How to Shop for Trash Compactors

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Posted on July 12, 2011

Trash compactors can be a nice appliance to have in the kitchen, especially for those who cook frequently and have a large family. Trash compactors can eliminate more than half the amount of trash in your kitchen. Trash compactors can also be used in boats, RV’s and other places. Before you run out and purchase a trash compactor, you should know how to compare them, so you can make the best choice.

Here are some things to consider when you go out shopping for trash compactors.


Find the best type of trash compactor for your kitchen.

Research the different types of trash compactors. The three types of trash compactors are under-the-counter trash compactors, free standing compactors, and commercial trash compactors. The free standing and under-the-counter compactors are small enough to fit into just about any kitchen. Commercial trash compactors are large machines that are only used for businesses.

Choose the best trash compactor.

Look at the differences between trash compactors and decide which one would be most suitable for your kitchen. Free standing compactors have a finished top which can be used as extra counter space in your kitchen. Under-the-counter trash compactors don’t have a finished top and they can be installed between cabinets. There are trim kits available for under-the-counter trash compactors, so you can get the flush console look. There are also some convertible trash compactor models and these can be installed as either under-the-counter or free standing.

Check the trash compactors safety.

Check the safety features for a compactor, especially if there will be children around the machine. Trash compactors have a crushing force ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 lbs. which can be very dangerous. Some important safety features on a trash compactor include an anti-jam system, tilt sensors (to prevent a trash compactor from operating if not level) and a removable key knob control (to prevent accidental operation).

Check the compacting force of the compactor.

Compare the compacting force of trash compactors. This will range from 2,000 to 5,000 lbs. Compactors with a stronger compacting force will work better, so that should be considered when shopping for them.

Measure space for a trash compactor.

Take exact measurements in your kitchen space before buying a trash compactor.

Save money with energy star trash compactors.

Purchase an Energy Star trash compactor and save money on your energy bill. In some cases, you can even qualify for a tax credit by purchasing these products.

Compare prices for trash compactors.

Compare prices on trash compactors and also trash compactor bags. Prices on trash compactors will range from the $400′s up to $2000 for the high end compactor models. Trash compactor bags can be pretty expensive, so find out what they will cost, in addition to the cost of the compactor.

Read reviews on trash compactors

Check online consumer reviews for trash compactors. Go to shopping sites like Amazon and read what people have to say about them. Reading consumer reviews is one of the best ways to find out if the compactor you’re looking at is a piece of junk or not.