I purchased this for my husband's office/man cave. The room's theme is "industrial site" (biohazard shtick, OSHA compliance signs, safety cones, et cetera) and his predominant color is 'caution' yellow. Initially, I just needed an inexpensive trash can that would match the garish color scheme, but this bin turned out to be pretty awesome! (It's also available in less jolting colors like white and grey).
--Size? Because this model is identical in style to the giant-sized garage/curbside bins, the online image may briefly fool you. But it's a 10 gallon container measuring approx 17" H, 15-1/2" diameter (top), 12" diameter (base) w/ 3" long handles.
--Sturdy? Yep! It's incredibly durable and thick (nearly commercial grade plastic) and can easily be hosed out and routinely abused. A good thing...since my husband has never used a plastic bag liner in his life; moreover, he considers food stuffs, of any type, to be appropriate for disposal alongside paper items and your more benign household debris. This is convenient for indoor use but ruggedly forgives carrot cake smothered fax cover sheets.
--Lid? Nope. However, Rubbermaid Commercial Brute coordinating lids (#2610) are available and we bought one...because (see above) Hubby's trash is our dogs' 2nd breakfast. I'll review the lid separately but it fits nicely/tightly; I'd recommend a lid for use outdoors so as to reduce odor and discourage vermin. My indoor pests, which we just shorten to "pets", are equally stymied.
-- Appearance? This won't win any interior design awards but if you've read this far, you're not after frou frou. It's a nice smooth finish w/o plastic-y frayed bits and has fortifying ridges at the base. The can's "Brute" moniker is a way too visible for my taste--tho it does accurately describe its owner on his worst days-- but we've well established my tastes are irrelevant since my husband actually chose 'toxic waste' as part of his his design story.
--Balanced? Very! Sturdiness is great and all, but bins are still prone to topple if poorly designed. This container, on carpet, can survive the across-the-room-over-the-coffee-table 3-point shot without tumbling over. Ray Allen would approve!
Not in any way as disposable in quality as the trash it holds, if this solid, easy-to-care for, and reasonably priced bin can survive my man's test lab of a man cave, it should last years at your house too. If it was self-emptying, it would be just about perfect. In yellow, at least it'll get emptied once or twice a decade as it's real hard to miss!!
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