Buying a garbage disposal unit is not rocket science, every product in the market is good; we don’t have to waste hours in front of the computer searching for reviews. But everyone including me wants the best products, so naturally we invest our time in it. This review site of mine is an effort to reduce the time people are wasting trying to find the best garbage disposal. I hope I am able to do just that for you.
First of all decide what you actually want. How much horse power do you need? Do you actually need a premium series disposal or will a more rugged, cheaper one suffice? Below are the common questions you should answer before start looking for a disposer;
- How much horse power do I need?
- What type of waste do I want to get rid of?
- Do I want the disposal to look good?
- Do I need continuous feed or batch type?
- Do you prefer silent operation?
- How much space do you have under the sink?
- Do I need a dishwasher attachment?
- What is my budget?
1. How much horse power do I need?
The horse power needed for your garbage disposal depends mainly on two things; the amount of waste and the type of wastes you want to get rid of. Four standard power types are available in the market. They are;
This is the cheapest and the least powerful garbage disposals of all. If you are looking for a short-term kitchen companion for 1 or 2 people they are an ideal choice. Since they are low powered only soft foods like vegetables can be properly grounded. They also have a tendency to get stuck if you add too much load. Since they are the cheapest most of the components used in them too are cheaper and can rust easily on long term usage.
½ horse power garbage disposals are the standard ones for a home with one or two people or perhaps more. It can grind mostly any kind of food wastes. They are more compact and affordable. Their prices vary but you can find a good one for under $90. The best ½ HP disposals use Stainless Steel components which is ideal for long-term usage. Many of the most popular garbage disposals fall into this power range.
Suitable for a home with 2-4 people a 3/4 HP powered garbage disposal has enough power to dispose fibrous food items like potato peels, lettuce, asparagus and celery. These disposals are bigger than both the types above and also are comparatively expensive. They also come with features like multi-stage grinding and noise suppression.
This is the most powerful type suitable for home and commercial use. Most commercial uses require more powerful versions though. This is apt for a home with 3-6 people. They are big in size and also expensive compared to the above but you may be able to find some within the price range of 2/3 HP disposals. They can operate really quite and most of them use multi-stage grinding. These disposals seldom jam and can handle hard food items like tiny bones and coffee grounds.
2. What type of waste do I want to get rid of?
Not all garbage disposals have the power to grind fibrous and hard food wastes. If you have only soft wastes like fruits and vegetables look for a ½ HP disposal. If you cook often and want to dispose hard food items like cereals or tiny bones opt for a 2/3 or 1 HP disposal.
3. Do I want the disposal to look good?
Some people may disagree, but looks matters. Steve Jobs knew it and so do garbage disposal manufacturers. Like phones there are disposal units that look really, really beautiful (Take InSinkErtaor Evolution Excel for example.) Definitely they fall in the premium range and are costly. But do you really need them? Time you found out.
4. Do I need continuous feed or batch type?
There are two types of garbage disposals based on the way they process food wastes. Given below is a comparison between both which, I believe, is helpful in choosing the tight disposer.
As the name suggests they operate continually grinding any waste thrown into them. It is suitable for grinding large amounts of food wastes within a short time. They are also cheaper than the other type and is more popular among the two. One major con of this kind of disposals is that since their entry remains open during operation other things like spoons may fall into it damaging the unit. The same can happen with your fingers. They also consume more water than the batch feed type.
If you have a busy household with lots of wastes to dispose opt for this type.
Here the wastes are processed in batches, which involve filling up the disposal with waste, closing the entry and then turning on the unit. This completely eliminates all safety issues. If you are likely dispose only small amounts of garbage each time this is a good choice.
5. Do you prefer silent operation?
Operating a garbage disposal can make lots of noise. Most of these are caused by vibrations due to improper fittings. There are disposals which use noise reduction technologies which you can opt for; but they will cost more. The ¾ or 1 HP types are usually quitter than the 1/3 and ½ HP types because manufacturers use better insulation for the former while cutting costs for the latter to make them cheaper. If you are confused about what to choose buy a ¾ HP one, that would be my choice.
6. How much space do you have under the sink?
Garbage disposals are not small gadgets; some require ample space below the sink. Check how much space is available to avoid the hassle of buying and returning an oversized disposal. 1/3HP and 1/2HP types are the smallest but compact designs are available for higher horse power disposals too. Check the product specifications to get an idea how much room your new disposal will require.
7. Do I need a dishwasher attachment?
Every garbage disposal is equipped with a knockout plug which can be removed to add a dishwasher attachment. But none of these attachments come with the package, so if you have a dishwasher make sure you buy this accessory as well.
8. What is my budget?
This is an important question you need to find an answer for. It is easy to be carried away by the nice design and features of top end disposals but do you really need those pricey ones? Your choice.