If you want to manage your kitchen or household waste, a good way is to install a trash compactor. Such a device can help to reduce the amount of trash bags that you will use. And this can reduce the impact on our environment. However, before deciding to buy one, there are some things you need to consider. The following tips can help you find the right one for your house or kitchen.
Types of Trash Compactor
On the market, there are mainly 2 types you can choose from. You can choose a freestanding trash compactor or you can choose a model which must be installed under the kitchen counter. The latter one is fixed, so you cannot move it once you have installed. And the former one can be moveable. Both of them are powered by electricity, so an electrical connection is essential.
A built-in trash compactor will occupy the under counter space, so it will occupy your cabinet storage space. However, your kitchen will have an integrated look. Both of 2 types are similar to use. And a freestanding unit has a more rugged appearance or design, while the front of the built-in trash compactor can be customized, like clean-style, or the streamline.
A trash compactor is 15” wide. However, some models are a little large, so they need more room. Therefore, the one that suits you depends on installation requirements. If bsuilt-in models are not suitable, you can choose a freestanding model which allows you to easily place, like in the garage.
Trash Compactors VS Food Waste Disposal Units
They seem similar, because they can be used to deal with household water. However, they are different. A trash compactor can compacts waste, so the overall amount of trash can be effectively reduced. However, a food or garbage waste disposal unit is smaller than a trash compactor. They are mostly installed under the sink. A garbage disposal unit is used to crush or pulverize vegetable waste, meat bones, as well as other food waste. After dinner, you can wipe down your dinner waster into this sink unit.
If you want to reduce your impact on the environment by reducing your landfill contributions, a trash compactor can help, because it features the largest trash-reducing potential of the two. However, it is more expensive and the installation is a little complicated.
If you want to cut down your overall trash drastically, you really need to maintain a good recycling regimen and buy a trash compactor to reduce the overall amount of everything which cannot be recycled in your house.
Power & Performance
When it comes to choosing the best trash compactor, the power and capacity are very important. This means the compaction ratio can justify its power and performance. Generally, residential trash compactors have a compaction ratio from 4:1 to 6:1, but this doesn’t mean the higher compaction ratio is better. If you choose a model with a compaction ratio of 6:1, this means a compacted trash bag is capable of holding up to 6 bags of waste and this also means the trash bag will be very heavy. Therefore, for people who are strong, a lower ratio is better.
The one you choose should have a suitable ration which works for you conveniently, so you can easily handle these compacted bags without injury. In some situations, you may need a hand truck to transfer these compacted bags easily to the curb, because they are too heavy. And a trash compactor is not emptied often, so this may be easy to cause odor problems. If you need to handle plenty of cans and glass, you need to buy a more rugged compactor that also has a larger motor.
How to Choose the Best Trash Compactor
Once you know your requirements on power and size, the one you finally choose should have anti-jam features, odor management, a sound dampening package and convenience features. These essential features can help you use your compactor conveniently and quietly.
Maintenance & Supplies
Compactor bags should be easy to access and they should be properly-sized. It is highly recommend buying compactor bags that are especially designed for the current model you use. Different manufacturers offer different warranties and try to choose a longer warranty.