I purchased the pictured items myself. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links. After 5 1/2 years of cloth diapering, I finally tried a diaper sprayer. Most families feel a splatter shield is a must-have when you have a sprayer so I thought it would be interesting to compare them! Splatter shields aren’t new. Back in 2009 when I was deciding what to do when my son started solids, I found the Potty Pail, though today’s splatter shields are even more sophisticated. Today I’m comparing the Spray Pal, Diaper Diamond and Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar.
The Spray Pal was brought to the market in 2011 after the creator made prototypes for his own use and everyone who saw it asked where they could buy one! It’s the first splatter shield I recall seeing other than Potty Pail and it seems to have changed diaper spraying as the world knew it. The Spray Pal is smaller than I expected though I’m sure someone else would say “oh, it’s bigger than I expected!”
Though I find it pretty intuitive to use, it came with cute illustrated instructions.
Spray Pal measures about 10″ x 16″ when folded up, and it has a snap to keep it secure while stored.
Three snaps hold it in the open/ready to use position.
I purchased the newest version, which has a more generously sized clip than the prior version. It’s easy to clip a diaper in before or after you snap it to the open position. I like being able to grab the pocket lining in the clip also, so I don’t accidentally spray a bunch of water inside the pocket.
The Spray Pal has a few features I really like.
It is designed to allow you to squeeze excess water out of a diaper. That means whether you are using hybrids, AIOs, pockets, prefolds or just rinsing a night time diaper, you don’t have to put saturated diapers in your pail, nor touch them with your bare hands. I keep my pail in the laundry room, so I can squeeze the diaper, then carry the whole shebang to my hanging wet bag/pail without drips. Position the Spray Pal over the bag and squeeze the clip to drop the diaper in (no touching necessary). Spray Pal fits perfectly behind my toilet as well as in a medium wet bag. If you have a very tight space behind and beside your toilet and there’s no room for it due to the clip, you can hang it on your doorknob after sliding it into a wet bag. Spray Pal is made in the U.S.A. and retails for $24.99.
The Spray collar attaches to your diaper sprayer and doesn’t need to be removed between uses. It was introduced about a year ago and was a fresh take on the splatter shield. My sprayer is a qdSpray sink style sprayer so the collar fits a bit differently.
I like the idea of having this ready to go on your sprayer each time and not having something assemble, but I did find there was a learning curve. You have to hold it close to the diaper to avoid splatter, so you are spraying rather blindly. If you lift to peek, you make a mess. I think this would work well if you have a powerful sprayer but it did not work for us since my spray is rather weak and I have to get the nozzle very close to the diaper. If you use pocket diapers, I recommend pulling the inserts out before spraying so you don’t have to squeeze out excess water by hand. This is a great choice for someone looking for the quickest splatter solution or with zero storage space, who has a diaper pail or wet bag nearby to drop the drippy diaper in. The spray collar is made in China and is the most affordable of the three at $14.95.
Diaper Diamond is shaped differently than the Spray Pal (and the plastic is gray) but it is very similar. Although it’s brand new to me, the patent was filed in July 2010/Approved May 2013 (though the product for which a patent was approved looks vastly different than the one that is on the market – click through to see description, illustration & claims of clamping to the toilet, using 4 clips, base, funnel, magnetic doors etc.) Their about page says after 13 prototypes they started pursuing a patent in June 2009 but it was nearly 6 years later (February 2015) before manufacturing was finished.
Also from Diaper Diamond’s “about” page: “Since Bernadette started this process several products have come on the market that also combat the messy diaper sprayer issue. She didn’t learn of these until after her patent was issued. With all of the passion, effort, and investment already put forth she decided that her product still had features that others didn’t so she kept moving forward. Just as there are tons of succesful cloth diaper brands out there she felt there could be different brands of diaper sprayer containment contraptions.”
It folds completely flat and if you noticed the hole, that is so you can hang it on a hook behind your toilet.
Two snaps secure it in the open/ready to use position. Its tapered shape doesn’t allow it to stand up on its own, which was annoying to photograph. 😉 The front scoops down a bit giving you a bit less splatter shielding in my opinion but was intended to allow easier access to the diaper.
Diaper Diamond is about 15″ tall on the longest side (where the diapers attach), and about 18 3/8″ wide at its widest and 10 1/8″ at its narrowest when flattened.
Rather than using a clip, diapers attach to the Diaper Diamond via slits in the plastic.
I found myself always putting the diaper too high in my attempts to get it in securely without handling soiled areas. The 4 slits allow you to stretch the diaper taut. Even with my lower powered sprayer I don’t find it necessary, but if you’ve always wished you could hold the diaper taut while spraying, that’s something to consider.
The Diaper Diamond folds completely flat to fit in narrow spaces but it does not fit in a medium wet bag while flat. If you wanted to store it in one to avoid drips, you’d have to use a much larger bag, or store it assembled. If your diaper pail is in the bathroom you can release the diaper from the lower tabs, hold it over the pail, then release the upper tabs to drop it in the pail. I need more practice to get the diaper out of the tabs without touching drippy diaper parts. One answer might be to only hook the top two tabs. (Edit: Diaper Diamond has a new how-to video where the shield is put into the wet bag and the tabs are removed through the wet bag so that’s one idea. She also slides the diaper into the tabs & presses down vs trying to stretch them into the slots like I was. Lastly, her new blog post has additional tips & photos that weren’t available when I wrote this and one is that the lower tabs may not be necessary with diapers that lie pretty flat on their own.)
While I seem to keep hooking the diaper a bit high, it does sit higher in general than it would in the Spray Pal. This means that you might have to choose which way to put the diaper in, depending if it’s more soiled in front or in back. I clipped one in with the back at the top and splashed a bit trying to get the area near the top. If you have a front-to-back pooper you’ll have to pay close attention to how you aim and also consider placement of the pocket and/or pocket flap (if you’re spraying a pocket diaper) to avoid catching water. Like the Diaper Dawgs collar, you’ll likely want to pull inserts out of pockets before spraying and squeeze any others before putting them in your wet bag. Diaper Diamond is made in China and retails for $23.95. (Initially appears cheaper on Amazon at $19.95 however, the shipping charge was $6 when I looked).
Last, but not least, a video demo of each sprayer. Sorry (or you’re welcome?) there’s no poop.
The common theme is that your splatter shield is your BFF since a dog is man’s best friend, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and well, a pal is everyone’s buddy, right? 😉 So, have you guessed which I prefer? Luckily, there’s something for everyone depending on what your preferences are for use and storage, but for me, I prefer the Spray Pal. It’s about $1 more than the Diaper Diamond, but it’s made in the USA and it’s fast and easy to clip a diaper in. I can squeeze out excess water, carry the diaper to the pail without dripping and I don’t have to touch the wet diaper at all. I feel it gives me the best splatter coverage and room to work with my lower pressure sprayer (and deal with an all-over-the-diaper pooper), plus its size is perfect for my storage preference (in a wet bag, behind my toilet). I think if I had a traditional sprayer I’d perhaps like the spray collar a bit more than I do now, though I like that I don’t have to actually hold the diaper with the other two.
Have you tried a splatter shield (or three)? What did you like about it? What didn’t you like? Which would you like to try?