When you go to buy a new bin for the kitchen it can be a shock how much of an “investment” it can be.

But think about it – it’s so much more than just a place to hide non-recyclables. (Note, we’ll also cover the best recycling bins very soon.)

You’re probably going to use it more than anything else you’ve bought for the kitchen, bar the kettle.

Your bin’s also going to be in view, so must have looks you can live with. Clean fiend?

Fingerprint-free finishes can cost. So, before you think “how much?” and vow just to use an old carrier bag for trash, give kitchen bins some kudos – they work hard for your money and if you choose wisely, will be hanging around your kitchen for years to come.

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Simplehuman 45L rectangular pedal bin with liner pocket: £149.99, Simplehuman

The genius thing about this bin is that the liners are stored in the casing, so they’re right there when you need them. (Sold separately.) Pop a stack in the compartment and when you’ve taken out a full bag, just pull one from the dispenser and fit easily to the rim at the top. We loved the fresh rose gold colour of this bin and the clean lines of the lid – no plastic bags and hinges on show here. A wide, soft close top, sturdy pedal and a fingerprint-proof finish made it a real top-quality choice.

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Curver slimline 40L waste pedal bin: £39.99, Lakeland

At only 25cm wide, the slim design of this bin helps it hide away in the smallest of kitchen spaces and our tester was delighted to put an awkward gap in her kitchen units to good use. Bags were easy to fit, as a removable frame at the top of the casing holds everything securely in place. This model is made from polypropylene so no danger of rusting or dents. Simple and effective.

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The Range sentiment heart domed 30L pedal bin: £29.99, The Range

Some like cold, hard industrial look for the kitchen, but each to their own. Some prefer a more homely feel, and if you’re more bunting and pinnies than concrete and steel, then this is a bargain bin choice you may want to consider. In a tasteful palette of greige and white, it has a 30 litre capacity, which our tester found was just right for her and her partner’s use. Larger households may need more space. If you like a love heart theme in your kitchen, why stop with a bin? The Range stocks everything from cereal bowls to worktop savers to match.

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Brabantia 60L touch bin: £155, Brabantia

With a huge 60 litre capacity, this passion red bin is a good choice for larger families. There’s no inner lining in this model but that’s not a hassle as Brabantia’s quality PerfectFit liners (bought separately) are easy to remove thanks to strong tie tapes. While in the bin, they’re held in place by side clips, so no falling into the depths either. Our tester liked the wide opening, which meant fewer spills and splashes on the lid, and its quality mechanism worked with a lightness of touch. There’s a 10-year guarantee on this, and Brabantia are known for its ace customer service if faults do arise.

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Habitat alto 52l bin: £50, Argos

No chance of hiding this one away – the searing saffron yellow really does make a statement and the clang of the lid is not exactly subtle. But that’s what we love about it. Unashamedly “binny”, this is a modern take on the tradition trash can that can hold a surprising amount of rubbish. Smaller kids will struggle with the detachable top, but for adult households this is a bold statement that ensures no visitor will ever ask “where’s your bin?” again.

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Rectangular 45L touch top bin: £9, Wilko

£9. You can’t say fairer than that, can you? No filters, drip trays, bag dispensers, matte coating or pedal. Absolutely nothing to it other than a 45 litre capacity box and a push-button, hinged lid which can take a bit of pressure to work. Proudly plastic, it’s in a tomato-red colour that is not as cheap-looking as you’d expect for the price, so if you’re on a tight budget, grab it.

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Joseph Joseph titan trash compacter: From £159, Joseph Joseph

As usual with the brilliant Joseph Joseph, the brand’s starting point when designing a new product is how to solve a problem we all grapple with. And here, we can imagine it’s “why is it my turn for the bins again?”. Free up some me-time with the Titan’s compacter, which comes in a range of finishes in 20 or 30 litre sizes. Too small? Nope – the Titan can hold up to three times more rubbish than a bin of similar capacity. By lifting the handle, inner paddles squeeze and compact the contents to make space for more. We also loved the odour filter in the lid for a whiff-free kitchen.

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Salter 30L dome pedal bin: £30, Amazon

This black and gold bin caused some debate amongst testers. Tasteful tones for the modern-day kitchen or something like a giant Duracell battery? The jury’s out, but for a busy kitchen, it did the job silently thanks to its soft-close lid and grip-lined pedal. The inner bin liner had a simple steel handle but at 30 litre capacity, was never too heavy to lift out of the casing. And as for that gold top – it’s a burnished, subtle gold and not too bling at all.

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Charles Bentley 30L retro square pedal bin: £39.99, Robert Dyas

With the trend for chalky, painted kitchens it’s nice to find a bin that tones in with its surroundings. This no-frills pedal number comes in this cloudy grey (our favourite) as well as sage green, cream and a fresh turquoise colour. There’s a retro look to its ridged sides and the side handles make it to move around when you’re mopping. Made of powder-coated steel, its 30 litre inner bucket is plastic and removes easily when full. We’d have liked a quieter, soft-close lid, though.

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Made.com sensé 42L touch-free bin: £59, Made.com

Who in their right mind would want such a glossy, stainless steel bin? Surely, it’s a nightmare to keep clean of sticky fingerprints? Aha – that’s the thing, this is a sensor bin that doesn’t need anything more than a wave of your hand to open. The battery-powered top does need a hands-on approach when removing the inner bucket, but with a 42 litre capacity, that’s not too often. The soda-can styling is a talking point too. Takes 4 AA batteries to operate.

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The verdict: Kitchen bins

Simplehuman’s rose gold bin is lovely to look at and a joy to use so gets our vote. If you’re looking for something less budget-busting, Made.com’s Sensé is a stylish, witty buy. The Curver from Lakeland is a great bin for small spaces and rates highly for its functionality.

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