As you know garbage disposals are installed under the sink and they take about 12 to 18 inches height of space there. It is also advised to have 6 to 12 inches of extra space under the disposal so it is easy to install and dismantle them. So, in general, you need to have around 2 feet of space under your sink to install a garbage disposal.
But not all kitchens have this. So the solution is going for compact, low profile models. That’s why I am listing here the best compact garbage disposals.
Please note that these are not the only compact disposals available but I am listing only the best of them. Here they are;
Top 5 Compact Garbage Disposals
- InSinkErator Evolution Compact
- InSinkErator Evolution Excel
- InSinkErator Badger 5
- Waste King L-1001
- Kitchen Aid KCDB250G
As you can see my list is dominated by InSinkErator models. Yes, the best compact garbage disposals are made by InSinkErator. Waste King, their main competitor, hardly has any top end low profile disposals so I chose L-1001 due to its popularity.
How did I decide what a compact disposal is?
InSinkErator Evolution Compact has the term ‘compact’ in its name, so I simply chose it as the benchmark. So I made a list of garbage disposals that have an overall height of 13 inches or less. So in my definition, a compact garbage disposal is one with 13” or less height. I think it is justified because there aren’t many disposals qualifying this criterion.
In the above list, I have omitted some disposals even though they qualified, because they are very similar to the ones already listed. Also, I didn’t consider every brand, just the top ones.
A brief overview of the top low profile garbage disposals
I already reviewed all the disposals in the above list so I don’t think it is useful to review them again, so here I am just giving you the condensed version of my reviews.
1. InSinkErator Evolution Compact
The first in my list is the Evolution Compact model just because I chose it as the benchmark. This is not the best compact disposal but it is number 2.
It is equipped with a powerful 3/4HP Dura-Drive induction motor and it runs at a speed of 1725 RPM. It has a chamber capacity of 34.6 oz which is ample for a large household. This is a continuous feed type disposal where you can add food wastes continuously (Feed types of garbage disposals).
Evolution Compact disposal is made entirely of stainless steel which makes it resistant to corrosion. That includes the grinding components as well as the grinding chamber. It also uses Sound Seal technology (a noise insulation technology) which makes it the third quietest garbage disposal by InSinkErator. It also uses a 2-stage grinding system to finely grind all food wastes disposed. These grinding stages enable it to handle small bones and such hard foods which normal disposals can’t handle.
Its overall dimensions are 12-1/4” height and 8-3/4” width which makes it compact.
This disposal comes with a warranty of 4 years. Even for a large household, this garbage disposal is an excellent choice. You can read my complete review of it here.
Note: Evolution Essential XTR is also a low profile disposal, but didn’t make it to this list since it is very similar to Evolution Compact. Here is a comparison between the two.
2. InSinkErator Evolution Excel
True to its name this garbage disposal excels all other disposals. This is the primary reason why I consider this as the best garbage disposal, and due to its compact size and excellent features, this is definitely the No.1 compact disposal.
The Evolution is always a step ahead of Evolution Compact. It is much better looking owing to its Stainless Steel finished body. It has a 1HP motor which runs at 1725 RPM and uses a 3-stage grinding system to handle even the toughest of food wastes.
Its noise insulation is the best of all disposals, it is ultra-quiet (Sound Seal technology strikes again). It has a large grinding chamber with a capacity of 40oz and is continuous feed type.
Evolution Excel comes with certain features you don’t see in other disposals. The jam sensor circuit and auto-reverse grind system are good examples. These features prevent the disposal form jamming even when disposing of tough food items. It also comes with a 7-year warranty.
Its dimensions are 13”x9”. Some websites list its height as 13.5” but it is actually 13” according to its spec sheet.
Evolution Excel is the top-notch disposal. It is also costly but is worth every penny. You can read my detailed review here.
3. InSinkErator Badger 5
Unlike the above two disposals, Badger 5 doesn’t come with any fancy features. It is the most popular disposal in the ‘Badger’ line due to its economical pricing and reliable performance.
It is powered by a 1/2HP Dura-Drive induction motor which runs at 1725 RPM (most InSinkErator disposals run at this speed). It has a Galvanized Steel construction. It is small in size with a chamber capacity of 26 oz.
The overall dimension of this disposal is 11-1/2”x 6-5/16”. Make sure you check the spec sheet for the correct dimensions. This is the second smallest disposal in our list and has an overall compact profile.
It comes with a warranty for 2-years. This disposal is the best for small households looking for an economical solution to dispose of food wastes.
4. Waste King L-1001
This is the only Waste King garbage disposal that made to my list of top compact disposals despite my long search. The L-1001 is a strong competitor to InSinkErator’s Badger 5, and sports a 1/5 HP motor much like it. But it runs at 2600 RPM (Waste King favors high RPM disposers).
This is a continuous feed type disposal with some grinding components made of stainless steel, some with Galvanized steel. Its grinding chamber is made of glass filled nylon, a kind of fibre glass that is resistant against corrosion.
Its overall size is 12-11/16” x 5-3/16” (as per its spec sheet).
The L-1001 garbage disposal is an economic model suitable for small households.
5. Kitchen Aid KCDB250G
KCDB250G is the most popular garbage disposal from Kitchen Aid. Like Badger 5 and L-1001 it is powered by a ½ HP motor. The speed of the motor is 1725 RPM.
It has a medium quality build like all other economic disposals. But it does have a noise insulator cover to reduce noise which makes this disposal a step ahead of its competitors. Its grinding components and chamber are made of galvanized steel.
The overall size of this Kitchen Aid disposer is 11-3/8” x 6-5/8”. This is definitely the smallest disposal available.
You can check my complete review of Kitchen Aid KCDB250G here.