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The Best Trash Cans on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about storage bins, paper-towel holders, and even a cheap but expensive-looking bathroom wastebasket, we’ve gone deep here on the best trash cans you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best plastic step-on kitchen trash can under $25

Rubbermaid Step-On Wastebasket, 13 Gallon — Black

4 stars, 2,709 reviews

“Bought this for my apartment, it’s efficient, and I love the design of it. It looks good for its price. The pedal on the trash can looks like it’s made of stainless steel, which adds a nice classy touch to the look. It might just be a trash can, but it’s a good-looking one for the price.”

Best plastic step-on kitchen trash can under $50

Simplehuman Slim Plastic Step Trash Can, Stone Plastic, 10.6 Gallons

4.3 stars, 2,257 reviews

“My dogs always dig in the trash while I am at work. Today, we had old leftovers in the trash, and when we can home the lid was still locked, even though those dogs tried as hard as they could to get to the source of the smell (they trimmed the liner of the trash bag pretty good!). Great product!”

Best plastic step-on kitchen trash can under $75

Simplehuman Semi-Round Step Trash Can, Grey Plastic, 13.2 Gallon

4.4 stars, 3,325 reviews

“I’m in love! I absolutely loathed my previous trash can as it had a swinging lid that NEVER stayed on with a bag in. The smell and the fruit flies were driving me crazy. I was a bit hesitant to pull the trigger on a plastic trash can, but I wasn’t willing to pay the big bucks for a stainless steel one, but I’m glad I did! I love having the foot pedal. Comes in handy when I’m cleaning up during cooking. And even with the trash bags in, the lid closes all the way and helps a bunch with the smell. There is a little bumper barrier on the back of the trash can, so the lid won’t hit the wall when fully opened. Overall, I’m super happy with my purchase, just wish I hadn’t waited so long!”

Best plastic swing-top kitchen trash can under $50

Umbra Venti 16-Gallon Swing Top Kitchen Trash Can — Large, Black/Nickel

4 stars, 282 reviews

“I was afraid this was going to be cheaply made and all bent out of shape. This is not the case. It’s strong, sturdy, and easy to clean. It’s very roomy. I drunkenly placed an entire pizza box in it once, and it stretched out the trash can as expected, but snapped back into place as soon as I removed it. This thing can take a beating without gaining a scratch to it. It also has a tasteful look to it. I’ve never been so happy about a trash can!”

Best plastic swing-top kitchen trash can under $75

Simplehuman Swing Lid Trash Can, Black Plastic, 16 Gallons

4.5 stars, 122 reviews

“This is an elegant, durable, PERFECTLY functional object. Super easy to wipe clean (the swing lid even detaches), with no annoying grooves or foot-pedal mechanism for dirt to collect in, and super-simple bag replacement (the whole lid lifts effortlessly off). Never thought I’d be recommending a rubbish bin to anyone, but this one is a real winner. Design as it should be.”

Best motion-sensing kitchen trash can under $50

Touch Free Sensor Automatic Lid Stainless Steel 13-Gallon

4.2 stars, 910 reviews

“Being a handicapped person who has problems with mobility and balance and who is dependent on a cane to get around, this little rubbish bin has been a godsend to me! Now, instead of having to organize myself to balance, hold on to my cane, open the bin, throw in the trash, and close the bin, all I have to do is wave my hand over the sensor, and the bin opens and then closes on its own. Even if you’re not handicapped, if you are a person whose hands are often filled with the things you are working with at the moment, this piece of equipment is well worth the cost. The bin is easy to setup, easy to clean, and sits nicely in a small corner of your shop or kitchen. Didn’t know there were bins like these, but as is often the case, Amazon stepped up and provided! Great piece of equipment, handicapped or not. I’d recommend it.”

Best motion-sensing kitchen trash can over $50

Simplehuman Touchless Automatic Trash Can, Stainless Steel With Plastic Lid, 11.8 Gallon

4.4 stars, 112 reviews

“The best part of this trash can is the motion sensor that continues to keep the lid open when you’re near it. With other automatic trash cans, they’ve started to close in the midst of dumping the used cat litter — what a mess! But that problem is now resolved with this can. And the best part I love about this product is, it looks clean and professional, a tall task for such a gross part of the kitchen. Yes, it’s expensive, but anything worth having that upgrades your life is. And it’s totally worth it.”

Best two-compartment trash can

Simplehuman Rectangular Recycling Step Trash Can, 12-Gallon

4.4 stars, 473 reviews

“Excellent, high-quality product. A bit pricey, yes, but a very clean and efficient way to separate your trash and recyclables. We use standard size [13-gallon] trash bags, and that works fine. The interior bins each have a small opening in the back, near the top, where you can pull through any bag excess … and keep the top taught around the bins. Very pleased!”

Best under-cabinet, pull-out kitchen trash can

Rev-A-Shelf — RV-18KD-18C S — Double 35-Quart Pull-Out Black and Chrome Waste Container

4.8 stars, 618 reviews

“This is the best kitchen purchase I have made in a long time. I love having my garbage and recycling bins out of the way and out of sight. No more telling the kids to get out of the garbage, and no more eyesore of the garbage and recycling bins out in the open. They were extremely easy to install. I also ordered the optional lids that you can buy with them, which I think helps with containing the odors.”

Best plastic in-cabinet trash can

Simplehuman In-Cabinet Trash Can, Heavy-Duty Steel Frame, 2.6-Gallon

4.6 stars, 684 reviews

“I love this little trash can! I’m in a small NYC apartment with a laughably small kitchen. The interior cabinet space is so precious that I figured this small can on the door would be my best option. It works better than I could have hoped. No problem with it fitting snugly over the cabinet door, and it opens quite easily. The can comes with a few perfectly fitting garbage bags, but I mostly use plastic bags from stores. I do fill up those bags quickly, but it keeps me throwing trash out on a regular basis. That reduces smells and bugs. I wholeheartedly recommend this product, especially if you’re only one or two people and need to prioritize cabinet space!”

Best in-cabinet metal wastebasket

4.2 stars, 925 reviews

“Great purchase! My roommates have been tying a plastic grocery bag to the handle of the fridge for a trash can, and finally I couldn’t take it anymore. This has solved so many problems for a very reasonable price, and the three of us are much happier.

It works really well inside the cabinet of our NYC kitchen, and it makes optimal use of a plastic bag for trash. We’re now able to fit a lot more in the bag before we take it to the garbage chute. And it’s out of sight! This is sturdily made. I don’t see this falling apart ever.”

InterDesign Axis Over the Cabinet Wastebasket Trash Can or Storage Basket for Kitchen — Chrome

Best small wastebasket for small spaces

InterDesign Una Wastebasket Trash Can — 10 Inch, Teal

4.3 stars, 509 reviews

“This trash can is excellent for small bathrooms or small apartments or just small spaces anywhere. It’s made of quality material, has a great form factor (not too small, not too big, and delightfully rectangular), and does it’s job well. The handles are great and placed well on the sides. We are using this trash can right next to our toilet. It fits between the throne and the sink counter.”

Best wire wastebasket

4.7 stars, 593 reviews

“This is a sturdy, attractive waste bin. The mesh is thick enough so that it holds its shape well — no denting or flimsy feel to it at all, which is surprising given the price point. The top rim is rolled, which looks nice, plus makes it easy to pick up. There are three ‘nubs’ on the bottom that lift the base a small amount off the floor. It’s more than roomy enough for a home office, bathroom, or even as a small can (or secondary can) in the kitchen.

Absolutely no complaints about this at all. The quality is better than other mesh cans I’ve used that are priced much higher, and the look is more attractive than the typical waste can.”

AmazonBasics Mesh Wastebasket

Best woven-wicker wastebasket

Household Essentials ML-5692 Woven Seagrass Wicker Waste Bin

4.5 stars, 444 reviews

“[By] the measurements, I thought it would somehow be smaller, but it’s the perfect size. It’s made very well and will last a long time — breathable, nice weight to it, so it doesn’t fall over easily. I set out to find a wastebasket for the bathroom, and this one fits the bill! Also, being made of seagrass goes well with the theme of shells in the bathroom.”

Best small bathroom trash can with lid

Simplehuman Mini Round Step Trash Can, Stainless Steel, 1.2-Gallon

4.3 stars, 1,611 reviews

“I’ve had this Simplehuman trash can in my bathroom for two years, and love its convenience, design, and functionality. Just press the level with your foot, and the lid raises up. Release your foot to lower. When you want to empty, just raise the lid, pick up the removable hard liner, empty, and reinsert. Cleaning is very easy as well. Very nicely designed, pleasant to look at, and functional.”

Best diaper trash can

Dekor Plus Hands-Free Diaper Pail, White

4.2 stars, 1,544 reviews

“Amazing! No smell with almost four days of size-one diapers inside! Love the foot pedal and no-touch lid. The bags are a little particular in the way in which they need to be inserted. However, there are directions all over the pail, so there is no excuse to mess up. Wish the bags were a little cheaper and lasted longer, though. Love that it doesn’t ‘look’ like a diaper pail and can be transformed into a regular trash can after the diaper phase is over.”

Best plastic trash can for curbside pickup

Rubbermaid Commercial Brute Recycler Rollout Trash Can With Hinged Lid, 50-Gallon

4.5 stars, 1,166 reviews

“We got this because small critters were knocking our cans over to make messy meals in our yard. This is heavy enough to keep them out, and I love that the lid is attached, so we don’t have to worry about it being separated from the can and lost or crushed when thrown back onto our property. (I think the size also keeps it from being thrown.)”

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16 Best Trash Cans, According to Amazon Reviewers