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Trash Compactor Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a new trash compactor.

Getting Started

Trash compactors can help increase the amount of space you have in your kitchen by eliminating that bulky obtrusive garbage can. With a little space you can reduce the volume of trash in your garbage can by up to 75%. You can also reduce your daily chore of taking the garbage out to once a week. Before purchasing your trash compactor it's important that you review some of the trash compactor features, safety tips, and maintenance suggestions.

Types

Before purchasing a trash compactor you should identify which type of compactor best fits your needs.

Freestanding

A freestanding compactor has a finished top and can be used for additional counter space. Make sure you don't place anything breakable on top of the compactor.

Under-The-Counter

An under-the-counter compactor doesn't have a finished top and can be installed between cabinets. Trim kits are available for a flush console look. Make sure your measurements include the trim kit when installing your under-the-counter compactor.

Convertible

A convertible compactor can be installed as freestanding or under-the-counter.

Trash Compactor Size

The exact width, height and depth will vary on each compactor. Be sure you take accurate measurements to find the space available in your kitchen. Make certain your measurements include the trim kit when installing your under-the-counter compactor. Compactors range in width from 12" to 15", height from 34 1/8" to 35" and depth from 24" to 24 1/4".

Trash Compactor Features

Trash Compactors have similar features usually only varying in size and compacting force.
  • 1/3 HP motor
  • 1.4 cubic foot capacity
  • Removable key knob control (prevents accidental operation)
  • Anti-jam system and tilt sensor
  • Toe bar drawer opener
  • Bag caddy-use paper or plastic
  • Built-in air freshener compartment
  • Noise insulation
  • Rear rollers for easy installation
  • Tilt away trash basket
  • On/Off Start control key
  • 2000, 2300, or 5000 lbs. of compacting ram force