Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a link. How we test gear. The term “garbage disposal” is really a bit of a misnomer. If you’ve ever had one, you probably already know that you can’t run random garbage through it. It’s really designed to grind up and dispose of food waste—waste that would be otherwise compostable, with the exception of bones. What makes a good disposal, what features you should look for, and how much should you spend? To answer those questions, we installed and tested six popular models to learn more about how they work and what to look for. Check out three of our top picks below, or scroll down for more in-depth reviews of these and other options, plus buying advice. Some municipalities or cities have ordinances regarding the installation and use of garbage disposals. In some cases, towns without public wastewater treatment plants, where residents have their own residential “septic systems,” may not allow disposal use. Although, some models are specifically designed for use with septic systems. Conversely, some cities may require disposal units in kitchen sinks to be sure all waste entering their treatment ...