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Waste King L-1001 1/2 HP vs InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Side-by-Side Comparison

InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP vs Waste King L-1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: It’s ultimately a matter of your personal preference.

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Waste King L-1001

InSinkErator Evolution Compact

Waste King L-1001 1/2 HP vs InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal

Overall Verdict

Right from the start, the Waste King L-1001 1/2 HP doesn’t look like a fair matchup for the InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP. One is a small, affordable garbage disposal and the other is an introductory model to a premium series. Judging by their build quality alone, you can tell the better-featured one is going to have to upper hand here.

By and large, the Evolution Compact is the better-performing garbage disposal, according to data from performance evolution. With a stronger motor and a more intricate grinding assembly, it handles most scraps consistently well, including avocado pits and cooked bones. Not only that, the disposal’s sound/vibration damping technology is one of the most advanced on the market. The Evolution Compact is without a doubt one of the best-valued 3/4-hp disposals.

The L-1001 is the opposite as Waste King garbage disposals are for those who are on a budget. With a smaller motor and a much more basic build, the disposal is geared towards processing the easiest of foods. Still, the disposal is an effective grinder for what it costs. Despite its humble specs, it managed to deliver better results handling random common food scraps than even stronger and more expensive units. 

Although the InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP is a very capable machine, processing raw meat scraps is out of the question. That’s also an automatic “no” for the Waste King L-1001 1/2 HP. When we put aside its costs, the Evolution Compact offers more utility overall, but you won’t pay anything but $80 for the L-1001.

Pros & Cons

  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable 
  • Easy installation
  • Noise cancelation
  • Vibration damping
  • High-torque motor
  • Strengthened chamber layout
  • High capacity
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • Small capacity
  • No noise/vibration insulation
  • Heavy
  • Space-consuming
  • No power cord

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
1/2
3/4
Motor type
Permanent magnet
Induction
Averaged RPM
4317
1482
Family size
1-2 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L5.4 x W5.8 x H12.7 inches
L6.1 x W8.6 x 12.4 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$64.01
$203.01

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.9
6.9

Scrap Mix

5.9
6.9
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.
 InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP Scrap Mix Test
11.03 ounces of fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top
20.52 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
1 min 49 sec
Layer 1
9.0 oz (255 g)
11.0 oz (313 g)
Layer 2
17.9 oz (506 g)
20.5 oz (582 g)
Leftovers
0.1 oz (2 g)
0.1 oz (2 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

5.9
7.3
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.
InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP Raw Fish Scraps Test
5.56 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.
3.53 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.
2.02 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)
5.6 oz (158 g)
Layer 2
2.0 oz (56 g)
3.5 oz (100 g)
Leftovers
3.4 oz (97 g)
2.0 oz (57 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

5.7
6.6
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.
InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP Raw Chicken Scraps Test
1.45 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.
1.63 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.
0.37 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 sec
Layer 1
0.7 oz (19 g)
1.4 oz (41 g)
Layer 2
1.9 oz (53 g)
1.6 oz (46 g)
Leftovers
0.9 oz (25 g)
0.4 oz (10 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.9
8.9

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.
InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 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.

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.
InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4-hp food disposer with mount assembly and elbow tube. Dimensions show 8.6-inch width, 12.4-inch height, 3.4-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.6-inch depth to outlet, 6.1-inch distance to elbow tube.
Length
5.4" (13.7 cm)
6.1" (15.5 cm)
Width
5.8" (14.7 cm)
8.6" (21.8 cm)
Height
12.7" (32.3 cm)
12.4" (31.5 cm)
Weight
7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
16.0 lbs (7.3 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. “food waste disposer” and “InSinkErator” engraving on rim of sink flange. Sink stopper in position.
3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. “food waste disposer” and “InSinkErator” engraving on rim of sink flange. Sink stopper in position.
Parts of 3-Bolts Mount assembly on platform, including backup flange, mounting ring, snap ring, fiber gasket, stopper, cushion mount, sink flange with “food waste disposer” and “InSinkErator” engravings, removable sink baffle, lower mounting ring.

Grind Chamber

6.5
8.5
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 through collar of InSinkErator Compact 3/4-hp garbage disposal into chamber after testing. Looking at layout of grinding components, showing swivel impellers, flywheel, and grater/grinder ring.
Top view through collar of InSinkErator Compact 3/4-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 Compact 3/4-hp garbage disposal, highlighting design of GrindShear grater ring by InSinkErator, partially showing details of flywheel.
Inside view of InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4-hp garbage disposal after testing, highlighting design of impellers, partially showing details of flywheel and grater/grinder ring.
Capacity
23 fl.oz. (639 ml)
32.0 fl oz (946.4 ml)
Verticality
6.1" (15.5 cm)
5.4" (13.7 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Assembly Material
Galvanized steel
Stainless steel
Layout
Basic
Strengthened

Motor

8.5
8.0
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.
Horsepower
1/2
3/4
Speed
2300 RPM
1725 RPM
Real Speed
4317 RPM
1482 RPM
Voltage
120 V (60 Hz)
120 V (60 Hz)
Current
4.5 A
8.1 A
Wattage
540 W
972 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 InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4-hp with two pre-cut electrical wires and no power cord. (Unscrewed) cover plate and screw to the sides.
Length
34.5" (87.6 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Type
3-prong (B)
 n/a

Accessories

Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on granite-looking top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, bolts.
Hose clamp and elbow discharge/outlet tube for garbage disposals displayed on granite-looking top.
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
10
Waste King L1001 1/2 HP garbage disposal with EZ Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
InSinkErator Evolution Compact 3/4 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal, with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Noise Reduction
No
Yes
Vibration Reduction
No
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.4
8.2

Ease of Use

6.0
9.0

Installation

10
6.0

Smooth Operation

8.0
10

Unjam Mechanics

0.0
5.0
Inside view of permanent-magnet garbage disposal showing manual unjam mechanics with wooden stick in flywheel’s opening/gap.
Bottom view of InSinkErator Evolution Compact disposal, showing jam buster wrench in manual unjam slot.
External
No
Yes
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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