Whirlpool's Gold GX900 series trash compactor stands at an under-the-counter height of 34 1/8 inches and is 15 inches wide by 24 inches deep. Online merchants typically price it around $500 to $600.
How It Works
The GX900 has a 1/3-horsepower motor, which is common in consumer compactors and more than enough for the task. The motor powers a ram that drives down on top of the trash, exerting 2,300 pounds of force and reducing the unit's contents to approximately a quarter of the original bulk, depending on what's in there.
Opening the compactor is a breeze (and admittedly kind of fun) with Whirlpool's Touch-Toe drawer-opening mechanism, which is especially useful if your hands are messy. To start compacting, just turn the knob to start; it shuts off when it's done. Safety features include a removable key knob to prevent accidental start-ups. You can pull the key out after starting the compactor and store it if you need to keep it out of the reach of children.
Trademarked Quiet Pack sound conditioning in the compactor's body insulates the motor and keeps noise to a minimum.
If looks are important in your kitchen's design, you can buy a separate trim kit that lets you install your own front panels to match your cabinetry.
You'll need at least 23 inches of room in front of the trash compactor to give the drawer adequate space to open. For bag removal, make sure that there will be at least 6 inches to the right of an open unit.
The compactor requires a 115-volt, 15- or 20-amp grounded circuit; Whirlpool recommends either a time-delay fuse or a circuit breaker. If possible, it's best that the machine has its own circuit.Use, Care and Maintenance
Whirlpool, like most manufacturers, tells consumers to use only its own brand of bags designed specifically for the compactor. Before you put in a bag, be sure the drawer side is locked and that there is nothing in the bottom.
The first couple of times that you run the GX900, you won't see any difference in the trash, because the ram doesn't travel all the way down to the bottom of the drawer. Once the bag is half full, you'll definitely see compaction.
If you don't recycle bottles and cans, take care to put them on their sides in the center of the drawer. When they're off to the side, they can easily get snagged between the side of the ram and the drawer, triggering a misload reaction that retracts the ram before it can compact.
Because the GX900 compactor reduces trash volume in a 4-to-1 ratio, keep in mind that you'll be lifting essentially four bags of trash at once. The volume changes, but the weight doesn't.
Cleaning is simple, but it's a good idea to wear heavy utility gloves when wiping out the inside, because there may be glass shards on the ram. A paper towel or sponge and some mild household cleaner are all you need.
Whirlpool warrantees the GX900 for one year from the date of purchase, as long as the machine isn't abused. Replacement parts and repair labor are covered for that period.
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