We at Toiletops spent 20+ hours looking through over 40 different trash cans with a capacity under 5 gallons, as well as reading numerous independent testimonials, in order to find the best bathroom trash can on the market. Because bathrooms are typically smaller areas of your home, you need a trash can that can accommodate so we made our choice needed to have the size, capacity, look and functionality (or usability) to be considered the “best” bathroom trash.
Additionally, staying organized and decluttered in your bathroom is the key to calm which is was a driving factor in diving into these trash cans.
After narrowing down the list, we’ve chosen the Nine Stars DZT-8-1 Touchless Steel Trash Can (pictured right) as our Top Pick overall. Its size allows the Nine Stars to fit into any space, even those tight areas in your bathroom. Functionality is better than the rest and gives way to a more hygienic bathroom. And the look is neutral enough to match the interior design of any bathroom.
- Our Top Choices
- The Best Bathroom Trash Can
- Competitor Picks
- The Under-$20 Picks
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The Best Bathroom Trash Can
- Infrared Sensor
- Soft-Closing Lid
- 100% Stainless Steel
- Plastic Liner
- Bag-Holding Feature
The Nine Stars DZT-8-1 is a quadruple threat in comparison to the below options. Nine Stars is known for their trash can quality and this one has the looks, the technology, size and price to be the all-around champion. Obviously that’s why it’s here on the list. The DZT-8-1 at 14 inches tall is just above the median height on our list. It’s around 7 inches in its depth, which is the average depth of most of the trash cans here. The opened lid adds another approximately 6 inches atop the 14-inch height. If you’re not putting this in an open area then you should be mindful of the clearance needed. Speaking of the lid, it seals well and is powered by 4 D batteries, which are not included. Having a lid that opens and closes automatically is great for keeping your hands off the bathroom trash can. But if an automatic-opening trash can lid doesn’t get the job done for you, perhaps one of our next two competition picks will.
Our competition picks, to us, are just a step down from the Nine Stars model as being the best bathroom trash cans. While they compete in most of the major categories, they lose point on our scale due to price and functionality. The price of the simplehuman Butterfly Step Trash Can places it into the luxury range of our price scale. But that doesn’t mean it’s costly without having any benefits. The step has a nice pressure to it so that the lids don’t whip open like a Ghostbusters’ ghost trap. The lids then slowly fall to avoid any unnecessary ‘clanking’. The step is also good for over 150,000 steps, which will outlast any of the other steps on our list. Back to the lids, having the split doors is great for lower clearances and although you’d like not put this under your sink (like the Nine Stars) you don’t want to worry about your over the toilet shelf or anything comparable either. For a premium bathroom trash can, the simplehuman is a premium option.
Our next competitor bathroom trash is reminiscent of the simplehuman, obviously in a different design. We liked the Heim Concept Step Trash Can over similar style trash cans because it’s well-built and has a slow-closing lid. Yes, the slow-closing lid was lobbied for heavily by our reviewers because of some early-morning trash tossers–significant others who keep their partners awake in the morning with a metal-clapping can lid. So that is, as our reviewers say, a big deal. The Heim Concept bathroom trash can also has a removable inner bucket for wrapping trash bags around and a convenient fold-down carrying handle. This is nice for easily moving the can around or for easily emptying it’s contents. The brushed stainless steel is fingerprint proof and will fit in your office, kitchen and yes, your bathroom. Use with a 4-gallon trash bag and you’re good to go!
The Under-$20 Picks
Kicking off our “Under-$20 Picks” is the BINO Step Trash Can. BINO (pronounced “bee-no”) offers a myriad of different products and this step trash can is certainly a nice one. We like this as a pick because it’s small, it’s going to gel into most bathrooms, and it still has a nice step opener. For under $20, you can get a quality trash can that is compact and more functional than our other basic picks. The model pictured is obviously in white but the can is also available in stainless steel. Overall, this basic bathroom trash can is well worth the price!
Here we finally have a new design hitting our list of the best bathroom trash cans. This bathroom trash can from WINOMO has a beautiful design and a nice swinging lip on top to seal in trash and odors. As our second “Under-$20 Pick,” the WINOMO is durable and has a very straightforward function. The top lid holds the trash bag in place and once the lid is hitting your garbage, it’s time to swap out the bags. Keep this can on your radar!
Much like the BINO step trash can, the Neat-O by Hopeful Round Step Trash Can is a quality bathroom step trash can under $20. Available in black or white, this little can looks fantastic. Not only that, but it’s got a quality build about it. The step is great and doesn’t seem to flip open too aggressively. On top you’ll see it has a convenient carrying handle. The inner bucket is removable for easy disposal. Or you can line it with trash cans if you like.
As you can see, simplehuman is back on our list of the best bathroom trash can models. This time, they crack into our “Under-$20 Picks” with their Mini Round Trash Can. One of our reviewers actually owns this model of trash can and is thrilled with the value of the trash can. He’s had it for over 3 years without any problems. For under $20, he’s certainly gotten his money’s worth. This can is a 1.2 gallon can be easily lined with grocery plastic bags thanks to its removable hard-plastic inner bucket. The step is also strong and stable. It doesn’t feel like a small trash can when you step on it. To go with simplehuman’s 10-year guarantee, we’d say this is a great option under $20.
For our more decorative choices, we’re starting with the Niceshoes.you Trash Can. Ranging in three colors (blue, green, and pink), we find this trash can bring a delicate look to an often ugly object. The can is 13″ tall and 8″ wide at max thanks to the convenient handles on the side. It’s lightweight and securely holds a 4 gallon plastic bag, or a grocery bag, in place. The beautiful coloration is the real selling point with this trash can but the permanent design on the side is also gorgeous! We highly recommend this simple and decorative trash can!
The Una Trash Can from InterDesign is a one-size-fits-all bathroom trash can but not as much in its size–rather, its color. This trash can comes in over 10 different colors which means there is a perfect color for every bathroom. But size isn’t something to look over because the Una wastebasket is available 12-inch heights. The plastic is durable and won’t have a problem with whatever you’re tossing into it. Pro tip: this can also double as a storage container or bin.
Our final decorative pick and final pick on our list of the best bathroom trash cans is an adorable idea from MetroDecor. The mDesign Pail Wastebasket is interesting and screams retro as a bathroom trash can. The trash can is available in 4 different colors and measures just under 12 inches tall. Look for bathroom trash can ideas like this and more as you expand on your creative flow.