For those who would like to make fewer trips out to their trash can while also helping the environment, buying a trash compacter for your kitchen is one effective way to get this done. By making your trash compact, as the name suggests, you not only save space in your trash can and the nearby landfill, but you also save money for hauling costs. You can also improve sanitation levels around your home, as loose trash is known for releasing odorous smells and inviting unwelcome pests.
Dealing with trash is usually an out-of-sight, out-of-mind situation, but a trash compactor is there for when trash overflow becomes a problem, by bringing down the sheer volume of your household waste. Before heading off to the store to pick one up, here are a few tips for buying the right one for you.
Choosing a Compactor
Typical trash compactor models are white, black, wood paneled, and stainless steel to fit a variety of cabinet patterns and appliances. As well, trash compactors often come in three standard types: under-the-counter, freestanding, and convertible.
Under-the-counter: This compactor does not have a finished top and can install in between cabinets. There are also trim kits available for these compactors to get a flush console appearance. Be sure the measurements you take consider the trim kit when mapping out space.
Freestanding: This compactor has a finished top, so it can be used for supplementary counter space. There are some models with a manufactured cutting board built into the top for a more flexible work area.
Convertible: This compactor can be installed as an under-the-counter or freestanding appliance, leaving homeowners with the best of both worlds.
Spacing requirements can vary with each compactor, so precise measurements of your available chosen space is essential before heading to the store. The width of compactors can range between 12 to 15 inches, the depth between 24 to 24 ½ inches, and the height between 34 1/8 to 35 inches. Knowing your available space makes shopping much easier and makes the results far more pleasing.
While all trash compactors come with similar features, they can vary by size and their compacting ratio. A few typical features to consider include the following:
- Detachable key-knob controls for preventing accidental operation.
- Compression and capacity force
- Anti-tilt and jam sensors
- Built-in charcoal filters or air freshening compartments for absorbing odors
- Toe bar opening systems
- Sound insulation
- Rear rollers
- Hidden controls
- Tilt-away trash baskets for easier compactor bag replacement
- Adjustable front panels for accommodating kitchen décor
Whether your compacting ratio is 4:1, 5:1, or 6:1, remember that compactor trash bags are heavier than regular trash bags, so your selection may need adjusting.
Besides occasional cleaning, trash compactors largely require no maintenance. For cleaning, use sturdy, thick gloves and then follow the following steps:
- Disconnect the compactor.
- Take out the caddy and bag or bin and then follow your model’s cleaning directions.
- Vacuum the compactor’s inside.
- Clean the outside and inside of the trash compactor with soapy warm water before rinsing and drying.
- Shut the drawer and then add a new bag.
- Every now and then, inspect and swap out the charcoal filter and air freshener.
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