June 26, 2013
Many of the world’s largest landfills take in more than 10,000 tons of garbage a day. In the Pacific Ocean, a floating trash heap approximately the size of Texas and miles deep with degrading plastic filth grows as the currents feed it daily. The importance of proper waste disposal has never been greater.
Garbage compactors reduce the total mass of waste in the most primal way possible: by crushing it. It’s simple yet effective, allowing weeks of trash to be stored in a container typically only capable of holding days worth. By combining a kitchen trash compactor and a food disposal, it’s possible to reduce garbage output substantially.
Picking the right trash compactor requires a bit of research and knowledge of the best trash compactor features. Fleet Appliance is here to help with our Trash Compactor Buyer’s Guide. Below you’ll find helpful compactor information to help you choose the best home trash compactor for you.
Useful Trash Compactor Features
Trash Compactors or Garbage Disposals?
It is not uncommon to hear the terms trash compactor and garbage disposal used interchangeably; these appliances offer fairly similar trash disposal functions so it is understandable. However, there is a difference.
Trash Compactors: Trash or garbage compactors are like trash cans that crush garbage. They reduce the volume of trash in home and in landfills.
Garbage Disposals: Garbage, trash, or food disposals are typically fitted into the plumbing of your kitchen sink, allowing you to grind and dispose of softer food waste.
Both appliances ultimately assist in the disposal of trash, but only compactors squish it smaller.
Freestanding Compactors Vs Undercounter Compactors
Which one is better for you?
Freestanding Trash Compactor
Freestanding units are portable, tend to be smaller, and typically hold less trash and compact with less force. They are perfect trash can replacements, however, and are often topped with a useful flat surface for additional storage. An additional perk is that these units tend to be cheaper at the low and mid-range; at the high-end, then can be more expensive than built-in compactors. Many people keep a freestanding compactor in their garage for the convenience and utility.
Undercounter Garbage Compactor
Under-the-Counter compactors are stationary units built into shelving or some other solid structure. They are more stable, usually crush with more force, and can be supplemented with all the handiest features including noise reduction and superior odor control. There are fairly cheap models available, but the most efficient ones typically cost a few hundred dollars. The convenience is often well worth it, especially for those paying for trash pickup by volume.
Hot Trash Compactor Models
We know how tough it can be to choose from the hundreds of trash compactor models available today so we found three of the hottest ones on the market for you!
Top of the Line
Elite XE 15”
Important Compactor Safety Tips
- Never place poisonous, explosive, or flammable materials inside your compactor.
- Never put aerosol cans inside your compactor.
- Glass should not be placed inside your compactor.