Once one gets accustomed to this trash can, one will not go back. It is a joy to approach the can with my hands full and have the lid open automatically. It increases efficiency in my busy kithcen and helps us keep a cleaner, more hygenic food prep area. My hands are cleaner more ofetn because I am not sticking them onto the top of a pile of trash each time I open the trash can. A great device....Attractive and functional!