Garbage disposals are powerful appliances that can help you get rid of daily food scraps. They are probably the easiest way to dispose of things and keep your surroundings clean. Before investing in one, however, it is essential to figure out which type of disposal is best for your home. The following article explains what to consider when choosing a garbage disposal.
1. Feed Type
Most garbage disposals have one of two feed types: the continuous feed or the batch feed.
To operate a continuous feed disposal you must switch it on and put the food scraps into the grinding chamber. Such a unit is easy to use but can be unsafe and prone to complications. If silverware accidentally slips into it, for instance, you will probably damage the grinder. You may need to manually remove the offending object if it becomes jammed, and this is not particularly safe.
Batch feed garbage disposals, on the other hand, only work when you put the scraps in the grinding chamber and close the lid. They are slower and may require more time to use, but they are safer because the motor doesn’t start until you close the lid. This removes the risk of accidentally placing utensils or non-degradable waste into the grinder, and eliminates any potential need to put your hands into it.
2. Horse Power
Depending on motor size, garbage disposals have one of four types of horsepower: 1/3 HP, 1/2 HP, 3/4 HP, and 1 HP. Higher levels of horsepower mean more powerful grinding, and vice versa. Since most families have 2-3 members, a motor size of 1/3 HP to1/2 HP is typically sufficient. If you have a large family, however, you should buy a disposal with 3/4 HP to 1 HP.
3. Chamber Size
Grinding chamber size depends upon HP. A disposal with the lowest HP would also have the smallest chamber. Small chambers may need more time to get rid of all the food scraps. If you have to dispose of a large quantity of garbage every day, you would need a disposal with a large chamber and correspondingly high HP. While such disposals are more expensive, they can handle your needs more efficiently than disposals with less HP and smaller chambers can.
Because the grinding process causes vibrations to pass from the unit to the sink, the garbage disposal is bound to make some noise. Inexpensive, low HP disposal systems are noisier, while expensive, high HP models are less so. If you are sensitive to noise, choose a higher HP disposal. You may also want to look for models that use noise-reducing technology.
Always go for garbage disposals with stainless steel components. Stainless steel is durable, easy to clean, and doesn’t rust the way galvanized steel tends to. Grinding chambers made of thermoplastic polymer are very durable, but they are less resistant to corrosion than stainless steel chambers.
If you keep these things in mind during your search, it will be easy to find the perfect disposal for your home.