In my previous article on the best dog proof trash can, I mention 2 brands: simplehuman and itouchless. These two seem to be the market leader for these type of trash cans and are best for dog owners. However, some readers want to know what is the exact difference between the two so I am doing a comparison today for simplehuman vs itouchless.
In order to do apple to apple comparison, I am only to focus only on the 13 galleon dog proof trash can for both brands.
#1: Lid opening and closing
Both brands feature a soft auto close feature that works very well. However, the difference lies in how smooth the closing action is. For simplehuman, the action is elegant and smooth. For itouchless, the closing is a bit crude as it has a thud sound. The overall action for itouchless also seems to be a bit too robotic so depending on your preference, it might not be something you want to display in the open.
#2: Power source
Simplehuman dog proof garbage can relies on good old leg power to open the lids. Just a nice step on the pedal will do the trick. Itouchless relies on sensor technology for the opening of the lid so it needs battery or electrical power source to work. For the energy conservatives, the simplehuman models will be a better brand.
Both trash cans are made of durable stainless steel so they can last your for years. Unfortunately, the itouchless has sensors built into its design and it is these electronics that probably wouldn’t last as long as the actual can. Once the sensors die, the whole trash is not usable anymore as you can’t get it to open. Overall, you might get a few good years out of itouchless but simplehuman.
In terms of price, itouchless is much more affordable than simplehuman. From what I can see on Amazon, it is about 30-40% difference in price. For the budget conscious, the itouchless will make a better choice for you.