Waste King Garbage Disposal with Power Cord

Last updated date: January 31, 2020

DWYM Score

9.4

Waste King Garbage Disposal with Power Cord

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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.

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.

Overall Take

The Waste King Garbage Disposal with Power Cord is only 6.4 x 6.4 x 13.4 inches, which means you'll have plenty of under-sink space for storage after it's in place. The removable splash guard prevents the messes that comes from items being tossed out of the disposal while it's in use, and the energy-efficient motor keeps your electric bills low. But one of the most useful features of this disposal is its swivel impellers that keep inconvenient jams to a minimum.


In our analysis of 92 expert reviews, the Waste King Waste King Garbage Disposal with Power Cord placed 2nd when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Waste King L-1001: 1/2 horsepower garbage disposal with pre-installed power cord and sound insulation. Energy efficient permanent magnet motor and stainless steel swivel impellers help reduce jamming. Fast and easy to install with a removable splashguard that is easy to clean and replace. Rust and corrosion-proof glass-filled nylon grind chamber and drain housing. Continuous feed technology. Front-mounted reset button for easy use. Safe to use with properly-sized septic tanks.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.7
14 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
2,302 user reviews

What experts liked

I have to say that Waste King has made a lot of new improvements since the last time I purchased one of their waste disposers, and I am more than impressed. The Waste King L-1001 only weighed a little over 9 pounds, and it has a streamlined, compact design that will still leave us with more than enough room to store other things underneath our kitchen sink.
- Mr. Garbage Disposal
The disposer is compact. With a measurement of 6.4 x 6.4 x 13.4 inches, it can fit in a tight-spaced under sink. Perfect and ideal for those who don't have area or for those who wants to make more space in the sink.
- Disposal XT
March 29, 2019 | Full review
The disposal includes a removable splash guard. It prevents things accidentally falling inside the disposal and small waste bits flying out of disposal while it is on.
- Disposal Suggest
May 3, 2019 | Full review
It has an energy efficient permanent magnet motor and stainless steel swivel impellers help reduce jamming.
- My Classy Kitchen
This compact yet powerful garbage disposal is manufactured with a high strength, corrosion-proof polymer grind chamber and galvanized stainless steel grinding components.
- Best Garbage Disposal Units
Coming with a 1/2 horsepower and 2600 RPM motor, this garbage disposal provides you with an extreme speed and hassle-free performance.
- The Top Pro
Since it only weighs 9.1 pounds and already has a power cord, you won’t struggle with holding it as you go through the installation process.
- HouseholdMe
Detachable splash-guard makes the Waste King L-1001 easy to clean and simple to maintain. By keeping the water pressure consistently at the prescribed levels, you can extend the lifespan of the garbage disposer by many years.
- The Z8
September 5, 2019 | Full review
Like other Waste King Legend models, the hopper and grind chamber housing are constructed with fiberglass for a light-yet-durable frame. The polymer is also extremely effective against corrosion.
- Healthy Kitchen 101
December 17, 2019 | Full review
It has a very slim body that is capable of easily fitting underneath narrow kitchen sink areas. The grinding chamber is corrosion-proof and has a long lifespan.
- Disposal Zone
It has rust and corrosion-free stainless steel swivel impellers, which make this device very durable.
- Disposal Answers
July 19, 2019 | Full review
The design is highly compact and space efficient, which makes it fit easily under the sink of the kitchen
- Garbage Disposals List
May 11, 2018 | Full review
Permanent magnet motor shreds the waste into dust. It also cleans it easily. The 2600 RPM grinds the leftovers very quickly for a small household
- Tankless Lab
Very strong mount. Other lower-end models tend to have mounts that are made of lower quality materials. The mount is often overlooked when talking about disposals, but no matter how good the quality of the unit is, if the mount fails, then the unit will fall from the sink and lead to all sorts of unpleasantness. This unit has one of the best mounts on the market, and in fact, it’s kind of surprising to see such a great mount on an economy disposal
- Best Sink Disposal
September 3, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

My only complaint about the Waste King L-1001 is a minor one: it does not have an Allen wrench fitting on the bottom of the unit to help fix clogs and jams, so we’ve had to look to make do with a wooden spoon. This would be my only criticism of the design.
- Mr. Garbage Disposal
Can only accept small portions at a time despite being a continuous feed
- Disposal XT
March 29, 2019 | Full review
Bit Noisy compared to high range garbage disposals
- Disposal Suggest
May 3, 2019 | Full review
It is not as quiet as those of the garbage disposers that have the sound seal.
- My Classy Kitchen
This might not be the most powerful motor but it’s powerful enough to pulverize most food waste.
- Best Garbage Disposal Units
Despite being a unit for continuous feed, it can only grind small portions of food waste
- Disposal Zone
Not recommended for heavy use
- Disposal Answers
July 19, 2019 | Full review
No reset button (use a wooden spoon through the mouth to release a jam!)
- Garbage Disposals List
May 11, 2018 | Full review
- Tankless Lab
Louder than others on this list. This isn’t really unexpected though, the simple truth is that with any unit possessing a higher power motor the noise level is going to be higher. This is a trade-off for having the extra power you need to plow through the toughest of food items such as steak or the occasional chicken bone that managed to slip past you
- Best Sink Disposal
September 3, 2018 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations. You can find her show on Prime Video.

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.

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.