Is your food waste piling up?
Are your sinks clogged because your rickety old machine is on its last leg?
You’ve come to the right place! We’ll help you choose the best garbage disposal for your needs and your kitchen shall be tidy once again in no time.
Cooking is a worthwhile hobby as well as an everyday necessity, but no one likes to clean the mess up after preparation is complete. We’ve all had to deal with soggy potato peels, extra fat from pork chops or those annoying peanut shells.
Even after the food has been eaten there’s a lot of leftovers to throw out which you just can’t reheat in the microwave.
Since organic garbage has a tendency to stink up the place and take up more than its fair share of space, a great and environmentally friendly way of dealing with this is to get yourself a garbage disposal. Even if you already have one for some time, you’ll usually notice the reduced performance and horrendous noise it produces while running.
To remedy your garbage woes, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to test and review various model found on the market and have condensed our findings in this guide.
It brings you garbage disposal reviews of the products we think are the best in terms of the amount of noise they make, how fine they grind up the disposed food and how much value they bring for the money spent.
The guide is divided into a number of subsections.
First we’ve examined the best products out there. Then we took a look at more affordable alternatives that still get the job done without breaking your bank.
Lastly, we’ve included a section that goes into a little bit more detail on what things you should look out for before you settle on one specific model.
|Model||Material||Horsepower (HP)||Voltage (Volts)||Color||Warranty (Years)*||Price|
|InSinkErator Evolution Excel||Stainless Steel||1||120||Silver||7||$$$|
|InSinkErator Evolution Septic Assist||Stainless Steel||0.75||120||Grey||4||$$|
|InSinkErator O1100XL Pro Series||Stainless Steel||1.1||120||Silver||12||$$$|
|InSinkErator Cover Control Plus Evolution||Stainless Steel + Zinc||0.75||120||Grey||7||$$|
|InSinkErator Evolution Compact||Stainless Steel||0.75||120||Black + Silver||4||$$|
|Waste King L-8000 Legend Series||Stainless Steel||1||115||Grey||Lifetime||$|
|InSinkErator Badger 5||Galvanized Steel||0.5||120||Grey||2||$|
|Waste King L-2600 Legend Series||Stainless Steel||0.5||115||Silver||5||$|
*See product page for details
4 Top Rated Garbage Disposal Systems
1. InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 HP(4.8 / 5)
One thing we all hate about our disposals, no matter how tough their grinding capabilities or make are is the fact that they tend to produce a lot of noise, especially when the wear and tear starts gnawing at them and the sounds they produce start becoming scarier and scarier.
Since not that many models bother with being as silent as possible, it is reassuring to see that a brand such as InSinkErator has produced not only a disposal that prides itself with being as quiet as possible, but that also excels at everything else garbage-related, like its name would have you believe.
What caught our attention first was the fact that this disposal was easy to install. Thanks to its Quick Lock Sink Mount you’ll be able to twist it on in order to mount it and twist it off again to dismount.
The initial installation takes anywhere from an hour to 2, depending on your sink and piping or whether you’ll be connecting it to your dishwasher as well.
At 25 pounds, the unit is somewhat heavy, so make sure to have someone help you by supporting it and judging the accuracy of your approach.
Once everything is mounted and ready to go, the Evolution Excel really starts living up to the hype. First of all, it really is one of the quietest products around!
The manufacturer claims that this model is 60 percent less loud than the competition. Given the host of different sound reduction technologies it comes with, we’re inclined to believe them.
Everything comes together under their own exclusive SoundSeal Plus technology which is actually comprised out of multiple innovative approaches to noise handling.
First there’s the Quiet Collar Sink Baffle. This item is placed on the mouth of your sink and is used to create a layer of water inside the hole that reduces the noise the grinders make.
Next we have the Anti-Vibration Mount, which is actually a rubberized connection placed between the mounting bracket and the disposal’s opening. It reduces sound by reducing the vibrations that occur when the disposal is active. Similarly, the Anti-Vibration Tailpipe Mount connects the drainage pipe to the garbage disposer discharge outlet.
Finally, the Evolution Excel’s body is wrapped in Multi-Layer SoundLimiter Insulation. This dampens and traps the sound coming out of the unit itself.
OK, so it doesn’t make a lot of noise, but how does it actually get rid of the garbage? By using another proprietary technology of course!
This time it’s the MultiGrind Plus technology that can grind most food waste into tiny particles that are easily washed down the drain. It does so in 3 stages, each one making smaller and smaller pieces until they can safely pass into the plumbing.
There’s also a jam sensor circuit that detects garbage build-up and reacts before a jam does occur, spinning the motor in the opposite direction and increasing its torque.
InSinkErator are also generous with their warranty, offering a 7-year in-home full service warranty that covers both part and labor costs. There’s no need to send the disposal anywhere as the company’s own technicians will arrive to your door and conduct the necessary repairs on site.
We’re definitely impressed by the Evolution Excel’s silent operation as well as its slew of other features and perks, making it the best garbage disposal overall in our guide.
It does cost a few bucks more than some other models, but once you do invest expect a care-and noise-free experience for years to come.
2. InSinkErator Evolution Septic Assist 3/4 HP(4.7 / 5)
Did you always want a disposal but were too afraid of getting one because your house is hooked up to a septic system? The fine folks at InSinkErator know your plight and have come up with a clever and innovative solution, the Evolution Septic Assist.
We don’t blame you for being concerned about using a disposal in conjunction with a septic tank, after all, the food waste might not decompose well enough and force the septic system to fill up quicker or even overflow.
Since no one enjoys the prospect of having to empty their septic tank even more than they’re used to, installing a conventional disposal isn’t an option.
The Evolution Septic Assist’s unique feature is the way in which it handles food breakdown. It comes with a Bio-Charge cartridge that has over 300 million microorganisms that produce a special enzyme which helps garbage you throw down the drain decompose faster.
These organisms are injected into your tank each time you use the unit. Naturally, these bacteria aren’t harmful to your home or to the environment. In fact, since there are no chemicals involved, the breakdown process is exceptionally environmentally safe and ecologically conscious.
The cartridges themselves have enough charges to last you 3-4 months, depending on how frequently you use the disposal. Once a cartridge has been depleted, you simple push a button that releases it and a new one can be snapped into place.
When the actual grinding is concerned, the Evolution Septic Assist also comes with the MultiGrind technology seen in the Evolution Excel.
Here the power comes from a ¾ hp motor that is more than enough to handle all kinds of food-related garbage, even bits of bone.
The two stage grinding process makes quick work of the garbage and minces it up into small pieces that are easier to pass through your drain and to decompose afterwards.
Having a new unit work as intended isn’t really surprising, but when it comes to dealing with garbage that gets into your septic tank the emphasis is always on the long haul.
In that respect, the Evolution Septic Assist has managed to impress a good deal of satisfied customers. Some convinced reviewers claim they’ve had it for 5 or even 7 years and haven’t encountered any problems yet.
If you do encounter problems though, there’s a 4-year in-home limited warranty. You’ll be able to take advantage of InSinkErator’s professionals arriving straight to your door and taking care of things whether it’s replacing a part, repairing it or installing the garbage disposal.
Speaking of installation, the actual process is straightforward and easy. This model comes with easy to understand instructions that will have it up and running quickly. If you are replacing an older InSinkErator model the process might take as little as 30 minutes since you won’t need to do any refitting.
To sum up, the Evolution Septic Assist is hands down the best garbage disposal for homes with a septic tank. It is environmentally friendly, powerful enough to grind the toughest of garbage and sturdy enough to last for years.
What more could you possibly want?
3. InSinkErator O1100XL Pro Series 1.1 HP(4.7 / 5)
If you have to dispose of a lot of food waste all the time, having a disposal that has the power to come to grips with it all is probably the feature that interests you most but what if you could have that power along with quiet operation and all the other features we’ve seen in the products we’ve already reviewed?
You’ll have to turn to InSinkErator of course, and as luck would have it, they have a model that delivers grinding power with a gentle hum – the O1100XL Pro Series.
What stands out about this model is its powerful 1.1 hp motor, letting you grind any sort of garbage left behind by food you might think of.
Bones, seeds, shells, skins, everything gets ground down to the smallest of particles your plumbing will be able to digest easily. You can pack a lot of that garbage in as well – the grinding chamber can hold up to 40 ounces and is made out of stainless steel to prevent corrosion and infection.
Sure, the motor’s power is important, but that mostly means it will do its job with more force and thus more effectively.
The actual grinding is accomplished yet again with the MultiGrind Plus technology, this time in its most developed and merciless form.
The grinding process is divided into in 3 stages. The first and second stage take place in what’s called the GrindShear Ring. In the 1st stage, the initial grinding starts on a rotating shredder plate with 2 swivel lugs.
These make up the Tri-action Lug system which grinds the garbage into smaller particles, but it also rinses the grinding chamber after each use to keep it clean and to keep scraps from piling up.
In the 2nd stage, the ground particles are forced through a series of ever smaller windows and a shearing motion is used to decrease their size even further.
Finally, the 3rd grinding stage takes place under the ring. An Undercutter Disk is used to cut the particles one last time, reducing them to a fine consistency your pipes will have no trouble of handling.
This model also features the jam sensor circuit which prevents garbage from jamming the garbage disposer. The auto-reverse function makes an appearance as well – if the sensors detect an imminent clog hazard, the motor is reversed and its torque is increased by 500 percent to make short work of the problem.
This sink disposal might not be as quiet as the Evolution Excel, but steps have been taken to reduce its noise nevertheless, the principal one being its Quiet Collar Sink Baffle we’ve already gone into more detail about when reviewing the aforementioned model.
When all is said and done, the O1100XL Pro Series is the best garbage disposal if you require a heavy duty, powerful appliance that will make short work out of a lot of garbage in no time at all.
It is sturdy, reasonably quiet and will keep on running for ages, giving it a deserved spot among our top picks.
4. InSinkErator Cover Control Plus Evolution 3/4 HP(4.5 / 5)
All of our best garbage disposal reviews have so far been focusing on models that operate continuously. The idea behind those is that you flip a switch and the garbage gets taken care of.
This doesn’t leave a lot of room for fine control over when and how the disposal operates. This gives you a more hands-on approach as its lid needs to be closed in order for the machine to start working.
No more losing your jewelry and then ruining it without first being able to take a good look down the drain! Who comes up with these smart ideas? Do you even have to ask at this point – why, InSinkErator of course!
The Cover Control Plus Evolution’s principal feature is the magnetic cover start. Basically what this does is it turns the product on only when the cover has been applied and turned, allowing you full control over the disposal process. This also means there is no need for a wall switch since only manual input will activate it and the cover is the actual switch.
Just run a stream of water, insert the garbage, close the cover, turn it and the Cover Control Plus Evolution will take over. Since it is magnetic, you might sometimes have a harder time of opening it.
Users have reported that it gets like that after a while in spite of keeping their sinks clean of debris.
Once you’ve secured the lid and turned it on, the disposal will grind through whatever garbage you throw into it thanks to its powerful ¾ hp motor and effective 2-step grinding process similar to the Evolution Septic Assist.
As far as noise levels go, the cover has proven to be an excellent dampener, reducing the loudness of the motor and making this model ideal for open floor plans or families with small children that take naps at various times of the day.
To make sure you don’t have to worry about your sink disposal suddenly dying and leaving you stranded, InSinkErator have decided to include their generous 7-year warranty, direct home repair and everything.
All in all, if you want to enjoy maximum safety when handling your garbage and the things that surround it a batch feed model is the logical choice. And when it comes to batch feed models, we can safely recommend the Cover Control Plus Evolution as the best garbage disposal on the market today.
4 Cheap Garbage Disposal Systems
1. InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP(4.7 / 5)
The disposals in the top rated section have one thing in common in spite of their varied characteristic. Well, two actually – they’ve been made by the same company, and, more importantly for the point we’re trying to make, they are intended for larger kitchens bustling with activity and this is evident in their larger bulk.
This isn’t suitable for people that have less space to work with, or that simply want their garbage disposer to take up less space.
If you fall under either of these categories, you’ll be pleased to know that an InSinkErator model exists for you as well – the Evolution Compact.
Don’t let its smaller size fool you! This model is powered by a ¾ hp motor similar to ones we’ve seen in bigger, more expensive units. Coupled with the 2-step grinding process we’ve already talked about garbage you throw down the sink doesn’t have a chance.
It is even as quiet as the bigger models! Thanks to the SoundSeal technology which reduces sounds and eliminates vibration while the unit is working, this sink garbage disposal is claimed to be up to 40 percent more quiet than the competition.
Speaking of percentages, it is about 10 percent smaller than the other models and has a capacity of 34.6 oz that is still more than enough for most households.
Installation is easy as well, especially if you’re upgrading from an older model from the same company, like any of the Badger series ones.
What can we say, the is a great kitchen garbage disposal that saves your space without compromising much in other areas.
Add to this the reduced price which does not mean you’re giving up performance and convenience features and you have a product well worth considering.
2. Waste King L-8000 Legend Series(4.6 / 5)
Reading through this guide, you might think that we’re InSinkErator fanboys. After all, every review so far has featured one of their excellent models. What can we say, they make a great product whatever your needs.
InSinkErator isn’t the only kid on the block though – Waste king are known for their quality products at very reasonable prices, and the L-8000 Legend Series is certainly no exception on both accounts.
Even though its price is great, this is actually a solidly built, heavy duty model. It has a 1 hp motor; that’s about as much power as you’d see in any model out there. So much power means that your waste will be ground up and safely drained away quickly and effortlessly.
Another great selling point to this unit is its EZ sink mount system. Not only will it allow you to set the L-8000 quickly, but it also features a removable splash guard which makes it easier to clean and maintain.
This model gets a lot of overall praise in garbage disposal ratings – many users are happily reporting a decade or more of great service, heavy use and occasional improper use notwithstanding.
To make sure that you’ll be using this model longer still, Waste King have extended an unbeatable lifetime warranty which is limited to the original purchaser though.
We’re sold on the L-8000 Legend Series. Its outstanding capabilities and comparably amazing price make it the best garbage disposal for the money, no question.
3. InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP(4.4 / 5)
Just when you thought we’ve given up on InSinkErator products, they return with the tenacity of a badger to latch themselves onto your sink and gobble up all the waste you decide to throw down into it.
The badger 5 is a small, compact, low price machine that is best used in households where there isn’t a ton of food waste being produced every day. It has a ½ hp motor which is less effective than the bigger ¾ and 1hp variants, but is ideal if you only have a few scraps here and there that need to be taken care of.
It can be installed easily via its Quick Lock Sink Mount, the same type of mount featured in more expensive model. Similarly, if you’re upgrading to a newer iteration of badger from an older one, the installation will be over with much quicker.
The motor is a bit loud, we’d say the loudness is about standard when compared to other disposals, but at this price point this isn’t really a feature you’re paying for either.
In the end, the badger 5 is a cheap garbage disposal that you should pick up if you are on a budget and don’t intend to do any large-scale cooking projects any time soon. For everything else, its performance is more than adequate.
4. Waste King L-2600 Legend Series 1/2 HP(4.4 / 5)
We’ll be wrapping our reviews up with another product from Waste King – the inexpensive, yet surprisingly effective L-2600 Legend Series.
Its ½ hp motor is comparable to the Badger 5, but where they differ is the speed. The L-2600’s motor can reach speeds of up to 2600 rpm, liquefying anything you decide to throw down the sink, within the confines of common sense of course. It might not be able to handle gigantic quantities of waste at once, but the amount it can handle gets drained safely, making it an environmentally friendly product as well.
Even though it is one of their least expensive models, the L-2600’s make is sturdy and of a high quality. Its metal parts are resistant to corrosion, meaning that chances it will suddenly break down are reduced.
Since malfunction for this precise reason is the most common for disposals, there’s no denying how thoughtful Waste King are. If that doesn’t convince you, maybe their 5 year warranty will, a period which is more than acceptable in the price range.
Ultimately, we believe that the L-2600 is a solid product that gives the badger 5 a run for its money. Either way you’ll save money and gain a trustworthy machine, so in this case the choice might mostly be a matter of personal preference over anything else.
Things To Take Into Account Before Buying
Who would have thought that so few companies could produce such varied products?
Now that you have all the facts it is time to take a look at some other factors which may prove useful in determining what model fits your needs the best.
Continuous vs. batch feed systems – The manner in which your garbage disposal operates is one of the most important things in determining which one to buy.
If you want less hassle when grinding your garbage, a continuous feed model might be the way to go – you just flip the switch and forget about it until the process is complete. However, careless handling can cause various mishaps and may cause damage to your garbage disposal or the unfortunate fork / ring / watch that might have fallen pray to the grinder.
This is eliminated by choosing a batch feed system where you load up the unit with all the garbage you need taken care of and turn It on only when you’ve secured its lid and are satisfied that everything is in order. This takes a bit more of your time and dedication, but ensures additional safety as well as eliminating the need for a wall switch.
Choose the model you want based on whether you prefer convenience or added safety more.
Feeling the grind – If you live in a really old house, especially if it hasn’t been renovated in a while, you know how fickle ancient plumbing can be.
Clogs can occur any time and cost you a small fortune in repairs if the spot is complicated to reach or the damage extensive. One way to reduce the risk is to get yourself a disposal that has a comprehensive grinding process. As we’ve seen, the best garbage disposals have a three step process that reduces even the hardest food waste to bits that don’t endanger the plumbing.
If you know your house is like that, consider investing a little bit more in a better machine to save yourself from much more substantial costs later down the road.
Size and other specialty needs – It’s a great thing that a reduction in size doesn’t need to mean decreased performance anymore. As we’ve seen in the garbage disposal reviews above, more compact models are present that take up less space but that don’t short change you when it’s actually time to grind down that waste.
If you live in a smaller apartment or house and didn’t entertain the thought of getting a disposal because of spacial constraints, it might be time to reconsider. On the other hand, your needs might not be tied to your home’s size but to the way waste is disposed of.
We’ve reviewed a specialty model that was designed with septic tanks specifically in mind, so if you do get rid of your waste in that way and need a disposal that won’t cause problems with your septic tank, your needs can be accommodated as well.
That wasn’t too much information to grind through, was it? We’re surprised that there’s so much variety in a product whose main task is to get rid of food waste.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge you’ve been missing, you’ll hopefully have a much easier time deciding on which disposal in our guide fits your specific situation the best.
We’re certain that any model featured here will do a fine job of annihilating your waste, but there are always individual needs to consider.
Whether you live in a large house or a small apartment, whether you want a silent experience or praise safety above all else, our garbage disposal reviews have shown that there’s something there for almost any preference and budget.