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Choosing the Best Garbage Disposal

Choosing the Best Garbage Disposal

Choosing a garbage disposal

Time to replace your old under sink garbage disposal? Not all disposals work the same way so it’s important to choose the right model for your needs. There are a number of factors to consider, including durability, noise levels, price, and brand reputation. In this article we will focus on horsepower ratings.

1/3 Horsepower is the starting point for disposals, offering the lowest power and lowest cost. While they can seem like a bargain, we recommend avoiding low-power disposals. They will be more prone to jamming and are often made from lower quality components that wear out more quickly.

1/2 horsepower garbage disposals are the minimum rating recommended for a home disposal. They are widely available, affordable and compact enough to fit in tight spaces. If you don’t use a disposal that often and don’t mind the higher noise levels of a smaller disposal, a 1/2 horsepower unit may be a good option. Choose a disposal with stainless steel grinding components, as they will resist rusting and wear and tear longer, increasing the lifespan of the unit.

For many households, a 3/4 horsepower disposal will work best. They have plenty of power to handle those large holiday gatherings and can safely grind potato peels, celery and more without complaint. While they require more space under the sink than lower power units, they are typically quieter than smaller units.

Have a large family or do a lot of cooking and entertaining? Consider upgrading to a 1 horsepower disposal. They can handle just about anything you can throw at them. With a large grinding chamber and premium stainless steel components they make quick work of everything from chicken and fish bones to fruit rinds. 1 horsepower units are the top-of-the-line, but just make sure you have the space under your sink!

Whatever size unit you decide to purchase, it’s important to always run lots of water when grinding waste to ensure that residue does not build up inside the grinding chamber, which can reduce the effectiveness of the disposal and cause corrosion.

Have questions about selecting the right garbage disposal for your kitchen? Call Hickey Plumbing, Air & Electrical. We can help you choose the right disposal for your needs.