Waste King 9910 vs L-111 vs Badger 1 – Which is a better garbage disposal?

Both 9910, as well as L-111, are garbage disposals by the popular brand Waste King. The Badger 1 is a popular model by InSinkErator, Waste King’s main competitor.

These three disposal units have many things in common, and they also have some differences. One main similarity between these models is that they all have 1/3 horsepower. This makes it difficult for many people to choose between these models; they all have the same grinding power, and so many similar features so how do we know which one is better?

This article, a comparison between Waste King 9910, L-111 and Badger 1 is to address this dilemma. Here I am going to list the similarities as well as differences between these three models.

Waste King 9910 garbage disposal

Waste King 9910

  • 1/3 horsepower
  • 1900 RPM
  • Permanent magnet motor
  • 2-year limited warranty
  • 3-bolt mount
  • Continuous feed type
  • No sound insulation
  • preinstalled power cord
  • Stainless steel sink flange
  • Non-removable splash guard
  • Galvanized steel grinding components
  • Corrosion-resistant polymer grinding chamber
  • Reset button
  • No hex hole
  • 13.5″x7.75″ size
Waste King L111

Waste King L-111

  • 1/3 horsepower
  • 1900 RPM
  • Permanent magnet motor
  • 2-year limited warranty
  • EZ mount
  • Continuous feed type
  • No sound insulation
  • preinstalled power cord
  • Reinforced polymer sink flange
  • Removable splash guard
  • Galvanized steel grinding components
  • Corrosion-resistant polymer grinding chamber
  • Reset button
  • No hex hole
  • 12.75″x5.25″ size

Badger 1

  • 1/3 horsepower
  • 1725 RPM
  • Induction motor
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 3-bolt mount
  • Continuous feed type
  • No sound insulation
  • Available with or without power cord
  • Stainless steel sink flange
  • Non-removable splash guard
  • Galvanized steel grinding components
  • Galvanized steel grinding chamber
  • Reset button
  • Hex hole at the bottom
  • 11.5″x6-5/16″ size

Waste King 9910 vs L-111 vs Badger 1 – A Detailed Comparison

If I were comparing just two models there would be a lot of similarities but since there are 3 disposal models the number of similarities between all the three is very few.

One thing the Waste King 9910, L-111 and Badger 5 have in common is the grinding power. All of them are powered by a 1/3 horsepower motor. But other than the power rating everything else between their motors is different. The models 9910 and L-111 since they are of the same brand, shares the same motor. It is a permanent magnet type motor that runs at 1900 RPM. But for Badger 1 it is a DuraDrive induction motor that runs 1725 RPM, a bit slower than the former.

In terms of the warranty, both the Waste King models have a 2-year limited warranty. However, the Badger 1 disposer is covered only under a 1-year warranty.

Another similarity between the 9910 and Badger 1 model is the mounting assembly. Both models use a 3-bolt assembly. But, these 3-bolt mounts are not compatible with each other. The L-111, on the other hand, uses an EZ mount; a twist and lock mount by Waste King. All 3-bolt assemblies come with Stainless Steel sink flanges. So both 9910 and Badger 1 has it. But for the L-111 it is a reinforced polymer flange, which is not as good as a stainless steel one in quality or looks.

One of the cons of having a 3-bolt mount is that the disposal splash guard is non-removable. This makes it difficult to clean the splash guards. Both 9910 and Badger 5 comes with non-removable splash guard. But for the L111, thanks to the EZ Mount, the splash guard is removable.

All of these models are continuous feed type. Being the least powered models they don’t have any noise insulations either.

One thing I like about Waste King disposals is that they all come with preinstalled power cords. Both 9910 and L111 models have these. For the Badger 1 disposer, you can opt to have a pre-installed power cord.

When it comes to build-quality the Badger 1 is a step ahead. The grinding components of all three units are made of galvanized steel. But the grinding chamber of the Waste King disposers is made of high-quality plastic whereas that of Badger 1 is galvanized steel.

All three models come with reset buttons. For the Waste King models they are on the front-facing side but for Badger 1 the button is at the bottom. Badger 1 also comes with a hex hole where you can insert an Allen wrench to unclog it if that problem ever arise.

Conclusion – Which is the best of these three?

It is definitely not easy to say which is better among Waste King 9910, L-111 and InSinkErator Badger 1. They are all very similar. But based on the number of customer reviews on the web I think the L-111 is a slightly better model especially since it has a 1-year more warranty than the Badger 1. I will say L-111 > Badger 1 > 9910.

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