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simplehuman Slim Touch Bar Trash Can, Great bin – bring back BLACK please.

A lot more than i thought i would ever spend on a trash can, but worth every penny so far. Easy to open and i like that it only closes when i manually close it, when i am done and ready. The lid is heavy enough: the smell stays inside. The hard plastic liner inside the main can has ‘air vents’ that lets me use the full capacity of the bag and also the lips of the bag wrap around the liner which keeps the trashcan looking nice and blend in the kitchen like another appliance. Planning on using it for a long time.

I really loved the red retro simplehuman trash can i had but, alas, somehow roaches made their way into my house and decided the base of that can would be their favorite place. I was horrified and so disapointed. So, loving simplehuman quality i did some shopping and found this roachproof model.

Replacing a similar simplehuman can that i’ve had for 8 years. Very sleek looking and easy to use. I had a stockpile of the n-sized bags and they work perfectly – like them better than the recommended size. They’re a little larger and easier to get on the inner can. Also love the little ledge in the can that lets you prop the inner can up a few inches for liner changes – genius.

I don’t particularly like this trash can, although i am giving it five stars because it is not due to the quality of the can. The can works great, looks nice and functions well. My previous trash can was also simple human, but it had a step-opening mechanism. Every time you want to open the can, you have to use the touch bar and then close it, a lot less convenient. It would be great if they could make this can with a touch bar and a pedal. I read somewhere that you can open this by pressing your hip against it – not in my experience. Also, it says that it doesn’t show fingerprints – also very untrue – i am constantly wiping the off fingerprints. Lastly, this trash can is very large in volume and would be good for large families that can fill it up quickly. If you don’t produce a lot of trash and it takes a while to fill it up, then you will have a lot of stinky trash sitting in our house, or you will have to take it out before the bag is full.

Don’t let the price scare you off. This top of the line container adds a nice accent to your kitchen as well as perfect function. It also will use any type of standard kitchen bags and the inner liner is built to prevent air pockets when you replace the liner,.

Love this trashcan and wish i bought it years ago. . Even if it was expensive, it’s worth it.

What a fantastic garbage can. I’ve had it for a while now, and iove everything about it. I like the plastic liner with slots so that air doesn’t get trapped. The can even comes with its own serial number.

Key specs for simplehuman Slim Touch Bar Trash Can, 40 L / 10.5 Gal-Metallic:

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  • EASY-OPEN TOUCH-BAR- Easy to open from any angle — just tap with your elbow, bump with your hip or nudge with your knee.
  • SLIM, SPACE-SAVING SHAPE – Designed to make the most of tight spaces.
  • SMOOTH AND EVEN LID OPENING – Unique dampers and precisely angled springs control the lid so it opens smoothly and evenly.
  • STAY-OPEN LID – The lid stays open for as long as you like — perfect for food prep or longer chores.
  • BIG, WIDE OPENING – Specially shaped hinge moves up and out of the way for the widest opening possible without letting the lid hit the wall.
  • LIFT-OFF LID – Lid lifts off easily for a quick liner change.
  • FINGERPRINT-PROOF FINISH – Resists smudges to keep stainless steel shiny.
  • ENHANCE YOUR TRASH EXPERIENCE – Extra-strong and durable Codes M custom fit liners fit this can perfectly for a cleaner trash experience.
  • 10.2″W x 16.9″D x 28″H – 41.5″ with lid open

Comments from buyers

“Trashcan Nirvana
, Awesome trash can, but I would have picked a different one
, Simplehuman

It has a big enough opening so i have no problem put things in it that i am throwing away. The last trash can i had the open was much smaller and sometime i would spill things on the floor instead of getting them in the trash can. The slim touch bar trash can is easy to open and being slim it fits in a smaller area. I have it beside my fridge and i don’t bump into it like i did my other trash can.

This is the best trash can i’ve ever owned. I thought it was crazy to spend that much on something i use to put trash in, but this was totally worth it. Everyone has noticed it and how much nicer it looks, and i love that i just have to tap the bar to open it. Personally, i prefer that the lid stays open until i’m ready to close it, i’m not so lazy that i can’t close a lid.

Can a kitchen waste can be secksy?. Why, yes it cani’ve been looking for a replacement kitchen trash can for quite some time and have been quite aggravated that the available designs are either too fussy or impractical for one reason or another. I never wanted to spend this much money on a waste can but i simply couldn’t find a decent trash can in the lower price range. I’m also dead set against electronics to open a waste bin. What i require is a simple design that is sturdy, with a lid that will stay open when needed and with a design and structure that won’t go defunct after a short time due to some type of cheap spring system or other design flaw not meant to last long. So i kept coming back to this can again and again before finally making the purchase. Although all our other trash cans in the past have opened from the wider side, i realized this design was a better fit for our kitchen layout. It is a nice option although they do have the same style trash can that opens from the wide side if you prefer. This can is visually appealing, well planned in the design and sturdy enough that i doubt i will need to replace it in my lifetime. So i was able to justify the higher price.

I needed a new stainless kitchen trash can. Had a simple press open and close lid. So, i wanted something similar. Found the simple human version that you press to open and it stays up. Cost more than twice what i paid for my old one, but if it lasts 10 years then it is money well spent. Has nice features that make changing the bags easier. Seems to resist fingerprints too. It is taller than my old one. I can’t keep it in the same spot because the utensil drawer can’t open over it. So, now i’ve got it way on the other side of the kitchen which is very inconvenient. I never thought to look at the height measurement.

Mainly:-hinge still works like new, opens fast-have yet to see any rust/age in the steel. Metal looks like new-have yet to even have one of the oem-brand bags break or even leak (not for lack of trying- multiple broken glass bottles, sharp-edged packaging have been shoved into these bags, whatever plastic they use, is better ime than the name brand trash bags). Has a great slim profile that allows me to keep it in a handy spot without it interfering with an adjacent high traffic area. The internal liner if the trash can is well designed, makes it very easy to remove, and if need be is easily carried to get your trash outside before removing the bag. Also designed to allow the bag to wrap around the edge so that the bag is totally hidden once you’ve placed the top lid back in place. It makes it look a lot better than pretty much every competing model i’ve seen. The top opening is also designed to span just about the full dimensions of the lid; as a result getting pizza boxes, other long pieces in is a breeze vs other models. I’ve seen the motion sending models (thinking specifically of ninestars) out there, but would take this one hands down: the spring action on this opens the lid faster and holds it open for as long as you want it, as opposed to closing on your frigging hand or right as you’re trying to put additional items in. It also doesn’t make any annoying noises, or open by itself because its poorly-calibrated sensor mistook the air/a bug/the opposite wall/who knows for actual motion. And no batteries needed means it just works and continues to work, as opposed to blinking cryptically and then just refusing to do its job when the batteries have gone dead.

Keeps the dog out of the trash. This was the nicest narrowest one i could find for the price. A little high for a trash can but it looks good. 4 stars because stickers were a pain to remove.

This has been what i have looking for forever. No more touching the trash can lids with icky hands. You can pop this lid open with your elbow or hip if your hands are grimy. And the lid stays open for things like peeling potatoes or shucking corn. To top it off, this can is very sleek looking and repels finger prints. Yes, it’s a little pricey but i think it will last a very long time and is well worth the price.

I bought this trash can to replace an old stainless steel trash can that no longer stayed closed. I like trash cans that open with levers at the top (activated by hand) rather than at the bottom (activated by foot), since i have balance problems. The only difficulty i’ve had with this can is that it seems to have been designed to use plastic bags designed by the can’s manufacturer, which don’t fit the inner liner at all unless they are stretched quite a bit. Yet, the white plastic bags from the supermarket are too big for this can. Use the supermarket plastic bags, but twist the front of the bag several times to tighten the top before re-inserting the inner liner into the outer can.

It looks so cool in my kitchen- every part of this can has been thought out- every seem on the lid is finished nicely- doesn’t diff a hole in my wall like the last can- bags are worth getting- push bar works perfectly- omg the vents in the bottom are a huge deal, the bag is so easy to get out- love the ability to rest the inner can a few inches above the rim for easy removal and relining.

I like everything about this can and the bags designed to be used in this can. I was forced to make other accommodations for my trash when grocery stores started charging for bags and this can seemed to be the best alternative for me. I don’t think i could have made a better choice. I was somewhat concerned when some reviews spoke of dents in the can upon arrival but my can arrived in perfect condition due to the excellent packing, consisting of 2 boxes with air packets between them. We had no stainless steel appliances in our kitchen prior to this can and my wife was not happy about adding one but she loves this product.

I absolutely love this trashcan. So glad i went ahead and spent the money. Shines up easily with a quick wipe. Very easy to open with a finger or elbow. Nice to be able to leave it open when i’m cooking. Takes a little longer than i’m used to to put a new bag in, but all the positives make it worth it.

We bought two of these seven years ago in black. One for recycling, one for trash, the little tab on them is easy to open the bin, and the lid makes it so your space doesn’t stink. After 7 years one of the bins’ tops split. We put that bin through a lot so i still believe these are amazing. So i went to buy another bin only to find that simplehuman doesn’t sell black anymore. For me, the black was better because it blends more with décor. Regardless, we bought a new silver one and it’s even better than the design 7 years ago. The way you open and close it is easier (similar, just not exactly the same as last time), and they built in something to keep the bags from billowing.

My son just bought his first home i am hoping to buy him one also.

Good size, tall enough to handle kitchen trash for the family, but thin enough to fit in a fairly small space. The touch-bar is a nice feature and keeps the lid closed. We’ve had plastic ones where eventually the opening piece sprung and would no longer shut. This has been working for us for awhile now (i don’t like doing reviews too soon on expensive items in case they don’t last) so i think it’s passed muster.

I recently bought a new counter depth refrigerator for my new home that is 12′ narrower than the one it replaced. This left me with what i hoped would be the perfect space for a trash can. I found the simplehuman 40 liter trash can and thought it looked simple and modern, much like my new refridgerator. When it arrived i quickly assembled it and slid it into place. I’m so pleased at how good it looks, and how easy it is to use. Shopping online can sometimes be hit or miss, but this was a definite hit.

This trash can is exactly what i was looking for – it is slim and compact, but roomy enough that it doesn’t need to be taken out everyday. The removable plastic interior is one of the biggest reasons why i chose this particular brand over others. Spills/leaks are rare because the liner hardly ever slides down, but in the event that it does, it is so easy to just take the plastic bin out and spray down outside with the hose. The only reason i knocked off a star was because it claims to be ‘fingerprint-proof’ and i was so excited about that. Our refrigerator is also fingerprint-proof stainless steel and i can’t even being to explain how awesome that it is with two little ones running around. I’m sure many families know that the bottom two feet of windows, doors, fridges, etc. Always have tiny little hand/finger prints all over them. Well, this product didn’t quite stand up to my kiddos fingerprints.

So my phone rings at work and it’s my mother in law. ‘did you pay 139 dollars for a trash can??’. And i have to admit to her that i did. She tells me she was afraid i was going to say that because she had fallen in love with mine and was now going to have to spend 139 dollars on a trash canboth of us had purchased an automatic trash can at costco about a year before, and they were like 80 bucks each i want to say. The cans held the big yard waste bags. Within about 6 months the automatic lid stopped working, and even when it did work the thing drove me nuts because it would open when i walked by but not open when i was standing in front of it with meat scraps to throw away. A complete pain in the rear. After the automation stopped working we just took the top off because it was such a pain to get open. So now i had an open container of rotting meat scraps in the kitchen. Yayon top of that, the stupid thing had a rim around the top so that pulling the bag out was difficult.

My husband and i recently downsized into a condo – while the kitchen is really logical, it isn’t overly large. The previous owner had put a small garbage can in a lower cabinet, but as a dedicated amateur chef, that wasn’t going to cut it. Partially because it was entirely too small, partially because it was on the opposite side of the kitchen from where i would be doing any prep work, but mostly because i needed the cabinet space. So the only logical place to leave a garbage can was a pass-through from one end of the kitchen into the main living area. It’s not a huge pass-through, so i needed a narrow can. If pressed, i could put it in the very large pantry, but i preferred to leave it out so i wouldn’t be touching the pantry door with dirty hands. So i needed a tall garbage can that was narrow and attractive, since it was going to be visible from where we hung out most of the time. And i also wanted it to have a slim profile so i could tuck the garbage can out of the way in the pantry if we had company – a lid was necessary to keep smells in hand. While there was a part of me that still can’t believe i paid this much for a garbage can, i don’t regret the purchase one bit. This is a very sturdy, well-balanced can, but it is not overly heavy.

This is a well designed, good looking trash can that has a very slim profile for its capacity. I had a very special application for this trash can. I had a small area behind a seating area, but next to the door inside my rv. I wanted to wall mount this unit and leave room under it for shoes that usually took up that space next to the door. I had to have a trash can with a durable stainless exterior for wall mounting and for looks, and i had to have a lid to control odors, and a durable liner for easy trash removal without a mess and i needed it to be no more than 11′ wide and have flat sides. Boy did this work like a charm. I had to wait on it to arrive for a few weeks (back ordered) but this unit is worth it. Trash is much more easy to manage in the rv, the unit looks great, the can does not rattle while travelling, so it is well built and i got to say i love the lid operation. And i still have room for my shoes next to the door under the can. This is a great can for those that want the capacity, but have space issues.

The look and quality of this trash can is outstanding. The push button and can are good thick stainless steel. The top flips open at a medium speed. And when you close it there’s a solid ‘click’ so you know it’s going to stay closed. I would recommend this style to those floor button models as i’ve had nothing but problems with them in the past. There has an inside plastic container that you can take out and wash from time to time. And your bag fits over that with an eye-hole so you can tighten your bag around it before you put your lid assembly over it to make it look neat and stylish.

We bought this trash can to prevent our large dog from being able to get into it. It did a great job with that (he hasn’t been able to get in yet), and the can looks really nice. I bought two, one for trash and one for recycling. They look really nice side by side and take up less space than what we had before. One ‘issue’ is awkwardly shaped things for recycling don’t fit as well as i’d like, but i did choose the slim rectangular design for a reason, so i knew that going in. My only actual complaint is that the description does make you think you can just bump it with your hip to get it to open, but that’s really only true if it’s backed up against the wall or full, otherwise it just kind of slides the can a little. Overall, i’m very happy with the purchase, and would recommend to others.

We have limited open space in our kitchen but do have a closet (albeit narrow) for garbage storage. I almost hate having it hidden in the closet. The easy press bar is great when my hands are icky, it doesn’t fingerprint and overall is really pretty (if that’s possible for a garbage can). The only only only thing i don’t like is the bottom/inside of the lid is black plastic and so any food that comes up high enough to the lid level or if food is dumped in and hits the plastic, the sides and crevices get gross quickly. Simple human perhaps could have made that part stainless too so it’d be easier to clean?. But really it’s a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things :)100% worth the money.

Love, love, love this trash can. I was really hesitant to spend this much money on a trash can but it’s the best thing ever. You can open the lid when your hands are full with just a bump of your hip. The bag doesn’t get all puffed up with air so things go in right away. The construction means you only have to wipe down the area of the top around the opening because nothing drops around the bag or anywhere else. It’s a great investment and looks good in our kitchen. The 10 year warranty is a big plus.

Nice can, fits our space and most importantly it’s easy to empty, even when the bag is stuffed full.

‘$100+ dollars for a trash can’. That’s the phrase i kept saying to myself as i pondered the good ole college days where my roommate and i simply used an empty 24-pack corona box as our ‘ecofriendly’ garbage container. But then i looked at the sleek lines of this amazingly crafted stainless steel-like trash receptacle and thought, what else am i going to spend my $100 amazon gift card birthday present on. Good job all lower-cased simplehuman.

I wouldn’t think having a trashcan could bring so much joy, and then i got this one. This is the trashcan everyone needs. Fits a ridiculous amount of trash without issue. A soft closing lid that ‘clicks’ easily in and out of place (without a way for little children or pets to get into) and provides a nearly hands-free experience (without all the sensor hand-waving hassle). It’s even finger-print free. I have had it since august 2017 and still that impressed by its design and quality. Seriously, if you’re debating it for the price, stop.

Nothing to say except this is a great, compact touch-bar trash can. I bought one for myself, loved it so much, i bought one for my daughter. She admonished because the can cost so much, but she loves it now. It’s a quality product that’s definitely worth the price.

It’s strange to write a glowing review for a trash can but this truly is the very best trashcan i’ve ever owned. I only had a 12′ space to work with for kitchen and this fit perfectly with only taking up 10′- it is just perfect for my needs. Really like the inner can/receptacle; very deep and seems to hold a lot – i recycle a lot so i’m not using this at volume say a large family would. The lid and touch bar so much better than the prior step lever can- the lid flew up and slammed into wall with that one but this one it’s smooth opening. Stays open if your hands are full or for scraping plates etc so far very pleased- i’m using the simple human liners that came with but won’t buy those but use regular cheaper kitchen bags in future. The stainless fingerprint free finish is as promised and seems better quality than other stainless steel cans i’ve had. I’m recommending this brand to all my friends. Well constructed and designed- worth every penny.

This trash can was to replace an oxo rectangular trash can because the top latch quit working. This simple human trash can is equivalent in size, but the top latch has a built in mechanism that slow opens the lid unlike the oxo. I really like the simple human trash can liners that came with it because they fit perfectly, and they are also thicker (mil) compared to my other trash can liners. The slim design is nice and it fits perfectly in a corner in our kitchen. This simple human trash can is worth the extra money because it is good quality and should last a long time.

Where has this been all my life. This can fit very nicely in our kitchen. It replaced a round step on can that kept moving back into the wall and scraping the paint when it would open. The top touch open and stay open feature is very convenient in a busy kitchen. Easy to remove the trash liner and even the costco brand liners we use fit nicely so that we have no more issues with some items falling between the liner and can. As others have stated, the venting does allow odors to escape, but you can easily control that with taking out the trash.

The can is tall and narrow and fits well in my kitchen. The bags fit well in the can and do not slip down because of the can design that holds the bag in place. The lid pops up with a gentle touch or bump with my hip, however the hip bump doesn’t work well until after the can has some trash in it, otherwise it scoots away from the action. This is a minor inconvenience. The finish of the can resists fingerprints, too.

We purchased the simplehuman touch bar about 2 months ago. We had the same model from oxo but the top opener failed after about four years. Not bad, but when you pay $100 for a trash can you would have expected it to last longer than that. The oxo top flew open with too much force and eventually broke at the spring. The simplehuman is built much better and opens more gently. It bugged us a little to pay $140 for a trash can but it looks like we can keep this for many years and is esthetically very nice in our kitchen. We took off one star because it’s only 40 litres instead of 48, which is the 13 gal.

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simplehuman Slim Touch Bar Trash Can, 40 L / 10.5 Gal-Metallic
4.7 of 5 stars, based on 288 reviews