10 Best Garbage Disposal Consumer Reports 2019

Find a garbage disposer that efficiently grinds vegetables and food scraps to make meal cleanup easier than ever. View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best garbage disposers that last long and don’t jam.

Top 10 Garbage Disposal

Bestseller No. 1
Waste King Legend Series 1/2 HP Power Cord-(L-2600) Garbage disposal
4029 Reviews
Waste King Legend Series 1/2 HP Power Cord-(L-2600) Garbage disposal
  • HIGH-SPEED MOTOR: The 1/2 HP, 2600 rpm (115v) permanent magnet motor jams less
  • EASY INSTALLATION AND CLEANING: EZ Mount for a quick and easy kitchen sink installation, removable splashguard...
Bestseller No. 2
Waste King L-8000 Garbage Disposal, 1HP
6296 Reviews
Waste King L-8000 Garbage Disposal, 1HP
  • HIGH-SPEED MOTOR: The 1 HP, 2800 RPM (115v) permanent magnet motor is sound-insulated and jams less
  • EASY INSTALLATION AND CLEANING: EZ Mount for a quick and easy kitchen sink installation, removable splashguard...
Bestseller No. 3
Waste King L-111 Garbage Disposal
1492 Reviews
Waste King L-111 Garbage Disposal
  • HIGH-SPEED MOTOR: The 1/3 HP, 1900 RPM (115v) permanent magnet motor jams less
  • EASY INSTALLATION AND CLEANING: EZ Mount for a quick and easy kitchen sink installation, removable splashguard...
Bestseller No. 4
Waste King 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal with Power Cord - (L-3200).
731 Reviews
Waste King 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal with Power Cord - (L-3200).
  • COMPACT SIZE: Smaller and lighter ¾ HP design is 7-3/4 inches in diameter, 13-3/4 inches long and weighs 8.6...
  • HIGH-SPEED MOTOR: The 3/4 HP, 2700 RPM (115 volts) permanent magnet motor is sound-insulated and jams less
Bestseller No. 5
InSinkErator Evolution Compact ¾ HP Household Garbage Disposal
2521 Reviews
InSinkErator Evolution Compact ¾ HP Household Garbage Disposal
  • SoundSeal Technology which delivers quieter performance versus a standard disposer
  • MultiGrind Technology:GrindShear Ring
Bestseller No. 6
InSinkErator Badger 5 Garbage Disposal with Power Cord, 1/2 HP
271 Reviews
InSinkErator Badger 5 Garbage Disposal with Power Cord, 1/2 HP
  • 1/2 Horsepower Dura-Drive Induction Motor
  • InSinkErator 2-Year We Come To You In-Home Full Service Limited Warranty Covers parts and labor
Bestseller No. 7
InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Food Waste Disposer
3747 Reviews
InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Food Waste Disposer
  • 26 oz. Grind chamber with galvanized steel grind system
  • 1/2 Horsepower Dura-Drive Induction Motor. Motor Protection : Manual Reset Overload
Bestseller No. 8
Waste King L-1001 Garbage Disposal, 1/2 HP
2455 Reviews
Waste King L-1001 Garbage Disposal, 1/2 HP
  • HIGH-SPEED MOTOR: The 1/2 HP, 2600 RPM (115v) permanent magnet motor jams less. Has dishwasher hookup
  • EASY INSTALLATION AND CLEANING: EZ Mount for a quick and easy kitchen sink installation, removable splashguard...
Bestseller No. 9
InSinkErator Badger 5XP, 3/4 HP Household Garbage Disposer with Factory-Installed Power Cord
78 Reviews
InSinkErator Badger 5XP, 3/4 HP Household Garbage Disposer with Factory-Installed Power Cord
  • 3/4 Horsepower Dura-Drive Induction Motor
  • Galvanized Steel Construction
Bestseller No. 10
InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 hp Household Garbage Disposal
1495 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

How to Choose a Garbage Disposer

Before choosing a model, answer these four questions:

Is a garbage disposer appropriate in my area? If you use a municipal sewer system, call your local sewer authority to find out its disposer policy. Some require a permit to use one, while others discourage them because of limited water and sewer capacity.

Is my septic tank big enough? Your municipality may require an upgrade if you have a septic system and use a garbage disposer. Check with your local building inspector or environmental health official. Alternatively, you may need to empty the existing tank more frequently.

Is the extra water use worth it? Figure on about 2.5 gallons of water per minute for most faucets, or some 900 gallons per year based on minute-per-day use. Besides potentially increasing your water bill, a disposer’s added water consumption is a concern in drought areas.

Is the plumbing up to the task? Don’t install a garbage disposer if plumbing clogs or backups are frequent since a disposer’s added waste can make both more likely. Have a problem septic system fixed, emptied, or enlarged before buying a garbage disposer.

Garbage Disposer Features to Chew On

Our testers found that differentiating features you’ll typically see at the store may not deliver the durability they imply. We also found that some models with fewer features and a shorter warranty cost more than relatively similar competitors. Home garbage disposers typically last about 10 to 12 years, according to InSinkErator, though not all reach the decade mark. A longer warranty does not guarantee a longer life and can also make some models cost more than otherwise-similar machines. Here are the garbage disposer features to consider:

Electric Cord
An electric cord allows the machine to be used with typical outlets; those without the cord need to be hard-wired.

Auto-Reverse Mode
This can help a garbage disposer’s spinning blades clear jammed waste, the bane of many disposers. Some models include a blade-oscillating “jaminator” feature for clearing.

Horsepower Ratings
Even models with the least powerful, 1/2-hp motor can handle bones and softer waste such as carrots and corn kernels. But if your kitchen waste typically includes tougher stuff, look for a more powerful, 3/4-hp or 1-hp model. Those we tested ground bones fastest and finest, reducing the chance of clogged plumbing traps.

Quick-Mount Neck
Most garbage disposers have a quick-mount neck that encourages do-it-yourself installation. But because 3/4- and 1-hp models weigh from 16 to 30 pounds, putting one beneath your sink may be a two-person job.

Safety Cover
Found on InSinkErator models, it prevents the unit from being turned on unless the cover is in place.

Stainless-Steel Grinding Chamber
Purported to increase durability, our tests show they can be damaged by beef bones and other tough stuff, so they don’t guarantee a longer life.

Warranty
Coverages range from as little as 1 year to 10 years, or even the life of the unit. But a longer warranty doesn’t guarantee longer life or better performance and can add to the price.

 

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