How to Choose a Garbage Disposal for Your Kitchen Sink

How to Choose a Garbage Disposal for Your Kitchen Sink

Garbage disposals come in a variety of sizes and capacities

By Sabah Karimi

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To break down and dispose food in the most hygienic way, install a high-quality garbage disposal unit in your kitchen sink. Different types of garbage disposals are designed to shred and grind food and force it down the drain, keeping the area as sanitized as possible. The right garbage disposal unit for your kitchen will keep your cooking space fresh and clean, and also prevent severe drain clogs.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Set a budget for your garbage disposal unit so that you can make the most cost-effective decision when comparing brands with similar features.
  • Hire a licensed plumber to install your new garbage disposal.

Step 1:

Evaluate your food waste to choose the right size unit. If you are a small household, you may not need anything more powerful than a 1/2-horsepower motor. If you dispose larger volumes of food for a larger household on a regular basis, you may need a more powerful 3/4/-horsepoweror 1-horsepower model.

Step 2:

Decide if you want a continuous-feed or batch-feed model. Continuous-feed models are operated by an on/off switch that must be installed in a wall near the kitchen sink. Batch-feed units are designed to process only a certain amount of food at a single session, and are powered by a twist handle mounted on the disposer's lid. Consider what will be the most economical choice given the amount of food you will be disposing of, and where you will be installing the disposal unit.

Step 3:

Listen to the sound of the motor. Consider your home environment and the sound level you wish to maintain in and around your kitchen space. The pitch of the motor varies significantly by make and model, so listen to motors to choose one that isn't too loud.

Step 4:

Learn about the blade types. Different models of garbage disposal units are designed with different spinning blades to clear up the waste and break down food. Choose oscillating blades for the fast and efficient breakdown of large volumes of food, or standard spinning blades to handle smaller volumes of food.

Step 5:

Review warranty information on the unit. Consider the type of warranty coverage you have for vital parts such as the motor, blades and chamber of the garbage disposal unit.

Step 6:

Learn about the installation process. Continuous-feed garbage disposal units may need to be installed by a professional plumber and electrician to handle the wiring of the unit. Batch-feed units can be installed as a DIY project, or with the assistance of a handyman. Consider your budget and DIY skills so that you can install the garbage disposal unit safely and effectively.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Clean your kitchen's drain regularly to keep the garbage disposal running at peak efficiency.
  • Consider investing in septic system cleaner that helps break down enzymes and bacteria that may be lodged in certain areas of the drain to further sanitize your sink.
  • Don't use any flange that did not come with your garbage disposal unit, as lightweight or decorative models can break apart or tarnish easily.

About the Author

Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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