Summary: The unit we purchased this year repaced a Whirlpool Compacter we purchased in 1987, yes, it was 26 years old. That unit was great and we probably should have had it repaired rather than replaced. The 1987 was far superior to the 2013 model. The 1987 unit had a phase that would keep the compacter down at night, this would insure a tight compact each morning. It was also a safety and sanitary factor. The 2013 model does NOT COMPACT as well as the 1987 model did.
Summary: This unit does not have a switch which that can automatically hold the compression unit at its low point to compact the trash more tightly before returning to the top. It does not have the compacting pressure as My old unit had. The unit is very difficult to open and close to remove the trash bags. For the amount money I paid for the unit I am extremely disappointed. My older unit held more trash than this unit.
Summary: My wife and I just remodeled our house including the kitchen. We have never had a compactor, so, this was a first for us. After reviewing compactors online, the Whirlpool was our choice. We are so pleased and proud of this purchase. It has made quite a difference in our trash handling. It is unbelievable how much this compactor will hold. One bag will last us several weeks. We would highly recommend this product .
Pros: Convenient Features, Design, Easy to use, Energy Savings, Innovative, Performance, Sound level, Style
Summary: I purchased this unit to replace an old loud outdated machine. I love the sleek look (mine is white). I also love that the controls are on the top of the door rather than the front door panel. It keeps little hands away. In addition, it gets dishes amazingly clean while being extremely quiet. One tip . . . be sure to use a rinse aid. It really makes a big difference. I really can't imagine a better dishwasher at this price point.
Summary: Good basic trash compactor that is very simple to use. Really, there is only one button to use. I have used this for a couple of months without any problelms. I replaced my KitchenAid compactor that failed after a couple of years which was no longer available. I do miss the solid compact, and deodorizer features. Also, the KitchenAid model has a 5: 1 compact ratio vs 4: 1.
Pros: Clean, Does Not Jam Up, Easy Controls, Looks Good
Summary: By looks alone (and perhaps price?), this appears to be a sturdy unit. However, we found the "metal" door is thin and flimsy, and does not have that sturdy closing sound our previous (cheaper) compactor had. Despite the issue above, for the few weeks we have been using it now it does seem to compact the trash well and has a relatively quiet motor. Even so, if you're looking for a until that is as sturdy as it looks, then consider an alternative.
Summary: This is a good compactor. Does a great job, not too noisy. Like the convenience of the foot pedal to open but also the ability to open by hand. My lower rating on quality is that it is not as solidly built as my previous compactor. Would I purchase it again?
Pros: Convenient Features, Easy to use, Performance
Summary: This unit was a replacement for an 18 year old whirlpool compactor. Surprised that the actual technology has changed very little, but the sound level has been greatly diminished. The new unit seems lighter weight and not as sturdy as the unit that was replaced.