Why you shouldn’t buy a dishwasher with built-in disposal?

Do Dishwashers Have Built-In Garbage Disposals?

This is a general question I hear every day. Yes, there are dishwashers with built-in garbage disposals; but not so many. Most people prefer a dishwasher with a filtration system while some like them with built-in garbage disposals.

But the real question is;

Are dishwashers with a built-in garbage disposals good?

Well, the answer is subjective. But for me its is a NO.

Let’s consider this example, there are printers with built-in scanners, but many people prefer to buy them separately, why? Because if one of them is damaged they can repair it separately and use the other but if a printer with a built-in scanner is damaged that’s more troublesome.

The same goes for dishwashers with built-in disposals or masticator or grinders (Yes, disposals are called many names, in fact, I think they should have a proper name at least like ‘garburators’ as they are called in Canada.)

These built-in disposals are also not powerful, not nearly as an independent disposal. They are more or less a metallic extension of pump impellers. They can’t grind any serious food wastes; actually, they don’t need to because people put their tough food wastes into trash cans or garbage disposals before putting their plates in the dishwasher. So in the latter case you need a real disposer anyway.

So the best solution is; Dishwasher + Independent garbage disposal, don’t go for the built-in ones. Instead, connect the outlet of the dishwasher to the garbage disposal, all disposers come with a dishwasher connection. This will help you to grind tough food items as well as those coming out of the dishwasher.

This solution has certain advantages like; ease of repairing, ease of cleaning and is more economical as dishwashers with built-in disposals cost more. You can buy a good but cheap disposer for that price difference.

As mentioned before this is a personal choice. I prefer an independent dishwasher and an independent disposal and connect the dishwasher outlet to the disposal. You get the same result but fewer headaches.

Charles John

A few years back I bought a garbage disposal for the first time in my life. And the buying experience wasn't good. There were lots of models in the market, and I was not sure about which one to buy. They all looked the same to me. So once I went through the experience I started this blog to randomly write things about garbage disposals. Then I got really interested in the subject and started to write comparisons of very similar garbage disposals with each other. A lot of my readers find them very useful in making the right buying choice. I hope it helps you too.

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