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How To Choose The Right Garbage Disposal For Your Home

Choosing the best garbage disposal for your kitchen may not seem like a big priority, but your drain and pipe health depend on it! You want to make sure your disposal can handle everything you need to throw at it with ease. That means you want the most appropriate unit for your kitchen sink.

Gotelli Plumbing is here to make sure your garbage disposal installation is a good investment and serves you perfectly. Read on to learn some of the important factors to consider when shopping for a new garbage disposal.

What Size Garbage Disposal Is Right For You?

Picking the right size garbage disposal depends on three things – household size, cooking frequency and types of foods. This trio will determine what size motor you need, and consequently the size garbage disposal that is your best fit. 


  • ⅓ Horsepower – This motor is best for one to two person households, people who don’t cook very often or soft foods and fruit/vegetable scraps.
  • ½ Horsepower – This motor is best for small households that cook every week and also need to grind up cooked meats and fish bones.
  • ¾ Horsepower – This motor is best for households of three or four people who cook multiple times a week and also need to grind chicken bones, raw meat and fruit pits.
  • 1 Horsepower – This motor is the top level for homes with over four people or for those who cook every day and also need to grind hard materials like rib bones.


Take the time to think about your needs and research the grinding power that is available to you. This way, your disposal investment will serve you well and will make your kitchen living stress free.

Types of Garbage Disposals 

Once you’ve decided what size garbage disposal you need, you’ll need all your options. Luckily, there are only two main types of garbage disposals. 

Continuous-Feed Disposals

The traditional disposal kind that is attached to a switch in the wall nearby, this unit has some great advantages. Since they are so common, they are budget friendly. Plus, they are designed to run while food waste is being thrown down the drain. The only possible negative is they do have to be run by the wall switch so a professional will need to install the switch.

Batch-Feed Disposals

These models aren’t hooked to a wall switch, so they’re a great solution for kitchen island disposals. They are also designed to work by throwing in scraps and then covering the drain before turning them on. Covering the drain for batches of grinding reduces the risk of accidental injury and gives the system its name. The con is that these systems are usually more expensive than their counterparts. 

Gotelli Plumbing Garbage Disposal 

When you need a plumbing company you can trust, choose Gotelli Plumbing. We have all the information you need to invest in the perfect new garbage disposal for your kitchen. Plus, we can perform a flawless disposal installation that will leave you completely satisfied. Contact us today!

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