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Trash Compactors Buying Guide

A trash compactor is an appliance that flattens household garbage. It can help you reduce the volume of your garbage by 75 percent -- and significantly decrease the number of times you need to take out the trash. Take a look at this buying guide to learn more about this handy appliance and figure out which model is right for you. 

Types of Trash Compactors

Types of Trash Compactors

Before you shop for a trash compactor, you should decide where you want to install it. Most trash compactors share similar features, but some are designed to be freestanding units, while others are suitable for installing between kitchen cabinets for a built-in look. If you don't have room for a trash compactor in your kitchen's work zone, consider installing it in your garage or pantry.

Freestanding Trash Compactors

These compactors have a finished top and can provide additional counter space -- but they don't offer the seamless, built-in style that undercounter models can provide.

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Broan

Features: Magnetic door gasket for a positive seal 1.55 Cubic foot, painted steel trash bucket holds 30 lbs of compacted trash Six...-month, manual advance, odor control system Full extension, ball-bearing drawer slides provide effortless gliding of trash bucket Painted steel compacting plate is specially designed to crush bottles and cans Fully-enclosed, adjustable height, painted metal cabinet with fingerprint resistant coating Reversible 170° hinged door Integral bag storage compartment means bags are always within reach Optional toe kick kit for freestanding installations Child lock with removable key provides peace of mind Continual compaction force and 3/4 horsepower motor delivers powerful performance and 6 to 1 compaction ratio 60 Hz, 3/4 hp Required voltage: 120 V Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 35.13 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 14.88 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 21.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 168 Pounds read more

Broan

Features: Magnetic door gasket for a positive seal Six-month, manual advance, odor control system Full extension, ball-bearing dra...wer slides provide effortless gliding of trash bucket Fully-enclosed, adjustable height, painted metal cabinet with fingerprint resistant coating Reversible 170° hinged door Integral bag storage compartment means bags are always within reach Optional toe kick kit for freestanding installations Child lock with removable key provides peace of mind Continual compaction force and 3/4 horsepower motor delivers powerful performance and 6 to 1 compaction ratio 60 Hz, 3/4 hp Required voltage: 120 V Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 35.13 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 14.88 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 21.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 168 Pounds read more

Broan

Features: Magnetic door gasket for a positive seal 1.55 Cubic foot, painted steel trash bucket holds 30 lbs of compacted trash Six...-month, manual advance, odor control system Full extension, ball-bearing drawer slides provide effortless gliding of trash bucket Painted steel compacting plate is specially designed to crush bottles and cans Fully-enclosed, adjustable height, painted metal cabinet with fingerprint resistant coating Reversible 170° hinged door Integral bag storage compartment means bags are always within reach Optional toe kick kit for freestanding installations Child lock with removable key provides peace of mind Continual compaction force and 3/4 horsepower motor delivers powerful performance and 6 to 1 compaction ratio 60 Hz, 3/4 hp Required voltage: 120 V Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 35.13 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 14.88 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 21.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 168 Pounds read more

Broan Nutone
$87.49 $114.76
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Features: Cutting board (butcher block) for 15" compactor Hard maple 1-1/2" Thick Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 1.5 ...Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 15 Inches Overall Product Weight: 9 Pounds Special Offer: 13 Issues of Southern Living Magazine Included with your purchase - a $20 value (Subscription and Rebate info) read more

Undercounter Trash Compactors

These models are designed to be installed between cabinets and do not have a finished top. Trim kits are available so you can add a custom cabinet panel to the front to blend the compactor with surrounding cabinetry.

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Broan

Features: Magnetic door gasket for a positive seal 1.55 Cubic foot, painted steel trash bucket holds 30 lbs of compacted trash Six...-month, manual advance, odor control system Full extension, ball-bearing drawer slides provide effortless gliding of trash bucket Painted steel compacting plate is specially designed to crush bottles and cans Fully-enclosed, adjustable height, painted metal cabinet with fingerprint resistant coating Reversible 170° hinged door Integral bag storage compartment means bags are always within reach Optional toe kick kit for freestanding installations Child lock with removable key provides peace of mind Continual compaction force and 3/4 horsepower motor delivers powerful performance and 6 to 1 compaction ratio 60 Hz, 3/4 hp Required voltage: 120 V Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 35.13 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 14.88 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 21.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 168 Pounds read more

Broan

Features: Magnetic door gasket for a positive seal Six-month, manual advance, odor control system Full extension, ball-bearing dra...wer slides provide effortless gliding of trash bucket Fully-enclosed, adjustable height, painted metal cabinet with fingerprint resistant coating Reversible 170° hinged door Integral bag storage compartment means bags are always within reach Optional toe kick kit for freestanding installations Child lock with removable key provides peace of mind Continual compaction force and 3/4 horsepower motor delivers powerful performance and 6 to 1 compaction ratio 60 Hz, 3/4 hp Required voltage: 120 V Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 35.13 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 14.88 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 21.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 168 Pounds read more

Broan

Features: Magnetic door gasket for a positive seal 1.55 Cubic foot, painted steel trash bucket holds 30 lbs of compacted trash Six...-month, manual advance, odor control system Full extension, ball-bearing drawer slides provide effortless gliding of trash bucket Painted steel compacting plate is specially designed to crush bottles and cans Fully-enclosed, adjustable height, painted metal cabinet with fingerprint resistant coating Reversible 170° hinged door Integral bag storage compartment means bags are always within reach Optional toe kick kit for freestanding installations Child lock with removable key provides peace of mind Continual compaction force and 3/4 horsepower motor delivers powerful performance and 6 to 1 compaction ratio 60 Hz, 3/4 hp Required voltage: 120 V Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 35.13 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 14.88 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 21.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 168 Pounds read more

Broan Nutone
$87.49 $114.76
at Wayfair

Features: Cutting board (butcher block) for 15" compactor Hard maple 1-1/2" Thick Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 1.5 ...Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 15 Inches Overall Product Weight: 9 Pounds Special Offer: 13 Issues of Southern Living Magazine Included with your purchase - a $20 value (Subscription and Rebate info) read more

Convertible Trash Compactors

Convertible models can be installed either as a freestanding unit or as an undercounter unit.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When shopping for a trash compactor, inquire about size and capacity, as well as the compacting force. Also look for features that make it easier to open the compactor and unload trash, extra insulation to reduce noise, and safety features that prevent accidental operation. Most trash compactors operate similarly, but higher-end models come with additional bells and whistles and may offer more compacting force and storage space. When comparing prices, be sure to look at the price of the trash-compactor bags; some bags can be expensive and will add to the operating cost in the long term.

Size/Capacity

Trash compactors are usually 12-15 inches wide. Height and depth also vary somewhat between models, so make sure you measure your space carefully before shopping, and take into consideration the trim kit when measuring for an undercounter model. Trash compactors offer capacities ranging from 1.4 cubic feet to 1.7 cubic feet and use a compacting force of 2,000-5,000 pounds. Compactors with a stronger force will work better. Also look at the horsepower of the motor. The power and capacity of the unit determines the compaction ratio, which denotes how many bags can be compacted into one bag. This ratio usually ranges from 4:1 to 6:1. Keep in mind, though, that the more compacted the bag, the heavier it will be.

Safety

Because trash compactors operate with such crushing force, it's particularly important to buy a model with plenty of safety features -- especially if you have young children in the house. Look for anti-jam features and tilt sensors that prevent the compactor from running if it's not level. Also be sure to choose a model that includes a safety lock and a removable key.

Convenience

Most trash compactors have a number of features that ensure the unit is easy to open and unload. A toe-door latch allows you to open it with your foot when your hands are full, for example. Many models also feature a full-extension trash compartment to make it easier to remove trash. Look for built-in air fresheners or charcoal filters that eliminate odors, and extra insulation to decrease noise. Some models are programmable so you can run the unit every day at a time that's convenient for you.

Finish

White, black, and stainless steel are the most common finishes. Undercounter models also accept cabinet panels so you can integrate the appliance with surrounding cabinetry.

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Broan Nutone
$87.49 $114.76
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Features: Cutting board (butcher block) for 15" compactor Hard maple 1-1/2" Thick Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 1.5 ...Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 15 Inches Overall Product Weight: 9 Pounds Special Offer: 13 Issues of Southern Living Magazine Included with your purchase - a $20 value (Subscription and Rebate info) read more

Cutting Board for 15" Trash Compactor
iTouchless
$81.19 $105.00
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Features: Capacity: 49 liter (13 gallons) Material: Stainless steel New iTouchless AI Smart-Chip IITM enables the Touchless Trash ...Can to know exactly when you want to open and close the lid New ''Eagle Eye'' Infrared Sensor creates a 100% hands-free operation Removable top cover for easy cleaning Specially designed garbage bag retainer ring tightly holds the edges of the bag to prevent it from spilling Manual open/close buttons and power switch Uses 4 D-sized Alkaline batteries (not included) Low energy-consuming Equipped with 3-D Carbon Filter Gate (CFG) and deodorizer to neutralize the toughest odors Includes one (1) carbon deodorizer, refills sold separately Finish: Stainless steel Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 27.25 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 14.5 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 10.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 12 Pounds Special Offer: 13 Issues of Southern Living Magazine Included with your purchase - a $20 value (Subscription and Rebate info) read more

13-Gal. Deodorizer Stainless Steel Automatic Touchless Trash Can
iTouchless
$90.98 $121.00
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Keep your home and hands clean! This trash can was created to make your life healthier and easier, equipped with air escape holes ...for easy trash bag removal, and a retainer ring to keep the trash bag in place and out of sight. Eliminate the need to touch another sticky and dirty trash can lid, and enjoy the ease of cleaning the specially UV coated lid cover. Features:Material: Stainless steel Touch free helps prevent the cross contamination of germs Advanced seal 2 (AS2) technology Extra wide opening to fit bigger debris UV coated lid cover prevents bacteria growth Retainer ring helps keep trash bag in place and out of sight Easy to clean Air escape holes at base for effortless trash bag removal Infrared sensor function allows touch free operation Advance sealed lid hinge that is durable Manufacturer provides 1 year limited warranty read more

Sensor 13 Gallon Touchless Trash Can
iTouchless
$37.99 $54.85
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Who would have ever thought that your trash could tell so much about who you are? A snack warp, a piece of paper, or a receipt cou...ld leads to nosy people scooping around your personal area. Keep them away with your own personal 1.5 gallon Sensor Waste Bin. With its compact design, it can fit into tight spaces such as underneath an office table, inside kitchen sink cabinet, bathroom, bedroom, and kid's room. The lid closes automatically when your hand or debris move away from the 6 inches sensor range, and keeping odor from escaping the bin. It also comes with an inner bucket to provide convenience when throwing trash. Features: Keeps bugs away while eliminating odor leakage with its automatic lid closing feature Small 1.5 gallon capacity size made suitable for any office, bedside, or bathroom area Allows for multi-tasking and maintains your privacy Removable lid cover Removable plastic inner bucket for easy cleaning Fits grocery bags to save on buying plastic trash bags Powered by 4 AA-sized batteries (not included) Durable stainless steel construction Manufacturer provides one year limited warranty Show Additional Info read more

1.5-Gal. Stainless Steel Automatic Touchless Trash Can
Hoover
$179.99 $260.00
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Hoover® Platinum Collection? LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum
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Hoover
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