I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best options for kitchen applications.
After lots of 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 pull out trash products, but that’s what makes it so great! The pull out trash can 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 picks…
The Best Pull Out Trash Cans
Drop this in your base cabinets in no-time and get the instant functionality of having an in-cabinet trash storage pull out.
This particular trash pull out option comes as a knock-down unit, so the chrome wire frame will need to be assembled. It’s offered with a single 35qt., double 27qt., and double 35qt. waste bin options.
The full-extension slides of the RV-18KD-17C S mount to the bottom of the cabinet with just a few screws. *If a back lid is used, it may not open properly due to the face frame of the cabinet.
Need a pull out trash can that doesn’t slam shut when closing? This Rev-A-Shelf pull out uses soft-closing slides with integrated dampeners.
When closing it engages soft close mechanisms in each slide which prevents the unit from slamming.
This contemporary trash storage pull out comes ready-to-install as a complete kit including the frame, slides, and waste bin(s).
*It’s offered in various sizes including single 35qt., single 50qt., double 35qt., and double 50qt. can options. The 50qt. versions do need a full height base cabinet without a drawer above to function.
3. Rev-A-Shelf 53WC - Cabinet Door Mounting Trash Pull Out
The cabinet door mounting brackets come with this pull out trash can from Rev-A-Shelf.
First thing you’ll notice when unboxing this, is that you’ll have to assemble the frame and add the right and left slides. In addition to that, is adding the cabinet door mounting brackets in the front of the frame. This will make it easy to attach your existing cabinet door.
It sounds like a lot, but it’s only a few screws and all hardware is included.
The Rev-A-Shelf 53WC Series trash pull out is a straightforward product to get the job done in a moderately used kitchen. It offers a more contemporary style with grey frame and matching waste bins.
*There’s multiple sizes and it’s offered in a single bin and dual bin options.
If you need a top-of-the-line wood drawer box pull out system, this is the perfect option for your household.
Right out of the box, this unit can be mounted to the base of your cabinet with two soft-closing slides.
It comes with silver waste bins and pre-installed adjustable door mounting brackets.
It is offered in various sizes including, single 35qt., single 50qt., double 35qt., and double 50qt. cans.
If you happen to have inset cabinetry, try this option.
Tight on space? This is the one to look into. Yes, it’s small, but it provides great functionality.
It has a larger bin (15 liter) as well as a small bin (8 liter), which is nice for under sink applications in a vanity cabinet or in a kitchen.
It comes as a complete kit, so all you need to do is mount the base frame including the slides to the floor of the cabinet.
This is a small unit though and isn’t like a traditional pull out trash can. You’ll need a minimum cabinet opening of at least 9″. It’ll work in a standard 24″ sink base cabinet.
Although there are several frame sizes, this smaller one is an ideal option for narrow cabinets. The bin is only 20 quarts, but it can fit within a 9″ cabinet opening width.
The Knape & Vogt PSW9-1-20WH comes pre-assembled with a sturdy wire frame and heavy duty slides. An included handle pull can be used to help glide the unit out of the cabinet.
Knape & Vogt has a number of sizes that include 2 bins, 3 bins and even 4 bin trash pull outs.
SimpleHuman is known for there full-line of step trash can options, but this pull out also has a great reputation.
The black front bin is 20 liters and the blue recycler bin is 15 liters. They are a tad small compared to our other options listed, but are certainly suitable for standard usage.
The SimpleHuman CW1016 features a steel frame, full-extensions slides, easy access handle. Overall it’s a great option for smaller cabinets.
This solid trash pull out from Home Zone Living is offered in a double bin option as well as a single bin option.
This one is really simple to install with just a few screws to the base of the cabinet floor.
There is no door mounting kit though, so you’ll have to use the integrated handle pull.
One awesome feature on the Home Zone VK40265U is the tuck straps for the plastic bags. These help secure the bags and keep them from moving or falling.
9. Rev-A-Shelf RV12KD - Single Bin Pull Out Trash Can
If you need a single waste bin instead of a double bin trash storage pull out, the Rev-A-Shelf RV-12KD-17C S is ideal.
It comes as a kit which includes the chrome wire frame, slide set, handle pull, rear basket and one 35 quart waste container.
It mounts quickly to the base of your cabinet floor with only a few screws. The assembled dimensions are 10-5/8″ W x 22″ D x 19-1/4″ H. You’ll need to have a cabinet opening slightly larger to accommodate this trash pull out.
Top mounting trash storage pull outs can often provide more stability when the unit is full extended. Since the wood frame sits higher in the cabinet, it can be easier to clean too.
The Rev-A-Shelf 4WCTM-18DM2 mounts to the rear wall of the cabinet and to the left and right portions of the front frame of the cabinet.
It’s crucial to get these installed correctly so the slides are square and operate smoothly. I recommend using a level to get the slides operating in an ideal way.
11. Hafele Euro Cargo - Quad Receptacle Pull Out
Often times I get asked about options for large 24″ wide base cabinet openings. This is the one to take a look at. It measures 22-3/8″ wide and can fit those oddly large sized cabinets.
Another plus is the various sized bins. The two large 37 quart bins accommodate regular household garbage and then the two smaller options can handle food scraps or recycling.
It comes with a heavy price tag, but if you’re looking for a more complete, long-lasting trash pull out for larger openings, it’ll serve you well.
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 Consider Pull Out Trash Storage
Pull out trash products can give you a permanent solution to something you most likely use everyday.
Typically, we’ve got 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. It’s that simple
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 have a pull out trash can, the sink and the dishwasher ideally spaced, 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 Pull Out Trash System
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 Pull Out Trash Can
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 Cabinet is Right for a Pull Out Trash Can
Just a simple disclaimer here – make sure the measurements of your cabinet are appropriate for the trash pull out.
Also, determining whether you have face frame or frameless cabinetry can help when choosing a waste container pull out 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.
Below are some examples of cabinet sizes versus pull out trash can sizes.
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.
Honestly, it’s really personal preference with many of these products. My top recommendation is the Rev-A-Shelf RV18KD Series due to its all-around features. It is a great price point, it’s easy to install and has options for silver or black bins which help to hide dirt. It also has full extension slides which make it easy to access the back bin.
One thing to note on the Rev-A-Shelf RV18KD is that if you want to mount it to your existing cabinet door, you will need to purchase that kit separately. Otherwise, there’s a handle pull which work great.
Thanks for reading!
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