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Food Disposal Unit Reviews

September 25, 2017

Food disposal units can be handy to have in the kitchen sink. If you are sick of your sink clogging with vegetable scraps every time you wash the dishes or peel a carrot or potato, one of these units could be your solution.

What should you look for in a food disposal unit?
One of the first things to consider is the power of the unit. Power will make a big difference in both the performance and durability of the unit. They typically range from 1/3 horsepower at the lower end up to 1 horsepower for the higher end units.

Investing in a unit that has at least 1/2 horsepower will ensure that it performs reliably, especially if you intend on putting bones and hard food scraps down the sink. A lower power unit will do a poor job of grinding these scraps up, and will be more likely to clog waste pipes as a result. They also won’t last as long as the higher power units.

Higher power units will grind almost anything, and some even have multiple stages to ensure everything is ground down finely. Quality units also do their job quietly, providing the minimum amount of disturbance for you at home.

What are some pros and cons of food disposals?
The pros of these units are generally pretty obvious. They make quick work of getting rid of food wastes and generally get them out of your hands immediately with no further work for you. However, as with everything, they can come with a price.

Food disposals can be hard on a septic system because they expel waste that is difficult for the microorganisms in the tank to digest. This can mean issues over time with your septic tank and drainage system. Some units have methods to prevent this effect, such as microorganisms you insert into the disposal unit to deal with the waste before it reaches the tank.

It is also thought that using a food disposal unit leads to water waste, since you have to run water which disposing of the scraps for the system to work.

So you’ve decided to go for a food disposal unit. Which units should you look at?

The top 3 rated food disposal units are:

Waste King Legend 8000

This unit packs a punch with a 1HP motor to tackle even the toughest food scraps that get thrown down your sink. Operating at a very impressive 2800 RPM, it will grind down just about anything. This is a heavy duty unit which has had reports from customers of over a decade of heavy use and still going strong. Some of the features it boasts are:

  • 1.0 horsepower motor
  • Lfetime in-home service warranty by Waste King
  • Lifetime corrosion warranty
  • Stainless steel grind components
  • Continuous feed units
  • EZ sink mount system that provides a no-hassle installation
  • Removable splash guard
  • Safe for properly sized septic tanks
  • 90cm power cord included


InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP

If you need to fit your food disposal into a tight space, this is the unit for you. Created for smaller households and families who don’t cook as much, this little 3/4HP unit is still strong enough to deal with tough scraps from potato peels to bones. It has the following features:

  • Two stages of grind allowing you to insert tough food scraps such as bones.
  • About 40% quieter than a standard disposer
  • Vibration-free when in operation
  • 1L capacity chamber that is made of stainless steel for added durability.
  • 4-year in-home limited warranty
  • A sink mount that allows for easy installation and replacement
  • Wall switch activation making it easy to operate


InSinkErator Evolution Septic Assist 3/4 HP

This unit is the unit to use if you have a septic system at your home and want to use a food disposal unit. Equipped with a natural enzyme treatment which safely releases bacteria to help food waste break down and keep everything in working order, it will ensure that there is no effect to your septic system. It sports the following features:

  • A Bio-Charge cartridge containing over 300 million enzyme-producing micro-organisms that get injected into the garbage disposal each time it operates
  • Two stages of grinding that will chew up tough items such as bones
  • One of the quietest noise levels when in operation
  • Vibration-free when in operation
  • 3/4 horsepower motor
  • 1.2L capacity chamber that is made of stainless steel for added durability
  • A sink mount that allows for easy installation and replacement
  • Wall switch activation making it easy to operate

We recently installed a food disposal for one of our customers. The unit was an InSinkErator Emerson E20 which the customer supplied for us to install. When installing a new unit, you should always flood test waste pipes and run the new unit.

Do you want to get a food disposal installed in your home? Get in contact with us today to get your disposal system up and running.

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