Moen Compact Garbage Disposal

Last updated date: January 31, 2020

DWYM Score
9.3


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Overall Take

With the Moen Compact Garbage Disposal, you'll get mostly jam-free operation, with an easily-accessible reset button if you ever do need to use it. This disposal also is more attractive than many competitors, which will keep your under-counter area looking good. The Universal Xpress Mount makes installation easy. In our analysis of 108 expert reviews, the Moen Moen Compact Garbage Disposal placed 3rd 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
9.4
16 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
728 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This garbage disposal comes with an excellent plug-in power cord, as opposed to most other disposers that are wired directly.
- Mr. Garbage Disposal
Moen disposals are very praised for the design and material. The making and material give it a premium touch. The disposal is well designed inside too. Unlike an Insinkerator this disposal’s reset button is placed inside of the disposal. It is much easier to reach.
- Disposal Suggest
May 3, 2019 | Full review
We do feel that the Moen is a very beautiful garbage disposal. Even though it’s going to be hidden under the sink, it’s just nice to have a beautiful piece of technology.
- Grind That Garbage
May 24, 2017 | Full review
I just love the design of this disposal. Those vertical lines make it looks like some layers of latex covers the body of this disposal but it is high-quality plastic. Of course, looks are subjective but I bet many agree that this is one beautifully designed disposal.
- Disposal XT
April 20, 2019 | Full review
Also, the unit is super easy to install. As it comes with the Universal Xpress Mount that fits Moen and most existing 3-bolt mounting assemblies available out there.
- Soundproofing Ideas
May 20, 2019 | Full review
The Moen comes with a power cord, so you don’t have to spend any extra money getting it installed.
- Helpful for Homes
May 31, 2018 | Full review
The magnet motor greatly reduces the occurrence of jamming.
- Best Home Fixer
To my surprise, makers found a way to integrate a splash guard that prevents liquid garbage from getting out of control into the mechanism.
- A Quiet Refuge
It comes with a SoundSHIELD technology to deaden the noise of the powerful motor.
- Home Gear Kit
September 14, 2019 | Full review
The Moen garbage disposal has a remarkable splash guard that ensures you can clean the unit much faster and also easier.
- 10Kitchen
The disposal unit comes with a fitted preinstalled power cord and it is easy to install due to its Universal Xpress Mount™ which will fit most existing 3 bolt mounting assemblies with a simple twist-and-lock installation.
- Homedust
Sturdy steel grind components of the device will continue to work flawlessly for years
- Home Stuff Pro
What we love most about this unit is its sheer power. The Vortex 0.5 horsepower permanent magnet motor operates at full speed the moment it is powered on, similar to many power tools. It performs at grinding speeds up to 2,600 RPM, which grinds through even the toughest of foods and helps to reduce jamming.
- Helpful Habit
December 21, 2019 | Full review
The sleek compact design is modeled to fit snugly if the space beneath your sink is minimal.
- The AZ Theme
August 8, 2018 | Full review
It is a continuous feed model, not a batch feed model. This is the most familiar type of disposal on the market, which means you probably don’t need to learn anything new to make it fit into your life.
- Best Sink Disposal
July 25, 2019 | Full review
The machine consists of the 3 Bolt Installation system which means it is very easy to install. If you are planning to install the machine by yourself then you can easily do it.
- Garbage Disposals List
May 11, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It says everywhere that the Moen products are proudly made in the USA. My box had a label on it which said: "Made in China." I guess you should take things with a grain of salt if you read it on the manufacturer's webpage.
- Mr. Garbage Disposal
For a ½ HP garbage disposal, it is quite big and heavy.
- Disposal Suggest
May 3, 2019 | Full review
While we weren’t surprised that the Moen GX50C was noisier than the more advanced models, it seemed to be an area of complaint by other customers.
- Grind That Garbage
May 24, 2017 | Full review
Bulky in size
- Disposal XT
April 20, 2019 | Full review
Takes a lot of space under the sink.
- Soundproofing Ideas
May 20, 2019 | Full review
Even with the sound shield, it is loud
- Best Home Fixer
Not as silent as claimed.
- Home Gear Kit
September 14, 2019 | Full review
No comprehensive installation instructions/manual
- 10Kitchen
Quality of internal components could be better
- Home Stuff Pro
Higher price point/Slightly less horsepower
- Helpful Habit
December 21, 2019 | Full review
Although it has less power, it’s actually slightly larger than the above unit.
- Best Sink Disposal
July 25, 2019 | Full review
The size of the machine is quite big and it also has bit heavy weight.
- Garbage Disposals List
May 11, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Tackle everyday kitchen scraps and keep your sink clean with the Moen GX50C ½ HP Garbage Disposal. This dependable garbage disposal delivers fast grinding action up to 2,600 RPM with its high-speed Vortex permanent magnet motor. It features the Universal Xpress Mount system which fits most three-bolt mounting assemblies with a simple twist-and-lock installation. The compact, streamlined design helps save space beneath your sink. SoundSHIELD sound insulation helps reduce noise without sacrificing performance. This garbage disposal features a pre-installed power cord to help you save on time and cost by having to purchase it separately. It is backed by a four-year limited warranty with in-home service.

Overall Product Rankings

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

DYWM 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.