The Best Kitchen Trash Can

The Best Kitchen Trash Can

Our pick

Simplehuman Rectangular Step Can

Simplehuman Rectangular Step Can

The best kitchen trash can

Generic garbage bags fit well in this smart-looking step can, which has a tight-fitting lid and keeps odors to a minimum.

Buying Options

$150* from Amazon
$100 from Home Depot
$100 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

The 10-gallon Simplehuman Rectangular Step Can makes fitting, hiding, and removing a standard trash bag easier than with most other cans we’ve tested. (Don’t be deterred by the custom-fit bags Simplehuman sells for its trash cans. Most models fit generic trash bags just fine.) The lid opens smoothly, without smacking the wall behind it, and it can be locked open so you can toss scraps in while you cook. If a garbage bag breaks and leaks, the plastic insert on this can will catch the mess and make it far easier to clean up. The Rectangular Step Can is expensive, but it’s backed by a 10-year warranty, which is rare among garbage cans. We’ve been using an older version of this can in the Wirecutter test kitchen since 2014, and it’s still going strong despite plenty of abuse. You can also get this trash can with a plastic lid for about $20 cheaper, but it comes with only a five-year warranty.

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Simplehuman Under-Counter Pull-Out Can

Simplehuman Under-Counter Pull-Out Can

The best pull-out trash can

This under-counter trash can is sturdy, and it glides easily on its pull-out track. It comes pre-assembled, and installing it is a no-brainer.

Buying Options

$80 from Amazon
$80 from Home Depot
$80 from Wayfair

We recommend the 30-liter Simplehuman Under-Counter Pull-Out Can if you don’t have room for a larger, free-standing trash can, or if you prefer your trash bin to be tucked out of the way. This 30-liter can sits in a sturdy metal frame that doesn’t wobble, and it glides smoothly on its track. The track comes pre-assembled, and it takes only eight screws to mount it to the base of your cupboard. Plus, the whole thing comes with a generous five-year warranty. The main downside is that since this bin doesn’t have a lid, you’ll need to take your trash out more frequently to prevent it from smelling or attracting fruit flies.

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Simplehuman In-Cabinet Can

Simplehuman In-Cabinet Can

The best small trash can

This small trash can sits securely on a cabinet door and frees up space in a snug kitchen.

Buying Options

$30 from Amazon
$30 from Home Depot
$30 from Bed Bath & Beyond

The compact, 10-liter Simplehuman In-Cabinet Can is an even smaller can than the pull-out, for those who don’t generate a lot of trash and who need something tucked out of the way. It hooks snugly over a cupboard door and fits 2.6-gallon trash bags or regular plastic grocery bags. Unlike the Simplehuman Under-Counter Pull-Out Can, the In-Cabinet Can has a lid to contain odors. Since it’s so tiny, it’s best suited to small households or those who take their garbage out frequently. Like the pull-out bin we recommend, this can comes with a five-year warranty.

Budget pick

Rubbermaid Step-On Trash Can

Rubbermaid Step-On Trash Can

The best trash can under $30

This plastic trash can held bags more securely than most of the other cheap bins we tested, and it seals in garbage smells surprisingly well.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

The 13-gallon Rubbermaid Step-On Trash Can is the best trash can we’ve tested for under $30. Two plastic arms on the rim of the can hold bags securely in place and out of sight, and the lid sealed in stinky trash better than those on any other model we tested. Though the Rubbermaid isn’t as stylish as some of our other picks, the black plastic exterior at least hides stains well. This can lacks some of the features we like in our other picks—such as a removable liner, a weighted base, and a lid that won’t hit the wall when opened—but for a basic, no-frills can, it gets the job done.

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Our pick

Simplehuman Rectangular Step Can

Simplehuman Rectangular Step Can

The best kitchen trash can

Generic garbage bags fit well in this smart-looking step can, which has a tight-fitting lid and keeps odors to a minimum.

Buying Options

$150* from Amazon
$100 from Home Depot
$100 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

Also great

Simplehuman Under-Counter Pull-Out Can

Simplehuman Under-Counter Pull-Out Can

The best pull-out trash can

This under-counter trash can is sturdy, and it glides easily on its pull-out track. It comes pre-assembled, and installing it is a no-brainer.

Buying Options

$80 from Amazon
$80 from Home Depot
$80 from Wayfair

Also great

Simplehuman In-Cabinet Can

Simplehuman In-Cabinet Can

The best small trash can

This small trash can sits securely on a cabinet door and frees up space in a snug kitchen.

Buying Options

$30 from Amazon
$30 from Home Depot
$30 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Budget pick

Rubbermaid Step-On Trash Can

Rubbermaid Step-On Trash Can

The best trash can under $30

This plastic trash can held bags more securely than most of the other cheap bins we tested, and it seals in garbage smells surprisingly well.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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