We were searching mainly for a round stainless steel trashcan to match our kitchen. Surprisingly few choices in this combination, especially one that had a foot-pedal or some other mechanism than your hands to open (a must-have in the kitchen, given how often our hands are full when we're heading for the trashcan). Our "SimpleHuman" stainless steel foot-pedal trashcan broke within 2 months (the foot pedal mechanism is cheap plastic -- press down on it too hard, break!)So I bought this trashcan on a whim, as it met my design requirements. I thought, what the heck, it's different and will fit in the space we need it to.We have not been disappointed. After 6 months of continuous kitchen duty, it has not failed. Once you understand how the sensor works, it's easy to get it to open when you need it. Haven't needed to replace the batteries either, which was my only real concern. Solidly built, no problems with the door mechanism or the can itself. We quickly did away with the retaining ring for the trashcans as the lid itself will hold the bag in place nicely.The only annoyance is that if you put in a traffic area and people walk by it, it will occasionally open thinking someone is approaching it to throw away trash. The place you want to put this should be low traffic, or you can take the suggestions mentioned in other reviews to reduce the sensor's sensitivity.I'd recommend buying this.