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simplehuman Butterfly Step Can, 45L


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Made of fingerprint-proof brushed stainless steel, this can is equally useful for trash and recyclables. Designed to slip into a narrow space in your kitchen, it has a center-opening lid, allowing for maximum clearance under countertops.

  • Slim design with butterfly lid fits in tight areas and under most standard-height kitchen counters.
  • Space-saving split lid opens wide enough to admit a gallon-size milk container yet gives the can a total height of only 30 1/2" when fully open.
  • 12-gallon capacity.
  • Plastic liner removes for easy emptying and cleaning.
  • Steel foot pedal allows neat, convenient no-hands opening.
  • Lid closes automatically, slowly and quietly.
  • The brushed-stainless-steel finish resists fingerprints and wipes clean easily.
  • Use with simplehuman size-K liners or standard 13-gallon trash bags.
Dimensions & More Info
  • 10 1/2" x 23 1/2" x 26" high (30 1/2" high, fully open).
  • 12-gal. cap. total.
  • Made in Taiwan.
Use & Care


  • Use with simplehuman size-K liners or standard 13-gallon trash bags.


  • Clean exterior with warm water and a soft cloth.
  • A microfiber cloth is suggested to effectively clean the stainless steel without leaving streak marks.
  • For a more thorough cleaning, mild detergent can be used. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry with an absorbent cloth.
  • Avoid abrasive cleaners and scouring pads.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super trash can!!!! We love this trash can. It is really big, looks great and fits perfectly along side our cupboards in the kitchen. The butterfly top opens really wide at the top and has a nice slow close. It is heavy, so no tipping! The fact that the plastic liner pulls out so when we change bags, we pull out the entire liner with the bag and bring that outside. No possibility of spills ever!!! We love it! We might be purchasing a second one for recycling!!
    Date published: 2016-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Going on 13 years! I bought this can in 2003 (though I don't think it was 'finger-proof' at that time). Perfect product and it still works. I intend to buy a new one when it needs to be replaced... though so far, no need for a new one. It cleans up well, looks good, and still works perfectly! Simplehuman and Williams-Sonoma are both so easy to work with!
    Date published: 2016-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this trash can! This trash can fits perfectly at the end of my island and eliminates having to walk around to the side to throw something away when working in the kitchen. It looks great, easy to use and is easy to clean.
    Date published: 2016-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10 years and running! We have had three of these for 10 + years. My reason for buy another one is that the step open mechanism is no longer working on two of my cans. We use one for kitchen garbage, one for paper recycling and one for bottles and cans. We have 2 in white and one in the brushed steel. I highly recommend these. You won't be sorry! They are money well spent.
    Date published: 2015-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dog proof as well as finger proof What more can you ask from a garbage can. To be dog proof, as my Shepard could get in to my old one. And finger prints clean off in a swipe. Nose art as well cleans off easily.
    Date published: 2015-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased! The trash can is perfect for my needs. Neat, takes up very little space and is very easy to use. I would highly recommend this product!
    Date published: 2014-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Sturdy for Family Life Who knew I'd ever write a review stating how much I love a trash can? I couldn't believe I spent so much when a simple plastic one is so cheap, but it's been worth the splurge. It opens easily, looks great, is easy to get the liner out for changing the bag, and can't be dumped over by pets and small children. The best part, in my opinion, is the hands-free part! No touching a swingy lid with egg shells in my hands or other yucky stuff! It cleans up easily on the outside, and the liner; however, it's a pain to clean inside the actual can itself with the liner out. I have three kids with lots of friends, so this gets a TON of use. Stuff sometimes falls into the bottom of the can, below the liner. That is NOT a fun project, but it doesn't happen a lot as the liner fits very snugly in the can.
    Date published: 2013-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best we've ever owned We've owned ours for a year and a half now. Still works beautifully and looks brand new. Highly recommend!
    Date published: 2013-07-30
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