Does your kitchen bin always smell? If so, it's probably time to replace it! You can find many options online from sites like Amazon, Argos and John Lewis, but there's a lot to think about before you buy. For example, do you want sections for recycling? How would you like to open it? You can get automatic kitchen bins with a sensor for under £65, or you could get a plastic pedal bin if you're on a budget.
Either way, we'd like you to take a moment to read through our simple buying guide so that you can buy the best kitchen bin for sale in the UK. After that, feel free to browse through our selection of ten of the most popular products on the market, with an honest review to save you the hassle of researching it yourself.
The kitchen bin always ends up being full of all sorts of rubbish; food waste, plastic wrappers, and so much more. It really helps to have more than one compartment in your kitchen bin so that you can categorise and recycle your waste properly. Even just having one extra compartment can give you the option to create a composting bin or a bin for recycling plastic or glass.
This won't really affect the price too much as that depends on what other features the kitchen bin may have. You might even prefer to buy the same bin twice or two completely different bins in order to organise your waste, but we think it's super helpful to go for a bin with more than one compartment.
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When the pedal mechanism first appeared, we all suddenly realised just how many germs can accumulate on your kitchen bin – it can be quite disturbing! Opening a bin by stepping on a pedal can be beneficial for several reasons.
Firstly, it's useful if you're carrying lots of rubbish and you can't afford to risk balancing everything to try and open the bin with your hands. Secondly, it's probably the most hygienic option as you're less likely to spill anything on the lid, and even if you did, you wouldn't have to touch it!
These are the classic opening mechanisms for just about any bin; the push and the swing. Push bins open by pushing a button to spring the lid open so you can open the bin with one hand and hold the rubbish with the other. While it's not as hygienic as using a pedal, this type of bin mechanism minimises contact as much as possible, plus, they're often more affordable.
Swing bins are another great minimal-contact option. You can use a swing top bin even if you have two hands full of rubbish as all it takes to open is a gentle nudge. The only drawback is that you might have to push the waste against the bin to open it which could get a little messy.
Bins with an automatic sensor are the cleanest option of all, which is great if you have kids or vulnerable family members. You don't even have to touch the bin to open it, just wave your hand over and dump the rubbish in. A bin like this is a game-changer in the kitchen and all you need for it to work is batteries.
Of course, batteries are an added cost to its value, and this option does tend to be higher in price than most other bins. However, if you like to run a fast-paced, germ-free kitchen, this simple opening mechanism will work perfectly for you.
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The capacity of your new kitchen bin should be large enough to hold 2-3 days of waste before it needs to be emptied. Of course, there are many options to buy of all sorts of size sizes, ranging from 10 litres to 60 litres, but choosing the right one depends on how many people you live with and how much space you have.
You may think that buying the biggest, deepest bin is the best idea, although if you store your kitchen bin in a cupboard, you'll need to make sure that it fits. To help you decide what's best for you, we've added the capacity details and the dimensions to each product.
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For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of kitchen bins available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
John Lewis & Partners
Stainless Steel Dustbin
Kitchen Bin With Sensor Lid
3 Section Recycling Pedal Bin
Chroma Square Sensor Bin
Intelligent Waste Totem Compact Bin
Double Recycling Waste Bin
Swing Top Bin
X Cube Recycling Bin
Touch Top Kitchen Bin
Swing Top Bin
Stainless Steel and 2 Compartments: a Stylish, Multi-purpose Bin from Amazon
Go Hands Free With This Sleek, 58 L Sensor Bin
Keen Recyclers Must Choose This 3-in-1 Large Capacity Bin
Stainless Steel, Sensor Equipped and Ready to Recieve Your Waste - A Charming Bin
A Bin With Breather Vents and Odour Filters: Invest in the Future
A No Fuss Multi-Compartment Bin for Small Families
An Easily Washable, Durable Swing Top Bin
A Carbon Filter Equippable Bin for those Who Dislike Odours
A Sensible 45 L Bin for First Time Buyers
A Green Swing Top Bin With the Best of Basic Features
|Material||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Steel||Plastic||Plastic||Stainless steel||Plastic||Plastic|
|Capacity||30 L||58 L||60 L||42 L||40 L||46 L||25 L||40 L||45 L||10 L|
|Dimensions||39.9 x 33 x 52 cm||28 x 39.5 x 67 cm||56.7 x 64.5 x 4.8 cm||62.2 x 34.2 x 24.6 cm||76 x 30 x 36.5 cm||33 x 43 x 51 cm||52 x 32.5 x 25.5 cm||65 x 43.5 x 33.5 cm||63 x 37 x 37 cm||38 x 19.5 x 28.5 cm|
|Best For||Waste separation||Families||Families, recycling||Smaller kitchens||Composting, smaller kitchens||Big families, flatshares||Smaller kitchens, budget bin||Smaller kitchens, recycling||Families||Smaller kitchens|
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|Dimensions||39.9 x 33 x 52 cm|
|Best For||Waste separation|
|Dimensions||28 x 39.5 x 67 cm|
|Dimensions||56.7 x 64.5 x 4.8 cm|
|Best For||Families, recycling|
|Dimensions||62.2 x 34.2 x 24.6 cm|
|Best For||Smaller kitchens|
|Dimensions||76 x 30 x 36.5 cm|
|Best For||Composting, smaller kitchens|
|Dimensions||33 x 43 x 51 cm|
|Best For||Big families, flatshares|
|Dimensions||52 x 32.5 x 25.5 cm|
|Best For||Smaller kitchens, budget bin|
|Dimensions||65 x 43.5 x 33.5 cm|
|Best For||Smaller kitchens, recycling|
|Dimensions||63 x 37 x 37 cm|
|Dimensions||38 x 19.5 x 28.5 cm|
|Best For||Smaller kitchens|
Stainless steel is the best material for a bin as it the most durable, easy to keep clean, and hygienic as well as being able to contain malodour. Aesthetic wise, they also often look more sleek and will suit a wide variety of kitchen settings.
Bins that open and close through a pedal operation is not only convenient, but will leave fewer fingerprints and sticky waste residue on the bin lid, which is great for keeping it clean and hygienic.
Written and researched by Annie Speight
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