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The Best Trash Cans According to the MYMOVE Team

Like prom dresses and Myspace profiles, some things are best left in the past. Whether your old trash can doesn’t fit in your new kitchen or you just don’t want to pack up your smelly old bin, moving is the perfect time for a fresh start. Instead of making an emergency run to the store on moving day, it’s worth finding a trash can that you can love for years.  

But what’s there to love about a trash can? A lot, according to the MYMOVE team. We asked our co-workers to share their favorite trash cans, and found them raving about things like bag dispensers, opening mechanisms, and odor filters. One person even liked their trash can so much they bought two.

Whether you want all the latest features or just a place to put the garbage, these six trash cans have something to love for everyone. 

Trash Can Price Best For Capacity Opening Method Warranty
Simplehuman Rectangular $$$ Foot pedal opening 11.9 gallons Foot pedal 10 years
iTouchless Wings-Open $$$ Motion sensor opening 13.0 gallons Motion sensor 1 year
Brabantia Bo Touch Bin $$$$ Visual appeal 9.5 gallons Touch 10 years
iTouchless Stainless Steel $$ Pet owners 13.0 gallons Motion sensor 1 year
Simplehuman Semi-Round $$$$ Kitchen islands 12.0 gallons Motion sensor 5 years
Rubbermaid Dual-Action $ Budget 11.3 galons Swing top None

Simplehuman Rectangular:
Best foot pedal trash can

Simplehuman 55 Liter / 14.5 Gallon Rectangular Hands-Free Kitchen Step Trash Can with Soft-Close Lid
Image credit: Amazon

Trash can features

  • Foot pedal with slow, silent close
  • Liner rim holds bag in place
  • Antimicrobial coating
  • Removable inner bin
  • 10 year warranty

The Simplehuman Rectangular Step Can is a bit of a rock star in the trash can world — Wirecutter, The Spruce, and Insider all picked it as their best trash can overall, and it’s not hard to see why. It has a silent opening mechanism, a built-in bag dispenser, and the lid closes tightly to keep any unsavory smells inside. 

Erica D. | Editorial Director | Two adults, two cats

“I never thought I’d be so passionate about a trash can, but I really love this one. It’s stainless steel so it matches our appliances and I love the bag dispenser feature — a new bag is always right there when you take out the old one!”

iTouchless Stainless Steel:
Best motion sensor trash can

iTouchless 13 Gallon Stainless Steel Kitchen Trash Can with AbsorbX Odor Filter System
Image credit: Amazon

Trash can features

  • Air vents for easier bag removal
  • Powered by batteries or AC adapter
  • Carbon odor filter included
  • One year warranty

If you like the idea of opening your trash can as if by magic, iTouchless specializes in motion sensor bins. You can use four D batteries — they last about two years — or plug it into an outlet. Just wave your hand in the vicinity of the lid to open, and the iTouchless closes automatically once you’re done. (Abracadabra optional.)

Erik G. | Content Designer | Two adults, one child

“The best recommendation for a trash can for me is that I don’t think about it again after buying it. This just works. We like it so much we bought two (one for trash, one for recycling).”

Brabantia Bo Touch Bin:
Best looking trash can

Brabantia 313547 Bo Trash Can, 2 Inner Buckets (2 + 5 Gal), White
Image credit: Amazon

Trash can features

  • Opens by touching the top
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Removable inner buckets for separating waste
  • 10 year warranty

If you want to avoid stainless steel overload, the Brabantia Bo Touch Bin is one of the few trash cans you could call “beautiful” with a straight face. It comes in a variety of models, and many even have separate compartments for sorting trash and recyclable materials. There’s also some space under the bin, so it’s easy to collect the “tumbleweed” dog hair that can sometimes gather behind a trash can.

Chris R. | Design Director | Two adults, two children, one dog, one cat

“I love simple, beautifully designed things — even trash cans. Brabanita has a very clean aesthetic and functionality that compliments our lifestyle.”

iTouchless Wings-Open:
Best for pet owners

iTouchless Wings-Open Sensor Trash Can with AbsorbX Odor Filter and Pet-Proof Lid, Stainless Steel, 13 Gallon
Image credit: Amazon

Trash can features

  • Split door opens when motion is detected 
  • Carbon odor filter included
  • Lock prevents pets from opening lid
  • 1-3 year warranty

Another hands-free bin from iTouchless, this trash can uses “winged” doors instead of the single lid you usually see. You can even switch a lock on to make sure your pet doesn’t get into the trash while you’re not around. 

Michelle M-B. | Marketing Director | Two adults, two children, two dogs

“My husband Eddie was obsessed with finding the perfect trash can and finally he did. We have a galley style kitchen and limited space for a garbage receptacle. This one fits perfectly for us.” 

Simplehuman Semi-Round:
Best for kitchen islands

simplehuman 45 Liter / 12 Gallon Semi-Round Automatic Sensor Trash Can, Brushed Stainless Steel
Image credit: Amazon

Trash can features

  • Motion sensor opening
  • Antimicrobial coating
  • Bag dispenser on back of can
  • 5 year warranty

The semi-round design allows it to sit flush against an island while still allowing the can to fit larger items that might not fit in a rectangle design. Like other Simplehuman bins, all you need to do is wave your hand near the lid to open it quickly and quietly. 

Dave C. | Senior Director | Two adults, three children, two dogs, one cat

“This is the best trash can I’ve ever used. When I have friends over, our Simplehuman trash can becomes a conversation piece that gets a few laughs.”

Rubbermaid Dual-Action:
Best budget trash can

Rubbermaid FG280300BISQU Dual-Action Swing Lid Trash Can for Home, Kitchen, and Bathroom Garbage, 11.3 Gallon, Off-White Bisque, 45-quart, Tan
Image credit: Amazon

Trash can features

  • Inexpensive
  • Lid swings in or lifts up
  • Plastic construction

Sometimes a trash can is just a trash can. If features like motion sensor, bag compartments, and odor filters make your eyes roll, the Rubbermaid Dual-Action is the bin for you. You probably won’t find your dinner guests talking about it, but it gets the job done without breaking the bank. 

Robin L. | Editor | Two adults, two dogs

“Sturdy and reliable at 8 years old, it relies on us to keep it clean and smelling fresh, to separate recyclables on our own, and to load a new bag from the box in the closet when it’s full. The swinging lid deters the dogs because it’s “scary” when it flaps back at them.”

The bottom line

The average American throws away 4.9 pounds of trash every day. The trash can gets more use than almost any other item in the house, but most of us only notice it when something goes wrong. To keep your kitchen running smoothly and cleanly, give yourself a housewarming gift you’ll love for your new home. 

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