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The Jenn-Air undercounter trash compactor has a sleek appearance designers will appreciate. The face of the garbage compactor has a towel bar on top and nothing else, keeping the controls hidden inside the unit. The controls offer additional features like a compression cycle and a manual fan. The Jenn-Air compactor also comes with a toe kick, removable key and replaceable air filter. The height of the Jenn-Air is 33 7/8 inches and is not adjustable, while the width is exactly 15 inches.
The goal of this waste compactor is not to look like a trash compactor. The front door is stainless steel and blends in well near a refrigerator or dishwasher. The toe kick is black and hides under the counter. When you want to open the compactor, pushing down the toe kick will unlatch the unit and bring the drawer out about 3 to 6 inches, but it isn’t automated. You will need to pull it out the rest of the way.
There are two operation options on the control panel of the Jenn-Air home trash compactor. You are able to set it to either compact or compress. A full compaction takes about a minute and provides a 5-to-1 compaction ratio, meaning five times more volume per load. If you want more volume, you can also set it to compress, which will keep the ram of the machine down for a tighter capacity. This isn’t timed, however. You will need to manually turn on the compression cycle and manually turn it off.
Instead of a fully functioning deodorizer, the Jenn-Air trash compactor uses a charcoal filter and a fan. If any perishables in the trash begin to smell, you can turn on a fan inside the unit to activate the filter. Again, you will need to manually turn it off when the scent has diminished. The charcoal air filter is replaceable, but it is also proprietary. When the deodorizer has run out, you will need to buy a new one online or call Jenn-Air customer service for the right part.
For safety, you can remove the key-knob on the unit. This will help with any concerns you might have about children operating the machine or putting inappropriate materials inside. You can also turn off the compactor mid-cycle by simply flipping the switch to the off position.
The Jenn-Air is aesthetically pleasing and has unique manual operation. The ability to run a fan, specifically, is a plus for this compactor, especially if smells start to seep out of the door. The addition of a key is also nice if you have small children.