The Best Kitchen Trash Cans for $50 or Less

updated May 1, 2019
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If you are a person who is willing to spend a lot of money on a trash can, you have probably already come to terms with that. (If you are just now realizing it and need some suggestions, here are the best kitchen trash cans for $200 or less.) If you’re not into spending that kind of money on garbage, we get it.

While you might not get some of the features of a pricier trash can, you can still find some stylish, totally functional trash cans with some standard-these-days features like soft-close tops and pedal openings. So we read the reviews to see what people liked best to bring you the best trash cans for $50 or less.

  1. Nine Stars Touchless Stainless Steel 11.1-Gallon Trash Can, $50 at Walmart: One of the few touchless trash cans on the market for less than $50, this one’s a slightly smaller-than-average trash can with a stainless steel exterior.
  2. Room Essentials Step Open Trash Can, $40 at Target: This smaller-scale trash can is chic matte-black with a pedal-open mechanism and nice round shape. This would be good for someone who lives alone or even just the recycling.
  3. Sterilite 54-Quart Swing-Top Wastebasket, $11 at Target: Before there was pedal, there was swing, an easy way to open a lid when your hands are full. This one’s got a nice clean, skinny design.
  4. Umbra Pewter Venti 16.5-Gallon Trash Can, $35 at The Container Store: With a larger capacity than most at this price point, this polypropylene trash can has a swing-top lid and a bag ring to hide the top of the plastic bag.
  5. Hefty 13-Gallon Premium Touch Lid Trash Can, $23 at The Home Depot: If you prefer a button to a pedal, this has a nice big one to open the lid. Plus, it’s got stylish stainless steel accents.
  6. Rubbermaid 13-Gallon Step-On Trash Can, $25: With a plastic exterior and stainless steel pedal operation, this can — available in black or white — may be basic, but it’s an Amazon bestseller with nearly 3,000 positive reviews!
  7. simplehuman Slim Plastic 40-Liter Step-On Trash Can, $40 at Bed Bath & Beyond: Made by one of the top names in the trash can biz, this can also got the runner-up seal of approval from Wirecutter.