24 May 2017

3 Tips to Choosing the Best Garbage Disposal for Your Needs

A garbage disposal is a clean and convenient way to dispose of waste in your home. However, it can be difficult to decide what garbage disposal is the right one for you. While it is tempting to just purchase the most powerful, or most highly rated disposal unit, it is best to consider your exact needs before deciding what garbage disposal to purchase. Here are three tips to help choose the best garbage disposal for your needs:

Tip #1: Horsepower

Garbage disposals come in several sizes of horsepower, 1/3 HP, ½ HP, ¾ HP and 1 HP. A small 1/3 HP garbage disposal is idea for small families that don’t cook often or don’t have a lot of food waste.  This type of disposal is idea for easy-to-grind foods like fruits and vegetables. The ½ HP disposal is also good for a smaller household of 1-2 people. These disposals are better quality, are affordable and will generally last longer than the 1/3 HP.  The ¾ HP garbage disposal is a common size used by a family of four. They are quieter than the smaller disposals and do not get easily jammed. Finally, the 1 HP disposals are best for big families with a large amount of food waste. They are generally even quieter than ¾ HP disposals and good for hard food scraps (like bone).

Tip #2:  Special features

There are several features of garbage disposals that can make them slightly better and more convenient than others. For example, a garbage disposal with an auto-reverse feature can spin the blades in reverse, which will help clear waste that has jammed the unit. Another convenient feature is an electric cord. This allows your garbage disposal to be simply plugged into an outlet, instead of having to hard wire the disposal unit, which can cost more money for installation. Another feature to consider is the presence of a stainless steel grinding chamber. These disposals are generally more durable and will last longer.

Tip #3: Warranty

A warranty is extremely important for any appliance in your home to cover unexpected repairs or replacement.  Highly rated food disposals will usually last many years, but it is always a good idea to make sure the garbage disposal you decide to purchase has a good warranty. Most garbage disposals will come with a one-year warranty, but some manufacturers’ warranties will cover the product for up to ten years or even offer a lifetime warranty. The best warranty offered for a garbage disposal offers lifetime mechanical and corrosion protection. This warranty promises replacement of your disposal unit if it stops working due to mechanical or material failure within the lifetime of the original purchaser.

Overall, the best way to choose a garbage disposal is to consider how much (and what kind) of waste your household produces. Consider your family size, any special features you feel would best suit your needs, and any risk of your unit needing replaced in order to choose your idea garbage disposal.

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