Best Garbage Disposals Reviews: Top 5+ Recommended

Updated December 2018

BEST OF THE BEST
InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 HP Household Garbage Disposal
KitchenAid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
Waste King L-8000 Garbage Disposal, 1HP
Insinkerator Badger 1 Garbage Disposal 1/3HP
General Electric GFC320V 1/3 Horsepower Continuous Feed Disposall Large Capacity Food Waste Disposer, Black
InSinkErator
Evolution Excel
KitchenAid
Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
Waste King
L-8000 Legend Series
InSinkErator
Badger 1
General Electric
GFC320V
PROS
No other disposer can match this machine's raw power. Functions extremely quietly and efficiently. Comes with a 7 year in-home warranty.
Whisper-quiet for a garbage disposal. Its quality is assured both by KitchenAid's reputation and the use of some InSinkErator components.
Runs at 2800 rpm; has extremely durable, stainless steel impellers that will never rust and are designed to reduce jamming to a minimum.
All internals are galvanized, and the machine is known to be extremely durable.
Powerful, quiet and undoubtedly durable.
CONS
More expensive than other units, but it's durability and top-of-the-line materials may end up saving you money in the long run.
The collar that keeps the noise in also makes it a bit difficult to feed in waste.
Doesn't fit certain types of cast iron sink (other Waste King garbage disposers do), so you should check first before purchasing.
Struggles breaking down bones or hard materials like corn husks.
Although it boasts "EZ mount installation," most people will still need a professional for power connection.
BOTTOM LINE
The best garbage disposal available today. No other machine can match it in terms of quality, performance, or durability.
A big, powerful unit whose quality is assured both by KitchenAid's reputation and by the use of some InSinkErator components.
The best value for your money. Avery popular machine. Powerful, quiet and - given the lifetime warranty - undoubtedly durable.
ThisInSinkErator is definitely their budget model and isn't as well insulated as the higher-end models, so it tends to be a little noisy.
Adequate for single people or couples, but if you're looking to expose of materials for a household of 4 or greater, you may want a larger machine.
BEST OF THE BEST
InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 HP Household Garbage Disposal
InSinkErator
Evolution Excel
PROS
No other disposer can match this machine's raw power. Functions extremely quietly and efficiently. Comes with a 7 year in-home warranty.
CONS
More expensive than other units, but it's durability and top-of-the-line materials may end up saving you money in the long run.
BOTTOM LINE
The best garbage disposal available today. No other machine can match it in terms of quality, performance, or durability.
KitchenAid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
KitchenAid
Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
PROS
Whisper-quiet for a garbage disposal. Its quality is assured both by KitchenAid's reputation and the use of some InSinkErator components.
CONS
The collar that keeps the noise in also makes it a bit difficult to feed in waste.
BOTTOM LINE
A big, powerful unit whose quality is assured both by KitchenAid's reputation and by the use of some InSinkErator components.
BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
Waste King L-8000 Garbage Disposal, 1HP
Waste King
L-8000 Legend Series
PROS
Runs at 2800 rpm; has extremely durable, stainless steel impellers that will never rust and are designed to reduce jamming to a minimum.
CONS
Doesn't fit certain types of cast iron sink (other Waste King garbage disposers do), so you should check first before purchasing.
BOTTOM LINE
The best value for your money. Avery popular machine. Powerful, quiet and - given the lifetime warranty - undoubtedly durable.
Insinkerator Badger 1 Garbage Disposal 1/3HP
InSinkErator
Badger 1
PROS
All internals are galvanized, and the machine is known to be extremely durable.
CONS
Struggles breaking down bones or hard materials like corn husks.
BOTTOM LINE
ThisInSinkErator is definitely their budget model and isn't as well insulated as the higher-end models, so it tends to be a little noisy.
General Electric GFC320V 1/3 Horsepower Continuous Feed Disposall Large Capacity Food Waste Disposer, Black
General Electric
GFC320V
PROS
Powerful, quiet and undoubtedly durable.
CONS
Although it boasts "EZ mount installation," most people will still need a professional for power connection.
BOTTOM LINE
Adequate for single people or couples, but if you're looking to expose of materials for a household of 4 or greater, you may want a larger machine.

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Shopping guide for best garbage disposals

Putting your waste down the sink rather than in your bin is convenient and good for the environment - but which garbage disposers handle all you can throw at them and come back for more?

The very best garbage disposals should sit quietly out of sight, have the features necessary to perform efficiently when called on, and should offer trouble-free durability. The five machines that most successfully fulfill those criteria are:

Considerations


Size & Power

The size of a garbage disposal can effect how easy it is to fit into your kitchen and how much waste it can handle. The amount of power that the machine has also has a huge impact on how much garbage it can process.

Feed & Grinder

There are two distinct types of feed and, potentially, numerous stages of grind - each of which improve efficiency. Our ratings tell you which garbage disposal is best equipped to handle the job that you need done.

Features & Functions

Does the garbage disposal unit have a cover? Auto-reverse to clear jams? A cable so you don't have to hard wire it? We examine all the extras that make your appliance easier to live with.

Price

We never review sub-standard machinery, but we do try to be aware of a variety of household budgets - as our selection of five top garbage disposals shows.

Size & Power


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Products we considered

General Electric GFC320V 1/3 Horsepower Continuous Feed Disposall Large Capacity Food Waste Disposer, Black

Our first appliance, the General Electric GFC320V, is a relatively small unit at a fraction over 12 inches tall. One of the most important measurements with garbage disposals is the size of the grind chamber which, in this case, is 26.5 ounces. That doesn't mean you can throw that amount of food waste in it all at once, but it gives a good indication of its intended capacity when you compare it with other models. Power, at 1/3 hp, is at the lower end of the scale, but you have to bear in mind that the General Electric is a light duty machine. The vast majority of owners we surveyed were very happy with its performance.

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Products we considered

InSinkErator Badger 1, 1/3 HP Household Food Waste Disposer

InSinkErator is one of the biggest names in garbage disposal. The InSinkErator Badger 1 is at the lower end of their range, but that should in no way be considered a criticism. At 26 ounces, the machine's capacity is almost the same as that of the GE and the power from the Dura-Drive induction motor is identical at 1/3 horsepower. The unit is a little taller at 14", but that's unlikely to be enough to present any installation problems.

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Products we considered

Waste King L-8000 Legend Series 1.0-Horsepower Continuous-Feed Garbage Disposal

Although very nearly the same height as the InSinkErator above (just 0.2 inches taller), the Waste King L-8000 is larger in girth. We were unable to find a precise figure for its capacity, but given that it shares some components with other Waste Kings, it's safe to assume it's around 33.5 ounces. Motor power we do know, and it's a big jump up at 1 horsepower - about the maximum you will ever find on household waste disposals.

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Products we considered

KitchenAid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

KitchenAid is known for a wide variety of appliances. The KitchenAid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal is also 14 inches tall but even larger in circumference than the Waste King - hence the 40 ounce capacity. Power is just a little lower, at 3/4 hp, though in use that difference is negligible.

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Products we considered

InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 HP Household Garbage Disposer

Our final choice is another InSinkErator - this time the much larger and more powerful InSinkErator Evolution Excel Household Garbage Disposer. Similar in size to the KitchenAid, it shares that machine's 40 ounce capacity. This time though, there's a full 1 horsepower motor, thus giving the most potent combination here. There's absolutely no other disposer that can match this machine's raw power.

Feed & Grinder


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Products we considered

General Electric GFC320V

Garbage disposal units come with one of two kinds of feed: batch or continuous. With the first you simply fill your machine, then turn it on. With the second you turn it on, run some water and drop waste in. Batch disposers have minor safety advantages (it's more difficult to accidentally drop cutlery in there that would brake the blades) but are inconvenient with large amounts of waste, or if you like to clear up as you go. Continuous machines are more flexible, more hygienic (there's no temptation to leave food rather than run it half full), and usually cheaper when comparing like for like. For these reason, all of our top five garbage disposals are continuous feed models.


The General Electric GFC320V has what it calls dual-swivel, stainless steel blades, with two pre-cutters which are intended to prevent jamming. Blade speed is 2500 rpm, which, when combined with the 1/3 hp motor, is adequate for most vegetable matter. A clue to capability can be gained from the product name. Some are called "Food Waster Disposers," and some deal with "Household Waste". While it's not a hard-and-fast rule, it is a good guide.


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Products we considered

InSinkErator Badger 1

In many ways, the InSinkErator Badger 1 is similar to the General Electric. Power and capacities give it a similar performance, although the InSinkErator runs slightly slower at 1725 rpm. All internals are galvanized, and the machine is known to be extremely durable. Both products are highly rated by owners, though useful life won't be helped if continually fed bones or hard materials like corn husks.

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Products we considered

Waste King L-8000 Legend Series

With its powerful motor, you might expect the Waste King L-8000 to be a bit more of a beast - and it is. It runs at 2800 rpm and has more durable, stainless steel impellers that will never rust and are designed to reduce jamming to a minimum. The manufacturer claims it will "grind just about anything," and we found a few owners who happily admitted to throwing chicken bones in it without any problems. Indeed one zealous user suggested it would "grind up an oak tree!"

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Products we considered

KitchenAid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

The KitchenAid Garbage Disposer features what they call "Multigrind Technology" - a two-stage system claimed to be able to tackle all kinds of food waste. Some of the internal components are actually produced by InsinkErator, so you have their reputation to add to that of KitchenAid. It certainly seems to have numerous satisfied owners, including one who tested it by feeding it ice cubes. It passed, but it's not recommended.

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Products we considered

InSinkErator Evolution Excel

As if to confirm that it shares some internals, the InSinkErator Evolution Excel Household Garbage Disposal also has "Multigrind Technology" - although this time three-stage. The parts involved all have impressive names: GrindShear Ring, Tri-Action Lug system, and Undercutter Disk - and are equally impressive in action. Put just about anything in the top and what comes out the other end is practically liquid. For some reason, potato peel is notorious for clogging waste disposers, so one owner tried a whole one (it's remarkable the abuse people want to give these machines). His quote? "It disappeared."

Features & Functions


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Products we considered

General Electric GFC320V

When providing an electricity supply for your garbage disposer, you can use an ordinary household socket, but the cable is an extra cost and most are designed to be direct wired (so you'll need someone qualified to do the job). Although the General Electric GFC320V boasts "EZ mount installation," most people will still need a professional for power connection. Sound insulation is adequate, and there's a splash guard, stainless steel sink flange, and a stopper to help prevent things falling in by accident when not in use. You can also connect your dishwasher drain to keep under-sink plumbing to a minimum. The General Electric also has overload protection which is manually reset and seems to be a very well-regarded feature by owners.

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Products we considered

InSinkErator Badger 1

Like the GE, the InSinkErator Badger 1 is normally direct wired, although a power cord accessory kit is available. Another similarity is an easy mounting set-up, called "Quick Lock" and, again like the GE, its internals are made of galvanized steel. This InSinkErator is definitely their budget model and isn't as well insulated as the higher-end models, so it tends to be a little noisy.

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Products we considered

Waste King L-8000 Legend Series

The main difference between the General Electric, the InsinkErator, and the Waste King L-8000 (apart from the aforementioned size and power) is the internal components, which are all stainless steel. Galvanizing prevents things from rusting but is a coating that is subject to wear, whereas stainless steel is the material itself and so cannot rust. Waste King support this with a lifetime in-home warranty. There's also an easy-fit system, splash guard, and a power cord supplied. One owner commented that this model doesn't fit certain types of cast iron sink (other Waste King garbage disposers do), so prospective purchasers should check first before purchasing.

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Products we considered

KitchenAid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

The KitchenAid Garbage Disposer is another model that doesn't include a power cord, but that can't really be considered a negative given that it's so common among the top machines. Once again, some internals are stainless steel, though others are simply called "corrosion resistant" - and the 5 year warranty reflects this. The auto-reverse is a great feature should you get a jam (although most owners find this extremely unlikely), and it includes the usual quick-mount system, dishwasher drain connection, and overload protection. The vast majority of owners we surveyed were keen to point out that in use, the KitchenAid is extremely quiet.

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Products we considered

InSinkErator Evolution Excel

In many ways, you could look at the InSinkErator Evolution Excel Garbage Disposal as the perfect combination of all of the features listed above. It's quiet, thanks in part to anti-vibration technology as well as a huge amount of insulation. It has many stainless steel components, along with a 7 year in-home warranty. It has "Quick-Lock" mounting, a stainless steel stopper, and a sensor that will automatically increase motor torque if it thinks there's any danger of a jam. It also has a useful "do's and dont's" card, although many owners have said that they throw in almost every type of food item - including chicken and rib bones - without a problem.

Price


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Products we considered

General Electric GFC320V

The General Electric GFC320V Food Waste Disposer retails at $71.99. The main criticism of garbage disposals of this size is the power provided and the materials used in construction. It's really a question of what you want the unit for. Given its price, it should prove adequate for single people or couples, but if you're looking to expose of materials for a household of 4 or greater, you may want a larger machine.

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Products we considered

InSinkErator Badger 1

The InSinkErator Badger 1 Food Waste Disposer is similar to the General Electric in a lot of ways. Currently on offer at from $80.00, it's tough to choose between them. On the one hand you have InSinkErator's reputation for garbage disposals and, despite plastic components and occasional reports of leaks with this particular model, they've been known to last ten years. On the other hand, many consider the Badger 1 a bit loud and prefer the GFC320V's more subdued presence.

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Products we considered

Waste King L-8000 Legend Series

At $110.55 Waste King L-8000 Legend Series Garbage Disposal. It's a very popular machine. Powerful, quiet and - given the lifetime warranty - undoubtedly durable. There is no wonder customer ratings are consistently high, and perhaps even more tellingly, every single owner we surveyed had nothing but good things to say about this machine.

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Products we considered

KitchenAid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

At the moment you should be able to find the KitchenAid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal for $240.00, which is a decent savings off the list price. It's a big, powerful unit and quality should be assured both by KitchenAid's reputation and the use of some InSinkErator components. A couple of owners did complain that the collar that keeps the noise in also makes it a bit difficult to feed in waste and that they would have preferred a wider opening.

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Products we considered

InSinkErator Evolution Excel

Normally the InSinkErator Evolution Excel Household Garbage Disposer is from $299.99. That's still a substantial investment but, judging by the many satisfied owners of this product, there's little doubt it will do what you would expect of it. In fact, it's durability and top-of-the-line materials may also end up saving you money in the long run.

BEST OF THE BEST

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InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 HP Household Garbage Disposal
1,475 Reviews
InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 HP Household Garbage Disposal
  • SoundSeal Technology which delivers ultra-quiet performance versus a standard disposer
  • MultiGrind Technology , with three grind stages to quickly grind virtually any food waste
  • 40 oz. Stainless steel grind chamber and grind components for longevity
  • 1 Horsepower Dura-Drive Induction Motor; power cord not included
  • We Come To You 7-Year In-Home Limited Warranty

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There isn't a poor machine in our selection of top five waster disposers. At the budget end of the scale, the General Electric GFC320V and InSinkErator Badger 1 both do what you would expect - and do it well - but you can't have something for nothing. If you need a family machine, you need something bigger.

Which brings us to the Waste King, KitchenAid, and InSinkErator Evolution. Again, all good waste disposers and, again, a question of getting what you pay for. But when we really dig deep, there's no question that the best machine on the market today is the InSinkErator Evolution Excel Household Garbage Disposer.

It's an attractive unit - it almost seems a shame to hide it under the sink! While looks don't tell you anything about its abilities, they do give a clue to the thought and quality that went into its design and construction. InSinkErator are the world's largest manufacturer of waste disposals and the experience and reputation are in evidence here. Owners are delighted with how quiet it is and how efficiently it functions. Comments like "perfect," and "the last waste disposal you will ever buy," are common among users. When it comes to a review of the best garbage disposals, what more can you say?

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

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Waste King L-8000 Garbage Disposal, 1HP
6,208 Reviews
Waste King L-8000 Garbage Disposal, 1HP
  • High Speed 2800 R.P.M.
  • 36-Inch Power Cord is Included
  • Removable Splash Guard
  • Rust Free Grinding Components
  • Longest warranties in the industry demonstrates commitment to quality.Sink Flange: Stainless Steel 7 Celcon

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Choosing the best value for money garbage disposal unit will, to some extent, depend on your point of view. If you're on a tight budget or live on your own, the General Electric GFC320V or InSinkErator Badger 1 will do a decent job, as long as you use them sensibly.


You get an awful lot for not an awful lot of money. There's a full one horsepower output. There are stainless steel impellers for long life. There's a lifetime warranty on mechanical parts and against corrosion. Even the superb InSinkErator Evolution Excel doesn't go that far.

In our research for this review we found that several people who had previously owned an InSinkErator Badger 1 all preferred the Waste King. The stopper has prevented several from accidentally dropping cutlery inside. Although some parts are plastic, construction quality was consistently praised.

In general, people really love this machine. One owner, having fed it leftover chicken drumsticks, buffalo wings, and endamame shells called it "unstoppable" - which is just what you need.

The team that worked on this review

Tim Miller

Writer

Bob

Web Producer

Kate Doe

Senior Editor

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