Garbage disposal units run on very heavy-duty motors because they have to grind a lot of waste such as bones. As such, they can produce a lot of noise during the grinding process. We all know how annoying this could get, and it is worse if you have an open kitchen design or a small house. For this reason, many people demand that their units must be quiet, to facilitate a convenient disposal process. In addition, they need them to be powerful and durable so as to last many years of tough food grinding.
We are no different and for this reason, we have prepared a list of 6 quietest garbage disposal units in the market, with varying features and specification, to accommodate anyone looking into getting one of these bad boys. However, before proceeding there are a number of things to look for in a quiet garbage disposal:
At 1hp, the Waste King L-8000 is one of the most powerful units on this list. It features a 1 horsepower motor that spins at 2800 RPM allowing you to grind through any waste quickly and effortlessly. It also features a continuous feed disposal system making the process even faster. Despite its huge power rating, the Waste King L-8000 manages to remain energy-efficient. In order to be quiet, this unit has insulation that prevents any noise from filling the kitchen during operation.
This unit uses stainless steel internal construction, which allows it to grind even the toughest of foodstuff. Because of its immense power, it features a splash guard, to prevent debris from hitting anyone standing next to the unit during operation. The Waste King L-800 disposal unit has a manual reset button, which acts as a safety feature, and it will shut the unit off, should there be an overload or jam.
Waste King ships the L-8000 Garbage Disposal unit with a pre-installed power cord, that allows almost anyone to be able to install the unit. It also features Waste King’s EZ Mount twist-and-lock mounting system, for a fast and easy install under your kitchen sink. If your house has a septic system, Waste King made sure their garbage Disposals are safe to use with septic tanks. This quiet garbage disposal comes in at 8.5 x 8.5 x 16 inches in dimensions and weighs 11.94 pounds. The manufacturer generously includes a 20 Year Protection Limited warranty, to give you the peace of mind.
InSinkErator’s Badger-5XP- is one of the most loved garbage disposal units in the market. if affordability is what you are after, there’s no better choice than the Badger 5XP food disposal system. It manages to be strong and quiet while remaining pocket friendly. This unit features InSinkErator’s exclusive 3/4 hp Dura-Drive Induction Motor constructed from long-lasting galvanized steel components for a dependable grind every day.
The unit features great insulation, that allows it to be quiet during operation. The motor design also considered operational noise levels and was designed to minimize it during grinding. This allows for a smooth and pleasant experience while dealing with your food waste. The unit also does not vibrate the sink, which can be another source of annoying noise caused by other waste disposal systems.
The Badger-5XP is easy to install thanks to the Quick Lock sealing mechanism. This makes it as simple as twisting off and on an old unit and locking a new one if you already have this system on your sink. Sadly, the unit does not come with an extra power cord among its accessories. This would have greatly added to its value proposition, but it’s not the end of the world. it comes with a 3-year in-home warranty for parts and service which is not the best compared to other units on the list. Nevertheless, the unit is compact at just 6.3 x 12.6 x 6.3 inches in dimensions and 15.1 pounds in weight. The Badger-5XP is reliable and will be a great option for your kitchen.
The Waste King L-2600 is another great quiet disposal unit available. It features a HIGH-SPEED permanent magnet 1/2 HP MOTOR that spins at 2600 RPM motor allowing the unit to jam way less than its competitors. The unit is also very durable as it features stainless steel grind components that will not corrode or break through its years of operation. It is also very Compact and lightweight making it possible to install in space limited kitchens or tiny houses. The unit is equipped with the CONTINUOUS FEED DISPOSAL system, which when activated by a wall switch, allows you to quickly grind food waste continuously while it runs.
The Waste King L-2600 is very easy to install and clean: the unit features the EZ Mount twist-and-lock design, that makes for a quick and easy installation, while the removable splash guard allows for easy cleaning while also protecting those standing next to the unit. Pre-installed power cord also makes installing the unit a breeze as there is no electrical work required. Waste king engineers their products to be compatible with septic systems and the L-2600 is no different. The unit has a manual reset button that will shut the garbage disposal unit off in the case of an overload or jam.
The manufactures include a 5-year Limited Warranty with the product, giving you that much needed peace of mind that should anything go wrong, you will be covered. The unit comes in at 6.75 x 6.75 x 13.5 inches in dimensions and weighs 7.8 pounds.
The Moen GXL1000C GX Series 1 hp is one of the quietest and powerful garbage disposal units on the market. This is difficult to achieve because most powerful grinding motors will be inherently loud. However, thanks to the sound shield engineered into the product, the Moen GXL1000C GX Series 1 hp is able to have the best of both worlds. The SoundShield technology completely eliminates any sound coming from the unit, making it very silent and enjoyable while in use. This unit features a 1Hp Vortex motor which is magnetic and operates at 2800RPM (one of the highest currently). This not only allows it to shred food quickly, but also reduces jamming on the unit.
The GXL1000C GX Series features Continuous Feed technology, which allows you to Continuous grinding and breaks down everyday kitchen scraps. Coupled with the powerful motor, you can go through a lot of waste fast. The unit comes out of the box with a pre-installed power cord, making the installation very easy. It is coupled to your sink through their Universal Xpress Mount. This design allows this quiet garbage disposal unit to be installed on most existing 3-bolt mounting assemblies. It comes in at 16 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches in dimensions and weighs only 13 pounds. Moen generously includes a 10-year warranty with the product, which should give you the peace of mind and confidence in the product. It is a bit on the expensive side, but it will be worth your while.
InSinkErator’s Evolution Compact, 3/4 HP garbage disposal unit is quiet but very powerful: This unit features SoundSeal Technology from InSinkErator that makes the unit one of the quietest during operation. This innovative food waste disposal system also has a long lasting 3/4 hp Dura-Drive Induction Motor featuring 2-Stage Multigrind Technology, that will allow you to handle even the toughest of food scraps. The motor is also designed to operate quietly which is another reason that makes it very quiet.
The Evolution Compact is constructed out of stainless-steel components and features a LeakGuard Liner that gives it the highest durability possible. This is because there will be no corrosion to eat into the metal. The design is also very compact and would be Perfect for small households or houses with restricted cabinet space.
The evolution compact also features InSinkErator’s Quick Lock mount system. Quick Lock is compatible with all InSinkErator models and will allow you to easily and quickly change the unit with an older model. All you have to do is Simply twist off the old one and twist on the new. Generously, the company gives the unit an 8-Year ‘We Come to You In-Home Service’ Warranty which is very convenient in case anything goes wrong with the unit. the unit comes in at 8 x 8 x 12.12 inches in dimension and weighs 19.45 pounds. All in all, this company is known for being the best in garbage disposal systems and you are guaranteed a great buying and use experience.
The WasteMaid 1-1/4 HP Garbage Disposal is the most powerful unit on this list but also very quiet. The unit features a PERMANENT MAGNET MOTOR rated at 1-1/4 HP horsepower 2700 RPM allowing it to grind anything you throw at it thanks to the TORQUE MASTER GRINDING SYSTEM. The magnet motor has an anti-jam stainless steel impeller that prevents it from jamming, while remaining extremely durable. This is very important as this unit features Continuous feed technology, that allows you to continuously add food into the disposal even while it is running. The impellers also help to drastically reduce vibration, making the unit operate quietly.
Waste Maid 1-1/4 HP features their SILVER GUARD technology, which is a powerful magnet system that helps to catch cutlery and any other metal objects if they accidentally fall into the garbage disposal system. This prevents them from damaging the unit. It is also the only unit on this list that features such a safety technology, making it very premium.
Another innovative technology on this quiet garbage disposal is ‘BIO SHIELD’. Waste maid engineered a unique agent that is molded onto the wet areas in the garbage disposer to eliminate bacteria-caused odors.in addition, it will also inhibit the growth of different microorganisms in the system. The WasteMaid 1-1/4 HP Garbage Disposal is very EASY to MOUNT, thanks to the Standard 3-Bolt mounting system. CLEANING the unit is also a breeze courtesy of the Removable rubber splash guard baffle. It comes with a 3 feet long attached power cord, allowing anyone to install this unit with ease. The unit comes in at 11"W x 11"D x 19"H inches in dimensions and comes included with a 10-year manufacturer warranty.
You cannot go wrong with any of the units on this list. If you have a family with children, look into safety factors such as scatter shields to protect them in case of anything. If you are a heavy user, consider getting one with high HP ratings and high motor speeds. If you have a small kitchen, or cabinet with minimal space, consider getting the compact units on the list. If you want peace of mind, get the one with the longest warranty period. all of them are great units, all that matters are your intended use case.