Trash Compactor Buying Tips


  • Under the counter - this type will not have a finished top but can be installed between cabinets which makes it convenient. The under counter models often have trim kits available to create a flush console look.
  • Free standing - have finished tops which allows you to use them as counter space.


Most compactors are 12 to 15 inches wide and from 34 1/8 to 35 inches high and 24" to 24 1/4" deep. If you are installing the compactor under the counter, make sure you measure to accomodate the trim kit.

Special Features

Trash compactors come equipped with optional safety features like removable key knob control which will prevent accidental operation. Look for tilt sensors, and anti-jam systems so the trash compactor doesn't jam. Some trash compactors have a charoal filter to reduce potential odors.

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