A big part of taking care of a family is handling the garbage. What do you do about all the trash that piles up in your house day after day? Just throwing it away in a garbage can and leaving it to rot isn’t an ideal solution. That’s just shifting the garbage from one location to another.
That’s where garbage disposals come in. These handy devices can get rid of leftovers and table scraps, with no muss or fuss. Gathering, processing and discarding kitchen waste in an efficient, environmentally-friendly way has never been easier.
However, garbage disposals have acquired a reputation for being too noisy. The convenient solution came with an inconvenient side-effect.
Which is why the soundproofed garbage disposal system is such a godsend. It doesn’t eliminate all sounds from the disposal completely, but it does reduce the noise to more manageable levels.
Choosing the perfect one for your household involves a lot more than picking the unit with the 5-star rating. Luckily, this guide is here to help you make all the necessary considerations for picking the best quiet garbage disposal unit for your household
1. How big is the disposal unit?
There’s no use in getting a disposal unit if there’s no place to put it. So, the first thing to do is make sure there’s enough room under the sink for the disposal unit.
Also, considering the size of the unit in question is necessary. The bigger models typically come with the bigger, more powerful motors. Since they are practically guaranteed to make more noise, soundproofing will be required.
2. How good is the soundproofing?
This is probably the critical point of contention when choosing a garbage disposal unit.
No machine can operate soundlessly, and the goal is to find one that doesn’t create discomfort or anger with excessive noise when in use.
The garbage disposal causes a lot of vibrations when active, and that’s when most of the noise will be produced. Choosing a brand with sound seal isolation techniques and mechanisms like SoundSHIELD or Sound Seal will be ideal. These disposals will be fortified with anti-vibration tailpipes and sink mounts or have the motor surrounded by several layers of masking materials and a thick outer layer.
More sounds can be produced if the disposal’s vibrations reach other places in the kitchen like the sink. Some manufacturers provided sink baffles to lock the disposal unit in place. This further reduces the likelihood of noise pollution.
3. How good is the motor?
Of course, the main point of getting a garbage disposal unit is making sure it disposes of your garbage properly. That all depends on the motor, your disposal unit comes with.
The higher the horsepower and RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) ratings, the more powerful your device is. However, do remember that the higher the horsepower and RPM ratings, the higher the noise levels of the disposal unit and the higher your electric bill.
Consider the eating tendencies and kinds of leftovers and amount of waste produced by your family in choosing a disposal unit. If hard items like bones need to be disposed of, then a powerful unit is required. If not, you run the risk of clogging the drain of the unit. If the volume of waste produced isn’t so substantial, a less powerful motor can be enough for the entire family. Also, a less powerful motor produces less sound and contributes towards the quiet nature of the disposal unit.
4. What type of garbage disposal is best for me?
There are two basic designs of garbage disposal; continuous feed garbage disposals and batch feed garbage disposals.
•Continuous feed disposals just need the switch flipped on, and they will run until the switch is flipped off. This allows food to be funneled into the disposal unit while it’s still on. These disposal units are convenient, reasonably priced and very common on the market.
•Batch feed disposals require the disposal cover be put in place before they start operating. As such, the disposal can only be run one batch at a time. Batch feed disposals eliminate the chances of injuries suffered by garbage disposal mishaps.
5. How was the disposal unit made?
When buying a garbage disposal unit, you want it to last as long as possible. That means buying a disposal unit with quality parts. Parts that will take years of exposure to food and water before corroding beyond repair.
Stainless steel components in your garbage disposal units can help avoid repairing your disposal unit often. The ability of stainless steel to resist corrosion means that grinders made of stainless steel components last will last much longer than other disposals.
6. How are the connections placed?
The connections for the garbage disposal unit are probably the last things that need consideration. Connections for power and drainage are crucial for the smooth operation of a garbage disposal unit. The last thing you want is the disposal shutting down because of a faulty power connection or clogging up because of a problem with the drainage system.
Some waste disposal units come with a sink flange, to connect the unit to the sink ensure that materials aren’t ejected out of the sink.
There are two kinds of switches available for garbage disposal units; Flip switches and Air switches.
•A flip switch is a traditional switch that is installed in a wall. It’s mostly used for continuous feed disposal units.
•An air switch is a push button switch that uses air pressure instead of electricity to activate the garbage disposal unit. These are considered safer given the high likelihood of water splashing on the switch. They will protect against electric shocks by keeping electrical circuits away from water.
A power cable of sufficient length is also necessary for your disposal unit. If one comes with your disposal unit, that’s time, and money saved not buying one.
Remember, a garbage disposal unit might seem like just another kitchen appliance, but the benefits provided by one are like none other. The right choice will give you an efficient and eco-friendly means of disposing of waste with minimal noise and need for maintenance.