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GE Continuous Feed 3/4-HP vs Waste King L-8000 Side-by-Side Comparison

How curious that two products with similar builds and configurations can yield different performance outcomes. I wonder why—

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GE Continuous Feed 3/4-HP

Waste King L-8000

GE Continuous Feed 3/4-HP vs Waste King L-8000

Overall Verdict

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Even though the Waste King L-8000 has a bigger motor with a higher power rating, the GE GFC720N still manages to deliver better results. Interestingly enough, they both run on permanent magnet motors, indicating a difference in the qualities of the motors. This could also explain why the L-8000 is much cheaper than the GFC720N.

To be fair, both are strong garbage disposals and can handle daily kitchen scraps with little hassle. They’re also good at avoiding jamming thanks to the high speed motors, but the GFC720N feels slightly better constructed than the L-8000.

Pros & Cons

  • Noise reduction
  • High speed 
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • Strengthened chamber layout
  • Noise reduction
  • High torque 
  • High speed 
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • Affordable
  • Space-consuming design
  • Can be loud
  • No power cord
  • Heavy build
  • Takes up a lot of space 
  • Can be loud

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
3/4
1
Motor
Permanent magnet
Permanent magnet
Averaged RPM
4544
4149
Family size
5-6 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L5.4 x W8.4 x H14.6 inches
L5.5 x W8.4 x H16.2 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$150.33
$111.07

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.9
6.9

Scrap Mix

8.3
8.1
GE Continuous Feed 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
5.59 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Visible fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps.5.59 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Visible fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps.
16.55 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Mess of assorted scraps, including fibers, bones, etc.
0.15 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Shredded pieces of fish backbone and lemon peels.
8.11 ounces of visible fish pin bones in mess of ground assorted scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
Layer 1
8.11 ounces of visible fish pin bones in mess of ground assorted scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
12.56 ounces of ground assorted scraps, including dietary fibers, bones, etc., on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
0.15 ounces of shredded pieces of fish backbone and celery stalk, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
Input Load
90.0 oz (2551 g)
90.0 oz (2551 g)
Time
1 min 58 sec
2 min
Layer 1
5.6 oz (158 g)
8.1 oz (230 g)
Layer 2
16.6 oz (469 g)
12.6 oz (356 g)
Leftovers
0.1 oz (4 g)
0.1 oz (4 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

8.4
6.7
GE Continuous Feed 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
5.67 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Visible pin bones among mess of raw fibrous tissue.5.67 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Visible pin bones among mess of raw fibrous tissue.
2.54 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Mess of assorted shredded bones and fibrous tissue.
1.16 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Fish vertebrae among mess of shredded fish skin.
5.71 ounces of visible pin bones among mess of raw fibrous tissue from fish scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
Layer 1
5.71 ounces of visible pin bones among mess of raw fibrous tissue from fish scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
2.47 ounces of shredded bones and fibrous tissue from fish scraps, on digital scale, placed on granite-looking top.
2.8 ounces of fish vertebrae among mess of shredded fish skin, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
Input Load
49.4 oz (1400 g)
49.4 oz (1400 g)
Time
3 min
3 min
Layer 1
5.7 oz (161 g)
5.7 oz (162 g)
Layer 2
2.5 oz (72 g)
2.5 oz (70 g)
Leftovers
1.2 oz (33 g)
2.8 oz (79 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

6.5
4.6
GE Continuous Feed 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.79 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded soft tissue and few pieces of shredded bones.
2.67 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of fibrous soft tissue and pieces of shredded bones.
0.68 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of soft tissue and pieces of shredded cartilage.
1.44 ounces of fibrous soft tissue and few pieces of shredded chicken bones, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
Layer 1
1.44 ounces of fibrous soft tissue and few pieces of shredded chicken bones, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
1.79 ounces of shredded soft tissue and pieces of shredded chicken bones, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
0.91 ounces of shredded soft stringy tissue and cartilage from chicken scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
Input Load
7.4 oz (210 g)
7.4 oz (210 g)
Time
2 min
3 min
Layer 1
0.8 oz (22 g)
1.4 oz (41 g)
Layer 2
2.7 oz (76 g)
1.8 oz (51 g)
Leftovers
0.7 oz (19 g)
0.9 oz (26 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.0
9.2

In the Box

GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4 HP with EZ Mount assembly on top, next to its box, registration slip, user manual, installation instruction, sink stopper, adapter kit, elbow tube with rubber gasket, flange, bolts, and wire nuts.
L-8000, EZ Mount on top, its box, user manual, stopper, adapter kit, elbow tube, rubber gasket, flange, bolts, wire nuts.

Dimensions

GE GFC720N with mount assembly, elbow tube, sticker on dishwasher outlet. Showing 8.4-inch width, 14.6-inch height, 4.3-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 7.4-inch depth to outlet, 5.4-inch distance to elbow tube.
Waste King 1 HP with mount assembly, elbow tube. Showing 8.4-inch width, 14.6-inch height, 4.3-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 7.4-inch depth to outlet, 5.4-inch distance to elbow tube.
Length
5.4" (13.7 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Width
8.4" (21.3 cm)
8.4" (21.3 cm)
Height
14.6" (37.1 cm)
16.2" (41.1 cm)
Weight
10.3 lbs (4.7 kg)
12.7 lbs (5.8 kg)

Mount Assembly

EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. GE logo and “Disposall” engravings on rim of sink flange. Removable sink baffle/splash guard in position.
EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. GE logo and “Disposall” engravings on rim of sink flange. Removable sink baffle/splash guard in position.
Parts of EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals displayed on white platform, including support ring, mounting ring, cushion mount, fiber gasket, rubber gasket, sink flange with “GE Disposall” engraving, stopper, removable sink baffle/splash guard.
EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform with stopper in position.
EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform with stopper in position.
Support ring, mounting ring, cushion mount, fiber gasket, rubber gasket, sink flange, stopper, removable sink splash guard.

Grind Chamber

9.0
8.5
Top view through collar of Disposall GFC720N GE garbage disposal into chamber after testing, looking at layout of grinding components, highlighting swivel impellers, flywheel, and grater/grinder ring.
Top view through collar of Disposall GFC720N GE garbage disposal into chamber after testing, looking at layout of grinding components, highlighting swivel impellers, flywheel, and grater/grinder ring.
Inside view of GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4-hp garbage disposal, highlighting design of two-level grater/grinder ring, partially showing details of flywheel.
Inside view of GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4-hp garbage disposal after testing, highlighting design of impellers, partially showing details of flywheel and grater/grinder ring.
Top view into chamber of Waste King L-8000 garbage disposal after testing, looking at layout of grinding components.
Top view into chamber of Waste King L-8000 garbage disposal after testing, looking at layout of grinding components.
Inside view of Waste King L-8000 garbage disposal, showing design of two-level grater/grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Inside view of Waste King L-8000 food disposer, showing design of impellers and details of flywheel and grater/grinder ring.
Capacity
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
Verticality
6.8" (17.3 cm)
6.8" (17.3 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
4.4" (11.1 cm)
Assembly Material
Stainless steel
Intermediate
Layout
Strengthened
Stainless steel

Motor

9.0
10
Horsepower
3/4
1
Speed
2700 RPM
2800 RPM
Real Speed
4544 RPM
4149 RPM
Voltage
115 V (60 Hz)
115 V (60 Hz)
Current
6 A
7 A
Wattage
690 W
805 W
Heat
n/a
n/a
Reverse
No
No

Power Cord

Bottom view of GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4-hp non-corded garbage disposal with two pre-cut electrical wires. Information sticker showing model number, serial number, rotational velocity, power ratings, etc.
Bottom view of Waste King L-8000 1 HP corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
2.8 ft (0.9 m)
Type
n/a
3-prong (Type B)

Accessories

Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals displayed on granite-looking top, including elbow pipe with rubber gasket, flange, and bolts.
Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on granite-looking top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, bolts
Width
3.3" (8.3 cm)
3.3" (8.3 cm)
Length
5.3" (13.3 cm)
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Material
PVC
PVC

Build Quality

9.0
9.0
GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4-HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposer, with EZ Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed. Orange sticker on dishwasher outlet.
Waste King Legend Series L-8000 1 HP Garbage Disposal, with EZ Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Noise Reduction
Yes
Yes
Vibration Reduction
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.8
7.3

Ease of Use

8.0
8.0

Installation

8.5
7.0

Smooth Operation

8.0
8.0

Unjam Mechanics

0.0
0.0
Inside view of permanent-magnet garbage disposal showing manual unjam mechanics with wooden stick in flywheel’s opening/gap.
External
No
No
Auto Unjam
No
No

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