We've had a trash compactor in the last two homes we've owned (a total of 20 years). The latest home is a new one in a tract by a very large builder, here in Southern California. When we opted for the trash compactor the design center person mentioned that they do not install them in the vast majority of their homes. Where we are the new homes pretty much start at $800K or so, suggesting this is not a financial issue for buyers. Usually the compactor goes in a space that would otherwise be for a standard trash receptacle, so it doesn't appear to be a space issue either..
Whenever the subject happens to come up in conversation, most of our acquaintances seem to have a whole host of reasons why they don't want a compactor. They range from the most common being odors, to the weight of the full bag, or the difficulty in extracting the bag from the unit compared with the relative ease of just removing a standard trash bag from it's container.
What are your feelings about trash compactors?