Garbage disposals are a convenient way to dispose of kitchen scraps and prevent the annoyance of clogged kitchen drains due to food scrap accumulation. There are many factors to consider when choosing the best garbage disposal for your home. First and foremost, what size of disposal will fit under your sink? If safety is an issue, consider a batch fed model over a continuous feed, which activates on insertion of a special stopper rather than with a wall switch.
These aren’t the only factors, however. In comparing specs to choose the best garbage disposal for your home, be sure to consider horsepower, quality of parts, noise level, and warranty as well. Some of the best reviewed disposal options available today include:
- Waste King Legend 8000 1 Horsepower Disposer
The best garbage disposal for grinding beef bones and vegetables, such as stringy celery, without clogging. A removable splashguard makes this disposal easy to unblock in the event of an obstruction. According to owners, this disposal is quiet and easy to install, dropping in without screws or plumber’s putty on stainless steel sinks. This unit, with its stainless steel grinding components, also offers a lifetime warranty and in-home service and replacement. Be sure to measure for space before purchasing this disposal, as it is large, measuring 16.1 inches tall and 8.5 inches wide.
- KitchenAid Superba KCDS075T
If you are looking for something quiet, this is the best garbage disposal for you. Among the quietest models tested, possibly in part to a slower grinding speed than some models, this disposal still grinds comparably when disposing of meat bones and vegetables. It is smaller than the Waste King Legend, 12.75 by 9 inches, and was also found by consumers to be easy to install. Warranty coverage is 5 years, and it doesn’t provide in-home service.
- Waste King Legend 2600 1/2 Horsepower Disposer
This is the best garbage disposal for those that don’t often grind hard foods and are looking for a more inexpensive disposal. It is a good solution for cramped under sink spaces as well, though jamming is more of a concern due to the lower horsepower of this system. It offers similar features to the Waste King Legend 8000 for about half the cost. It also has stainless steel grinding components and a 5 year, in-home warranty.
- KitchenAid 1/2 Horsepower Continuous Feed Disposer KCDB250G
The best garbage disposal for those working with tight spaces, this system measures 11.4 by 6.7 inches, is inexpensive, and gets good reviews from consumers. Grinding blades are galvanized steel rather than stainless, and the one year warranty doesn’t compare to the Waste King Legend 2600.
- InSinkErator Evolution Cover Control 3/4 Horsepower Disposer
If safety, quiet operation, and longevity win out over pricing, this is the best garbage disposal for you. It grinds meat and bones as quickly as more powerful disposals with less noise. This disposal will not activate until a magnetic cover is placed on the drain, making it a great system for families with small children. This system also offers stainless steel components and a 7 year in-home warranty.