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Waste King L-1001 Garbage Disposal In-depth Review

With its years of experience, Waste King has been known for its effective garbage disposals. If the sales don’t say that then the online response regarding the quality of the brand’s Legend series surely does. The L1001 is one successful example from that series.

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Waste King L1001 1/2 Horsepower Garbage Disposal with EZ mounting assembly on top, its box, and user manual.

Overall Verdict

For an affordable alternative, the Waste King L1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal offers useful values. Its clever design with a compact body and a highly efficient motor allows the disposal to help out in kitchens of different sizes.

The disposal has its shortcomings as any unit that is priced under $100, specifically the lack of noise control as well as the cheaper components. However, from how the disposal performed in its evaluation tests, we’d say they’re well compensated.

Things We Like

  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable 
  • Easy installation

Things We Don’t Like

  • Small capacity
  • No noise/vibration insulation

The L1001 was one of the cheapest models we could find. It was cheap because it’s a small unit and because Waste King has always been an affordable brand, not because of the disposal’s quality. Those who look for a compact grinder that can fit in their tight budget and sink cabinet would be interested in this disposal.

Based on its specifications alone, the Waste King L1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal looks like it should be comfortable with a family of two people. Stick with us as we share our insights and evaluation results regarding the disposal’s functionality.

Key Specs

Type of feed
Motor type
Permanent magnet
Averaged RPM
Family size
1-2 people
L5.4 x W5.8 x H12.7 inches

Where to Buy Price at publication $64.01

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Compared to Other Garbage Disposals

Analysis and Test Results

5.9 Performance

Although the L1001 did not have the best runs out of the twenty models we were testing, it performed admirably for a small disposal. In the tests, it handled a wide range of kitchen scraps quite effortlessly despite the toppling amount. And as anticipated, the disposal failed to deliver safe output with raw meat scraps.

The disposal was inadequate at processing bones. It had a better breakage rate with bones that were cooked; raw bones were too tough for such a limited grinder. That’s why the L1001 missed the top spot for best 1/2-hp food disposer in our list.

5.9 Scrap Mix

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.

As daunting as 90 ounces of food scraps can be, the disposal didn’t really struggle. It did seem to slow down a little when the tough foods like the avocado pits or the chicken bones entered the chamber, but only for a few seconds. With less than 0.1 ounces of input left behind in the chamber, the L1001’s efficiency rate in this test was more than 99%.

The disposal released satisfying output, save for a few pin bones from the fish remains. Most dietary fibers in the input were processed heavily, even the cooked chicken bones.

5.9 Raw Fish Scraps

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.

Although the L1001 couldn’t really handle the raw fish scraps, judging from what was left over. It couldn’t really shred down either the skin parts or break down the vertebrae. The slim pin bones that managed to slip through the grinding chamber were largely processed, but a few pieces are still distinguishingly long.

In short, the L1001 is not meant to deal with tricky scraps like flexible bones or slippery soft tissues. You’d usually have to pay a couple of extra hundred dollars for that level of capability.

5.7 Raw Chicken Scraps

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.

Compared to what the L1001 delivered with the raw fish scraps test, it did have a better go here. Still, the results were far from sufficient for the drain. Most of the crunchy tissues from the boney parts were processed heavily, which is impressive, but everything else from the spongy tissues (of the cartilage) to soft tissues (fat and skin) was very clumpy.

7.9 Design

If it wasn’t for the easily scratchable coat of paint, the L1001 would have been perfect. Admittedly, it isn’t a heavily featured product, but for a compact and affordable garbage disposal, it offers a good extent of practicality.

The disposal is a simple combination of a high-speed motor and galvanized parts, which is effective against many types of food waste. However, it operates with a fairly limited grinding chamber and makes a lot of noise if there’s something crunchy.

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.
  • Waste King L1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal
  • EZ mount assembly 
  • Removable splash guard
  • Stopper
  • Discharge tube and rubber gasket
  • Flange and bolts 
  • Documentation
  • (Pre-installed) power cord

The box includes the disposal and a few essential pieces. All texts in the user manual and on the box are in English, Spanish, and French.


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.
5.4" (13.7 cm)
5.8" (14.7 cm)
12.7" (32.3 cm)
7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)

With its minimal dimensions, the L1001 almost looks like it is a piece of the sink drainage system. It barely takes up any space and should fit in most sink cabinets. Its humble and lightweight build is also something you would want for weak or old sinks and counters. On the current market, you’re not going to find a smaller in-sink grinder; for reference, the InSinkErator Badger 5 is 4.4 pounds heavier.

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.
  • Fiber gasket
  • Rubber gasket
  • Support ring
  • Mount ring
  • Cushion mount
  • Sink flange
  • Stopper
  • Removable splash guard

The EZ mounting set is one of the reasons why installing the L1001 is not a hassle. Even if this is your first time with the mounting system, it should only take you but a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the design. The instructions are also clear and easy to follow so make sure to check them out in the manual.

Power Cord

Bottom view of Waste King L1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
34.5" (87.6 cm)
3-prong (B)

Most Waste King garbage disposals have pre-installed power cords, and so does the L1001. If you prefer hardwiring, you’re going to have to remove the cord yourself.

Accessories: Discharge Set

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

The discharge set that comes along the L1001 comprises an elbow PVC tube, a rubber gasket, a metal flange, and two bolts. The tube is a standard 1.5-inch, and the bolts have slotted hex heads.

6.5 Grind Chamber

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.
23 fl.oz. (639 ml)
6.1" (15.5 cm)
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Assembly Material
Galvanized steel

The Waste King L1001 is one of the smallest garbage disposal we’ve tested. Its chamber is not generous and fairly shallow, but considering its grinding configurations, the chamber is reasonably sized.

The chamber houses a grinder assembly with parts made of galvanized steel. The material doesn’t stay sharp as long as stainless steel, but it’s the more inexpensive option of the two.

8.5 Motor

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.
2300 RPM
Real Speed
4317 RPM
120 V (60 Hz)
4.5 A
540 W

The disposal’s permanent magnet motor is one of the main reasons it’s favorable in the market. The motor is fast which helps break scraps better and it doesn’t run hot which means it can run for longer without overheating. The high rotational velocity also reduces the risk of jamming in the chamber.

8.5 Build Quality

Waste King L1001 1/2 HP garbage disposal with EZ Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Noise Reduction
Vibration Reduction

The Waste King L1001 is a well-made product with securely fitted details and quality parts. Its finish, however, scratches very easily, which is a shame but an aesthetic issue at best. And because the disposal doesn’t feature much of anything other than the core machinery, its noise control is underwhelming.

7.4 Usability

If you’re in need of a quick and capable grinder, the L1001 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal is a promising buy. It’s easy to set up and its grinder performance is not bad at all as long as you don’t abuse it. The disposal is far from perfect; still, its utility in the kitchen is something anyone would benefit from.

6.0 Ease of Use

The Waste King L1001 is restricted in a lot of ways due to its design. Its chamber is sometimes too shallow for long pieces of scraps and doesn’t deal well with bones. But with everything else, the disposal is qualified; so far, organic foods have been no match for it, even toughies like avocado pits or fibrous celery.

10 Installation

The Waste King 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal scores a perfect 10 in this category mostly because anyone could install it. Unless you know absolutely nothing about plumbing, connecting the disposal to the drainage is not difficult. The disposal appears not much more than a device that you install in between the sink and pipes.

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

8.0 Smooth Operation

If you’re careful about what you flush down the sink drain, the disposal can last a long time. The way it handled the performance tests showed that the L1001 is at its best when it’s processing common kitchen foods (i.e. egg shells, peels, stems, etc.). Its most annoying flaw is the loud noise profile; then again, it’s not particularly louder than any other budget garbage disposal.

0.0 Unjam Mechanics

Inside view of permanent-magnet garbage disposal showing manual unjam mechanics with wooden stick in flywheel’s opening/gap.
Auto Unjam

Turn the power off completely then use a stick to rotate the flywheel through the sink drain if the disposal jams (which it rarely does). There’s no other way to free the grinding assembly.

Behind the review

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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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