KitchenAid KCDB250G (1/2 HP) Review

Normally we don’t recommend garbage disposals operating with less than 3/4 horsepower because we find them noisy and terrible at grinding food, but we have no problems making exceptions to our own rule if we come across something decent. The KitchenAid 1/2 horsepower continuous feed disposal is definitely an exception. The exact name of this disposal that we’re going to review today is the KitchenAid KCDB250G 1/2-Horsepower Continuous Feed Food Waste Disposer.

The KitchenAid KCDB250G has the following features:

  • 1/2 horsepower motor rotating at 1725 revolutions per minute for effective grinding.
  • Overload protection which turns the disposal off if it senses something wrong.
  • Manual reset which allows you to reset the disposer should it require one to function again.
  • Galvanized steel grinding wheel, 360 degree stainless steel swivel impellers, and a galvanized steel shredder ring.
  • 26 oz. grinding chamber which is perfect for small kitchens and households.
  • One-year limited warranty which includes factory specified parts and repair labor to correct defects in materials or workmanship provided that the disposal is installed, operated, and maintained according to instructions attached to or furnished with the product. We encourage you to read the warranty information in depth directly from KitchenAid to know what is covered and what is not covered.
  • Connection to an electrical switch. Intended to be hardwired to electrical supply.
  • Mounting system with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to allow for quick installation.

Noise Insulation

As we have already briefly covered, the KitchenAid KCDB250G is a quiet disposer, despite having only a 1/2 horsepower motor. Usually these “cheaper” models have “cheaper” parts due to a focus on affordability, so noise insulation isn’t a feature that these models have. But this KitchenAid disposer is nicely insulated.

One-year Warranty

One of the concerns that we have with this garbage disposal unit is the warranty. First of all, compared to Waste King or InSinkErator, the length of coverage and the level of service differ greatly. When you purchase a garbage disposal you’re not just purchasing the product, but you’re purchasing reliability and post-purchase support. Garbage disposals are power products with moving parts which means things will break. What happens when they do? Well you’d want it to be working again as soon as possible with as little added money as possible to fix it, right? In that sense, we don’t feel that the one-year warranty is enough to cover something that’s likely to break years down the road.

What’s In The Box

  • Stopper
  • Sink Flange
  • Fiber Gasket
  • Backup Flange
  • Mounting Ring
  • Screws
  • Snap Ring
  • Wrenchette
  • Discharge Tube
  • Gasket
  • Flange
  • Bolts
  • Installation instructions

KitchenAid KCDB250G Customer Reviews

By combining the experiences of people who own this garbage disposal with our experiences, we feel that we can get a better idea of what to expect from it. We went through hundreds of customer reviews of the KitchenAid KCDB250G. This is a summary of those reviews.

Durable

Even though we expressed concerns about problems with this disposal down the road and how it only has a one-year warranty, meaning that if it breaks after one year you’re probably better off buying a new disposal, there are quite a number of stories about how this disposal lasts years. This disposal was actually released a number of years ago – in 2007 if we’re not mistaken – and someone had one for 8 years before it broke and they decided to get the same one. Besides that it seems solidly built. Having said that, we’ve heard that durability is a hit or miss, with one lasting short of two years for someone. It could definitely depend on the kinds of foods someone is putting into the disposal or the strain they put on it. In our honest opinion, if you’re a small household and don’t cook a lot – or will probably not put strenuous foods in the disposal – the disposal should work well enough for you provided there are no manufacturer’s defects.  

Surprisingly Quiet

Most people seem to have the same opinion as us in that for a 1/2 horsepower disposal, the noise insulation is quite good. The chamber is made of galvanized steel. It has a 26 ounce capacity. So again, there are bigger garbage disposals but this will work well for single or couple households.

Pluses for Design and Installation

Many of the comments that were made about this disposal was that it has an attractive, red design unlike some of the other disposals that are usually grey or black or other boring colors. And while this disposal requires hardwiring to install, many people were surprised that they could easily install the whole thing in under an hour. Most people credited the clear instructions for being very helpful. Some people mentioned that they were even able to get it to work with an electric plug.

Should you buy the KitchenAid KCDB250G?

On sale you could pick this garbage disposal up for less than $100. It’s a great price and considering the features and actual performance, it’s a great product for households with small needs.

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