Best Garbage Disposal Air Switches
Operating a garbage disposal can be a messy ordeal. You’ve got food lying around and soap bubbles floating through the air, but perhaps the most dangerous part is all that water splashing everywhere. The last thing you want to do with wet hands and a wet workstation is fiddling with electric switches and wiring.
A garbage disposal air switch addresses this danger by eliminating the need for electrical switches and wiring. Instead of a wall or cabinet switch that is connected to electricity (like a light switch), an air switch is a simple button connected to an airtight tube. When you press the button, a puff of air travels through the tube and into the special power supply underneath your sink (well away from your wet hands) and activates or deactivates your garbage disposal.
There are also many added benefits like being able to choose where the switch is installed; no more being slaved to wiring. You can put it wherever you want as, and as long as air can flow through the tube, it will work. Garbage disposal air switches are a great accessory for just about everyone with a garbage disposal, so we've collected some of the best ones out there, so you can find the right one for you.
How We Came Up with the List
A garbage disposal air switch is a remarkably simple device. As such, they are all very similar in material makeup and construction. However, there are several smaller, less major differences between air switches that will tip the balance and win out.
Flicking a switch every day is bound to wear it down, especially if it has metal and wiring that rub up against each other. An air switch has fewer points of friction and contact than an electrical switch so it likely will last longer. However, this depends greatly on the quality of the materials.
Garbage disposal air switches scored high in our books when they use high-grade metals or synthetic materials. Good quality buttons will ensure that your switch won't wear down, and good tube materials keep the switch running right with no leaks.
The air hose is one of the most important parts of the air switch as it connects the button to the device that activates and deactivates your garbage disposal. It also determines where the switch can be located depending on the hose's length. Longer hoses mean more choice of switch location.
Switches that come standard with long hoses scored better with us. Even if it turns out you don’t need the extra length, you can easily trim down and cut the hose yourself to meet your needs.
The main difference in capabilities between air switches is whether or not they have dual outlets. A garbage disposal air switch with two outlets on its power supply can be used to activate an extra device in your sink such as an instant hot water dispenser. It's a bit rare for sinks to need two outlets, and it does increase the price, but it's nice to have the option.
The Overall Winner
Our favorite pick, the Essential Values Disposal Air Switch, had all the bells and whistles we wanted, with the durability we needed. Its hose is high-quality vinyl which is tough and flexible. Not to mention it is six feet long which should match the needs of virtually any switch placement choice. The button itself is finished chrome.
As the name suggests, this Essential Values air switch has two outlets, so you can hook up a second device to the switch and operate it with the same level of added safety. The switch alternates power between both outlets, so they can never be on at the same time. This capability ensures that your circuits won't overload from having to power a water heater and a garbage disposal.
This air switch had everything, and for a great price as well. It even has multiple finish options (albeit only three) for the button to match your decor.
If you are looking to spend as little as possible and don't need all the extras of our top pick, then we suggest the Cleesink Sink Top Air Switch Kit. It doesn't have dual outlets, and the hose is only five feet long, but that should be just fine for a lot of people. Not everyone needs two outlets, and it is rare to need a hose longer than five feet if you plan on putting the button in a standard place with an averagely sized sink.
Despite not having that extra stuff, the Cleesink is still durable and effective. It just works. Also, this switch has a few more finish options for the button than our top pick, so if you have a unique kitchen decor, you’re likely to find one that fits.
- Air-activated Switch -- Can be mounted easily to any sink or counter top installation and a stylish alternative to...
- Dual Outlet Design -- Unique two-outlet design, you can control both disposers at the same time, switch on/off together.
- High Security -- It made of high quality chrome material. Waterproof, anti-leakage and you can even operate it with your...
These garbage disposal air switches didn’t make the cut for the top spot, but they have something to offer regardless. You might find these fit you better if you have unique needs.
This dual outlet garbage disposal air switch has a lot of the same features as our top garbage disposal pick. However, it is significantly more expensive as it is a name brand. Insinkerator is a household name when it comes to garbage disposals, and they make high-quality appliances. We did not notice a huge enough difference in quality to justify the extra cost, but those who prefer the brand name will not be disappointed.
- DUAL OUTLET SINKTOP SWITCH: A convenient alternative to a wall switch, the stylish SinkTop Switch is air-activated,...
- TOUCH OF ELEGANCE: This easy-to-operate switch replaces a wall switch with whose style that adds a touch of elegance to...
- AMERICA'S #1 DISPOSAL BRAND: There are more American-built InSinkErator garbage disposals in homes in the USA, than all...
This air switch was a fine device that performed OK compared to our other picks. It's a single outlet and doesn't quite match up to the quality of some of the other switches. However, where it really shines is its button finish options. There are over 25 colors, material and finish options to choose from so you are bound to find the right one for your aesthetic regardless of how avant-garde it is!
- STYLE - Add a Touch of Elegance to the Kitchen with Northstar Décor's easy to install Garbage Disposal Air Switch Kit....
- DESIGN - Manufactured domestically with the strictest quality control standards, the flat design of the Power Module...
- COLOR CHOICES - Available in 24 finishes our collection will cover any of the faucet color combination needs. Our...
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