This is the FlatBack+, a very space-efficient bin from Brabantia. It has rounded features and a textured, scratch-resistant finish. The key feature, however, is that the back of the bin is flat, meaning it’ll sit flush to the wall and not waste an inch of space.
The new Flatpack+ comes in a choice of Stainless Steel, Mineral Pink, Mineral Mint and Mineral Blue – we have the mint version, and we love the hard-wearing coating which gives the bin a matt, powdery look.
Now, as you can see we’re not using ours as a rubbish bin in the kitchen, we’re actually using it as a laundry bin in the bathroom and it’s fab as it sits close to the radiator and doesn’t block the door or cupboard either side.
The bin opens smoothly with a pedal at the base, and a clever hinge prevents the lid from swinging open and hitting the wall. Likewise, it closes softly – no banging and clanging and waking the kids when you’re doing a last tidy up before bed!
There’s an inner bucket, which is easy to clean and allows you to fit a liner without anything showing on the outside. What’s more, when used as a laundry bin as we’re doing, it means you can lift out the bucket and carry it downstairs to the washing machine, which is rather handy.
Brabantia FlatBack+ Bins are £126 for a 30L and £143 for a 40L. Both sizes come with a 10 year guarantee.
To help keep your bin fresh, Brabantia has also released a range of Perfume Your Bin fresheners, which adhere to the inside lid of the bin and help neutralise unpleasant odours.
The replaceable capsules have a special membrane that releases the perfume slowly, lasting up to 4-6 weeks. A starter pack with one capsule is £4.25, after which, refills are £3.45 for three.
We were sent the bin and fresheners for review.