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The Best Kitchen 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 ones. While we’ve written about the best trash cans in general, noted a design-y trash can that you can buy on a budget, and talked up a certain flashy Umbra trash can for college students, we thought we’d get a little more specific for the kitchen. Here, the best kitchen trash cans on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best plastic kitchen trash can

Umbra Venti Can

“I bought two of these Umbra Venti cans because I was tired of dealing with open trash cans, which smell and are messy. These are perfect for my busy kitchen. I use one for trash and one for recycling, and it’s a great system. The swinging lid makes it virtually hands free while I’ve got my hands full and the middle piece keeps the garbage liner from slipping down and making a mess. They do take up a bit of space, being extra tall, but are stylish and meet all of my needs. To say the least, they are completely worth it!”

Best rectangular stainless-steel kitchen trash can

Simplehuman 45-Liter/12-Gallon Stainless-Steel Rectangular Kitchen Step Trash Can With Liner Pocket, Brushed Stainless Steel

“I never imagined I would spend so much for a trash can — in fact, I had buyer’s remorse as soon as I bought it. Think about it, though. I’d rather see this several times a day than its predecessor, a $10 Rubbermaid that somehow always had food dribbling from the edges and had to be hosed out weekly. I love that the bag-storage system hides the edges of the garbage bag from view. I have been told that it’s also good at stifling smells. It makes my small kitchen look a million bucks better and work a lot better, too.”

Best rectangular stainless-steel kitchen trash can under $100

Tramontina 13 Gallon Step Trash Can Stainless Steel Includes 2 Freshener Cartridges

“Beautiful!! At first I couldn’t get my head around spending this much for a trash can, but it isn’t just a trash can. It is a beautiful addition to my kitchen. Extremely well-made and is like a piece of artwork! Never thought I would actually love a trash can! Love the soft close and the hard liner that can be removed. Prefer this one over the automatic open ones because my dogs haven’t figured out how to step on the pedal — yet.”

Best rounded stainless-steel kitchen trash can

Simplehuman 30-Liter/8-Gallon Stainless-Steel Round Kitchen Step Trash Can

“I may sound crazy, but I love this garbage can. It looks great, is very well made, and easy to keep clean. I love the soft-close feature as well as the stay-open option. It is an excellent value, and the ten-pack of sample bags was a nice perk.”

Best step-pedal kitchen trash can

Simplehuman 40-Liter / 10.6-Gallon Slim Kitchen Step Trash Can, Black Plastic With Secure Slide Lock

“I’m very satisfied with getting this trash can for our kitchen. I was looking for something slim with big capacity. The plastic is very sturdy, and after using it for a year, I still don’t have any scratches or dents. The wheel on the bottom makes it easy to pull out while I’m cleaning the kitchen floor. Also, having a step pedal to open the lid makes it easy to throw away stuff when your hand isn’t clean. And if you want the lid open, you can just push it open to the point where the lid will lock in place and keep it open, so you could work over the trash can.”

Best-looking kitchen trash can

Simplehuman Round Retro Step Trash Can

“It is a trash can that really stands out. It is so beautiful, I almost hate throwing trash into it. Works without any problems so far. The lid closes quietly and softly. It appears to be made of high quality material. I don’t have to take out trash as often as before. Simplehuman trash bags are more expensive than regular trash bags, however they hold more trash because they are made of stronger material. No regrets so far.”

Best swing-top kitchen trash can

Simplehuman Swing-Lid Trash Can

“I have been searching for this type of trash can forever. I had a similar can several years ago — the spinning top and a lid that actually clamps down onto the can. How hard could it be to find a duplicate? Well, pretty much impossible. I left my old trash can when I moved, who knew what a big mistake that would be. I’ve probably been through at least 3 others, spending about $10–$15 each time, trying to find the perfect can. Do yourself a favor, spend the extra money now and just get this one. It’s very heavy duty, well made, and the stretching 13-gallon bags work perfectly. We are emptying a little less now. The lid stays on securely. Huge win. I am extremely pleased with this purchase!”

Best open-top kitchen trash can

Simplehuman Slim Open Top Trash Can, Commercial Grade, Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel

“I’ve never spent this kind of money on a trash can, but then again, I’ve never had a trash can of this quality!! I use it in my kitchen and absolutely love that it’s always open. It doesn’t smell like garbage in my kitchen, trust me! I love the very wide opening, so it catches all when I throw things out. It’s easy to clean, and it’s heavy enough that my dogs can’t just push it over. I love the slim, oblong shape — it fits perfectly in my kitchen and is decorative, so you don’t have to hide it. Money well spent!!”

Best touchless automatic kitchen trash can

iTouchless Deodorizer Automatic Sensor Touchless Stainless Steel Trash Can

“I am in love with this garbage can. The sleek design paired with the electric opening and the fact that I no longer feel the need to hide my garbage can makes life so much nicer. The fact that the smell is contained is wonderful, and although it doesn’t seem like it, the size is perfect. I feel like this company gave me a very reasonable price for what it provided, and I would for sure purchase again and recommend this.”

Best dual-compartment kitchen trash can and recycling bin

Simplehuman 46-Liter/12.2-Gallon Stainless-Steel Rectangular Kitchen Dual Compartment Step Trash Can Recycler

“This can is compact, very functional, and very well built. It looks 1,000 times better than my old can and doesn’t scoot around on my laminate floors and mark up my wall. It is definitely worth every penny. The only problem is an existential one … I just spent $150 on a trash can and was genuinely excited when it was delivered. What happened to the young man that spent his dollars on booze, trendy clothes, and video games? Replaced by a man that reads reviews on trash cans, comparing warranties and features. For God’s sake …”

Best in-cabinet kitchen trash can

Simplehuman In-Cabinet Trash Can

“I currently rent, so I have to be conscious of how much space I have and creating holes in cabinets or walls. I needed a trash can underneath my kitchen sink with a lid to help prevent any kind of pest issue. The hanging hook works perfectly with my cabinet and the can is very stable. The sample bags that came with it work amazing, or I can use leftover grocery bags. All-in-all this can definitely lived up to what I was hoping for and I will definitely be recommending it.”

Best pull-out kitchen trash can

Rev-A-Shelf Single 35-Qt. Pull-Out Black-and-Chrome Waste Container

“This is a well-made product, looks solid, and installs with only four screws that are provided. The track is on ball bearings so it slides easily in and out from under the sink. The pull handle is a nice addition that makes it easier and more hygienic to pull out the trash can. The small basket in the back is useful to place extra trash-bag boxes. The construction is heavy steel that makes [it] durable. The plastic trash can is a bit tall for [the] location I have [it] in due to the garbage disposal pipe, which is something I expected, so I replaced the trash can with a slightly shorter one. In general I am very please[d] with it.”

Best pull-out dual-compartment kitchen trash can and recycling bin

Simplehuman Under-Counter Pull-Out Recycler Trash Can

“I could not be happier with this pull-out trash can and recycle bin! I have wanted something like this for a long time, but our kitchen sink cabinet has a lot of plumbing and a garbage disposal under it, which makes the available space small. For years I’ve had a plastic bin on my counter for recycling and a short trash can under the sink. This wonderful product got rid of both of those and holds more! Installation was easy and it works perfectly. Seriously, I’m so happy with this purchase!”

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The Best Kitchen Trash Cans, According to Amazon Reviews