I was watching Living with Ed on HGTV last night and saw two products I never knew existed – first was the water powered garbage disposal. Invented by a NASA engineer and produced by Hydromaid, this disposal acts like a food processor, grinding all types of food into small bits. It consists of “five stainless steel blades, driven by a water-powered piston, [that] oscillate back and forth, mincing the food waste.” This baby will butcher nuts, bones, and practically all other food items that are usually tossed in the trash instead. What I find truly amazing is that this thing has been around since 1998 and it still seems to be barely known.
Makers of the Hydromaid disposal claim that the product is 20 decibals quieter than other disposals and that it uses about the same amount of water. Not surprisingly, back in 1998, after this product got a lot of attention at the National Housewares Show, In Sink erator, the disposal company goliath, claimed that “It uses an enormous amount of water…and takes five times as long as an electric disposer to grind the same amount of food.
For $300 it’s one of those things I’d really love to see in action before I would consider purchasing it. They definitely need a youtube video – something like this.
The second product I saw was the Vertex 90% efficient storage tank water heater. This just blows my whole tank vs. tankless water heater debate out of the water. I believe most tankless water heaters top out at 80-85% efficiency, so I’ve gotta talk to my neighborly engineer about this. He has some serious explaining to do.
Did I mention that Jay Leno owns one of these? God, now I really have to get one.
Thanks Ed, you made my day.