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InSinkErator Evolution Excel vs Waste King L-1001 Side-by-Side Comparison

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InSinkErator Evolution Excel vs Waste King L-1001

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The InSinkErator Evolution Excel is not a budget-friendly option. The disposal utilizes some of the best technologies in the industry and its effectiveness is unmatched. It can handle all sorts of food scraps, including raw meat scraps, while keeping things quiet during. This is, at the moment, the ultimate residential food disposer.

The Waste King L1001 is much smaller and is oriented towards the affordable side of the market. The grinder is without frills; it’s easily one of the most plain garbage disposal you can buy. That is not to say it isn’t capable. In fact it can deal with something as tough as cooked chicken bones quite nicely. However, its build quality is a weakness, raising concerns about lifespan.

Pros & Cons

  • Noise cancelation
  • Vibration damping
  • High-torque motor
  • Advanced chamber layout
  • Auto-unjam mechanics
  • Extra high capacity
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable 
  • Easy installation
  • Extra heavy
  • Space-consuming
  • No power cord
  • Expensive
  • Small capacity
  • No noise/vibration insulation

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
1
1/2
Motor type
Induction (with auto-reverse feature)
Permanent magnet
Averaged RPM
1483
4317
Family size
7-8 people
1-2 people
Dimensions
L6.1 x W8.9 x H12.9 inches
L5.4 x W5.8 x H12.7 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$392.95
$64.01

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.3
5.9

Scrap Mix

9.8
5.9
InSinkErator Evolution Excel Scrap Mix Test
0.66 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on a digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Visible fish pin bones in a mess of assorted scraps.
7.16 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on a digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Mess of assorted scraps, including fibers, bones, etc.
0.29 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on a digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Broken up pieces of corncob.
Waste King L-1001 Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
8.98 ounces of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
17.85 ounces of assorted scraps, including fibers, bones, etc on digital scale.
0.06 ounces of shredded dietary fiber on digital scale.
Input Load
90.0 oz (2551 g)
90.0 oz (2551 g)
Time
2 min
3 min
Layer 1
0.7 oz (19 g)
9.0 oz (255 g)
Layer 2
7.2 oz (203 g)
17.9 oz (506 g)
Leftovers
0.3 oz (8 g)
0.1 oz (2 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

9.3
5.9
InSinkErator Evolution Excel Raw Fish Scraps Test
4.93 ounces of ground fish scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on a digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Visible pin bones among a mess of raw fibrous tissue.
2.3 ounces of ground fish scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on a digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Mess of assorted shredded bones and raw fibrous tissue.
0.12 ounces of ground fish scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on a digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Small mess of shredded fish backbone and skin.
Waste King L-1001 Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
6.08 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Pin bones among a mess of raw fibrous tissue.
1.97 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of assorted shredded bones and raw fibrous tissue.
3.43 ounces of ground fish scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded fish backbone and skin.
Input Load
49.4 oz (1400 g)
49.4 oz (1400 g)
Time
3 min
3 min
Layer 1
4.9 oz (140 g)
6.1 oz (172 g)
Layer 2
2.3 oz (65 g)
2.0 oz (56 g)
Leftovers
0.1 oz (3 g)
3.4 oz (97 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

8.5
5.7
InSinkErator Evolution Excel Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.68 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Mess of shredded soft tissue and few pieces of shredded bones.
1.07 ounces of ground chicken scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on a digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Mess of fibrous soft tissue and pieces of shredded bones.
0.19 ounces of ground chicken scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on a digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Small mess of soft tissue and pieces of shredded cartilage.
Waste King L-1001 Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.67 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded soft tissues and shredded bones.
1.86 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded tissues and shredded bones.
0.87 ounces of ground chicken scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of soft tissue and pieces of shredded cartilage.
Input Load
7.4 oz (210 g)
7.4 oz (210 g)
Time
2 min 30 sec
3 min
Layer 1
0.7 oz (19 g)
0.7 oz (19 g)
Layer 2
1.1 oz (30 g)
1.9 oz (53 g)
Leftovers
0.2 oz (5 g)
0.9 oz (25 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.6
7.9

In the Box

InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1 HP with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top, next to its box, user manual, registration slip, sink stopper, hose clamp, elbow tube, straight tube, wrench, and bolts.
Waste King L-1001 Garbage Disposal In the Box
Waste King L1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal with EZ Mount assembly on top, next to its box, user manual, registration slip, sink stopper, elbow tube, and a set of flange and bolts.

Dimensions

InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1-hp food disposer with mount assembly and elbow tube. Dimensions show 8.9-inch width, 12.9-inch height, 3.4-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 7.1-inch depth to outlet, 6.1-inch distance to elbow tube.
Waste King L1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal with mount assembly and elbow tube. Dimensions show 5.8-inch width, 12.7-inch height, 3.3-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.1-inch depth to outlet, 5.4-inch distance to elbow tube.
Length
6.1" (15.5 cm)
5.4" (13.7 cm)
Width
8.9" (22.6 cm)
5.8" (14.7 cm)
Height
12.9" (32.8 cm)
12.7" (32.3 cm)
Weight
19.4 lbs (8.8 kg)
7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)

Mount Assembly

InSinkErator Evolution Excel Mount Assembly
InSinkErator Evolution Excel Mount Assembly
InSinkErator Evolution Excel Mount Assembly 1
EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. Sink stopper in position.
EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. Sink stopper in position.
Support ring, mounting ring, cushion mount, fiber gasket, rubber gasket, sink flange, stopper, removable sink splash guard.

Grind Chamber

9.5
6.5
Top view through collar of InSinkErator Evolution 1-hp garbage disposal into chamber after testing. Looking at layout of grinding components, showing swivel impellers, flywheel, and grater/grinder ring.
InSinkErator Evolution Excel Grind Chamber
Top view through collar of InSinkErator Evolution 1-hp garbage disposal into chamber after testing. Looking at layout of grinding components, showing swivel impellers, flywheel, and grater/grinder ring.
Inside view of Evolution Excel 1-hp garbage disposal, highlighting design of GrindShear grater ring by InSinkErator, partially showing details of flywheel.
Inside view of InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1-hp garbage disposal after testing, highlighting design of impellers, partially showing details of flywheel and grater/grinder ring.
Inside view of InSinkErator Evolution 1-hp food waste disposer, highlighting parts of Excel Tri-Action Lug system, partially showing details of grater/grinder ring and flywheel.
Top view through collar of Evolution Excel 1-hp garbage disposal into chamber, highlighting parts of Tri-Action Lug system by InSinkErator, partially showing details of flywheel.
Top view of Waste King L1001 1/2 HP garbage disposal after testing, looking at layout of grinding components.
Top view of Waste King L1001 1/2 HP garbage disposal after testing, looking at layout of grinding components.
Grinder chamber of Waste King L1001 1/2 HP garbage disposal, showing grater/grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Grinder chamber of Waste King L1001 1/2 HP garbage disposal, showing impellers and details of flywheel and grinder ring.
Capacity
37.0 fl oz (1.1 L)
23 fl.oz. (639 ml)
Verticality
5.9" (15.0 cm)
6.1" (15.5 cm)
Flywheel
5.3" (13.3 cm)
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Assembly Material
Stainless steel
Galvanized steel
Layout
Advanced
Basic

Motor

9.0
8.5
A digital tachometer is measuring the speed of the motor/flywheel of the Waste King L-1001 garbage disposal in our speed test. A smartphone is running the timer app.
Horsepower
1
1/2
Speed
1725 RPM
2300 RPM
Real Speed
1483 RPM
4317 RPM
Voltage
120 V
120 V (60 Hz)
Current
10.2 A
4.5 A
Wattage
1224 W
540 W
Heat
N/A
n/a
Reverse
Yes
No

Power Cord

Bottom view of InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1-hp with two pre-cut electrical wires and no power cord. (Unscrewed) cover plate and screw to the sides.
Bottom view of Waste King L1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
34.5" (87.6 cm)
Type
None
3-prong (B)

Accessories

Hose clamp and elbow discharge/outlet tube for garbage disposals displayed on granite-looking top.
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

10
8.5
InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal, with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Waste King L1001 1/2 HP garbage disposal with EZ Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Noise Reduction
Yes
No
Vibration Reduction
Yes
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.5
7.4

Ease of Use

10
6.0

Installation

5.0
10

Smooth Operation

10
8.0

Unjam Mechanics

10
0.0
Bottom view of InSinkErator Excel disposal, showing jam buster wrench in manual unjam slot.
Inside view of permanent-magnet garbage disposal showing manual unjam mechanics with wooden stick in flywheel’s opening/gap.
External
Yes
No
Auto Unjam
Yes
No