While not exactly glamorous, a garbage disposal can be a real asset in the kitchen. It can have environmental benefits as well by keeping waste out of the landfill. They haven't changed much since they were introduced in the 1920s, but new features crop up occasionally, such as auto-reverse and jamming prevention. Here's some information on disposals and how to choose one, gathered from this article.
Batch feed - Food waste is added to the disposal, then the lid is closed, which activates the disposal. Pricier, but safer.
Continuous feed - Flip on the wall switch, add your food waste, flip the switch off. The most common type.
Motor Size - Anywhere from 1/3 to 1 full horsepower. More is better, generally speaking; less powerful ones tend to jam more and operate less smoothly. More power does mean more cost, so you may want to split the difference.
Grinding Chamber - Where the daily grind happens. The more powerful the motor, the bigger the chamber, because of the greater capacity for pulverization. Best material for a chamber is stainless steel, and the impellers should be the same.
Noise - You would think that smaller means noisier, but with the increased cost of the disposal comes better construction and sound insulation, which makes for quieter operation. Don't expect any disposal to be whisper-quiet, though.
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