10 Best Bathroom Trash Cans for 2022

Popular Mechanics; Courtesy simplehuman

Buying a bathroom trash can may not feel like a particularly sexy purchase. While there’s nothing wrong with using a small kitchen trash can or a no-frills bin that simply gets the job done, there are also stylish and functional options that can add some visual interest to your loo. If you’re balking at the idea that something so basic can have an impact, think about the last time you were at nice hotel or restaurant and paused for a moment before tossing your dirty tissue into the fancy faux-leather receptacle on the floor.

Whether you’re looking for a plastic bathroom trash can that’s attractive and easy to clean or want something with more presence, like a wooden bin or one with luxe design details, read on for our recommendations, plus a few tips to consider before you start shopping.

Best Bathroom Trash Cans

What to Consider

Most of us have limited square footage, explaining why we rely on everything from over-the toilet storage to counter organizers on your bathroom sink. If you want to find the best bathroom trash can for your setup and household, it’s wise to put some advance thought into the purchase instead of clicking “buy” in under a minute and crossing the to-do off your list. Below, we’ve written up a shortlist of the most essential considerations to keep in mind.

Shape and Size: There are likely only a few spots where a bathroom trash can will fit, so get out the tape measure to get an idea of the best shape — round, rectangular, oval, or square — and ideal dimensions. To take it a step further, put masking tape on the floor to mark where the bin will go.

Capacity: One you have the size and shape in mind, next up is to think about capacity. Most bathroom trash cans range from about 1.3 gallons to roughly 2.5 gallons; anything much larger is typically better suited for a home office or bedroom, but if you need the capacity and have the space, there’s no reason to rule anything out. However, keep in mind that you can also increase capacity by choosing a taller trash can without sacrificing a small footprint.

Style: You’ll likely want to coordinate the trash can’s style to your bathroom’s overall vibe. For example, a wicker trash can may look out of place in a sleek and modern bathroom, just as a black rectangular stainless steel bin won’t jibe well with farmhouse style or cottagecore. Also, many bathroom trash cans come with matching accessories, like lotion pumps, soap dishes, and toothbrush holders, if matchy-matchy is your jam.

How We Selected

Our selection includes a wide range of styles and sizes, plus we aimed to feature options across multiple price points, from a budget-friendly $15 to no more than $40. We considered hundreds of options, consulted professional assessments, and read through user comments to get a sense of overall quality and to identify any potential red flags. Also, every bathroom trash can we cover has an average customer rating of 4 stars or more, and we highlighted the most important specs for each trash can we write about.


Best Overall

Small Bathroom Trash Can

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 10.8 x 5 x 10 inches
  • Capacity: 1.5 gallons
  • Options: 1 size; 30 colors

This bestselling bathroom trash can checks all the boxes if you’re looking for something inexpensive, with attractive lines and a choice of 30 colors to choose from. It’s from mDesign, a brand known for its line of stylish and reasonably priced storage solutions for the home. The lightweight waste bin is made from shatter-resistant plastic, with a slim 5-inch profile but solid 1.5-gallon capacity. The oval built-in handles are a nice extra.


Best Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Bathroom Trash Can

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 10 x 7.7 x 12.1 inches
  • Capacity: 1.2 gallons
  • Options: 1 size; 7 finishes

From go-to home accessory brand Simplehuman, this small, round trash can is made of brushed stainless steel, with a steel foot pedal and a soft-closing lid. There’s an inner lift-out plastic bucket for easy trash removal, and a nonskid base with rubber pads to stabilize the can and to protect floors. It’s available in seven finishes — including rose gold, brass, and dark bronze — so you’re bound to find one that coordinates with your bathroom’s fixtures and hardware.


Budget Buy

Mini Waste Can

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 7.5 x 7.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Capacity: 1.3 gallons
  • Options: 1 size; 9 colors

Umbra’s utilitarian bathroom trash can is a great buy — plus it comes in a choice of nine colors. It’s ideal for small spaces and can easily be tucked underneath a vanity or in the corner of the bathroom. The 1.3-gallon bin features a classic swing-top domed lid and it’s made of recycled polypropylene.

“Super cute and works great in our bathroom,” says one 5-star reviewer. Several customers note that the bin keeps cats and dogs out of the trash.


Most Elegant

Eckles Waste Basket

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 9.3 x 9.3 x 11.8 x inches
  • Capacity: 2 gallons
  • Options: 1 size/color

Can a trash can be pretty? This elegant off-white ceramic number certainly makes the argument that they can. And if you agree, the Ophelia & Co. trash can comes with an entire line of matching bathroom accessories, including a soap dispenser, shower curtain, and toothbrush holder.

The intricate line drawing on the can includes flowers, dragonflies, and butterflies. Reviewers love that it “adds a touch of elegance” to bathrooms, adding that it’s “large enough to be a proper waste basket and not just decorative.”


Chic and Modern

Ailyn Waste Basket

Key Specs

  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Capacity: 1.8 gallons
  • Options: 1 size/color

This chic and modern trash from Mercer 41 looks like luxe snakeskin, but it’s made of easy-to-clean and durable plastic resin. It’ll add subtle and sophisticated visual interest to you bathroom, with jet-black finish, textured embossing throughout, and a hint of polished brass at the base. If you like your bathroom accessories to match, create an ensemble by adding the coordinating lotion pump, toothbrush holder, and soap dish.


Best Wicker

Seagrass Waste Basket

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 10.2 x 10.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Capacity: 2 gallons
  • Options: 1 size/color

Wicker adds a touch of warmth and texture to any space, and this seagrass waste basket will bring the vibe to your bathroom, elevating trash storage to the next level. The bin is handmade by skilled artisans, and each piece also includes a durable metal frame, which ensures that it will last for years to come. The wicker is also treated with a protective coating to prevent mold and mildew.


Best Multi-Pack

Trash Bins With Handles (Set of 4)

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 10.4 x 5.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Capacity: 1.5 gallons
  • Options: 1 size; 5 colors

It’s tough to beat four trash cans for this price—less than $25 at the time of this writing. The 1.5-gallon bins are designed to fit under bathroom sinks and in awkward and narrow spaces, and there are large handles on either side so it’s easy to grab and empty.

The slightly glossy, smooth finish is easy to clean and keep it looking new, and the set is available in white and three colors. It’s a smart pick if you’re moving to a new place with multiple bathrooms, and want something inexpensive and versatile.


Best Wooden Option

Sarujan Waste Basket

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 8.5 x 8.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Capacity: 2.5 gallons
  • Options: 1 size/color

Made of solid wood with bamboo veneer, this bathroom trash can is sure to give your space spa vibes, with warm honey-hued tones and clean lines. The 2.5-gallon bin offers more capacity than most of the options we cover, and features a square base that widens slightly toward the top. Expect some variations in the handsome natural grain.


Best Large Capacity

Harlo 2.40 Gallon Waste Basket

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (L x W x H):-4.5 x 6.8 x 13 inches
  • Capacity: 2.4 gallons
  • Options: 1 size; 2 colors

This oval open-top bathroom trash can from Umbra features a sleek, contemporary design that pairs well with virtually any decor.

The 2.4-gallon capacity makes it a winner for larger families sharing bathrooms, and the waste bin’s large handles are easy to grab when it’s time to empty the trash. It’s available in a choice of white or black and gets bonus points for an included 5-year limited warranty.


Best Colors and Patterns

Lidded Step Trash Can

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 13.5 x 6.5 x 14.8 inches
  • Capacity: 1.3 gallons
  • Options: 2 sizes; 21 colors

This slim rectangular bathroom trash comes in a total of 21 colors and finishes, like gold and pink, plus several eye-catching patterns, such as this faux-marble design. It’s made of durable stainless steel and includes a lift-out plastic liner bucket, with a pop-up lid and foot pedal. The slim profile works well in tight spaces and you can choose from a 1.3-gallon size or a larger 2.6-gallon bin.

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