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8 Practical Trash Cans For Every Type of Kitchen

While their purpose is pretty simple, not all kitchen trash cans are equal. We found practical picks for every style and budget.

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Vnewone Kitchen Trash Can Garbage 13 Gallon Waste Bin for Home Office Bedroom Stainless Steel Automatic Touch Free High-Capacity, 50 Litervia

Automatic Open

Hands full? No problem. This trash can, recommended by our Test Kitchen staff, has a built-in infrared sensor that recognizes movement and instantly opens the lid. Sweet! Keep odors at bay with this simple trick.

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Brabantia® Bo Touch Top 32-Gallon Trash Canvia

Super Sleek

If you want a trash can that doesn’t, well, look like a trash can, this sleek model is for you. Elegant legs give the can an elevated look, while built-in inner buckets make sorting a breeze.

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Joseph Joseph® Totem 60-Liter Trash/Recycle Combo Binvia

Trash + Recycling Combo

Recycling has never looked so chic. This dual-purpose trash can has built-in compartments—one for garbage and one for recyclables. Plus, it features a mini lidded compost bin for food scraps! Psst—these items are not recyclable.

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iTouchless Deodorizer 13-gallon Stainless Steel Touchless Trash Can With Carbon Filter Technologyvia

Built-In Deodorizer

Give your kitchen a breath of fresh air—literally. This trash can has a built-in deodorizing feature that ensures your pesky food smells (looking at you, garlic!) don’t linger. Learn more about common home odors.

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simplehuman 10.5-Gallon Slim Touch Bar Trash Canvia

Space Saver

In a tiny kitchen, ditch the bulky trash can and opt for a streamlined version, instead. This stainless-steel beauty holds over 10 gallons and is just over 10 inches wide.

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11.9gal Step Trash Can White - Room Essentials™via

Back to Basics

When you’re looking for a budget-friendly trash can without a ton of bells and whistles, you can’t beat this simple step can. Priced at just under $15, it’s easy on the wallet yet gets the job done. Here are more products that make the most of your tiny kitchen.

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TOWNEW Electric Motion Self-Sealing & Self-Changing Kitchen Trash Can, Tealvia


When it comes to our least favorite kitchen chores, changing the trash can liner is pretty high on the list. This smart can does it for you. The touch of a button seals your current bag, then another press inserts a new one into the can.

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simplehuman® 45-Liter Rectangular Liner Rim Step Trash Can with Liner Pocket in Rose Goldvia

Cool Color

If you’re looking for the most *glam* trash can on the market, this rose gold beauty is it. In addition to being pretty, we love its practical features like the built-in storage pockets and in-can liner dispenser.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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