It’s often hard to imagine living without the conveniences and hygiene that a garbage disposal offers. Garbage disposals, also known as food waste disposers, save a lot of dirty work by allowing you to push leftover food waste into the unit which then grinds and pulverizes it into small particles which pass through your drain. This keeps rotten food waste out of your trash and out of the landfill where it can release greenhouse gases that can destroy our atmosphere. If you are in the market to replace or upgrade your current garbage disposal, you’ll need to have a good understanding of types of features of disposals so you can make the perfect selection.
First, you will need to decide what type will work best for your personal needs. There are two types of disposers available: continuous feed or batch feed. Continuous feed disposal are the most common and most popular since they are convenient to use. This type of garbage disposer will run as long as you have the switch flipped on so you can funnel all of the food waste into it until it’s all gone. A batch feed on the other hand requires the disposal’s cover to be in place before it will run. You will only be able to do one batch of food waste at a time which typically requires more time and effort, yet offers more safety to keep hands and valuables away from moving grinder parts.
Next, you will need to consider how much Horsepower will suit your usage. Garbage disposal come in ¼ horsepower to 1 horsepower motors. If you have a larger family, cook often, or want your garbage disposal to handle tough food waste like bones, a larger horsepower will be required; typically ¾ to 1 HP should be sufficient. On the other hand, if you won’t use your disposal too often, have a small household, or wont’ be grinding tough food waste, you could get away with 1/3 to ½ HP.
Finally, you will need to consider design and materials. A good model that is built to last will feature a stainless steel grinding chamber and grinding components which will resist corrosion and rust. Also, if noise level concerns you, you should look for a model that has sound insulation or special sound sealing technology which will allow the unit to operate at a much quieter hum than the typical “rocks in a blender” sound you can get from cheaper models that don’t use noise dampening materials.
Once you have thought about what type of garbage disposal will suit your needs, you are ready to begin your shopping. With so many models available on the market, it’s important to read up on ratings and reviews from actual customers so you can see how people who own them feel they perform. By doing the proper research, you can gain confidence that you will find the perfect garbage disposal to meet your needs.