Looking for an Inexpensive Garbage Disposer? Read On!
As you browse through our website, you will notice that I am slightly apologetic at times about the garbage disposal reviews I’ve written. Not because they’re not informative, honest and (mostly) straight to the point, but because many people have commented in the past “it’s a garbage disposer, what more can you say”?
This has a certain degree of truth to it but during my career, I have come across many customers who are completely confused over what type of waste disposal unit they should choose and which are the best.
In this particular review, you will find information on the Whirlaway 291 1/2 Horsepower Garbage Disposal.
Just one bit of trivia for you (in case you haven’t heard of Whirlaway), their products are produced by Anaheim Manufacturing who are the same company behind Waste King (a name no doubt you will know).
Who Should Consider this Model?
Well, with a ½ horsepower motor and small footprint, this model will do very well in many household’s that don’t have a lot in the way of cupboard storage space in the kitchen. Due to the level of power on the motor, it will also do well for those of you that don’t have large amounts of waste going down the sink.
What Type of Waste Does it Deal With?
This is the first question many of my customers ask me, and some of them do seem a little embarrassed about it because the obvious answer is organic kitchen waste. However, if you’ve yet to own a garbage disposer it’s actually a very valid question. There are many different units like this on the market, and knowing what you can and can’t throw down the sink is very important.
The Whirlaway will deal with lots of different food scraps and, even though its motor is smaller than many others, you can get away with the odd small beef rib bone or two.
The other point worth mentioning whilst I’m on the subject of types of waste is the way in which the blades work with this one. Instead of them spinning (like many other models), they actually slide which is said to help prevent jamming.
Whirlaway included the same splash guard and EZ mount design as the Waste King L-8000, which means less mess (and we all know how that can turn out).
The 291 is fairly easy to install, so you’re less likely to need a professional to do it for you.
What about Warranty?
Durability is something that everyone wants in their kitchen appliances, but when you’re dealing with less expensive “gadgets” you do have to be prepared not to tick all the desired boxes. The warranty with the Whirlaway is what’s termed as over the counter. This means that should anything go wrong, you will need to remove it and take it to a repair center (instead of the in-home service some models of Waste King and InSinkErator have). This is just one reason why it won’t break the bank in terms of what you spend.
Overall, if you’re looking for a garbage disposal that will do the job well when you switch it on, and you don’t have lots of kitchen waste, this model has an excellent reputation. Just take a look at what people have to say on Amazon. You’ll also find some great bargains on the price there as well!
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