I had a Diaper Genie with my first child, so I got another when I had my second child. The pail does hide the smell of the diapers when the child is an infant, but once the diaper stink got worse, the pail didn't hold the smell in as well. The Diaper Genie requires you to buy special refills, so while the initial cost isn't a lot, it adds up later one. The diapers are stored in the pail like a string of sausages. It took me a while to learn how to change the refills. To change refills, you use a cutter in the lid to slice it. The slicer got dull and didn't work as well after time. That's what lead to the end of my Diaper Genie ownership. I thought I had sliced through the plastic and pulled to get the string of diapers out of the bottom. I think the Diaper Genie is okay for short term use, but since most of us with kids in diapers are in for a long haul, I don't recommend this one. The refills get too expensive and are too hard to change. And when you're dealing with poop, you don't want anything to take any longer than necessary.