Let’s face it: As much as we need our kitchen trash cans, they usually aren’t very fun to look at. But a sleek garbage bin isn’t impossible to find—you just need to dig a little. “A good-looking, quality-made trash can may cost a little more upfront, but it will save you money through its durability and efficiency,” says NAPO board member director Jennifer Truesdale of STR8N UP professional organizing services. “It can save you time by providing for easy cleanup.”
However, with all the bins available on the market, separating the best-performing options from the lackluster ones can be tricky. There are, however, certain features to prioritize. “You never want a kitchen trash can to be too large, because the trash will sit for longer and start creating smells,” Truesdale explains. “Having a lid will help contain smells, and of course provide a cleaner look.”
Along with a lid, it’s also essential to look for a garbage can that streamlines disposal and cleanup. “Having a foot pedal is great for freestanding cans to avoid messy hands touching the lids and creating extra cleaning work,” Truesdale says. “Also, a trashcan made of material that’s easy to clean, like stainless steel or recycled plastic, will help lighten your housework-load.”
Of course, it also pays to have a bin that helps keep you organized, too. “Pull out trash bins are great for hiding unsightly trash cans and may often allow for multiple cans for both trash and recycling,” Truesdale continues. “They are also useful to keep pets out of trash cans or knocking them over.” Looking for a sleek, but reliable garbage can to help streamline your kitchen space? From polished chrome bins to super slim styles and more, read ahead for several of our favorites.