Home Makeover | simplehuman Rectangular Recycler & Grocery Bag Holder Review

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We are currently trying to update our home one little step at a time. Through de-cluttering, upgrading and replacing items things are slowly coming together. One little thing we decided to do to “update” our home is replace our plastic trash cans and recyclers with stainless steel options. That gives a sleek and sophisticated look to an otherwise overlooked area.

After some searching, I found simplehuman. They have a full line of stainless items for just about every room in your home. For this focus we decided that the kitchen trash and our grocery bag storage needed a little attention.

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Both items arrived quickly and safely. The grocery bag holder box was a bit smooshed, but it was packaged well so the product itself wasn’t affected. I was amazed at the size of the trash can box, but once it was removed I realized why it was so big!

steel trash can

Highly streamlined, the simplehuman steel bar step can is inspired by the upscale aesthetics of commercial-grade kitchens. A reinforced steel bar and double-hinge pedal mount ensure a strong, smooth, and easy motion wherever you step. Comes with 3 buckets (2 small buckets for recycling or remove them to use the large single bucket for trash).

I’ve loved this trash can from the minute I unboxed it. We decided to remove the 3 buckets and use it as a single can. With a larger family of six we were having difficulty with the smaller plastic cans filling too often. Our goal was to find one that would hold enough trash that we only had to empty is every 1 1/2 to 3 days. This 55 liter 14.5 gallon can has fit the bill… and it looks fabulous while doing it. It has held up well to the abuse of a 15 year old clueless boy and the accidental overstepping of our 4 and 5 1/2 year olds.

bag holder on counter

Our upright grocery bag holder has a slim shape that fits nicely in a cabinet or on a counter. Stores 50 plastic grocery bags—simply tuck them into the top opening, and pull them out from the wide dispensing area on the front of the holder. Durable stainless steel construction. Sturdy, non-skid base.

We bring reusable bags to most grocery stores, but on occasion we forget or shop on impulse and come home with plastic bags. The hubby and Kaytlin use these to carry their lunches to work, so I needed an aesthetically pleasing way to store these. I had been storing them in a fabric tube, but I just couldn’t find a place to hang it without looking tacky. The simplehuman bag holder is sleek, holds plenty of bags and fits in with my counter décor without standing out.

I would eventually love to own several other simplehuman items including their soap dispenser and paper towel holder. It’s amazing how the overall look of the kitchen changed just replacing the plastic items with stainless. I am even considering purchasing another trash can to use for our recycling needs as well! I highly recommend simplehuman products. We’ve been using them for a few months now and they are standing up well to high use and demand.

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  1. samyra says

    i like how clean and slick this looks and it also seems space saving

  2. Geri Fink says

    I love Simple Human! My cousin has the hands free soap dispenser and I think it awesome too. I’m going to get it for my dish washing hubby. Maybe I need one of these too.

  3. Farrah says

    Wow, the simplehuman trash can is amazing! I didn’t know they made one that looked so nice. It would look great in our kitchen too! What a great idea for a simple way to update your room!

  4. rust hawk says

    Love the convenience of that bag holder — mine stay balled up in the bottom of the pantry! The garbage can is …well, gorgeous! LOL

  5. Linda says

    I like the design and of course functionality

  6. Lisa Brown says

    I really like the looks of the steel bar step can. Nice looking and looks well made. Fits perfect where you placed it.

  7. Elena V says

    Yes, in our house waste baskets fill up quickly as well and oftentimes they overflow before anyone notices it!


    I like how they look modern. The bag holder is a really handy practical idea too! Unfortuantely the trash can as much as I like it woudlnt fit under our kitchen cupboard which is the only place we have to put the garbage bc our kitchen in our 495 sq ft apt is very very teeny tiny. lol

  9. KT says

    I love simple human products, especially the ones that don’t show fingerprints! and the stainless steel style is my favorite

  10. Sarah Osborne says

    That grocery bag holder would free up a lot of room under my kitchen sink 🙂

  11. Michelle F. says

    Love the look and shape of the garbage can.

  12. Marysa says

    Great products! I definitely need one – or a couple – of the bag dispensers! For example for by the litter box or upstairs where I throw out diapers. Thanks!

  13. I really like the Simplehuman Storage bag holder. You are definitely right, How much nice that would look than the fabric tube. Thanks for sharing this information.

  14. Bekah Kuczenski says

    I need the grocery bag holder!!! Right now I have bags stuffed in a drawer in my kitchen, but I don’t know what to do with them…. I’m so excited about this product!

  15. marissa lee says

    I love Simple Human,i need to get one of these…it makes it look neat. no clutter.

  16. Rosie says

    This is so nice – I keep mine in a box in the kitchen, and it is so unsightly – I never realized there was a holder like this. This is a must if you want to look spiffy – and I do!

  17. judy gardner says

    we could really use both of these. the dog is always getting into the trash can we have now and we always have lots of plastic grocery bags waiting to be taken to the recylcing bin.

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