If you're lucky, you currently spend zero time thinking about your trash bag. Because if you spend any time thinking about trash bags, it's probably because the ones you have don't work for some reason. We've all had bags that have leaked, or split open, or stretched until they ripped. I've experimented with some of the scented bags and found the smell off-putting and not particularly deodorizing. And I've spent more than I probably really need to on premium trash bags to go with my premium trash can. They worked nicely, though.
I was recently intrigued when I came across Wirecutter's pick for the best trash bag. It doesn't look like anything fancy. It's a plain white trash bag. It doesn't boast odor-blocking technology or lay-flat flaps or super-stretchiness or whatever. It's just a bag. Their winner: Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Bags.
What makes them the winner? Straight-up utility. You need a trash bag you can load totally full — with heavy, pointy stuff — that won't break. According to tests by Wirecutter (and Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, and Real Simple), these trash bags were consistently the strongest in terms of carrying weight without breaking. Testers filled them with dumbbells and with increasing loads of trash. Plus, they took a look at the Amazon reviews — at the time of publication on Wirecutter, the bags had a 4-star rating with 118 reviews; now they've got a 4.5-star rating with more than 3,600 reviews. And if you've ever combed through the reviews, you know those people are picky!
Buy: Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Bags, $13 for 90 bags
So I tried them out. I wasn't particularly brand-reliable before, so figured it was worth a shot. And while these aren't as good-looking (yes, some trash bags look better than others), they worked better than expected. I've now used these for old soup, spoiled cheese, leftover fish, and more, and haven't had to deal with any leaks. We stuff our trash bags to the brim with all sorts of wacky-shaped stuff before we take them outside, and not a single bag has punctured or ripped. Although our trash hauls certainly weighed less than Wirecutter's 60-pound tests (we're just a regular family of four!), we definitely put the bags to the test.
I'm happy to report my personal experience replicated Wirecutter's tests. Plus, the price was pretty darn close to right. We can get a few days out of a single bag. Even if we had to change the bag every two days, a box of 90 will last for almost half a year. Not a bad way to spend $13. Now we can all buy these babies and never think about trash bags again.
Do you have a go-to trash bag that you swear by? Tell us about it in the comments below.