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The GE Profile GCG1580RSS undercounter trash compactor has controls that are completely hidden when the compactor is not in use. This home trash compactor has a 1/3 horsepower motor, a toe pedal release and a completely removable drawer. It comes in stainless steel to match your dishwasher or oven, or you can opt for black or white if that fits better with your kitchen’s design. The drawer also remains locked during use and requires a key to start the cycle.
The design of the GE Profile compactor is meant for simplicity and invisibility. It has retractable legs, providing an adjustable height between 33 3/4 inches and 35 inches. The width is exactly 14 7/8 inches, which will fit in standard counters. The stainless steel option comes with a sculpted handle that matches the decor of other undercounter appliances.
With this simplicity comes a lack of additional functions. The waste compactor is operated with one basic power switch. You load the trash, flip the switch and the cycle begins. It has a 75 percent compression ratio and a ram force of 2,300 pounds, which will compress four or five bags to a single bag. Once the ram is finished, it moves back into place for the next load. There is no delay function, no clock and no hold option to keep the trash compacted however.
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This home trash compactor does offer additional safety features. The GE Profile requires a removable key, so the door can’t be opened mid-cycle and the machine can’t start unexpectedly. This means that your children are safe and don’t put unwanted items in the bin. When the machine is unlocked, the trash compactor can be opened by using a toe pedal hidden below the cabinets, giving you a hands-free experience, a plus for both convenience and hygiene.
When the time comes to clean the unit, you can completely remove the compactor’s drawer. The drawer will stop on the track and you can click it and bring it out, a unique feature for under-the-counter compactors. For trash removal, however, it is a bit lacking. The front doesn’t flip down, so you need to heft the bag out vertically, which is quite a task for a bag that holds up to six times the garbage.