simplehuman Stainless Steel Semi-Round Step Trash Can, 16-Gallon

Last updated date: December 17, 2019

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In our analysis of 91 expert reviews, the simplehuman simplehuman Stainless Steel Trash Can, 16-Gallon placed 6th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 25, 2020:
Checkout The Best Kitchen Trash Bin for a detailed review of all the top kitchen trash bins.

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1 expert reviews
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704 user reviews
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What experts liked
It has a stainless steel fingerprint-proof finish that's ideal for families, and there's a built-in liner holder to keep your trash bag in place.
- The Spruce
October 15, 2019 | Full review
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From The Manufacturer

The simplehuman 60 liter/ 16 gallon semi-round step on garbage can has a semi-round shape designed for easy placement against the wall and out of the way and is perfect for an office, your kitchen or anywhere you need to throw away rubbish in your home. It's large capacity makes it perfect for families or high-traffic areas. It also has a liner rim that flips down to hide the trash bag and keep it secure – and harder for dogs to get into. It has a brushed stainless steel finish to match your home decor that is fingerprint-resistant and easy to clean, and no inner bucket which means more capacity for more trash. I'm the Strong and Silent Type The strong wide steel pedal means the can is hands-free and is designed to last 150,000 steps — that's more than 20 steps a day for 20 years, and simplehuman's patented lid shox technology ensures that the lid closes softly in a smooth, quiet manner. Custom Fit Trash Can Liners simplehuman Code P trash can liners are a perfect fit for this trash can. They are made from extra-durable plastic with thick double seams to prevent rips and tears and have been rated among the top in strength comparable to other major brands. Extra strong to keep garbage in the bag — not on the floor or the bottom of your trash can.

Overall Product Rankings

2. simplehuman Slim Kitchen Trash Can, 10.6-Gallon
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 14
3. iTouchless Stainless Steel Trash Can, 13-Gallon
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 16
4. Sterilite SwingTop Trash Can, 13.2-Gallon
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
8. Umbra Venti Swing Top Trash Can, 16-Gallon
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Ninestars Trash Can Combo Set, 8-Gallon & 1.2-Gallon
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 0
11. iTouchless Dual Step Trash Can, 16-Gallon
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
13. NINESTARS Automatic Touchless Trash Can, 18-Gallon
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 7
14. Umbra Brim Trash Can, 13-Gallon
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 0
15. Rubbermaid Step-On Lid Trash Can, 13-Gallon
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 0

An Overview On Kitchen Trash Bins

There is nothing worse than a poorly designed kitchen trash can that lets out odors and is a mess to look at. Whether you run a professional kitchen or are a home cook, having a trash can that keeps garbage and their associated smells out of sight is key.

When searching for the best trash can for your kitchen, think about where it will be placed. This will affect what kind of shape you get. If your trash can will be up against a wall or cupboard, you’ll want one that has a flat side to save on space. A round trash can is best for kitchens that have a lot of floor space.

Next, consider the kind of lid your trash can will need, and how it will be opened. If you’ll be placing your kitchen trash can in a cupboard, like under the sink, for example, you may opt for one without a lid. However, if your kitchen trash can will be out in the open, it’s best to get one with a lid to contain the smell and keep things looking neat and tidy.

The material the trash can is made out of impacts the overall look and feel of the wastebasket. For many shoppers, it’s important for everything in the kitchen to match the décor. If you have stainless steel and black appliances, for example, you may want a trashcan that matches that sleek look. If your trashcan will be hidden in a corner or behind a door, then a simple plastic receptacle may do the trick.

Also consider the size of trash bag you will need to put into the can. Some trash bins are large and require custom-sized kitchen trash bags, while others can use simple grocery bags instead. If you need to purchase special bags for your trash can, that will need to be factored into the cost.

DYWM Fun Fact

If you want to keep your kitchen trash bin from smelling, it’s important to clean it on a regular basis. While this task may easily get overlooked, it will ensure that there are no undesirable smells emanating from your kitchen.

In order to clean your kitchen trash bin, remove the bag and any pieces of garbage from the inside. If possible, take the can outside and use the garden hose to wash out the trash bin. Then spray the inside with a disinfectant cleaner of your choice. Use a clean toilet brush to scrub all the inside walls and corners. After you’ve scrubbed the kitchen trash bin, let it sit for five minutes. Then, use the hose again to wash everything out. Let it air dry completely before using.

The Kitchen Trash Bin Buying Guide

  • When buying a kitchen trash bin, take a look at the material it’s made from. This will not only affect the durability of the wastebasket, but also affect the design and colors. The simplehuman Stainless Steel Trash Can, 13.2-Gallon is made out of brushed stainless steel so it has a sleek and elegant look that will match stainless steel kitchen appliances. The simplehuman Slim Kitchen Trash Can, 10.6-Gallon is made out of black plastic, while the Sterilite SwingTop Trash Can, 13.2-Gallon is white plastic. These neutral colors can match with almost any style of kitchen décor. The iTouchless Stainless Steel Trash Can, 13-Gallon has a germ-resistant, fingerprint-proof surface that is made out of stainless steel. It has a high-end look that will fit in with an elegant kitchen.
  • The lid of a kitchen trash bin serves an important purpose, because it keeps odors trapped inside and keeps the kitchen looking tidy. When you’re searching for a trash can with a lid, make sure it has a pedal so you can keep your hands clean. The simplehuman Stainless Steel Trash Can, 13.2-Gallon has a silent close lid so it doesn’t make any loud or banging noises. The lid can also stay open for as long as you need. The pedal is engineered to last 150,000 steps, which will last around 20 years. The simplehuman Slim Kitchen Trash Can, 10.6-Gallon also has a silent close lid. It also comes with a slide lock on the lid so you can keep children and pets from getting into the trash. The iTouchless Stainless Steel Trash Can, 13-Gallon has a lid that opens with the motion of your hand. This makes it a hygienic and convenient choice. The Sterilite SwingTop Trash Can, 13.2-Gallon, on the other hand, has a dual-action swing-top feature that enables the lid to swing open when touched.