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Discover the 8 best nappy bins as recommended by parents

Make nappy changes a cinch and eradicate nasty whiffs with one of the best nappy bins as recommended by Mumsnet users, the biggest online network of parents in the UK.

By Louise Baty | Last updated Nov 29, 2022

Baby lying on a blanket

It’s truly amazing that such small babies can produce so much mess. Newborns need changing as frequently 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.

If you’re planning on using disposable nappies, you may intend on bagging up each soiled nappy and nipping straight outdoors to sling it in your wheelie bin. While that’s a great way to quickly eliminate smells, it’s not always practical, particularly if you live in a flat or happen to be changing your baby on the top floor of your house at midnight and it’s blowing a gale outside. 

For these scenarios, it can be really helpful to have a good nappy bin or nappy bucket nearby. While you can of course chuck disposable nappies into your kitchen or bathroom bin, a standard bin simply won’t contain the smell like a specially-designed nappy disposal bin will. Nappy bins can contain soiled nappies and minimise smells.

If you’re using reusable nappies, you’ll need to consider where you’re going to store them until wash day - a bin or wet bag designed for reusable nappies could be your answer. Many parents on our forums highly recommend nappy bins and we’ve rounded up their favourites to help you decide if you need one too.

While we're on the subject of making life easier for new parents, here are our guides to the best white noise machines for babies, the best baby room thermometers and the best night lights.

Here are the best nappy bins UK 2022.

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

Tommee Tippee Twist & Click Advanced Nappy Disposal Bin

Price on writing: From £27.99 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Size: 29.7 x 26.2 x 39cm |Bin capacity: Up to 30 nappies | Refill cartridges: Yes | Can use regular bin liners: No

Reasons to buy

  • Large capacity
  • Made from recycled plastic
  • Anti-bacterial film kills 99% germs

Reasons to avoid

  • Must use Tommee Tippee own refill cassettes

What Mumsnet users say

“I like the Tommee Tippee Sangenic Twist & Click. I got a starter pack one on offer from Amazon.” (Rated by Mumsnet user Chelyanne)

“I had a Tommee Tippee one - loved it. It was so convenient. I suppose it depends on your house set-up and your bin set-up. It was a real pain to have to put nappies in our outside bin every time. The nappy bin kept them sealed and smell-free for several days.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Seeline)

Our verdict

Our favourite features? We love the ingenious twist-and-secure mechanism to lock used nappies away and eliminate smells.

Mumsnet users really rate Tommee Tippee’s Sangenic Nappy Bin. The main selling point is the Sangenic multi-layer, anti-bacterial film, which kills 99% of all dangerous germs such as E. coli and staphylococcus aureus.

One drawback is that you need to use Tommee Tippee’s own refill cassettes. While the bin comes with one pack of refills included in the price, you’ll have to factor in the cost of purchasing replacements. 

It costs £14.99 for three refills and each one will last around a month. We’ll be honest here - there’s quite a lot of plastic involved in this system. However, the cassettes are made from 98% recycled plastic so, in comparison to other bins for disposable nappies, Tommee Tippee is more environmentally-friendly.

Fitting 30 nappies at a time, it’s a great space-saver nappy bin and won’t need emptying as often as others. Choose from four colourways: Pink, Green, Blue and White. 

2. Best budget nappy bin: Rotho Babydesign Nappy Pail

Rotho Babydesign Nappy Pail

Price on writing: £12.97 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 31 x 27 x 29.5 cm/10 litres | Bin capacity: 25 nappies | Refill cartridges: No | Can use regular bin liners: Yes

Reasons to buy

  • Cheap
  • Can use standard bin bags
  • Various colours to choose from

Reasons to avoid

  • Doesn't lock out odours as effectively as other nappy bins

Our verdict

Our favourite features? There are no frills with this bin, but it does its job well. 

The Rotho is a sturdy, fairly traditional nappy pail, ideal for disposable or reusable nappies.  At 10 litres and capable of storing 25 nappies, you’d only need to empty it every other day. Thanks to its strong lid, it’s reassuringly odour-proof too. There are also indented grips for single-handed opening and closing.

Another thing to consider is that, if you only need the bin for stashing disposable nappies, you can simply use standard waste bin bags, meaning that there’s no need to shell out for pricey refills. When weighed up against other nappy bins on our list which require special refill bags, such as the Tommee Tippee Twist & Click Advanced Nappy Disposal Bin, this nappy bin is a cheaper option long-term.

If you want to match your nappy bin to your nursery colour scheme, that shouldn’t be a problem as there are three colour options: Apple Green, Cool Blue and Stone Grey.

3. Best nappy bin for stopping odours: Ubbi Nappy Disposal Bin

Ubbi Nappy Disposal Bin

Price on writing: From £72.41 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 28.9 x 21.3 x 49.5cm/59 litres | Bin capacity: 50 nappies | Refill cartridges: No | Can use regular bin liners: Yes

Reasons to buy

  • Takes up to 50 nappies
  • Steel design locks in odour
  • Childproof design

Reasons to avoid

  • Expensive

What Mumsnet users say

"The Ubbi diaper bin is a godsend. Expensive initially, but then you can just use normal bin liners so much cheaper than the ones with special refills in the long run. We have one in our bedroom and there’s no smell at all, even with multiple dirty nappies sat in there for several days.” (Rated by Mumsnet user SparrowNest)

Our verdict

Our favourite features? Although the bin itself is pricey, it doesn’t require special refills so you can save money long-term by buying regular bin bags. 

Can a nappy bin really be stylish? Well, yes, actually. The Ubbi Nappy Disposal Bin isn’t a cheap option, but it’s won several design awards and comes in several different colours – including Sage Green, Blush Pink, Chrome, Marble, Woodgrain and Slate – so there’s sure to be something to match your home decor.

Now onto the practicalities. Firstly, there’s a child lock to keep little hands out. With a capacity for up to 50 dirty nappies, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Ubbi Nappy Disposal Bin truly excels in stopping nasty smells. It’s made of sturdy steel rather than plastic and has a damper mechanism for an airtight closure to ensure smells stay inside. The sliding lid also minimises air disruption. 

4. Best nappy bin for disposable nappies: Tramontina 12L Stainless Steel Pedal Bin

Tramontina 12L Stainless Steel Pedal Bin

Price on writing: £24.89 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 33 x 26.6 x 32.8cm/12 litres | Bin capacity: Approximately 25 nappies | Refill cartridges: No | Can use regular bin liners: Yes

Reasons to buy

  • Hands-free option
  • Can use normal bin bags
  • Use as a normal bin once no longer needed for nappies

Reasons to avoid

  • Not as efficient at eliminating smells as bespoke nappy bins

What Mumsnet users say

“Having a pedal bin within throwing reach of the changing table has been really useful. I wouldn't bother with a proper nappy bin.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user BertieBotts)

Our verdict

Our favourite features? Mumsnet users love the pedal on the Tramontina 12L Stainless Steel Pedal Bin as you can open it hands-free - useful if you’re also holding your baby.

Sometimes, it’s good to think outside the box and just because you’re looking for a bin for nappies, that doesn’t mean you actually need a nappy bin. This 12-litre stainless steel pedal bin isn’t actually designed specifically for nappies but it’s a great value option, which will hold up to 25 nappies at any given time.

Granted, the initial outlay is a bit more than the cost of some of the other nappy bins we recommend, such as the Angelcare Nappy Disposal System (below). However, you don’t need to buy pricey replacement refills - you can just use standard bin bags. 

It’s made from sturdy stainless steel which makes it great at stopping whiffy odours from escaping - although it won’t be as efficient at odour zapping when compared to a specialist nappy bin such as the Angelcare. 

 Another point to consider is that this bin will last you longer than a traditional nappy bin. When it’s finished its stint as a nappy bin, you can repurpose it as a stylish kitchen bin.

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

Angelcare nappy disposal system

Price on writing: From £14.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 28.5 x 25 x 41.5cm | Bin capacity: 20 to 30 nappies | Refill cartridges: Yes | Can use regular bin liners: No

Reasons to buy

  • Reasonably priced and includes refills
  • Easy to use one-handed

Reasons to avoid

  • Have to use Angelcare refill cassettes

What Mumsnet users say

“Have the Angelcare one. Been amazing for the last six months. Would definitely get one again if I have another baby.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Holliej)

Our verdict

Our favourite features? It’s really easy to use one-handed - simply push the used nappy through the clamp system and it disappears automatically into the multi-layer bag.

Like the Tommee Tippee Twist & Click Advanced Nappy Disposal Bin, this Angelcare nappy bin features a push-and-lock system so that you can lock away nasty smells. 

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

One downside to consider - you’ll have to buy the special Angelcare refills designed for this nappy bin. However, on the plus side, this saves on plastic because the nappies aren’t wrapped individually. Each refill cassette holds up to 120 nappies in six sealed sections. You can buy three refill cassettes for £17.10 or a value pack of six for £27.07.

6. Best nappy bin for reusable nappies: Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket

Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket

Price on writing: £8 | Buy now from Bambino Mio

Key specs

Size: 26 x 25 x 26cm | Bin capacity: 12 to 15 nappies | Refill cartridges: N/A | Can use regular bin liners: N/A

Reasons to buy

  • Lockable lid keeps little hands at bay
  • Eco-friendly

Reasons to avoid

  • Not a huge capacity compared to other nappy bins

What Mumsnet users say

“What I would say makes a big difference is buying a nappy bucket with a mesh bag (I think I had Bambino Mio).” (Advice from Mumsnet user AutumnVibes)

Our verdict

Our favourite features? The Bambino Nappy Bucket is simple, practical, cost-effective and suitable for any brand of reusable nappy.

If you’re using reusable nappies, you’ll want an eco-friendly way to stash them away until washing day.  This nappy bucket has a lockable lid to contain smells and prevent little hands from delving inside. 

Mumsnetters on our forums have a top tip for keeping nasty smells at bay (look away now if you’re squeamish). They recommend using reusable nappies with removable, washable liners and disposing of as much poo as possible straight into the loo before stashing the nappy and liner in the bin until you have a full load for the washing machine.

To make things even less messy when using the Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket, you can buy reusable Bambino Mio laundry bags. Simply fit a laundry bag inside the nappy bucket and put soiled nappies inside. Once the laundry bag is full, you can remove it from the nappy bucket and pop it straight into your washing bag without having to handle dirty nappies.

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

Korbell nappy bin

Price on writing: £49.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 16 litres | Bin capacity: 45 nappies | Refill cartridges: No | Can use regular bin liners: No

Reasons to buy

  • Large capacity
  • Seals off nasty smells
  • Easy to change

Reasons to avoid

  • Can't use regular bin liners
  • Pricey

Our verdict

Our favourite features? 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 - so you’re covered for up to 44 weeks.

Thanks to the foot pedal, the Korbell Classic Nappy Bin is a great hands-free option, which you can easily use while holding your baby. This 16-litre version is made from durable plastic and the package includes four biodegradable liners. 

To keep nasty smells at bay, the Korbell bin uses a three-part system including a sealed spring-loaded door (which automatically shuts after nappies pass through it), a secure top lid and fragranced liners to disguise whiffs. The double seal also prevents little fingers from getting stuck. 

It’s easy to change the bin liner by pulling it out, cutting it from the roll with the inbuilt cutting tool and tying the remaining liner ready for use. While it isn’t a cheap option by any means, it’s effective, practical and comes in a range of muted pastel shades to suit most nurseries.

8. Best wet bag for reusable nappies: Bambino Mio Wet Bags

Bambino Mio Wet Bags

Price on writing: From £11.49 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 1.02 x 16 x 18.03cm | Bag capacity: 4 nappies |Refill cartridges: N/A | Can use regular bin liners: N/A

Reasons to buy

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Can be repurposed in future

Reasons to avoid

  • Doesn't hold many nappies
  • Bag isn't plastic-free

What Mumsnet users say

“I prefer to use a wet bag. A plastic bin with a lid gets really sweaty and wet inside from condensation and then I hate emptying it. A wet bag contains all the smells (far more effective than a drawstring one), is easier than a bucket to carry to the washing machine, and I can just shove the whole empty bag into the machine and then shake it a bit to get the nappies out. Bag then stays in the machine to get washed.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user HappyAsASandboy)

“I use the Bambino Mio wet bags. Pricey but leak-proof and washable.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user FluffySavage)

Our verdict

Our favourite features? A versatile, eco-friendly alternative to a nappy bin, this machine-washable wet bag from Bambino Mio is fully waterproof thanks to the tapered seams and 100% laminated polyester. 

You can use it to contain soiled reusable nappies and, with 19 bright print variations, you’re spoilt for choice.

A bag this size carries four nappies which doesn’t seem too impressive in comparison to the Bambino Mio Nappy Bucket which holds up to 15. But some Mumsnetters say that a sealed wet bag is more efficient at sealing off smells than a bin. To close, simply roll the fabric and secure the clip. Once full, you can shake the dirty nappies into the washing machine and chuck the bag in too for a thorough clean. 

If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of disposable nappies and nappy bins then a reusable wet bag will appeal. However, bear in mind that the Bambino Mio Wet Bag isn’t plastic-free as it contains polyurethane. Still, it won’t have to head for landfill because, once you’ve finished the nappy stage, you can repurpose it for carrying wet clothes during potty training.

Is it worth buying a nappy bin?

Are nappy bins really essential? Like so many aspects of parenting life, nappy bins really divide opinion. Some parents say that they can’t live without one and regard it as an essential baby kit purchase, while others say it isn’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.

What is the difference between a nappy bin and a normal bin?

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

How big are nappy bins?

Nappy bins can range in size but, rather than focusing on the litre capacity, it's more useful to look at how many nappies each bin holds so you can judge the functionality better and will be able to estimate how often you’ll need to empty it. While the Ubbi Nappy Disposal Bin holds up to 50 nappies, most of the bins in our round-up will hold around 20 to 30 nappies.

If you’re looking for a more compact, space-saver bin then it's worth remembering that it won't have as large a capacity, so you may want to weigh up whether space or capacity is more of a requirement. 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.

How do nappy bins work? 

Most nappy bins need liners or plastic bin bags. Put the nappy in, close the lid and it seals the nappy and smells. 

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 you may find that your nappy bin becomes less useful when your baby is anywhere between eight and 14 months.

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.

How long does a nappy bin refill last?

It depends on which refill you're using and your baby's age (newborns go through more nappies than older babies). According to Tommee Tippee, the manufacturer of our top ranked nappy bin, each refill cassette should last around three to four weeks.

How do I choose a nappy bin? 

When choosing a nappy bin, consider which aspects are most important to you. 

  • Capacity: Rather than looking at the volume capacity in litres, check how many nappies the bin can hold to give you an idea of how it will suit your needs.
  • Environmental impact: Plastic nappy bins and refill bags have an environmental impact so, if this concerns you, you may prefer to use more eco-friendly reusable nappies and a washable wet bag.
  • Specialist refills cassettes or regular bin bags: Some nappy bins require specialist refill cartridges or bags which can add expense.
  • How do you put the nappies into the bin? Does the lid have a foot pedal mechanism or do you feed the nappy through an automatic seal which helps to lock in smells?

Do nappy bins smell? 

Nappy bins are designed to keep smells contained but they will emit 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. We found that the Ubbi Steel Nappy Disposal Bin was the best nappy bin for minimising nasty odours.

How often should nappy bins be emptied?

How often you empty a nappy bin is a personal choice, of course, and you may opt to empty it on a daily basis. Some nappy bins can fit a large volume of nappies, such as the Ubbi Nappy Disposal Bin which has capacity for up to 50 nappies.

However, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to empty your nappy bin at least every three days to minimise the risk of nasty smells emitting from the bin when you open it. This allows for 30 nappies at most in your nappy bin. For context, the Tommee Tippee Twist & Click Advanced Nappy Disposal Bin fits a maximum of 30 nappies. 

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.

What is the best nappy bin UK 2022?

The overall best nappy bin is the Tommee Tippee Twist & Click Advanced Nappy Disposal Bin. Parents rate it for its ingenious twist-and-secure mechanism and the Sangenic multi-layer, anti-bacterial film, which locks away smells and germs. 

Here's a round up of the best of the rest:

How we chose our recommendations

When compiling our lists of recommendations, our team of experienced parenting journalists spend hours analysing every single product category, using a variety of independent sources to evaluate products against each other and assess which ones perform best. We then consolidated these results with the opinions of our huge network of Mumsnet forum users, which is the biggest online network of parents in the UK.

Why you should trust us

Most of the recommendations for nappy bins in this round-up came from Mumsnetters themselves who have tried and tested the products as consumers.

We searched the Mumsnet forums for honest reviews and recommendations for nappy bins from parents. We then consulted expert review sites and retailers, including Amazon and Robert Dyas, to allow us to accurately hone our list of tried-and-tested products. 

During our research, we assessed and weighed up each individual product, vetting the design, safety, odour control, capacity and overall function and performance to ensure they performed well across the board and offered true value for money.

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