A couple of years ago I checked a Simplehuman voice and motion activated sensor trash can. While it wasn’t cheap, it was a pretty impressive garbage can. It’s well designed and attractive, made of brushed stainless steel with a nano-coating that resists fingerprints as well as microbes. Most importantly, the lid of the can opens not only through motion activation, but also through voice. This may sound cheesy, but it’s incredibly useful. Simplehuman just sent me a new add-on to try out that makes it even better: the Compost Caddy.

Simplehuman Compost Caddy Review

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The Simplehuman Compost Caddy + type Z compostable refill liner (photo by Brad Moon).

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The challenges of kitchen composting

We compost our kitchen waste, it feels like forever. The city I live in doesn’t pick up leftover food on the roadside, so everything goes to the composter in the backyard. We’ve had different variations of compost bins on the counter, but they’re always too short in one way or another. They attract fruit flies, they tip over too easily, they are difficult to clean. Last but not least, they take up valuable space on the counter.

We’re still composting, but it’s not a great experience in the kitchen.

Compost caddy: docks with the Simplehuman trash can

The Simplehuman Compost Caddy looks like a miniature (8.5 x 5.7 x 9.6 inches) version of its kitchen trash can. It’s good. My test device has the same brushed stainless steel finish as the trash can and has also been treated with the silver ion coating to avoid fingerprints and prevent the spread of germs. It comes with a magnetic docking bracket which is the key to integrating it into the trash can. This is easy to assemble: peel off the backing film from the adhesive pad, hang it over the wall of the can (a lip hooks onto the edge of the can) and press it into place.

The Compost Caddy then slides directly into the dock, which holds it securely in place with magnets. It’s easy to peel off if you’d like to remove it, but while attached to the can, it’s safely removed from the counter. Attached to the can, the lid of the Compost Caddy can be easily opened and closed. It has a cushioned hinge so it doesn’t just rattle, and the soft seal lid (I think there are magnets in play) keeps the lid tightly closed to suppress odors and keep fruit flies from swarming.