Five smart trash cans that make your garbage way nicer

These wastebaskets have lids that open on command and helpful odor eliminators.

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Why have a trash can that's anything less than fabulous?Amazon

Your garbage is gross. To avoid handling it and having to think about it for longer than you need to, get your hands on one of these smart trash cans equipped with motion sensors and/or odor-absorbing filters. They come in easy-to-clean, elegant finishes, and have small, subtle features that make the chore of taking out the garbage a little less unpleasant.

iTouchless 13 Gallon Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can

iTouchless 13 Gallon Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can

An odor-absorbing, sensor-equipped can.Amazon

This smart trash can opens with a wave of your hand—the sensor makes sure the lid won’t accidentally close on your hand, with a blinking red light that warns you about a closing lid, and green light indicating stay open mode for when you need to take out or reload the trash. A replaceable odor filter will keep your kitchen free of unsavory scents. The trash can is powered by batteries or an add-on AC adapter. It comes in easy-to-clean stainless steel, with a 13-gallon capacity that fits standard trash bags.

Ninestars Automatic Trash Can / Recycling Bin

Ninestars Automatic Trash Can / Recycling Bin

An automatically opening trash can and recycling bin.Amazon

This 18-gallon stainless steel bin has compartments for trash and recycling, so no need to worry about setting up separate kitchen stations. It’s made out of stain-resistant stainless steel, and has a motion-sensor-activated lid-closer that also traps odors. The sensor charges via D batteries, and comes with a battery-preserving delay sensory technology that won’t activate if your dog wanders near the trash can. The lid closes quietly, and a removable ring liner lets you tuck in your trash bags neatly and attractively.

hOmeLabs 21 Gallon Automatic Trash Can

hOmeLabs 21 Gallon Automatic Trash Can

Adjust the sensor of this trash can for optimal placement.Amazon

This bin uses an adjustable motion sensor ball, so you can activate the lid from the front or the top, depending on whether it’s nesting under a counter or freestanding. It includes manual controls, in case you want to set up your own opening and closing schedule. The sensor even has an on/off button, for when you’re headed on vacation and won’t need your trash can’s powers. It charges via an AC adapter or through 4 C-cell batteries, and has split butterfly lids perfect for low spaces.

Townew Self-Sealing and Self-Changing Kitchen Trash Can

Townew Self-Sealing and Self-Changing Kitchen Trash Can

It closes the bags for you like a little Star Wars character.Amazon

Townew’s self-sealing and self-changing trash can is sleek, germaphobe-friendly, and traps odors. Not that tying your own garbage bag is difficult, but why not snag a receptacle that does it for you? The built-in infrared motion sensor makes it so you don’t even have to touch the can. The garbage holds 25 recyclable trash bags at a time. Place them all in the machine and once the first bag is full, the Townew seals it. Remove that full bag, and the smart trash automatically puts a new liner in its place. The trash can also detects if the trash is getting too high and will close the bag to make sure nothing spills out.

Simplehuman Dual Compartment Can Recycler with Voice and Motion Sensor

Simplehuman Dual Compartment Can Recycler with Voice and Motion Sensor

Open sesame.Amazon

Simplehuman’s super-quiet smart trash might sound unnecessary—it can be opened with a wave of a hand or by saying “open can”—but it’s solves common wastebasket problems. Cans opened with your foot often break, either at the footswitch or by stepping too hard and damaging the hinge. Sometimes your hands are too full to lift the lid, or even wave over the sensor. With Simplehuman, just say “open can” and dump everything in. It also traps smells inside and has an antimicrobial and anti-fingerprint coating.

This device comes in two models—a 58-liter option for just landfill garbage or one that has a 24-liter recycling section and a 34-liter trash compartment. The recycling bucket has a handle, so it’s easy to lift it out of the trash can. Plus the built-in trash bag repository in the back makes it so you’ll always know when you’re running low.