10 best nappy bins as recommended by parents

30 November 2020

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When you imagine life with a new baby, everyone warns you about two things: the sleepless nights and the endless nappy changes. While you can’t prepare for the sleep deprivation, it can be hard to know just how many nappy changes there will be. Nappy bins can help to contain the mess and smells.

It’s amazing that such small babies can produce so much mess. Young babies need changing as many as 10 or 12 times a day, while older babies need to be changed at least six to eight times a day – although there are always exceptions to every rule.

While you can chuck disposable nappies into your kitchen bin, it won’t contain the smell like a specially-designed nappy disposal bin. And, if you’re using reusable nappies then you’ll need somewhere to store them ready for the wash.

Here are the best nappy bins to buy in 2021.

1. Best overall nappy bin: Tommee Tippee Twist & Click Advanced Sangenic Nappy Disposal Bin

“Get the Tomee Tippee one (called Sangenic). No smells whatsoever, great reviews on Amazon, and it's small and unobtrusive. I love mine.”

“I like my Tommee Tippee bin – never had any issues with it. Particularly handy as we live in a flat. It smells when we take the lid off to empty it, but otherwise we can't smell anything.”

1. Best overall nappy bin: Tommee Tippee Twist & Click Advanced Sangenic Nappy Disposal Bin

Mumsnet users rave about Tommee Tippee’s Sangenic Nappy Bin. It has a twist-and-secure mechanism to lock used nappies away and to help eliminate smells. The main selling point, though, is the Sangenic multi-layer, anti-bacterial film, which kills 99% of all dangerous germs such as E. coli and staphylococcus aureus.

You do need to use Tommee Tippee’s own refills. While the bin comes with one pack of refills, it costs £15.99 for three refills and each one will last around a month. They are, however, made from 98% recycled plastic, so the Tommee Tippee is more environmentally-friendly than other bins for disposable nappies.

  • Bin capacity: Up to 30 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: Yes
  • Can use regular bin liners: No

2. Best budget nappy bin: Rotho Babydesign Nappy Pail

2. Best budget nappy bin: Rotho Babydesign Nappy Pail

The Rotho is a sturdy traditional nappy pail, ideal for disposable or reusable nappies. If the former, you can use standard waste bags so there’s no need for pricey refills.

At 10 litres, you’d only need to empty it every other day, and it’s odour-proof thanks to its strong lid. There are also indented grips for single-handed opening and closing.

Plus, it looks super stylish as there are six colours to choose from including apple green and cool blue.

  • Bin capacity: 25 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: No
  • Can use regular bin liners: Yes

3. Best value nappy bin: Tramontina 12L Stainless Steel Pedal Bin

“Having a pedal bin within throwing reach of the changing table has been really useful. I wouldn't bother with a proper nappy bin.”

3. Best value nappy bin: Tramontina 12L Stainless Steel Pedal Bin

While it may not be designed specifically for nappies, this 12-litre stainless steel pedal bin is a great value option, which will hold up to 25 nappies.

While the initial outlay is a bit more than some of the other nappy bins on this list, you don’t need to buy pricey replacement cartridges. And, because it’s stainless steel, it’s not porous and it's great at stopping odours from escaping. Mumsnet users also love the pedal as you can open the bin up hands-free.

It also has a longevity that other bins don’t have. When it’s finished its stint as a nappy bin, you can repurpose it as a bedroom, bathroom or even kitchen bin.

  • Bin capacity: Approximately 25 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: No
  • Can use regular bin liners: No

4. Best nappy bin for one-handed use: Angelcare Nappy Disposal System

“I have the Angelcare one. In fact, I have two (one upstairs and one downstairs). I wouldn't be without it, personally. It means I don't have to go outside every time I change a nappy, and that my inside bin doesn't get full of nappies and absolutely stink!”

4. Best nappy bin for one-handed use: Angelcare Nappy Disposal System

Like the Tommee Tippee, this Angelcare nappy bin features a push-and-lock system, so you can lock away bad smells. It’s really easy to use one-handed. Just push the used nappy through the clamp system and it disappears automatically into the multi-layer bag.

All nappies in the nappy bin are then locked away so you won't have to touch (or smell) them ever again. Phew! The multi-layer film in the cassette provides effective odour-barrier technology.

You do have to buy special Angelcare refills, but it does save on plastic as the design means not all nappies are wrapped individually. Each refill cassette holds up to 120 nappies in six sealed sections. You can buy three refill cassettes for £15.98 or a value pack of six for £29.99.

  • Bin capacity: 20 to 30 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: Yes
  • Can use regular bin liners: No

5. Best for reusable nappies: Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket

5. Best for reusable nappies: Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket

The Bambino Nappy Bucket is simple and practical, and it has a lockable lid to keep your little one's hands safe and smells contained. It’s perfect if you're using reusable nappies. You can also buy compatible laundry bags, costing £7.49 for two – ideal for popping in the washing machine so you don’t have to touch the nappies again.

To keep smells at bay (look away now if you’re eating), Mumsnet users recommend using liners and disposing of poo straight into the loo. The bin then holds enough reusable nappies until you have a full load for washing.

  • Bin capacity: 12 to 15 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: Not applicable
  • Can use regular bin liners: Not applicable

6. Best for eliminating odours: Ubbi Nappy Disposal Bin

“I loved our nappy bin. We got an Ubbi. Smell contained, took regular cheap bin bags, and saved the trek up and down to the bin (our house is tall and narrow).”

6. Best for eliminating odours: Ubbi Nappy Disposal Bin

The Ubbi Nappy Disposal Bin isn’t a cheap option at almost £60, but it is effective and stylish. It comes in 15 different colours and designs – including mint green, blush pink and grey chevron – so there’s something to match your nursery or kitchen decor.

It has a child lock to keep little hands out, but where it excels is in stopping nasty smells. It’s made of steel rather than plastic, which isn’t porous so smells stay inside, and it has a damper mechanism for an airtight closure. The sliding lid also minimises air disruption. This bin doesn’t need any special bags, refills or inserts.

  • Bin capacity: 50 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: No
  • Can use regular bin liners: Yes

7. Best hands-free nappy bin: Korbell Classic Nappy Bin

7. Best hands-free nappy bin: Korbell Classic Nappy Bin

Korbell’s Nappy Bin is a great hands-free option thanks to the pedal, so you can use it while holding your baby.

The 16-litre version includes one biodegradable liner. The bin will hold up to 45 nappies at a time and the individual liners last much longer – up to 495 nappies, or 10 to 11 weeks.

Its double sealing system, combined with lightly scented liners, also keeps nasty smells at bay.

  • Bin capacity: 45 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: No
  • Can use regular bin liners: No

8. Best travel nappy bin: Angelcare On-The-Go Travel Nappy Bag Dispenser

8. Best travel nappy bin: Angelcare On-The-Go Travel Nappy Bag Dispenser

When you’re out and about, disposable nappy bags aren’t very durable and can get ripped as you chuck them in your changing bag.

The Angelcare On-The-Go Travel Nappy Bag Dispenser is designed with odour-control technology that keeps nappy smells in the bag. It also comes with a roll of 25 disposable refills and you can buy more.

It only holds two nappies, but that’s all you (should) need to get home. And you can clip it on the buggy, making it even more convenient.

  • Capacity: 2 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: No
  • Can you regular bin liners: No

9. Best multi-purpose nappy bin: Skip Hop Nappy Bin

9. Best multi-purpose nappy bin: Skip Hop Nappy Bin

Skip Hop’s Nappy Bin is so much more than just a bin – just as well as it costs over £70. It has a built-in storage compartment, so you can keep everything you need for nappy changing close at hand. It’s tall and slim, so it’s ideal for small nurseries or bathrooms.

Unlike many other nappy bins, it uses regular kitchen bin bags so you don’t need to stump up for refills.

There are a few odour prevention features including a steel lining, which traps odours inside the bin and doesn’t let them escape. It also has a dual airlock feature which means that smells are trapped with two airlocks.

  • Bin capacity Approximately 20 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: No
  • Can use regular bin liners: Yes

10. Best nappy bin alternative: Cheeky Nappy Pail Liner/Extra Large Wet Bag

“I actually ditched the bucket and started using large wet bags for storing nappies. I usually wash the poo off my nappies into the toilet and squeeze water out before placing them in the wet bag. I have absolutely no smells when the bag is zipped."

10. Best nappy bin alternative: Cheeky Nappy Pail Liner/Extra Large Wet Bag

The Cheeky Wipes Wet Bag can be used as a stand-alone alternative to a traditional nappy bin or as a liner for one.

At 63cm wide and 73cm high, it’s big enough for 10 to 14 nappies. It’s also great for babygros and clothes that have suffered the effects of a particularly bad ‘poonami.’ (Top Mumsnetter tip: baby vests with envelope sleeves can be pulled down over their bodies rather than up to keep poo away from their heads and faces).

The bag itself is waterproof and made from durable TPU. Mumsnet users particularly recommend two features – a zip to lock away smells, and a hook to hang it off the floor and away from little hands. You can wash it at 40 degrees too.

When you’re out and about, Cheeky Wipes have a mini double bag that holds one or two nappies for £3.95.

  • Capacity: 10 to 14 nappies
  • Refill cartridges: Not applicable
  • Can use regular bin liners: Not applicable

Price £14.95

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Are nappy bins essential?

Nappy bins really divide opinion. Some parents can’t live without them and say they are an essential purchase, while others say they aren’t necessary.

If you’re using cloth nappies, then somewhere to store the dirty ones until you have enough for a wash is essential.

Some users recommend zipped bags that you can put straight into the washing machine, rather than a nappy bin. They particularly like ones with a hook.

If you’re using disposable nappies, then nappy bins are particularly useful if you live in a flat or an upside-down house, with the living area on the top floor as it can be more difficult to get to an outside bin during middle-of-the-night nappy changes.

Nappy bins, unlike regular bins, are designed to contain smells and that’s something you don’t get from a regular bin. They do, however, use more plastic than chucking them straight in the wash, so if you’re worried about the eco impact of a nappy bin then look for one that uses as little plastic as possible.

How do nappy bins work?

Most nappy bins need liners, which are essentially plastic bags. Put the nappy in, turn the lid and it seals the nappy (and smells) ready for next time.

Nappy bins for disposable nappies are designed to store used nappies until you have enough for a wash. Most state the number of nappies they hold, but this usually refers to size 1 nappies – the newborn size – which means that, as your baby grows, your nappy bin will hold less.

Lots of Mumsnet users stop using nappy bins after their babies start reliably eating solids. Weaning usually begins at six months, so anywhere between eight and 14 months you may find that your nappy bin becomes less useful.

Once your baby is eating more, instead of fairly inoffensive milky poos (whether breast- or bottle-fed), you might find the need to get the nappy out of the house ASAP. There will also be far fewer nappy changes by then too – from 12 plus when they are a newborn, down to around six a day.

And remember that the capacity normally covers size 1 nappies, so the bin and liners will hold fewer nappies (and need changing more often) when you start using larger sizes.

Do nappy bins smell?

Nappy bins are designed to keep smells contained. They will have an odour when you open them for emptying.

Materials like steel will eliminate odours better than plastic. Parents recommend adding drops of lavender or tea-tree oil after cleaning to keep smells away.

Are nappy bins safe?

Yes – nappy bins are safe and are a good way of keeping dirty nappies away from babies.

Once your baby is on the move, you need to make sure they can't reach in and help themselves to dirty nappies. Also make sure the plastic bags or liners aren't within reach of little hands.

Which nappy bin is the best?

Tommee Tippee's Twist & Click Advanced Sangenic Nappy Disposal Bin
is regularly recommended by parents. The twist-and-lock system combined with the Sangenic coating means it keeps smells locked away and it’s hygienic.

For reusable nappies, the Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket is great at keeping them together and locking smells away until you have enough for a wash, while Cheeky Wipes Double Wet Bag is great if you’re out and about.

For longevity, Mumsnet users say you can’t go wrong with the Tramontina 12L Stainless Steel Pedal Bin – it’s easy to use while holding a baby, is made from a non-porous material that keeps smells at bay, and will last years.

How we chose our recommendations

All of our recommendations for nappy bins came from parents themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which nappy bins, for both disposable and reusable nappies, that Mumsnetters really rated. We also looked at other reviews to see which nappy bins performed well across the board.

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