make it into the bin, which is just 20 inches tall. Reviewers say the steel can is easy to keep clean.
Pricey, but built to last. There's no denying that at nearly 10 times the cost of most diaper pails, the Vipp 15 will give most parents sticker shock. However, owners can use standard trash bags to offset that cost in the long term. While Vipp sells liners for a seamless fit (*Est. $75 for a 16-roll box of 400 liners), reviewers say not to bother with them. Owners say the Vipp will have a long life as a regular trash can after its diaper-wrangling days are over.
Stylish, but smells remain. Owners say the Vipp 15's steel can does an admirable job of keeping odors locked away. However, they also say those odors will come rushing out every time the can is open. Vipp doesn't list an official diaper capacity, but it is about the same size as the Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail, which holds up to 25 diapers at a time. Reviewers are fans of the Vipp's understated European style. The pail comes in black, white, stainless and special annual colors available through Vipp's website. There is no childproof lock to keep out curious toddlers. The Vipp can become a cloth-diaper pail with the addition of a waterproof liner.
1. 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 Vipp 15. 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 Vipp 15 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. Editors like its sleek styling and steel construction, which they say keeps smells under control better than plastic pails. They also like the Vipp's ability to accept standard trash bags and become a garbage can after owners are done with diapers. However, they say the pail does still let odors escape when the lid is open.
Review: The Best Diaper Pails, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good In a roundup of six top diaper pails, baby expert Melissa Gould praises the Vipp 15's ability to keep odors under wraps and says the steel doesn't absorb smells like plastic. The short review does not note any cons other than price but says the "extravagance" is worth it.
Review: Best Diaper Pails, Melissa Gould, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Vipp 15 has just a handful of reviews on Amazon.com, but most are overwhelmingly positive, with an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners say the steel bin keeps smells locked away even when it's stuffed, but one reviewer says odors still escape whenever the lid is open. Reviewers also like the can's sleek looks and the fact that they can use it as a normal trash can after they're done with diapers. The only con noted by all is the price.
Review: Vipp 15 - 4 Gal Waste or Diaper Bin, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Owners give the Vipp 15 overwhelmingly positive reviews on Giggle.com, saying its longevity and odor-control abilities make it worth the high price tag. They also like the sleek, modern design. One reviewer notes that the Vipp proprietary bags can rip if they're stuffed too full, and another says the smell is overwhelming once the bin is open.
Review: Vipp Diaper Pail, Contributors to Giggle.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good Parenting blogger Jessica uses the Vipp 15 as a cloth-diaper bin. She loves the Vipp's chic style and easy-to-clean exterior, which she says is in good shape despite being drummed on by a toddler. She also likes the hydraulics in the pedal and lid, which keep the bin operating smoothly and quietly. Smells are not a problem, and she likes being able to remove the interior galvanized bin to easily take dirty diapers to the wash. The review does not note any cons.
Review: Vipp: It All Started With a Bin . . ., "Jessica", Jan. 11, 2012