Disclaimer: I was offered this garbage bin from Brabantia in exchange for an honest review of its function and form. If you’re interested, you can find more information about it on the Container Store website.
Being a twenty-something is a mix of emotions, your friends move, get engaged, change jobs, adopt puppies (my personal favorite), and are generally on the move. Unlike many of my college and high school friends, I am single and living on my own. A scary prospect for most, especially when you throw in a new city and a “job” that isn’t exactly in the 9 to 5 realm. Despite my family and friend’s worries, I am loving my new life. I am making friends, networking with fellow bloggers, and my favorite of all, updating the housewares in my new place.
Until now, there had been one houseware that I had stubbornly stuck with for the past few years, my garbage bin. I couldn’t tell you why, either. This thing has managed to tick me off to no extent as the bag would fall into the bin, the lid would sink in or fall off, and more. To say that it was an inconvenience would be an understatement. It made me wonder a few questions. What would be the ideal garbage bin? What makes one better than the other? Here are a few of my thoughts:
Size isn’t something everyone considers when buying a bin. Usually, it’s a good idea to buy one based on how much trash you produce. Personally, I am a recycling fiend and actively focus on not producing a lot of trash, so Brabantia’s bin was perfect for me as a single girl living on my own. I take my trash out once a week and have never had the unpleasant instance of smelling whatever has been sitting in there, thanks to Brabantia’s closed lid design. A family or couple might need to take the trash out more frequently or buy a slightly larger design.
A bin designed with saving space in mind really helps when you’re low on square footage in your apartment or a small home. Brabantia’s fits flush against my wall, reducing the trip and fall hazard that my previous bin had brought to the kitchen. Other elements that increased the appeal of this model included the foot pedal that pushes to open the lid. Let me just say that this is a life-changing improvement and makes cooking in the kitchen much easier, not to mention that it increases cleanliness and sanitation. The comparison of the Brabantia bin and my former black and plastic bin was like night and day (and not just because the former is blue and the latter was black) in this aspect.
Having the displeasure of owning a rather cheap bin over the last few years of my life has made this an even more important quality in my mind. As my Dad would incessantly say during our childhood, “You get what you pay for,” and this instance is no exception. Not only does the Brabantia bin look better overall in my kitchen, but it functions better and I expect it to last much longer than the garbage bin that I was using. As an added plus, this bin received the Cradle to Cradle Certification which recognizes the environmentally-friendly and sustainable way in which it was manufactured.
Hauling trash isn’t something that most of us think about when we grow up, but it happens at least once a week for most of us. That’s why being able to easily move your bin is so important! My last trash receptacle had awkward angles that made it hard to move two feet, let alone make it down the driveway. Having a handle on my garbage bin has been a monumental improvement that I did not know I needed in my life. Now I can easily take move my Brabantia bin up and down the flight of stairs that separate me and the trash collection area. Hallelujah!
Obviously, this is a deal breaker for some people. The realistic side of me said, “Megan, you only need a cheap garbage bin. No one cares what it looks like.” But you can’t stop there. Sometimes getting a cheaper item (not just a bin, mind you) is a tradeoff that leads to aggravation which could have been avoided by purchasing a higher quality item. Brabantia’s bin is definitely a bit of a splurge if you are on a tight budget, but can be worth the investment down the road.
Without further ado, here are photos of my initial reaction to receiving Brabantia’s bin.
Conclusion: Pretty and effective. P.S. Thanks to my friend, for coming to take these ridiculous photos of me. You know who you are, and I owe you mozzarella sticks.
What are your thoughts? What makes a quality trash bin? Let me know in the comments below!