VonHaus Recycling Pedal Bin Review
And we’re back with another review! Today’s focus is the VonHaus Recycling Pedal Bin with double compartments. If you’re a regular of DreamyHome, you know that we’re pretty big fans of most VonHaus products for one reason – they’re consistent. While VonHaus doesn’t generally make top of the line, flawless products, the products they create are usually designed with ease of use and durability in mind.
As luck would have it, today’s product is no exception. Our reviewer was quite the fan of the VonHaus recycling pedal bin due to a number of reasons – let’s take a look.
- Price: £101.90 (at the time of publication)
- Brand: VonHaus
- Pros: Extremely easy to clean, simple to use thanks to foot pedal, included stickers make it easy to identify recycling vs. garbage, nonslip base keeps the bin stationary, difficult for pets or children to open
- Cons: Lids aren’t soft close/hydraulic, 30 litre capacity per bin is somewhat small, difficult to open by hand; requires use of pedal for easy opening
- Amazon Listing: VonHaus Recycling Bin with Double Compartments
Now there’s no sense in wasting time, so let’s just get right into it, shall we?
VonHaus Recycling Pedal Bin: The Ruling
First things first – this is a garbage and recycling bin. As such, there’s not much that could happen for us to outright tell you not to buy it. With that said, while it’s not flawless, this is genuinely a fantastic garbage bin. The combination of ease of use and cleaning, simple operation, and quality design outweighs the minor issues related to capacity, opening, and lid mechanics.
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Product Testing & Comparison
Now, before we fully dive into things, let’s talk about how we assigned the ranking above. Our reviewer followed an extremely strict set of guidelines to determine the most accurate, thorough review process possible:
- General Use
- Size & Capacity
- Durability, Lids, Misc.
Now enough about the process – let’s get into the nitty-gritty details.
VonHaus Recycling Pedal Bin: Use
First up is use. This covers everything from general ease of use to cleaning and versatility. We need to know that this thing does its job well, simply, and without fuss – especially given its asking price. While it’s not bank-breakingly expensive, it’s not cheap. Now – let’s see what the reviewer had to say.
When talking garbage or recycling bins, perhaps the most important thing to look at is how easy it is to use. Things like how the lid opens, how well it stays closed, and how generally easy it is to do things like replace bags and carry about as needed.
Luckily, it turns out that our reviewer found the VonHaus recycling pedal bin to be quite easy to use. It has a handle inside that makes it incredibly simple to remove the liner and replace it with a new bag, and the pedal makes life, overall, much easier. While it’s not a brand new idea, the implementation of this pedal makes it incredibly simple to operate, no matter the situation.
Our reviewer was able to immediately open the trash and recycling bins hands-free, which was a real lifesaver (and timesaver) when cooking, cleaning, and doing general household chores. She also found that the lid itself was a bit difficult to open without the pedal – which is both a good and bad thing. On one hand, it’s hard to open without the pedal. However, on the other hand, this prevents children and pets from accessing the trash as easily as with other, lesser bins.
This all combines to make the general use score for this bin just about perfect.
Executive Summary: Our reviewer found that this bin is incredibly easy to use in a day-to-day capacity. Its pedal ensures you can easily open the bins as needed without struggle, and was able to easily replace liners. Add in the nonslip feet, and this bin stays where you put it – which is quite nice.
Now, this is another extremely important factor for bins. The truth of the matter is that garbage bins get gross – it doesn’t matter what you do to prevent it or how obsessive you are with keeping it clean, at the end of the day, garbage is going inside. So no matter how little you want to clean the bin, you will eventually need to clean it.
This means that our reviewer’s news is highly welcomed – the VonHaus recycling pedal bin is extremely simple to clean and actually makes it incredibly simple. All that’s needed is to remove the interior bin (think Matryoshka dolls, but for garbage), pull the liner, and hose it down.
It can then be wiped down with a wet cloth or sponge as needed. The fact that the bin is plastic also ensures that you don’t need to take any weird steps to avoid damaging it (like with some bin liners). Our reviewer also noted that she’s quite small, and generally struggles with high-capacity bins. Yet with this particular one, it was no issue for her to reach the bottom – this also helped its ease of cleaning score, which was again, near perfect.
Executive Summary: Our reviewer found that the VonHaus recycling pedal bin is incredibly simple to clean. You simply remove the interior liner with its built-in handle, hose down the inside, and replace the bag once finished.
Now, this is going to be a short section for one reason – the applications of this bin are pretty clear. It’s a garbage and recycling bin with two 30 litre sections. This allows you to section them off as you please, and our reviewer tested them with several types of waste – food & home waste, compost, recycling; you name it, you can use this bin to store it.
In fact, if you wanted to, you could use this as a soaking bin for cleaning larger items, a workshop disposal bin, just about anything. So the final ruling? It’s great! After all, how hard is it to figure out what applications a recycling bin could give?
Executive Summary: The VonHaus recycling pedal bin is quite versatile and can be used for everything from recycling and garbage to compost.
VonHaus Recycling Pedal Bin: Technical
And now we’re going to talk about the “exciting” stuff. Okay – while measurements and durability testing may not seem like truly thrilling content, it is quite important. After all, this thing costs right around £100, so you’re going to want to ensure it’ll last.
Size & Capacity
First up is size and capacity. Our reviewer measured out the bins to ensure that they actually met up with manufacturer claims, and surprise, surprise – they do. The bins measured (in total, not separately):
- Length: 22.5 inches (57.15 cm)
- Depth: 12.3 inches (31.24 cm)
- Height: 25 inches (63.5 cm)
As for capacity, the manufacturer claims that this is a 60-litre bin. In reality, it’s a combined 60 litres of capacity between two 30-litre bins. While this isn’t a huge gripe, our reviewer was a bit shocked upon receiving it. She noted that in a household of two adults, they ended up needing to empty each bin roughly every 2-3 days, whereas their previous 50-litre bin needed emptying roughly once a week (3-5 days).
Overall, it’s a solid, decently-sized bin, though our reviewer noted that families larger than two people will likely want a larger capacity bin than this particular model.
Executive Summary: While this bin is very well-suited to a one or two-person household, its two 30-litre bins struggle to hold the waste of a full family.
Durability, Lids, Misc.
And now, we make it to the final bits. Things like durability, lids, and other minor features aren’t deal-breakers, but they may help justify the purchase just that tiny bit more. So what did our reviewer have to say?
She started off by praising the nonslip feet. While this may seem like an odd thing to enjoy, you’d be surprised how many “nonslip” feet our reviewer has found were not, in fact, nonslip. Fortunately, this particular bin’s base is incredibly sturdy and will remain where it’s placed, barring a major effort to move it. This makes it great for those with pets or small children who like to get into things they shouldn’t, as it’s just large enough to stay put.
She also examined the lids. While she found that they’re a bit difficult to open without the help of the pedal (unless the bins are overfilled), this serves as an unintended child lock. Additionally, they’re not soft-close lids. While this does mean that they can shut loudly occasionally if left open, it helps that the lids are so lightweight that they generally don’t really slam shut.
Finally, our reviewer noted that the stickers that are included with the bin allow you to easily label each bin for its contents. This allows you to easily identify the recycling vs. garbage or compost and ensure the right contents go into the proper container.
Executive Summary: The VonHaus recycling pedal bin has durable lids that are generally easy to open and shut, which acts as an unintended child lock. Additionally, the stickers included make it a breeze to label individual bins. Overall, this is a great little bin in terms of durability and quality.
All in all, the VonHaus recycling pedal bin is easy to use and clean, simple to keep where it’s needed, and isn’t flimsy. While the lids pose a few small issues in certain circumstances, overall this bin’s cost is justified by an easy to use and decent capacity – assuming you’re only dealing with a family of two or maybe three.