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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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of trash cans before — including the overall best trash cans, stylish trash cans, and kitchen trash cans, according to chefs — here, we’ve rounded up the best kitchen trash cans, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated kitchen trash can

“This sounds so silly, but this trash can has changed my life,” writes one reviewer, who loves that she “longer has to open the trash can; it literally has saved my hands from germs.” She even wonders, “Who still uses manual cans anymore?” And she’s not the only one whose life has been touched by this trash can. Another reviewer thinks that “nothing else will improve your life so drastically for such a low price.” She thinks it’s “the best $60” she ever spent” and is a little upset she “didn’t buy this sooner.” A third reviewer goes a bit further. She is “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,” she says. But that’s nothing compared to this reviewer, who uses the word “love” seven times: “I just love my new trash can. I absolutely love that it is touch free. I do not have to step on any pedals, or open any lids with messy hands. Touch free has been around for faucets, now I finally have my touchless trash can. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.”

Best-rated (less expensive) kitchen trash can

Umbra Grand 10-Gallon Swing-Top Trash Can
$16

Reviewers looking to keep things simple and affordable report being very satisfied with this 10-gallon Umbra trash can. It’s slightly smaller than our 13-gallon best-rated pick, but the majority of reviewers say the size is more than sufficient for a standard-sized kitchen. “I was a little worried it would be TOO small but it definitely wasn’t,” writes one purchaser, adding, “It’s the perfect size and fits very nicely in our kitchen area.” Many note that the compact size and small footprint make this trash can a good choice if space is limited, and four specifically mention buying it for their studio apartments. The “swing top” opening received praise for ease of use, durability, and odor control. As one happy customer describes, “The swing opening keeps smells in the garbage (and not out).”

Best round swing-lid kitchen trash can

Umbra Venti 16-Gallon Swing Top Kitchen Trash Can
$34

One reviewer describes this trash can as “super stylish and super clean.” Also: “super convenient.” While many reviewers say they originally chose this can for its looks, they ended up being more pleased with its functionality. “The flap cleans nice and easy. Large capacity, round shaped, obviously it’s bigger than my old 13 gallon. Who knew 3 more gallons would be so darn helpful?” Another appreciates that “the silver piece allows you to pull the bag tight underneath it from inside so the ugly bag is invisible.” Plus, she notes, “the shape allows even the most stuffed bag to slide right out.” Another reviewer likes the effectiveness of the swinging lid: “These are perfect for my busy kitchen,” they say. “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.”

Best rectangular swing-lid kitchen trash can

Simplehuman Swing-Lid Trash Can
$54

Reviewers of this 16-gallon trash can prefer the rectangular shape over round. One stay-at-home mom wanted a “tall and narrow shape” that could fit in narrow spaces or discreetly against a wall. She thinks this can is “so perfect and so easy to wipe down with a disinfectant wipe at night. It even stays cleaner than the automatic opening garbage we had.” Other reviewers appreciate that this trash can “sits higher than a standard trash can” and that it has “a wide swinging opening so there’s no mess.” According to one reviewer, “the best part is the swinging lid,” which actually sounds pretty innovative: “Each side of the swinging lid is weighted. This means that if the can is getting full and you toss in a box or some paper that tries to stick out of the top of the can, the swinging lid that is weighted will have the power to properly close most of the time.”

Best kitchen trash can with liner dispenser

“It’s easy to change the liner, and it’s nice having the trash bags on hand, as there is an aperture inside that fits trash bags,” says one reviewer, who describes this trash can as “ultra chic, modern, and stays very clean.” Another reviewer cautions that getting a liner out from the built-in pocket “may require more tugging than you think.” But, she adds reassuringly, “You can’t break it.” Simplehuman suggests that you use its name-brand liners for the bins, which, according to one reviewer, sounds unnecessary — until you try them. “The skies opened and the Angels sang. And I have to tell you, it’s worth every penny,” she says. “Before I leave with the full bag I just pull a new liner through the nice slot and put it right where it belongs. Genius. Oh - and about the liners. They work. They work really, really well and are so convenient in the pocket on the trash can that I spent the money to get a whole lot of them.”

Best kitchen trash can with foot pedal

This sleek eight-gallon trash can is simple, and that’s exactly what reviewers wanted: a non-fussy trash can with a foot pedal. According to one customer, “It’s a perfect size, it’s attractive, it keeps smells inside, and the lid closes slowly, and shuts with a whisper-quiet sound that is absolutely beautiful.” Although her family thinks she’s “crazy to love it so much,” she says she is “50 years old, and only felt like a grownup the day this garbage can arrived.” Another reviewer confirms that “this can is easy on the eyes as far as trash cans go and works great.” Many reviewers think that the price is steep for a garbage can, but as one puts it, “In my mind, spending $50 on a trash can is like walking through the doorway into adulthood.”

Best rectangular kitchen trash can with foot pedal