Updated November 18, 2018 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Open Top Trash Receptacles

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Sometimes, the convenience of a lidless trash container outweighs the benefits of keeping odors and debris contained under cover. These open top receptacles are ideal for public or commercial spaces, where people are significantly less likely to pick up after themselves if their waste bounces off a lid to end up on the ground. They’re available in a variety of sizes to suit different locations. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best open top trash receptacle on Amazon.

10. Simplehuman Profile

9. Brelso Overlap

8. Simplehuman Dual

7. Safco Dome

6. Rubbermaid Commercial

5. Safco Canmeleon

4. Rubbermaid Slim Jim

3. Safco Modern

2. Simplehuman Slim Steel

1. iTouchless Can

Editor's Notes

November 14, 2018:

Featured the Rubbermaid Slim Jim to include a purely utilitarian model for those who seek practicality but don’t care about decoration. Noted reports that the Safco Canmeleon is very effective in high-traffic workspaces. The iTouchless Can is one of the only models I discovered that offers both different shapes and sizes, which added to its value.


Sam Kraft
Last updated on November 18, 2018 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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