Townew Review: Self-Changing Trash Can
Townew is a next-gen trash can that self-seals and automatically changes the bag. I picked one up and here is my review.
Townew first came to prominence on Indiegogo, where it quickly met its goal in 2019. It is described as “the self-sealing, self-changing trash can.” The official product website is townew.us, which was registered in November 2019.
Claims & Features
- Thermoplastic sealing technology
- One touch operation
- Infrared sensing
- Overload feature
- Odor protection
- 4 gallon capacity
- Rechargeable 2000 mAh battery
As of this writing, Townew costs $120, with refills costing $20-$30 for 75 refills. The recyclable refills are slightly less expensive than the biodegradable option.
Nothing grabs my attention more than new high-tech versions of standard household items. With Townew, the claims were pretty bold and the marketing materials quite impressive. Of course I’ve seen my share of impressive marketing videos, only to be sorely disappointed when trying those items myself. So when I saw a self-changing trash can with a somewhat hefty price tag, I knew this was right up my alley.
When I first opened my Townew, I thought there might be a learning curve involved, but I found that it’s quite simple to use. The instructions state that you are to charge it first for about 10 hours, and that charge will last you about a month. I was surprised that there were no external charging indicators, but instead there are three small blue lights inside the trash can that indicate when a charging is necessary. That was about the only strange feature I found, and certainly not a significant issue for me.
To use Townew, you simply wave your hand over the infrared sensor for the lid to open. The makers suggest that it has a range of 35cm (14 inches), but in my experience it was less than that. Because the can is small, I had to slightly bend over in order to get my hand within range. I still wonder if a foot-activated system would be better on such a small can. Alternatively, you can quickly press the button on the front of the can which will keep the lid open until it is pressed again. When activated by the sensor, the lid does not stay open very long, so if you have multiple items to throw away, you may have to engage the sensor a few times (or simply press the button for it to stay open).
Once the Townew is full, you press and hold the button on the front, and it will do the rest. Depending on how full the can is, you may see one of two different scenarios. If the can is not overloaded, you’ll hear some activity going on in the can, and the lid will pop open to reveal a sealed bag of trash. Once you remove it and close the lid, the can will make a few more noises as it puts a new bag in place. If the can is overloaded, Townew will detect this and open the lid while it seals the trash in order to ensure nothing is spilled.
Townew uses a replacement ring that holds 25 bags which are automatically placed when a bag has been removed.
My only real complains about Townew are that it is expensive at $120, and that it’s small at only 4 gallons. If they can get the price down and the size up (a full-sized can is supposedly in the works), I think they could potentially have a big hit with consumers. As it stands now, Townew is a great trash can for bathrooms, albeit with a price tag that will make most consumers balk.
Below you can watch my full Townew review.
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