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The equipment options for modern kitchens are almost endless. From the most diverse kitchen appliances to the choice of surfaces, there is no limit to individuality. However, no matter what work you do in your kitchen, one product is indispensable: a waste bin. A kitchen must be clean and smell good. Rubbish and food leftovers are the biggest challenge here.

That's why choosing the right waste bin, which can be integrated into the kitchen both functionally and visually, is crucial. In the following, we will look at the most important criteria for product selection and compare some models with each other.


  • Today, waste bins convince not only by their functionality but also by their design and are therefore indispensable for every well-functioning kitchen.
  • Decide between waste bins with only one or several compartments and between models with different volumes.
  • Many waste bins integrate practical functions, such as opening by sensor or footstep, which makes disposing of waste even more hygienic.

The Best Kitchen Waste Bin: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for kitchen waste bins

In order to find the perfect kitchen waste bin, we have worked out some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria should make it easier to compare the individual models so that you can make an objective and informed choice.

The criteria you can use to compare the kitchen bins include:

We will go into detail about each criterion below.


Here, you should tailor your choice of product well to your own needs. For a single household, a waste bin with a volume of 5 to 10 litres is sufficient, while a family of several should go for a product with up to 60 litres.

According to their volume, some waste bins need more space than others. It is therefore advisable to think about how much space you want the bin to take up before buying.

Number of compartments

Here you have the choice between only one compartment, two compartments or even three compartments. More compartments make it easier to separate waste, as you have compartments for plastic, paper and residual waste all in one place. However, more compartments also mean that the individual compartments are smaller and have to be emptied more often.


Here you have the basic choice between free-standing and built-in bins. Free-standing bins can be moved easily because they are not permanently installed in one place.

With built-in bins, a distinction is made between those that are hung on cupboard doors with a frame and those that are attached to the cupboard floor with a screw connection. Litter bins with such a base mounting can then be pulled out by means of telescopic rails.


The main issue here is the opening mechanism. The standard equipment here is a lid that has to be removed by hand. In addition, there are models where the lid opens by means of a foot-step mechanism.

There are also models that can be opened by a light tap or an infrared sensor without touching.


Most kitchen bins are round or rectangular. Waste bins that can be built in and pulled out are correspondingly narrower. Many waste bins are grey, black or silver.

However, there are also some in white and some brands sell products in many different colours. In addition, steel litter bins look different from those made of plastic. Steel waste bins also have the advantage that they do not take on bad odours in the long run.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about ktichen waste bins answered in detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions on the topic of waste bins for the kitchen. In this way, we want to give you a comprehensive insight into the topic.

For whom is a kitchen waste bin suitable?

Every kitchen needs a waste bin, so this product is suitable for everyone who runs their own household.

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Waste bins are now available in fashionable designs so that they can be visually integrated into the room. (Image source: Dronile Hiraldo/ Unsplash)

For many people, a simple version of a waste bin for the kitchen is enough. However, if you want to spend a little more money, you can find chic products that have practical functions.

How much does a kitchen waste bin cost?

The price is mainly determined by the volume and the functionality of the opening mechanism. The prices of the waste bins can range from low to high. The following table should give you an overview.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (20 - 50 €) Low volume: 5-6 L, waste bin to hang up
Medium-priced (50 - 150 €) 10-20 L, built-in waste bin, plastic
High-priced (from 150 €) 30 -60 L, touch function, elegant design made of steel, built-in waste bin with several compartments

How often and how should you clean a kitchen waste bin?

Hot water mixed with a little washing-up liquid or all-purpose cleaner is enough to clean waste bins. Fill the bin with hot water and swirl it around. It is also advisable to close the bin when it is full, as the steam can loosen the dirt on the lid. You can remove stubborn dirt with a brush.

You should cleanorganic waste b ins after each emptying so that no mould can form from the food residues. For residual waste bins, we recommend regular cleaning after every second emptying. It is also important to dry the waste bin afterwards or let it air dry before putting in a new bin liner to prevent mould.

Is the area under the kitchen suitable for storing the waste bin?

The area in the base unit under the sink is a good place to store the waste bin, but it is not the ideal place. As it is often damp there, this location promotes mould growth in the food leftovers that are in the waste bin. Therefore, you should not place your waste bin there.


A waste bin is a must-have for every kitchen. It is absolutely necessary for hygienic housekeeping. Even if you might not associate it directly with the product, waste bins for the kitchen are now also produced in attractive designs and shapes, so that they can definitely be integrated visually into a modern kitchen.

Since this really is an everyday commodity, it makes sense to invest in a good kitchen waste bin. It will make your daily work easier and will stay with you for a long time. As we have shown, there are good products in all price ranges, so you can find a good waste bin that suits your needs and the conditions of your kitchen.

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