While trash compactors aren’t a mainstream item, they’re an essential tool for some households. Other than the convenience factor of taking the trash out less frequently, trash compactors are very useful for those who don't have trash pickup very often, or for those who live where there are expensive surcharges for multiple bags of trash.
The trash compactors we've selected are mostly built-in models, with the exception of the portable Gladiator GACP15XXMG. We've chosen models that have enough strength to drastically reduce the volume of trash, with a 4:1 compaction ratio or better. These best trash compactors are also durable and easy to use, and offer a bucket size of 1.4 cu. ft. or larger. Finally, our selections, with the exception of the GEGCG1580RSS, all have some form of sound insulation and odor management for the minimal intrusion into your daily life.
This affordable trash compactor leaves nothing to be desired, with a 5:1 compaction ratio capable of reducing trash volume up to 80 percent, sound and odor control, and simple controls. The Maytag MTUC7500ADM is an excellent and affordable choice. Read Full Review
The Maytag MTUC7500ADM is relatively affordable for a trash compactor, especially considering the performance it has to offer. With a price tag of under $1,000, this built-in trash compactor features a 5:1 compaction ratio and 2,300 pounds of compaction force, good to reduce trash volume up to 80 percent. This rivals much more expensive models, while the all-welded construction ensures durability. Sound insulation, an odor control fan, and a charcoal filter are included, keeping the sounds and smells of trash management out of the home. It also features a capacity of 1.4 cubic feet which is fairly standard amongst trash compactors. Available in stainless steel, black, or while, the MTUC7500ADM has simple controls and is easy to use, making it an excellent choice for an affordable trash compactor.
If top compacting power is what you need, the Broan 15XESS offers an outstanding 6:1 compaction ratio, which results in up to an 84 percent reduction in trash volume. With a sleek design, simple controls with programmable options, and effective sound and odor management, this pricey trash compactor is an excellent choice for those who want the best. Read Full Review
The Broan 15XESS offers a compelling combination of both style and function. With a 6:1 compaction ratio, the 15XESS delivers 3,000 pounds of force to trash, reducing its volume by up to 84 percent. This 15 inch built-in trash compactor has a 1.55 cubic foot bucket that holds up to 30 pounds of trash, all tucked away behind a sleek stainless steel door with intuitive controls.
The 15XESS offers excellent sound and odor management, with insulation in the door and an odor disk that lasts for about six months to absorb odors. This trash compactor even offers the ability to program functions and has a battery backup to prevent the loss of settings in the event of a blackout. With easy trash removal, plenty of power, and safety features such as a child lock, the Broan 15XESS easily justifies its higher price tag.
While all the other trash compactors on this list are built-in models, requiring full installation into the kitchen or other desired area, the Gladiator GACP15XXMG is portable, including casters to roll it from room to room. Although very simple, this is an excellent choice for those who want an affordable, effective, and portable trash compactor. Read Full Review
The Gladiator GACP15XXMG is one of the few portable trash compactors available, offering the ability to have the convenience of a trash compactor without the need for a built-in unit. This model even includes casters for added portability, allowing you to roll it from room to room, or outside to the garage. The GACP15XXMG has a 4:1 compaction ratio and 2,200 pounds of compaction force, which is enough power to reduce trash volume by up to 75 percent.
Its capacity of 1.4 cubic feet is about the same as most built-in trash compactors. Although this model is simple, it has an anti-jam feature, a sturdy design, and offers ease-of-use and affordability. If the versatility of a portable and affordable trash compactor appeals to you, the Gladiator GACP15XXMG should be a top option.
This budget-friendly trash compactor is slightly down on power from the other built-in models on this list, but would make an excellent choice for those seeking a simple and affordable option. If a 4:1 compaction ratio is perfectly adequate for you, the Whirlpool GX900QPPS is a solid option. Read Full Review
The Whirlpool GX900QPPS is very budget-friendly. With most trash compactors costing upwards of $1,000, this user-friendly model can often be had for under $800 online. While the GX900QPPS does sacrifice a bit of power, with a 4:1 compaction ratio and 2,000 pounds of compaction force, its ability to reduce trash volume by 75 percent is plenty of power for most households. It offers a standard 1.4 cu. ft. capacity.
Features include a sound management system for quiet operation, and an anti-jam feature if the door is opened during use. The basic black and stainless steel design in inoffensive, and controls are easy to use. If you're looking for a no-frills, budget-friendly trash compactor, the Whirlpool GX900QPPS is a good choice.
If simplicity is what you’re seeking the GE GCG1580RSS may be a good option for you. This trash compactor offers little beyond basic performance and safety features, although its stainless steel finish and hidden controls offer a sleek appearance. Read Full Review
The GE GCG1580RSS trash compactor offers a sleek appearance and solid performance, despite lacking many of the features that one might expect (odor control, functions such as delay). This basic trash compactor offers a 1.4 cubic foot capacity and comes in a stainless steel finish, with the controls hidden away. A 4:1 compaction ratio and 2,300 pounds of compaction force are fairly standard, allowing it to effectively reduce the space your trash takes up by about 75 percent.
An automatic anti-jam feature is included and the drawer locks so it can’t be opened during use; a key is actually needed to start the cycle. The drawer is also removable for easy cleaning and the entire unit sits on leveling legs and rear wheels. Although the foot switch can be prone to being bumped accidentally and even jamming, this relatively affordable trash compactor focuses on simplicity. A one year warranty is included.