Bathroom bin buying guide

Bathroom bin buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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From bamboo to plastic, rectangular to round models and contemporary or classic designs, bathroom bins come in all styles. They can be automatic, operated by a pedal or push button, hung on the wall and will vary in terms of capacity. From practical to stylish options, read on to find the perfect bathroom bin for you.

Important features

  • Open-top
  • Pedal
  • Push
  • Automatic
  • Material
  • Volume
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Where to position your bathroom bin

If you're looking for a bathroom bin for purely functional use (i.e. holding rubbish), your bin can be discreetly placed in a corner, such as underneath or inside a bathroom unit. In order for this to work, the dimensions of the bin must, of course, be compatible with the size of the unit.

On the other hand, if you're looking at decorative models to tie in with the rest of your bathroom decor, you can place it on show (for example, near a wash basin).

Different types of bathroom bin

Open bin or waste basket

The most basic type of bin, lidless bins are perfect for disposing of paper and plastic waste. If the model cannot be cleaned easily, however, you should use bin bags.

Pedal-operated bin

Operated with your foot, this type of bin prevents you from having to bend down and is also very hygienic.

Push bin

Simply push on the cover to swing open this type of bin.

Automatic bin

Automatic bins use an infrared detection system to open automatically when you pass your hand over the cover. These modern bins usually run on batteries.

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Features of a bathroom bin

Materials: metal, wood or plastic?

Bathroom bins come in a range of materials, including:

  • stainless steel, hard-wearing and easy to maintain;
  • powder-coated steel, comes in all colours;
  • PVC plastic, good value and lightweight;
  • zinc plating, for a vintage look;
  • bamboo, for an exotic feel.

Volume in litres

Depending on the number of people using it, a bathroom bin can be 3, 5, 6 litres or even larger. Choose the volume of your bin based on your needs and the space available.


You can get various shapes of bathroom bin: round, square, triangular… When it all comes down to it, it's simply a question of taste!

More information

To find out more about bathroom design, follow our editors' advice and check out their other guides:

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 187 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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