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Batch-Feed Garbage Disposals VS. Continuous-Feed Garbage Disposals

Batch feed and continuous feed are two types of garbage disposals that work differently. Batch feed disposals require the user to insert the food waste into the unit, then cover it with a stopper. Once the stopper is in place, the disposal will turn on and grind up the waste. This type of disposal is considered safer and is often recommended for households with young children, as there is no risk of reaching into the disposal while it is in use.

Batch-feed garbage disposal with stopper
Batch-Feed Garbage Disposal with stopper

Continuous feed disposals, on the other hand, are always "on" and grind food waste as it is dropped in. This type of disposal is convenient and can handle large amounts of waste, but it requires the user to be vigilant about not putting their hands into the unit while it is in use.

Continuous-feed garbage disposals tend to be less expensive than batch-feed disposals. The price difference is mainly due to the additional parts and mechanism required for the batch feed system, which makes it a more complex and expensive device.

fruit on a cutting board getting ready to be pushed off with a knife into the continuous feed garbage disposal
Continuous-Feed Garbage Disposal

However, the cost should not be the only factor considered when choosing between batch feed and continuous feed disposals. The type of disposal you choose will depend on your personal preferences, household needs, and budget. Before making a purchase, it's important to consider the size of your household, the frequency of use, and any safety concerns, as well as the initial cost of the device.

"HSP" Stands For Horsepower

Both batch feed and continuous feed disposals are available in a range of horsepower ratings, from 1/3 to 1 horsepower. The higher the horsepower, the more powerful the disposal will be, and the better it will perform when grinding up tough waste, like bones and vegetable peels.

Typically, batch feed disposals have a lower horsepower rating, since they only operate when the stopper is in place, whereas continuous feed disposals are always on and may have a higher horsepower rating to handle the constant grinding of waste. However, this is not a universal rule and both types of disposals can have varying horsepower ratings.

When choosing a garbage disposal, it is important to consider the size of your household, the frequency of use, and the types of waste you will be grinding. A higher horsepower disposal may be more expensive, but it may be worth it if you have a large family or do a lot of cooking and want a more powerful device to handle tough waste.

Ultimately, the choice between batch feed and continuous feed comes down to personal preference and household needs. Batch feed disposals offer added safety, while continuous feed disposals offer convenience and efficiency. Before purchasing a disposal, consider the needs of your household and choose the type of disposal that best fits your lifestyle.

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