This Moen GX50C GX Series ½ Horsepower Continuous Feed Compact Garbage Disposal with Power Cord is the perfect choice for those who want to balance power and size. It has a strong motor powered by magnets and even includes a shield that will reduce the noise of the disposal. The ½ HP is perfect for almost any kitchen, and the size of this unit will fit neatly under your kitchen sink cabinet.
Moen includes a power cord that they have pre-installed for you, so the electrical part of the installation is as easy as plugging it into your under-sink outlet. The universal mount that Moen uses makes installation a snap with any existing assembly that follows the 3-bolt mounting pattern. With a limited warranty that lasts for 4 years and includes in-home service, you know you'll be getting a garbage disposal that you can trust.
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With this garbage disposal, Moen focused on giving you all of the features that you need without taking up too much of your space. It has great power with a motor that spins at 2600 revolutions per minute. The vortex motor has a magnet motor, so you won’t have to worry about it jamming, either.
Moen kept it small, though. It is just 7.5 inches wide and less than 14 inches long. When you compare this to more garbage disposers in our list, you will find it to be one of the most compact models available. This will let you use the cabinet space under your kitchen sink for additional storage.
Garbage Disposals and the Environment
As garbage disposals became popular in the late 20th century, many municipalities became concerned about putting food waste into sewers and sending it through water treatment plants. In fact, garbage disposals are banned across much of Europe for exactly this reason. For a while, even New York City had banned them.
As both garbage disposals and water treatment evolved and improved, this has become much less of a concern in most American cities. Moen uses high-quality parts that will grind your food waste small enough that it will mix and dissolve with the water in a way that water treatment plans are designed to handle. As long as you use your garbage disposal responsibly, you won't have to worry about hurting the environment.
Some people will even argue that using this Moen GX50C garbage disposal is better for the environment. By breaking down the food waste and sending them through the water treatment facility, you avoid putting them in a plastic trash bag that will end up in a landfill. The rinds for your oranges are certainly better off in the sewer than buried in a plastic bag.
Keeping it Clean
This garbage disposal by Moen will do a great job at what it was built for. You can grind up citrus rinds, dispose of meat scraps, and wash away most fruit and vegetable peels. You will want to avoid putting the following items down the drain:
- Onion peels
- Banana peels
- Coffee grinds
- Fats or oils
While all of these are technically food items, the flywheel of your garbage disposal isn’t designed to break them down and they won’t dissolve in water the way that other food waste items do.
Some of these items, like the banana peels, will damage your disposal. Others just won’t be disposed of correctly. Coffee grinds will sit and collect inside the disposal while onion peels can get stuck to the flywheel and create blockages that prevent your sink from draining properly.
Fats and oils are the worst, though. They will develop a gummy texture and stick to the inner workings of your disposal. This will make your disposal less effective, and eventually, you'll need to clean it.
While you can clean out onion peels and coffee grinds with ice, you’ll need a chemical degreaser to clean up the fats and oils. While your food waste is fine to go through the water treatment facility, sending these chemicals through is less desirable. You can easily keep this Moen disposal clean by only using it for the intended food waste. This will reduce the amount of chemicals you need to pour down your drain and keep our environment healthier.
- Septic Safe – Moen’s garbage disposal is safe for most septic tanks that are the appropriate size.
- Great Warranty – the limited warranty lasts 4 years and includes in-home service.
- Easy Installation – Moen uses a standard 3 bolt mounting assembly, designed this model to easily connect to a dishwasher, and even has the included power cord already installed for you.
- Strong Motor – The permanent magnet motor has just the right RPM and HP.
- Durable Parts – Moen’s stainless-steel components are built to last.
- Power Cord – If you need to hardwire your garbage disposal, you’ll need to remove this first.
Despite historical concerns, today’s garbage disposals actually benefit the environment by removing food waste from landfills. The Moen GX50C GX Series ½ Horsepower Continuous Feed Compact Garbage Disposal with Power Cord makes this an easy addition for any home kitchen since it's small enough to fit under any sink and powerful enough to meet all of your needs. Moen makes updating your garbage disposal easy so that cleaning up your kitchen will also be easy.