Trash Compactor Reviews

In this comparison we get our hands dirty so you don't have to. We evaluated trash compactors from Whirlpool and Kitchen Aid to give you critical insight on your purchase.
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Kitchen Aid
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Kitchen Aid

- Classic console styling
- 1/3 HP motor; 5:1 compaction ratio, reducing trash up to 80%
- Bag retainer buttons
- Side-release bin
- Drawer-open pedal
- Charcoal filter and odor-control fan
- Whisper Quiet Plus
- Under-counter design
- All-welded steel construction with zinc-coated interior

Avg. Price: $630

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Whirlpool

Whirlpool

- Clean Touch console
- 4-to-1 compression ratio
- Automatic antijam
- Bag retainer clips
- Tilt-away trash basket with side-release
- Touch-Toe drawer opener
- Easy Rollers installation wheels
- Quiet Pack sound conditioning

Avg. Price: $629.99

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What research says

Models:
Kitchen Aid - Architect Series II 1.4 Cu. Ft. Built-In Trash Compactor - Black Model KUCK03ITBL
Whirlpool - Gold 1.4 Cu. Ft. Built-in Trash Compactor - Stainless-Steel Model GX900QPPS

This research is derived from online surveys, owner opinions, and hands-on evaluation. First we looked at the Kitchen Aid Architect Series. Both of these models are built-in and intended for installation. The Kitchen Aid's drawer open feature differs from Whirlpool's in that you can operate the compactor as well as simply opening the drawer. Both of these units have some common features such as side releases and bag retainer clips/buttons and include trash bags.

The Kitchen Aid compactor has the added functionality of a charcoal filter and fan for effective odor control. The quality on both of these unit is strong and the Whirlpool seemed to have exceptionally rugged construnction in the compaction fixture. Both units were quiet, largely dependant on what type of trash was being compacted. The Kitchen Aid does have a higher compacting ratio. Kitchen Aid goes a step further with its all-welded steel construction and zinc-coated interior compartment.

For those concerned with appearance there is a substantial difference between the Kitchen Aid and the Whirlpool compactors. The Kitchen Aid unit is completely black, while the Whirlpool has a stainless steel finish on the majority of its front panel it does have black accents on its top and bottom.

Considerations: If you need to match the color and decor of the kitchen then the choices are made easy. If color if not important to you then the Kitchen Aid with its higher compacting ratio and welded construction are a strong attraction. Pricing on both of these unit are the same, therefore the previous considerations are really the only ones.

Dean Gano said:

The Kitchen Aid is a piece of garbage. I have had three of them and they all have failed within 18 months of purchase and Kitchen Aid doesn't care. I had to get the consumer protection agency to intervene to make them live up to the warrantee. Don't buy this junk.

GRegrY said:

Dean, why were you dealing with a manufacturer anyway? Why I take stuff back I go to the store where I bought it. We've had a Kitchen Aid for years with no trouble. I'm sorry you had that experience.

LMS said:

Unfortunately, my experience with the KitchenAid compactor has been horrible. The switch has broken twice, the plastic gear that runs the compaction has broken twice and one other miscellaneous repair has occurred within the 18 months I have owned the unit!!

steven said:

Kitchen Aid best except for cheap foot pedal connection. Seems to be working on the third replacement.
Viking is not well engineered: the body of the machine is suspended on two tracks with rods holding ball bearings which fall out onto the floor. Got rid of this trash.

Dan said:

I'm not too impressed with the kitchen Aid compactor. The plastic gear that drives the chain sprocket was obviously designed by someone with no experience and no mechanical intuition - unless they have improved this - it has no chance of surviving - ours lasted 6 months.

Another serious flaw is the fact that you do not know if it's up or down - this has resulted in a wrinkle in the sheet metal from someone trying to open it while the ram was down.

It also compacts only in the middle of the bin - so non-compacted trash will often roll over the top of the bin, while the ram is retracting.

Kitchen Aid extended warrenties are really expensive because Kitchen Aid knows it going to cost money to keep these things working.

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