Sometimes known as the Broan-Nutone Elite 15, the Broan Elite built-in trash compactor is arguably the market leading home trash compactor.
The Broan-Nutone company has a 75 year history of building innovative products, and although at times it is confusing as to which company in the group produces which product, there is no doubting that Broan develop the trash compactors.
So for the purposes of this review, we will refer only to the Broan Elite built-in (or under counter) trash compactor.
Broan Elite Door and Drawer System
The Broan Elite has one of the most functional door systems available on a trash compactor – it is reversible meaning it can be attached to either the left or right side of the machine depending on the configuration of your room. In addition, it opens fully to allow easy trash removal.
Broan offer the three standard finishes of black, white and stainless steel:
The doors incorporate a magnetic gasket to ensure a complete seal. This is also an important part of the Broan Elite Odor Management System (see below).
The Broan Elite trash compactor has drawer slides with heavy duty ball bearings which make for easy access to a full trash bucket.
With the drawer fully extended, the front can be released and folded towards the floor allowing the trash compactor bags to be easily removed without lifting.
Inside the trash compactor is a special compartment for storage of bags, ensuring a new bag is readily at hand when the compactor is unloaded.
Broan Elite Odor Management System
A lot of trash compactors use charcoal filters to reduce odor and these are quite effective.
The Broan Elite odor management system takes this a step further by using a cartridge which has six segments containing an odor elimination compound.
Each segment provides one full month of odor control so just two Broan Elite odor cartridges will give a full year of sweet smelling trash compaction.
Broan Elite Trash Compactor Operation
In order to provide simple yet safe operation, the Broan Elite incorporates a child lock with removable key. Once the key is inserted, it just a matter of turning the key to the on position and selecting the compact mode – either Normal or Hold.
When in Hold mode, the Broan Elite will leave the compacting plate in the down position for a length of time to prevent certain trash from springing back to near its original size.
The trash compaction process occurs as the compaction plate lowers from the top of the Broan Elite and enters the drawer containing the trash which has been loaded into a bag.
The compaction plate takes about 45 seconds to compact the trash using about 3000 pounds of downward force. Compaction is assisted by the dimpled design of the plate which is particularly effective in crushing cans and bottles.
While the Broan Elite trash compactor has been designed as a built-in unit, it can be easily converted to a standalone system with the addition of an inexpensive toe kick kit which you will find at our trash compactor parts.
This conversion might be useful if you decide to move the trash compactor to another room – the toe kick kit provides added stability during operation.
Broan Elite Trash Compactor Specification
|Broan Elite 15 inch trash compactor|
|Height x Width x Depth (inches)||34.1 x 14.9 x 21.5|
|Capacity (cubic feet)||1.55|
|Load compaction cycle (seconds)||45|
|Weight – no trash loaded (pounds)||150|
|Shipping weight (pounds)||165|
|Suggested Retail Price (black or white door)||
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|Suggested Retail Price (stainless steel door)||
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Broan Elite User Guide
Click the link if you would like a copy of the Broan Elite Trash Compactor Installation, Use and Care Guide.
Easy Clean Broan Elite Trash Compactor
The Broan Elite is amazingly easy to clean – just have a look at this video:
Buy the Broan Elite Trash Compactor
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Broan Elite (black or white)
Normal price $1210
Broan Elite (stainless steel)
Normal price $1236