Need new garbage disposal
I'm looking for a new garbage disposal. My old insinkerator (sp?) died on me and I'm in the market for the new one. I don't want to spend 200-300 bucks, there are a few $100 models out there. Can anyone recommend? Also anyone have any experience with brands other than insinkerator?
I actually pulled my old in-sink-sertor out and did not replace it. I had nothing but problems from the get go. the plumber who pulled it out (and charged me $150) said the garbage disposal is the plumber's best friend because of all the problems with them. I wouldn't wast my money on a $100 garbage disposal. I paid $300 for mine 10 years ago, and it still sucked!
We've had an insinkerator Badger 5 in our kitchen sink for the last year or so with no problems. We try to be careful about what we put down there (no artichoke leaves, only small pieces of citrus, etc) but its been just fine for us. It was a $100 or so model if I recall.
We have a Kenmore that I have had no trouble with directly. The thing works fine our problem is the way this house was plumbed and to fix it would mean taking up the floor on my laundry room, half bath and garage. I try not to use it much because it backs up and spews garbage through the washing machine drain pipe and on to the floor. Covenants and restrictions in my neighborhood require that each home will have one. I guess you don't have to use it. C&Rs don't say that.
1. as with other appliances, InSinkErator actually makes most of the other disposer-labels, so sticking with ISE makes best sense.
2. last ISE intro'd first major product upgrade in a generation - the Evolution series; much quiet, grinds everything (no restrictions), jam-sensing technology (kitchen help at a large dinner party shortly after i installed my Evolution Excel forgot to turn it off, it ran so quietly
3. given 10-15 year life expectancy, spending a bit more now may be worth it; longer warranties as you upgrade, too
4. most disposer-related plumbing issues a function of poorly-designed/pitched wastelines; a disposer pulverizes everything, actually making clogs less likely than what people otherwise push down their sinks or flush down their toilets
5. if choice is between using a disposer or sending food scraps to a landfill, most wastewater treatment plants are actually quite good at making fertilizer products, and so really isn't an enviro choice after all -- and both electrical and water use related to a disposer are well-studied, and nearly immeasurable (lots better ways to save water in a typical household than worrying about a disposer)
When a client asks about disposers that won't give 'em any troubles I can whole heartedly recommend the expensive ($300+) units from Maytag. These are built really really well. All the critical parts are top quality SS and the motor is the same sort of industrial design that the ancient Hobart commercial model utilized. The top of the line model has a slick magnetically activated switch that only goes on when you put the special lid in place -- this is a nice safety feature. especially in island installations where the potential the flip the switch on accidentally increases. The big downside is these are BIG units that can fill up the under sink cabinet in a major way.
UPDATE -- Looks like Maytag has dropped the unit I usually recommend, idiots! The KitchenAid is a close match. I hope that the corporate bean counters don't drop that one too.