The Best Kitchen Trash Cans for a Tidy, Odorless Home
Trash cans are far from the most glamorous piece of kitchen equipment, but they're one of the most important. A poor choice of trash can may lead to a bad-smelling home, not to mention the growth of mold and mildew. To keep our kitchens looking organized and avoid overwhelming our garbage disposals, the right trash can is necessary.
With capacity, material, style, and overall value in mind, we determined our favorite kitchen trash cans on the market, including our top choice the Simplehuman Rectangular Kitchen Step Trash Can. Below, you can learn more about all the options that made our list of the best kitchen trash cans of 2022.
- Best Overall: Simplehuman Rectangular Kitchen Step Trash Can
- Best Budget: Room Essentials Swing Top Wastebasket
- Best Swing Lid: Umbra Grand Swing Top Kitchen Trash Can
- Best with Recycling: Simplehuman Rectangular Dual Compartment Trash Can
- Best for Large Families: Glad Stainless Steel Step Trash Can
- Best Touchless: iTouchless Touchless Sensor Trash Can With Odor Filter
- Best for Pet Owners: Simplehuman Semi-Round Kitchen Step Trash Can
- Best for Under Sinks: Rev-A-Shelf Pull-Out Kitchen Trash Can
Best Overall: Simplehuman Rectangular Kitchen Step Trash Can
Best Budget: Room Essentials Swing Top Wastebasket
Best Swing Lid: Umbra Grand Swing Top Kitchen Trash Can
Best with Recycling: Simplehuman Rectangular Dual Compartment Trash Can
Best for Large Families: Glad Stainless Steel Step Trash Can
Best Touchless: iTouchless Touchless Sensor Trash Can With Odor Filter
Best for Pet Owners: Simplehuman Semi-Round Kitchen Step Trash Can
Best for Under Sinks: Rev-A-Shelf Pull-Out Kitchen Trash Can
We selected the Simplehuman Rectangular Kitchen Step Trash Can as our best overall pick because of its attractiveness, durability, and helpful features, including a soft-closing lid and wheels for fuss-free portability. It has a higher price tag than other models, but it's a sleek and functional option for those who have their trash can out in the open instead of tucked away in a cabinet or pantry.
How to Pick the Right Kitchen Trash Can
You'll want to be sure that the style of your trash can suits your overall kitchen look, especially if you're choosing a trash can that will be on display in your kitchen. It should fit nicely in your space, not sticking out inconveniently in place or in appearance. Opt for the best shaped bin to suit your kitchen, knowing that you can always move it if it doesn't fit precisely where you figured it would.
The average kitchen trash can is 13 gallons, but you may want to go smaller or larger depending on both your kitchen size and the amount of trash you regularly throw away. For smaller kitchens, a 10-gallon or an under-the-sink model might be the wisest choice. And for large families, one with a bigger capacity will help reduce the number of times you have to replace bags.
Stainless steel and plastic are the two most common kitchen trash can materials. Plastic is less expensive but easier to clean. Stainless steel is more refined in appearance and will last longer. If you opt for stainless, you may want to choose a model that specifically notes it is smudge-proof; otherwise, every fingerprint will show, which can quickly grow bothersome.
What is the standard size of a kitchen trash can?
A standard kitchen trash can is 13 gallons. That said, kitchen trash cans can range from as little as 8 gallons to as many as 20. Most will work with 13-gallon size trash bags.
Where should I put my kitchen trash can?
Put your kitchen trash can in the area of your kitchen where you perform your cleanup. That way, when you're ready to throw garbage away, the trash can is right there. For reasons of sanitation, it's advisable to keep your trash can away from areas of the kitchen that have food.
Are stainless steel trash cans better than plastic ones?
Stainless steel trash cans will likely last longer than plastic trash cans. However, they can be trickier to clean and typically cost more. Plastic trash cans are generally easier to clean and are less expensive.
Why Take Our Word for It?
Freelancer Ariane Resnick, CNC spent far too many years with under-the-sink trash cans before moving into the world of touchless containers, and she'll never go back. As a private chef, she has cooked in homes with the highest end equipment, so she fully understands the wide range of kitchen trash cans available.