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Garbage Disposals Buying Guide

These handy kitchen appliances eliminate messy food scraps and discourage pests—plus, they help keep waste out of landfills. This guide can help you choose the best garbage disposal for you kitchen, whether you are replacing an old model or installing one for the first time.

Types of Garbage Disposals

Types of Garbage Disposals

There are two main types of garbage disposals: batch-feed models and continuous-feed models. To choose the type that's right for you, you'll want to consider both safety and convenience. Here are the key differences between the two types.

Batch-Feed

These models only operate when the disposal lid is in place, so they offer increased safety and can be a good choice for families with small children. However, because you need to dispose of food in batches, cleanup can take longer. Batch-feed models are often more expensive than continuous-feed units. Most simply plug into an electrical outlet.

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InSinkErator
$257.27
at Lowe's

Product Features: Grind chamber and components constructed of stainless steel, ensuring durability and long life Covered by InSink...Erator s 7-year We Come To You in-home full service limited warranty for parts and labor Features an anti-vibration mount and SoundSeal technology - ultra-quiet performance allows for conversation in normal voices even when disposal is in use Zinc stopper holds back water and will only turn on the disposal when manually activated 3/4 horsepower motor is quiet, efficient, and reliable Batch feed operation with MultiGrind technology, delivering two stages of grind to more efficiently handle difficult food items Activated by magnetic cover switch (manual activation only) Easy-to-install, secure mounting assembly Can purchase with or without power cord as you can interchange the power cord from your existing InSinkErator disposer. Product Specifications: Overall Height: 16-1/4 Overall Diameter: 10 Grind Chamber Capacity: 40 oz. Feed Type: Batch feed Electrical Phases: 1 Horsepower: 3/4 Voltage: 120V Drain Connection: 1-1/2Variations:COVER CONTROL PLUS: This model76944A: This model including power cord read more

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The Waste King 9900 TC Legend Series 3 4 HP EZ Mount Batch Feed Garbage Disposer is one of the best food disposers on the market W...ith a high speed 2700 r p m permanent magnet motor this disposer can efficiently get rid of your food waste This disposer is also septic safe for properly sized septic tanks making it environmentally friendly The fast and easy mount system provides a no hassle installation and it is dishwasher compatible Package Content garbage disposerpower cordmanualwarranty read more

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The Waste King 5000TC Legend Series 3 4 HP EZ Mount Batch Feed Garbage Disposer is one of the best food disposers on the market Wi...th a high speed 2700 r p m permanent magnet motor this disposer can efficiently get rid of your food waste This disposer is also septic safe for properly sized septic tanks making it environmentally friendly The fast and easy mount system provides a no hassle installation and it is dishwasher compatible Package Content garbage disposerpower cordmanualwarranty read more

Continuous-Feed

Usually operated by a wall switch, continuous-feed models allow you to add new waste as other waste is being ground up and washed down the drain—speeding up the cleanup process. Because they have open necks, continuous-feed units are more dangerous and can allow bone fragments to fly out. An electrician usually installs this type of disposal.

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InSinkErator

The InSinkErator Badger 1 Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal 1/3 HP features a quick-mounting system that allows for easy installati...on or replacement. This sturdy garbage Disposal is constructed from galvanized steel and features a 26 oz. chamber for space-saving waste disposal. The garbage Disposal also features a 1/3 HP motor that rapidly grinds food waste for easy rinsing down the drain. read more

Waste King

High speed 2800 RPM Permanent Magnet Motor Stainless steel grinding components LIFETIME Corrosion Warranty Fast and Easy mount sys...tem provides a no hassle installation Removable splash guard is included Safe for properly sized septic tanks Sound insulated for quiet operation Longest warranties in the industry Power cord includedBearings: Permanently Lubricated Sleeve Type CurrentAmps: 7.0 Feed: Continuous Grind Ring: Stainless Steel Grinding Chamber: Corrosion Proof Glass Filled Polyester Hopper: Glass Filled Nylon Hz: 60 Motor Horsepower: 1 H.P. Motor Speed R.P.M.: 2800 Motor Type: Permanent Magnet Overload Protector: Manual Reset Type Power Cord: Attached Sink Flange: Stainless Steel Celcon Stopper: Positive Seal Swivel Impellers: Cast Stainless Steel Turntable: Stainless Steel Voltage: 115 Waste Elbow: ABS read more

Waste King

High speed 2800 RPM Permanent Magnet Motor Stainless steel grinding components LIFETIME Corrosion Warranty Fast and Easy mount sys...tem provides a no hassle installation Removable splash guard is included Safe for properly sized septic tanks Sound... read more

Anaheim Manufacturing
$209.99
at Kmart

Waste King EZ-Mount System, 1 HP 2800 RPM, Continuous Feed Food Waste Disposer, Jam Free Swiveling Impeller SystemWaste King dispo...sers are backed with 100 years of experience, legendary by their reliability, the swiveling impeller system combined with the Vortex technology motors deliver 2800 RPM of liquefying power making them the most efficient disposer available. Lifetime in-home warranty make them one lifetime kitchen investment.Swiveling impeller grinding system for efficient grinding performanceCorrosion proof grinding chambersSound insolated for quiet operation, EZ-Mount system1 HP Vortex technology motorBest warranties in the industry, factory installed power cord uses less water and less time to grindLifetime in-home service warranty read more

Product Features

Product Features

All of the garbage disposals sold in the United States are made by only a handful of companies and operate pretty much the same way. However, there are a few important features to look for when comparing models. These features can help ensure reliable performance, as well as improve safety and convenience.

Anti-Jamming Features

Garbage disposals come with a variety of anti-jamming features. Some require you to push a button to reset the motor or use an accessory tool to unclog the unit. More advanced models include an auto-reverse mode that can reverse the motor direction or increase power to clear jams and help prevent them from occurring.

Dishwasher Connector

Most disposal models can be connected to your dishwasher with a hose. This allows you to grind up food particles from your dishes and eliminates the need for prerinsing dishes.

Safety Cover

This cover prevents the garbage disposal from being turned on accidentally. The unit won't operate unless the cover is in place.

Stainless-Steel Components

A stainless-steel grind chamber (which is less prone to corrosion) can increase durability.

Septic-Assist Cartridges

Some units specifically designed for use with septic tanks include special cartridges that release a microorganism into the drain every time food waste is ground up. These microorganisms help break down food waste faster and control odors.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you're selecting a garbage disposal, be sure to check for local ordinances that may discourage or limit the use of disposals, as well as evaluate your home's unique plumbing system. The horsepower of the garbage disposal motor has a big impact on performance—so think about what waste materials you'll be throwing in the disposal and how much you'll be using the appliance. Also make sure the model you choose will fit easily under your sink. Here are the key items to keep in mind as you're shopping.

Local Requirements

Before you install a garbage disposal, check with your local sewer authority to make sure your community allows the appliances. Some areas discourage garbage disposals because of inadequate sewer systems or a limited water supply. If you have a septic system, you may need to upgrade it before installing a garbage disposal—and you'll likely need to empty it more frequently once the disposal is in use. Check with your local building inspector or environmental health official about recommendations for your area.

Motor Size

Make sure you choose a garbage disposal with a motor powerful enough to suit your needs. Basic models with as little as 1/3 horsepower are sufficient for households of one or two people or families that don't do much cooking. If you prepare meals frequently, a disposer with a 3/4- or 1-horsepower motor would be a better choice. Models with greater horsepower can handle fibrous materials and bones.

Plumbing Issues

If plumbing clogs and backups are a regular occurrence in your home, be sure to fix these problems before installing a garbage disposal—which may just make the problems worse. If your home has a septic tank sized appropriately for multiple home appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers, it should be able to handle a garbage disposal as well. However, it's generally recommended that homeowners with septic tanks refrain from placing solid, mineralized items, such as eggshells and seafood shells, into the disposal, as these could cause accumulation of sludge and decrease the effectiveness of the septic system.

Warranty

Warranties vary from one year to the lifetime of the unit. Keep in mind that longer warranties will likely add to the price of the unit.

Noise Level

Higher-price models are more likely to have features that help reduce vibration and decrease noise—but even the best model won't be completely quiet. In general, though, larger and heavier models run more quietly.

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Waste King
$95.01 $142.99
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