Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Smart Trash Can for Your Home?

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Smart Trash Can for Your Home?

As technology advances, smart trash cans are gradually replacing traditional ones. With so many options available in the market, this Moorgenzine buying guide will help you choose the right smart trash can for your household needs.

Key Highlights of This Article:

  • Seven main functions of a home smart trash can
  • Factors to consider when buying a smart trash can
  • Potential issues with smart trash cans

Seven Main Functions of a Home Smart Trash Can

Ever thought a trash can could be smart? Smart trash cans are designed to simplify waste management, making it easier and more convenient to handle trash, reducing household chores, and improving your quality of life.

1. Remote Opening and Closing

Smart trash cans come with sensors and voice control, allowing the lid to open and close automatically. This feature enables users to dispose of trash without bending down or touching the trash can, making the process more hygienic.

2. Automatic Bagging

Smart trash cans have an automatic bagging function that allows users to seal full trash bags without touching them, keeping hands clean.

3. Automatic Bag Replacement

These trash cans detect the amount of trash and adjust the bag's height accordingly. When the bag reaches a certain level, the smart trash can extends the bag's length and seals it automatically for easy replacement.

4. Trash Sorting

Smart trash cans come with multiple compartments for different types of waste, facilitating recycling and waste separation.

5. Long-Open Mode

A smart trash can can stay open for extended periods, useful during cooking or house cleaning, allowing easy disposal without touching the lid.

6. UV Disinfection

Some smart trash cans feature UV disinfection, effectively killing bacteria and viruses inside the can, maintaining hygiene, and preventing cross-contamination and odors.

7. Integration with Smart Home Systems

Connected via smartphone apps and networks, smart trash cans can be controlled with voice commands or motion sensors. They can also monitor the trash level and send reminders for bag replacement, helping keep your home clean.

For a deeper understanding of smart trash can functions, refer to: [Seven Main Functions of a Home Smart Trash Can]

Factors to Consider When Buying a Smart Trash Can

With the principle of "polluter pays" for waste disposal, the 2022 Hong Kong Solid Waste Monitoring Report shows that the per capita daily disposal of municipal solid waste is about 1.5 kilograms, primarily food waste. Accumulating food waste can cause odors at home. Using a smart trash can effectively controls odors and bacteria, keeping indoor air fresh. Here are the top eight factors to consider when buying a smart trash can:

1. Price

The price of smart trash cans varies based on brand, features, material, design, and capacity. Basic models may cost a few hundred to a few thousand HKD, while those with more features and higher quality materials can be more expensive.

2. Material and Design

Choose durable and easy-to-clean materials that match your home decor. Common materials include:

  • Plastic: Lightweight, waterproof, and easy to clean but less durable over time as it may crack with age.
  • Stainless Steel: Offers an elegant look and high-quality feel, is sturdy, rust-resistant, easy to clean, and long-lasting, preventing bacterial growth.

3. Usage Frequency and Space Size

Consider the number of family members and lifestyle habits. For larger families, more frequent trash disposal is needed. Match the trash can size with your space. In smaller spaces, choose compact designs that can be wall-mounted or fit in corners to save space.

4. Trash Can Capacity

Select the size based on your family's needs and available space. Generally, living rooms and kitchens generate the most waste. For small families (2-3 people), a 15-20 liter capacity is recommended, while larger families should opt for 30-50 liters. Offices, bedrooms, and studies can use 5-10 liter bins, and bathrooms usually need 3-10 liter bins.

5. Trash Bag Design

Smart trash cans often feature automatic sealing and bag replacement. Specialized bags are usually more durable and thick, reducing the risk of tears and leaks, and effectively containing odors.

6. Smart Switch

Smart trash cans can be opened without manual operation, using voice commands or motion sensors, enhancing convenience and hygiene. The sealed design prevents odors and direct contact with trash, ensuring fresh indoor air.

7. Additional Features

Some smart trash cans can recognize different types of waste for easy sorting, and may have multiple compartments for specific types of waste. High-temperature sterilization can eliminate bacteria and harmful microorganisms, ideal for organic waste like food scraps, preventing odors and pollution.

8. Maintenance

Smart trash cans require regular cleaning to maintain hygiene. Use mild detergent and water to clean the surfaces, especially the lid and sensors. Regularly check the power connections and sensor functionality, and keep the unit dry to prevent water damage. Avoid direct sunlight to reduce plastic aging and electronic damage. If issues arise, contact the manufacturer or a professional for repairs.

Potential Issues with Smart Trash Cans

Despite their convenience and functionality, smart trash cans are more expensive than traditional ones and come with potential issues:

Specialized Trash Bags

Smart trash cans often require specialized bags that are more expensive than regular ones. They are designed to fit the can's dimensions and features, with each box lasting about 30 uses and costing around HK$21-29. Although pricier, these bags are more durable and less likely to leak or tear.

Battery Replacement Frequency

Smart trash cans usually have rechargeable batteries. The battery life depends on usage frequency and functions used. Regularly check and replace old or depleted batteries to ensure proper operation.

After reading this Moorgenzine article, you should have a better understanding of how to choose a smart trash can. If you have any questions about smart home products, feel free to contact Moorgen. To experience the benefits of smart home technology firsthand, visit Moorgen's showroom in North Point, Hong Kong, and discover true smart living.

Back to Moorgenzine

Latest Posts

1 of 4

Moorgen Smart Home

Find your smart home combination from our collection of products.

  • Smart Panel

    Moorgen Iconic Smart Panel

  • Dimming Knob

    Round-shaped Smart Panel

  • Smart LCD Panel

    Touchscreen Smart Panel

  • All-in-One Controller

    The Only Controller for All Devices

  • Dimming Controller

    Ergonomic Controller