Buying a garbage disposal is only a matter of money but choosing the most accurate one is difficult. The confusion arises when you have got the Continuous Feed and the Batch Feed Garbage Disposals in front of you, and both have good features. My suggestion is to go with your personal preference. Now let’s consider the pros and cons of these two basic designs and decide what to do.
Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
The name indicates the continuation of the feeding, that means, this kind of disposal begin to work instantly after switching on the power, and you can grind the waste foods continuously while running. After turning on the disposal, the smashers force food wastes against the inner walls, pulverize the food debris into tiny pieces and throw them into the small holes of the spinning plate to deliver to the drain pipe.
Pros or Advantages
The continuous grinding process will help to grind a lot of waste foods in a short time. So, it saves time.
You can throw waste foods instantly after grinding the first batch, no need to stop the system every time. No doubt it will minimize your labor.
You do not need to overstaff the food wastes to grind which may help your disposal from clogging.
Regarding money, the Continuous Feed Disposal is cheaper than the Batch Feed.
This design gains popularity, so lots of models are available in the market.
The operating system is very easy. Just throw down the food wastes and turn on the switch. The disposal will grind and send them to the plumbing in a couple of minutes.
Flush with water after grinding every time is recommended to clean up the disposal. As you are grinding a lot of waste foods at a time, you no need to flush with water repeatedly before finishing the task.
Cons or Disadvantages
Safety is an important matter, but you may need to consider it a little bit, in the case of Continuous Feed. As it is operating continuously, the entry remains open for a long time. Unfortunately, if you put down your hand in it, the accident may happen.
Your spoon, fork, or knife, etc. may fell in the disposal which will clog, or damage your disposal before you manage to turn off. So, need to be more cautious while using this disposal.
If you have children in your home, then you need to relook the safety issue.
There was no cover on the top of the sinkhole so that the grinding noise level will be high than the Batch Feed disposal.
When the disposal runs and spins the food debris, the fast moving food particles may eject out of the disposal, and you may need to pay extra attention to let them throw again into the disposal.
Batch Feed Garbage Disposal
Batch Feed Disposal grinds up the waste foods in batches. This disposal has a stopper on the top of the sink which is essential to operate the disposal. The stopper ensures safety by preventing the utensils or unwanted materials go inside the disposal and safe your hand to get harm if you put them unconsciously. Though it is not so popular like Continuous Feed, but the advantages may get your attention.
Pros or Advantages
There is a stopper at the entrance of the unit, without inserting it over the entrance the garbage disposal will not turn on. So, you do not need to think whether any materials are going to harm or clog your disposal, or your finger is going to get hurt.
If you have children in your home, you do not need to be more cautious like Continuous Feed.
As the stopper covers the entrance of the disposal, it will reduce the noise.
The stopper prevents to eject the fast-moving food particles out of the disposal.
Cons or Disadvantages
If you need to grind a lot of waste foods, then Batch feed disposal will take more time. Because you need to repeat the cycle again to grind a new batch of waste food materials.
Some brands do not sell Batch Feed disposal because it is not that much popular. There are very few models are available in the market to choose.
You may overstaff your disposal to grind at a time, which may cause clogging the disposal.
The operating system is complicated than the Continuous Feed. At first, fill up the chamber with waste foods, then place a stopper on top of the sink and push the stopper down to activate the unit. After grinding properly, lift the stopper to turn off the process. Repeat the cycle, if you have more food waste to grind.
The Batch Feed Garbage disposal is more expensive than the Continuous Feed.
Each and every time after grinding you need to flush your disposal with water to clean up the grime. So, you need to run more water to flush after finishing grinding.
It will tempt to wait until the food wastes fill up the garbage disposal before running to minimize the labor. But keeping wastes in the chamber is unhygienic for health. The waste may start rotting, build up bacteria or insects, etc.
However, the Continuous Feed and Batch Feed Garbage Disposal both are serving the same purpose and both are doing well. But when you are going to compare them, you have to decide by considering money, safety, time, and amount of waste foods, etc. Now ask your mind what you value most.