Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor

Last updated date: October 30, 2019

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Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor

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We looked at the top Trash Compactors and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Trash Compactor you should buy.

Update as October 30, 2019:
Checkout The Best Trash Compactor for a detailed review of all the top trash compactors.

Overall Take

With a 1/3-horsepower motor, the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor can crush even your toughest containers and food items. You'll get 2,200 pounds of force per square inch when you fire this compactor up, plus anti-jamming capabilities. Since it weighs 150 pounds, you'll need to rely on the wheels to get your garbage to the outdoor trash cans for pickup.

In our analysis of 160 expert reviews, the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Now you can have all the benefits of a trash compactor without taking up valuable kitchen space. This Gladiator 15 in. compactor features rugged Gladiator brand styling, and casters for easy mobility. It is perfect for minimizing the volume of trash, decreasing the number of trash bags used, and reducing the number of trips to the curb. The Gladiator GarageWorks GACP15XXMG Modular Garage Trash Compactor provides all the benefits and convenience you’re looking for in a heavy-duty compactor, without taking up valuable space. Featuring rugged styling, and complete with casters for easy mobility, this compactor minimizes the volume of trash to cut down on trash bags used and minimizes trips to the curb. Strong Enough to Reduce Garbage by 75 Percent The Modular Garage Trash Compactor offers a 1.4-cubic-foot capacity, and it can be used to compress trash and recyclables, including aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and paper products. It creates a cleaner environment by keeping garbage and odors contained, and is an alternative to packing everything in trash bags. To dramatically reduce shop trash and handle heavy-duty compacting, this handy garage appliance comes equipped with a 1/3-horsepower motor with a compression ability of 2,200 pounds per square inch. You’ll get a 4:1 compaction ratio and approximately 75% less garbage volume. User-Friendly, Portable Design Complete with a Touch Toe drawer opener that lets you open the compactor via a foot pedal, the Modular Garage Trash Compactor has a bin that opens smoothly on rails, even under the weight of heavy loads. The compactor also includes solid rubber casters, which increase the overall stability of the unit and make it easier to move. The front casters lock with a simple push, and the swiveling rear casters let you move the unit easily around your garage. Operation is simple thanks to the On/Off/Start key. And to help maintain smooth, trouble-free compacting, this unit has an automatic anti-jam feature that allows the compression ram to automatically reverse to prevent jams when the door is opened during operation. The Modular Garage Trash Compactor is backed by a one-year limited warranty. What’s in the Box GACP15XXMG Trash Compactor with hammered granite cabinet finish and manual.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

15 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

52 user reviews

What experts liked

Freestanding unit that can be moved around. Durable, heavy-duty machine. Good at compacting tough materials.
- BestReviews
August 1, 2019 | Full review
The Garage Compactor GACP15XXMG is easy to use: You open it with a toe kick and can slide the bin out. When you open the drawer, a switch turns the machine on or off, and it takes a minute for the ram to fully compact trash. It has a 4-to-1 compression ratio – it can compact four bags of trash into one.
- Top Ten Reviews
January 11, 2019 | Full review
There is perhaps no better trash compactor out there than Gladiator’s GACP15XXMG Modular Compactor, at least not in terms of practicality. Equipped with an automatic anti-jam feature, this compactor will ensure that you won’t experience any delays when performing compacting tasks, no matter how big the job may be.
- Savant Magazine
Conveniently mobile with plenty of power. Capacity could be greater, and the design won't suit everybody, but its durable and does what it's supposed to do without fuss.
- Better Homes & Gardens
This portable unit is meant to live in your garage. Keep this wheeled trash compactor in place by stepping on the front casters, instantly locking it so you can be sure it won't rattle around.
- Best Products
May 6, 2019 | Full review
This handy machine comes with a few more conveniences. It has an automatic anti-jam setting and a 1/3 horsepower motor for added crushing strength. This compactor comes with wheels as well. This makes it easy for you to move it from one room to another.
- Happy Body Formula
The Gladiator GACP15XXMG is advertised as a garage trash compactor. Besides its exterior design the model is quite similar to regular models. It comes with a 1/3 HP motor that can apply plenty of force to obtain a compaction ratio of 4:1. In terms of capacity it has enough room to store 1.4 cubic feet of trash for extra mobility the model comes with four caster wheels.
- 10 Best Review
It’s among the best trash compactors and is also very strong. It will handle different kinds of trash quite well. To add on to the good built, it has a good practical capacity to suit the home kitchen, restaurant, garage, office and many other areas.
- Industry Ears
Unlike some other best trash compactors on our list, the Gladiator GACP15XXMG has pretty neat mobility equipment, such as the wheeled cart with lockable front and swiveling rear casters, which enable you to conveniently use the unit to load it with garbage.
- Jen Reviews
Its capacity of 1.4 cubic feet is about the same as most built-in trash compactors. Although this model is simple, it has an anti-jam feature, a sturdy design, and offers ease-of-use and affordability. If the versatility of a portable and affordable trash compactor appeals to you, the Gladiator GACP15XXMG should be a top option.
- Bestcovery
The device can compress trash at a 75% rate, which is an improvement over a lot of these other trash compactors we found on the market. It has a capacity of 1.4 cubic feet and a 1/3 horsepower motor, delivering immense power to ensure your trash is compacted the way it should be. Casters are included to provide a more portable operation, making it easier for the machine to be moved from one location to another, without having to carry any heavy equipment.
- Freshnss
No trash compactor is easier to move and maneuver than Gladiator’s 15-Inch Freestanding Trash Compactor. Its four heavy-duty rubber wheels allow you to take the item from the kitchen to the pantry and then to the garage without breaking a sweat.
- The Spruce
August 7, 2019 | Full review
There is a total of one cubic foot volume in this trash compactor which is fully portable. You can use it for compressing trash anywhere in your home or in your garage and you can easily move it around on the strong rubber casters with a locking mechanism it uses a small but powerful 1/3-HP motor to provide a compression of 2,200 pounds of force per square inch. It will reduce waste to around a quarter of its original volume.
- Kitchenistic
June 19, 2019 | Full review
This compactor is portable and very easy to use. It is very easy to move as it comes with a solid rubber wheel.
- The Z9
July 7, 2019 | Full review
It has been equipped with the advanced anti-jam feature and also this compactor ensures that you won’t face any sort of delay during the performance time no matter how much the task is to perform.
- Top 10 Best List

What experts didn't like

Industrial look may not fit in with your kitchen. Small
- BestReviews
August 1, 2019 | Full review
This item weighs just over one hundred and fifty pounds.It’s not as stylish as some of the others.
- Happy Body Formula
A little noisy. Trash can be difficult to get out.
- Kitchenistic
June 19, 2019 | Full review

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An Overview On Trash Compactors

If you’re taking the trash out far too many times each week, a trash compactor could be just the solution you need. A compactor consolidates your trash so that you can go longer between trips. Large families find compactors handy every day, but even a smaller household will find it useful when friends or relatives are visiting.

At one time, if you wanted a trash compactor, you had to go with a motor-equipped unit. Having a motor automatically upped the price you’d pay. While compactors that use motors are still around, there are also trash cans that make it easy for you to manually compact. You’ll just use a tool and some elbow grease to consolidate your trash as you notice the can is beginning to fill.

One thing to keep in mind before you buy a trash compactor is that your garbage doesn’t reduce in weight because you’ve crushed it. For that reason, many compactors come with wheels so that you can more easily transport your garbage to your outdoor trash bins. If you don’t have this feature, you’ll want to at least occasionally test the weight of your bags to make sure you can carry them.

Whether you buy a trash compactor or regular trash can, sensors can come in very handy. Instead of touching the lid or pressing a foot pedal to open it, you simply wave your hand near the top. Newer trash cans also automatically close as you’re walking away. This hands-free operation helps keep your hands clean so you can continue working in the kitchen without worrying about bacteria.

By their very nature, trash cans harbor odors. This can be a problem if your can is in your kitchen, where you’re also trying to cook and eat. If you’re buying a trash compactor, you’ll be dealing with food sticking around even longer before you take it to your outdoor cans.

“I highly recommend looking for a trash compactor with built-in odor control,” says our home improvement pro Vicki Liston. Her award-winning show, “On The Fly…DIY” has tons of fun home tutorials. “Think about it — you are using this appliance so you can squeeze four to six times more garbage in per bag. More garbage means more smell and more room in that can means longer timeframes between taking it out. You are definitely going to want constant and continuous odor control so your kitchen doesn’t smell like a landfill.”

If you’re shopping for a trash can that compacts your garbage, you’re likely concerned about how much your can will hold before it needs to be emptied. Although many compactors have similar capacities to trash cans, that capacity is calculated before the trash has been compacted. So you’ll need to look at a compactor’s rate of reduction. If you can cut a full can of garbage down by 50% or more, you’ll find those trips to the outside cans are dramatically reduced.

The Trash Compactor Buying Guide

  • As popular as home automation has become, it’s especially useful with your garbage cans. Touchless technology means you keep your hands clean. Many trash cans get around this by including a foot pedal, but the iTouchless Squeeze Trash Compactor and iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can both let you wave your hand over a sensor to open the lid.
  • The first big decision you’ll need to make is whether to go with a manual or automatic compacting process. The Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor uses a 1/3 horsepower motor to break your garbage down. This motor has the power to crush 2,200 pounds of force per square inch.
  • Manual trash compactors have their benefits as well. They’re more energy-efficient, and they keep things simple. The iTouchless Squeeze Trash Compactor provides a tool that you use for the compacting operation. The Household Essentials Trash Krusher Manual Trash Compactor’s tool is built into the lid. Just push the garbage down when you need to make more room.
  • If you’re looking for an advanced trash can without the compactor feature, the iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash is worth considering. This trash can has touchless operation that runs on batteries. The lid opens and closes with minimal noise. Best of all, you only have to step within a certain proximity for it to open automatically. As you move away, it drifts closed again.
  • The Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor has an anti-jam feature to keep the motor working no matter what you’ve put inside the can.
  • When it comes to compacting, the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor will require the least amount of labor on your part. The 1/3-horsepower motor can crush at a rate of 2,200 pounds of force for each square inch. That means your trash will be reduced to as much as 1/4th what it originally was. While manual compactors do a great job, having a motor behind it does give you far more power behind your compression.
  • The wide openings on the iTouchless Squeeze Trash Compactor and iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can make it easy for squeezing in large items, like pizza boxes. The smaller opening on the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor can make it tough to slide the trash out once you’re ready to get rid of it.
  • The iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can has a built-in retainer ring that makes sure your bag stays in place as you drop trash in.
  • Nobody likes a stinky trash can. Sure, you can buy trash bags with built-in odor control, but those often just use scents to overpower any issues. The iTouchless Squeeze Trash Compactor and iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can use carbon odor filters to neutralize those bad smells. You’ll need to replace the filter occasionally, but it’s a handy feature you won’t find on many other garbage cans.
  • Many trash compactors hold 10 to 13 gallons, but when compacted, you’ll get much more. With the iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can, you’ll only get 13 gallons uncompacted, but that’s still an impressive capacity. The Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor impresses with its ability to compact at a rate of 75 percent.
  • Occasionally, you’ll need to clean your trash can. The Household Essentials Trash Krusher Manual Trash Compactor has a switch that keeps the lid open while you clean it out. The iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can is also antimicrobial to keep your family healthy.
  • One of the biggest reasons to opt for a manual trash compactor is cost. Motor-driven compactors like the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor are very expensive. By choosing the iTouchless Squeeze Trash Compactor or Household Essentials Trash Krusher Manual Trash Compactor, you’ll get the convenience of trash compacting without the expense.
  • Trash compactors go through a little more wear than regular trash cans. The Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor is built to withstand smashing gallons of trash, week after week, year after year. The iTouchless Squeeze Trash Compactor is also durable, but the foldable rod isn’t as strong as it should be. The Household Essentials Trash Krusher Manual Trash Compactor is not only durable, but it comes with a 10-year warranty. You may need that warranty on the part of the lid that compacts, as it can break with extended use.
  • Compacted trash can be heavy, especially when reducing by 75 percent. For that reason, the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor is built to move on wheels, making it easy for you to transport it outside so you can empty it into your larger cans. You’ll need those wheels, too, as this compactor weighs a whopping 150 pounds. It’s designed for garage use, so if you’re looking for a kitchen-based model, this may not be your best option.
  • If you have a smaller kitchen or simply want to take up less space, look for a non-compacting garbage can like the iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can. The 7-pound weight and slim profile make it easier to maneuver and store. However, since it doesn’t compact trash, you’ll lose the convenience of taking the trash out less often.
  • Although the motor on the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor is very powerful, you will have to deal with a little noise when it’s running. Manual compactors don’t have motors, so they operate noiselessly.
  • Although attractiveness is subjective, the iTouchless Squeeze Trash Compactor and Household Essentials Trash Krusher Manual Trash Compactor have a design similar to what you’ll find with traditional garbage cans, such as the iTouchless Stainless Steel Automatic Trash Can. The Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor is definitely attractive, but it has a more industrial look, making it better suited for a garage than a kitchen.
  • If you’ve got kids, you have some extra trash compactor considerations to make. “Homes with small children will find compactors with hidden controls or removable knobs and child locks to be essential features,” says our home improvement pro Liston. “Trash compactors have the potential to be extremely dangerous for kids, and these features will bring valuable peace of mind.”