Over the years, many customers have had our company install pull-out trash cans in their kitchen cabinets. I realized the problems of having one of these drop down units when I included one in the design of my own cabinets. Although there are some pros, I think there are more cons than pros to having these slide-out units installed in kitchen cabinets.

The sliding mechanism bends

One of the biggest issues we had with ours is kids (tweens and teens) crushing trash in the can and the force causing the slider mechanism to warp. Although I would politely ask them not to do this inevitably, they would push the contents down because they were too lazy to take out the full bag and replace it with a new one. I had even installed the heavy duty dumpster and we were still having issues with the runners bending. Well, when you have six to ten kids on the weekends, something bends. The main thing is that parents do not deform.

Odors linger in cabinets

It’s a pretty nasty smell when the trash hasn’t been taken out for a few days or maybe spoiled meat, like chicken that was forgotten and left in the cabinets pull-out trash can. Over time, even though the inside of the pantry is thoroughly cleaned with bleach, Lysol, Formula 409, or Pine Sol, there is still an unpleasant odor that begins to form as the pantry ages and the kitchen undergoes a regular use.

Although the pull-out trash can is a nice addition or extra to have in your kitchen cabinet design, I would consider finding a different place to put the trash can if that is a viable option. Even if you don’t have teenagers to break down the unit’s slides, the odors that build up inside the cabinets remain even after a thorough cleaning. Among the problems, another is that sometimes the can does not extend far enough beyond the drawer above it and every time you remove the can it tends to hit the front of the drawer.

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