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Old 07-02-2011, 11:26 AM
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Broan Trash Compactor 1050L

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Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

We'd never had a trash compactor before moving into our new house. We didn't pick out the appliances because the house had a previous owner. Most of the kitchen appliances were Kenmore, but for some reason they had the Broan 1050L trash compactor. It looks fine with the other appliances because they are all biscuit colored.

My husband laughed at the compactor at first, thinking it was just a silly toy, but he's come to appreciate the fact of only going to the outside trash can once in a while. We were told that it will hold the same amount of stuff that you can put in 14 tall kitchen bags, but it's a bit hard to really tell if that is true.

I have three kids and prepare a great many meals at home, so we do have stuff to throw away. I would estimate that we took out the kitchen trash three or four times per week when we lived in the other house. Since I have been counting, it seems we only take trash from the kitchen once every two weeks.

After we grew accustomed to the compactor, everyone started putting trash from other cans in the kitchen compactor. My youngest son loves to do "magic' by making trash disappear in the Broan.

It still amazes us how so much can go in such a small space. It's only 12" wide and hardly even noticeable in the kitchen.

The one problem we had with the compactor was the odor, and then we learned you had to put a deodorizing stick in it. I would suggest that anyone who uses a compactor dispose of food in another way because some items cannot be left in the bag until the compactor gets full. Shrimp shells are a definite mistake unless you are taking the trash out almost immediately.

Although this is my only experience with a compactor, I can see how valuable they are and the Broan has done its job well for us. Some of these cost as much as $1,000 from what I've seen, but the selling price for the Broan is only $420, and it's probably worth more than that.

The only real problem with this unit is where it was placed. I would have preferred it placed in a base cabinet near the kitchen door instead of close to the sink. On a scale of 5, we would have to give the Broan a 4.

Review by professional reviewer, Oct. 2, 2010
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