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Frigidaire 1/2 HP Corded Garbage Disposal In-depth Review

Most homeowners are more familiar with Frigidaire, the food-making appliances brand with their colorful products, not the one that makes kitchen garbage systems. So, it was rather a fun surprise to see they’re taking their first steps in the garbage disposal scene.

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal with 3-bolt mounting assembly on top, its box, and user manual.

Overall Verdict

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2 HP misses more than it hits. Offering an affordable price, good construction quality, and strong grinder materials, the garbage disposal should have been a great option if its motor were more efficient and the grinding components, particularly the two impellers, were fitted better.

It’s difficult to recommend the FF05DISPC1 when there are clearly better-performing models from other brands on the market right now.

Things We Like

  • Removable splash guard
  • Decent capacity
  • Stainless steel grind components
  • Noise cancellation padding
  • Affordable

Things We Don’t Like

  • No external unjam mechanics
  • Jammed impellers during testing

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2 HP is a presentable garbage disposal, boasting a sleek and thick plastic protective case. The disposal’s body framework is quite impressive for a budget low-power model. Although it was quite a fresh name on the market, everything about the grinder up until testing suggested attention to detail and quality workmanship.

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Horsepower
1/2
Motor type
Permanent magnet
Averaged RPM
3688
Family size
1-2 people
Dimensions
L5.6 x W5.9 x H12.8 inches

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Analysis and Test Results

3.1Performance

Contradicting our expectations, the results collected from testing the Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2 HP were not encouraging at all. In the final turn of evaluation, the disposal only passed one out of the three evaluation tests. It failed the two more difficult tests, which was somewhat expected from the likes of small garbage disposals. Fortunately, the data was useful in helping pinpoint where the disposal’s functionality should lie.

6.2Scrap Mix

Frigidaire 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
11.68 ounces of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
11.6 ounces of assorted scraps, including fibers, bones, etc on digital scale.
0.09 ounces of shredded fish bone on digital scale.

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 garbage disposal did a good job of breaking down all kinds of scraps into tiny pieces, leaving only a negligible amount of materials in the chamber. With an efficiency rate of more than 99%, the disposal would score a lot higher in this test if it could manage finer output. The leftovers also showed that fish bones remained intact while chicken bones were crushed.

FailedRaw Fish Scraps

Frigidaire 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
4.29 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.
3.01 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.
8.82 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.

It was no surprise that the FF05DISPC1 couldn't handle raw fish leftovers. The test is particularly difficult, and we’ve seen more advanced and powerful models have struggled with it in the past. The disposal and its basic features are not designed to handle difficult materials such as slimy fish skin and flexible bones.

FailedRaw Chicken Scraps

Frigidaire 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.1 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.
0.87 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded tissues and shredded bones.
3.41 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.

The FF05DISPC1 couldn’t even break down all the bony parts, let alone the cartilage and fatty skin. The disposal simply wasn’t capable of bringing the input materials down to a safe amount. All it could do was strip off some of the residual meat on the bones.

8.1Design

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2 HP features a sleek-looking body that feels rigid and closely fitted. The protective casing is made of strong plastic that has a thickness to it. Underneath, there’s a layer of acoustic foam to treat loud noises. 

The disposal also offers long-lasting grinding components in the chamber and a motor that delivers high speeds. But after performance evaluation, the motor turned out much less capable than we’d initially thought, and much slower compared to similar models, too.

In the Box

Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 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.
  • Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2 HP Food Waste Disposer 
  • 3-Bolt mount assembly 
  • Stopper
  • Discharge tube
  • Flange and bolts 
  • Documentation
  • (Pre-installed) power cord

The disposer comes with its mounting assembly on top. The box includes the usual accessories for garbage disposals, mainly for the outlet setup. All information is available in English, French, and Spanish.

Dimensions

FRIGIDAIRE FF05DISPC1 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Dimensions
Length
5.6" (14.2 cm)
Width
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Height
12.8" (32.5 cm)
Weight
8.3 lbs (3.8 kg)

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 is a highly compact unit that should fit in cabinets of all sizes. It’s one of the smallest models we’ve tested. The disposer is also very lightweight and should only add minimal burden to the sink.

Mount Assembly

3-Bolt mounting assembly for garbage disposal placed on white platform with stopper in position.
3-Bolt mounting assembly for garbage disposal placed on white platform with stopper in position.
Backup flange, mounting ring, snap ring, fiber gasket, cushion mount, sink flange, stopper, lower mounting ring.
  • Stopper
  • Sink flange
  • Cushion mount
  • Fiber gasket
  • Removable splash guard
  • Lower mount ring
  • Mount ring
  • Backup flange
  • Snap ring

If you're replacing another 3-bolt garbage disposal, the Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2 HP should be easy to install. However, if this is your first time with a 3-bolt mounting set, taking it apart may seem intimidating, particularly when it comes to the snap ring mechanism. Because of this, make sure to take some time to familiarize yourself with the assembly and refer to the manual instructions for helpful information.

Power Cord

Type B power cord of Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal.
Length
34.3" (87.1 cm)
Type
3-prong (B)

The disposal comes with a pre-installed cord, which is convenient if you have a power supply in the sink cabinet. If you want to hardwire the unit, you must manually remove the 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 standard 1.5-inch elbow pipe, a rubber gasket, and a kit of flange and bolts complete the discharge set of the Frigidaire FF05DISPC1. The bolts have Phillip drives and hex heads.

7.5Grind Chamber

Top view into chamber of Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Top view into chamber of Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Grind chamber of Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 garbage disposal, showing two-level grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Grind chamber of Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 garbage disposal, showing impellers and details of flywheel and grinder ring.
Capacity
27.0 fl oz (798.5 ml)
Verticality
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Assembly Material
Stainless steel
Layout
Basic

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2 HP enjoys a comfortable grinding chamber for its power range. The grinding assembly inside is a modest set with basic details. Compared to regular permanent magnet disposals, the design of the parts here is a little different: There are fewer cut-out holes on the flywheel and the impellers are fitted a bit too high as the gap beneath is enough for food particles to get stuck under, especially bones.

8.0Motor

A digital tachometer is measuring the speed of the motor/flywheel of the Frigidaire 1/2 HP Corded garbage disposal in our speed test. A smartphone is running the timer app.
Horsepower
1/2
Speed
2600 RPM
Real Speed
3706 RPM
Voltage
120 V (60 Hz)
Current
4.5 A
Wattage
540 W
Heat
N/a
Reverse
No

On paper, the Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2 HP’s motor is supposed to be as fast as the GE Disposall Green. But in reality, when we measured the speed of the spinning flywheel, the Frigidaire was roughly 20% slower. Although this could mean better torque, through performance evaluation, apparently there isn’t any compensation towards that, either.

8.5Build Quality

Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 garbage disposal with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Noise Reduction
Yes
Vibration Reduction
No

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 is a garbage disposal with good workmanship, providing a sturdy and reliable feeling throughout. The body is made of high-quality plastic reinforced with a strong structure, while a layer of acoustic foam wraps around the grinder's core to reduce noise levels.

7.8Usability

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 1/2 HP is a very restricted food disposer unit. Sure it can handle common food scraps quite well, but the impellers are easily lodged when there are hard food bits (such as bones). It has happened more than once since we started testing the disposer. Not to mention the fact that the disposer is not very strong.

8.0Ease of Use

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 can handle a handful of foods except for harder ones like fish or chicken bones, even when cooked. Avocado pits and other fruits and vegetable discards won't be too much of a problem, as long as the amounts are reasonable. The chamber can be too narrow for long pieces of scraps like veggie stems or stalk vegetables.

9.5Installation

The disposer is fairly easy to install given that you already have a 3-bolt mounting assembly. Its compact size and minimal weight shouldn’t give you any trouble, even in tight spaces. 

On a side note, if you do use the assembly that comes with the FF05DISPC1, be careful not to bend the details on the lower mounting ring when you lock the disposal in place. The material that makes the pieces of this particular set is noticeably more bendable than other sets that we’ve worked with.

(tips: *For safety reasons, you should ALWAYS set up to control your garbage disposal via a dedicated switch with a clear “Off” position.)

7.0Smooth Operation

The Frigidaire FF05DISPC1 has not been giving us the most consistent performance. Aside from the fact that it’s a small unit, the disposal’s grinding power and the design of its grinding chamber have failed to deliver usable data several times. However, if you pick your battle, the disposal can still be utilized to a certain extent.

0.0Unjam 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

If jamming happens, you can use a stick to rotate the flywheel through the sink collar.

About your guide

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