Whether you’re in the market for your very first garbage disposal or you are ready to replace the one you’ve had for years, you’ll want to do your research. This is an important part of your kitchen and makes your cooking and cleaning a lot easier!
After you’ve determined which feed you want–continuous or batch–and where you want your disposal to live, you need to choose the power you want. As with most motors, garbage disposal motors are sized by horsepower (hp).
You can choose a size from 1/3 hp to 1 hp, depending on your needs. A 1/3 hp is perfect if you don’t cook a lot and a 1 hp is for people who love to cook as its power can disintegrate hard waste like chicken bones!
If you only regularly dispose of soft foods, then 1/2 hp will be sufficient. Most of us tend to dispose all kinds of food and waste, so 1/2 hp is going to be the best option for the majority of homeowners.
Type of Grinding Chambers
Bet you didn’t know you had an option of the type of grinding chamber, did you? It’s related to the motor size, in that the smaller disposals have smaller chambers and limited power to do their jobs.
Look for a chamber made of stainless steel or glass-filled nylon rather than lower quality metals. These are the easiest to clean and won’t rust. Also, choose impellers (rotors) that are stainless steel.
Choose Your Machine
With these thoughts in mind, you have some better direction on which garbage disposal will be best for your home. You’ve probably heard of the top brands, such as InSinkErator and Waste King, but there are many choices.
Think of what your needs are and your budget, and then buy the best you can afford. So remember that your garbage disposal is an investment!
You will have a quality disposal for years to come with proper maintenance.
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