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Moen GX50C 1/2-HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Side-by-Side Comparison

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP vs Moen Prep GX50C 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: Would you pay simply for more grinding power?

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Moen 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Moen GX50C 1/2-HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%Usability GE Disposall Green...Moen 1/2-HP Garbage...7.46.68.68.46.75.58.68.2
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As the two best small garbage disposals in our lineup, the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP and the Moen Prep GX50C 1/2 HP are both capable machines. The two have a lot in common: They run on high-speed permanent magnet motors that have the same average speeds, they enjoy stainless steel grinding components that have the same designs, and if you strip them of their body casings, they look exactly the same.

However, the Disposall Green’s motor is actually better. GE says that it augments the motor in some way to make it more efficient in terms of speed and noise. To be frank, the Disposall Green is just as loud as any other small disposals, but its motor does run faster (the second fastest out of the eight we’ve tested). Logically, this contributes to performance as the disposal has leading scores for the “small” category on our board.

Although the Prep GX50C is a strong disposal, its results from performance evaluations are only about average. It can deal with most random common scraps quite well, including avocado pits and cooked chicken bones, but the quality of output often feels like it can be improved. That said, if most of your kitchen discards are vegetables- or fruit-related (except for fruit stones), the disposal should be fine.

The GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP should clearly take the win here unless we consider that the Moen Prep GX50C 1/2 HP is roughly $50 cheaper and has a longer warranty (by 2 years). So ultimately, it’s a matter of how much you’re willing to pay since these are both cost-effective products.

Pros & Cons

  • High capacity
  • High-speed motor
  • Stainless steel grind components
  • Noise reduction
  • Affordable
  • High capacity
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable
  • Can be loud
  • Heavy build
  • No noise/vibration insulation

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
1/2
3/4
Motor type
Permanent magnet
Induction
Averaged RPM
4214
1478
Family size
1-2 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L5.4 x W7.3 x H13.4 inches
L5.2 x W6.3 x H13.3 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$91.68
$116.09

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.5
6.6

Scrap Mix

4.9
6.6
Moen 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
14.8 ounces of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
16.69 ounces of assorted scraps, including fibers, bones, etc on digital scale.
0.05 ounces of shredded dietary fiber on digital scale.
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
96.0 oz (2722 g)
90.0 oz (2551 g)
Time
3 min
2 min 13 sec
Layer 1
14.8 oz (420 g)
12.3 oz (350 g)
Layer 2
16.7 oz (473 g)
15.5 oz (439 g)
Leftovers
0.1 oz (1 g)
0.1 oz (2 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

5.7
5.2
Moen 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
0.92 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.
1.84 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.
2.83 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.
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
9.0 oz (255 g)
7.0 oz (198 g)
Layer 2
1.8 oz (52 g)
1.8 oz (50 g)
Leftovers
2.8 oz (80 g)
3.9 oz (111 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

6.3
8.0
Moen 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.92 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.
1.55 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded tissues and shredded bones.
0.6 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.
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
0.9 oz (26 g)
0.8 oz (24 g)
Layer 2
1.6 oz (44 g)
2.0 oz (58 g)
Leftovers
0.6 oz (17 g)
0.04 oz (1 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.6
8.6

In the Box

Moen GX50C 1/2 Horsepower 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.
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 GX50C 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal with mount assembly and elbow tube. Dimensions show 7.3-inch width, 13.3-inch height, 3.4-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.9-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
13.4" (34.0 cm)
13.3" (33.8 cm)
Weight
9.9 lbs (4.5 kg)
8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)

Mount Assembly

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

7.5
7.5
Grind chamber of Moen GX50C garbage disposal, showing two-level grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Grind chamber of Moen GX50C garbage disposal, showing two-level grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Grind chamber of Moen GX50C garbage disposal, showing impellers and details of flywheel and grinder ring.
Grind chamber of Moen GX50C garbage disposal, showing impellers and details of flywheel and grinder 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
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
Verticality
6.3" (16.0 cm)
6.4" (16.2 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Assembly Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Layout
Basic
Basic

Motor

8.5
9.0
A digital tachometer is measuring the speed of the motor/flywheel of the Moen 1/2-HP garbage disposal in our speed test. A smartphone is running the timer app.
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
1/2
1/2
Speed
2600 RPM
2600 RPM
Real Speed
4207 RPM
4615 RPM
Voltage
115 V (60 Hz)
115 V
Current
3.2 A
4.5 A
Wattage
368 W
518 W
Heat
N/a
n/a
Reverse
No
No

Power Cord

Type B power cord of Moen GX50C GX Series Prep 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal.
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 (B)
3-prong (B)

Accessories

Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on granite-looking top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, 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 GX50C garbage disposal with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
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
8.2
8.4

Ease of Use

9.0
9.0

Installation

8.5
9.5

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.
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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