Garbage disposal units are one of the most convenient kitchen appliances that you can get for your house. Not only do they take care of the unwanted food scraps that you have to deal with after a meal and prevent the sink drain from clogging up, but they are also eco-friendly in that they reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
If you’ve just started investing in a garbage disposal or are getting a new model, then you’ll be happy to know that there isn’t much to consider before you go and buy one. Some of the features that you need to consider for your use and budget include motor size, feed type, and others that we’ll go over in this article. You can choose to opt for cheaper models if you’re a bit short on the green, but the steeper priced ones are more effective and can last much longer.
Regardless, here are some of the qualities that you must look for in a good-performing garbage disposal unit:
1. Grinding Power
Garbage disposal’s power makes a huge difference between durability and performance. For something low-end, you can get models that pack over 1/3-horsepower units, but to reiterate our earlier suggestion, we recommend you go for the more expensive options to get more out of it.
Therefore, it would be better if you go for a unit that has 1/2 horsepower, if not ¾ HP or even 1 HP. The lower-powered models aren’t that reliable either, especially when it comes to grinding hard food scraps and bones. It, as a result, leads to poorly-ground waste that clogs up your drainpipe, which also reduces their shelf-life.
The higher-performing models will be able to grind just about anything. A top-end model like the Moen GX50C Garbage Disposal comes with a 1/2 Horsepower and 2600 RPM vortex permanent magnet motor that is capable of turning even the toughest of food particles into dust without jamming itself. It also has something known as SoundShield Technology, which reduces the level of grinding noise at work.
2. Feed Type
Garbage disposals come in two types, namely continuous and batch. Continuous feed garbage disposals are usually the most common and the easiest to use. They are open-mouth that use a wall switch to turn on and off. Batch-feed models, on the other hand, operate only when you fit a stopper lid at the mouth of the unit. With this, the device won’t be able to turn on, especially when you’re putting your hand down the unit. Of course, batch-feed models tend to be more expensive and are less commonly available.
3. Grinding Chamber
This is where all of the grinding action takes place. Models that come with a small motor usually have smaller chambers as they have limited power and torque to crush food waste. On the other hand, higher-HP motor units come with larger food grinding chambers as they’re able to handle more waste volume. Some units with higher-HP have stainless steel grinding chambers, which are said to be more durable than standard steel chambers and more comfortable to clean.
There isn’t a standard sound rating system for garbage disposers, making it hard to compare models by sound. But needless to say, the sound does vary with each model, though the more expensive ones are usually quieter than cheaper units. Grinding sounds are reduced through solid construction and by adding insulation around the grinding chamber.
Garbage disposals become a bother when something hard gets stuck in their grinding blades. So you should look for models that come with an auto-reverse function. It is an anti-jamming feature that enables the motor to reverse its rotation automatically should anything get stuck in the grinding chamber. Not only will it help the garbage disposal deal with tough food scraps, but it will also prevent overloads that shut down the unit.