If you’re on the search for a pull out trash can for your kitchen, look no further.
I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best options for kitchen applications. After many installs and years of hands-on experience, I usually recommend the Rev-A-Shelf RVKD Series trash pull outs as a best choice.
The pull out trash cans on our list offer various characteristics to notice such as, the type of finish, the garbage bin size, pull out slide capabilities and install difficulty. Need more details on what to look for? I have a complete beginners guide to trash pull outs that would be a great starting point.
There’s no one size fits all when looking at trash pull outs, but that’s what makes it so great! The trash pull out options I list in my review will often have multiple options or part numbers for the size of cabinet you have.
To start, here’s my top three…
Best Pull Out Trash Cans
What is a Pull Out Trash Can?
Pull out trash cans utilize slide or tilt-out mechanisms that allow you to install it within a cabinet. Often times, custom cabinet makers will add these types of convenience products when designing your kitchen. New kitchens will sometimes come with organizer pull outs already pre-installed.
However, you may want to add a trash pull out to your kitchen on your own. Trash pull outs utilize a frame that sits within a set of slides. The slides can be bottom mounted or side mounted to the inside of your cabinet.
Garbage bins will then sit inside the frame allowing you to easily dispose of waste. Depending on the size of the pull out, you can typically use one or two garbage bins. Trash pull outs are a great way to add permanent functionality to your kitchen.
Why You Should Use an Interior Cabinet Trash Pull Out
Trash pull outs give you a permanent solution to something you use everyday.
Typically, we have our trash bins located out in the open. Putting them inside the cabinet can clear up some much needed space and eliminate smells and clutter. A pull out trash can will allow you to put the garbage cans onto a sliding frame. You can then pull the unit out of your cabinet to dispose of your garbage.
If you have a spare base cabinet that will allow for a pull out, it can really transform how you interact with your kitchen. The great thing about modern day trash pull outs is the wide variety of options. There are various pull out frame finishes, garbage bin colors, slide types and even door mounting brackets. It’s an investment that you will be thanking yourself for.
Where to Put a Trash Pull Out in the Kitchen
The ideal location for a pull out trash can is in the cabinet right next to the kitchen sink.
We tend to dispose of trash (food scraps, napkins, etc), then rinse off the items in the sink before placing them in a dishwasher. If we can have a trash pull out, sink and dishwasher ideally spaced and not interfering with each other, that would be an ideal set up for a pull out trash cabinet.
Think of it as a list of priorities when using the kitchen space. Since so many of us tend to clean up in a sequence pattern we can use a set up that caters to that process.
The bottom line is to keep it within reach of your most used area. After all, we are trying to gain floor space and make it as convenient for you, your family and your guests to consistently use.
Things to consider:
- Dishwasher placement
- Entry and exit points in kitchen layout
- Cabinet size
- What will be on the opposite side (may need to simultaneously use other cabinets)
- Meal prep
- Not sacrificing existing cabinet storage
How to Choose a Trash Pull Out
Before investing in a trash pull out system for your home, evaluate the type of environment it will be used in.
- Do you have a heavy traffic kitchen?
- Do you need a trash pull out that’s easier to install?
- Will you have children putting it to use?
- What type of trash volume is generated?
- What waste bin size is suitable for the waste generated? (27qt., 35qt., 50qt.)
- Do you need a trash pull out that’s easy to clean?
- Do you need a trash pull out that mounts to your cabinet door?
Our trash pull out selections provided, may have a solution for your application or specific needs.
How to Install a Trash Pull Out
There’s a lot of variances in cabinet types as well as trash pull outs, so this is really dependent on your specific application. We’ve installed a few of these products on our list and they are fairly straight forward.
Most will come pre-assembled or will require minimal set-up.
- Accurately place the slide assembly so it will clear any obstructions like hinges
- Use provided templates for pre-drilling holes
- Mount the slide set to the base of the cabinet floor
- Typically 4-6 wood screws will do fine
- If using cabinet door mounting brackets, make sure your door aligns correctly for mounting
- Add your garbage bin(s) to set inside your trash pull out
What Size Trash Pull Out Do You Need
Just a simple disclaimer here – make sure the measurements of your cabinet are appropriate for the trash pull out. Determining whether you have face frame or frameless cabinetry can help when choosing a waste container as well.
You’ll want to measure the cabinet width, height and depth to make sure the trash pull out will function properly.
Most standard kitchen base cabinets will come in 9″, 12″, 15″, 18″ or 21″ widths. If you have a double door base cabinet it will typically be 24″, 30″, 33″ or 36″ wide.
The trash pull out options we list in our review will often have multiple options or part numbers for the size of cabinet you have.
Cabinet Types to Know
Many of these pull outs discussed have options for single bin or double bin versions and will work with a drawer above it in a base cabinet, however some larger 50qt. waste bin cans will need a full height base cabinet with no drawer above.
What’s New for 2020
The convenience hardware industry continues to evolve and update its trends to fall in line with overall kitchen designs. This means we’ll continue to see trash pull out options with new contemporary finishes like walnut wood, stainless steel, dark grays and even more recycling options.
Due to this we switched out 2019’s #3 pick and swapped it out with a new upgrade for 2020. The new 53WC Series trash pull out offers a more contemporary look with a gray frame, soft-close slides, and a door mount kit included. The older product was a wood frame without soft-close slides. I think you’ll like the upgrade!
Improved trash pull out slide technology will also see soft-closing mechanisms become standard on lots of waste container pull outs as well. Overall, home organization, storage solutions and decluttering should continue to increase. (source)
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