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My husband and I moved into our home together around 3 years ago. As it was our first home, we needed to purchase a great deal of essentials, and a kitchen bin was one such item we needed.
I wanted to buy a bin that would last a long time but I didn't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money. I straight away knew that I would like to have a Brabantia bin, as my parents have owned one for many years and it lasts well, as well as being, in my opinion, a rather stylish looking bin, if there is such a thing! However, I thought that this brand may well be out of my price range.
It was by chance that I found a great offer on this bin at Argos, and to make it even better, the price also included a little bin that I could use in our bathroom. It's three years ago since I made the purchase, and so unfortunately I can't remember how much I paid for the set, but I seem to recall it being around the £30 mark, which I think is a very good price for two Brabantia bins. I've had a look on the Argos website, and I can't see the same set on there anymore. However, I did find the 30L bin for sale on there on it's own, and it's currently priced at £54.99, which is a lot more expensive than the price I paid, and I'm not sure I would fork out that much on a bin. It is priced at an even higher price of £77 on Brabantia's own website. I would definitely advise looking around for offers, as I have seen the bin on offer at many different stores since I purchased it, although possibly not for the price I paid for the two together.
The bin is stainless steel, which I think makes it look expensive, and which also means that it will fit into the colour schemes of most kitchens well. The only negative thing about having a stainless steel bin, I find, is that it needs regularly wiping over with a damp cloth because it gains marks very easily. However, I find this to be true of any stainless steel products that we own. The bin hasn't gained any rust marks or corrosion of any kind. The Brabantia name and logo are located on the top of the black box that cases the hinges on the back of the bin, meaning that it the brand name and logo are visible but fairly discreet.
I decided to purchase a pedal bin because I feel that it is more hygienic than using a touch top or roll top bin, as you use your foot to open the bin, rather than having to keep touching the bin with your hands. I also find that a pedal bin is easier to use because the bin can be easily opened when you have your hands full. The bin is easily opened and shuts straight away when you take your foot off the pedal, rather than having to manually shut the lid. If you want to keep the lid open for a while, for example if you want to empty the bin or clean it, you can manually push the lid fully open with your hand, and the lid will stay open until you manually close it again.
The bucket inside the bin is black and it has a grey handle so that it can be lifted out of the main body of the bin. The bucket and handle appear to be rather strong, and I find it fairly easy to lift the bucket out of the bin by myself, even when it is full and needs to be emptied.
The bin is 66cm high, 39.5cm wide, and it has a depth of 29.5cm. It has a capacity of 30 litres. There are just two adults living in my house, and we find that this bin size is fine for us. It is large enough to be able to hold all of our kitchen rubbish for a number of days before needing to be emptied, and it is also small enough to fit easily into our small kitchen.
We received a free bag of Brabantia bin bags when we purchased our bin, and the bags fitted the bin well. You can purchase these Brabantia bin bags if you wish, in size G to fit this bin, but we purchase ours from the supermarket, as they are much cheaper and in my view are much better value for money. We haven't had any issues trying to find bin bags to fit into this bin, and we find that any bags designed for 30L bins fit our bin fine.
The bottom of the bin is made of plastic, and we have found that it grips well on our laminated kitchen floor and doesn't slide around, even when the floor has been mopped and is rather slippery. We move the bin around the kitchen floor on a regular basis to mop underneath it, and it never makes any marks on the floor when being pushed along it.
We have been using this bin for nearly 3 years, and we have never had any issues with any parts of it not working or breaking. The bin comes with a 10 year Brabantia guarantee, which gives me added confidence that the bin has been well made, and peace of mind in case anything does go wrong.
In summary, I would certainly recommend this bin. It looks good in our kitchen, it's hygienic and easy to use, and it is also the perfect size for a kitchen bin for a small family. It needs wiping down fairly regularly to keep it looking good, but this is true of all stainless steel items. The one thing that would put me off buying this bin again in the future would be it's high price if I couldn't find a good offer. For the price I paid for the set of two bins, I've been very happy and I'm really glad I made the purchase.
This two bin set gives you one bin for the kitchen and one for a room that generates less waste. Both feature Brabantia's legendary construction being made of corrosion resistant steel and have a solid metal lids that are odour-proof and silent. Both also have a clever hinge design whereby the lid stays open if desired and a strong plastic inner bucket with ventilation holes which is removable and easy to clean. Both come with a ten-year manufacturer's guarantee.