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AmazonCommercial 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal In-depth Review

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AmazonCommercial 1/2-Horsepower Garbage Disposal sitting on a kitchen countertop, next to a kitchen sink.

Overall Verdict

The AmazonCommercial B07XGBKT1Z 1/2 Horsepower stands out amidst our small garbage disposal collection not just because of the bright orange casing. Boasting a full stainless steel grind assembly and a high-velocity motor, the disposal pulverizes common food scraps with ease. While it struggles with tough animal scraps, the machine is an affordable but strong option for a place with 1-2 people who cook simple foods.

Things We Like

  • High speed
  • Stainless steel grind components
  • Lightweight 
  • Space-saving design
  • Affordable

Things We Don’t Like

  • Low-torque
  • Can be loud

The AmazonCommercial 1/2-HP looks like one of those generic garbage disposals that you see a lot these days. Most of them follow the same design as the Waste King Legend Series. Specifically, the Amazon Commercial 1/2 bears a striking resemblance to the Waste King L-2600. They also have the same grind chamber design and run on the same type of motor.

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Horsepower
1/2
Motor type
Permanent magnet
Averaged RPM
4684
Family size
1-2 people
Dimensions
L5.4 x W6.8 x H13.5 inches

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Compared to Other Garbage Disposals


Analysis and Test Results

5.2 Performance: Disappointing but not Surprising

The AmazonCommercial 1/2-HP is not too bad against your typical kitchen scraps, including corn cobs and cooked bones. It also did a surprisingly good job pulverizing uncooked chicken scraps.

However, something thin and pliable like fish bones, even when cooked, can be tricky to the disposal. Raw fish remains are certainly out of the question.

6.6 Scrap Mix

AmazonCommercial 1/2 HP Scrap Mix Test
6.55 ounces of ounces of visible fish pin bones in mess of ground assorted scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top
14.24 ounces of assorted ground scraps, including dietary fibers, bones, etc., on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
0.03 ounces of shredded fish backbone and shredded lemon peel, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
Input Load
90.0 oz (2551 g)
Time
3 min
Layer 1
6.5 oz (186 g)
Layer 2
14.2 oz (404 g)
Leftovers
0.03 oz (1 g)

With an input load as big as our prepared mix of scraps (90 ounces of more than ten types of foods), the AmazonCommercial 1/2 HP was surprisingly decent for a small disposal. There was nothing left in the chamber as we could only collect 0.03 ounces worth of scraps. That means the machine was able to dispose of more than 99% of the input load. 

Everything caught in Layer 1 and Layer 2 appeared relatively well processed. Tough materials like chicken bones were no trouble at all. The only thing that the AmazonCommercial 1/2 HP struggled with was the flexible bones from the cooked fish scraps.

Failed Raw Fish Scraps

AmazonCommercial 1/2 HP Raw Fish Scraps Test
5.28 ounces of visible pin bones among mess of raw fibrous tissue on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
2.09 ounces of assorted fibrous tissue and shredded bones, on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
AmazonCommercial 1/2 HP Raw Fish Scraps 2
Input Load
49.4 oz (1400 g)
Time
3 min
Layer 1
5.3 oz (150 g)
Layer 2
2.1 oz (59 g)
Leftovers
5.6 oz (158 g)

The AmazonCommercial 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal failed our Raw Fish Scrap test as it couldn’t grind down the input load in time. After 3 minutes, there were still more than 5.6 ounces of skin and chops of spine remaining in the chamber. That’s roughly 11% of the input unprocessed. 

Most of the leftovers were shredded to a certain degree, but far from being sufficient for output. With the results from this test, we had to categorize the Amazon 1/2 HP as one of the less capable garbage grinders.

7.8 Raw Chicken Scraps

AmazonCommercial 1/2 HP Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.63 ounces of shredded soft tissue and few pieces of shredded bones, on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
2.02 ounces of fibrous soft tissue and pieces of shredded bones, on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
0.23 ounces of soft tissue and pieces of shredded cartilage, on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
Input Load
7.4 oz (210 g)
Time
2 min 30 sec
Layer 1
0.6 oz (18 g)
Layer 2
2.0 oz (57 g)
Leftovers
0.2 oz (7 g)

The AmazonCommercial 1/2 seemed a lot more competent when it was taking in raw chicken scraps. In about 2 minutes 30 seconds, the disposal reduced 7.4 ounces worth of bones, skin, tendon, and cartilage down to a small, 0.23-ounce mess of soft and spongy tissues.

The disposal also did well with Layer 1 and Layer 2. Most of the output was able to travel through the first colander, save for a small amount of stringy material. All of the bones were crushed and bits caught in the second colander appeared and felt drain-safe.

8.5 Design: Another Budget In-Sink Grinder

The AmazonCommercial B07XGBKT1Z wears a vivid orange casing that helps it stand out among the popular blacks and grays of the market. Its grind chamber offers a fair extent of holding capacity and depth for a small disposal. 

For what it costs, we can’t really expect much out of the disposal. But stainless steel grinding components together with a high-speed jamless motor is not a bad start for an in-sink grinder.

In the Box

Corded AmazonCommercial 1/2 HP, EZ Mount on top, its box, user manual, stopper, elbow tube, rubber gasket, flange, and bolts.
  • AmazonCommercial 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal
  • EZ Mount assembly 
  • Removable splash guard
  • Stopper
  • Discharge tube
  • Rubber gasket
  • Flange and bolts
  • Pre-installed power cord
  • Documentation

The product comes in a blank cardboard box with one info sticker. On it, you can find its brand name, model number, and origin. When put in comparison, the lack of other details on the box, such as dimensions or capacity, suggests a degree of negligence. But, when we factor in aspects of online retail—where you can just “google” things—such lack of info deserves the benefit of the doubt.

The B07XGBKT1Z comes with basic plumbing hardware and a user manual. The manual is in English, French, and Spanish.

Dimensions

Amazon 1/2-hp disposer with mount assembly and elbow tube. Showing 6.8-inch width, 13.5-inch height, 4.3-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 7-inch depth to outlet, 5.4-inch distance to elbow tube.
Length
5.4" (13.7 cm)
Width
6.8" (17.3 cm)
Height
13.5" (34.3 cm)
Weight
8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)

The AmazonCommercial B07XGBKT1Z is larger than most 1/2-horsepower garbage disposals. Interestingly enough, it’s actually on the lightweight side. The disposal is about 3 pounds lighter compared to the popular InSinkErator Badger 5.

Mount Assembly

EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform with splash guard in position.
EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform with splash guard in position.
Support ring, mounting ring, cushion mount, fiber gasket, rubber gasket, sink flange, stopper, removable sink splash guard.
  • Fiber gasket
  • Rubber gasket
  • Support ring
  • Mount ring
  • Cushion mount
  • Sink flange
  • Stopper
  • Removable splash guard

The AmazonCommercial 1/2 is compatible with all EZ mount assemblies. These mounts have a very simple design that requires no tools to handle. However, the design is less secure than that of the 3-Bolt—the other mounting system. EZ Mount food disposers sometimes may rotate on their own during operation if the mounting connections are slippery. The stronger the motor, the more likely this is.

Power Cord

Bottom view of AmazonCommercial 1/2 HP corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Length
2.9 ft (0.9 m)
Type
3-prong

All garbage disposals in the AmazonCommercial series, including the 3/4-HP B07XFDMPNJ, come with a pre-wired power cord.

Accessories: Discharge Set

Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on granite-looking top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, bolts.
Width
3.3" (8.3 cm)
Length
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Material
PVC

A discharge/outlet set for garbage disposals includes a 1.5-inch elbow pipe, a rubber gasket, a metal flange, and a pair of bolts. These bolts have slotted hex heads that are 3/8 inches across flats. Use either a flat-head screwdriver or a wrench on them.

8.0 Grind Chamber

AmazonCommercial 1/2-HP Grind ChamberTop view of AmazonCommercial B07XGBKT1Z garbage disposal after testing, looking at layout of grinding components.
AmazonCommercial 1/2-HP Grind ChamberTop view of AmazonCommercial B07XGBKT1Z garbage disposal after testing, looking at layout of grinding components.
Grind chamber of AmazonCommercial B07XGBKT1Z garbage disposal, showing grater/grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Grind chamber of AmazonCommercial B07XGBKT1Z garbage disposal, showing impellers and details of flywheel and grinder ring.
Capacity
27.0 fl oz (798.5 ml)
Verticality
6.6" (16.8 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Assembly Material
Stainless steel
Layout
Basic

This AmazonCommercial B07XGBKT1Z sports a medium holding chamber for a 1/2-hp in-sink grinder. The chamber houses a generic grinding assembly with a single-level precutter that we’ve seen in most low-tier permanent-magnet disposals. All the grinding components here are stainless steel instead of galvanized steel, though, so they last and stay sharp for longer.

9.0 Motor

Horsepower
1/2
Speed
2600 RPM
Real Speed
4684 RPM
Voltage
115 V (60 Hz)
Current
3.8 A
Wattage
370 W
Heat
n/a
Reverse
No

The AmazonCommercial B07XGBKT1Z runs on a permanent magnet motor. These motors are faster and let out much less waste heat than induction motors. Using a laser tachometer, we measured disposal’s flywheel up to 4684 revolutions per minute (RPM) when it wasn’t grinding anything. An induction food disposer, like the InSinkErator Badger 5, never goes higher than 1500 RPM. The high rotational velocity of permanent magnet motors has been a tried solution to the jamming problem.

8.5 Build Quality

AmazonCommerical 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal with EZ Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Noise Reduction
No
Vibration Reduction
No

The AmazonCommercial 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal is a product with no bells and whistles. It has a two-piece plastic protective case that feels thick and well-made. The disposal is quite bulky for its power rating, but the negative space between the casing and the internals allows for more effective force absorption in case of impact. 

The plastic casing itself is tinted, so there’s no paint job at all. It looked the same after our testing process because nicks are near-invisible on the casing. However, the casing appears to have lost some of its grip on the core machinery when we shake to check.

7.7 Usability: As Basics as They Go

The AmazonCommercial 1/2 Horsepower B07XGBKT1Z offers little in terms of extras, but it suffices as far as garbage disposals go. The permanent magnet motor and the stainless steel grind assembly make for a solid setup, suitable for simple kitchen routines.

7.0 Ease of Use

For a 1/2-hp model, the disposal provides a fair extent of holding capacity and chamber depth. We find that simple and small scraps from vegetables, fruits, and cooked animal parts, even in considerable volumes, are able to go in effortlessly. Tough scraps, however, may fill up and strain the chamber. The EZ Mount has a comparatively narrow drain opening which, if you’re switching from a 3-Bolt assembly, may feel a little inconvenient.

9.5 Installation

The low weight together with the EZ assembly makes it easy to hook the food disposer up. It took our reviewer less than five minutes to install everything completely by hand. Keep in mind that the B07XGBKT1Z is larger than most small disposals, so it might be more difficult to handle in really tight spaces. The disposal has a pre-installed power cord which you’ll have to remove if you want to hardwire the machine to the main system. Currently, there’s no version without a cord.

8.0 Smooth Operation

The disposal’s grinding assembly experienced no halting or jamming during our complete testing process. The results it produced were also impressive for a simple grinding layout and only half a horsepower. The disposal is loud but not louder than any of its stronger cousins.

0.0 Unjam Mechanics

Inside view of permanent-magnet garbage disposal showing manual unjam mechanics with wooden stick in flywheel’s opening/gap.
External
No
Auto Unjam
No

Similar to other in-sink disposals that run on permanent magnet motors, the product doesn’t have any mechanics that let users maneuver the motor from the outside. When jamming occurs, although rarely, users are expected to make use of a shaft and rotate the flywheel by reaching inside the chamber.

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