Whirlaway Garbage Disposal

Last updated date: January 18, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 98 expert reviews, the Whirlaway Whirlaway Garbage Disposal placed 8th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 31, 2020:
Checkout The Best Garbage Disposal For Apartment for a detailed review of all the top garbage disposal for apartments.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
302 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Whirlaway 191 uses an EZ mount method of installation that can be done easily in thirty minutes with near zero technical ability if you follow the online videos.
- ratingle
That’s the one issue that I have with many garbage disposals – they prevent me from using as much cabinet space as possible. It’s tough to store things when the disposal is large. Thankfully, the Whirlaway 191 garbage disposal is small but mighty.
- Disposal Suggest
May 3, 2019 | Full review
Another high-quality feature of this product is that the bearings used. It's permanently lubricated and won’t require any maintenance during the life of the unit. There is also a manual reset button on the machine instead of using a jam key.
- Mr. Garbage Disposal
This device and its almost every component are made of galvanized steel and the grind chamber is made of corrosion proof polymer. These provide the device to work with strength and moreover, give enough durability so that you can use this device year after year.
- Garbage Disposal Mag
It’s easy to install and seems to be a very reliable unit requiring very little maintenance.
- KitBibb
January 1, 2019 | Full review
The grinding components are corrosion resistant, so you don’t have to worry. It also offers a removable splash guard and a 2-year warranty.
- Inside Reviewed
What experts didn't like
The Whiraway 191 is a bit noisy and lacking in refinement compared to its more expensive competitors.
- ratingle
Does not come with a power cord.
- Disposal Suggest
May 3, 2019 | Full review
1/3 horsepower motor – suitable for not large amounts of waste
- Mr. Garbage Disposal
It is not as powerful as most of the other models. No in-home service certainly makes a little problem.
- Garbage Disposal Mag
Smaller HP motor not suitable for big amount of waste
- KitBibb
January 1, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Standard Model. Less cord. High speed permanent magnet motor produces more power per pound. 2 Year Over The Counter Replacement Warranty. From the Manufacturer Standard Model. Less cord. High speed permanent magnet motor produces more power per pound. 2 Year Over The Counter Replacement Warranty

Overall Product Rankings

1. InSinkErator Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 15
2. Waste King Garbage Disposal with Power Cord
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 14
3. Moen Compact Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 16
4. Kitchen Aid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 18
5. Waste Maid Food Waste Disposer
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Whirlpool Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 14
7. GE Food Waste Disposer
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Whirlaway Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Garbage Disposal For Apartments

When your garbage disposal stops working, it’s suddenly all too clear how useful an appliance it is. But shopping for a garbage disposal can be complicated. Not only do you have to contend with the cost of a new disposal, but you’ll probably have to pay someone to install it. Before you start looking around, note the brand of disposal you currently have. Some of the most popular brands include features that let you easily slide the old disposal out and replace it with a new one — no professional technician necessary.

The most important feature in any garbage disposal is power. Vicki Liston, host of “On The Fly…DIY,” says the amount of power required depends on how you’ll be using the disposal. If you’re only tossing softer foods and liquids down your disposal, you’ll likely find a ½-horsepower motor will more than suffice. However, for tougher jobs, you’ll need more power.

“I don’t recommend anything less than a ½ horsepower motor,” Liston says. “One-third horsepower units can clog easily, even if you only put soft foods into them.”

Even the most powerful motors can jam occasionally, which is why Liston also recommends choosing a disposal with either an auto-reverse or anti-jam mode. Most disposals come with a reset button in case your unit ever shuts off during a jam. Make sure the model you have not only includes a button, but that you can easily get to that button if you ever need it.

There are two major types of disposals: continuous feed and batch feed. Continuous feed is far more common, so you’ll probably find it tougher to find batch feed models if you prefer that mode. With continuous feed, the motor crunches items up immediately as you add them. Batch feed disposals force you to load all the food in and close it before it starts working. Batch feed disposals are, of course, safer, especially if you have young children, and Liston recommends them unless you have an adults-only household.

DYWM Fun Fact

Garbage disposals have been praised as good for the environment since they reduce the amount of food waste heading to landfills every week. But the food you wash down the drain has to go somewhere. Once ground up, your food particles eventually make their way to your local wastewater treatment plant, where they must be filtered out and either turned into fertilizer or sent to landfills anyway. Another factor getting in the way of eco-friendliness is that having food particles pumped into local water systems may disrupt aquatic life. In addition to the environmental impact, food particles can also create clogs that cities have to work hard to clear.

The Garbage Disposal For Apartment Buying Guide

  • One way to save money is to install the disposal yourself. There are several benefits to leaving it to a professional, though, perhaps the most important of which is that it’s safer. But professional technicians also know local regulations regarding garbage disposal installation. If you opt to DIY, Liston recommends checking into those regulations.

“Even in this day and age your local facilities may either require a permit and or may not even allow you to connect one, based on their capacity to handle food waste,” Liston says.

  • If you’re in an apartment, check your lease to determine whether there are restrictions. If your complex is on a septic system, dropping anything but liquids down your drain can strain the system, forcing it to require pumping more frequently. Septic customers often find they still need to dump most waste into the trash, even with a garbage disposal.
  • Grease and fat are never good for drains, even with a garbage disposal.
  • To keep it operating efficiently, use only cold water when you’re running your garbage disposal.
  • Sink drains and disposals can start to smell after a while, especially if food is lodged inside its parts. Peels from citrus fruits can keep things smelling fresh.
  • If your disposal doesn’t have a reset button, you can insert a wooden spoon into the mouth of the disposal to clear it.
  • Several factors combine to determine how powerful a motor is. In addition to choosing a ½-horsepower motor or better, you should also look at the revolutions per minute (RPM) and the sharpness of the blades.
  • In a smaller apartment, every noise can seem magnified. More powerful motors will often be louder, so it can really help to choose one that features solid insulation.
  • Your disposal will be exposed to plenty of liquids. Over time, that exposure can cause it to corrode. Some disposals build in corrosion resistance to extend their longevity.