Either it’s your first time to set up a garbage disposal unit or just replacing an old one, there are certain features you can’t just miss when selecting one for your home.
Great features mean that your device will last longer saving you some bucks for possible repairs later on. Choosing the right garbage disposal unit for your place also ensures safety especially that this involves electrical wiring and plumbing.
In choosing your garbage disposal units, here are some features you need to look out for:
- Motor size
Your motor size should depend on the family size you have and the workload you put on your disposal unit at a daily basis.
It could help to ask the following questions:
- How many are we in the family?
- How often do I use my garbage disposal unit in a day?
- How big is the amount of food waste I place onto it?
Motor size comes in several types namely: 1/3 HP, ½ HP, ¾ HP and 1 HP.
If soft foods like vegetables are the only ones you grind on your disposal unit, then a 1/3 and ½ HP will do. A ¾ HP motor will provide lesser jams and smoother operational flow. If you have a lot of people at home, you will have to consider having a 1 HP motor size to accommodate the workload of the unit.
Garbage disposal units create some noise. But there are certain differences on how loud the noise can be in relation to the horsepower of the device. Bigger horsepower produces lesser noise compared to the cheaper once.
However, if you don’t mind the sound at all, then a unit with lesser hp will do. It’s a matter of preference.
- Stainless steel
Stainless steel blades are finer and sharper so they grind foods better. Cheaper disposal units may not use overall steel on their blade construction. Moreover, steel blades also wears out longer so you’ll get the best out of it before deciding to replace it with a new set.
- Dishwasher attachment
This feature is for those household which has a dishwasher. A disposal unit with a dishwasher attachment is of great help because you just have to connect this with your dishwasher via tube and the foods you pour it into will automatically be flushed to the disposal unit.
- Feed type
Feed type comes in continuous and batch feed. Continuous feed type is the most common and easiest to use as it comes with an off and on switch attached to a wall. Batch feed on the other hand requires you to put the food on the hopper chamber and close the stopper lid to activate the grinder. Batch feed is more expensive but is safer for people who have a hard time keeping their hands off the holes with rotating blades.
Choosing your home’s disposal unit is a matter of preference but it still requires you to know the basics of how much workload you put on your unit to ensure that you get the right one for you.
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