Best bathroom trash cans shoppers rate for style and practicality

Reviewers had great things to say about these best bathroom trash cans

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Investing in one of the best bathroom trash cans is a small touch that can really transform your space. Any homemaker worth their salt will agree — a bathroom should be no less stylish and slick than your kitchen or living room. As someone with years of experience living in small rentals, I place a lot of care into the small but essential items.

Whether it's sanitary pads, used dental floss, or empty toothpaste tubes, bathroom trash tends to collate if ignored. Giving it a quick and easy home until garbage day is a must. Of course, if your apartment is anything like mine — teeny, that is — you won't want anything too clunky. 

I've done the honors of searching for small bathroom trash cans for you, so you needn't spend hours scrolling to find the perfect one. I found the best bathroom trash cans with and without lids in a variety of materials, plus answered all your frequently asked questions. I based my picks on the honest reviews of shoppers with a minimum of a four-star rating.

The best bathroom trash cans to buy 

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Bathroom trash cans with lids

It goes without saying — some items are best kept out of sight and out of mind. Plus, containing odors in a small space is a must, especially if you're sharing with family or roommates. I found the best bathroom trash cans with swinging lids and foot pedals. 

Small bathroom trash cans

When it comes to bathroom trash cans for those short on space, keeping them teeny but convenient ain't up for debate. Fortunately, these designs provide ample space without clogging up your bathroom's minimal room.

Black bathroom trash cans

Sometimes, you can't beat a classic. Indeed, the black trash can is not only sure to chime with most bathrooms — unless, say, it's all pink — but it's also a winner at keeping its looks in working condition. Marks are obscured and wear and tear have little impact.

How we chose these bathroom trash cans

Yes, all of these bathroom trash cans were handpicked because of their amazing star rating from shoppers. I chose only those with a four-star rating or higher. 

All of the trash cans featured have reviewers' seal of approval, plus they are actually worth their price tag. I looked through reviews to find options shoppers really love. I considered the size against the price for the best value for money. I also checked the materials for durable and heavy-duty options.

I prioritized a mix of style and practicality, as always.


Should you have a trash can in your bathroom?

Always! It's only natural that your bathroom generates garbage — be it tampons, used tissues, or even old nail varnish tubes. Having a little spot to put them while you're using your bathroom space is a must, avoiding waste buildup in your own personal sanctuary. Of course, no one wants to be ferrying back and forth between their bathroom and kitchen trash can when they're carrying out some of our less-than-chic activities (let's not go there). It's just not that simple. Plus, as the designs featured in this list highlight, a trash can is also another way to imbue your bathroom with a bit more of you. Have fun with it.

How often should you clean your bathroom trash can

Short answer? As much as you can. Long answer — keep it to a minimum of once per week or risk facing a sticky and perhaps rotting buildup of grime and dirt no one needs to see. Sure, it's a trash can, but unlike a larger, heftier, and more secure design such as that in your kitchen, this shouldn't be left for too long, or it will attract unwanted nasties and make your room smell — especially if it has an open-top. So long as you use a small, specialized bin liner, you should be all set and won't need to wipe down the interior as much either.

Where to buy a bathroom trash can

Meet the best-in-class bathroom trash cans to spruce up your bathroom, courtesy of our favorite retailers, as listed below.

Joseph Bobowicz
Freelance Contributor

Working across digital and print publications, Joseph Bobowicz is a London-born writer obsessed with books, culture, and all things new. When he's not writing about fashion for i-D and the Independent, he's out sourcing the best homewares to incorporate into any humble abode, fixer-upper, or first-time buy alike.