I Splurged On This Surprising Kitchen Item And Have No Regrets

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The subject of today’s post might seem a little strange at first, but I hope you’ll bear with me. :-) My goal with each blog post is to share at least one thing with you that helps make your life easier. Sometimes that thing takes the form of a useful tip or trick, instructions on how to make something, or a piece of advice. But every once in a while, I come across a product that is so useful, I feel compelled to share it with you.

And that’s exactly why today I’ll be telling you about my very favorite trash can! I didn’t know it was possible to love a trash can as much as I love this one, but here we are! I find myself appreciating it’s helpful features multiple times per day, so I wanted to tell you about it in case any of you could benefit from upgrading your trash can too. :-)

Meet my fancy new kitchen helper, the simplehuman 58L Stainless Steel Trash Can. This is definitely a splurge item, but I haven’t regretted it once! In fact, I find new things to appreciate about it every day. I’ll walk you through some of the things I love most about it!

6 Reasons Why I Love My Trash Can

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1. Motion Sensor

Lifting the lid on your trash can gets tricky when your hands are either full or covered in food. That’s why I love the motion sensor on this trash can! All I have to do is move my hands over the sensor and the lid will pop up on its own. It’s highly convenient, and more hygienic too!

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2. Voice Activation

Not only does this garbage can have a motion sensor, but it has a voice sensor too. Just say “Open can!” and the lid pops right open! I don’t use this feature all that often, but my boys love it. They love telling the can to open so they can practice their across-the-kitchen garbage basketball skills. (I let this slide because they are well aware that it’s their own responsibility to clean up any messes if they miss!) ;-)

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3. Trash Bag Storage

Perhaps my favorite feature is the integrated storage pocket for extra bags in the back. It’s so nice to have a new trash bag at the ready when I take the full bag out!

The one minor drawback of this and other simplehuman brand trash cans is that they are designed to be used with their special fitted trash bags. However, for me this isn’t much of an issue. Not only do their bags fit perfectly and never slip, they’re also much more durable and leak-proof than other bags I’ve used!

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4. Easy Bag Changing

I had another motion-activated trash can before I got this one, but there were a few things I didn’t like about it. One of the issues I had with it was how I had to pull out the unwieldy liner bucket to change the trash bag. With my new trash can, the process of switching bags is much easier!

All I have to do is lift the lid section up, pull out the full bag, and put in a new one. Then I just drop the lid back down, and it’s ready to go! The lid both secures the bag in place and hides the edges of the bag, so the outside of the trash can stays looking sleek and clean.

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5. Smudge-Proof Finish

Not only does the finish on this trash can look sleek, it stays that way too! I’m not sure how it works, but the finish seems to repel fingerprints and smudges. And when it does get spilled on or splattered, all I have to do is wipe it clean with a wet microfiber cloth. I love having a garbage can that never looks “dirty.”

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6. Five-Year Warranty

While this trash can is definitely quite a bit pricier than its standard, low-tech counterparts, your investment is protected by a five-year warranty. It gives me peace of mind to know that if I run into an issue with it during the next several years, simplehuman will replace the defective parts or repair it for me!

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Looking For Something Similar?

If you like the idea of this trash can, but not the price tag, I totally get it! I wanted to offer an alternative option, so I did some digging on Amazon and found a trash can with similar features. It’s the iTouchless 13-Gallon Touchless Trash Can, and it’s listed for just $69.99! Here are some of the features it has:

  • Motion sensor lid
  • Carbon filter for odor control
  • Works with any 13-gallon garbage bag
  • One-year full service warranty

Do you have a product at home that makes you happy every time you use it?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • When I checked out your link at Amazon, I was greeted with “this item is unavailable and we don’t know if it will be available again“.

  • Your blog is very helpful for me. I enjoy the valuable data you deliver to your posts. There are so many things I did not know, I have to have some of these gadgets! Thanks for sharing this post.

  • I had/have a touchless trash can for over ten years. I love it. But just lately the automatic sensor died and now it needs a new sensor or a new touchless trash can.

  • We splurged with the purchase of a SimpleHuman garbage can 5 years ago. It was the only garbage can we could find that would fit into the space we had. I love it! Yes the bags are a bit pricey, but they hold a lot and never, ever leak. I purchase them in bulk on Amazon for a good price. They fit, they don’t fall down and they are easy to tie closed. I love the little extra features on my basic SimpleHuman – such as the vented bottom so you can actually get the full bag out of the can without a fight, and how easy it is to clean. I’d purchase another one in a heartbeat if ever I need to replace this one

  • I have the Simple Human Motion trash can also. I love it so much I bought one for my Mom. Mine is several years old I have NEVER regretted the purchase. And yes the bags are worth the higher price. Leaky garbage doesn’t mess up my floor anymore.

  • We bought a Simple Human trash can over 10 years ago, our first “luxury” kitchen item. Although it does not have some of the features of the new version, we love the wide opening ( great for cleaning out plates, or emptying dust pan), the foot pedal to open and especially the “no fingerprint” feature. Being a quality item, it is still in use and still looks good. Absolutely no regrets!

    • I got the same one as a gift and love it! I wasn’t sure i would want to pay for the pricier bags but they are worth it! They never leak or tear.

  • I have the simple human trashcan/recycler combined and love it as well. I really thought I had lost my own mind when I bought it, but have had it about 8 months now and have not regretted my decision. I love everything about it. It is not voice/motion activated, but has a foot pedal/lever which makes it as easy to use. It was really a wonderful investment for me!!!

  • I too have a simplehuman stainless steel trash can. It was a splurge but I love it. It doesn’t have the feature of motion however, it does have a pedal and lifts the lid, the lid closes by itself after the trash is put inside and normal trash bags do work in it. I highly recommend it. It also comes with a 5 year warranty and because it is not computerized the likelihood of anything breaking is minimized greatly.

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