Bathroom Waste Basket

Bathroom Waste Basket

The list, in total, came to 769 cans in consideration.So I sorted and searched through through roughly 130 small trash cans at local chain stores—Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowes, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, and Sears— hundreds of remarkably similar cans holding less than 5 gallons on Amazon, and then hundreds more at other online retailers. The list, in total, came to 769 cans in consideration. After seeing what was out there, we narrowed our scope by looking for three distinct kinds of small trash cans: A lidded step can for the bathroom, an office can for paper waste and occasional food and beverage scraps, and small kitchen can for stashing under the sink.
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Bathroom Waste Basket

Just like the simplehuman step trash can we recommend for bathrooms, the removable bucket on this in-cabinet can has claws that hold onto grocery bag handles on its side. To empty this can, you can either lift the lid and yank out the bag, or yank the whole can out of its steel frame to empty it. Both are fairly simple maneuvers. If you end up using this can for non-food waste, you can easily remove the snap-on lid.
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Bathroom Waste Basket

For bathrooms and spaces where trash needs to be closed, the simplehuman 10-liter Profile Step Can is the best pick, and the Better Homes & Gardens’ 5-liter Round Step Trash Can a good runner-up. A Brighton Professional black wire mesh square wastebasket gets the simple job of collecting office waste done for $8, though if you’re willing to spend considerably more, a Rubbermaid Executive Series Hide-A-Bag Wastebasket gets you sophisticated looks and easy bag replacement. In your kitchen, the best can to use under your sink or in another small space is the simplehuman In-Cabinet Trash Can, and for a bigger bin at a lower price, the stripped-down and simple Sunbeam Trashrac is a good budget option. There are hundreds if not thousands of small trash cans out there, and these are all better picks than any of the rest.
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Bathroom Waste Basket

Many of the three-star reviews on Amazon ding this can for not keeping dogs out of the bathroom trash. Curious dogs (are there any other kinds?) are the bane of trash cans small and large. There is no spring tension or lid weight keeping this can closed (the all-stainless lid weighs just a bit more and so holds down a bit better), but it also seems no better or worse than any of the other cans we tested. On the other hand, some Amazon buyers specifically praise this can’s pet-resistant design. If you have a larger dog that has proven its desire to dig into your bathroom trash, you may need a can with a locking lid.
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Bathroom Waste Basket

The simplehuman 10-liter Profile Step Can is a better closed small wastebasket for many of the same reasons the simplehuman Wide Step Rectangular is our pick for an overall best kitchen garbage can. First, it’s just easier to use than the others, as it fits small trash bags and grocery bags better than any can out there—not to mention simplehuman’s own bags, which fit perfectly. It looks modern but not space-age, it stands more solidly upright, its narrow profile fits more bathroom spaces, and its pedal and lid-raising mechanisms are stronger and more durable than any competition we tried (especially the all-stainless upgrade version).
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Bathroom Waste Basket

A thin rectangular shape helps this wastebasket get into narrower spaces around toilets than most cans.A thin rectangular shape helps this wastebasket get into narrower spaces around toilets than most cans. The plastic lid model is 6.6 inches across its narrow front, 14.2 inches along its wide side, and the top of its lid is 25 inches off the floor when fully extended. Compare that to most of the round sub-10-liter cans you will find, which are usually 7.5 to 8 inches wide. An inch or inch and a half may not seem like a lot of space in a roomier bathroom. But one Wirecutter editor has just 8 ¼ inches between the widest part of her toilet bowl and the wall, so this can works better for her and other tight spaces than our runner-up, or the other cans we tested.
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Bathroom Waste Basket

A tall lid that lifts up vertically is not going to work for every bathroom space and setup. Unlike larger simplehuman step cans, this can does not hide its lid-lifting hardware inside the can frame. It needs at least a half-inch gap when against a wall, too, or it can get stuck with the lid open, requiring a quick tap to lower it.
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Bathroom Waste Basket

The round can is 12 inches tall and about 9 ½ inches in diameter, while the oval model sits just over 10 inches tall and 9 ½ inches across its wide side. Their lids open to a total height of 18 or 21 inches tall, round and oval, respectively. Depending on your toilet and bathroom layout, a round or oval can may tuck better into the wider back corner behind your toilet than the simplehuman’s long narrow shape. Both cans also open about 5 inches shorter than the simplehuman, which could be another help in smaller spaces.
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As noted, the main drawback to this can as an inexpensive bathroom/closed alternative to our main pick is its availability. Walmart online ran out of stock of this item between the writing and publishing of this guide. My local Walmart had around a dozen of them when I visited during my research trip, but Walmart’s website shows them as out of stock around my ZIP code three months later. You may have more luck at your local store. We will update this guide if we find a good, easily purchased alternative.
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Smaller spaces or very active kitchens may appreciate having a handy, enclosed can that sits directly under the sink. The simplehuman 10-liter In-Cabinet Trash Can ($30) is far and away the best can for this job. Setting this can up, or trying a new location for it, takes about 1 minute, as opposed to marking, pre-drilling, and fastening screws for all of the competitors we considered. The simplehuman cabinet can also looks decent, and it fits grocery bags and small trash bags easily, with the same handle-grip liner as our bathroom pick. And unlike the many wire-framed bag holders available, this closed can will definitely hold leaks, contain odors, and keep bugs and pets out. It’s also widely available, which cannot be said for many other in-cabinet cans.