Isn’t it annoying to have raccoons poking around your garbage and leaving a trail of mess in their wake? You wouldn’t have to contend with that if you used a better way of disposing of food scraps, peels, and kitchen waste. That’s possible if you have a garbage disposal unit installed underneath your sink.
Basically, the unit will grind and liquefy anything that you feed into it through your sink’s drain. So, you no longer have to take out soggy waste, as well as clean up stinky mess from an upturned trash bin, no thanks to those pesky raccoons
How, though, do you choose the right garbage disposal unit for your needs? Well, reading in-depth garbage disposal reviews would definitely help you. Nevertheless, here are a few factors to keep in mind should you consider buying a unit for your kitchen. Hopefully, these factors, along with what you read in the reviews, will help you arrive at the best decision.
When deciding to purchase a garbage disposal unit, the “quality over quantity” rule applies. There’s no point in buying a cheap disposer that you’ll only end up replacing in a couple of years. Of course, you can only buy what your budget allows you to. Hence, it would be a good idea for you to read reviews beforehand in order to compare features and prices. That way, you’d easily find the disposer that’s packed with features and suits your budget perfectly.
Ideally, garbage disposal units should last anywhere between 8-15 years. It’s within that threshold period that the blades are expected to wear down and the motor to burn out. Units are covered by warranties, and depending on the type of unit you buy and the manufacturer, you could get a lifetime warranty. That means you don’t have to buy a new disposer after, say, 10 years since it would be replaced by the manufacturer. In some brands, lifetime warranty applies to the top of the line units while the typical warranty is around 3-10 years.
There are four typical motor powers for garbage disposers: 1/3, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 horsepower. Choose one that you think would meet your demands. Obviously, if you have a small household (single or two persons), you only need one with a smaller motor. However, if you have a large family, then a disposer with a 3/4 or 1 horsepower motor would be just right.
There are garbage disposers that come with a power cord and plug, so all you need to do is plug it into a power supply (so much the better if you have a plug box underneath the sink). Other, though, need to be hard-wired into an electrical supply. You have more work cut out for you if you choose the latter, although you can buy a separate plug and power cord later on to connect it to a power source as you would any other appliance in your home.
Other things you need to consider when deciding to purchase a garbage disposer are the noise levels, ease of installation, grinding stages, and the type of feed it can take (continuous or batch). Hopefully, this article will help decide easily.