I own 2 of these trash cans, 1 of this model, and a 13 gal. one as well. I absolutely adore them, they were the answer to a major problem for me. I cannot use the trash cans you step on a foot peddle to open due to having a spinal cord injury. This made kitchen prep and clean up more challenging before I found these wonderful trash cans. I keep one in my kitchen, and the smaller one is in my bathroom. Also, I use mine many times a day, and I have only needed to replace the batteries about once a year!