We've heard rumblings about The Container Store's 2-Bin Recycle Center before, so we checked it out in the store this weekend. Read on to see if we found it worthy...
Our first impression: not so great. Grab the pull, which is integrated into the door, and there's a definite side-to-side wobble as the bin flips out. And while the sign says the finish is supposed to be easy to clean, we'd worry about grime getting under the lip of the pull... and on the rest of the finish. There's a slight leather grain stamped into the metal; it's probably there to hide scratches, but it seems like it would catch dirt.
Opening the bins is also a noisy process: the plastic tubs inside are slightly too small to fit snugly, so they bang against the sheet metal door and make quite a racket. On the plus side, the bins are easy to remove.
Our verdict: for a price fast approaching two hundred bucks, we were expecting the details to be better resolved. Sure, it gets the job done, but we're looking forward to version 2.0 of this particular gadget.