Best Waste King Garbage Disposal Reviews 2020

There are two giants in the garbage disposal industry. One is InSinkErator and the other is Waste King. While InSinkErator was the company that started it all way back before World War II, Waste King is no spring chicken. They’ve been making garbage disposals for nearly half a century themselves. In that time they’ve learned a thing or two about quality and they’ve put that knowledge to work in their L-2600 Legend Series 1/2 HP continuous feed disposal. Below we’re going to take a close look at what makes this disposal tick. Starting with the things it does right and a few things we think it could do better.

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Pros

  • The 1/2 HP Vortex Motor – The L-2600 is so named because its Vortex motor cranks out an impressive 2,600 rpms. This motor is engineered using the permanent magnet model that enables it to produce enormous torque. That feverish amount of torque means it’s not going to be deterred from reducing the toughest food waste to dust and slurry in seconds.
  • The Lack of Noise – Anyone familiar with garbage disposals knows they are capable of taking over the kitchen while they’re in operation. You flip the switch and conversations cease until the disposal is finished. Not the L-2600. Its grind chamber is fashioned from glass nylon material that actually absorbs sounds rather than just bouncing them around like a steel chamber will do.
  • The Efficiency of the Grind – As we mentioned the L-2600 produces tremendous torque. This enables it to pulverize pretty much anything in its path quickly and effectively. Whereas some other garbage disposals rely on a multi-stage grind system to gradually reduce tough material to a manageable level the L-2600 doesn’t need that. As such it’s faster and more efficient.
  • The Ease of Installation – While installation of the L-2600 isn’t quite as simple as it is for some of the InSinkErator models it’s not much harder either. Essentially if you could install an InSinkErator you can install the L-2600. It uses the same basic “twist on” locking mechanism of the InSinkErator. And that’s great. If you’re going to copy someone after all, copy the best.
  • Reliability – The L-2600 is made from durable, corrosion-resistant materials with a stainless steel grind mechanism that’s built for the long haul. The disposal also provides a 5 year limited warranty.

Cons

  • Energy Consumption – While the L-2600 does an efficient job pulverizing most food waste that effectiveness comes at a price. The motor, being as powerful and determined as it is, it uses more electricity than many other mid-sized garbage disposals. Not so much that it’s going to send you to the poor house. But enough of a difference to be noticeable.
  • Jamming – While the unit has swivel impellers designed to minimize the chances of a jam they don’t seem to work as well as they do on some other garbage disposals. This is not a deal breaker but it’s something we’d like to see them improve on.

Best Features and Uses of the Waste King L-2600 Garbage Disposal

The Waste King is a highly affordable best garbage disposal. So you might think that means the feature set will be wanting a bit. Well, you’d be wrong. The L-2600 features include:

 

  • Compact Design – Waste King understands that not everyone has tons of space under their sink. So they typically produce disposals that take up just as much space as needed and no more. That’s the case here too. The L-2600 is a svelte 6.8 inches in diameter and only 13.5 inches tall.
  • Continuous Feed – Like most garbage disposals today the L-2600 is a continuous feed disposal. That means you can add food waste to it while it’s running. You won’t have to keep turning it on and off like you would with a batch feed disposal.
  • Stainless Steel Grind Mechanism – The grinding mechanism on the L-2600 is tough as nails. It’s fashioned from high grade stainless steel which means it’s no match for even the toughest waste. Being top grade stainless the teeth aren’t going to succumb to corrosion either.
  • Lightweight Construction – Many home garbage disposals can tip the scale at 14 or 15 pounds or more. The L-2600 by comparison weighs a very agreeable 7.8 pounds. The incredible lightweight construction aids in making it one of the easier disposals to install.
  • Integrated Power Cord – Some garbage disposal manufacturers who will remain nameless refuse to supply power cords for their units. Waste King however, does the right thing and provides their L-2600 with an integrated, heavy duty 36 inch power cord. Thank you Waste King.
  • Powerful Vortex Motor – As we mentioned above the L-2600 get its name from its rugged, high torque, 2600 rpm, 1/2 HP, permanent magnet motor. The permanent magnet configuration compels the motor to continue pushing forward even when it encounters resistance that might cause other motors to grind (so to speak) to a halt.
  • Quiet Operation – The glass nylon grinding canister, the precision cut stainless steel grind mechanism and permanently lubricated bearings all work to create a disposal that’s remarkably quiet. This is particularly impressive when you consider how tough and determined the motor is.
  • 5 year Warranty – If anything goes wrong with the unit within 5 years of the date of purchase the company will replace it for you at no cost. The L-2600 has a secondary lifetime warranty against corrosion made possible by the glass nylon construction of the grind canister.
  • Extras – The L-2600 also offers a front mounted reset button and a removable splash guard that keeps food debris in the disposal where it belongs during use.

Conclusion

The L-2600 from Waste King is a great value that provides the average homeowner with all the power and durability they’re ever likely to need in a garbage disposal. It’s also quiet, very easy to install and comes with a limited 5 year warranty. You can pay 3 times as much for a disposal. The only question is, why would you when you can get the L-2600 and its rich feature set for so much less?

Waste King Legend Series L-3200 Garbage Disposal Review

Waste King has been making garbage disposals for some 50 years. They’re one of the giants of the industry. Below we’re going to put their L-3200 disposal under the microscope to find out if it’s everything the marketing makes it out to be. We’ll start with some pros and cons.

waste king L-2600 garbage disposal

Pros

 

  • The Powerful Motor – At 3/4 HP this is one of the more powerful motors you’ll find on a continuous feed garbage disposal. It’s a no-nonsense permanent magnet motor endowed with a ton of torque. As a result you won’t hear it whining as it tries to tackle gristle or small bones.
  • It’s Pretty Quiet – With such a powerful take-no-prisoners motor you might assume the L-3200 is pretty loud. But you’d be surprised. The unit is lined top to bottom with sound absorbing insulation making it one of the quieter garbage disposals on the market.
  • Stainless Steel Grind Components – Part of the reason the permanent magnet motor is able to make such short work of tough food waste is because the grind components are fashioned from high-grade stainless steel. This ensures they’re always the hardest thing in the disposal and also prevents the type of corrosion that destroys lesser disposals.
  • The Integrated Power Cord – For some reason we can’t figure out some garbage disposals do not include power cords. To us, this is like selling a circular saw without a power cord. It’s essential equipment. Fortunately, Waste King doesn’t play power games and the L-3200 comes with an integrated 36 inch power cord.
  • The EZ Mounting System – There are a lot of garbage disposals on the market. Many claim to be easy to install. The good news here is that the L-3200 actually is. It’s not a case of removing it from the box, snapping onto the underside of your sink and plugging it in. But on a good day it’s reasonably close. (More on this below)
  • 8 year Warranty – The L-3200 comes with an 8 year warranty on parts and build quality. That’s one of the best in the business.

Cons

  • Setup Issues – While we don’t ever expect a garbage disposal to snap into place in seconds the unit we tested didn’t want to hook up with the mounting ring. It took quite a while and a half dozen tries to get everything properly locked into place. Once in place everything worked fine. But still. We expect a bit more from an “EZ” mounting system.
  • Small Opening – Once you install the disposal and go to use it you’re likely to be struck by how small the opening is. Is it useable? Sure. But the opening is noticeably smaller than what you’ll find on most home garbage disposals. Not quite sure why they would do something like that on just one model. But it is what it is.

Best Features and Uses of Waste King Legend Series L-3200 Garbage Disposal

It’s easy to assume that, because a disposal occupies the budget end of the spectrum, that it will be short on features. That’s not the case with the L-3200 however.

  • Sound Shell Technology – By “Sound Shell” the company is referring to the layer of insulation that envelopes the grind canister and motor. It sounds like a silly marketing cliche but it’s actually pretty effective at soaking up sound waves. The result is one of the quieter 3/4 HP disposals on the market.
  • 3/4 HP Motor – Speaking of that 3/4 HP motor… Like the motors on some of their other disposals the L-3200 motor is built on the permanent magnet model. This enables it to produce generous amounts of torque that keep is plowing forward when other motors gets caught in the gristle. Because of this there’s no need for the 2 or even 3-stage grinding setups used by some of its competitors.
  • 36 inch Integrated Power Cord – We mentioned it before and we’ll say it again, there’s no reason every garbage disposal shouldn’t come with a power cord. Some don’t however. And this can lead to all kinds of problems down the line if the power cord you install yourself isn’t done perfectly. Fortunately the L-3200 is one of them and for that they deserve a special pat on the back.
  • Dishwasher Compatibility – Lots of food typically winds up in the dishwasher regardless of how thoroughly we think we’re rinsing our plates. For that reason it’s always a plus if you can channel the food-laden dishwasher effluence directly through the garbage disposal. This helps prevent clogged drains. Not all garbage disposals allow you to do this. The L-3200 does.
  • Stainless Steel Grind Components – If you’ve ever taken apart an old disposal you have likely noticed that the grinding components are often enveloped in rust. Some of the teeth may have broken clean off due to corrosion. A grind mechanism fashioned from stainless steel components however, will resist rust and corrosion and will likely outlast the motor itself. Corrosion resistant components will also prevent the need for service calls.
  • Continuous Feed – Disposals are either continuous feed or batch feed. Most homeowners will opt for continuous feed because it gives them the ability to switch on the disposal and drop waste into it as it’s produced. With a batch feed you need to wait until you get a fair amount of garbage in the disposal before you engage it. This can lead to unpleasant smells in the kitchen.
  • 8 Year Warranty – There’s no accounting for how Waste King determines the length of the warranty on different models. Some are as short as a year. The good news here is that the L-3200 comes with an impressive 8 year warranty on build-quality and parts.

Conclusion

The Waste King L-3200 meets all the criteria of an outstanding value. It’s affordable, it’s durable, it’s (relatively) easy to install, it offers an array of useful features and it’s covered by a very generous 8 year limited warranty. Is it perfect? Of course not. But the number of things it does well far outnumber its relatively minor drawbacks. This makes it an easy recommend for the budget conscious homeowner.

 

Top 2 InSinkErator Garbage Disposal Reviews 2020

The Badger line of garbage disposals is trusted by more homeowners than any other. They’re powerful, no-nonsense disposals that are virtually maintenance free and priced right. The Badger 1 continuous feed disposal features the company’s Dura-Drive induction motor that doesn’t back down from the toughest food waste, as well as the company’s much-praised “twist on” installation. Let’s start this review by looking at its advantages and disadvantages.

InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Pros

  • Large Grinding Chamber – The Badger 1 features a 26 oz grinding chamber that is sure to be more than enough for the average family. Since it’s a continuous feed disposal you’re not going to wait until the chamber is stuffed before you switch it on. So the odds are you will never come close to filling it up.
  • Quick Lock Sink Mount – All InSinkErator garbage disposals feature their Quick Lock Sink Mount setup. This reduces the time necessary to install the disposal itself to just a few minutes. While it’s a little more complicated than “twist off twist on” as the company advertises it’s still simple enough that any reasonably capable homeowner can handle it without having to call a plumber.
  • Dura-Drive Motor – The Dura-Drive induction motor on the Badger 1 is tough as nails. You might think that because it’s “only” 1/3 HP that it would need a 2-stage grinding system to compensate. But not the Badger 1. This motor produces enormous amounts of power for its size and isn’t the least bit intimidated by tough food waste.
  • Ultra-Quiet Operation – The Badger 1 features InSinkErator’s SoundSeal technology. This produces a disposal that hums quietly in the background, instead of rattling and clanging and taking over the kitchen. It’s a thing of beauty and the kind of feature that sets the company apart from much of the competition.
  • In-House Service – Another thing that sets InSinkErator apart from the competition is their warranty. While most companies insist you send the product to them to have it repaired InSinkErator comes to you. They maintain a nationwide network of nearly 1,500 high-trained technicians that respond to customer needs. They come to your house, effect any necessary repairs and your kitchen operation never skips a beat.

Cons

  • Forget the Bones and Grease – While the Badger 1 is a hungry little machine it’s not built to handle large chicken bones or lots of grease and fat. While there are garbage disposals on the market that have no problem shredding bones, this isn’t one of them. And too much fat and grease is just going to gunk it up and eventually cause a breakdown.
  • 1 Year Warranty – Some other InSinkErator garbage disposals cover you with up to 7 years of in-home service. For some reason we can’t quite understand you only get a year with the Badger 1. While we appreciate the year we would like to see them extend that a bit.

Uses and Features of the InSinkErator Badger 1

Like many of its InSinkErator cousins, the Badger 1 comes with a pretty impressive list of features including:

  • 1/3 HP Induction Motor – While it’s going to gag on larger bones the 1/3 HP induction motor will make short work of just about anything else you cast down the drain. It’s an aggressive little motor that likes to prove itself and does so over and over.
  • 26 oz Grind Compartment – It’s not the largest on the market but it’s large enough to handle whatever the average sized family is going to produce in terms of food waste. Even on those food-heavy holidays like Thanksgiving.
  • Lightweight Construction – At a measly 12.7 pounds the Badger 1 is one of the lightest mid-sized garbage disposals on the market. This makes installation all that much easier and also reduces stress and strain on the bottom of your kitchen sink.
  • Quick Lock Sink Mount – This mounting system has earned widespread praise and deservedly so. While it’s not as simple as taking it out of the box and twisting it on, the unit can nonetheless be installed in about 10 minutes by an average homeowner who can follow a few simple directions.
  • Jam Buster Wrench – Every Badger 1 comes with a Jam Buster wrench. Should the unit shut itself down due to a jam just follow the simple steps laid out in the instruction manual to clear the jam using the Jam Buster wrench. You’ll be back up and running in just a few minutes.
  • Dishwasher Drain Connection – This is a feature that’s missing in a lot of garbage disposals. Especially ones like this that occupy the budget end of the price spectrum. Happily the Badger 1 has the dishwasher drain connection and it only takes a couple minutes to complete the setup.
  • 36 inch Power Cord – Maybe InSinkErator has heard the legitimate complaints of their customers who have been asking for years why they don’t include a power cord with their garbage disposals. Maybe they just put somebody new in charge of the program and that person said “Hey, we should include power cords”. But whatever the reason we’re just glad to see that the Badger 1 comes with its own 36 inch power cord.

For a budget-friendly garbage disposal the Badger 1 has one of the most impressive feature lists in the business.

Conclusion

The Badger 1 from InSinkErator is affordable, dependable, quiet, ruthless in its abilities and super-easy to install. It’s the kind of kitchen appliance that makes the contemporary kitchen the marvel that it is. When we look at that feature list and consider how easy it is to install and maintain and then balance all that against the price we have to be impressed by what an outstanding value proposition it represents. You can pay a lot more for a garbage disposal. You can find garbage disposals with larger grinding canisters and more powerful motors. But it’s unlikely you’re going to find a garbage disposal that provides a better combination of performance and reliability at this price.

InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Review

InSinkErator was the first disposal brand introduced to the home market way back in 1940. In the nearly 80 years since, they’ve become the largest selling brand of garbage disposals in the world. Their Badger line of disposals has always been one of their most popular and this 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal is a good example of why that is.

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Pros

  • Ease of Installation – All contemporary InSinkErators feature the company’s “twist off twist on” installation. And while it’s never quite as easy as all that it nonetheless shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to have your new Badger 5 in place. There’s no need to call a plumber and no need to involve an electrician.
  • Galvanized Steel Construction – The Badger 5 is fashioned from rugged, rust-resistant galvanized steel. Galvanized steel is known for its corrosion resistant properties and for being reasonably light and strong. The result is a disposal that’s tough as nails and should last a good long time.
  • Powerful Motor – The Badger 5 has a 1/2 HP induction motor that features the company’s DuraDrive Technology. This provides the grinding system with the power it needs to reduce even bone and tough gristle to tiny pieces of effluence in seconds. This in spite of the fact that it’s a single stage grinding system.
  • Speaking of the Grinding System – That single stage grinding system isn’t the result of engineering laziness. It’s a patented state-of-the-art system that utilizes the company’s GrindShear ring. That ring of grinding teeth sports an innovative design that doesn’t back down from anything and doesn’t need a backup stage to finish what it started.
  • In-Home Warranty – InSinkErator is unique in that it offers warranties of various lengths that all include in-home service of your disposal. The exact length of the warranty you get will depend on the InSinkErator model you buy. In the case of the Badger 5 you get 2 years of in-home repair and service from the company’s network of nearly 1,500 highly trained specialists.

Cons

  • No Grease Please – If you want to prompt a call to one of those service agents load up your Badger 5 with a lot of grease and fat. Because, while it can reduce chicken bones to dust in seconds it doesn’t really know what to do with big wads of fat. They tend to accumulate inside the mechanism and eventually interfere with its operation.
  • Not Very Quiet – Some InSinkErator garbage disposals are incredibly quiet. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the Badger 5 disposal. While it’s not going to drown out your conversations while it’s running you might have to speak up a bit to be heard clearly. Fortunately, it works quickly.
  • No Power Cord – For some reason known only to the powers that be at InSinkErator they don’t include a power cord with most of their garbage disposals. This seems like something they could easily and cheaply remedy. Why they choose to not to is something of a mystery and the only real black mark against the brand.

Features and Uses of the InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP 

The Badger 5 has an impressive feature set that makes it a smart choice for most average kitchens. Those features include:

  • A Dura-Drive 1/2 HP Induction Motor – This is one of their toughest and most dependable motors.
  • A Large Grinding Chamber – While it’s not the largest on the market the 26 ounce grinding chamber is still large enough for most multi-person households.
  • Dishwasher Compatibility – This is a little-appreciated feature that you won’t find on every garbage disposal. Refuse from the dishwasher is fed directly into the Badger for disposal.
  • Robust Construction – The Badger is fashioned from galvanized steel, stainless steel, high-impact plastic and rubber. All materials that are going to stand the test of time.
  • Anti-Jamming Features – The motor is designed to power through the gnarliest of materials. But should a jam occur the unit will shut itself down and you can clear the jam using the “jam buster” wrench that comes with the disposal.
  • Assembled in the USA – Not everything is put together in far off lands. InSinkErator is proudly assembled in the US.
  • And of Course the Hassle Free Installation – We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. InSinkErators are rightfully praised for their ease of installation.

The Badger 5 is also remarkably light at just over 13 pounds. So you don’t have to be a weight lifter to install it.

How to Install the InSinkErator Badger Garbage Disposal

InSinkErator was one of the first companies to address the issue of garbage disposal installation in a meaningful way. They recognized the absurdity of having to call a plumber who will often charge several hundred dollars to install a device that typically costs less than $100. Their solution was the Quick Lock Sink Mount system.

The Badger comes with drain and disposal mounting rings, a tailpipe, tailpipe gasket, stopper and easy to follow instructions. The most difficult part of the installation is likely to be the removal of the existing disposal. (Unless of course that old disposal is another late model InSinkErator.) Once you have removed it you can go ahead with the Badger 5 installation.

  • Attach the mounting ring to the underside of the drain and tighten the fastening screws.
  • Install the tail pipe gasket onto the side of the disposal.
  • Slide the fastening flange onto the discharge tube.
  • Secure the discharge tube to the tail pipe connection on the disposal.
  • Connect the dishwasher drain hose (if applicable) to the pipe above the tail pipe.
  • Connect the power cord to the disposal.
  • Now move under the sink.
  • Line up the mounting tabs with the up ramps on the mounting ring on the drain.
  • Rotate the mounting ring on the disposal until the mounting tabs lock into position.
  • Attach the discharge pipe to the drain pipe.
  • Plug in the disposal.

Don’t forget to run some water through it to test for leaks before using it to process food waste.