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The Best Kitchen Trash Cans on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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 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.)

The Best Plastic Kitchen Trash Can

Rubbermaid Home Slim Trash Can, 45-Quart
$32 at Amazon

“This is a really good garbage can for the price. It has the foot pedal for you to step on if your hands are full. My favorite feature is that it has clips on the inside that hold the bag in place. This prevents the bag from falling into the garbage can, like some other cheaper models do. It allows you to fill the bag up to the top before it’s time to take it out. If you’re looking for a quality garbage can that’s affordable, don’t hesitate to get this.”

The 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
$130 at Amazon

“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.”

The Best Rectangular Stainless-Steel Kitchen Trash Can Under $100

Tramontina 13 Gallon Step Trash Can Stainless Steel Includes 2 Freshener Cartridges
$69 at Amazon

“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.”

The Best Rounded Stainless-Steel Kitchen Trash Can

Simplehuman 30 Liter/8 Gallon Stainless Steel Round Kitchen Step Trash Can
$50 at Amazon

“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.”

The Best Locking Kitchen Trash Can

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

“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.”

The Best Swing-Top Kitchen Trash Can

Umbra Grand 10-Gallon Swing-Top Trash Can
$22 at Amazon

“This highly durable, inexpensive can is perfect for your bathroom, kitchen, garage, patio, or wherever you need it. It is lightweight, yet durable. I really like the fact that it is big enough to hold a week’s worth of trash. The round, swinging dome door works well and hides the trash from eyesight, which is important. This can is easy to clean and a 13-gallon trash bag is a good fit. I would definitely recommend this can for its functionality, durability, size, and cost.”

The Best Open-Top Kitchen Trash Can

Simplehuman Slim Open Top Trash Can, Commercial Grade, Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel
$130 at Amazon

“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!!”

The Best Touchless, Automatic Kitchen Trash Can

iTouchless Deodorizer Automatic Sensor Touchless Stainless Steel Trash Can
$60 at Amazon

“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.”

The 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
$140 at Amazon

“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 …”

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The Best Kitchen Trash Cans, According to Amazon Reviews