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Simplehuman Trash Can Review 2023: a Worthwhile Splurge

Simplehuman Trash Can Review 2023: a Worthwhile Splurge

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Trash cans are surprisingly expensive. I found that out while browsing Amazon for a new one for my kitchen a few years ago.

I really didn’t want to spend more than $50 on one since a trash can isn’t exactly an exciting purchase. The more I looked though, the more I realized I was going to spend at least that much on a trash can I didn’t even particularly like.

That’s partly why I ended up buying a fancy $250 Simplehuman one. If I was already going to fork over close to $100 on a new trash can (I wanted one with compartments for regular trash and recyclables), I might as well spend a little more and get one I really liked.

I don’t have room to store a trash can in the cabinet under my sink or anywhere else where it would be hidden, so I decided to treat this purchase as I would a piece of furniture.

The trash can, for better or worse, is the first thing people see when they walk into my apartment, and my rose-gold one from Simplehuman makes a pretty awesome first impression. It’s stylish (can I say that about a trash can?) and surprisingly space-efficient given the amount of garbage it can hold, and it even has a built-in bag dispenser that lets you quickly and easily replace the garbage bags without rummaging around your kitchen for more of them.

It’s also $250. Yes, $250. A lot of people reading this are probably rolling their eyes, but I don’t care. This is by far the best-designed trash can I’ve seen, and for me, its high price is justified by the convenience, organization, and style it offers.

The trash can also comes with a 10-year warranty. If the pedal breaks as a result of “normal household use,” for example, you’re covered. The company will provide replacement parts at no charge or arrange a repair. All you have to do is register the can on Simplehuman’s site.

I never thought I’d spend more than $50 — let alone $250 — on a trash can, but it’s arguably one of the smartest purchases I’ve made for my home.

Scroll down for a closer look at the trash can’s design and smart features. And click here to check our complete guide of the best trash cans. 

The trash can is the first thing people see when they walk into my apartment.

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Here’s a close-up look at my Simplehuman trash can. I went with rose-gold stainless steel, but the trash can also comes in regular stainless steel.

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The dual compartments make it easy to neatly sort my trash and recyclables in one convenient, space-efficient space.

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The can’s steel pedal is sturdy and strong, and the company’s patented “lid shox” technology ensures a smooth, silent close every time. My old trash can would whip open and hit the wall, leaving behind annoying scuff marks. No more.

On one side, there’s a “liner pocket” (the purple rectangle) that stores and dispenses garbage bags from inside the can for a faster change.

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The stainless steel liner rim grips each garbage bag and keeps it hidden. It’s smart subtleties of design like these that help justify the can’s $250 price tag. 

The other side has a convenient handled bucket for easy lifting and disposal of recyclables.

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Simplehuman makes special garbage bags to fit all of its cans. Having bags that perfectly fit the can honestly make a big difference. I never have to readjust them, and trash never ends up anywhere but inside the bags.

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You can purchase replacement garbage bags for Simplehuman’s trash cans on Amazon. A package of 60 garbage bags for this trash can costs $20, which is only a few dollars more than the price of 60 Glad garbage bags. 

With Subscribe & Save on Amazon, I save 5% on each order and get new garbage bags delivered every three months. I’ve actually since switched to the less-expensive generic version of the bags, and they work great.

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Expensive But Worth the Price

As the Executive Director of Good Housekeeping’s Cleaning Lab, I’m all about managing messes, which is why I’m so in love with my Simplehuman trash can. You won’t find a monstrous dish rack sitting out on my counter or a stick vacuum with its many attachments hanging from the wall in my home. I like my cleaning tools well-designed, tucked away and as unobtrusive as possible.

Simplehuman trash cans have the look, features and following that other trash cans only aspire to. And yes, they are expensive, but they are worth every penny for both the aesthetic and convenience they provide. Here’s why:

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Stylish Design

I own the $180 Simplehuman’s 45L Rectangular Step Can in a brushed stainless finish. It comes in other finishes, a larger size or as a dual-bin can with a section for recyclables, but the single 45L model is perfect for my two-person household. We regularly take our glass and plastics to an outdoor container, so we just need an indoor can for trash. I like that this one doesn’t overwhelm my kitchen space.

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With rounded corners and a slim, flat profile my Simplehuman can hugs the wall and doesn’t take up much floor space — Simplehuman also makes round, semi-round and other shaped cans to fit into all kinds of large and small spaces.

And its beautiful aesthetic is not marred by a plastic trash bag peeking out from under the lid. Instead, the outer rim of the Simplehuman’s lid lifts up when it’s time to put in a new liner and when you snap it back down, it covers up and hides the top of the liner. Sure, you could use regular trash bags instead of the custom Simplehuman can liners that are letter-coded for each style and size of can, but don’t expect them to fit perfectly. And there are no messy lids or buckets to remove and wrangle back in place after you’ve taken out the trash. This attention to detail is one of the things that impresses me most about the brand.

Top-Notch Features

Lest you think a Simplehuman can is all show, it’s not. There are many thoughtful and helpful features, starting with its full-width foot pedal. No matter where you step on it, the can opens easily. And, I’m happy to report that its soft close lid works as smoothly and silently as it did when it was new (I’ve had it for almost four years). But one of my most favorite features is the liner pocket in the back. It not only stores a package of 20 liners so they are always handy but lets you grab them one-by-one from inside the can when it’s time for a new one. Genius!

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It’s Easy to Keep Clean

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I would be remiss not to point out how easy this Simplehuman trash can is to keep clean. When it comes to a trash can, there’s no more important feature aside from good capacity. Most notable here is its fingerprint-resistant stainless steel exterior, something even many expensive appliances (like my built-in fridge, by the way) can’t boast about. I rarely have to take a sponge or cloth to the exterior of this can and when I do, spots and smudges wipe away easily.

Because the liner completely covers the inside and eliminates the need for an interior bucket, there are fewer nooks and crannies for food bits to fall into and generate odors. All I need to do is occasionally wipe splatters from the underside of the lid and crumbs from the ledge around the opening. Newer models now come with a slot in the underside of the lid to hold an odor-eliminating freshener pod.

The Bottom Line: Is the Simplehuman Trash Can Worth It?

Yes, Simplehuman trash cans are worth it, thanks to their streamlined design that’s easy to clean, durability and convenient features like can liner storage and a responsive opening mechanism. Trash is an inevitable part of a busy kitchen’s activities and, while it’s easy to dismiss, having the best possible vessel to contain it is a real timesaver and cuts down on cleaning. Everything in your kitchen should be both hardworking and beautiful, and Simplehuman trash cans check both those boxes and don’t disappoint.

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Carolyn Forté

Home Care & Cleaning Lab Executive Director

Carolyn Forté brings more than 40 years of experience as a consumer products expert to her role as executive director of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Home Care and Cleaning Lab. Using deep analytical testing and writing expertise in appliances, cleaning, textiles and organizational products, she produces cleaning and home care advice for GH, has authored numerous books and bookazines for the brand and partners with the American Cleaning Institute to co-produce the Discover Cleaning Summits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from Queens College, City University of New York.

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