These Efficient, Sleek Trash Cans Will Upgrade Your Kitchen
Plus, here's what to look for when shopping for a new one.
Let's face it: As much as we need our kitchen trash cans, they usually aren't very fun to look at. But a sleek garbage bin isn't impossible to find—you just need to dig a little. "A good-looking, quality-made trash can may cost a little more upfront, but it will save you money through its durability and efficiency," says NAPO board member director Jennifer Truesdale of STR8N UP professional organizing services. "It can save you time by providing for easy cleanup."
However, with all the bins available on the market, separating the best-performing options from the lackluster ones can be tricky. There are, however, certain features to prioritize. "You never want a kitchen trash can to be too large, because the trash will sit for longer and start creating smells," Truesdale explains. "Having a lid will help contain smells, and of course provide a cleaner look."
Along with a lid, it's also essential to look for a garbage can that streamlines disposal and cleanup. "Having a foot pedal is great for freestanding cans to avoid messy hands touching the lids and creating extra cleaning work," Truesdale says. "Also, a trashcan made of material that's easy to clean, like stainless steel or recycled plastic, will help lighten your housework-load."
Of course, it also pays to have a bin that helps keep you organized, too. "Pull out trash bins are great for hiding unsightly trash cans and may often allow for multiple cans for both trash and recycling," Truesdale continues. "They are also useful to keep pets out of trash cans or knocking them over." Looking for a sleek, but reliable garbage can to help streamline your kitchen space? From polished chrome bins to super slim styles and more, read ahead for several of our favorites.
If you're searching for a functional kitchen garbage bin with vintage appeal, we found the style for you. Available in a rainbow of colors, this rounded, foot pedal-operated iteration is designed with a removable inner bucket for foolproof cleanup.
Shop Now: Brabantia Step Trash in Clay Pink, $69.99, amazon.com.
No pantry or closet in your kitchen to place a trashcan? No problem. This polished steel frame holds an eight-gallon trash bag and glides out from a cabinet up to 18 inches tall—so you can conceal your garbage, recyclables, or compost right under your sink.
Shop Now: The Container Store Eight Gallon Pull-Out Trash Can, $49, containerstore.com.
Believe it or not, this trash can has a cult following. With pretty powder-coated steel, this kitchen staple boasts a round, retro shape and removable inner bucket that's made it a designer and blogger favorite for years.
Shop Now: Honey Can Do White Retro Kitchen Step-on Trash Can, $89.99, wayfair.com.
Why invest in a traditional option when you can have a stylish one that does your dirty work for you? This clean-lined steel and plastic bin sits on four angled legs and features two inner compartments, which makes quickly separating recyclables seamless.
Shop Now: Brabantia 316203 Bo Trash Can in Black, $129.99, amazon.com.
Consider this voice-controlled garbage bin the Rolls Royce of trash receptacles. Designed with sensors and voice-activated technology for hands-free opening and closing, this stainless-steel stunner also features two separate compartments and a built-in liner pocket for added efficiency.
Shop Now: SimpleHuman Dual Compartment Rectangular Sensor Can, $250, bedbathandbeyond.com.
The only thing better than an attractive kitchen trash can is one that makes cleaning up a breeze. "This particular can meets all the requirements I would look for," explains Jennifer Truesdale of STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services of this polished option, which was designed to be rectangular for maximum trash volume. "It also has an inside removable can with a handle to help pull bags and maintain cleanliness." Best of all, the side pedal prevents the can from getting in the way—so it's great for a highly trafficked area, like the kitchen.
Shop Now: Gedy Argenta Collection Rectangular Polished Chrome Waste Bin with Pedal, $62, thebathoutlet.com.
Leave it to IKEA to create a minimalist-minded trash receptacle that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. This clean-lined option opens with a light press of the lid and is designed with a compact square shape that you won't mind showing off in plain sight.
Shop Now: IKEA GIGANTISK Touch Top Trash Can, $29.99, ikea.com.