The 9 Best Kitchen Trash Cans for 2021

Staff, courtesy of SimpleHuman

Trash cans do a dirty job, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look good at the same time. Your standard kitchen trash can has come a long way and today a range of stylish, high-tech, and super-efficient receptacles are available for all of your trash storage needs. Go and clean up!

What is to be considered

Trash cans seem pretty simple, but there are a variety of features that you could want based on your individual needs. Keep the following points in mind and you will be well on your way to a happier kitchen life.

Which type of can is right for your kitchen?

There are several ways to dispose of the garbage in the trash yourself. You can opt for the foot pedal model, a pull-out cupboard, a swing top or a motion-activated trash can. Here are a few other factors to consider.

  • size: Depending on the size of your family and the amount of trash you produce, you may want a small, regular, or extra large can. Keep in mind that smaller cans will have to get the trash out of the way faster, but you will avoid smelly trash. If less frequent trips to your outdoor rubbish bin are ideal for you, then opt for a larger model.
  • odor: Some trash cans have built-in odor control, which is especially useful when you need to dispose of small pads or diapers.
  • recycling: Some of our products have dual garbage / recycling options, making it even easier to dispose of your plastics, glass and metals.

How we chose

We’ve reviewed hundreds of trash cans, analyzed specifications and various features to offer the best options for a variety of needs at different prices. We have also checked other experts’ opinions and read many consumer reviews. After all, we only include reputable options from reputable companies.

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Best overall result

simplehuman 10 gallon step trash can

This simplehuman trash can has an average of 4.8 stars from more than 11,475 users. It has a strong steel pedal that can withstand 150,000 bumps or more than 20 openings per day for 20 years. The patented Silent Close lid stays open as long as you want, a nice option for busy home cooks. The stainless steel finish is also resistant to fingerprints.

While simplehuman sells bespoke trash can liners, experts and users say regular store-bought bags work great (for a lot less money).

One reviewer raved, “This is exactly what I was looking for. This box is compact, functional and very well built. It looks 1,000 times better than my old can and doesn’t slide around on my laminate flooring and mark my wall like the old one. “


Preferably contactless

iTouchless 13 gallon trash can


$ 69.99

This motion sensor activated trash can is loved by reviewers who don’t want to touch any part of the trash can, even with their foot. The battery that supplies the motion activation with power is sold separately, but only consumes power when needed and has three times the battery life of other sensor boxes. (Four D batteries last up to 1.5 years.)

The ship can also be powered by a separately available power supply unit. The large capacity can has a wide 12-inch opening, odor-absorbing filter, and fits in 13-gallon trash bags. There is an optional lid lock.

Reviewers say that “even when fully filled, the nausea only smells for the brief moment that the lid is open.”


Best pull-out can

simplehuman 30 liter pull-out trash can

The can keeps the chaos out of sight and behind closed doors. It has a nice chrome finish and rests in a sturdy, commercially available, metal ball-bearing rail frame, and everything comes pre-assembled. Mounting the setup in a cabinet requires eight screws.

Custom trash bags are sold separately, but regular 13 gallon bags work well. One reviewer wrote, “This is exactly what I wanted! I bought two of these pull-out trash cans for under my sink. “


Best budget

Umbra Grand Swing Top rubbish bin

This 10 gallon trash can does what it was designed to do – catch the trash – and little else. It has a hinged lid that clicks into place and is made of easy-to-clean and durable polypropylene. This umber can hold standard 13 gallon bags and is suitable for commercial and home use.

One reviewer raved: “This is exactly what I wanted” and “easy to carry down three icy flights of stairs”. Others praise its strength and durability.


Best step can

Amazon Basics 50 liter soft-close trash can

This 50 liter, 13.2 gallon satin nickel can opens via a manual pedal and closes gently. The material on the outside is fingerprint and smudge-proof, the inner bin can be easily removed for cleaning and disposal. The lid offers a hold-open mode for kitchen chefs and easy garbage disposal.

Reviewers praised its appearance and its “smudge-proof” texture and sturdiness, but one reviewer found that regular-sized trash bags don’t fit as well as they’d like.


Best little can

simplehuman 10 liter high-performance trash can

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$ 30.00

This compact 10 liter kitchen trash can is ideal for small kitchens, families who don’t produce a lot of trash, and people who live alone.

The trash can is designed to last, with a sturdy steel frame that can be securely hooked and also mounted on a door. It has a removable plastic bucket that will keep your closet free from spills and that can be easily lifted for waste disposal and cleaning. Note that custom-fit inserts or smaller kitchen garbage bags will work with this can.

One reviewer says assembling the box in the closet is “so easy” while another says it is “perfect” for their home.


Extra big

GLAD step garbage can with additional capacity

This 20 gallon trash can is great for large families or those who produce a large amount of trash. The trash can also has built-in Clorox odor protection, which also inhibits bacterial growth on the lid and frame of the can. The foot pedal operation enables hands-free waste disposal. The dumpster comes with a two year limited warranty.

One reviewer says it’s “honestly the best trash can we’ve ever owned … this trash can is huge!”


Best butterfly top

Ninestars Butterfly Top Trash Can

This 13 gallon touchless trash can features a semicircular design and a smudge-proof stainless steel body.

It works via a motion sensor, so the butterfly-style lid opens when your hand passes over it; it closes again after three seconds when you move away. The vessel is also odor-proof. Two C batteries are required for operation and must be purchased separately. Large garbage bags will work with this can and it comes with a two year warranty.

One reviewer says that “that under the counter trash can is great,” although some note that the motion detector is oversensitive and batteries can burn out quickly.


Best double subject

iTouchless Dual Step trash can


$ 189.99

This 16 gallon two tier trash and recycling bin has color-coded convenience inside: the blue side is for recycling and the black side is for trash, making tracking easy for large families. This dumpster works with two foot pedals and two separate tops. It also has a smudge-proof stainless steel interior that includes a full-service manufacturer promise.

One reviewer writes that this “can is good for three to four days of junk and keeps things fresh. Odors do not escape. Quiet lid closure. “

Kathleen Willcox is a journalist writing about parenting, technology, shopping, food, and wine.

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