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Waste King L-8000 1 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Side-by-Side Comparison

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP vs Waste King L-8000 1 HP Garbage Disposal: The same price for different performances.

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GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Waste King L-8000

Waste King L-8000 1 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Overall Verdict

Between a product that is large but does its job and another one that is more compact and delivers similar performance, which one would you put your money on? The Waste King L-8000, while boasting more impressive specifications, with its full-horsepower motor and sound insulation feature, couldn’t manage to leave the GE Disposall Green, a small 1/2-hp garbage disposal, very far behind.

When dealing with large amounts of random foods in the standard test, the L-8000 usually yields smoother and more drain-safe results, especially when it’s vegetables or fruits. However, the disposal is not particularly good at processing bones, cooked or uncooked. This is unfortunate since we often upgrade to a powerful model in hope that it can handle tougher scraps better.

The Disposall Green, meanwhile, was very consistent and delivered solid performance in the standard test. If we’re splitting hair, the disposal indeed scored lower than the L-8000, but that was expected from such a small machine. Much to our surprise, it appeared to handle raw meat scraps better, too. That speaks a lot about the L-8000’s grinding capability as a high-power garbage disposal—although at that point, it was clear that both grinders were unfit for such tricky materials.

We think the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP is the better choice here simply because it doesn’t take up much room under the sink, which also means it should fit in a tight space comfortably. The Waste King L-8000 could be a more attractive option if its size measures to something more, but considering that the two garbage disposals also cost the same, we’re confident with our recommendation.

Pros & Cons

  • High capacity
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable
  • Noise reduction
  • High torque 
  • High speed 
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • Affordable
  • No noise/vibration insulation
  • Heavy build
  • Takes up a lot of space 
  • Can be loud

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
3/4
1
Motor type
Induction
Permanent magnet
Averaged RPM
1478
4149
Family size
3-4 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L5.2 x W6.3 x H13.3 inches
L5.5 x W8.4 x H16.2 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$116.09
$111.07

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.6
6.9

Scrap Mix

6.6
8.1
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.
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 13 sec
2 min
Layer 1
12.3 oz (350 g)
8.1 oz (230 g)
Layer 2
15.5 oz (439 g)
12.6 oz (356 g)
Leftovers
0.1 oz (2 g)
0.1 oz (4 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

5.2
6.7
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.
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
7.0 oz (198 g)
5.7 oz (162 g)
Layer 2
1.8 oz (50 g)
2.5 oz (70 g)
Leftovers
3.9 oz (111 g)
2.8 oz (79 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

8.0
4.6
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.
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
3 min
Layer 1
0.8 oz (24 g)
1.4 oz (41 g)
Layer 2
2.0 oz (58 g)
1.8 oz (51 g)
Leftovers
0.04 oz (1 g)
0.9 oz (26 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.6
9.2

In the Box

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

Dimensions

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.
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
5.2" (13.2 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Width
6.3" (15.9 cm)
8.4" (21.3 cm)
Height
13.3" (33.8 cm)
16.2" (41.1 cm)
Weight
8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)
12.7 lbs (5.8 kg)

Mount Assembly

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.
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

7.5
8.5
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.
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
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
Verticality
6.4" (16.2 cm)
6.8" (17.3 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
4.4" (11.1 cm)
Assembly Material
Stainless steel
Intermediate
Layout
Basic
Stainless steel

Motor

9.0
10
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
Speed
2600 RPM
2800 RPM
Real Speed
4615 RPM
4149 RPM
Voltage
115 V
115 V (60 Hz)
Current
4.5 A
7 A
Wattage
518 W
805 W
Heat
n/a
n/a
Reverse
No
No

Power Cord

Bottom view of GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Bottom view of Waste King L-8000 1 HP corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Length
34.3" (87.1 cm)
2.8 ft (0.9 m)
Type
3-prong (B)
3-prong (Type 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

9.0
9.0
GE Disposall Green 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
No
Yes
Vibration Reduction
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.4
7.3

Ease of Use

9.0
8.0

Installation

9.5
7.0

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

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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