Choosing an Undercounter Trash Compactor

[ 0 ] July 25, 2014 |

Undercounter Appliances Part 2 – The Trash Compactors

Shop Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center for Trash Compactors


The trash compactor is a handy appliance that will compact your trash by a factor of 4-6 times. It’s a great way to reduce your trash footprint. Obviously, a trash compactor saves space and reduces trips to an outside trash bin. Today’s compactors come with advanced features such as deodorizers, child lockouts, and convenient drop down doors for trash removal

Trash compactors come in a standard 15″ width size (Broan discontinued their 12″ models a few years ago), and will fit nicely in standard depth cabinets. Even though they have powerful rams that compress your trash, the 1/3 hp models all work on a standard 120v. circuit. The 3/4 hp models require 220v. circuits. Depending on the brand or model, your trash compactor will have a compaction ratio of 4:1 – 6:1 and compaction force of 2,300 – 3,000 lbs.

Below is a list of the compactor brands you can find at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center.

Compactor Brands

  • Bosch
  • Broan
  • Electrolux
  • GE
  • GE Monogram
  • Jenn-Air
  • KitchenAid
  • Maytag
  • Viking
  • Whirlpool

Although this blog is about undercounter appliances some brands above do offer freestanding and convertible trash compactor models.

Here’s some information on the popular Broan 15″ Elite Mode Trash Compactor:

Broan Trash Compactor

Broan Trash Compactor

Broan Elite Series 15BL

  • Fully Integrated Trash Compactor with 1.55 cu. ft. Capacity,
  • 3/4 HP Motor,
  • 3000 lbs. Compacting Force,
  • 6:1 Ratio,
  • Manual Odor Control System
  • Child Lock
  • Black Door (also available in Stainless Steel and White)

Click on the link below to learn about other models available at UAKC:


For more help selecting your trash compactor or other major appliances and plumbing fixtures contact the professionals at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center today.

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