Although the safest method of garbage disposal is composting and doing away with in-sink disposal systems, we're willing to bet there's a few of you out there that have never heard of batch feed disposals versus the more traditional continuous feed. They're the safest models if you have kids in the kitchen and we'll tell you why.
Batch feed disposals do the same things that continuous feed models do. Once turned on they spin and pulverize the food debris into smaller bits. The only difference between the two is how they turn on. The continuous feed models (the ones you're probably most familiar with) are simply turned on by a switch on the wall. Alternately, batch feed models have a special stopper which gets placed inside the disposal opening and then turned which then switches on the disposal.
They're a sure fire way to make sure your kitchen sink is the safest place for your little one. It's hard to be a kid and see a switch on the wall... and not flip it — even if it means crawling across the counter to get to it. Using a batch feed model means the unit can't be turned on unless the stopper is within reach of your child. Here's a few of our favorite models with rave consumer reviews:
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