Top 10 Trash Cans for 2022

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You may not think much at first about finding a container to put your trash, but a well-thought-out trash can keep your place tidy while also adding it to the room. There are many styles with different features available that will make litter day more convenient and won’t be something you hate to look at when you are in your kitchen or bathroom.

What to consider


In order to choose the right size, you should first consider the room in which you will use the trash, as well as how much garbage will accumulate in it. A small trash can can’t fit into the kitchen in a multi-person home, and you probably don’t want a 12-gallon trash can taking up bathroom space when you’re trying to get ready. It is important to know where you want to use the trash to get the right size.


Opening the trash will also determine if the lid has an opening mechanism. An open trash can cannot have a lid and therefore can sometimes smell and leave the trash visible; Many lidded trash cans have pedal opening mechanisms where you depress a pedal at the base, and they open hands-free; Others have the option of a revolving door on the lid as you push the trash through. Some people want the option of not using hands for sanitary purposes, others don’t want to bother with the lids and want to be able to toss the trash in a bin from across the room.


Trash cans have various features that strive to clean a product that is inherently dirty: hands-free opening mechanisms, odor-absorbing filters, and liner hooks to keep bags in place are just some of the design elements that can make your life more convenient.

How did we choose

To find the best trash cans on the market, we studied where buyers might use a trash can in their homes and how big a model they might need for different rooms. Next, we checked out the various features available and looked at customer reviews to make sure the products hung well over time and delivered on what they said they would. Our picks below will suit a variety of needs at different price points, so you’re sure to find one that works for you.

For more great tools to keep your space tidy, check out our picks for the best kitchen trash cans, bathroom trash cans, and trash compactors.

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overall better

simple human

semi-circular wastebasket

Key Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.4 x 18.7 x 26.2 inches
eligibility 13 gallons
Materials) plastic
Features Pedal opening, quiet closing cover, sliding cover

The best contemporary choice

safco products company

12.5 gallon trash

Key Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H) 17.5 x 9 x 32.5 inches
eligibility 12.5 gallons
Materials) Solid
Features Open Lid, Elegant Design, Multiple Lids Included, Inner Liner Case

Best hidden wastebasket

squaring away

Under cabinet trash

Key Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.7 x 10.2 x 19.3 inches
eligibility 7.7 gallons
Materials) steel and plastic
Features Slide-out design, no cover, padded hooks

Best for odor control


13.2 gallon trash can with odor filter system

Key Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H) 14 x 16.75 x 26 inches
eligibility 13 gallons
Materials) Stainless Steel
Features Pedal hatch, Removable inner bucket, Odor control filter system, Quiet closing lid, Fingerprint/smudge-resistant finish

Best for powder room


Round ceramic wastebasket

Key Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H) 6.1 x 8 x 10 inches
eligibility 2.5 gallons
Materials) Ceramic
Features Gold embossed finish, open top

The best outdoors

wayfair® essentials

Pop-up trash

Key Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H) 15 x 15 x 18 inches
eligibility 13 gallons
Materials) plastic
Features Foldable, Portable, Zipper Top

Best bathroom wastebasket

Simply basic

Rectangle Step Trash Can

Key Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.5 x 8.5 x 12.8 inches
eligibility 2.25 gallons
Materials) plastic
Features Pedal slot, removable inner box

Best choice 2 in 1

Step N’ Arrangement

2 Garbage and recycling compartment

Key Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H) 23 x 13 x 26 inches
eligibility 16 gallons (8 gallons per basket)
Materials) Stainless Steel
Features Bi-pedal compartments, removable inner bins

Best for saving space


hanging trash can

Key Specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H) 10 x 6 x 11.5 inches
eligibility 2.4 gallons
Materials) plastic
Features Compact, fold-down/slide-down lid, scraper included for cleaning work surfaces

The best choice without frills


Open trash can for kitchen, home or office

Feature guides

Dimensions (L x W x H) 17 x 19.25 x 12.5 inches
eligibility 8 gallons
Materials) plastic
Features Opening from the top, lining lock wire

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