Ubbi Steel Odor Locking9.6/10 (Expert Score)
SAVE MONEY ?C NO NEED TO BUY SPECIAL BAGS: No special bags, refills or inserts are required with the Ubbi diaper pail saving time and money unlike other pail on the market
Top Positive Review
I use this can to temporarily dispose of used “puppy pads” when my two small dogs go potty. They are senior citizens now, and I don’t want them to feel like they have to hold it all night (or during a long day), so I leave puppy pads on the floor of the bathroom in my apartment. The Ubbi can is a great place to toss the used pads so I don’t need to trek down the hall to the garbage chute in the middle of the night. I never leave the used pads in the can for longer than a day, although the smell inside still gets pretty atrocious. Once the can is closed, though, it does a great job of locking the odor inside. I did find that putting a small, open container of odor-absorbing cat litter (I used a leftover plastic takeout food container) on the floor of the can (so it sits below the bag and doesn’t interfere with anything) does help to absorb some of the smell. I attached a photo showing my cat litter container sitting in the can. You’re still going to want to hold your breath when you open the can, though! I had tried using a Litter Genie for this same purpose and not only was it too small, but the custom bags were a pain in the neck and expensive. This is a far superior alternative for my purposes.
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Top Critical Review
I have 6 children so I’ve gone through a lot of diaper changes. I previously used the Diaper Genie Elite and was pretty satisfied with it because it held in the smell well, and was easy to use with the foot pedal for opening and closing. However, the Diaper Genies only last about 2 years, which is fine if you only have one child since they potty train at about 2. At about 2 years, one part or another would break on it, requiring replacement of the unit. So when my last one broke I contacted Playtex (the makers of Diaper Genie) and they gave me coupons good for $16 off of a new unit which was great, and I almost bought one except I was really sick of buying those expensive bags for it. So I looked into the Ubbi and, finding a good deal on Amazon, I went for it. I was a little bummed out that I had to open the diaper pail with my hands as opposed to having a foot pedal, but that wasn’t such a big deal for me. I really wanted to like the Ubbi because it’s an American company and it’s not made of plastic. And it was great for about the first month but then it really started to stink. I tried adding baking soda to the bag. I tried using two bags each with baking soda in them. I tried spraying the can with Lysol when I threw out the trash. I tried using plastic shopping bags and changing the bags every other day. I even washed it thoroughly with dish soap and baking soda and let it completely dry out in our very dry climate. All to no avail. It just stinks! Pun intended. Even after I had just washed it, it still stunk. I finally tried using the left over bags I had from my Diaper Genie by simply tying a knot at the bottom and cutting off the appropriate length. And voila! It worked. So all along it was the pricey Diaper Genie bags that hold the smell in. Over all, the Ubbi is great because it’s steel, it comes in great colors, and there’s no flimsy plastic mechanism to break. However, their claim that you can use any ordinary trash bag is not true and it’s expensive. I used the Member’s Mark tall kitchen bags from Sam’s club and they definitely don’t work. Maybe a name brand trash bag like Hefty, or Glad would work better? This Ubbi pail will probably last longer than the plastic Diaper Genie, but you still have to use the Diaper Genie bags for odor control.
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Customer Questions & Answers
Has anyone owned this more than a year and can attest to it keeping bad smells at bay?
Here’s the thing… it’s filled with poop. So when you open the lid, yes, you smell poop. However, I have owned this for over two years and LOVE it because it keeps the smell contained INSIDE. Other diaper pails I’ve used are plastic and the smell always seeps through the pail leaving the room to constantly have a hint??
So you can’t clean this with any liquid? not even a clorox wipe on the inside? is it worthwhile/possible to add an arm & hamor disc inside the pail?
Answer: We??ve had this item for over a year now, we always wipe it with a lightly damped cloth of Lysol or Method, hasn??t rusted a bit. We usually add a little baking soda to the bag and keeps the odor at bay
What size bag do I need? (gallons)
Answer: I used 13-gallon trash bags. They fit well. There is some overhang when the bag is empty, but as you add diapers, the weight pulls at the slack. I wouldn’t use anything less than 13-gallon capacity.
After emptying the pail, the inside is very stinky. Stainless steel is not supposed to absorb odors but I feel like it is. Anyone else? 17 months old.
Try using a moisture absorbing container in the bottom of the bin (such as “damp rid”). We have a different pail, but someone gave me this advice at the beginning and we are almost 2 years in with no smell in the container (except for when it’s full of stinky diapers). You just have to be mindful to occasionally check ??
What are the dimensions of the opening on the top?
Answer: The small slide opening on top is A circle of about 4″ in diameter.
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