Munchkin Step Diaper Pail Review

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The Munchkin Step diaper pail has an exceptional ability to manage odors, which contributed to its selection as our Editors’ Choice product. Munchkin is an award-winning product and one the best value product in our top 5 list. The hands-free pail is simple to operate, with a foot pedal that is both convenient and convenient, a high capacity, and a self-sealing technology that helps keep the odors contained within the can with each fresh deposit. Although the strong lavender aroma and the small deposit opening for size 3 and larger diapers didn’t appeal to us, we believe most families will find the Munchkin to be a wonderful option. Check out how it stacks up against the best diaper pails in our review.


  • Best odor control
  • Large capacity
  • Self-sealing
  • Durable
  • Easy bag change


  • The lavender scent can be overwhelming
  • Small opening
  • Expensive
  • Proprietary bags

Why We Like It

With an excellent odor controller and a simple, hands-free pail, the Munchkin Step has you covered. Since the foot pedal lid lifts easily, you can get there with a baby and diaper in one hand. Parents will appreciate the ability to deposit without having to deal with a messy diaper and a fussy baby. The inside door closes after passing each diaper, ensuring that smells remain contained.

We’re very happy with how well the Step works to eliminate smells. The bag turns when the lid closes, creating a unique self-sealing system that helps keep the diaper and its smell inside the liner (yay!).

When you open the top to put on a new diaper, the twist-and-seal method significantly reduces the likelihood of releasing smelly fumes. The Step also has a baking soda puck inside the lid to help get rid of smells even more.

The container is a good size, with a large capacity, which means you don’t have to change the bags every day, though doing so will help keep the smell down. The can’s tough plastic shell is strong and will last for a long time, even though it does smell like plastic sometimes. Inside the system, a knife makes it easy to take the bag off. Just tie off the liner and throw it away. The front door opens wide enough to lay the inner end down and tie it off, making a bag for the next set of diapers. In general, the style is sleek and understated, so it doesn’t stand out from the rest of the baby decor.

Why We Don’t Like It

We like the idea of putting a baking soda puck on the bottom of the lid, but some people find the lavender smell too strong. It smells better than the other one, which smelled like poop, but we wish they had an odorless puck for people who are easily offended. The smell of lavender-scented poop might be enough to make you throw away your cookies.

The box is a decent size, but the diaper hole is not very big. Therefore, there isn’t much space for odors to escape, but you’ll need to exert a little more force to push the diaper through, which could potentially lead to the contents spilling out. Also, a full liner can stop the liner from turning as the lid closes. You’ll have to force the diaper through the hole to reach the container’s main part and close the lid. If you fail to do so, the diaper may become trapped in the twisting movement, preventing the cover from closing completely. You can avoid this problem by taking off the full liner frequently, and since you can tie off the bag, you won’t waste room or materials.

Another issue with this system is that it relies on a unique liner/bag system, which other systems do not utilize. To ensure the method functions properly, you must purchase Munchkin liners specifically designed for this pail. Needing a special sleeve makes things harder because you have to find the right refills and make a bigger investment upfront. Avoid running out by buying refills online and keeping extras on hand if you don’t have many stores nearby. Because of how expensive they are, the pail will cost you more in the long run than items that work with trash bags. Though they won’t stop you from buying, these issues should be considered before you buy.

Should You Buy the Munchkin Step Diaper Pail?

If you are searching for a pail that is capable of providing actual protection to children and is also effective, then you should surely go with this option. It has all the qualities that a good pail should have. The item is expensive because it is of high quality, even if it seems expensive.

What Other Diaper Pail Should You Consider?

If keeping smells out of a diaper pail is the most important thing to you, the Munchkin Step is the only one you should look at. It keeps smelling better than the others, both when it’s closed up and when diaper dumps are made. Even though it has a smaller opening and costs more in the long run than some other choices, we think most parents will be pleased to pay the extra money for a child-free nursery and a simple pail that is straightforward to use. But you can also look out for affordable options Diaper Genie Complete, and another option is Diaper Dekor Classic.

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