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Choosing A Garbage Disposal


Moen makes a wide variety of disposals. This article will help walk you through choosing the correct one to fit your needs. There are various things to consider when selecting a garbage disposal. These things include horsepower, space for the disposal and operation of the disposal.

Mounting Options

Moen uses a  Universal Xpress Mounting system for the disposals. Universal Xpress Mount fits all Moen and most existing 3-bolt mounting assemblies. The compact design is lightweight for easier installation and frees up valuable space under the sink.  Most models are now including Fast Track, which is used in conjunction with the Universal Xpress Mount. Fast Track uses a snap tool for a quick secure mounting of the assembly to make installation even quicker and easier. Click here for how-to videos.

How You Turn Your Disposal On

There are two different ways your disposal can turn on. One is through batch feed which are actuated with a stopper. These disposals are turned off when the stopper is removed. The other is continuous feed. As long as the power switch is on, the disposal will continue to grind. These must use either a wall switch or an air switch to control the unit turning on and off.

Selecting Horsepower

Moen's range of horsepower options includes 1/3 HP, 1/2 HP, 3/4 HP and 1 HP. The higher horsepower models can grind a wider variety of kitchen scraps. All Moen disposals feature the VORTEX POWERED® permanent magnet motor, which yields finely ground particles and helps reduce jamming. Every household is going to use their disposal differently. Please refer to the chart below for a general reference guide in selecting horsepower.


People In Household           Recommended Horsepower

1-2 people                             1/3 or 1/2 Horsepower
3-6                                          1/2 or 3/4 Horsepower
5-8                                          3/4 or 1 Horsepower

Cabinet Space

Moen's GX Series and even more compact GX Pro Series will fit most cabinets and takes up less space than most competitors'. Be sure to consider the height between the sink and the cabinet floor as well as the width of the disposal. Consult the specification sheet for the model you are interested in, which can be found through here, to make sure that not only the size will fit in your cabinet but also that the disposal will line up properly with your current pipes (drain and/or dishwasher). Click here for an example.

Power Source For The Disposal
Air Switch

The push of a button mounted on the countertop or sink activates the disposal with air pressure instead of electricity. Push to turn on and push again to turn off. Air switches are sold separately from the disposals. An air switch should be considered if there is no wall switch for the disposal and you are using a continuous feed model. To make a complete air switch, you will need an air switch controller and an air switch button (available in multiple finishes). Click here for an example. Click here for options.

Lighted Disposal

Motion sensing technology activates 6 LED lights when cabinet door is open. The sensor can be positioned to adapt to any installation. Click here for a video.


Limited Warranty With In-Home Service

Moen's Limited Warranty with In-Home Service guarantees help is there when you need it. If service is requested during the warranty period, Moen will have a service agent repair or replace the disposal in your home at no-charge if the product has been manufactured defectively. Learn More.

How-To Videos

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