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This Hulk-like can crusher — down to $20 — flattens water bottles and more to save room in your recycling bin

'The grandkids love crushing cans!' wrote one of this No. 1 bestseller's 14,000+ fans. 'Strong and long-lasting.'

Whether you love sipping soda and seltzer or (unlike me) chug a lot of water, there's a good chance your recycling bin is overflowing with metal cans and plastic bottles. And if you're tired of having to empty it out multiple times before trash day, we've found a solution: the No. 1 bestselling McKay Can Crusher. With just a pull of a lever, this heavy-duty press flattens aluminum cans and plastic bottles down to a fraction of their original size, saving you time and lots of space in the bin. Speaking of making things smaller: It's down to just $20 (from $28) at Amazon.

Is it normal to have a "crush" on a kitchen gadget? Because we're going gaga over this space-saver. 

$20 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

Our price checkers tell us that this metal manipulator is down to its lowest price since January — plus, just think of how much money it'll save you on bin liners!

Why do I need this?

The McKay Can Crusher is large enough to accommodate standard 16-ounce cans, though it makes short work of 12-ounce cans, too. And it won't just save space in your recycling receptacle — it'll also take up little room in your kitchen, since it comes with wall-mounting hardware. (Don't worry, reviewers say installation is quick and easy.)

To use, all you do is place your empty can or plastic bottle on the ledge, pull the cushioned-grip handle down, and bam! You've got a drink container that's been belittled to as much as 1/8 of its original size. And as if that weren't enough, it has a built-in bottle opener!

someone using the can crusher
This popular can crusher might be practical, but it's also extremely satisfying to use. (Amazon)

What reviewers say

At over 14,000 perfect ratings strong, the McKay Can Crusher is what we'd call an Amazon hit.

"Before the can crusher, we were putting uncrushed aluminum cans in trash bags and the bags would fill quickly. We were using lots of plastic trash bags, which didn't make recycling sense," shared one im-pressed shopper. "We installed it in less than five minutes ... We still haven't filled up one trash bag, and before the can crusher, we would have already filled at least two!"

"The grandkids love crushing cans!" exclaimed another enthusiast. "Strong and long-lasting."

"Works well," wrote this plain-spoken patron. "My only dislike: At the very end of crushing a can, it seems like [the] area where the handle connects could be reinforced a little more. Other than that, it's great and easy to use, even for kids. (Note: Squeezing the can a bit first will make it easier to crush.)"

Choose from eight colors! (Prices vary.)

$20 at Amazon

And while you're at it, check out this other No. 1 bestselling space-saver:

Tired of having to clear a path to get to soda or beer at the back of the fridge? No more! Here's a sleek solution for an overcrowded fridge. It fits up to 10 12-ounce cans, and when you remove the one at the front, another one automatically rolls down to replace it. By stacking the cans atop one another, you're making better use of shelf space (and freeing up more room for snacks — major win). 

"This piece is really durable and easy to clean, both pluses when you have kids!" exclaimed one happy parent.

$10 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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