KitchenAid KTTS505ESS Trash Compactor review

The KitchenAid KTTS505ESS Trash Compactor is sleek, stylish, and is built-in to your kitchen.

KitchenAid KTTS505ESS Trash Compactor review
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Top Ten Reviews Verdict

Simple to use and with a stylish stainless steel finish, this KitchenAid Trash Compactor is well-designed in both looks and features.


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    Easy to install

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    Stainless steel finish

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    Charcoal filter to minimize smells


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    Some users find the fan loud

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KitchenAid is a well-established brand in the world of kitchen appliances and this stainless steel finished trash compactor, complete with satin textured handles, won’t make an eyesore out of trash disposal. It’s powerful too, reducing trash volume by up to 80% with the Solid Pack Control option.

To compare prices and read about the other brands we’ve reviewed, check out our full guide to the best trash compactors

KitchenAid KTTS505ESS Trash Compactor: Pricing and value 

The KitchenAid KTTS505ESS Trash Compactor is commonly found at around the $1,500 price mark. That is towards the pricier end of the scale, but you are paying for a reliable brand and a model that wouldn’t become an eyesore in an otherwise stylish kitchen. 

It also comes with premium features, such as a sound reduction system, odor control, and an efficient ⅓ HP motor for efficient operation. 

This KitchenAid Trash Compactor might not be the best option for the budget conscious, so if that’s you, take a look at our Gladiator GACP15XXMG Trash Compactor review. The KitchenAid Trash Compactor, however, is good value for anyone looking for an efficient and powerful option that will blend right in with your existing kitchen.  

KitchenAid KTTS505ESS Trash Compactor: Features 

The KitchenAid Trash Compactor comes with a wide range of features, as well as providing a selection of add-on features. It’s designed to be both simple to use and install, while looking great in your home.

A key feature is the odor management system, a combination of a fan and charcoal filter that works to trap bad smells and helps keep your kitchen smelling fresh. This is especially handy as, if you select the Solid Pack Control, the KitchenAid Trash Compactor will be able to reduce your trash volume by up to 80%, so you won’t have to empty bins nearly as often and you’ll use far fewer bags too.

Powerful trash compaction can normally lead to a lot of excess noise, so the KitchenAid Trash Compactor comes with Whisper Quiet® Plus - a system that reduces the noise while the compactor is running, avoiding any intrusive sound.

The KitchenAid Trash Compactor is a premium model and one of the key elements that places it in that market is the overall attention to design. For an appliance that handles trash, it’s just as well finished and sleek as any other high-end kitchen appliance. Featuring a stainless steel finish and satin textured handles, it’s definitely one of the better looking models on the market, especially when compared to less-expensive models like the Whirlpool Trash Compactor.

If you want a trash compactor that blends in effortlessly with your kitchen and won’t be an eyesore, then this is the model for you.

KitchenAid KTTS505ESS Trash Compactor: User reviews 

Overall, users rate the KitchenAid Trash Compactor really highly. With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 on Home Depot, they commend its reliability and high quality, as well as its sleek looks. A number of reviews mentioned that they’re impressed with how much trash the appliance can hold and that it has significantly reduced how often they empty their trash.

While many rate the noise as quieter than other trash compactors and less noisy than a dishwasher, a few do note that they find it too loud. The fan in particular seems to be the source of noise problems for some users and it can be turned off, but this then inhibits the functionality of the odor reduction system.

On the whole, users commented that not only did the KitchenAid exceed the capabilities of previous trash compactors they had owned, but their expectations in terms of performance and reliability.

Should you buy a KitchenAid KTTS505ESS Trash Compactor? 

The KitchenAid Trash Compactor is a popular option with many users and if you’re happy to spend a bit more cash for considered design too, then it’s one of the best options out there. Price-wise, it does sit towards the more expensive end, but even if design isn’t a high priority for you, it still delivers on functionality and reliability.

Stevie Keen

Stevie is a freelance digital consultant, copywriter and photographer. She's worked for brands like the Radio Times and Wallpaper*, and has also written for Amateur Photographer, Clash Magazine and Flash Pack, amongst others. Stevie's bylines cover all things related to the home - from air conditioning units to refrigerators to gas grills (and everything in between).