13 Best cheap garbage disposals to buy (Under $100)

Cheap garbage disposals

This article lists 13 cheap garbage disposals that are priced under $100*. This list is not based simply on the price but I also took into account the reliability of the garbage disposal models included.

*Please note that the prices and warranties may vary over time.

Here is the list;

Product namePower
1. Waste King L-1111/3 HP
2. Moen GT33C1/3 HP
3. Whirlaway 1911/3 HP
4. InSinkErator Badger 11/3 HP
5. InSinkErator Badger 51/2 HP
6. Waste King L-10011/2 HP
7. Kuppet 1/2 HP1/2 HP
8. Waste King L-26001/2 HP
9. Moen GX50C1/2 HP
10. Moen GXP50C1/2 HP
11. Waste King 99201/2 HP
12. Waste King L-32003/4 HP
13. Kuppet 1 HP1 HP

As you can see in the above table there are four garbage disposal units with a power rating of 1/3 HP, seven are 1/2 HP, one model with 3/4 HP and another with one horsepower. This pretty much covers all power ranges in which garbage disposals are available.

Here is a quick overview of the above garbage disposals

1. Waste King L-111

Waste King L111

Highlights

  • Power – 1/3 HP
  • Speed – 1900 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – EZ
  • Warranty – 2-years

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Waste King L-111 is one of the cheapest garbage disposals suitable for a small household with one to two people. It is powered by a 1/3 horsepower permanent magnet motor that runs at 1900 RPM. Compared to other Waste King models this one’s motor is slow speed.

This is a compact unit with a height of 12.75 inches and a maximum width of 5.25 inches. It is a good choice for deep and farmhouse sinks.

The grinding components of Waste King L-111 are made of galvanized steel. Its grinding chamber is made of corrosion-resistant, high-quality plastic. This unit can grind all types of food wastes except bones, fibrous or hard food items. Here is a list of items you shouldn’t put inside a garbage disposal for your reference.

Waste King L-111 is a continuous feed type of garbage disposal where you can dispose of food wastes continuously. It uses an EZ mount for easy installation, and it comes with a pre-installed power cord which further makes its installation easier. Its splash guard is removable, which makes cleaning much easier. The unit is covered by a 2-year warranty.

2. Moen GT33C

Moen GT33C garbage disposal

Highlights

  • Power – 1/3 HP
  • Speed – 1900 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – 3-bolt
  • Warranty – 2-years

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Moen is part of the Waste King family. GT33C is one of their cheapest garbage disposals. It uses a 1/3 HP, permanent magnet type motor that runs at 1900 RPM. I am not sure if it is the same one in Waste King’s L-111 though.

This is a continuous feed type garbage disposal, and just like L-111 it comes with a removable splash guard and a removable but pre-fitted power cord. Unlike L-111 the GT33C uses a 3-bolt assembly for mounting. It also comes with a simple snap tool that makes its installation easier.

GT33C is a bit longer with 13.375 inches in height, and it is 5.375 inches in width. Since its height is above 13 inches it doesn’t fall into the category of compact garbage disposals.

In addition to the reset button, it also comes with an unjamming wrench. In case of a jam, you can unjam the disposal by moving its rotor to and fro with the help of this wrench. There is a hex hole at the bottom of the disposal unit to insert this unjamming wrench.

Moen GT33C uses galvanized steel grinding components and a corrosion-resistant grinding chamber. It comes with a 2-year warranty.

3. Whirlaway 191

Whirlaway 191

Highlights

  • Power – 1/3 HP
  • Speed – 1900 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – EZ Mount
  • Warranty – 2-years

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Whirlaway is also part of the Waste King family. Both brands are owned by the company Fortune Brands. Just like the other two garbage disposals mentioned above the Whirlaway 191 also comes with a 1/3 HP, 1900 RPM permanent magnet type motor. It is possible that all these three models are using the same motor but I am not sure.

Whirlaway 191 is a continuous feed type garbage disposal built with galvanized steel grinding components and a corrosion-resistant grinding chamber. With a height of 12.75 inches and a width of 5.25 inches, this is a compact unit suitable for deep sinks. It uses an EZ mount assembly for installation. It has a removable splash guard a reset button on its front-facing side.

Just like Waste King L-111 it has galvanized steel grinding components and a corrosion-resistant grinding chamber. This garbage disposal is covered under a 2-year limited warranty.

4. InSinkErator Badger 1

Badger 1

Highlights

  • Power – 1/3 HP
  • Speed – 1725 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – 3-bolt
  • Warranty – 1-years

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InSinkErator is a well-known brand in the USA for its reliable and advanced line of garbage disposals. Badger 1 is the cheapest garbage disposal by this company. It comes with a 1/3 horsepower induction motor that runs at 1725 RPM. This is a continuous feed type garbage disposal with galvanized steel construction and a space-saving compact design. The disposer measures 11.5 inches in height and around 6.5 inches in width.

Badger 1 uses a 3-bolt assembly for installation. It has a splash guard but it cannot be removed, so cleaning the underside of the splash guard can be a bit more difficult. It also doesn’t come with a power cord but this can be bought separately.

Badger 1 is covered under a 1-year ‘we come to your home’ warranty.

5. InSinkErator Badger 5

Badger 500 garbage disposal

Highlights

  • Power – 1/2 HP
  • Speed – 1725 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – 3-bolt
  • Warranty – 3-years

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Badger 5 is among the top sold garbage disposals by InSinkErator. It is powered by a 1/2 horsepower DuraDrive induction motor, and it is able to grind all garbage disposal friendly food wastes. Badger 5 is one of the most recommended garbage disposals for small households with 1-3 people.

Just like Badger 1, Badger 5 uses a 3-bolt assembly. Its grinding components are made of galvanized steel. It comes with a hex hole and a reset button on its bottom side. Its sink flange is made of Stainless Steel. Just like Badger 1, its splash guard is non-removable. It also doesn’t come with a power cord though you can optionally order it along with the product.

Badger 5 is covered under a 3-year we come to your home warranty.

6. Waste King L-1001

waste king L1001

Highlights

  • Power – 1/2 HP
  • Speed – 2600 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – EZ
  • Warranty – 2-years

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L-1001 is another popular product from Waste King. It comes with a 1/2 HP, 2600 RPM motor. Just like all other Waste King garbage disposals, the motor in this one too is permanent magnet type. But compared to all other garbage disposals mentioned above this one runs much faster. The extra speed helps to grind the food wastes to finer pieces. This avoids clogs in the pipes as well as jamming of the garbage disposal.

Quality-wise this garbage disposal unit is just like its competitions. Its grinding components are made of galvanized steel which is not as good as stainless steel but still durable. The grinding chamber is made of Corrosion-resistant polymer which is standard across all Waste King models. Even though this material is basically high-quality plastic, all Waste King disposals are proven to run for years, so there is no room for doubt about its quality.

L-1001 also comes with an EZ mounting assembly and an easily removable splash guard. The unit is compact with measurements of 12.75 inches in height and 5.25 inches in width; exactly the same dimensions of Waste King L-111.

This garbage disposal is covered under a 2-year limited warranty.

7. Kuppet 1/2 HP

Kuppet garbage disposal

Highlights

  • Power – 1/2 HP
  • Speed – 1700 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – 3-bolt
  • Warranty – 3-years
  • Quiet operation
  • 3-stage grinding

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This Kuppet 1/2 HP garbage disposal comes with features that are only seen in premium products. It uses a multi-stage grinding technology similar to those seen only in InSinkErator Evolution series garbage disposals. This 3-stage grinding cuts the food wastes into very fine pieces. This allows the Kuppet garbage disposal to grind fibrous food items like celery as well. The problem with fibrous food wastes is that the fibers will accumulate and clog the pipes. But with this 3-stage grinding system, these fibrous materials are cut into very small pieces so they won’t bind together or form clogs.

This garbage disposal also comes with noise insulation to reduce running noise. The other garbage disposals in this list are noisy, they sound almost as much like a lawnmower. But the Kupet garbage disposal is less noisy.

The other features and specifications of this garbage disposal are similar to the rest. It uses a 3-bolt assembly for mounting. Its grinding components are Stainless steel, and it has a high-quality plastic grinding chamber. It comes with a non-removable splash guard.

For unjamming the disposal unit there is a reset button and a hex hole that is directly connected to the motor. In addition to all these features, the Kuppet garbage disposal is compact in size with a height of 12.2 inches.

It comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

8. Waste King L-2600

l-2600

Highlights

  • Power – 1/2 HP
  • Speed – 2600 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – EZ
  • Warranty – 5-years

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L-2600 is another top-rated garbage disposal from Waste King. It is powered by the same 1/2 HP motor as in the L-1001. This is a continuous feed type machine with an EZ mounting assembly, removable splash guard and a stainless steel finish sink flange. Please note that its sink flange is not made of stainless steel, it is made of plastic with a stainless steel finish, just like in other Waste King products.

In terms of build quality, the L-2600 is a step above the other Waste King disposals listed before. It has Stainless Steel grinding components. However, the grinding chamber is made of the same corrosion-resistant plastic.

L-2600 comes with a 36-inch power cord. It is covered under a 5-year limited warranty.

9. Moen GX50C

Highlights

  • Power – 1/2 HP
  • Speed – 2600 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – 3-bolt
  • Warranty – 4-years
  • Noise insulation

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I think GX50C is the most sold garbage disposal by Moen due to its low price but premium-level features. It comes with good noise insulation, a technology that Moen touts as SoundSHIELD is used to insulate the motor housing and other parts of this garbage disposal. It is 40% less noisy than other models.

In terms of power, the GX50C is very similar to Waste King L-2600. It sports a 1/2 horsepower, high speed, permanent magnet type motor which generates ample torque to grind garbage disposal friendly food wastes. It uses a 3-bolt assembly for mounting, but its splash guard is removable. To make the installation easier it comes with a preinstalled but removable power cord.

In terms of bull quality; the grinding components of Moen GX50C are made of Stainless Steel, and its grinding chamber is high-quality plastic. The unit comes with a 4-year limited warranty.

10. Moen GXP50C

GXP50C

Highlights

  • Power – 1/2 HP
  • Speed – 2600 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – 3-bolt
  • Warranty – 3-years

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Though GX50C and GXP50C look different, when it comes to features and specifications these two models are very similar. The GXP50C uses the same 1/2 HP motor as the GX50C. It also uses the same 3-bolt mounting assembly, and it is also a continuous feed type of garbage disposal.

But unlike the GX50X this garbage disposal doesn’t come with any noise insulation. It is a step behind the former in terms of build quality as well; its grinding components are made of Galvanized steel. However, for both models, the grinding chambers are made of high-quality polymer.

GXP50C also comes with a removable power cord, and a removable splash guard. It is covered under a 3-year limited warranty.

11. Waste King 9920

Waste King 9910 garbage disposal

Highlights

  • Power – 1/2 HP
  • Speed – 2600 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – 3-bolt
  • Warranty – 2-years

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Unlike the other Waste King garbage disposals in this list, the 9920 comes with a 3-bolt mounting assembly. It also follows a different shape when compared to other Waste King models.

It is powered by a 1/2 HP motor which we saw in two other Waste King models before. This continuous feed type disposal uses galvanized steel grinding components and a corrosion-resistant grinding chamber. In terms of build quality, it is on par with the L-1001 garbage disposal.

Just like all other Waste King models, it comes with a removable splash guard, and also a preinstalled power cord.

The unit is covered under a 2-year limited warranty.

12. Waste King L-3200

Waste King 3200 disposal

Highlights

  • Power – 3/4 HP
  • Speed – 2700 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – EZ
  • Warranty – 8-years

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Waste King L-3200 is the cheapest garbage disposal with a power rating of 3/4 horsepower. This continuous feed type machine runs at a speed of 2700 RPM. The higher speed makes sure that all the food wastes are ground quickly and thus reducing any chances of jamming.

Waste King L-3200 is ahead of the competition not only in its power rating but also in the build quality as well. Its grinding components are made of Stainless steel which is sure to last long. The grinding chamber is, just like other Waste King models, made of high quality, corrosion-resistant plastic.

It uses an EZ assembly for mounting, it comes with a removable splash guard, and also a preinstalled power cord.

The L-3200 also comes with a certain level of insulation to reduce noise. In addition, it has the longest warranty, of 8-years, among all other garbage disposals in this list.

It is safe to say that Waste King L-3200 is a garbage disposal worth every penny.

13. Kuppet 1 HP

Highlights

  • Power – 1 HP
  • Speed – 2600 RPM
  • Feed type – continuous
  • Mount – 3-bolt
  • 3-stage grinding
  • noise insulation

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This is the most powerful garbage disposal in this list, it has a power rating of 1 HP. This is a continuous feed type machine that runs at 2600 RPM.

The features of this unit are very similar to the aforementioned Kuppet 1/2 HP model. It comes with a multi-stage grinding system where the food wastes undergo three stages of grinding. This 3-stage grinding helps to reduce the food wastes to small particles and thus prevents any clogs and jams. This also helps to process fibrous food items.

The unit is also much quieter than normal garbage disposals thanks to the layers of noise insulators it uses. Also, the 3-bolt assembly helps to reduce vibrations to some extent. This garbage disposal unit uses stainless steel grinding components to give it longevity.

If you are looking for a cheap 1 HP garbage disposal this is the only option.

Things to look for when buying a cheap garbage disposal

Build quality

The main thing compromised in cheap products is their build quality. To reduce cost most cheap garbage disposals are made of cheap materials. The longevity of a garbage disposal depends on the quality of its grinding components and grinding chamber. Grinding components made of stainless steel lasts longer than those made of galvanized steel, and there are a few models given above which has stainless steel grinding components, so they are a good option. As for the grinding chamber, the plastic chamber is proven to withstand corrosion, so no worries there.

Warranty

Longer warranties are an indication of better quality and longer life. No manufacture will give a long warranty for their products if they are likely to run into problems. But before you buy, make sure to go through the terms and conditions of the warranties, because some warranties also cover the installation, repair charges while some others do not. Often the labor charges exceed the cost of the garbage disposal unit, so this is an important thing to look for while buying.

Quietness

Cheap garbage disposals do not come with any noise insulation to reduce costs. But some models do have them. I won’t say noise would be a major issue since you are going to run a garbage disposal for like 2 minutes but for some people it is important. However, it is hard to believe that good noise insulation can be implemented in cheap garbage disposals so please put reliability first.

Grinding power

There are many cheap 1/3 and 1/2 HP garbage disposals but only one model each for 3/4 and 1 HP. If you want more grinding power definitely go for a 3/4 or 1 HP model.

Charles John

A few years back I bought a garbage disposal for the first time in my life. And the buying experience wasn't good. There were lots of models in the market, and I was not sure about which one to buy. They all looked the same to me. So once I went through the experience I started this blog to randomly write things about garbage disposals. Then I got really interested in the subject and started to write comparisons of very similar garbage disposals with each other. A lot of my readers find them very useful in making the right buying choice. I hope it helps you too.

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