If there was an award to be given for the unsung hero of kitchen appliances, it would without a doubt be given to the garbage disposal. Loyal, hard-working, and always there to help get rid of the evidence when our most recent cooking experiments have gone horribly wrong, the garbage disposal is a real kitchen helper. The sad truth is that we don’t give any mind to this indispensable household hero is when it starts to fail or worse yet dies. If it’s time to say goodbye to your current garbage disposal and get a new one, you want to make sure that you are buying the best possible unit for your needs and budget. After all, these are not cheap items even on the economy end of the scale, and you want to make sure that the disposal that you purchase is worth the money and will provide you with reliable service now and for a long time to come. Let’s take a moment and look at some of the most popular budget-friendly disposals on the market.
Our Rating of the Best Cheap Garbage Disposals
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This is one of the best disposals on this list and in truth one of the better disposals on the market at any price level, not just the budget friendly category. In fact, that this quality of disposal is offered at this price level is quite surprising considering the high-quality construction, high level of performance, and long life expectancy.
There are some people who have reviewed this disposal and have not been positive about it, but in most cases, those reviews were for the previous model the L-1000. The L-1001 addressed virtually all of the shortcomings that its previous incarnation was plagued with and now this disposal is more than worthy of being part of the acclaimed Waste King Legend Series.
This disposal is nice since it gives you a chance to own a Waste King Legend Series at a more affordable price. This popular series of disposals have been among the standard bearers for years, and they have traditionally been reserved for those who were able to pay a premium price. Now Waste King has started offering a few selected Legend Series models at a lower price point without any reduction in quality or power.
The powerful motor is a nice mid-range ½ HP, which gives it enough processing power to handle almost any standard household load without any trouble. The large processing chamber lets you get your disposal tasks taken care of quickly.
The 2600 RPM means that jams are far less frequent than slower units and if they do occur they are easily cleared. One of the most durable on the market in the lower priced category, and with a full 5-year warranty backing it up, this is a smart choice for those who need a moderately powerful disposal and are on a budget. This is a medium on the scale of recommended buying from the disposals listed here, but still, a worthy contender compared to others in the marketplace.
With a real power cord, an awesome warranty, and one of the easiest installs around, this is one of the top choice disposals in the budget-friendly category.
The powerful motor is a little louder than others on this list, but it’s worth it to have the ability to power through almost any load without having to worry about clogging or jamming. Part of the highly acclaimed Waste King Legend Series, this disposal is consistently the recipient of positive reviews from both consumers and testers.
This is a highly recommended best buy for those who are looking for a more powerful disposal but are still looking to stay in the Waste King product family.
This is a powerhouse of a unit hiding inside a deceptively small motor. InSinkErator has long been known for excellence in this disposal category and this Badger 5 is no exception. The latest generation in a legendary line of economy disposals, the Badger 5 offers a small motor with low noise while still providing you with effective processing of food waste and long life.
The Install on this unit is not as easy as with the Waste King products on this list, you will need an extra pair of hands or better yet leave this one to a handyman.
Without a doubt, this is the top recommended buy on this list. Seriously, it InSinkErator at a great price, it doesn’t get much better than that.
This is the lowest powered unit among those offered by Waste King in their Legend Series but that is not in any way to say that is it not still worthy of the name. At 1/3 HP this disposal can handle most light disposal tasks easily.
Ideally suited for apartment dwellers, and those who do not rely on their disposal heavily, the big advantage is that it does have the quietest motor of all of the disposals talked about on this list. A recommended buy for those who need quieter disposals or who can get by with less power and want to save accordingly.
When buying a new food disposal one of the most important things to keep in mind is that motor horsepower is directly related to noise output. Of course, it’s great to have a high powered motor, but if you are in an environment where you need to have less noise you will have to make a sacrifice.
A slower RPM rate means that you will have more chance of a clog or blade jam. This also means that you will have to wait longer before adding more food to the chamber during a work session.
Make sure that you choose a disposal that offers a built-in reset switch. This Can make resetting the disposal easier after clearing a clog or jam.
Choose a disposal with a built-in circuit breaker. While you should have your disposal installed on its own circuit breaker and with a GFCI outlet in place, it’s also a good idea to have the additional protection of a built-in breaker.
Perhaps the most important piece of advice that can be given on selecting a garbage disposal unit is that you choose one with a great warranty. Having a warranty that covers both your parts and labor repairs, and if needed any shipping costs is the best way to go. Remember that this a major appliance purchase and you want to protect your investment just as you would your washer, cooktop, or water heater. If possible get an extended warranty and a service plan from the seller. These can be of great help should something get out of whack with your disposal unit.
It doesn’t matter what model you choose to go within the end, what matters is that you get the key features that you need for it to be the best fit for your needs. Making a wise decision now will not only lead to better performance, but also with money saved in the long run by not having to replace the unit in just a couple of years.