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Great product, with a few drawbacks
on December 19, 2010
First, the pros:
Particularly for parents who are cloth-diapering and babies in the pre-solids stage, a diaper sprayer is a great alternative to sticking your hands in toilet water to get them rinsed off. And to answer those reviewers who claim this can't be used without making a poo-water mess all over the bathroom floor and toilet, I would argue that they likely haven't given themselves time to get the technique down. I had the same experience when I first started using it, but over the last few months I've become pretty adept at rarely getting any splashing outside the bowl (and small splashes when they do happen -- nothing to fret about). Also, be aware that the on/off spigot doesn't have to be pushed all the way over, which can help decrease the water pressure a bit and give you a little more control over the spray. Being able to quickly spray off dirty diapers has really gone a long way to helping me keep them from too much staining, and makes me feel much better about throwing them in my nice clean washer!
The first thing is the necessity of having a flexible line into the tank, which other reviewers have mentioned. It was an oversight in the directions, but it's not too tricky to solve -- just go to the hardware store and get a flexible line. No biggie.
Secondly, and the thing that bothers me the most, is the ease with which this becomes a very leaky little gadget. The directions clearly warn against leaving the spigot on after you're done spraying, because the pressure will build up in the tubing and damage it. So I'll give them credit for the warning, but really, we're human, and most of us are capable of forgetting little things like this once in a while. In the 3-4 months I've been using it, I've forgotten a total of two times (easily forgivable, you would think), but after the first time I forgot, it's leaked ever since. Really? One moment of distraction and I'm penalized forever? It still works, and typically only leaks when I'm pressing the release trigger, so my hand is already over the toilet bowl and it's only clean water leaking over my hand into the bowl, so it's not the end of the world (though it does continue to drip a bit after I've hung it back up). But I just feel that, for this price, and for such a well-known brand name in the cloth diapering community, it should be a little sturdier and more forgiving than this. I would beat myself up for forgetting to turn off the water those couple times, but really, should I have to?
All in all, I'm glad I bought it -- it has certainly made cloth diapering all the more rewarding and far more doable than skeptics claim. My charge to bumGenius is simply this: sturdy up your waterworks, add a warning about the flexible line, and you'll have an absolutely A+ product.