Looking for the top rated garbage disposals? Today we feature brief garbage disposal review summaries to help you choose from the best disposals on the market right now.
BEST CONTINUOUS FEED GARBAGE DISPOSAL REVIEWS
Continuous feed garbage disposals are the most popular models. They require you to gradually feed garbage into the disposer while it is running, as opposed to batch feed (discussed later), where you first load the disposer before starting it.
The motor powers for continuous feed disposals are 1/3 HP, 1/2 HP, 3/4 HP and 1 HP. Let’s look at the best garbage disposals for each power output.
Top Rated 1/3 HP Garbage Disposal
The lowest powered garbage disposals on offer are the 1/3 HP models. These are entry-level disposals suitable only for light duty, low volume work. They are perfect for a couple or individuals who live alone. These units are also small and compact, making them ideal for sinks with too little space to accommodate larger units.
The top rated 1/3 HP garbage disposer:
Waste King Legend L-111 1/3 HP
– 1900 RPM grinder offers good grinding ability for small amounts of food waste
– 36-inch power cord with plug included for easy installation
– EZ sink mount means no need for bolts
– galvanized steel grind system
– 2 year warranty
– space saving compact design
This is easily the best 1/3 HP on the market, with the other contender, the InSinkErator Badger 1, unable to match the reliability and consumer ratings of the Waste King L-111. The light and compact design makes installation easy and performance matches what you’d expect from the power on offer.
Top Rated 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal
The 1/2 HP segment is dominated by Waste King models, with InSinkErator’s Badger 5 losing out badly due to quality issues that the company just can’t seem to get sorted out.
A 1/2 HP garbage disposal is a great option for small family, or a couple that need to dispose of more than an average amount of waste. These strong units occupy a comfortable price point between the 1/3 HP units and the more powerful 3/4 HP units.
Our winner here is the Waste King L-2600 1/2 HP.
– High speed 2600 RPM grinder
– 36-inch power cord and plug included for easy electrical connection
– EZ sink mount
– removable splash guard
– fairly compact design to ease installation
– 5 year in-home warranty and lifetime corrosion warranty
– stainless steel grinding components
This is a very capable garbage disposal and is also very popular among consumers, scoring high user ratings all round. The warranties are excellent and the best in its class, while noise levels are acceptable and performance very good.
You can also consider the Waste King 9930, which is basically the same unit, but features a classic 3-bolt mount system instead of the EZ mount system.
Top Rated 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal
The 3/4 HP garbage disposals are serious workhorses, and offer enough power for most everyday garbage disposal needs even in large families.
In this category we have a near dead heat between two units: the Waste King L-3300 and the InSinkErator Evolution Essential. Both bring their own set of strengths and weaknesses, as you can see from the review graphs below.
Due to their aggressive pricing and longer warranties, Waste King will always win in the value for money and warranty categories. In this case they also score a point for installation as the L-3300 is considerably lighter than the Evolution Essential, thanks to a corrosion-free glass-filled polyester grind chamber.
The 2-stage grind of the Evolution gives it a slight edge in performance, while its also quieter than the Waste King and its weight is due to a solid stainless steel grind chamber and components. This is a unit that will last a long time.
Which one do you get? Whatever your budget allows. For around $100 the L-3300 is hard to beat on the value scale, while the Evolution Essential is quiet, efficient and built like a safe. You can’t go wrong with either one.
Top Rated 1 HP Garbage Disposal
A 1 HP garbage disposal is for people who don’t want to care about what they stuff in there, they just want to get rid of any and all waste. These extremely powerful units will pulverize and liquefy just about anything, in just about any amounts.
The Waste King A1SPC costs just over half the price of the InSinkErator Evolution Excel, and I can’t help but rate this just as highly as the InSinkErator. The one-pass, 2,800 RPM grind system is fast and effective and lets nothing slow it down.
The unit comes with a lifetime warranty. Industrial sound insulation makes this a pleasingly quiet performer. For the price, you simply can’t buy a better 1 HP garbage disposer.
The InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1 HP, while being an excellent garbage disposal as well, costs almost twice as much as the A1SPC. The main areas where it beats the A1SPC are noise dampening and meticulous build quality that is just a tiny notch better than the A1SPC.
If you use your garbage disposal a lot, then the quietness of the Evolution Excel will be a big deciding factor for you. The three-stage grinding process of the Evolution does make it a little slower than the one-pass, high-RPM operation of the Waste King A1SPC. Most plumbers recommend the InSinkErator, but Waste King has made a big challenge with the A1SPC and it deserves consideration.
BEST BATCH FEED GARBAGE DISPOSAL REVIEWS
A batch feed garbage disposal is a good choice for anyone who don’t like to stand around feeding waste into disposal unit, as is necessary with a continuous feed waste disposal. With batch feed you can just put all the waste into the disposal, from where the unit is then usually started by closing the lid or lining up the baffle.
Here are the two top batch feed garbage disposals:
Using two grind stages and very effective noise dampening, as you’d expect from InSinkErator, the Cover Control is a solid batch feed garbage disposal. It does have one flaw and that is the use of a magnetic stopper lid. This is a part that wears out and need to be replaced every so often.
Waste King again offers a powerful, affordable solution. The 3-position stopper makes for easy control and operation, and you get 2,800 RPM of waste pulverizing mechanics.
The L-8000TC is an excellent option and well worth considering at almost $100 cheaper than the InSinkErator Cover Control. Its major drawback is that it is 19 inches tall, which may make it unsuitable for installation under some sinks or cabinets.