Ratings Garbage disposers
See a summary of test findings and Quick Picks--the choices that merit first
consideration, including any CR Best Buys.
Based on our tests, most disposers should be able to cope with bones and other
tough grinding chores. Top-scoring models can grind waste faster and more
finely, and often include a clearing device as well as a longer warranty.
Those attributes explain why the best performers, notably the Viking (1), tend
to cost the most. The fine-grinding Viking also proved far less noisy than the
other disposers we tested, thanks in part to its cast-iron grinding chamber.
But you’ll find several lower-priced exceptions to that hierarchy. An example
is the Kenmore (3), which costs less than the relatively similar In-Sink-Erator
(2) and KitchenAid (4), despite its clearing device and longer warranty--a
probable result of the retailing clout Sears wields for its Kenmore brand.
The Ratings rank garbage disposers by overall performance. See Consider all
costs to decide whether a disposer is appropriate for your needs and community.
Then check our Quick Picks for tested models that offer especially good value
for meeting a variety of needs.
Best for most; convenient, competent:3 Kenmore $1355 Waste King $1658 Kenmore
$70, CR Best BuyA clearing device makes the Kenmore (3) best for large
households or frequent entertaining, while a long warranty distinguishes the
Waste King (5). Consider the Kenmore (8) if a low price means more than a long
warranty. Also consider the GE (9) if you’re willing to trade some speed for
an even lower price.
If noise and clogs are a concern:1 Viking $420While expensive, the Viking was
the least-noisy of these machines by far. Extremely fine grinding also makes
this disposer the best choice for homes where clogged traps and other plumbing
hassles are an occasional problem. For families with young children: 19 Waste
King $230Of the two batch-feed models we tested, the Waste King (19) has a
higher power claim and a longer warranty for less.
CR Best Buy
19. Waste King
Availability: Most models at stores through December 2004.
Key numbers with a indicate Quick Picks.
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Within types, in performance order.
Brand & model Price Motor (hp) Warranty (years) Overall
score Test results Features
CONTINUOUS-FEED MODELS These let you feed in more waste as they work.
Viking Professional VCFW1020 $420 1 7 •
In-Sink-Erator 555ss 160 3/4 5
Kenmore 60554 135 3/4 7 •
KitchenAid Imperial KCD1250 170 3/4 5 •
Waste King Gourmet SS3300 GE GFC720F 165 3/4 10
In-Sink-Erator 777ss 205 1 7 •
Kenmore 60556 220 1 9 •
Kenmore 6011 CR Best Buy 70 1/2 1
GE Disposall GFC320F Waste King WK111 60 1/3 1
GE Disposall GFC530F Waste King SS2600 90 1/2 1
Waste King Gourmet SS3100 125 1/2 8
KitchenAid KaDette KCDB250 70 1/2 1
Whirlpool GC2000XE 80 1/2 1
GE Disposall GFC1020F Waste King SS8000 170 1 1
In-Sink-Erator Badger 1 55 1/3 1
In-Sink-Erator Badger 5 65 1/2 2
Maytag DFC1500AAX 120 1/2 3
SinkGuard Whiterock SD280 Monarch 880XL 70 1/2 3*
BATCH-FEED MODELS Safest for families with young kids, since these work only
Waste King Gourmet SS8000TC $230 1 10
In-Sink-Erator 17 250 3/4 5
*Warranty does not include in-home labor.