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Why You Should Consider Purchasing a Trash Compactor

Posted January 10, 2023

Yes, you read that right, we are going to talk about why you should consider purchasing a trash compactor for your home. We know a trash compactor may not be the first or second or even fifth thing that comes to mind when you are considering necessary kitchen appliances but, we’re confident that will change by the end of this article. In a few words, a trash compactor is like your run-of-the-mill garbage can but on steroids, comparing a trash can to a compactor is like comparing a glass of grape juice to a glass of wine. They may share the same roots and be fundamentally similar, but one option is clearly better than the other.

Getting rid of waste is a necessary household chore that is performed daily in every home and is regrettably not the most environmentally friendly task to perform. If you are interested in having a more efficient kitchen, saving money (a no-brainer), having to take the trash out less often (amazing, we know), and helping the environment, then a trash compactor might be the perfect addition to your home.

whirlpool trash compactor

What is a Trash Compactor?

So what exactly is a trash compactor? They are essentially trash cans that perform a crushing mechanism to compress, condense, and compact your waste together to make it smaller in volume. Trash compactors work by using modern built-in technology to efficiently make your overall waste up to 75% smaller than before. Trying to manually squish down your trash to unsuccessfully free up more space is a thing of the past. By doing this, you reduce the number of times you have to take out the garbage bins and reduce your negative footprint on the environment by having less household waste dumped in landfills.

This also reduces the amount of trash bags that are dumped in landfills which is better for the environment. Since we are talking about trash bags, most, if not all, trash compactor models use a special type of garbage bag in order to function properly and efficiently. These bags are made to withstand the powerful crushing force that trash compactors apply to your trash when compressing the waste.

Types Of Trash Compactors

Compactors are available in a variety of different sizes typically ranging anywhere between 12” and 15” wide and around 34” to 35” in height. Most designs are 24” deep and come in the following builds, freestanding, under-the-counter, and convertible.


This style of trash compactor is great for anyone who is not looking to remodel their kitchen since it can be conveniently placed anywhere. If your compactor is electrically powered, make sure to place it near an outlet. They are also extremely portable, making it easy to change the placement as many times as you would like.

Freestanding compactors offer beautifully finished tops that can be used as additional counter space for you to work on. These tops can be made out of the same material as the rest of the can for a sleek and clean uniform look, or you can purchase a cutting board specially made to be used as a top for trash compactors to add more handy workspace in your kitchen.


This style has a modern built-in look to give your kitchen a chic, seamless uniformity by being placed between two lower kitchen cabinets, similar to the placement of a dishwasher. This model does require professional installation since the tops are unfinished, and it’s better to have the unit installed properly. Depending on the model, you can customize the front panel so your trash compactor uniformly matches the rest of your kitchen cabinetry and aesthetic. This is a great option for anyone who is planning to remodel their kitchen.


Convertible trash compactors can either be used as a freestanding compactor since they have a finished top or they can easily be installed as an under-the-counter compactor. This option gives you the flexibility to decide the look and feel you would like your trash compactor to give, it's the best of both worlds!

Why Should You Own a Trash Compactor?

Modern trash compactors can be a great addition to any home, it conveniently reduces the volume of house waste and minimizes the amount of trash bags thrown into landfills. Buying a trash compactor can also save you money by minimizing the number of times you take out the garbage. Many models offer built-in air freshener options or charcoal filters to give you an odorless experience when dealing with household trash. Overall, they are amazing for the environment and improve your eco-footprint. Every household makes a difference, and you can easily do your part to help out Mother Earth by switching over to a compactor, all while enjoying added benefits and convenience in your home.


• Reduces the amount of household waste

• Maximizes your trash capacity

• Minimizes the amount of trash bags thrown into landfills

• Odorless experience

• Reduces the number of times you take out the trash

• Sleek look

Trash Compactor Recommendations

Whirlpool 15-inch Convertible Trash Compactor

Available in a sleek black or clean white coloring, this Whirlpool convertible trash compactor has a portable design with Easy Roller wheels and can be installed in a breeze. Touch-Toe technology allows you to open the can without the use of your hands with a light tap to release the drawer with minimal effort. Apart from giving you the flexibility to use this model as a freestanding compactor or a built-in compactor, this Whirlpool model will have you taking out the trash less frequently with 1.4 cu.ft of capacity to hold your waste.


• Touch-Toe Technology

• Easy Roller Wheels

• 1.4 cu.ft capacity

• Black or white color options

• Clean Touch Console

Kitchenaid 1.4 Cu. Ft. Panel-Ready Built-In Trash Compactor

If you are looking for a beautiful built-in trash compactor that will luxuriously blend into your kitchen cabinetry or give a sleek high-end feel, then this Kitchenaid trash compactor is a great option for you. The Solid Pack control gives you the ability to reduce your household trash volume by 80% and will have you using fewer trash bags. With a high-tech odor management system, you will never have to worry about unpleasant trash odors again.


• Solid Pack Control

• Odor Management System

• Panel-Ready design or stainless steel finish

• 1.4 cu.ft capacity

kitchenaid trash compactor

Ready to Purchase?

If you are ready to purchase a trash compactor head on over to our site to browse more great options for the best brands or head on over to one of our store locations. Our appliance experts will be happy to answer any questions and help you find the perfect kitchen or home appliance based on your lifestyle, budget, and needs. We are the best appliance store in North Carolina with locations in Charlotte, Salisbury, Morganton, Monroe, Pineville, and Winston-Salem. Queen City Audio Video & Appliances is sure to have everything you are looking for to complete your home and with our price match guarantee you know you are always getting the best deals!

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