If you want a quick and easy way to keep your kitchen clean, a garbage disposal is a great investment. With one of these clever gadgets, you’ll be able to dispose of food waste without fear. Say goodbye to clogged and smelly pipes for good!
But with a bewildering array of models on the market, picking the right one can be tricky. So check out our reviews of seven of the best garbage disposals out there. Then take a look at our buying guide to help match their features to your needs.
Manufacturers InSinkErator has a peerless pedigree when it comes to garbage disposals. The company actually invented the gadgets back in 1927. There are more InSinkErator garbage disposals in US homes than those from all other manufacturers combined.
The Evolution Compact is one of their newer models, and it benefits from the company’s expertise. It’s exceptionally quiet – you won’t have any shaking sinks or shuddering pipes.
And it’s great at chopping up waste into small particles. The 0.75 horsepower induction Dura-Drive motor creates bags of grinding force. And food goes through a two-stage process that creates an ultra-fine grind.
The components that do the grinding are all made of stainless steel, so they’re tough and durable. They’ll deal effectively with more challenging foods like poultry bones or melon rinds.
There’s also a LeakGuard Liner. This captures liquid squeezed out during the grinding process, protecting your sink cabinet from spills.
But although the overall quality of construction is high, the stopper is made of plastic rather than stainless steel. It’s an oddly penny-pinching choice for what is otherwise a well-built piece of equipment.
The unit itself, as its name suggests, is very compact. You won’t need lots of room to fit it under your sink. There are, though, some compromises to be made on capacity. This is an option that will work best for smaller households.
Installation is easy, particularly if you’re replacing an existing InSinkErator model. The Quick-Lock mounting system means it’s just a case of twisting off the old unit and clicking the new one into place.
It will be more time consuming if you need extra fittings for your plumbing. There are, though, some useful videos online to help with the process. And it’s a task that’s well within the ambit of a competent DIYer.
This is a fairly pricey option, but it’s definitely an example of getting what you pay for.
Very effective two-stage process creates a fine grind
Easy to install, especially if you’re replacing a model from the same manufacturer
The main rival to the mighty InSinkErator, Waste King manufacture a range of bestselling garbage disposals. The L-8000 is the most powerful, with an impressive 1 horsepower motor that produces 2,800 revolutions per minute.
That motor is a high-speed permanent magnet design. It’s engineered to reduce jamming. And while it’s not silent, the sound insulation means it’s surprisingly quiet for such a powerful waste disposal.
It’s a great choice for regular use, and it will eat up even tougher waste with ease. The stainless steel grinding gear will deal with poultry bones, vegetable peel and cooked meat and fish without complaint.
This is a bigger machine than others out there. That means you will need to sacrifice some space in your sink cabinet. But if you can cope with that, you’ll get loads of power and a generous capacity.
It’s easy to use, with a continuous feed activated by a switch on your wall or mounted on your sink.
If you’re worried that this means there’ll be complicated wiring to install – don’t be. The power cord is pre-installed, and you won’t need to do any electrical work. If you prefer to hardwire your system, the cord can be easily removed.
The system will run until it’s switched off – but there’s an automatic override for safety. If it overloads, or in the rare event of a jam, the power will be cut. There’s a manual reset button to restart when it’s safe to do so.
Installation is simple as long as you have an easy-mount system. The mounting system allows the unit to twist and lock into the space previously occupied by your old garbage disposal. It’s compatible with a wide range of models. It comes with a hook-up to connect to your dishwasher too.
But if you’re not replacing an easy-mount garbage disposal, you may want to consider getting in a professional. It will take a bit of work, and the instructions aren’t foolproof.
If you have a septic tank, you’ll need to choose your garbage disposal with care. This will work fine with septic tanks, as long as they’re the proper size for your household.
Once in place, there’s a removable splashguard to help make short work of cleaning. And the whole thing comes with an impressive 20-year limited warranty. We’ve heard good things about Waste King’s customer service too.
Powerful 1 horsepower motor
Compatible with septic tanks
20-year limited warranty
Fairly bulky – it will take up space in your sink cabinet
Installation isn’t simple if you’re not replacing an existing easy-mount garbage disposal.
The Waste Maid 58 is an economical option that has plenty to recommend it.
The 0.5 horsepower permanent magnet motor drives the grinding gear at a rate of 2,600 revolutions per minute. And its compact dimensions mean it will take up less space in your sink cabinet than most.
The grinding components are made of stainless steel, so they’re robust and won’t corrode. And the impellers are carefully balanced, so they won’t vibrate and shake your sink during operation. That will also mean less wear and tear, and a longer life for the garbage disposal itself.
A particularly nice feature is that the parts of the device that get wet during grinding are coated with a “bio shield”. This inhibits the growth of bacteria, so you won’t have to worry about germs or unpleasant odors.
Another nice touch to avoid smells is the removable splash guard. That means that any waste that’s accumulated on the bottom of the splash guard can be easily cleaned away.
It also makes it easier to dispose of larger scraps. And if you’ve accidentally dropped something inside the unit, it makes it easier to fish it out too.
This is a continuous feed garbage disposal, so it will run until it’s switched off. Use it with running water to help the waste on its way and minimize the risk of jams.
This is another unit that’s easy to install if you’re replacing one that’s designed to be mounted with three bolts. There’s a handy online video to help with the process too.
You may prefer to use plumbers’ putty for the drain flange, rather than the rubber gasket supplied. It’s a more effective way to avoid future leaks. And it’s also a good option if your drain cut-out isn’t completely smooth.
But beware if you’re installing somewhere that doesn’t have a garbage disposal already. The design here has a longer neck than many others, and it can cause problems connecting to the drain.
One other thing to note is that this isn’t designed to be hardwired in. It comes with a power cord that’s about three feet long. It isn’t easy to remove the cord, and don’t even think about it if you’re not a qualified electrician.
Overall, though, this is an effective garbage disposal at a very competitive price.
Bio shield inhibits the growth of bacteria on wet components, avoiding germs and odors
Titan offers a range of garbage disposals with different levels of power. The 960 Deluxe offers 0.75 horsepower from its permanent magnet motor. That gives 2,700 revolutions per minute. It’s designed to be plugged in at the wall and comes with a 120 Volt power cord.
The impellers are made of stainless steel. They’re engineered to be well balanced, so they won’t shake and damage your sink, cabinet or garbage disposal. It also makes this a fairly quiet unit.
Like the Waste Maid, the components liable to getting wet are all treated with Bio Shield. That means you won’t have to worry about bacteria causing nasty smells. And the splash guard is removable, making cleaning far easier.
There’s also an extra component that Titan calls a “silver guard”. This magnetic ring is fixed around the flange, under the sink. The magnet will stop most metal objects before they find their way into the garbage disposal.
If you’ve ever panicked as the knife you were scraping your chopping board with fell towards the disposal, this will be a reassuring feature! There’ll be no damage to either your valuable cutlery or your unit.
This one works on a continuous feed, so you can keep adding more waste as it goes. Just turn it off at the wall when you’ve finished.
The opening is, however, a little smaller than you’ll find with most other garbage disposals. And the splash guard is a little stiff when first used. You might find yourself having to push in scraps with a spoon. It will, though, become more flexible over time.
This is another garbage disposal that mounts with three bolts. If you’re replacing a system that mounts the same way, it will be as easy as pie to install.
It also comes with a ten-year warranty. If your unit develops a defect or stops working during that time, it will be replaced free of charge. You’ll just need your original sales receipt. You’ll have to pay any installation costs yourself – but as a straight replacement, it’ll be easy to do yourself.
Bio Shield prevents build-up of bacteria on wet components
Silver guard prevents cutlery falling into the grinder
Moen’s GXP50C GX Pro offers a 0.5 horsepower permanent magnet motor. That allows it to achieve its maximum power from the moment it’s switched on – just like a drill or power sander. It delivers 2,600 revolutions per minute. The fine grind will minimize the risk of the unit jamming.
This one comes with a power cord pre-installed, so there’s no need to purchase one separately and wire it in. Powering up is a simple case of plugging it into a wall socket.
If you prefer, it’s possible to remove the cord and hardwire the garbage disposal. Basic instructions for doing that are included in the manual. But if you’re not an electrical expert, it’s safest to call in the professionals.
The mounting system is compatible with most three-bolt assemblies, including others from Moen and Insinkerator. The installation uses a simple twist-and-lock mechanism.
The unit itself is compact and lighter weight than many others, making it easy to get into position. You’ll also benefit from more room in your sink cabinet.
Included in the package are a drain elbow and mounting assembly, a sink flange, and a removable splashback. The latter makes cleaning simple and provides more room for maneuver if you accidentally drop something into the garbage disposal.
And despite the competitive price, with this unit, you’ll get something not available with many more expensive models. That’s a stopper made of polished stainless steel, rather than plastic.
This operates with a continuous feed – the motor will keep running until it’s switched off. A SoundShield is designed to reduce noise levels during operation. This isn’t, though, the quietest garbage disposal out there.
And there are a couple of other things to be aware of.
The first is that this won’t fit every sink. Make sure yours is no more than half an inch thick. And the three-year limited warranty is less than that of other models on the market.
Compact unit that’s lighter weight than most
The pre-installed power cord can be removed if you prefer to hardwire it in
Polished stainless steel stopper is a cut above those of many other models
Not the quietest
The three-year warranty isn’t as long as we’d like.
Emerson’s Evergrind E202, like the InSinkErator model, uses a Dura-Drive induction motor rather than a permanent magnet design. It’s not the quietest out there, so if you’re sensitive to noise, it may not be the best choice.
The motor delivers 0.5 horsepower. That will be fine for most kitchen waste. But if you’re going to be grinding up poultry bones or other tougher materials, it will take a while. And you’ll probably find you need to help it on its way with plenty of soapy water.
There are, though, lots of pluses to counteract these shortcomings. If you’re looking for a compact and effective garbage disposal, this is well worth considering. The grind chamber will still hold a respectable 26 ounces of waste. And the unit is competitively priced.
The grinding gear is made of galvanized steel, making it rugged enough to stand up to wear and tear. And you won’t have to worry about rust. There’s an attractive stainless steel stopper too.
This is another continuous feed model, so it will keep grinding until it’s switched off.
It’s designed to be hardwired into your electrical system and doesn’t come with a power cord. It’s possible to buy and fit a cord if you prefer – you’ll just need to spend a little more.
Installing it isn’t difficult. As ever, it will be easiest if you’re replacing another product from the same manufacturer. In that case, you can expect to have the job completed in a matter of minutes.
This isn’t the most powerful garbage disposal on the market. But it will work fine for lighter use and has some nice features. And it won’t break the bank either.
If you’re in the market for a lighter-weight garbage disposal, Whirlaway’s model 191 could be the answer. And it’s the least expensive option on our list.
There is, as you’d expect, some compromise to be made on power. The permanent magnet motor will deliver only 0.3 horsepower, but we haven’t heard any complaints about performance.
If you’re likely to be a heavy user, it probably won’t be the best choice. But for most households, it will be quite sufficient for day-to-day use. Just don’t try to use it for tough waste like chicken bones, or fibrous matter like corn husks.
This might be inexpensive, but it’s nicely engineered. The operation is smooth and quiet, and you won’t find yourself with a vibrating sink.
The two-year warranty isn’t as long as other models, but don’t let that put you off. We’ve heard excellent reports of the longevity of Whirlaway units, with plenty of repeat purchasers.
You won’t get a power cord with this one. Either hardwire it into your electrical system or purchase one separately. If you’re not experienced with electrical installations, it’s sensible to seek the help of an electrician.
Other aspects of installation are very straightforward, and there are videos online to help. And as with all the garbage disposals on this list, the process is easiest when you’re replacing like for like. If that’s the case, you can expect the whole job to be done in about ten minutes.
All in all, this is a great option for an economical garbage disposal that will suit lighter use households.
Lightweight and compact – you’ll have plenty of room in your under-sink cabinet
Handles lighter weight food waste effectively
Smooth, quiet operation
Not powerful enough for tougher waste
No power cord included – you’ll need to hardwire it in or buy one separately.
If you’re feeling confused by the different features on offer from all these garbage disposals, don’t despair! Check out our buying guide to identify the questions to ask yourself before you make your choice.
How much power do you need?
The first thing to consider is the kind of food waste you’ll need to dispose of. If you compost a lot, there’s probably no need to spend money on a powerful garbage disposal. And if you live in a household of vegetarians, you won’t need it to cope with meat or fish bones.
The power of the unit will be determined by the motor. The garbage disposals on our list have motors ranging from 0.3 all the way up to 1 horse power.
Generally speaking, garbage disposals with less powerful motors will be smaller and more lightweight. They’ll be easy to maneuver during installation and won’t take up as much room in your sink cabinet.
But if you know you’ll need to grind up tough or fibrous material, you’ll find a bigger motor a godsend. It will work more quickly and will be less prone to jamming.
What about the noise?
Grinding up food waste can be a noisy business. For some people, that’s not a big deal. But if you’re sensitive to humming noise, you’ll want a garbage disposal that’s engineered to run quietly.
Don’t assume that the size of the motor is the only thing that will affect this. Larger motors can be surprisingly tranquil if they’re well-engineered. The opposite can be true of smaller versions.
Look for models with Sound Shield or equivalent technology. And check out user reviews too – they’re usually a good source of advice on noise levels.
Electrical cord or hardwired?
Some garbage disposals come with an electrical cord, others are designed to be hardwired into your electrical system. In most cases, it’s possible to add a cord where there isn’t one, or disconnect one that’s included. You will, though, have to spend time doing it, and it’s not always straightforward.
If you’re not a competent electrician, it’s best to get in a professional. Avoid that expense by looking for a model with a pre-installed cord.
Time to dispose of that garbage!
That brings us to the end of our reviews of the best garbage disposals on the market today. We hope we’ve helped you narrow down your search. Ask yourself the questions in our buying guide, and you’ll be sure to pick a model that will work for your home.
Our favorite is the Waste King L-8000. It’s got unbeatable power and is surprisingly quiet into the bargain. And the twenty-year warranty is best-in-class.
Investing in a garbage disposal is a great way of keeping your kitchen clean and tidy. Good luck with your purchase, and enjoy your new gadget!