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.
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||14.4 x 18.7 x 26.2 inches|
|Features||Pedal opening, quiet closing cover, sliding cover|
The best contemporary choice
safco products company
12.5 gallon trash
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||17.5 x 9 x 32.5 inches|
|Features||Open Lid, Elegant Design, Multiple Lids Included, Inner Liner Case|
Best hidden wastebasket
Under cabinet trash
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||15.7 x 10.2 x 19.3 inches|
|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
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||14 x 16.75 x 26 inches|
|Features||Pedal hatch, Removable inner bucket, Odor control filter system, Quiet closing lid, Fingerprint/smudge-resistant finish|
Best for powder room
Round ceramic wastebasket
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||6.1 x 8 x 10 inches|
|Features||Gold embossed finish, open top|
The best outdoors
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||15 x 15 x 18 inches|
|Features||Foldable, Portable, Zipper Top|
Best bathroom wastebasket
Rectangle Step Trash Can
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||9.5 x 8.5 x 12.8 inches|
|Features||Pedal slot, removable inner box|
Best choice 2 in 1
Step N’ Arrangement
2 Garbage and recycling compartment
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||23 x 13 x 26 inches|
|eligibility||16 gallons (8 gallons per basket)|
|Features||Bi-pedal compartments, removable inner bins|
Best for saving space
hanging trash can
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||10 x 6 x 11.5 inches|
|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
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||17 x 19.25 x 12.5 inches|
|Features||Opening from the top, lining lock wire|