InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP Review
InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP Review
I often think about how lost I would be if my garbage disposal was to burn up and die out one day. My family cooks, a lot. We have a lot of food waste over the course of a week and would be bogged down with loaded, stinky garbage bags until trash day if it wasn’t for our garbage disposal. Most homeowners take for granted how useful and beneficial a garbage disposal is… that is, until theirs bites the dust and they are left with a few bags of foul smelling trash for a few days.
If you are wondering how the garbage disposal came about, the company InSinkErator invented them in 1927 for just those reasons listed above. Over the last few decades, ISE has created outstanding products and lines of garbage disposers that make a necessary and useful addition to any kitchen. If you are in the market to replace your current garbage disposal, or to purchase a new one as an addition to your kitchen, you should check out the InSinkErator Evolution Compact ¾ HP unit. With all there is to love about ISE products, this one delivers on its promises and then some.
Motor Power & Performance
The InSinkErator Evolution Compact has a powerful ¾ HP, 1725 RPM Dura-Drive Induction motor which means it has two grind phases to chop and pulverize food waste smaller and faster than most standard disposals. It will chop through carrots, artichokes, and even rib bones in no time.
This model has continuous-feed operation which makes it easy and convenient to use. Simply flip on the switch to turn it on and start pushing the food waste into the unit until everything has been pulverized and flushed down the drain to the water treatment plant where it can then be turned into methane gas to be used as a renewable resource to help power the plant. How’s that for green living!
Materials & Components
The main chamber and grinding components of the ISE Evolution Compact are made of stainless steel which means they will not rust out. Since people use their sinks typically every day and often use their garbage disposal a few times a week, it’s important to have a high quality and long-lasting garbage disposal made with stainless steel components to extend the life and usage of the product.
If you are like me and have owned a garbage disposal that sounds like a small plane coming in for a landing when it’s in use, you can appreciate a quieter product. The ISE Evolution Compact is designed with SoundSeal technology which makes this unit 30% quieter than standard garbage disposals.
InSinkErator’s SoundSeal technology utilizes components such as Anti-Vibration Mount, Anti-Vibration Tailpipe Mount, and Quiet Collar Sink Baffle along with SoundLimiter insulation so you will even be able to use the unit when your little bundles of joy are sleeping in the next room. As we all know, the most productive time for housework and cooking is when the little ones are sleeping so this will come as a relief to many parents.
If you are like me, you like to tackle home installation projects on your own without contacting a professional to help save valuable time and money. The ISE Evolution Compact actually has one of the best and easiest installation processes for garbage disposals.
The stainless steel QuickLock sink mount allows you to quickly and easily replace your old disposer unit with this brand new model right out of the box. All you need to do is disconnect your old unit, hook up the electrical connections to the new unit and twist this one on to the same sink mount. VOILA! Your new disposal is ready to go.
You can also buy a power cord kit that will allow you plug your unit straight into a wall outlet instead of needing to hard wire the unit into existing electrical connections, making it even simpler for those who don’t want to worry about electrical work.
Dimensions & Capacity
The ISE Evolution Compact is 13 x 9 x 13 which makes it absolutely perfect for tight or small cabinet spaces. Whether you want more under cabinet storage or just live in a house that is tight on cabinet space, this unit will be the perfect option to accommodate you. Most high-end models are quite large, but this one is designed with tight spaces in mind.
The ISE Evolution Compact is a high end garbage disposer designed to be small yet deliver the power and effectiveness of its larger competition. The strong motor and innovative design makes disintegrating food into tiny particles a breeze, while still maintaining a quiet presence in the house. Here is a look at the features and specs of this product:
Horsepower: 3/4 HP
Motor: 1,725 RPM
Power Cord: None included- can purchase a kit separately
Feed: Continuous Feed
Operation Requirements: 120 volts, 60 Hertz, and 8.1 current-amps
Septic System Safe: No
Warranty: 4 year in-home service warranty
The higher the HP of a garbage disposal, the quicker, smoother, and more efficient it will be. High-end models usually carry a HP of ¾ HP to 1 HP. This particular model delivers the power needed to grind food waste into tiny particles that can be easily flushed down the drain without causing jams in the machine itself.
The warranty on the ISE Evolution Compact is pretty standard. You will receive free service calls and replacement of the product for the first four years. While not the best on the market, this warranty will at least ensure you protect your investment and receive help if the need arises.
When you purchase the InSinkErator Evolution Compact you will get the disposer unit, Quick Lock Sink Mount, Quiet Collar Sink Baffle, Jam-Buster Wrench, Anti-Vibration Tailpipe Mount, Anti-Vibration Mount, Stainless Steel Sink Stopper, Spring Type Hose Clamp, and the easy to read and understand installation instructions.
InSinkErator has a number of optional accessories available to complement this unit. Whether you want a sink stopper to help control water flow, a dishwasher connector kit to allow for a dishwasher connection, or the sink baffle which helps reduce noise even further, InsinkErator has thought of it all. Here’s a look at some optional accessories you can purchase separately , if desire:
- Custom Color Sink Stoppers
- Dishwasher Connector Kit
- Flexible Discharge Tube
- Jam-Buster™ Wrench
- Power Cord Kit
- Quick Lock® Mount
- Quiet Collar Sink Baffle
- Sink Flanges
- SinkTop Switch™
The number one thing, hands down, about this unit that makes it the best compact garbage disposal is the low noise level compared to most disposers currently on the market. People have commented that even though it says it’s 30% quieter, it seems like it’s even quieter than that.
The small, compact design is another great plus to this product since it allows more room for under cabinet storage compared to larger units. Even if you own a condo or town house with smaller cabinets, you will easily be able to install this with room to spare in tight areas where space is a premium.
The installation process is also touted to be the simplest as can be for a garbage disposal unit. Even if you don’t want to hardwire, you simply need to purchase the option power cord kit and install without messing with electrical wires.
Unfortunately, with as effective and efficient as this unit is, some people have had issues with the longevity of the product. After 5 to 6 years, some customers noticed that the ISE Evolution Compact was rusting out. Apparently, the (not stainless) steel component on the bottom collects food particles and water, making it rust out after a few years. Some have complained that this is “planned obsolescence” and a problem that can be addressed, but InSinkErator won’t fix the issue.
Also, people who have attempted to contact customer service get directed to a call center in the Philippians which has representatives that don’t have a general understanding of how to service the products or answer general questions about common issues. Instead, you will be directed to call a local service center to come out and address the issue. If, however, they decide your unit is not eligible to be replaced, you will be charged a convenience fee to pay for their time. In essence, if this happens, you will be left with a broken unit and be out $50+ for the service call.
The InSinkErator Evolution Compact has received a number of glowing reviews by people who have purchased the product. 80% of customers have given this product the top rating of 5 out of 5 stars. It’s amazing that almost everyone, even some customers who had a few issues with the product, has mentioned how quiet this unit is compared to the one that they replaced. A lot of customer have also commented on the fact that it’s quite compact but still holds more waste then their previous disposer did, making it a great choice.
There is plenty of feedback available on Amazon, so if you are still wondering if the ISE Evolution Compact is the right choice for you, check out more reviews here
InSinkErator makes high-end disposer products that tend to be priced a bit higher. With the price tag comes the assurance that you are getting a quality and innovative product that will effectively and efficiently work beyond what you could expect.