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The best in bins
Member Name: katyj10
Advantages: High quality
Brabantia dustbins are my favourite brand of bin. Other than using cheap bins for waste paper, I prefer a sturdy large bin for the kitchen. A few Christmases ago we were given joint vouchers for Debenhams and as a couple couldn't agree what to spend them on. In the end we bought a ridiculously expensive kitchen bin (I think it was £60) and at the time I thought 'we must be mad' but it's been a great buy that will last us for the rest of our lives I think.
Bin no 2
So impressed by this bin, we went on to buy a more slim line version for upstairs (around £40), at the time in our study as I seemed to create a lot of rubbish crafting and generally making a lot of mess with scissors and glue. When our baby was born, we moved this bin into the nursery as it had a nice lid that helped to keep the smell inside and as it was tall and thin it didn't take up too much space.
What I like about the Brabantia brand
The quality on Brabantia bins is superb. The bins are available in a range of colours and sizes and our kitchen bin is shiny silver, whereas the upstairs one is more of a muted gunmetal grey. The lids are ones that click closed and open and keep most smells at bay. The bins look smart in situ and are easy to empty. The kitchen bin can be used with normal sized black bin bags and the upstairs bin came with some sample specialist sized (long n thin) bin bags but you can still use normal bin liners in them (which we do). I don't believe in spending a lot on bin bags. The bin lids come with a long guarantee that if the click shut mechanism fails, they will repair it for you but we have never had a problem with ours. I think the trick is to be gentle rather than firm with them!
The bins are expensive but you can usually get a bit of discount on them in the January sales, it is worth looking out for this if you want to buy one and can afford to wait. The upstairs bin got a dint in the side of it within a year (we still don't know who / how this happened!). It is quite visible and has not been possible to remove from the side of the bin.
It still seems a bit mad to spend this much on a dustbin but they do look nice and we won't have to buy another one any time soon. I hope they last a lifetime really. They look smart and are easy to clean and keep smells at bay with the lid although the nappies were a challenge too far for the upstairs bin so we ended up buying a proper nappy bin.
Would I rebuy?
As long as I had the money available at the time, I would buy another Brabantia bin if I needed it. It's one of those purchases that you don't regret in the long run and because it was costly, it makes you look after it a bit better than you would a plastic bin.
If you are struggling for a present idea (for yourself) or a moving in gift for family then clubbing together for a Brabantia bin could be a suggestion. I love our bins and we must have found the first bin good to have gone on and bought a second one!
Summary: My brand of choice