What Size Garbage Disposal Should I Buy?

Generally, garbage disposals come in 1/2, 3/4, and 1 horsepower models. We recommend 1/2 horsepower garbage disposals for light use, 3'4 horsepower for normal home use, and 1 horse power for heavy home use or light commercial. Check out Our residential garbage disposal selection , or give us a call for other heavy-duty commercial applications.

A 1/2 horse power garbage disposal is perfect for condos and apartments. It has enough power for one or two people to use and it is usually less expensive. This power of garbage disposal is also great for vacation homes, where it doesn't get too much use. Just be careful, though, that if you have a large dinner party or other special occasion where you may need to dispose of a lot of food particles at one time, that you run plenty of cold water and feed the particles slowly into the disposer.

A 3/4 horse power garbage disposer is probably the most common. This kind of garbage disposer is generally found in single family homes and is good for a family. If you have children, however, make sure that they understand what you can and cannot put down the garbage disposal. This will help prevent future problems if everyone understands how to use the disposal.

A 1 horsepower garbage disposer is better if you have a large family or a kitchen that gets heavy use or by a lot of people. This is because with more power, this kind of garbage disposal is a lot more forgiving with what someone may put down it. This kind of garbage disposal is also good for offices and other places of business where a more powerful garbage disposal might be needed.

Of course, there are commercial grade garbage disposers for restaurants, hospitals, schools and other places of business that need a much more powerful disposer. If you have questions about commercial grade garbage disposers, give us a call and we will be happy to talk to you about them.

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