Flash trash; tried & tested

The trick with kitchen bins is to conceal your rubbish as smartly as possible before it leaves the house, while minimising care of the bin itself and paying due attention to issues of hygiene. Environmental concerns, too, are on the minds of many householders. Our panel of testers - Nick Allen, Gilly Sanderson, Graham Ainsworth and Diane Woo - all had their own ideas about what a kitchen bin should do

... BRABANTIA PEDAL BIN

pounds 54, Purves and Purves: 0171 580 8223 Mail order: 0181 960 0788

Medium-sized, blue-painted pedal bin with chrome lid: won points for its sturdiness, practical colour combination and inner bin with handle. However, the tall thin shape means the bag gets stuck, making it laborious to empty

Gilly: This is the bin I use anyway. It's fine, but the bag has an irritating habit of forming a seal with the inner bin when you try to empty it

Nick: Easy to keep clean, and a nice smooth pedal action. However, it is tempting to keep stuffing things down until you can't dislodge the bag

Graham: This is well-made, but I wish I knew how professional cleaners manage to hide the bin bag between the inner and outer bins

.... GIOSTYLE BELLA BIN

pounds 21, Purves and Purves (as above)

Knee-high pedal bin made of translucent green plastic: part of a range that includes matching buckets and washing-up bowls. Testers were critical of small bins in general, but in this case the lightness and cost made up for it

Diane: I liked this. It's easy to clean and you can use the inner bin as a bucket to wash the floor. Brilliant value

Graham: I find small bins too low, and you have to re-package smaller bags in large dustbin bags before they'll take them away

Gilly: Fun, attractive and cheap. It's so light that it's not an effort to empty once a day, and the rubbish never starts to smell

..... BRABANTIA SILVER BIN

pounds 89, Inventory: 0171 937 2626

Large, light, aluminium bin with a detachable inner ring of black plastic, which secures the bag as well as providing a prop to hold the manually operated lid upright while you clear away food waste. No inner bin, no pedal, no nonsense. Voted the best

Nick: The sort of bin I like: big, wide and light. The lid-holder is a great touch: perfect for a busy cook

Diane: Not the prettiest bin, but the most practical. After the novelty of the recycling bin and the Push-can had worn off, I would buy this

Gilly: Inner rim device holds the bag firmly in place at the top, so that it never gets mucky or dragged to the bottom

.. RECYCLING BIN

pounds 159, The Holding Company: 0171 352 1600 Mail order: 0171 610 9160

Large, rectangular aluminium bin with three brightly painted inner bins for rubbish separation prior to recycling. Concept applauded, but testers found bins hard to empty and the compartments too small to justify a trip to the recyling bins

Diane: A neat idea, but the inner bins are so deep and narrow that it was a real struggle to get the bags out when full

Graham: Quite badly made: the lid doesn't open far enough to pull the three inner compartments out, and the rubber edging strip fell off the lid

Gilly: Far too big for my kitchen, the lid crashes open, and I still had to transfer bottles to the garage before going to the rubbish dump

.. EXTRA-LARGE PUSH-CAN

pounds 475, Ocean mail order: 0870 848 4840

Enormous, solid chrome bin with foot pedal. The highly polished surface gets covered in fingerprints and users found lifting the whole outer bin off to empty it a pain - it weighs a ton. The push- flap is narrow and tends to get mucky

Graham: Won't fit under work surfaces, though at this price you'd want to put it on display

Nick: Smart, and definitely better than its cheaper imitations. The push-in flap is wildly impractical, though - you're better off using it as a pedal bin

Diane: Good that the bin liner is never on view, but I didn't like seeing my reflection in the chrome all the time. Too expensive, and too heavy to empty on a daily basis. A collector's item

.... ECOBIN

pounds 22.50, The Conran Shop: 0171 589 7401

Two metal hoops inserted into a square, spring base (which acts as a foot pedal). Simply hook your old carrier bags over the hoops. Design admired; flimsiness despised. Low-cost, but only stylish if you use stylish bags

Diane: The bin I use normally. I like it because you can recycle all your old carrier bags on it. It's simple and very clever

Gilly: Tag-hags who do a lot of designer shopping would like this. OK until you run out of the brown paper bags provided: old Tesco bags look a mess

Graham: Design student's dream: environmentally friendly, with a cunning foot-pedal feature. But step on it when it's empty and it's likely to topple

Arts and Entertainment
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey

film Sex scene trailer sees a shirtless Jamie Dornan turn up the heat

Arts and Entertainment
A sketch of Van Gogh has been discovered in the archives of Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Eleanor Catton has hit back after being accused of 'treachery' for criticising the government.
books
Arts and Entertainment
Fake Banksy stencil given to artist Alex Jakob-Whitworth

art

Arts and Entertainment
'The Archers' has an audience of about five million
radioA growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift is heading to Norwich for Radio 1's Big Weekend

music
Arts and Entertainment
Beer as folk: Vincent Franklin and Cyril Nri (centre) in ‘Cucumber’
tvReview: This slice of gay life in Manchester has universal appeal
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
‘A Day at the Races’ still stands up well today
film
Arts and Entertainment
‘The Royals’ – a ‘twisted, soapy take on England’s first family’
tvAnd its producers have already announced a second season...
Arts and Entertainment
Kraftwerk performing at the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) museum in Berlin earlier this month
musicWhy a bunch of academics consider German electropoppers Kraftwerk worthy of their own symposium
Arts and Entertainment
Icelandic singer Bjork has been forced to release her album early after an online leak

music
Arts and Entertainment
Colin Firth as Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service

film
Arts and Entertainment
Brian Blessed as King Lear in the Guildford Shakespeare Company's performance of the play

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
In the picture: Anthony LaPaglia and Martin Freeman in 'The Eichmann Show'

tv
Arts and Entertainment
Anne Kirkbride and Bill Roache as Deirdre and Ken Barlow in Coronation Street

tvThe actress has died aged 60
Arts and Entertainment
Marianne Jean-Baptiste defends Joe Miller in Broadchurch series two

tv
Arts and Entertainment
The frill of it all: Hattie Morahan in 'The Changeling'

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny may reunite for The X Files

tv
Arts and Entertainment
Jeremy Clarkson, left, and Richard Hammond upset the locals in South America
TV
News
A young woman punched a police officer after attending a gig by US rapper Snoop Dogg
people
Arts and Entertainment
Reese Witherspoon starring in 'Wild'

It's hard not to warm to Reese Witherspoon's heroismfilm
Arts and Entertainment
Word up: Robbie Coltrane as dictionary guru Doctor Johnson in the classic sitcom Blackadder the Third
books

Arts and Entertainment
The Oscar nominations are due to be announced today

Oscars 2015
Arts and Entertainment
Hacked off: Maisie Williams in ‘Cyberbully’

Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challenge

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game are both nominated at the Bafta Film Awards
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

    As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

    Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
    Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

    The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

    Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
    Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
    Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

    Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

    A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
    How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

    How books can defeat Isis

    Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
    Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

    Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

    She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
    The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

    The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

    The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
    French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

    French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

    Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
    Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

    Young carers to make dance debut

    What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
    Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

    Design Council's 70th anniversary

    Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
    Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

    Dame Harriet Walter interview

    The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
    Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

    Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

    Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

    Bill Granger's winter salads

    Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
    England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

    George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

    No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
    Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links