We spent two years with the Munchkin arm and hammer diaper pail. It seemed fine enough but it was annoying to get closed and honestly didn't hold the smell in very well. We got this one as a cheap pail for our playroom when our second babe came along and I feel so sad that we suffered with that other one for two years.
I literally cannot find a negative to this pail. You just drop the diaper in the hole! No pushing with all your might to get a lid closed as you're holding the baby with the other arm. And I like that it has a little latch to lock the trapdoor should our baby get a little explorative when he's older. And I thought tying off the bags would be annoying but that whole process is a cinch.
I have recommended this to every new mom I know. Diaper pails are hard to buy for the first time because you just don't really know what features you'll want or need, but this one has it all for such an awesome price.
Comparison: Genie, Plus, Classic
*I hope this review is helpful! This is the review I wanted when trying to decide which Dekor to buy.
We used the Genie for 21 months now and I'm glad to move on. The sleeves were annoying and so frequently had to shake/rock the unit around to get the diapers to drop. Occasionally, with a large, full diaper, I had to push it in. Yuck. This won't happen with a NB size, but a size 4, yes. Also, the Genie sleeves are a bit more costly.
Plus: love it! The trap door is spring loaded for the right weight of a diaper and it closes very quickly. I thought the lower height might become a complaint of mine, but since I don't have to push the diaper in, it isn't an issue. My one and only complaint is that the bags are a noisy plastic when removing the bag (think grocery sack). Not really an issue, but I did frequently gather them after the toddler was sleeping. Easy to change my ways for the benefit of loving the pail! Other reasons to love:
+price! ($32 Warehouse open box!)
+replacement bag price
+shape of canister
+contains smell very well
+easy to remove bag
+large trap door compared to Classic
+lid can disassemble to become a garbage with a lid (I didn't verify this, but it was a bonus feature in my selection of Dekor)
Same benefits as the Plus, except that the trap door is smaller. See pictures if this is important to you. It don't make a difference for a newborn, but I like the size for our size 5 toddler diapers! Also, the classic holds quite a few less diapers. It doesn't feel too much smaller than the Plus. I think you would be happy with either if you don't mind changing the bag a bit more often, and if the trapdoor size isn't an issue. I did not physically use this one since I plan to return it. I'm sure the door is large enough, but since there was a big difference between the two trapdoors, I wanted the larger. Refills cost the same per diaper capacity when I did the math.
Overall, the Plus seems comparable to the Genie in capacity, is more user-friendly, contains the smell better since the trap door shuts so quickly with each use, and is more cost effective. And, it can be used as a garbage in the future. I'm a Dekor convert for sure!
*I think you would be happy with the Classic as well, but no one wants to change them out anymore than you have to. See the pictures for size difference; the trapdoor size was the factor that swayed me to keep the Plus and return the Classic. I hoped the Classic would fit beside our toilet in the bathroom, but it is too large for the space. I may try the mini, though I would imagine the trapdoor will be somewhat small for pull-ups and toddler diapers. (Not a verified observation, just a guess)
The last photo is the Genie compared to the Plus.