Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
This spring I am replacing all my old worn and stained garbage cans. For the bathroom, I was searching for a small trashcan that was attractive and could be opened with a simple wave of the hand.
There were several suitable models offered on Amazon. After checking out the selection available, I chose the 2.5-gallon trashcan from iTouchless.
The iTouchless MT02SS-1 weighs 3.61 pounds. It is 10.3 inches wide, 6.96 inches deep, and 11.65 inches high.
This trashcan’s bin is composed of stainless steel with a rectangular-shaped plastic retainer ring that fits into its top.
The unit’s silver-colored plastic cover, equipped with a 10.5 x 6.5-inch lid, slides snugly onto the bin. The actual opening, however, is 7.5 x 4.75 inches.
Although fitted with a motion sensor, the lid can also be opened or closed using the appropriate pushbutton. Power to the lid’s motor may be supplied by either four AA batteries or the optional AC adapter.
This trashcan comes equipped with a replaceable carbon filter and a lemon-scented cartridge.
- Brand: iTouchless
- Name: 2.5-gallon trashcan
- Model: MT02SS-1
- Weight: 1.64 Kilograms (3.61 pounds)
- Dimensions: 26.2 x 17.7 x 29.6 centimeters (10.3 x 6.96 x 11.65 inches)
- Capacity: 7.6 liters (2 Gallons)
- Power supply: 4 AA batteries or optional AC adapter
- Material: Stainless steel and ABS plastic
- Color: Silver
- Odor control: Carbon filter and lemon-scented cartridge
Itouchless is trademarked by iTouchless Housewares & Products Inc. This company is headquartered at 777 Mariners Island Blvd, Ste 125, San Mateo, California.
The iTouchless stainless-steel trashcan matches the decor of my bathroom quite well and takes up very little space.
While it is impossible to determine the lifespan of an electric motor without monitoring it for a lengthy period, this device is only required to lift a lightweight plastic lid. It should be capable of performing this function effectively for several years.
Lid Control Mechanism
The iTouchless trashcan is equipped with a motion sensor that activates the lid’s opening mechanism when a hand is waved in front of its control panel. After five seconds, it automatically closes.
My cat has discovered, to her frustration, that her tail also activates the sensor as she passes by. She now takes great care to avoid this device.
This garbage can is also fitted with two pushbuttons that can be used to raise and lower its lid. Once opened by this method, it remains raised for five minutes unless the second push button is pressed.
I have not owned this device long enough to determine its battery life. My best guess is six months to a year. When I am eventually forced to change the batteries, I will update this review.
Both a replaceable carbon filter and a lemon-scented cartridge are supplied with this garbage can. These work well to control odor. The scented cartridge is a bit sticky, however, and when it is eventually replaced, I will probably need to clean its little compartment.
This container is designed for use with two-gallon bags. You open the bag, insert it into the canister and drape the open edges over the sides. Then you lift the retaining ring from its position and tuck in the edges of the bag between the retainer’s outer surface and the garbage can. Once the retaining ring is dropped back into its normal position, the bag is held securely in place.
A 2.5-gallon trashcan is a perfect size for my bathroom. It fits in unobtrusively and can handle the small amount of garbage generated in this room.
This is a well-designed and attractive trashcan that should provide many years of service. It is, however, expensive. While I recommend the iTouchless 2.5 Gallon Sensor Garbage Can, it would be best to wait—as I did—until it goes on sale.
© 2021 Walter Shillington