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Best Garbage Disposer

Nice surprise today! Consumer Reports rated the 1 horse power Waste King Legend 8000 as the best garbage disposer on the market. With excellent ratings in speed, fineness of grind, and handling of vegetable scraps — and a good rating on noise — it outranked the other units tested. And it has a lifetime warranty, which is a great bonus

Unfortunately, the Waste King 8000 also has a hefty pricetag of $230. Because of the price, we decided to purchase the second-ranked Waste King Gourmet SS53300. It has only 3/4 horse power and a 10-year warranty — and didn’t handle vegetable scraps as well — but the cost is much lower, at only $165. It was still a top-quality appliance and seemed like the perfect solution.

We need three garbage disposer units, two for the kitchen and one for the kitchenette. We found that it’s much more convenient to spend a bit of extra money to have all the food prep sinks fitted with garbage disposers. Buying the slightly lower-ranked model would save us nearly $200.

While searching for the second-ranked model, however, I found the top-rated Waste King at Overstock for only $116! I snatched up three, getting the top-ranked unit for $147 less than the retail price of three second-ranked units.

As the name implies, Overstock doesn’t have a regular inventory you can count on. But it’s a great place to check when you’re ready to buy. Sometimes you find just the right thing and the prices are always very competitive.

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  • Packrat May 13, 2010, 8:58 am

    I have this model and have no complaints about it. Grinds stuff that would clog any other garbage disposal. But I paid about double what you paid, on sale. Doh!

  • SueBee May 13, 2010, 9:08 am

    We have a disposal that’s almost worthless. It can “grind” toast crust and cooked peas, but nothing raw. Egg shells, cucumber peelings, orange rinds all just get smooshed around in the drain. The worst is potato peels and they always clog it. I just have to go the old-fashioned way and use the garbage.

    I’m going to look at this one you bought. I only have one, so the expense isn’t much and would save lots of aggravation.

  • Audrey April 4, 2011, 4:01 am

    I like a quiet disposer. The one I have at home is making so much of noise compared to the one my aunt has. Theirs is a Waste King as well and they just had it installed a few months ago when their old Badger died out on them.
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  • Alison Moore Smith April 4, 2011, 9:16 am

    Audrey, I guess it’s all relative because all disposers make noise, but these are by far the quietest ones we have ever had. So much that every time I use it I think, “Wow, that’s quiet!” And we’ve never had a problem with any of them. Super powerful. Still love them!

  • Kenji June 20, 2011, 10:57 am

    I think Amazon is selling the L8000 model at $120+. So it is much worth it to buy now 🙂
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  • Liz September 7, 2011, 1:36 am

    I’m debating whether to get the L8000 or the Insinkerator one. Both have good reviews but I’m leaning towards the L8000 though base on my dad’s experience with the same. So, right now I’m doing price comparisons. Will check out Overstock as you mentioned. Thanks!

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