Step right this way for a little trash talking
The kitchen trash cans used for this test were plenty large enough for the participating families. Most of the families had four people, but even the family of five didn’t use a whole bin’s worth in one week.
Since the City of Toronto introduced the organic green bin, my family has drastically reduced our trash. This was confirmed when we received our medium sized City of Toronto garbage can last month and found it was roomy enough for our two weeks’ worth of waste. The medium grey bin holds 1 1/2 large garbage bags or three of the type used for this testing.
The “perfect trash can” title is unclaimed. Since the can resides in the kitchen, aesthetics cannot be discounted. The lid needs to stay up when needed, and the inner plastic bag should remain hidden. (The plastic bags were timberland boots clearly visible on all four cans.) The bin should be odourless when closed. Capacity is clearly important; those tested ranged between 30 and 40 litres. Only one lid stayed up on its own after being opened; another could be pushed into that position by hand. The other two only stayed open whe timberland boots n a foot remained on the pedal.
Thanks to these families: Sherri, Mike, Kayla, Robyn and Jared Haas; Carolyn, Greg, Nicholas and Cameron Heald Brown; Elaine, Ashley and Gabriela Ash and student Franziska Tumoscheit from Germany; and my family, Jeff, Ian and Julia.
“I like the foot pedal because then I can hold a broom in one hand and a dustpan in the other while I open the garbage can with my foot. Robyn likes the height because timberland boots she doesn’t have to bend down to use it .”
They found the capacity more than sufficient. “Our bag wasn’t even full after using it for a week,” Sherry said.
The non slip base was an asset for Carolyn, since it didn’t push backwards when she stepped on the pedal. Everyone liked the steel, oval shape can.
Drawbacks? The lid did not shut completely unless it was pushed down, leading to fingerprints. Mike Haas and my husband Jeff were both unhappy at that. Observed Jeff: “You really notice it, like dirty windows.” (Note to self: Ask Jeff to wash windows.)
Even though this can from Canadian Tire is made of steel, fingerprints weren’t as big a problem but still showed up. The texture is different from the Select Edition and since the lid closed completely, we didn’t have to push it down.
Sherri liked the capacity and her family “enjoyed the use of the foot pedal. I especially liked it when I had to use two hands to empty my Bissell.” Jared did not like the pedal, since the angle is too sharp.
Test Drive found the inner bi timberland boots n tricky to reinsert, as did Mike.
Although pleased with the design, Carolyn complained how the bin moved backward when she stepped on the pedal.
Elaine’s family also liked the design and the tall bin’s limited footprint. She did note that the circular design makes it difficult “to shove some pieces of garbage into it.”
My family liked this one, bought at Home Outfitters, the most probably because we have a puppy and she’d already overturned a garbage can with ugly results. When she achieved the same feat with this can, it stayed shut because of the lock. The sliding lock is simple, yet brilliant, and will keep pets or toddlers out of the trash.
The capacity is much too big for my family, the Haases and the Heald Browns.
And, if anything stinky makes it in, hold your nose thanks to the suspension shocks, the lid shuts very slowly instead of slamming. Jared found this pointless but Kayla and the Heald Browns thought it cool. The lid can also be pushed to the upright position.
The Ash family found the size was just right for their family of two girls, German student Franziska Tumoscheit and the family dogs, and the wheel was handy for manoeuvring the can around their small kitchen.
On looks, opinion was mostly negative.
This simple garbage can, bought at Home Depot, didn’t have many supporters but it does have a great warranty and it works well. Step on the pedal, the lid goes up, step on it again and it closes. Perfect. Unfortunately, Carolyn found that it only worked half the time, whereas my family had no problems.
A definite negative is the textured surface, which seems to catch dirt; smudges are noticeable and hard to clean.
Elaine complained that she could smell the garbage even with the lid shut. She found it small, “and not in a good way” since it doesn’t hold a lot of garbage. However, its capacity is slightly larger than those from Canadian Tire and Wal Mart.