I recently wrote about how cheesed off I had become with my Tommee Tippee Nappy Wrapper. Stinking to high heaven and lots of faffing around with cassettes made me refuse to use it after just over three months.
I saw the Vital Baby Nappysafe in use at a friends place and when she described how simple it was to use and cost efficient (no cassettes to buy, just uses normal 18 litre bin liners), I knew that this sounded like the better option. All of this comes at a price though of Â£49.95 but what you get is a well made, simple to assemble, cost efficient, simple to use product that doesn’t have any faffing around.
Assembly: Instructions are pretty straightforward. Do read them though because initially fitting the white unit on the green base was slightly fiddly but that was my own fault for speed reading… It was refreshing not to have to fanny around with cassettes and just place the bag and voila, done.
In Use : You literally drop the nappy in the pail, lift the handle fully to the back to drop it in, and then flip it forward back to its front position again to seal in odours. I’m a smell freak (so you can understand why the Tommee Tippee thing wound me up…). I won’t say that you don’t get any smell but this is only 1) as you just put the nappy because obviously the pail has opened briefly for the nappy to go in and 2) you have to be practically leaning over it and with your face very close otherwise. To compare to my other experience where I could smell it all day in the room and from what felt like 50 paces, this makes the Vital Baby Nappysafe a winner with me. I like the look of it – It’s in a simple white and green, with green seeming to highlight the vital parts that you use. It feels robust and well made.
Stores: Up to 18 nappies.
Emptying: So straight forward I thought I must have missed something! The trick is to pull the mouth of the bag tightly together as you detach it from the Nappysafe so that you don’t let out odour. It was all very quick and painless.
Ease of Use/Setup – 5/5 Straight forward, no fiddling, no rustling of plastic, turning nobs to twist bags or setting up the plastic bag.
Value – 4.5/5 You might seize up at the initial outlay but when you work out the cost efficiency, it’s just a matter of a bit more upfront but far less maintenance and outlay in the long run. I have searched high and low for deals and there doesn’t seem to be any to be had. Everybody sells them at the same price which is slightly irritating. Everyone likes a deal! It’s marketed as saving around Â£150 against cassette systems and I can believe it. At around Â£3.50 – Â£5.50 per cassette, you could make back the money you spent on this nappysafe within 6 months!
I think it’s well worth the money and if you end up having more than one kid, well it’s bargain central!That’s a 5/5 from me then!
Available from John Lewis. Price is now Â£39. Updated 01/03/09