Kitchen bin buying guide

Kitchen bin buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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A good bin features among one of the most functional features of your kitchen. There are several factors to consider when making your choice including material, volume, compartments for recycling and features such as pedals. Read on to find the right bin for your kitchen.

Important features

  • Material
  • Capacity
  • Compartments
  • Opening method
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Kitchen bin opening mechanisms

Basic manual kitchen bin

The most inexpensive type of bin, these models are simply opened by hand.

Pedal bin

Push down on the pedal and the lid will open automatically. The main advantage here is that you don't have to touch the lid with your hands.

Push bin

This type of kitchen bin is opened by pushing down on the lid which is then lifted via a spring mechanism. To close, just push the lid down until you hear a click.

Touch control bin

This type of bin is able to open and close with the lightest touch.

Automatic bin

The most costly type of kitchen bin, these models operate using an infrared motion detector; the lid responds to a simple hand movement.

Automatic cupboard-mounted bin

This highly practical option is installed in the door of a kitchen unit – commonly beneath the sink – and the lid opens automatically with the cupboard door.

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Kitchen bin features

Below are some key criteria to consider when choosing your kitchen bin.

Capacity (litres)

Kitchen bin capacity varies from 10 to 60 litres. Of course the size you choose must suit the available space, but also the number of people using the bin.

Separate compartments

Equipped with two or three separate sections, a kitchen bin can help you sort waste for recycling.


Besides the practical aspects, a kitchen bin can also add style to your room. The wide range of colours and shapes on offer means there's a kitchen bin to suit all tastes.


Kitchen bins are generally made of:
plastic, often a good value option;

stainless steel, favoured for its strength, durability and ease of cleaning;

powder-coated steel, available in a variety of colours.

Kitchen bin accessories

Choose from a wide range of accessories to make your kitchen bin more practical and functional:lid;
anti-odour filter;
kitchen unit attachment kit;
bin stand.

More information

To find out more about kitchen design, check out the following 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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