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Many moons ago - about seven years ago, to be more precise - I began working in a full-time job after being a student for six years. That was actually my second stint as a student, and boy was I ready to lead a “proper” adult life once more.
This life included purchasing several branded product when, to be perfectly honest, a cheap or no-name item would have sufficed.
I’d always thought the Brabantia name was quite exclusive so as soon as I could afford to buy a kitchen bin from their range, I did so.
The Brabantia 50L touch bin is a work of beauty. Of course it should be for the price. It’s currently available on Amazon for a smidgen under one hundred pounds.
This bin comes in several finishes: matt steel, brilliant steel, matt black, metallic grey, platinum and finally matt steel fingerprint proof. I have the brilliant steel version.
It’s amazing how much thought can go into the design of a bin. This one has a ‘Soft-Touch' closure, so there is no irritating closing sound like those made by other bins.
The opening is large, and is apparently designed so that a dustpan can be emptied without spilling. Finally, this bin has a sturdy carrying handle and a large flat base for stability.
The company states that the bin is made from corrosion-resistant materials making it both durable and easy to clean. I agree with both these claims.
I used this bin for approximately two years, until I moved away from the area. This was during a time that I had two fellow lodgers, so the bin was subjected to quite a workout.
The bin is stylish to look at which is a good thing as it is too big for a cupboard and therefore always on display. It is easy to wipe clean, and the soft-closing lid function seems to be very durable.
The truth is that this bin looks lovely and is very functional, and I am pleased that I have at one stage in my life been the proud owner of a Brabant product. However I cannot overlook the obvious: it is a bin for waste. Therefore, it is very overpriced and I cannot really recommend paying anywhere near the asking price of around one hundred pounds.
I have now owned my 50 litre Brabantia kitchen bin for 7 years, so feel able to give a fair review! I really can’t remember how much I paid but do remember that I bought it from John Lewis. I was shocked to see the current price is £166! It can be bought for less from either Argos (£ 99.99) or for varying prices depending on your colour choice from Amazon. So is it worth its hefty price tag?
Brabantia make a range of high quality kitchen products such as storage tins, bread bins, tin openers as well as bins in various sizes. I decided to buy the largest 50 litre capacity bin as I wanted to have to empty the bin less often! There is a choice of colours including matt black, matt steel and shiny steel. I opted for matt steel in the hope it would show less marks!
This is a large bin measuring 40 cm in diameter and 70.5 cm in height. The bin has a 26.5 mm opening and so you can empty a dustpan without spilling its contents onto the floor. The lid has a black plastic inner and has Brabantia’s soft close mechanism. The lid fits well onto the base of the bin and handles at the side make it easy to move.
The body of the bin is made from robust corrosion resistant stainless steel. Inside is a black plastic base.
I like the clean, modern look of this bin. The steel goes well in my kitchen and the black inner on the lid adds to its stylish appearance. It’s a breeze to open and close requiring a light push on the lid to open and gently push down to quietly close.
The large opening makes it easy to empty rubbish into the bin without spillage. The bin comes with a 10 year guarantee should there be any problems.
On the negative side this bin is a nightmare to clean! The lid has an inner rim where debris can enter. There is small plastic clip that forms part of the closure mechanism and debris gets trapped behind the clip making it really awkward to clean out.
The steel body of the bin shows marks easily and I am constantly wiping it clean. Washing the body of the bin is also awkward as it is so large it is difficult to reach the bottom without tipping the bin. I wash it outside to save water spilling over my floor.
Brabantia make their own bin liners to fit this bin and they are very expensive! They do of course fit the bin perfectly but I am happy to buy a supermarkets own brand at a fraction of the cost.
Overall I would recommend this bin as it looks so good in my kitchen. However if you decide to invest be aware that of the cleaning issues!
A good kitchen bin.
I don't know about you but I seem to empty my kitchen bin about every two days. We recycle a lot of things but still the rubbish bin seems to fill up quickly even with a large 40 litre capacity. I think it's important to have a nice looking bin as unless you are lucky enough to have a small one that you can fit inside a cupboard and shut away, a bin is always on display and needs to look nice inside your kitchen.
This Brabantia bin does have a nice sleek steel look to it, it should have at the price we paid, about £100 for a bin but we've had it a number of years now so it has lasted well. It is round and has nice curves to it and more importantly fits under our kitchen worktops so it is somewhat away from sight. In fact, Brabantia actually market it as a space saving waste bin and I do find it tucks away nicely out of sight whereas some other bins you buy are just too big to hid. The dimensions are listed as Width 435mm, Depth 302mm, Height 716mm.
Now, when I have rubbish and food in my hands I like to be able to quickly open the bin without having to worry about lifting up a lid. This bin has a soft touch opening where you just basically click on a little groove in the bin lid and it will open and the lid slowly rises giving you time to throw the items in the bin and then you can close the lid easily again by just pressing down in it. I like a lid like this more than a pedal bin as I have had a few pedal pins break on me and then they are pretty much useless.
The bin works well with 50 litre bags as they are a bit bigger than the bin and so you can drape the excess plastic at the top over the rim of the bin and it will stay put and you don't have to worry about food falling into an uncovered bin and rotting away there and not in the bag. Now, the great thing about this bin is that it has a removeable inner plastic bucket. Sometimes if I have filled my bin bag up too much it just will not budge from the bin when I pull on the drawstrings and a hefty tug will result in the bag splitting, not something you want so the great thing is you can just lift out the inner plastic bucket and take that to the big black bin outside and turn it upside down and dump the rubbish that way, easy and convenient and no split bags. This makes cleaning the inside of the bin really handy too as I tend to take this part out once in a while and hose it down outside and spray it with a cleaner. That way my bin doesn't ever really smell and its much easier to clean than lugging the whole 40L steel bin outside for a clean. I just wipe down the outside of this bin and it gleams.
A good bin that I recommend.
This 50 litre capacity brilliant steel bin is made from durable, corrosion resistant and easy to clean materials. It features a removable touch lid unit that allows for the easy removal of bin liners / Brabantia put all their proficiency into developing rigid, reputable and steadfast products that are made to endure the test of time / Black plastic lid with Brilliant steel baseSturdy handles to carry the bin, even when fullMatching bin liners available50 Litre capacityHeight: 70.5cmBody circumference 40cmOpening 26.5cm (big enough for a dustpan)10 year manufacturer's guarantee