5 Cool Compactors & What To Look For When Buying

5 Cool Compactors & What To Look For When Buying

Sarah Rae Smith
Mar 30, 2010

With many cities around the country implementing limits on the amount of trash you can throw out per week (without an extra fee), the home trash compactor is starting to come back into play. Although it might not be something needed for a small home, for a family, it could be an idea worth checking back into.

When we were younger, we remember many of our suburban friend's homes having trash compactors. They sort of phased out in the 90's, but are making a come back for those with trash limitations and those who would much rather take the trash out once a week instead of every day. Here's a few tips on things to look for when you start comparison shopping:

Large Capacity: The largest capacity for residential compactors is 1.7cubic feet. The closer to that number that more your unit will hold. Though we encourage you to choose the model that best fits the need of your family.
Dualing Litter Areas: Higher end models have two compartments for trash. One main large drawer and one smaller upper section, allowing you to toss tinier trash without opening the whole unit.
Breakaway Trash Basket: When removing your trash "loaf" having a basket that can be removed as well can help when it comes to the wiggle and jiggle of getting things out.
Charcoal Filter: Many models have built in deodorizers, we really prefer the models with charcoal filters, especially when paired with an internal fan.
Sturdy:Check to see that it's made well and feels solid, if it's not solid when you give it a shake test, it certainly won't be when it's operational.

If you're in the market for one, there's quite a few different brands and manufacturers but here's a few of our favorites. Look to spend $500 and up for most models.

VUC181AR Compactor: for $1,979 at Karl's Appliance. Available in 10 colors, this model tops out the high end of the compactor scale on everything from price to features and power.
Broan Elite 15" Compactor: for $692 from Amazon. Wood finish/Stainless Steel Trim
GE Profile 15" Compactor: for $699 from Home Depot.
MTUC7000AWW Maytag Compactor: for $656 at Home Everything. This one of the highest rated models we found, though we're also guessing it's because it's more affordable.
Broan 15XEBL Compactor: for $679 from Saving Lots. The rating on this machine were just slightly lower than the one above, but it has several thousand more reviews.

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