Here's a similar trashcan from Costco (I did get mine here, but it wasn't this one, nor did I spend nearly that much on it. I think it was less than half that price... about $30). They are incredible, trust me. You should totally buy one. It's been over a year now and I still would make this purchase again and again if need be. I think we've only had to change the battery once. And well, I was playing with it a lot. And now, Ian does sometimes too. I think that's a pretty good deal. Plus, when we lived in the apartment, I strategically had it in a very high traffic area, so every single time somebody walked into the kitchen, it would open up for them. Ditto when they walked out of the kitchen too. Needless to say, it was used a lot just for that purpose. It no longer sits in a walking pathway.
However, the downside to this trashcan is that it makes me look incompetent from time to time. And truth be told, I'm already slightly incompetent because pregnancy brain is in full force. Mix that with mommy brain and you're lucky if I spit out a full sentence to you that isn't gibberish. Anyways, we'll be over at someone's house, or worse, out at a restaurant where you have to throw your own trash away. And low and behold, I'll just stand there with trash in my hand hovering over the trashcan waiting for it to open for me. Stephen will find the need to comment on it, but I mean really, it's what I'm used to. I'm sure it makes me look like a complete lunatic.
One last and final downside, it isn't fingerprint resistant.
Given, this is after Christmas time when we had a million people over. But this is barely a con. You should wipe down anything and everything in your kitchen, especially the trashcan.
Verdict: everybody needs an automatic trashcan because they are super cool.