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Umbra Swish Can Back To School Blue

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Cool-looking Trash!

Jan 25, 2005
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Pros:Inexpensive, stylish trash can.

Cons:A little bit flimsy.

The Bottom Line: This sleek, stylish Swish Trash Can is a nice addition if you are looking for a light-weight waste can.


I like the contemporary look of Umbra products and it can be tough to find a contemporary trash can. So, when I found the Swish Trash Can by Umbra, designed by Karim Rashid (one of my favorite designers), I gave it a shot.

The can is a nice size, being 26" tall by about 16"in diameter. It has a cylindrical shape that gently tapers closer to the bottom.

The sway closure top swings easily back and forth and the opening is large enough to throw away a McDonald's sack, or several soda cans. It removes easily for dumping the trash or removing the trash bag.

Although this product is labeled "Back to School Blue," the Swish can comes in a variety of colors. Mine is a bronzish-brown color...very nice.

The only drawback to this trash can is it is not as substantial as I would like or as I envisioned when I purchased it. I had planned on using this trash can in my house, but it is just too flimsy. Specifically, the top of the can does remove easily...just a bit too easily. It is not at all difficult to knock the top off when you use the sway closure to throw something away. Also, the overall weight of the can is very light. After I decided the can was too light-weight to stand up to my family, I placed it in our garage so that we'd have a handy place to dump the trash that always seems to accumulate in my car. However, the trash can has blown over in the garage (when I have the door up) with a good blast of wind. This is not pleasant when the can has a lot of trash in it...more mess to pick up!

Overall, I think this is a nice, stylish product that has its place in the home. If you are looking for an inexpensive product, reasonably well made and with a contemporary feel, this trash can is for you. If you are wanting something durable for everyday use, I'd probably suggest another item.


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