How does a dishwasher with hard food disposer differ vs filtration dishwashers.

Choosing between a dishwasher with a hard food disposer or filtration

Looking for a new dishwasher? Before you decide, you’ll want to consider whether you want to use a hard food disposer or filtration system to clear away food debris. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between dishwashers with filtration vs. disposals to help you figure out what's right for you.

The Differences Between dishwashers with hard food disposers vs. filtration

How a Hard Food Disposer Works in a Dishwasher

Uses a chopper to disintegrate food particles so they don’t end up recirculating onto your dishes. It rids the dishwaser of the particles so you don’t have to spend time cleaning it out.


  • Disintegrates food particles
  • Quiet models available
  • Maintenance-free
How a Filtration System Works in a Dishwasher

Works quietly to trap the food washed off your dishes in a filter at the bottom of the dishwasher. This requires manual cleaning every month or so. Learn more about maintaining your dishwasher filter.


  • Traps bits of food
  • Quiet operation
  • Manual cleaning
How does a dishwasher with hard food disposer differ vs filtration dishwashers.


Extra dirty messes require more than rinsing — they need extra muscle to break up what’s been left behind. That’s why all of the current Maytag® dishwashers offer a 4-blade stainless steel chopper to disintegrate leftovers. See for yourself why leftover food doesn’t stand a chance.

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