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Review: simplehuman Slim Touch-Bar Bin

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 11-01-2013

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I’ve never understood why kitchen bins are round. Its a completely unhelpful shape. You can’t push it neatly against a wall, or fit it comfortably between two appliances. It is a space wasting shape, and in our kitchen our round bin tends to just float about the place and get shoved into a gap its not really designed to fit.

If you have a small kitchen or, like me, have a good sized kitchen but with a lot of “stuff” in it, finding the ideal bin is difficult. I have a bench running all round my kitchen, with cupboards, the cooker, the washing machine and a small freezer underneath. There is also a set of open shelves – formally Little Mans changing table (trust me, it works) – and his Little Helper all jostling for space. Once you’ve arranged all that there is very little room for a bin. The round bin we currently own is squashed in a gap that’s not really big enough, or the right shape, and the bin spends its life being pushed out the way.

I went on a mission to find a bin that would actually fit in my kitchen and not be constantly in the way. I wanted something fairly slim fitting as the gap available was worryingly small, but it needed a big capacity for all the rubbish we seem to accumulate day by day. I spent a long time scouring the internet for the right width bin, and was alarmed to find a very limited selection. So limited in fact that I could only find one bin that would fit. Clearly my ideal bin. I found this, from simplehuman.

Measuring a slender 26cm in width this was the only bin that would fit in the gap left beneath our bench. Being 43cm deep and 71cm high the bin comes with an impressive 40litre capacity which is ideal for us. It has several other features which I think are rather stylish too.

Firstly to open the bin you just press the bar on the front and the lid flips open. Crucially it doesn’t close again without you pushing it shut, which is great if you have your hands full or if you have multiple trips to the bin. The entire bin is a classic brushed steel colour, and it stays that way thanks to the fingerprint-proof finish. No more metal bins covered in prints for you to clean. This bin remains smudge and stain free. Beneath the bin are nylon discs which make it slide gently and effortlessly on your floor without scratching or damaging it. The bin lid doesn’t open fully under our bench – though it does open enough for general use – so being able to slide it out is key. The whole lid section lifts off easily for the removal and change of the bags. What I really like about this bin is that the bag can’t be seen. There is no unsightly black liner hanging around the rim, its all neatly self contained. The bag sits within a durable plastic bucket which can be removed for easy cleaning.

This genuinely is the perfect bin for my busy and full kitchen. Its compact, hygienic, and clean looking which is key with a small child rampaging around. It allows you to do things with your hands full as the bin can be opened with the touch of a finger, or the nudge of a hip, or if you’re lucky the help of your child!

You can find out more about the simplehuman bin range, and their other products, at their website and find them on Twitter @simplehuman.

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[…] most but not all of them. Under the section that doesn’t have cupboards you’ll find our kitchen bin, our Little Helper, and the vacuum cleaner. That stretch of bench is something of a dumping zone, […]

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