Garbage Disposal Buyers Guide

Waste King L-8000 Legend Series 1.0-Horsepower Continuous-Feed Garbage Disposal

Waste King L-8000 Legend Series 1.0-Horsepower Continuous-Feed Garbage Disposal

There’s something that every cook wants, and that is ease. Picking up and throwing out all of the peels from carrots and potatoes, the shells from eggs, the stems from veggies and fruits and all of the other bits and pieces of refuse just adds more work to the task of cooking.

Fortunately, there is a way that you can eliminate the nuisance of having to make repeated trips to the garbage can, thanks to a garbage disposal. There are several tools that can make the task of cooking easier, and a garbage disposal is certainly one of them. In fact, many cooks consider a garbage disposal an absolute must.

If you don’t have a garbage disposal and you are considering getting one, but you want more information before you buy one, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a look at some important information about garbage disposals that will make the process of buying one a bit easier and less confusing for you.

The Benefits of a Garbage Disposal

One of the most obvious benefits of a garbage disposal is that it makes getting rid of refuse a whole lot easier. Peeling carrots or potatoes? Just peel the skin directly into the sink, put on the water, turn on the garbage disposal and those peels are gone.
However, this isn’t the only reason why garbage disposals are beneficial.

They are actually good for the environment, too. Since they break refuse down into small, compact parcels, the garbage takes up much less space. From an environmental perspective, this takes up less space in landfills, which is definitely a huge benefit of a garbage disposal.

Types of Garbage Disposals

There are two basic types of garbage disposals: The continuous-feed and the batch-feed. Here’s a more detailed look at each of these modes:

InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Food Waste Disposer

InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Food Waste Disposer

The Continuous-Feed Garbage Disposal. This is probably the most common type of garbage disposal. These disposals have an electric wall switch that you flip on to operate the appliance. Alternatively, these disposals can have an air disposal switch, which is located directly on top of the sink.

In order to make the continuous-feed garbage disposal work, you turn on the faucet so that the water runs over the disposal. Once the water is running over the disposal, you flip on the switch to supply the unit with power. Once the water is running and the switch is flipped, you can continue to put refuse into the chamber while it is operating; hence the name ‘continuous-feed.’

The main benefit of the continuous-feed garbage disposal is that it breaks down the food very quickly and it is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is push down new refuse once the previously disposed refuse is grounded and flushed through the drain. This is the most common garbage disposal.

InSinkErator Badger 1 Food Waste Disposer

InSinkErator Badger 1 Food Waste Disposer

The Batch-Feed Garbage Disposal. As the name suggests, with this type of garbage disposal, you drop refuse into the disposal in batches. In order to operate the batch-feed garbage disposal, you need to put a plug over the drain in the sink and then you can turn it on.

It might sound confusing, but it’s actually pretty simple. First, you put refuse into the chamber and wait until it is full. Once it is full, you place a cover over the sink drain and then turn it in order to operate the unit.

The biggest benefit of a batch-feed garbage disposal is the safety. Since a cover is placed over the garbage disposal, the blades are covered, which makes it safe, particularly for use in households where young children live or visit frequently.

Things to Consider When Purchasing a Garbage Disposal

As with all household appliances, there are certain things that you are going to want to take into consideration when choosing a garbage disposal. These considerations will help you choose the right disposal for your specific needs. These considerations will include:

The size

Garbage disposals come in several different sizes, and the size you need is based on your home and the amount of people who live in your home. Garbage disposal sizes are as follows:

– 1/3 HP
– ½ HP
– ¾ HP
– 1 HP

So, which is the right size for your home? There are two things that need to be taken into consideration when figuring out which one is the right one for your home and your needs. These two things include: The number of people in your house and how often you are planning on using the garbage disposal. These two factors will determine which horsepower is the right one for you. So, if you have a lot of people living in your house and you will be using the appliance often, you should opt for a garbage disposal that has a higher horse power. If it’s just you, or you and one other person who lives in the house, a lower horsepower will suit your needs.

InSinkErator Evolution Septic Assist 3/4 HP Household Garbage Disposer

InSinkErator Evolution Septic Assist 3/4 HP Household Garbage Disposer

The components

The components are a very important consideration when selecting a garbage disposal for your home. Components that are made of stainless steel are very highly recommended. Since the grinding components are such a crucial part of the garbage disposal, they need to be durable and built to last. When they are made of stainless steel, you can be sure that they will not only be able to stand up to excessive use and wear and tear, but you can be sure that they will do a very efficient job of grinding up your refuse. In addition to these benefits, another major advantage of stainless steel is that they are far less likely to corrode. If a garbage disposal corrodes, it needs to be replaced, and that can cost you a tremendous amount of money.


There’s nothing more frustrating than a garbage disposal that jams up. For that reason, you want to make sure that the disposal you choose for your home is a non-jamming model. It’s a known fact that the smaller horsepower models are more likely to jam while they are in the pulverization mode. If you happen to encounter that, you are going to end up spending a ton of time trying to troubleshoot the issue. So, do yourself a favor and choose a non-jamming device.

There’s no doubt about it; a garbage disposal can certainly make your life a lot easier. By using these tips and tricks, you will be able to choose a garbage disposal that will best meet your needs. And, if you have never had one before, you are in store for a totally awesome treat. Once you have a garbage disposal installed in your kitchen, you will wonder how you ever lived without one.