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Moen GX100C 1 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Side-by-Side Comparison

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP vs Moen GX100C 1 HP Garbage Disposal: Sometimes, more power isn’t the right answer.

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Moen GX100C 1 HP Garbage Disposal

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Moen GX100C 1 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Overall Verdict

Much to our surprise, the Moen GX100C scored lower than the GE Disposall Green in performance evaluation, despite having more power in the motor and seemingly better specs. If you look at their prices online, the Moen disposal costs roughly $50 more than the GE. Basically, you have every reason to believe that the GX100C should be the better product here.

Compared to the Moen GX100C 1 HP, the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP has a smaller build with a much weaker motor, a tighter chamber, and a less detailed body. They both utilize high-speed permanent magnet motors and, interestingly, the exact same layout for the grinding components that seem to come from the same manufacturer.  The grinding parts in both machines are all stainless steel.

In theory, the GX100C should outperform the Disposall Green, but time after time across all three categories in our evaluation, including random scrap mix, raw fish scraps, and raw chicken scraps, the Disposall Green yielded better results. The GX100C was particularly disappointing at grinding down raw chicken bones, which was supposed to be large garbage disposals’ key selling point.

All that said, we don’t mean to say that the Moen GX100C 1HP is an ineffective garbage disposal; in fact, it is quite decent in dealing with common food scraps. But as far as values go, its grinding capability doesn’t feel well worth the compromise of cost and cabinet space. Between the two products, the GE Disposall Green 1/2 is easily the more cost-effective one.

Pros & Cons

  • High-speed motor
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • Clean Rinse splash guard
  • Noise reduction
  • High capacity
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable
  • Can be loud
  • Space-consuming
  • No noise/vibration insulation

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
1
3/4
Motor type
Permanent magnet
Induction
Averaged RPM
4196
1478
Family size
3-4 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L5.4 x W7.3 x H15.9 inches
L5.2 x W6.3 x H13.3 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$180.67
$116.09

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.8
6.6

Scrap Mix

6.5
6.6
Moen GX100C 1 HP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
8.11 ounces of visible fish pin bones in mass of ground assorted scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
24.1 ounces of ground assorted scraps, including dietary fibers, bones, etc., on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
0.23 ounces of shredded pieces of fish backbone, dietary fibers, and fish meat, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Scrap Mix Test
12.34 ounces of fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
15.48 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of assorted scraps, including fibers, bones, etc.
0.06 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Shredded fish vertebrae and pieces of dietary fiber.
Input Load
90.0 oz (2551 g)
90.0 oz (2551 g)
Time
2 min 30 sec
2 min 13 sec
Layer 1
8.1 oz (230 g)
12.3 oz (350 g)
Layer 2
24.1 oz (683 g)
15.5 oz (439 g)
Leftovers
0.2 oz (7 g)
0.1 oz (2 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

5.1
5.2
Moen GX100C 1 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
6.46 ounces of visible pin bones in a mass  of raw fibrous tissue from fish scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
2.02 ounces of shredded bones and fibrous tissue from fish scraps, on digital scale, placed on granite-looking top.
4.41 ounces of fish vertebrae in a mass of shredded fish skin, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Raw Fish Scraps Test
7 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Few pin bones among a mess of raw fibrous tissue.
1.75 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.
3.9 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
6.5 oz (183 g)
7.0 oz (198 g)
Layer 2
2.0 oz (57 g)
1.8 oz (50 g)
Leftovers
4.4 oz (125 g)
3.9 oz (111 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

5.2
8.0
Moen GX100C 1 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.28 ounces of fibrous soft tissue and few pieces of shredded chicken bone, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
1.62 ounces of shredded soft tissue and pieces of shredded chicken bone, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
1.24 ounces of shredded soft stringy tissue and cartilage from chicken scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.84 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.
2.03 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded tendons and pieces of shredded bones.
0.04 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
3 min
2 min 30
Layer 1
0.3 oz (8 g)
0.8 oz (24 g)
Layer 2
1.6 oz (46 g)
2.0 oz (58 g)
Leftovers
1.2 oz (35 g)
0.04 oz (1 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.3
8.6

In the Box

Corded Moen GX100C with 3-Bolt Mount, box, register slip, user manual, stopper, elbow tube, rubber gasket, flange, and bolts.
GE Disposall Green 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top, next to its box, user manual, registration slip, sink stopper, elbow tube, and two sets of flanges and bolts.

Dimensions

Moen GX100C with mount assembly and elbow tube. Showing 7.4-inch width, 13.4-inch height, 4.1-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 7-inch depth to outlet, 5.4-inch distance to elbow tube.
GE Disposall Green 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal food disposer with mount assembly and elbow tube. Dimensions show 6.3-inch width, 13.3-inch height, 4.1-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.9-inch depth to outlet, 5.2-inch distance to elbow tube.
Length
5.4" (13.7 cm)
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Width
7.3" (18.5 cm)
6.3" (15.9 cm)
Height
15.9" (40.4 cm)
13.3" (33.8 cm)
Weight
14.0 lbs (6.4 kg)
8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)

Mount Assembly

3-Bolt Mount assembly for Moen garbage disposals placed on white platform with stopper in position.
3-Bolt Mount assembly for Moen garbage disposals placed on white platform with stopper in position.
Backup flange, mounting ring, snap ring, gasket, stopper, cushion mount, sink flange, splash guard, lower mounting ring.
3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. “Disposall” engraving on rim of sink flange. Sink stopper in position.
3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. “Disposall” engraving on rim of sink flange. Sink stopper in position.
Parts of 3-Bolts Mount assembly on white platform, including backup flange, mounting ring, snap ring, fiber gasket, stopper, cushion mount, sink flange with “Disposall” engravings, removable sink baffle, lower mounting ring.

Grind Chamber

8.5
7.5
Top view into chamber of Moen Chef Series GX100C garbage disposal after testing, looking at layout of grinding components.
Top view into chamber of Moen Chef Series GX100C garbage disposal after testing, looking at layout of grinding components.
Inside view of Moen Chef Series GX100C garbage disposal, showing design of grater ring and details on flywheel.
Inside view of Moen Chef Series GX100C food disposer, showing design of impellers and details of flywheel and grater ring.
Top view into chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Top view into chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Grind chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal, showing two-level grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Grind chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal, showing impellers and details of flywheel and grinder ring.
Capacity
33.0 fl oz (975.9 ml)
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
Verticality
6.4" (16.3 cm)
6.4" (16.2 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Assembly Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Layout
Intermediate
Basic

Motor

10
9.0
A digital tachometer is showing the measurement of a motor/flywheel of the GE Disposall Green garbage disposal in our speed test. A smartphone is running the timer app.
Horsepower
1
1/2
Speed
2800 RPM
2600 RPM
Real Speed
4196 RPM
4615 RPM
Voltage
115 V (60 Hz)
115 V
Current
4.8 A
4.5 A
Wattage
552 W
518 W
Heat
N/a
n/a
Reverse
No
No

Power Cord

Bottom view of Moen Chef Series GX100C 1 HP corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Bottom view of GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Length
34.0" (86.4 cm)
34.3" (87.1 cm)
Type
3-prong (Type B)
3-prong (B)

Accessories

Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on white top, showing elbow pipe, 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

9.5
9.0
Moen Chef Series 1 HP Garbage Disposal, with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set in place.
GE Disposall Green with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Noise Reduction
Yes
No
Vibration Reduction
 No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.1
8.4

Ease of Use

10
9.0

Installation

6.0
9.5

Smooth Operation

9.0
8.0

Unjam Mechanics

0.0
0.0
Inside view of permanent-magnet garbage disposal showing manual unjam method with wooden stick in flywheel’s opening/gap.
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

Behind the Comparison

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Be Nguyen is a writer and product reviewer. Being naturally curious about technology and its real-world applications, Be spent several years in university studying engineering before joining the team at HealthyKitchen101 where he disassembles, tests, and rates household appliances.

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Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.

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