Updated April 22, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Pedal Trash Cans

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in April of 2020. Basic trash cans that don't have a lid can be unsightly and unhygienic. Touchless cans, however, solve this problem as they have a pedal-operated door that keeps garbage out of view, whilst preventing unpleasant odors from escaping. Some models include useful additions, such as spare liner holders and recycling compartments, and come in a variety of styles to complement your decor. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Simplehuman Dual Compartment

2. iTouchless Autostep

3. Glad GLD-74507

Editor's Notes

April 21, 2020:

Most rooms in our homes and offices need some form of a receptacle to hold our waste. While a trash can without a lid may be fine in an office or bedroom, a more hygienic option is often preferred in kitchens and bathrooms. This selection of touchless cans keep your garbage out of sight and are operated with a foot pedal, which prevents having to touch the lid at all. They are available in a range of styles and finishes, so you can match them to your bathroom hardware, or your kitchen appliances.

Smaller options are more suitable for bathrooms and bedrooms, or as a secondary can in a kitchen. The Simplehuman Butterfly lid and the AmazonBasics Rectangle are both compact options finished in brushed stainless steel. The Mingol Retro, and the Kohler K-20957 are equally small and are available in different color schemes.

Large trash cans are ideal for kitchens as they generally produce more waste, much of which is recyclable. The Simplehuman Dual Compartment has an integrated second bin that can be used to store plastic bottles and suchlike. Other larger capacity models like the Glad GLD-74507, the Simplehuman Semi-Round, and the Ninestars Combo Set are functional for everyday kitchen waste, and will complement your appliances with their brushed metal outer shells.

If you're searching for something with a touch of design flair then the contemporary angles of the Liex-trash Geometric are sure to stand out in any setting. The space-age, iTouchless Autostep has an electronic sensor built into the pedal that lifts the lid with an effortless tap.

4. Simplehuman Semi-Round

5. Kohler K-20957

6. Simplehuman Butterfly lid

7. Mingol Retro

8. Ninestars Combo Set

9. Liex-trash Geometric

10. AmazonBasics Rectangle


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on April 22, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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