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Kitchen trash bins (SimpleHuman and others)

It's not exactly cookware, but it's a very important kitchen fixture. I need to buy a trash bin. My old Rubbermaid step bin lasted 5 good years. But I'm tired of cleaning it -- too many crannies.

I am actually considering spending $79 on a SimpleHuman 40 liter step-can. See http://www.simplehuman.com/products/t...

Does anyone have one? I like that it has a separate liner-bin with a bag-holding system. Does anyone know if standard 13 gallon bags work well with this can? I'm not inclined to purchase the specially-fitted SimpleHuman bags.

It comes in brushed steel or white. I'm inclined to get the white. In my house, brushed steel will have perpetual doggie nose-prints.

Anyone have a trash bin that they really like?

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  1. We have a SimpleHuman trash can - the "corner" one - and it holds up very well. We buy the kitchen bags at Costco and they fit OK, they are a bit tricky to get the bag just right at the top (my husband has gotten very good at replacing bags). I say go for it!

    1. We have three models of SimpleHuman cans, we buy their bags for one (via their web site, they are not too expensive in bulk) don't user bags in the other two cans. The wife likes them, probably because they fit in our decor, to me they are just trash cans.

      1. We have a simple human butterfly top stainless and black plastic trash can that I got at Lowe's for $99. We love it and its stood up to two cross country moves and our black lab's curiousity for about 4 years now.

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        1. re: ccbweb

          Forgot to note that we use 13 gallon Glad kitchen trashbags and they do quite nicely.

        2. I have a small (8 gallon) Polder trash can and am very pleased with it. I purchased it before I had ever heard of SimpleHuman. I have no problem finding the 8 gal bags at my local supermarket.

          If you want to look at the SimpleHuman cans, check out your nearest Bed Bath & Beyond store. They carry a number of them.

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          1. re: ambrose

            I know this is an old thread but I feel obliged to post this follow up concerning my Polder trash can. About two months after I mentioned I was very pleased with my Polder, it broke and could not be fixed! I replaced it with a 25 L rectangular can from Simple Human. Based on my experience to date, the Simple Human can is much better made. However, I do prefer the shape of the Polder.

          2. I have the rectangular one for the kitchen. Fits better against the wall, and the step handle is flush with the can. Also have the two smaller round ones in my bathrooms. The bags are pretty easy to find at BBB, LNT, and The Container Store. I usually just wait for the BBB or LNT coupons that regularly show up to buy the bags.

            1. We have the Simple Human Butterfly can. My husband came home with it one day. After I got over the sticker shock....it is a pretty darn good trash can. Still works after a couple years, unlike cheap ones we've bought in the past where the foot thing stops working relatively soon. And as someone else mentioned about their lab, it's resisted our greyhound's advances with no troubles at all...no nose prints either.

              We use the Costco bags in it with no real issue.

              1. Our home hosts our yellow lab all the time and my sister's wheaten terrier several times a week, neither have bothered our SS butterfly top 30L can -- no nose prints or attempts at tipping (which was a problem with a previous trash bin...) We use the 13 gallon bags (jumbo box form Ace Hardware on sale or CostCo) a lot less expensive than the SH bags and only a bit trickier to get neatly loaded. We got the can at a HUGE discount when a local retailer stop carrying them, but we like it so much we'd probably pay full price...

                My m-i-l has a knock off round can and hates the difficulty in placing it yet it is too penny-wise to get something with a sensible shape...

                1. We have the very expensive slim butterfly model. I got it as part of a charity raffle. It works very well and contains odor exceptionally well. In fact, we sometimes wish it off gassed a little. We do use the special bags (my husband insists on it for some reason) but when he is not around I sub regular ones without problems. No problems with bags slipping or other issues.

                  1. I picked up a Simply Human half round can at BedBath and Beyond, 1/2 price, cause of a tiny dent. It was definately a price I liked. It is a great can. It uses the standard kitchen trash bags, no problems. I never considered using anything else.

                    I have the brushed steel and I like it lots. My mom bought an oblong one, a similar "dented" one price and it also works great and the shape is great!!

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                    1. re: Quine

                      I got the round one there half price too but it wasn't dented the pedal was messed up. I brought it home and rigged a fix for the pedal that worked fairly well. Then I went to their web site and inquired about getting a new pedal and they sent me one for free. So now I have a perfect one for the half price. I use the Costco Tall kitchen bags with no problem.

                    2. I have the 30L butterfly one. I love it. I put in a hallway away from sight. It's one of the best purchases I've made. As other posters have stated it's now a couple of years old and still works just as well as the first day I got it.

                      One thing I love about it is how quietly it opens and closes. You don't realize how nice it is until you use a can that's noisy.

                      1. We have a SimpleHuman round one. I adore it. Regular garbage bags fit, no problem. I bought it at BB&B with one of their 20% of coupons. Couldn't be happier. It actually contains the smells so the garbage doesn't have to go out every single day. :)

                        1. I'm the OP here. I'd like to thank everyone for their replies. We've had the SimpleHuman slim can for several months. I never knew I could LOVE a trash bin. It's easy to use, neat, and nice-looking. A great design.

                          I bought it at BBB using the 20% off coupon. It was worth the money.