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InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1-HP vs Waste King L-8000 1-HP Side-by-Side Comparison

With garbage disposals, the key to deciding whether they’re good is looking at how well they grind and how loudly they operate. This shows the most when you have a premium build next to an affordable one.

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InSinkErator Evolution Excel

Waste King L-8000

InSinkErator Evolution Excel vs Waste King L-8000

Overall Verdict

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The InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1-HP is a powerful garbage disposal that may be able to handle a variety of kitchen scraps, based on our testing. It features intricate grinding mechanisms and exceptional noise insulation, making it one of the best choices for sensitive ears. However, as you may expect, this is a premium product with a higher price tag.

The Waste King L8000 1-HP is a whole other story with affordability at the core. The disposal is a much less capable machine, but it’s also much, much less expensive. While its grinding power has potential, it comes with limitations in terms of size and noise. These factors might require careful consideration before purchase.

Pros & Cons

  • Noise cancelation
  • Vibration damping
  • High-torque motor
  • Advanced chamber layout
  • Auto-unjam mechanics
  • Extra high capacity
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • Noise reduction
  • High torque 
  • High speed 
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • Affordable
  • Extra heavy
  • Space-consuming
  • No power cord
  • Expensive
  • Heavy build
  • Takes up a lot of space 
  • Can be loud

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
1
1
Motor type
Induction (with auto-reverse feature)
Permanent magnet
Averaged RPM
1483
4149
Family size
7-8 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L6.1 x W8.9 x H12.9 inches
L5.5 x W8.4 x H16.2 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$392.95
$111.07

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.3
6.9

Scrap Mix

9.8
8.1
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.
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
2 min
2 min
Layer 1
0.7 oz (19 g)
8.1 oz (230 g)
Layer 2
7.2 oz (203 g)
12.6 oz (356 g)
Leftovers
0.3 oz (8 g)
0.1 oz (4 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

9.3
6.7
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.
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
4.9 oz (140 g)
5.7 oz (162 g)
Layer 2
2.3 oz (65 g)
2.5 oz (70 g)
Leftovers
0.1 oz (3 g)
2.8 oz (79 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

8.5
4.6
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.
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 30 sec
3 min
Layer 1
0.7 oz (19 g)
1.4 oz (41 g)
Layer 2
1.1 oz (30 g)
1.8 oz (51 g)
Leftovers
0.2 oz (5 g)
0.9 oz (26 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.6
9.2

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.
L-8000, EZ Mount on top, its box, user manual, stopper, adapter kit, elbow tube, rubber gasket, flange, bolts, wire nuts.

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 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
6.1" (15.5 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Width
8.9" (22.6 cm)
8.4" (21.3 cm)
Height
12.9" (32.8 cm)
16.2" (41.1 cm)
Weight
19.4 lbs (8.8 kg)
12.7 lbs (5.8 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 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

9.5
8.5
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 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
37.0 fl oz (1.1 L)
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
Verticality
5.9" (15.0 cm)
6.8" (17.3 cm)
Flywheel
5.3" (13.3 cm)
4.4" (11.1 cm)
Assembly Material
Stainless steel
Intermediate
Layout
Advanced
Stainless steel

Motor

9.0
10
Horsepower
1
1
Speed
1725 RPM
2800 RPM
Real Speed
1483 RPM
4149 RPM
Voltage
120 V
115 V (60 Hz)
Current
10.2 A
7 A
Wattage
1224 W
805 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 L-8000 1 HP corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
2.8 ft (0.9 m)
Type
None
3-prong (Type 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
9.0
InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal, with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
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
Yes
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.5
7.3

Ease of Use

10
8.0

Installation

5.0
7.0

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

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