Herb & Spice Shop Co. offers a wide selection of waste disposals for sale. We are frequently asked by customers to teach them how to choose a garbage disposal for their kitchen. Hoping that we can help you too, here is an overview of what you should consider when making your selection.
The first thing you might want to look at is size. Although waste disposals are generally around the same size, some are designed with longer or wider bodies. If you don’t have much room under your sink – either length- or width-wise – this could pose a problem for you. When you shop for a garbage disposal, make a note of the dimensions that are provided. Then check under your kitchen sink to see how it will fit.
The next thing you will want to look at is the kind of motor you want. Garbage disposal are fitted with motors that have 1/4 horsepower, 1/2 horsepower, 3/4 horsepower, and 1 horsepower. 1/4 horsepower motors are the weakest and 1 horsepower motors are the strongest. You should care about the motor power because that determines what you can put in a garbage disposal. Most with 1/4 horsepower motors cannot grind hard foods, so manufacturers hardly make these anymore because people don’t buy them and they are rather useless. What we recommend is shopping for one with a 3/4 horsepower motor, and if you have the extra budget, get a 1 horsepower motor. These will guarantee that your foods will have less chance of clogging. But always remember to check your manual to make sure the foods you insert are appropriate for that disposal.
When operating anything with a motor, you can imagine that there will be plenty of noise. These days, waste disposals are made with better insulation that minimizes the amount of vibration and noise coming out of the machines. The extent of the insulation will depend on your model, and the more insulation you get, the more you generally have to pay. But these machines generally come with a stronger motor which is why they have so much insulation in the first places. So you are generally paying for better performance.
You will also want to consider style. You will find the batch feed style and the continuous feed style. When most people compare the two styles, they think of batch feed as the safer option and the continuous feed as the more efficient option. But when you actually use them you will find that they will not differ that much in operation or performance. It all depends on your preference. While there are plenty of options for continuous feed disposers, the InSinkErator batch feed has been our top-selling model among the batch feed disposers.
Most people won’t have to consider this last point, but we’ll include it anyway because we think it might apply to some people. If you live in an area where you have a septic system, you will want to look at getting a garbage disposal that is designed to be used on a septic system. What this really means is it will come with a cartridge that releases enzymes with each use, so it can help break down food waste better. This will help reduce stress on your system and avoid costly repairs.
We know that making purchases like these can be confusing for a lot of people, so we hope that this has been helpful to you. Additionally, you can visit this website to help you find the best waste disposal and read through reviews and other useful articles. If you have any specific questions you would like to ask us about garbage disposals, you can call our customer service at 1-800-399-1804 (English and French) and we will direct you to the right department.