What is it?
When it comes to obsession-worthy products, a garbage can is probably the last thing you'd think of. But believe it or not, we've found one that belongs at the front of the line: Simplehuman's Rectangular Step Trash Can. Not only does this durable waste can have a foot pedal to keep you from having to touch an icky lid with your hands, its stainless steel finish is aesthetically pleasing, to boot. Oh, and it's Wirecutter's top pick, so you know it's doing something right! Best of all? It's currently marked down to $100 (from $130) at Amazon.
Why is it a good deal?
We know what you're thinking — $100 for a garbage can?! But hear us out: a quality waste receptacle is just as worthy an investment as, say, a toaster oven or vacuum, and chances are you'll use it more often than those two items combined. Sure, a flimsy plastic bin will do the job of containing trash — sort of, we'll get to that later — but you'll likely have to keep replacing it, whereas this one is built to last and comes with a 10-year warranty to prove it. The tireless product testers at Wirecutter even said their old Simplehuman trash can shows no signs of slowing down after nearly a decade of use (in a test kitchen, no less!). We've yet to see it priced less than it is now all year, so while $100 isn't cheap by any means, you'll still save $30 by snagging it while it's on sale.
Why do I need it?
A trash can's primary job is containing waste, but the overachieving Simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can takes it one step further by keeping unpleasant odors from escaping via its heavy-duty lid as well.
Speaking of heavy-duty, this 38-liter/10-gallon can is constructed of sturdy stainless steel and has rubber nonskid pads on its base to keep it from tipping over. Bet your lightweight plastic bin can't say that, especially if you have rowdy pets, kids or both in your home. (Told you we'd come back to it!) Another cool perk? The silent-close lid has a stay-open feature for when you're doing longer cleaning tasks, and the internal hinges allow you to place it smack dab against a wall.
While appearance might not be the most important factor when choosing a trash can, why not have a pretty one in your home, especially when it's as thoughtfully designed as this one? The stainless steel finish would elevate most any kitchen, and its fingerprint-proof coating means less polishing.
What reviewers say
Nearly 11,000 Amazon customers are so smitten with their Simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can, they thought it was worthy of a perfect rating.
"I’m obsessed with this garbage can. Love it," raved one devotee. "The lock feature to keep it open. The smudge-proof exterior. The pedal to open. It’s all fantastic. And the sleek, clean design of it really upgrades my kitchen."
"I don't get how this keeps my 120-pound Newfoundland out, but I've tried literally everything," shared a (now) relieved pet parent. "I had my old can in a cabinet with a cabinet lock, and he would turn the key, then open the cabinet. He broke every child lock I could buy. This was my hail Mary, and when I opened it, I laughed and thought it would last a day, but it proved me wrong. ... Two months of no garbage strung over my house, and this thing paid for its self in a single vet bill alone. And it looks good! ... It traps the smell in very well as well."
"When our former kitchen trashcan broke, we decided to splurge and get a nicer can, especially one that would match our new refrigerator," shared a final fan. "This one seemed to fit the bill. The fingerprint-proof finish is as they say, and the action on the lid is quiet and smooth. The only less than positive thing to say about it is that if you have an overhang on your countertop ... the lid will smack the overhang if you are a little overzealous with the foot pedal. We have addressed that issue twofold: both stepping on the foot pedal more gently, and putting a couple of felt color-matched sticky pads to lessen the 'bang' that inevitably happened. Otherwise, the can is great."
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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