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Waste King L-1001 vs GE Green 1/2 HP Side-by-Side Comparison

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP vs Waste King L-1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: Choosing between an affordable and an expensive compact disposal.

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Waste King L-1001

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Waste King L-1001 1/2 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Overall Verdict

Despite the price gap, the Waste King L-1001 1/2 HP managed to yield similar results in performance testing to those of the more expensive GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP. But that only sounds impressive if you don’t consider durability. Because in order to bring down the cost, Waste King has to make some compromises.

If you strip the two disposals down to their core machinery, they have a lot in common: Both run on permanent magnet motors and both have the same layout for the grinding chamber. In fact, the only difference between their grinding components is the material, where the Waste King L-1001 utilized galvanized steel instead of stainless steel like the GE Disposall Green.

In terms of grinding capability, the Disposall Green scored a little higher in our evaluation. However, for homes that don’t cook often and most of their food discards are either cooked or fiber-based—which is the main target for compact disposals anyway—the two should be as effective as one another. 

Building on that, neither of them is fit to deal with raw meat scraps, more specifically the fatty and spongy tissues. They’re too tricky for a basic grinding chamber to catch. That said, the two disposals can handle crunchy bone tissues quite well.

So if you want a disposal that saves space and lasts long, the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP should be a good option. The Waste King L-1001 1/2 HP has its limits, but in its price range, you really can’t ask for much.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%UsabilityGE Disposall Green...Waste King L-10017.46.68.68.46.65.97.97.4
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Pros & Cons

  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable 
  • Easy installation
  • High capacity
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable
  • Small capacity
  • No noise/vibration insulation
  • No noise/vibration insulation

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
1/2
3/4
Motor type
Permanent magnet
Induction
Averaged RPM
4317
1478
Family size
1-2 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L5.4 x W5.8 x H12.7 inches
L5.2 x W6.3 x H13.3 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$64.01
$116.09

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.9
6.6

Scrap Mix

5.9
6.6
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.
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
3 min
2 min 13 sec
Layer 1
9.0 oz (255 g)
12.3 oz (350 g)
Layer 2
17.9 oz (506 g)
15.5 oz (439 g)
Leftovers
0.1 oz (2 g)
0.1 oz (2 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

5.9
5.2
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.
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
6.1 oz (172 g)
7.0 oz (198 g)
Layer 2
2.0 oz (56 g)
1.8 oz (50 g)
Leftovers
3.4 oz (97 g)
3.9 oz (111 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

5.7
8.0
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.
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
0.7 oz (19 g)
0.8 oz (24 g)
Layer 2
1.9 oz (53 g)
2.0 oz (58 g)
Leftovers
0.9 oz (25 g)
0.04 oz (1 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.9
8.6

In the Box

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.
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

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.
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
5.8" (14.7 cm)
6.3" (15.9 cm)
Height
12.7" (32.3 cm)
13.3" (33.8 cm)
Weight
7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)

Mount Assembly

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.
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

6.5
7.5
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.
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
23 fl.oz. (639 ml)
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
Verticality
6.1" (15.5 cm)
6.4" (16.2 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Assembly Material
Galvanized steel
Stainless steel
Layout
Basic
Basic

Motor

8.5
9.0
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.
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
2300 RPM
2600 RPM
Real Speed
4317 RPM
4615 RPM
Voltage
120 V (60 Hz)
115 V
Current
4.5 A
4.5 A
Wattage
540 W
518 W
Heat
n/a
n/a
Reverse
No
No

Power Cord

Bottom view of Waste King L1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal 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
34.5" (87.6 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

8.5
9.0
Waste King L1001 1/2 HP garbage disposal with EZ 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
No
No
Vibration Reduction
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.4
8.4

Ease of Use

6.0
9.0

Installation

10
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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