Moen Compact Garbage Disposal For Apartments

Last updated: June 1, 2023


With this garbage disposal for apartment, 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.

We looked at the top Garbage Disposal For Apartments and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Garbage Disposal For Apartment you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: The magnet motor in this garbage disposal for apartment dramatically reduces your risk of jams.

In our analysis of 92 expert reviews, the Moen Compact Garbage Disposal For Apartments placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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.

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Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

This garbage disposal comes with an excellent plug-in power cord, as opposed to most other disposers that are wired directly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Moen comes with a power cord, so you don’t have to spend any extra money getting it installed.
The magnet motor greatly reduces the occurrence of jamming.
To my surprise, makers found a way to integrate a splash guard that prevents liquid garbage from getting out of control into the mechanism.
It comes with a SoundSHIELD technology to deaden the noise of the powerful motor.
The Moen garbage disposal has a remarkable splash guard that ensures you can clean the unit much faster and also easier.
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.
Sturdy steel grind components of the device will continue to work flawlessly for years
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.
The sleek compact design is modeled to fit snugly if the space beneath your sink is minimal.
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.
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.

What reviewers 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.
For a ½ HP garbage disposal, it is quite big and heavy.
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.
Bulky in size
Takes a lot of space under the sink.
Even with the sound shield, it is loud
Not as silent as claimed.
No comprehensive installation instructions/manual
Quality of internal components could be better
Higher price point/Slightly less horsepower
Although it has less power, it’s actually slightly larger than the above unit.
The size of the machine is quite big and it also has bit heavy weight.
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