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6 Best Waste Disposal Units UK – 220 Volts

When it comes to appliances used in the UK and the USA, the main difference is their voltage rating. The appliances used in the US are rated 110-120 volts whereas those in the UK are rated 220-240 volts. If you plug a 120v appliance into a 220v outlet it will get damaged instantly.

Garbage disposals are widely used in the USA but not so much in other parts of the world. Their market in the world is so low that there are no disposal makers anywhere in the world other than in the USA. So, the garbage disposals used in other parts of the world, including the UK, are made by US companies (most of them are made in China though).

Due to the difference in supply voltage, these US companies have to modify their disposals to sell in the UK. Since the UK is not a big market for disposals, not all US companies sell their products there and so for those there, the choices are limited.

If you are in the UK and looking for a garbage disposal unit, here are the 6 best ones you can buy;

ModelHorsepowerWarranty
InSinkErator 200 S3/4 HP5-years
InSinkErator 100 S3/4 HP4-years
WasteMaid Elite 2080A1.25 HP3-years
InSinkErator 663/4 HP4-years
InSinkErator 560.55 HP3-years
InSinkErator 460.55 HP2-years

InSinkErator Evolution 200 S

InSinkErator is one of the leading manufacturers of garbage disposals in the USA. Their most popular garbage disposal in the UK is the 200 S model. It is an upgraded version of their old Evolution 200 disposal model.

  • Power: 0.75 HP
  • Type: Continuous feed
  • Construction: stainless steel
  • Noise level: Quietest
  • 3-stage grinding system
  • 1180 ml grinding chamber capacity
  • Auto-reverse grind system
  • 5-year warranty

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The 200 S garbage disposal belongs to the Evolution series of InSinkErator. This is a premium segment that is equipped with all the top-level technologies a food waste disposal can have. Naturally, Evolution 200 S is equipped with top-notch technologies like SoundSeal, Auto-Reverse, and Multi-Grind technology.

The SoundSeal technology makes this garbage disposal whisper quiet. Evolution 200 S is the quietest garbage disposal you can buy in the UK. This technology adds multiple layers of insulation around the disposal as well as uses anti-vibration components in the plumbing to reduce the noise generated by vibrations. As a result, you get a super quiet garbage disposal which is 60% quieter than a standard one.

Multi-Grind technology involves multiple grinding stages. This garbage disposal uses a 3-stage grinding system, i.e. 3 sets of grinding components in the same grinding chamber to grinding the food wastes into finer particles. This extra grinding helps to cut long fibers of vegetables like celery into tiny sizes, making them disposable through the grinding system. If you used a standard food waste disposal, its long fibers would clog the pipes.

Auto-reverse is a technology that helps to reduce jams and even the wear and tear of the grinding components. It automatically reverses the direction of rotation of the blades whenever the disposal is switched on and whenever it encounters jamming. This automatic reversing helps to break jams and clogs.

The grinding components and the grinding chamber of this garbage disposal are made of stainless steel which gives this a solid build and feel. This construction helps it to withstand rust and corrosion ensuring years of flawless operation. Evolution 200 S is covered under a 5-year parts and labor warranty.

Coming to the most important aspect; horsepower. Evolution 200 S is powered by a 3/4 HP DuraDrive induction motor which gives it enough power to grind up food wastes like chicken bones, fish bones, cooked meat, and also fibrous vegetables like celery. This disposal is suitable for a household with 3 to 4 people.

Evolution 200S uses a 3-bolt mounting assembly to connect it with the kitchen sink. It is easy to install and even a DIYer with only basic skills can do this. It also comes with an air switch which makes running it safe and easy.

An Allen wrench also comes with this garbage disposal to help unjam it when necessary. There is a hex hole under it into which you can insert this hex wrench and move its blades to free any jams.

InSinkErator Evolution 200 S is currently the most popular food waste disposal in the UK owing to its whisper-quiet operation and sheer grinding power. It is also compact in size with a height of 330 mm which is small enough to be installed under most kitchen sinks. You can’t go wrong by choosing this product.

InSinkErator Evolution 100

Evolution 100 is the second-best food waste disposal by InSinkErator for the UK market. This is also a premium disposal like the Evolution 200 S, and both of them have many features in common. However, this is a slightly downgraded version to make it more affordable, simply a more affordable version of the 200 S.

InSinkErator Evolution 100S UK
  • Power: 0.75 HP
  • Type: Continuous feed
  • Construction: stainless steel
  • Noise level: Quiet
  • 2-stage grinding system
  • 1005 ml grinding chamber capacity
  • Auto-reverse grind system
  • 4-year warranty

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Let’s first take a look at its grinding power. It has the same 3/4 HP DuraDrive induction motor used in the Evolution 200 model. So in terms of grinding power, both the waste disposal models are on par. But you will notice that Evolution 100 is slightly smaller than the other and has a smaller grinding chamber capacity of 1005 ml. This slightly smaller capacity doesn’t affect its performance much; it just means the Evolution 100 cannot dispose of as much food as the 200S model can.

Evolution 100 uses a 2-stage grinding system with two sets of grinding components to grind food wastes into small sizes. This helps to grind tough and fibrous food wastes without clogging the drain pipes.

Evolution 100 also comes with noise insulations that make it 40% quieter than a standard waste disposal. A standard disposal makes around 85 decibels of sound, while this one is only around 50 dB. That is as quiet as a refrigerator!

The grinding components of Evolution 100 are made of stainless steel, helping them resist rust and corrosion. Its grinding chamber is also made of the same material. Its sink flange, as well as the 3-bolt mounting assembly it uses too, are made of stainless steel.

Just like Evolution 200S, the Evolution 100 waste disposal also uses Auto-Reverse technology. Since I already detailed what it is, I am not going into it again.

Like Evolution 200S, this waste disposal has a hex hole to help with unjamming it, and the unit comes with an Allen wrench that fits this hex hole.

Evolution 100 garbage disposal comes with a 4-year warranty that covers the costs of labor and parts. It can grind everything the Evolution 200S model can and also more compact in size with a height of 311mm. When it comes to the price, this one is more wallet-friendly. If you are looking for a waste disposal with premium features but a more affordable one, InSinkErator Evolution 100 is an excellent choice.

WasteMaid Elite 2080A

WasteMaid garbage disposals are made by Joneca Company LLC, a US company that owns other similar waste disposal brands. They are not as popular as InSinkErator, but still, their name is popular.

WasteMaid 2080 waste disposal
  • Power: 1.25 HP
  • Type: Continuous feed
  • Construction: stainless steel
  • Noise level: Standard
  • 1-stage grinding system
  • 3-year warranty

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WasteMaid Elite 2080A is the most powerful garbage disposal available in the UK. A 1.25 HP permanent magnet motor powers it. That is a lot of power when compared to its main competitors Evolution 200 and 100. In addition to this enormous grinding power, the Elite 2080A also runs much faster than the competition. Its permanent magnet motor runs it at a speed of 2800 RPMs, almost double that of Evolution 100 and 200 waste disposals. This high horsepower and high speed give it enough power to grind any food wastes, including chicken bones, ribs, raw meat, and fruit pits. This is a giant garbage disposal useful for heavy-duty applications. This is also fit for light commercial uses.

The build quality of Elite 2080A is top-notch. Its grinding components are made of stainless steel. However, its grinding chamber is made of corrosion-resistant plastic. Since plastic doesn’t rust, you don’t have to worry about it rusting and leaking. This grinding chamber material is time tested; there is no need to worry about it to withstand corrosion. Having a plastic grinding chamber also helps to reduce its price and make it more affordable for the average buyer.

This waste disposal has only a 1-stage grinding system. However, the high speed makes it possible to cut food wastes into small pieces so you can put even fibrous items into this without worrying about clogs.

One downside of this garbage disposal is that it doesn’t have a hex hole under it to help unjam it. This is one thing I personally consider while buying a waste disposal. The lack of this hex hole makes it difficult to unjam it. The solution is to use a long broom handle to rotate the blades by inserting it through the sinkhole. Definitely not easy.

This WasteMaid disposal uses an EZ mount to fit it to the sink. This is a twist and lock mechanism, just like the 3-bolt mount used to connect InSinkErator disposals. It is easy to install and is recommended for DIYers.

There isn’t much noise insulation to be said for this waste disposer. Besides, the high-powered 1.25 HP permanent magnet motor is loud and, unlike an induction motor, not nice to the ears.

This WasteMaid food disposal comes with a 3-year warranty. It is also more affordable than the Evolution series models above. If you are looking for a powerful machine to grind food wastes from a large family, it is an ideal choice.

InSinkErator 66

Also known as Model 66, this is another waste disposal from the InSinkErator family.

InSinkErator Model 66 waste disposal
  • Power: 3/4 HP
  • Type: Continuous feed
  • Construction: stainless steel
  • Noise level: Quiet
  • 1-stage grinding system
  • 4-year warranty

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Model 66 waste disposal is part of the M-series, a budget line of disposals by InSinkErator. It is equipped with the same DuraDrive induction motor you see in the Evolution series models listed above. The 3/4 horsepower provides enough chewing power to grind foods like chicken bones and fruit pits. However, it is not recommended to add fibrous vegetables like celery as this disposal has only a single-stage grinding system. The lack of a multi-stage grinding system can cause clogs in the pipes if fibrous foods are ground.

The grinding components of this food waste disposal are made of stainless steel to withstand corroding elements like water and light chemicals for years. The 3-bolt mounting assembly to fit it to the kitchen sink also is made of stainless steel.

This waste disposal comes with some noise insulation. As per the company, it is 20% quieter than a standard model. While it seems like this is not much, it is better than having no insulation. Besides, the other disposals within its price range do not have any noise insulation, so this is unquestionably a good choice for those looking to get a quiet waste disposal on a budget.

Model 66 disposal also comes with a hex hole and an Allen wrench, just like all other InSinkErator models. This helps to bust jams easily.

Like I said before, it is installed using a 3-bolt mounting assembly. This mounting assembly is universal; you can use the same assembly to install any InSinkErator disposal. With a height of only 318mm, its compatible size takes up only less space under the sink than many disposals, making it an ideal choice for those with space constraints.

Model 66 is a good garbage disposal for a family of 3 to 4 people. Even though it cannot handle beef bones or fibrous vegetables, it can chew almost all foods without any problem. It also comes with a 4-year limited warranty with parts and labor costs covered. While this disposal lacks many premium features, this is a great choice for those looking for a budget disposal for everyday use.

InSinkErator 56

InSinkErator Model 56 waste disposal
  • Power: 0.55 HP
  • Type: Continuous feed
  • Construction: stainless steel
  • Noise level: Standard
  • 1-stage grinding system
  • 3-year warranty

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InSinkErator Model 56 garbage disposal is very similar to the Model 66 disposal listed above. This is a budget model made to cater to those looking for an entry-level waste disposal.

Model 56 is equipped with a 0.55 HP DuraDrive induction motor. It is the same type of motor seen in all the other InSinkErator models listed above but with a lower horsepower rating. The grinding system inside the Model 56 is a single-stage one; it doesn’t have any extra grinding components other than the default impellers and the shredder ring. This waste disposal is capable of grinding foods like fish bones, fruits, and vegetables. It cannot handle hard food items like chicken bones or any fruits or vegetables with long fibers.

Like I said before, this is an entry-level wastes disposal. So it doesn’t have any features like Auto-Reverse or multi-stage grinding. It also doesn’t have any noise insulation. However, an induction motor is more pleasant to hear than a permanent magnet-type motor, so the sound of this disposal is, hopefully, not much annoying. Besides, you run it only for a few minutes.

Its installation is pretty easy and straightforward. It uses the same 3-bolt, twist & lock mechanism as in all other InSinkErator disposals. So you can easily swap this unit with the Model 66 or any others. It also comes with a preinstalled air switch that one can install on the sink. It is also compact in size; it has a height of 318mm, exactly the same as that of Model 66.

Model 56 waste disposal comes with a 3-year parts and labor limited warranty. It is cheaper than Model 66, so if you are looking for an entry-level disposer, this is a good option.

InSinkErator Model 46

InSinkErator Model 46 waste disposal
  • Power: 0.55 HP
  • Type: Continuous feed
  • Construction: stainless steel
  • Noise level: Standard
  • 1-stage grinding system
  • 2-year warranty

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Model 46 is another food waste disposal made for the UK by InSinkErator. Like the M56, this one also comes with a 0.55 HP DuraDrive induction motor. This is another entry-level waste disposal for the UK market that can grind soft food items and soft bones like fish bones. It has a single-stage grinding system where the food wastes are broken down with the help of two impellers and a stationary shredder ring. Just like the above-listed waste disposal, this one cannot grind fibrous food items as that can lead to clogs in the pipes. It also cannot grind fruit pits and other hard food items.

Model 46 waste disposal doesn’t have Auto-Reverse or multi-grind technology. It also doesn’t have any noise insulation either. So it will be loud when running but nothing unbearable.

This compact garbage disposal can be fitted in constrained spaces, like under a farmhouse sink. It has a height of 318mm and a width of 159mm. It looks almost like the popular Badger 5 garbage disposal; however, this one is 1 inch taller than the other. Its installation is done via a 3-bolt assembly which is compatible with models 56 and 66.

Its grinding components are all made of stainless steel, and so is its 3-bolt mount. However, the sink stopper is made of plastic, unlike those that come with Model 56 and Model 66 waste disposals.

InSinkErator Model 46 is covered under a 2-year, parts & labor warranty. This is a cheap, entry-level model for small households that cook once a week or less.

My name is Thomas Anderson, and I have worked briefly as a plumber. Even though I am currently working on a different career path I still help out my friends and family with their plumbing issues. This is a hobby blog where I share my knowledge with the audience through random articles. Through this blog, I hope to address some common questions about garbage disposals.