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  1. Brooms
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    Brooms

    Dear Dwell: I'm tired of my old generic broom. Are there any specialized products on the market that are both hip and functional? —Edward Charles, Austin, Texas

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.26.09

  2. Trash Bins
    Product Reviews

    Trash Bins

    Dear Dwell, I pride myself on recycling each week, but I'm unhappy with the unorganized mess of bottles and cans in my kitchen. Are there any attractive options for trash bins that integrate re...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    03.03.09

  3. A Note on Our Expert: Laura Guido-Clark
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Laura Guido-Clark

    After designing for other companies for a few years, Guido-Clark started a firm 16 years ago with a friend. Working for companies as diverse as Mattel, Toyota, and InterfaceFLOR, she has learned...

    01.01.09

  4. Pedal Bin with Bio Bucket

    Pedal Bin with Bio Bucket

    This simple, streamlined bin is less conspicuous, without being less functional. The corrosion-resistant construction and well-sealed lid are not to be overlooked. The recycling bin is a smaller...

    $40.00

  5. Twin Bucket Recycler

    Though shorter and stouter than the others, the Leifheit has a mouth that’s wider and easier to toss stuff into. The interior bins are made of antibacterial plastic and have handles, both of...

    $69.95

  6. Butterfly Recycler

    Butterfly Recycler

    Intended for squeezing into narrower spaces, the Butterfly takes a different approach than the rest of the pack. The cleverly designed lid opens in halves when you press on the foot pedal, and can...

    $189.00

  7. Steel Trash Can

    Steel Trash Can

    This is a classic steel trash can, but with a twist. Apartment dwellers can make use of other segregated bins, but larger households might need one of these just for bottles and cans. Improvements...

    $109.99

  8. Twin Touch Bin

    Twin Touch Bin

    The Twin Touch is quite rugged, belying its pristine appearance. The steel body and lid defy rusting and chipping, which is a practical concern if you spend the majority of your time around refuse....

    $115.00

  9. Trento Oko 19 + 11

    Trento Oko 19 + 11

    The Oko is basic and no-frills. The sheet-steel construction, wide foot pedal, and large mouth are all useful features. Handles adorn the conveniently color-coded bins and look nice against the...

    $60.00

  10. Green Cone System

    Green Cone System

    If you wince every time you toss a banana peel into the trash and think, I really need to compost, let your guilt evaporate (or decompose). The Green Cone offers a simple, tidy alternative to the...

    $185.00

  11. Artala Can

    Artala Can

    Joshua Davis brings his signature color-by-numbers aesthetic to the world of trash-can design with this three-gallon beaut from Umbra. You'll be looking for more things to throw away just to spend...

    $14.00

  12. Chuck Waste Paper Basket

    Chuck Waste Paper Basket

    The Chuck Waste Paper Basket, by studio CRANK, is constructed of 100% recycled cardboard, printed with low VOC based inks, and is totally recyclable. It's assembled by simply folding and tucking,...

    $9.99

  13. Mode All-In-One Recycling Center

    Mode All-In-One Recycling Center

    An estimated 75% of household trash can be recycled. This recycling center eliminates the clutter of bottles, cans, and paper by sorting, storing, and compacting recyclables. There's also a junk...

    $199.99

  14. Miele Red Velvet

    Miele Red Velvet

    This is as close to perfect a vacuum as any. The quality of each of the attachments, the material, and overall usability are impressive. The one drawback is the price, which is more than most...

  15. Sanyo SC-X1000P Bagless Canister Vacuum

    Sanyo SC-X1000P Bagless Canister Vacuum

    Well, we couldn’t complain about the suction—until something got stuck. The design of this machine connotes power, but it’s largely aesthetic and insubstantial.  This machine...

  16. Bosch Formula Electro Duo Plus HEPA

    Bosch Formula Electro Duo Plus HEPA

    Not to throw the c-bomb around too much, but this machine is dang cute. The design is simple and straightforward; there aren’t too many buttons or settings to overwhelm, and the performance...

  17. Hoover WindTunnel Canister S3639

    Hoover WindTunnel Canister S3639

    This isn’t the best-looking machine on the market, but it certainly remains true to the Hoover name as far as suction goes. It’s unfortunate that such a powerful, well-made mechanical...

  18. Electrolux Oxygen3 Ultra

    Electrolux Oxygen3 Ultra

    Like the Bosch, the Electrolux is an agile and effective machine. The difference is that the Electrolux seems more thought out in both material and functionality. The attention to detail, finish,...

  19. Kitchen Scrubbing Cloths

    Kitchen Scrubbing Cloths

    What may look like a couple of piles of colorful rubber bands are in fact kitchen scrubbing cloths made from some surprising natural materials. Recycled corn cobs compose the coarse yellow one and...

    $9.90

  20. Muji

    Muji

    MUJI products vividly embody both their product-design methods and overall philosophy. Since the firm's founding in 1980, their goal had been to offer products that excel in quality at lower prices...

    01.28.09

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