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 reviews. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While we’ve written about storage bins, paper-towel holders, attractive trash bins, and the best and most stylish compost bins, here we’ve gone deep on the best trash cans you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best-rated trash can
The main appeal of this trash can is that it opens with a wave of the hand. Kids love the “magic lid” and some adults get a kick out of it too,” is how one reviewer puts it. In fact, over 50 reviewers talk about how this can is like “magic.” “Wave your hand and the lid opens. It made me chuckle the first time. It’s a real joy and no more hot garbage smell,” writes another, who started their review observing, “You know you’re an adult when you’re wildly excited over a trash can and so excited you write a review.” Hundreds of reviewers testify to the longevity of this unit. “I bought this trash can 8 years ago,” boasts one owner. “It still looks great and works great.” Many also note that battery life is around a year, even with frequent use.