Bathroom Trash Cans
The list, in total, came to 769 cans in consideration.So I sorted and searched through through roughly 130 small trash cans at local chain stores—Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowes, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, and Sears— hundreds of remarkably similar cans holding less than 5 gallons on Amazon, and then hundreds more at other online retailers. The list, in total, came to 769 cans in consideration. After seeing what was out there, we narrowed our scope by looking for three distinct kinds of small trash cans: A lidded step can for the bathroom, an office can for paper waste and occasional food and beverage scraps, and small kitchen can for stashing under the sink.
Bathroom Trash Cans
Restroom Trash Cans It’s important to keep your restrooms clean and sanitary; why not do it in style? Our bathroom garbage cans come in a variety of shapes, colors and finishes, perfect for any décor. Smooth finishes and durable materials make these commercial restroom trash cans easy to clean and long-lasting. Check out our trash cans for lobbies for attractive waiting room containers.
Bathroom Trash Cans
Many of the three-star reviews on Amazon ding this can for not keeping dogs out of the bathroom trash. Curious dogs (are there any other kinds?) are the bane of trash cans small and large. There is no spring tension or lid weight keeping this can closed (the all-stainless lid weighs just a bit more and so holds down a bit better), but it also seems no better or worse than any of the other cans we tested. On the other hand, some Amazon buyers specifically praise this can’s pet-resistant design. If you have a larger dog that has proven its desire to dig into your bathroom trash, you may need a can with a locking lid.
Bathroom Trash Cans
It’s important to keep your restrooms clean and sanitary; why not do it in style? Our bathroom garbage cans come in a variety of shapes, colors and finishes, perfect for any décor. Smooth finishes and durable materials make these commercial restroom trash cans easy to clean and long-lasting. Check out our trash cans for lobbies for attractive waiting room containers.
Bathroom Trash Cans
For bathrooms and spaces where trash needs to be closed, the simplehuman 10-liter Profile Step Can is the best pick, and the Better Homes & Gardens’ 5-liter Round Step Trash Can a good runner-up. A Brighton Professional black wire mesh square wastebasket gets the simple job of collecting office waste done for $8, though if you’re willing to spend considerably more, a Rubbermaid Executive Series Hide-A-Bag Wastebasket gets you sophisticated looks and easy bag replacement. In your kitchen, the best can to use under your sink or in another small space is the simplehuman In-Cabinet Trash Can, and for a bigger bin at a lower price, the stripped-down and simple Sunbeam Trashrac is a good budget option. There are hundreds if not thousands of small trash cans out there, and these are all better picks than any of the rest.
A thin rectangular shape helps this wastebasket get into narrower spaces around toilets than most cans.A thin rectangular shape helps this wastebasket get into narrower spaces around toilets than most cans. The plastic lid model is 6.6 inches across its narrow front, 14.2 inches along its wide side, and the top of its lid is 25 inches off the floor when fully extended. Compare that to most of the round sub-10-liter cans you will find, which are usually 7.5 to 8 inches wide. An inch or inch and a half may not seem like a lot of space in a roomier bathroom. But one Wirecutter editor has just 8 ¼ inches between the widest part of her toilet bowl and the wall, so this can works better for her and other tight spaces than our runner-up, or the other cans we tested.
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At 14 inches tall and 11 inches square around the top rim, you can stash this can under a desk and still fit your arm above it for trash tossing. We tried shorter cans with narrower mouths that created chances for misses and spills; taller cans we saw didn’t fit easily under a table and forced awkward arm angles. The Brighton can’s 4.4-gallon capacity means you won’t have to empty this every day. It is so lightweight that you will have no trouble hoisting this can to empty it over a larger receptacle, unlike the heavier-bottomed cans we tested.
After nearly a year spent looking at 769 small trash cans in stores and online, weeding out hundreds of indistinct duds, and running a dozen standout contenders through a battery of tests, we found the best small trash cans for bathrooms, offices, and kitchens. These bins fit tight spaces; resist denting, staining, and tipping; accept several types of bags; and look a lot better than plastic buckets. Upgrade to a simplehuman 10-Liter Profile Step Can for bathrooms, a Brighton Professional Black Wire Mesh Square Wastebasket for offices, and a simplehuman In-Cabinet Can for kitchens, and you’ll have an easier time keeping a tidy house.
We sought small cans that were well-liked and recommended, and that offered unique or upgraded features. This was hard, because not a lot of people rave about their small trash can; it is easy to find some version of “What can I say, it’s a trash can” in reviews. I queried office designers and office supply representatives, but found that most of their favorite cans came from bulk-order catalogs: Peter Pepper, Magnuson Group, Steelcase, and others inaccessible to single-item buyers.
Smaller spaces or very active kitchens may appreciate having a handy, enclosed can that sits directly under the sink. The simplehuman 10-liter In-Cabinet Trash Can ($30) is far and away the best can for this job. Setting this can up, or trying a new location for it, takes about 1 minute, as opposed to marking, pre-drilling, and fastening screws for all of the competitors we considered. The simplehuman cabinet can also looks decent, and it fits grocery bags and small trash bags easily, with the same handle-grip liner as our bathroom pick. And unlike the many wire-framed bag holders available, this closed can will definitely hold leaks, contain odors, and keep bugs and pets out. It’s also widely available, which cannot be said for many other in-cabinet cans.
We narrowed further by considering only cans that were reliably available from a notable vendor. We didn’t look at anything that cost more than $50. We favored cans that were well-reviewed, or at least recommended by someone. And for can types that required a bag, we eliminated those that only fit one particular brand of bag or required a rare bag size. Cans that were ugly, divisively designed, had overly complicated opening mechanisms (such as sensors), or simply provided no information about their make and function were eliminated.
This $8 trash can is not perfect by any means. The most notable flaw is the base, which has four punched-in divots as feet. They won’t scuff your floor or carpet, but they also won’t hold the can as firmly in place as rubber tips or a rubber ring would. And even though it’s stable overall, the square can’s base is only slightly narrower than its mouth (unlike most small trash cans), so it can still tip if you hit the can precisely toward one of its four sides.
The Brighton can is quite stable, despite its light weight. I had to whip a tennis ball into the can with a full arm extension to tip it over, making it one of the best performers among non-lidded office cans. Its sides do not dent at light kicks or drops. If they do, you can likely pop the dent back into shape, as I did a few times (after intentionally denting the can). Other cans couldn’t recover from dents this easily. The epoxy coating on this steel can should prevent rusting, something we will test over the long term.
The aisles of big box stores runneth over with white and beige plastic trash cans. These whatever-works models get dirty over time, fall over at the slightest nudge of a foot, and have either no particular look or a cheap look. We wanted to do better.
A very good trash can for the office is the Brighton Professional Black Wire Mesh Square Wastebasket. Its look fits into many office environments, casual or strait-laced, better than the plastic tubs or unnecessarily stainless-clad models we reviewed. It can be used with or without a lining bag. It stands up better to tipping and denting than other office cans we tested, and its epoxy-coated steel mesh allows enough air circulation to resist mold or mildew if you’ve let perishables sit too long. We like how nicely this can’s straight sides tuck against a desk or wall, but if you don’t need that shape, we found the exact same can in a round version on Amazon. The price is good for the category—it’s about $8 at Staples stores or Staples online.
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