GE Food Waste Disposer

Last updated date: January 18, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

GE Food Waste Disposer

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 98 expert reviews, the GE GE Food Waste Disposer placed 7th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 31, 2020:
Checkout The Best Garbage Disposal For Apartment for a detailed review of all the top garbage disposal for apartments.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
505 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The disposal has angled stainless steel fins that pump ground food and water through your pipes at a much higher rate of speed than a traditional garbage disposal. This dual action keeps your home’s plumbing free of clogs and prevents food particles from depositing and accumulating. That’s impressive enough, but what really got me was the unit’s sound reduction technology.
- Mr. Garbage Disposal
It’s a corrosion resistant disposal system that will make getting rid of food waste so much easier. Installing it is easy and operating it is even easier.
- Garbage Disposal Reviews
The major pro to this unit is its size and design which means it can fit under pretty much any sink horizontally and takes up little space.
- Modern Home Pulse
December 3, 2019 | Full review
Another useful feature of GE GFC525V is that its galvanized steel turntable has a large capacity. It makes managing food waste fast and easy.
- Disposal Answers
July 19, 2019 | Full review
Like many other modern-day garbage disposals, this one has both the splash guard and the stopper included with it, both of which are removable.
- Best Sink Disposal
September 3, 2018 | Full review
It is modified with permanent magnet motor with ½ horsepower which remarkably heavy duty to guarantee excellent performance.
- My Wonder Lists
What experts didn't like
Average quietness
- Garbage Disposal Reviews
Produces a muffled sound
- Disposal Answers
July 19, 2019 | Full review
A small number of customers (less than one percent) have reported that the machine rusted out after a little more than five years. Although this has been an extremely isolated issue, it’s worth noting.
- Best Sink Disposal
September 3, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

GE continuous feed food waste disposer has a high RPM and high torque, to grind food finer and faster. Which is really a big deal. Since select GE Disposall disposers can reach speeds of over 3500 RPM, while many brands can't reach over 2000 RPM, the Disposall disposers are less likely to jam. And, stainless-steel dual-swivel grinder blades means they're less likely to corrode, even after years of use. The Disposall offers a faster and finer grind right from the beginning. Now you can be free from the anti-jam key and able to power through food the first time, so you don't waste time. Installation made E-Z. E-Z Mount System makes installation a breeze for anyone. We have fewer parts and steps than most of our competitors' installation systems. The five-step installation starts by attaching a sink flange assembly. Then, the disposer snaps onto the sink flange under your sink, allowing water and waste to safely travel down the pipes. And, the Disposall easily attaches to your existing plumbing and wiring. After a quick installation, you can trust that your Disposall was made with stainless steel and corrosion-resistant materials for maximum lifespan and durability. Drain boost technology helps keep your drain free and clear of food waste to ensure your water runs smoothly in the right direction. The Disposall has an angled fin which pumps water and ground food through pipes with higher speed and pressure to keep drains purged and help reduce clogs. All our models operate quietly and some even offer sound reduction technology. The sound reduction package includes a fully insulated sound shell, so our disposers can handle your toughest challenges while minimizing noise. Did you know that Americans throw away nearly 25 percent of all food prepared? And decomposing waste in landfills is one of the largest producers of methane gas, which is the main contributor of global warming? It's true.

Overall Product Rankings

InSinkErator Garbage Disposal
1. InSinkErator Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 15
Waste King Garbage Disposal with Power Cord
2. Waste King Garbage Disposal with Power Cord
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 14
Moen Compact Garbage Disposal
3. Moen Compact Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 16
Kitchen Aid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
4. Kitchen Aid Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 18
Waste Maid Food Waste Disposer
5. Waste Maid Food Waste Disposer
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
Whirlpool Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
6. Whirlpool Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 14
GE Food Waste Disposer
7. GE Food Waste Disposer
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6
Whirlaway Garbage Disposal
8. Whirlaway Garbage Disposal
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Garbage Disposal For Apartments

When your garbage disposal stops working, it’s suddenly all too clear how useful an appliance it is. But shopping for a garbage disposal can be complicated. Not only do you have to contend with the cost of a new disposal, but you’ll probably have to pay someone to install it. Before you start looking around, note the brand of disposal you currently have. Some of the most popular brands include features that let you easily slide the old disposal out and replace it with a new one — no professional technician necessary.

The most important feature in any garbage disposal is power. Vicki Liston, host of “On The Fly…DIY,” says the amount of power required depends on how you’ll be using the disposal. If you’re only tossing softer foods and liquids down your disposal, you’ll likely find a ½-horsepower motor will more than suffice. However, for tougher jobs, you’ll need more power.

“I don’t recommend anything less than a ½ horsepower motor,” Liston says. “One-third horsepower units can clog easily, even if you only put soft foods into them.”

Even the most powerful motors can jam occasionally, which is why Liston also recommends choosing a disposal with either an auto-reverse or anti-jam mode. Most disposals come with a reset button in case your unit ever shuts off during a jam. Make sure the model you have not only includes a button, but that you can easily get to that button if you ever need it.

There are two major types of disposals: continuous feed and batch feed. Continuous feed is far more common, so you’ll probably find it tougher to find batch feed models if you prefer that mode. With continuous feed, the motor crunches items up immediately as you add them. Batch feed disposals force you to load all the food in and close it before it starts working. Batch feed disposals are, of course, safer, especially if you have young children, and Liston recommends them unless you have an adults-only household.

DWYM Fun Fact

Garbage disposals have been praised as good for the environment since they reduce the amount of food waste heading to landfills every week. But the food you wash down the drain has to go somewhere. Once ground up, your food particles eventually make their way to your local wastewater treatment plant, where they must be filtered out and either turned into fertilizer or sent to landfills anyway. Another factor getting in the way of eco-friendliness is that having food particles pumped into local water systems may disrupt aquatic life. In addition to the environmental impact, food particles can also create clogs that cities have to work hard to clear.

The Garbage Disposal For Apartment Buying Guide

  • One way to save money is to install the disposal yourself. There are several benefits to leaving it to a professional, though, perhaps the most important of which is that it’s safer. But professional technicians also know local regulations regarding garbage disposal installation. If you opt to DIY, Liston recommends checking into those regulations.

“Even in this day and age your local facilities may either require a permit and or may not even allow you to connect one, based on their capacity to handle food waste,” Liston says.

  • If you’re in an apartment, check your lease to determine whether there are restrictions. If your complex is on a septic system, dropping anything but liquids down your drain can strain the system, forcing it to require pumping more frequently. Septic customers often find they still need to dump most waste into the trash, even with a garbage disposal.
  • Grease and fat are never good for drains, even with a garbage disposal.
  • To keep it operating efficiently, use only cold water when you’re running your garbage disposal.
  • Sink drains and disposals can start to smell after a while, especially if food is lodged inside its parts. Peels from citrus fruits can keep things smelling fresh.
  • If your disposal doesn’t have a reset button, you can insert a wooden spoon into the mouth of the disposal to clear it.
  • Several factors combine to determine how powerful a motor is. In addition to choosing a ½-horsepower motor or better, you should also look at the revolutions per minute (RPM) and the sharpness of the blades.
  • In a smaller apartment, every noise can seem magnified. More powerful motors will often be louder, so it can really help to choose one that features solid insulation.
  • Your disposal will be exposed to plenty of liquids. Over time, that exposure can cause it to corrode. Some disposals build in corrosion resistance to extend their longevity.