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  • Pros mentioned:
    Powerful, Quiet
    Cons mentioned:
    Large

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice at a good price.

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    So far so good. This thing is powerful at 1 1/4 hp and whisper quiet. I did research for three weeks on new disposals after my old badger of 10 years needed replacing. I was willing to pay up to $500 for top of the line but I found it for less than $200. Installation is standard. Don't overt tighten the drain when installing. This is a large unit than other models so it does take up some room under the cabinet. This unit is corded, I did not take it apart to see if you can wire directly. It's built pretty solid.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Powerful, Quiet

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful and Quiet

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I got this to replace my old Insinkerator Badger that broke. I couldn’t find a better price at 1.25 HP and all the reviews are good. This is powerful and quiet, does a good job so far. I only had 2 problems installing: The pipe come out further and is longer than the one on my old disposer so I coukdny use it. The magnet guard WILL NOT fit, the opening isn’t big enough. It wont sqeeze in behind the screws.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Quiet
    Cons mentioned:
    Difficult to clear jams, Water pooling
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Quiet, powerful disposal w/ cord & magnetic catch

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    This disposal has plenty of power, is quiet and was easy to install thanks to the pre-installed cord. My old disposal was a low end 1/2HP unit, and this Smart Choice disposal was an overdue upgrade. (((Pros))) 1.Quiet. I took some before and after noise level readings and the Smart Choice disposal is actually a few decibels quieter than my old one, even though it has twice the power. With the disposal running I got 77dB standing at the sink and 71dB at the cabinet door (the noise insulated case really works). 2.Stailess steel internals that will not rust. 3. Pre-installed cord saves time and money (at least $10, probably more, for an appliance cord). 4. Included magnetic ring to catch silverware before it can fall into the disposal. 5. The baffle/splash guard just pops in and out for easy cleaning or clearing a jam. 6. Outlet pipe height is nearly the same and it is compatible with a standard 3 bolt mount - so you may not have to change your sink flange or much in terms of piping. I changed my 3-bolt mount to the one that came with the kit (new and shiny) and the tools I ended up using were a flat-head screwdriver (snap ring and band clamps), Philips-head screwdriver (disposer outlet and leverage to tighten the disposal on the mount), and plumber's putty for the flange. (((Things to Consider))) 1. The outside case looks nice and seems like it will be easy to wipe down, but it is not sealed so be careful not to get water in it when reinstalling the dishwasher hose. The casing is also thicker, so there was a little less dishwasher stub to grab onto than my old disposal and I had to make sure to clock the band clamp, so it didn't rub. 2. I wish it had a slot on the bottom for an Allen wrench to clear a jam like my old disposal. To clear a jam, you are supposed to remove the baffle/splash guard and use a wood broom handle per the instructions. The good news is there is a overload to protect the motor if there is a jam and the reset button is right on the front near the bottom. 3. The baffle/splash guard is a little too rigid and doesn't have big enough holes, which causes water to pool in the sink. The positive is that, combined with the magnetic catch, it is hard to drop something into the disposal (like a spoon). I am hoping it loosens up a little with use overtime. 4. If you use an SOS pad (steel wool) or try to wash something that has metal particles in it down the drain, the magnetic catch on the flange can collect the particles and they may react/stain the stainless steel. If you have a double bowl sink (like me) I would suggest using the opposite side for stuff like this or make sure you remove the baffle/splash guard and wipe the flange.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    10-year warranty, Easy to install, Powerful
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Strong and (Nearly) Silent Type

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    TLDR: (that’s Too Long, Didn’t Read) Not a ton to write about a garbage disposer. Installation is fairly normalized, so it basically comes down to noise level, power and warranty. This disposer by Smart Choice is significantly quieter than my prior “quiet” model, had no problems chewing up anything I thew its way, and has a 10 year warranty. Win, win, win! Pros: * Quiet (for a disposer). * Powerful motor chews through just about anything. * Great warranty. * No more difficult to install than any other disposer. * Serial and model, and toll-free phone number on a sticker near the end of the power cord as well as under the unit. Cons: * None. Setup and Use: Due to its powerful motor and sound insulation, it’s a larger model, so plan for it taking up some space under your sink. Installation is standard fare for a garbage disposer with no surprises. Uninstallation of the prior and installation of this new one took less than a hour including cleanup. Unlike competing bigger-name models, there is no branding on the sink rim or the stopper, but it is made by Electrolux so it’s backed by a big name, at least. I did a semi-scientific comparison of my prior model (a “good” one by a big brand name) and this new one. When water was running and the disposer was empty, this Smart Choice model was 10db quieter, and when chewing through some tough stuff, it was about 7db quieter. I’d call that significant enough to call it a quieter model yet it still has enough power to not shy away from tough stuff. The installation/usage manual is nothing terribly fancy but it gets the points across. There is a toll-free phone number in the manual in case you need help (during the business day) but I couldn’t find any way to register it online. The manual does state that the 10-year warranty just needs the serial number, which is conveniently printed on the a water-proof sticker near the end of the power cord along with the unit’s model number and the toll-free support phone number - nice! Conclusion: Strong, quiet and a great warranty. What more do you need in a garbage disposer that you’ll hear but never see?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy to install, Powerful, Quiet
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Quiet, powerful and Silver Guard. Easy to install!

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    The Smart Choice 1-1/4 HP Garbage Disposal comes well packaged with the disposal, manual, magnetic ring, plastic stopper and almost everything you need to install it. The disposal is well built and surprisingly small. It is smaller than a 1 HP disposal it replaced. It uses Silver Guard magnetic ring to capture cutlery before it enters the disposal. No more chewed cutlery? Awesome! Installation was straight forward. You should have everything you need except for maybe some plumbers putty. I used this as a teaching moment to have my 22 year old son to remove the old disposal and install the new one. We were all done in around 90 minutes. It would have been faster but the pipes did not quite line up between the old disposal and the new one. So some measuring and cutting was required. Once it was all installed, you need to test for leaks. You want to fill your sinks full of water so you get pressure going down the pipes. Pull the stoppers and watch for leaks. The mount is the 3-bolt sink flange kind. The power cord is about 30 inches long. This should be long enough. The disposal is powerful and quiet. It spins at a powerful 2800 RPM. A 1-1/4 HP is as strong as they come. It is MUCH quieter than my old disposal. When you punch out the dishwasher blocking plate, the instructions tell you that you can leave it in the disposal and it will chew it up. That is how strong it is! The only minor item is the splash guard seals very good. Many do this at first and then open up as they are used. In the beginning the water did not drain through the splash guard very well. It is already better after a few days. So if you experience this, do not worry. Overall I rate this disposal 5 out of 5 stars. It is powerful, quiet, and smaller than the other disposals I have had. Installation was easy as my son, who had never done this before, accomplished the install with easy. I recommend this to anyone looking for a new disposal. I love the Silver Guard function!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Powerful, Quiet
    Cons mentioned:
    Large
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful & Quiet, But Large In Diameter

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    KEY FEATURES 10 Year Warranty Stainless Steel Construction 1.25HP, 7.5 Amp Motor, one of the most powerful in its class. INSTALLATION This is one of the few products that I would recommend anyone, but the most experienced homeowners leave to a handyman, plumber, or electrician to install. While it may be up for debate, I fancy myself as a decently knowledgeable and experienced homeowner. There are few things that I won’t attempt to tackle. I decided to take on this installation myself. My assortment of plumbing and hand tools is quite extensive. Mostly because I use a portion of the savings, I recoup doing DIY projects, versus hiring a professional, as a good reason to buy new tools. I’m a firm believer in the old saying: He who dies with the most tools, wins. I start with this intro because having to acquire the tools and materials for most homeowners would be a great source of frustration for most. While I had most everything tool-wise, I needed to install the disposal, I did find myself having to modify and move PEX and PVC plumbing to accommodate my new disposal. While not an impossible challenge, it did lead to unnecessary frustration, not to mention a good back ache due to lying across the sink cabinet. Almost all newer disposals use a common 3 bolt mounting system to retain the unit to the sink bottom. I was extremely fortunate in that the Badger disposal I was replacing, matched nearly perfectly to my new Smart Choice. What a time saver it was, not having to dismantle every single part from the old disposal to install the new one. Yes, I know it is cheating, but I’m OK with it. For those not as lucky as I was, aside from tools and plumbing supplies, the Smart Choice includes everything you need to get it installed. The one thing that made this installation difficult is the overly large diameter of the new Smart Choice disposal. The top part of the disposal is nearly 2 inches larger in diameter than my Badger & most other disposals on the market. Because my sink & island were installed to match up to a Badger disposal, this new Smart Choice required moving several drain lines to make room for its larger diameter. Frustrating. USE The Smart Choice disposal (a division of Electrolux) is a great addition to the kitchen. My “builder’s grade” Badger disposal has always been reliable, but it was obnoxiously loud and frankly not that powerful. Even though it was rated at 3/4HP, it wasn’t an impressive performer often bogging down during after-dinner cleanups. The Smart Choice is rated at nearly twice the power of my Badger. It clocks in at an impressive 1.25HP. The increase in power is immediately noticeable. Foods that would often bog down my Badger didn’t seam to phase the Smart Choice. It has ground through everything I’ve put down the drain without issue. Most importantly, at least to me in my open concept kitchen, is the reduction in noise when in use. My old Badger would drown out conversations, TV, etc. The Smart Choice is markedly quieter. NEGATIVES The one negative I have with this unit is the large size of the disposal. The top ½ of the disposal is nearly 8 inches in diameter. A good 2 inches bigger than my previous disposal. Under a sink, where space is tight and limited the way it is, every little bit matters. This increase in size caused me major headaches getting it to fit, requiring a great deal of plumbing mods. I don’t knock the disposal for my headaches, I knew it going into the installation, but for those that are looking, I would do some careful measuring before purchasing to either save yourself time and headache, or money in unnecessary plumbing modifications when you could opt for a smaller Smart Choice disposal instead. CONCLUSIONS Performance and use, I have no complaints about the Smart Choice disposal. It is very powerful and does its job efficiently, and most importantly, quietly. This is the biggest Smart Choice disposal, and it has impressive specs with an impressive warranty to match. If you have the room under your sink, or are willing and/or able to make room to accommodate the disposal, I doubt you will be disappointed. RECOMMENDED

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy to install, Powerful, Quiet
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to install, powerful and quieter.

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    This food waste disposal is great. It is easy to install, lightweight, compact, and quiet. No need to purchase electrical hardware; it comes with a pre-installed power cord. Size wise, it is very compact, which is excellent, so it takes less space under the sink. The outer casing of the disposal is made of plastic, and I saw some wrapped foam inside, which insulates the unit and makes less noise than my older disposal. The installation was easy compared to older/standard locking ring disposals. It took me about an hour. It has more than enough horsepower for all types of scraps. The motor shreds any tough small kitchen waste in seconds. I have been using it for a couple of weeks, and it hasn’t gotten jammed. No leaks, so it makes a good connection. The splash guard is easy to remove and replace, which makes it convenient for cleaning and retrieving dropped items. I like that this unit includes a magnetic catch ring, which hopefully will capture metal objects, like utensils before they touch/enter the grinder. Overall, I am satisfied with this unit because it is easy to install, does a great job, and is quiet.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Powerful, Quiet
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply the best garbage disposal available, Period

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    Who wouldn’t want, that is, NEED a top notch garbage disposal? Really, if given the choice, who would say, “NO”? Some consumers have been groomed and misinformed on the subject, leading them to believe that garbage disposals are to be used sparingly, and that most food scraps and waste is never to be put in there. Well, friends, that is simply not correct. A powerful garbage disposal with the best technology is a godsend. Having studied the garbage disposal market and technology for at least 15 years and with a wealth of experience, I can say first hand that THE answer is out there! The best known brand does not have the best products, in my opinion and in my experience. What I learned was during a compelling demonstration. There are two competing motor technologies. One camp provides a motor that does not deliver instant, full-torque power as soon as the switch is turned on. The other one does! THIS motor is what is known as “permanent magnet” technology. Jamming a wooden broom handle into the blades will not prevent it from starting up. In the other example, that broom handle will easily prevent the motor from starting up. Can you guess which motor technology is featured in this Smart Choice 1.25HP garbage disposal? Ding ding! You are correct! Consumers will notice that the better known brands with the lesser technology cost more and are still prone to jamming for no other reason than inferior motor technology. They typically run at about 1800RPM or less. This one, the better one with better motor technology, spins at a nearly unstoppable 2800RPM. Of course, any garbage disposal is the sum of its parts, and the motor is but one factor, though, in my view, if all other parts and pieces are top tier, the garbage disposal will have the best chance to do what it is supposed to do without stoppage due to jamming. What are the other important parts in a high quality disposal? Balanced, vibration reducing, stainless steel grinding components, sound dampening insulation, three-bolt mounting that is a simple, often DIY installation. Even on models with less than 1-1/4HP, the motor still spins at an amazing 2800 RPM, but why not get the best and move on with your life? This super strong motor powers through everything from coffee grounds, egg shells, non-fibrous produce, small bones and other food waste. Look online for what so-called experts say should NOT go into a garbage disposal. This is where those incorrect answers will be found. The truth is that there are certain foods that are not garbage disposal appropriate. These include large pits, such as avocado pits and fibrous produce such as the “choke” from an artichoke. In addition, it is important to run the kitchen sink water at full volume BEFORE introducing the food waste, and then introduce the scraps little by little. When the waste has disappeared, run the water for another 30 seconds to help the ground up waste on its way to the sewer or septic system. And that’s it. THIS power house is also built with a removable splash guard so it is easy to see inside to the chamber, easy to remove items and easy to clean the bottom of the splash guard to prevent odors. There is also a Who would NOT want all of this? Home owners would want this, to be sure. Renters might not want to make this investment, though it comes with a 12-year product warranty and a LIFETIME corrosion warranty. Renters or property owners may decide on a less powerful Smart Choice model that costs less. HOWEVER, the lesser models run the risk of less robust performance. I get it. It’s not a simple decision for certain usage models. For home owners who will live where it is used, this is what I use and what I recommend. It’s a beast in the very best sense. **WHAT’S IN THE BOX** • Smart Choice 1.25HP Corded Garbage Disposal • Documentation **THE SETUP** As always, READ the documentation. Then either DIY it or have it installed by someone who knows what to do, perhaps a professional. However, in my experience, this is not a tough job for the handy home owner. If this is a NEW installation there are other necessities. There must be a GFI outlet under the sink, for one. There is a side drain for connection to a dishwasher. If this is for new construction, consult the crew! Note that this disposal is equipped with a typical power cord designed to be plugged into a switched outlet under the sink. A Silver Guard® to catch and help prevent silverware that is attracted to magnetism from falling into the mechanism is also included. Once installed and plugged in, it’s time to . . . **PUT IT TO THE TEST** It’s awkward to suggest that you save food waste to test this garbage disposal, so I will leave you with this. I LOVE this product! Not only does it perform as well as or better than ANY others of which I am aware, it is more powerful that others of which I am aware. That extra 1/4HP over those with 1HP may or may not make a difference, but considering that there are basic units that are just 1/4HP, this is at the head of the class. Compare prices and warranties to the others brands. You’ve seen that this Smart Choice 1.25HP garbage disposal costs less than the big brand with which you may be familiar. And that is why THIS product handily passes my “value equation” test. More for YOUR money. That was easy. Treated well, with the respect it is due and it should be around and working well beyond its generous warranty period. **CONCLUSION** The conclusion is simple. This quiet and powerful Smart Choice 1.25HP garbage disposal is highly recommended without reservations. **WARRANTY** 12-year parts and labor product warranty from the manufacturer, plus a lifetime corrosion warranty.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy to install, Quiet
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Unit with Easy Install

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    The Smart Choice Food Waste Disposer is a very nice looking and powerful garbage disposal. The unit I installed was the 1.25 HP version. I did notice the chamber that crushes the food is all stainless steel. It had an accessory that is a sort of bracelet of magnets that you fit near the top of the disposal unit under the sink – this will catch silverware that may slip in before the silverware hits the grinding chamber. Very nice idea. It easily handled small chicken bones, coffee grounds, zucchini pieces, apple cores and all the soft food stuffs like cheese and baked beans etc. I was impressed by how quiet it is. I have never heard a unit that was wasn’t real noisy and even a banging sound sometimes; but this beauty is low decibel. It does have what the manufacturer said is a sound insulated shell and they are right it does its job. I did the install myself which was easy enough. I have done some plumbing but never installed a dishwasher before. If it helps I’ll mention a few tips. I used the optional connection for the dishwasher since this drain will deliver the stuff drained from the dishwasher into the unit ahead of the crushing mechanism. Don’t forget to remove a small plug from the garbage disposal so that the dishwasher drain connection is not blocked (unless you don’t use the dishwasher, then leave the plug in place. You will have to remove the old sink strainer, here’s a nice video for doing that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQaDgfc-MYI&t=159s You will need plumber’s putty and then follow the steps of this video I found, to install the garbage disposal or just read the nice install manual that came with it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u9ulIo5Xfc This unit already has the electrical plug and cable installed. There is a diagram in the directions that came with this unit that shows the order of the various rubber cushions, retention ring and how other parts stack up on page 4. It took me 90 minutes going slowly but if you are experienced it will be less than 30 minutes to easily install this unit. If you have a dishwasher you can use that electrical outlet under your sink to power the disposal but you will need to install a separate electrical box with a switch to turn the unit off and on (always run water while you run the motor). Quick tip, every so often put a quartered lemon into the disposal to freshen it up. I highly recommend this unit for ease of install and of course for the high quality and power of the unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Powerful, Quiet
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Quiet and Powerful

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    About The Smart Choice 1.25 HP Garbage Disposal is a very powerful, but yet quiet disposal. It is a corded model with a standard 3-bolt mount. Smart Choice (part of the Frigidaire / Electrolux company) stands by its quality offering a 10-year Product Warranty with a Corrosion Lifetime Warranty. Installation I replaced my ½ HP builder-grade disposal with this much better model. The existing disposal had the cheap threaded plastic mount which I had to hacksaw off between the sink and the threads. The Smart Choice model utilizes a standard 3-bolt mount and a much sturdier metal construction. Going from the ½ HP model to the 1 ¼ HP disposal was noticeably different in size. You’ll need standard plumbers putty (not included) to mount the sink flange inside the sink. Install the mount assembly from under the sink and attach the disposal to the locking mounting assembly. I had to make some adjustments in the PVC pipe connecting to the back of the unit since I went from the smallest size disposal to the largest. Once in place, the Magnetic Silver Guard collar simply wrapped around the flange under the support ring and snapped close. I plugged the grounded cord in, and was able to use the disposal. The instructions that came with the unit were pretty good. It even had directions for hard wiring the disposal in if you need to do so. Use and Impressions Here’s what stood out to me: • Quiet – The Smart Choice model is quieter than the smaller model that I removed, even at 2.5 times more HP. It was not the quietest disposal that I have ever used though. There are others, while usually at higher price points, that are quieter. • Less Vibration – Our old disposal would rattle the sink and of course cause more noise. The Smart Choice disposal has quite a bit less vibration making it more pleasant to use. • Loud Pop Sound at Start – One thing that really stood out to me is that there is a loud popping sound when you turn it on. The instruction manual said that the Anit-Jam Swivel Impellers make this sound, but it is normal for typical operation. While this may be “normal”, it really bothers me. This is the biggest issue that I have with the Smart Choice disposal. • Power – This disposal is one of the most powerful that is offered. It spins at 2800 RPM and makes short work of food waste. • The sink flange does not have any markings, so it blends in better with the sink. Other companies will place logos on theirs, which I don’t necessarily want to see every time I look into the sink. • Magnetic Silver Guard collar – While the instructions did not explain what this does, I am assuming that it is there to stop metal objects like utensils from falling into the disposal. Conclusion Overall, this garbage disposal is much better than what I was using. It’s quieter, vibrates less, and has more power. I am giving the Smart Choice 1.25 HP garbage disposal 4 stars. My biggest issue is the popping sound when it turns on. There are also other disposals on the market that are quieter than this one. Regardless, it’s still a pretty solid product and has a long 10-year warranty to back it up.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    10-year warranty, Quiet
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive

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    I have owned several garbage disposals and the Smart Choice 1.25 hp is the best of them. The disposal is sold with a 3 ft. plug for the applications in which a receptacle is under the sink. Or you can remove the plug and hardwire the disposal to an electrical source. The Smart Choice disposal connects to the sink as all do, by way of the 3 bolt mount. If you are replacing an existing disposal then you can simply un- turn the existing and then attach the new by turning it on the mount and then plug it in. Done. If you remove the cord the installation is a bit more work. Either way, if you have a dishwasher make sure to pop out the dishwasher 'plug'. The disposal is a little heavy and that I am sure is from the insulated body. This unit is much quieter than my previous one. The cutting mechanism pulverizers the waste. It spins very fast with great results. What I like is that my sink doesn't rumble when the unit is on. This means that the the dispisal is more balanced and that is a plus. I would believe that the 'balance' will put less strain on the motor. There is an easily accesible reset button on the side of the unit. My other unit had the reset switch on the bottom making it harder to feel around for it. The unit comes with a splash guard which is standard. It has something that is new to me. It has a magnetic strap that you attach to the collar of the disposal and it is supposed to help to stop metal items from going down the sink. I guess this is a new thing with disposals. The Smart Choice 1.25 hp unit comes with an unheard of TEN YEAR WARRANTY. That alone is very impressive. I am very impressed. I am anticipating many years of use.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    10-year warranty, Easy to install
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Beast in your Sink!

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    The Smart Choice 1.25 HP garbage disposal is one of the largest motor sizes I’ve seen for a disposer. Installation of the disposer was really easy - enough so that anyone comfortable doing simple home/plumbing repairs should be able to tackle it in about an hour or so. Everything needed for the install other than plumbers putty is in the box. The hardest part was getting the old sink flange with years of buildup out. One item of note - the instructions say to not overtighten the three flange screws on the new flange and I can attest that if you do, it will pop the C-like ring that holds the assembly together. Not a problem, just a scare when it pops. I also like that this disposer is powered with a three-prong plug rather than hard wired. I also like that this model includes the magnetic bracelet that magnetizes the flange to help catch stray metals that might fall into the sink. Using the disposal is straight forward, dump your waste, turn on the cold water and turn the disposer on. For its size, the disposal is quiet and ground through everything I dumped in it. It says it's powerful enough to grind up small bones. I generally try to avoid dumping bones but it's nice to know it can handle them. The disposal comes with an easily removable splash guard so if something like a ring falls in it, you can just pull the splash guard out to make it easier to reach in and grab it. With the 10 year warranty and lifetime corrosion warranty, I highly recommend the Smart Choice disposal.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy to install, Powerful
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful disposer

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    It has been awhile since I installed a new disposer. While the instructions are decent there are plenty of good how-to installation videos which makes it pretty straightforward. Overall, the install was simple. However, I did have to make a run to the hardware store as the drain pipe was too short to connect to the disposer. My previous disposer was wider than this one, not a big deal, but when you are installing this disposer if you get a direct fit then consider yourself lucky. Many disposers are not hard-wired, you have to remove the electric cord from the existing disposer and install it on to your new one. Not the Smart Choice, its already hardwired with the plug in place ready to go. As far as parts go, everything is included except a disposer key. The one you see in the attached picture is from my previous disposer. Its not absolutely essential, when connecting the disposer to the sink you could twist the connecting ring on top using a screwdriver, but the keys are a little more convenient. When first turning it on, it does make a bit of a loud “pop” but according to the instructions “The Anti-jam Swivel Impellers make a clicking sound as they initially swing into place. As far as disposing goes, yeah, it definitely makes short work of anything you put into it. Regarding loudness of the disposer, its fairly quite but honestly I don’t think its that much quieter than our previous ¾ HP disposer. But this one has an extra half a horsepower at 1 ¼ HP so yes, its powerful. It does come with a lifetime warranty so that's a bonus. Overall, its a very good disposer, perhaps not as quiet as I had hoped but that's probably because of how powerful it is. I'd recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy to install
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful, Fast, and Quiet!

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    I replaced a 1/2Hp disposal using the same 3 bolt mounting ring. I could have kept the old mounting but the rubber was getting discolored. I wanted to try the new mount that includes a removable rubber ring for easier cleaning. It added another 15-20 minutes to my time to remove the old ring, clean the sink flange and install the new mounting ring. Plumbers putty was needed but luckily I had some. I have always thought garbage disposal manufactures should include a small amount of plumbers putty in the package as most people don’t have that on hand. Holding the larger heavier disposal with one hand while trying to connect and twist the ring for mounting was the hardest part, but I got it on the second try. Not that bad. For me the existing tailpiece to the drain could be reused and reconnected to the black output pipe of the new disposal. I did not have to purchase anything. I did have to change the angle off the J Trap to accommodate the wider disposal, but I had plenty of room and it all worked out great. Total time for me to install was right at an hour and I took my time. Having the power cord already attached saved me time too. I appreciated that. I tested for leaks and tried it out. No leaks and it was QUIET! I ran batches of vegetables and lettuce which were no challenge for the 1.25HP. After dinner I dropped a couple of chicken leg bones in the disposal. Makes a little more noise, takes a little longer to chew them up, but handled those with ease. I periodically run chicken bones down my disposals. I’ve been told the bone fragments can help scourer the inside of your drain pipes. I’ve never had an issue. Just make sure you always run plenty of water even after the grinding is finished. I like the removable rubber flapper in the mounting flange. It is so much easier to remove and see into the disposal and then to clean. The Silver magnet is a nice feature, but not sure my silverware is attracted to the magnet that well. It may work, but can’t really tell. Conclusion: Great disposal. It is actually the most powerful disposal I have ever owned/installed out of the 5-6 units I have installed. It’s also the largest, but that is due to the sound insulation around the grinding chamber. It does work because the unit is quieter than the other units I have installed. Installation of this unit was straightforward and relatively easy. The instructions were adequate and covered optional installation situations. Including a small amount of Plumbers putty might allow more people to change the mounting ring. In closing, I would recommend this unit for those that want a premium powerful disposal for a great price. Coupled with an extensive 10 year warranty at this price point justifies this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Powerful
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful and noticeably quiet

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    This Smart Choices continuous food disposal made significant changes compared to my previous disposer. It is worth noting that this Smart food disposal has 12 years of warranty on it and a LIFETIME corrosion warranty. From the outside, I can tell it is made of high-quality materials and well constructed which is stainless steel. Not too heavy to lift, but it amazes me how well it is built and the quality of materials. It is powerful even with its max power of 1.25HP. It has Anti-Jam Swivel that starts with every start-up. Installation took me around 2 hours, beginning with taking out my old one and deep cleaning the entire under-sink cabinet and washing and wiping off the rubber mat under the sink. Second, I had to replace one of the side joints for a shorter length due to the larger size of this disposal. I mounted and twisted it using the three bolts. I appreciate the long power cable as my old one was too short. After the installation was complete, the disposal was up and running. My big wins from this disposal are: dB noise is significantly less than my previous one, fast grinding for food waste as fast as I can hear the water running through quickly. It makes less vibration, and the removable splash guard is great for easy cleaning. my only hassle was the space it takes up. The size is too large to take up much space, but I understand it is due to the feature of sound insulation which to me is a must. Also, the anti-jam swivel impellers make a loud sound at the first start-up. Overall, I'm glad about this disposal's features and, most importantly, the noise insulation and smooth and fast grinding process.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy to install
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A good 1.25 HP Disposal

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    Review of Smart Choice 1.25HP Corded Disposer - White Installed the disposer by calling a technician and it replace the existing one that has 1 HP. The installation process seems quite simple following the steps included in the manual, but after watching the technician working I think DIY work if if one is keen to it and have all the tools, and how easy it is will depend on how much of space you have under the sink. The look and feel of it after installation is clean look like there is more space due to its color at least for the fit. One little detail to share after the installation, while testing notice it was leaking from the bottom. The technician had to spend some time figuring out what was, until saw a screw underneath was loosen, But earlier to it the technician was concluding the disposer might be defected. Regarding the noise, if it is used while running water only, it is quite noisy or same as one was replaced. But upon using it with leftover food, it change to almost opposite sound, a smoother and much more reduced sound. And for being 1.25HP can notice its power as work faster. A subject that I usually don’t include but for Smart Choice 1.25 HP Disposer want remark its warranty, most noticeable I extract here: Length of Warranty: 10 years, Defective Disposer replaced with no charge, and Corrosion Warranty is covered if it fails to operate due to corrosion. For all of cases mentioned and included in the full list require its. Original Sales Receipt. I don’t think everyone would keep the receipt but good to know and attempt to have the receipt well kept. The only aspect I wish it were better, it is smaller or compact and shorter. But aside of that, and based on usage of two days, can’t find any negative as per se.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Powerful
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Strong Motor, Great Value, Awesome Warranty

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    I owned another brand of garbage disposal and noticed a thick band of mold on the rubber gasket. I figured it was time for a replacement. I decided to replace my 0.75HP with this 1.25HP disposal. Even though I doubt I will ever need the extra HP, I wanted a unit with a lot of soundproofing to limit the noise. Setup I would only recommend a garbage disposal with the quick install ring system, like this one. It only took about 20 minutes to install this after removing my old unit. It actually took me longer to rewire the outlet, since this new disposal had a 3-prong cord and the old unit was wired directly to the wall on/off switch. Performance I throw most of my food scraps in the garbage, so I did not test the full potential of this unit. However, I found it cleared the sink a little faster than my previous disposal. I found the noise to be a little louder, but the increase in noise was not all that significant since there is a half horsepower difference. My previous unit would rattle the sink during heavy use while draining, but the Smart Choice disposal does not. This unit comes with a ring of magnets at the mouth of the disposal which can help prevent silverware from falling in, but I wasn’t impressed with how well this works; I would still recommend checking the disposal before turning it on. Warranty I have pretty good faith that this disposal will keep going for years due to the 12-year warranty. Even though I hope I never need it, it is nice to know I do not have to worry about it failing. Due to the relatively low price, powerful motor, and 12-year warranty, I would be happy to recommend this disposal.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy to install, Quiet

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Quiet machine

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    Easy to install quiet and works well. Very happy with this disposal

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy to install, Powerful

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product, excellent price.

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    Excellent power, standard install. Used existing sink attachment and plumbing with no problem. No leaks. Eats everything with ease. Good in store help to make selection.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Easy to install, Quiet

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Garbage disposal

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    Ian so glad I listened to Nick at Best Buy and spent a little extra. This is the BEST hands down garbage disposal I have ever had. So quiet I had to keep checking to see if it was working. LOL. Took me less than 45 minutes to remove the old one and install a new one.

    I would recommend this to a friend