Reviews for Waste King Legend Series 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal with Power Cord - (L-2600)
People say Waste King is really similar to Insinkerator.
I Never Knew I Could Be So Excited about a Garbage Disposal
It may sound lame, but I'm going to go ahead and say it: This Thing Rocks! I don't know when I turned into an old man and got excited about things like garbage disposals, but apparently it happened. Let's set the stage: - I have an old, Kenmore 1/2 horsepower garbage disposal. - It is louder than a 747 taking off in my kitchen. - It grinds food about as well as throwing it in a bowl and trying to mash it up with a spoon. - It occasionally leaks around the gasket. After fielding multiple calls from my wife about how to clean up or unclog the disposal and hearing from my daughter that she's afraid of it because it's so loud, I finally realized it was time to replace it. My research took me through Kenmore, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, InSinkerator, you know...the usual suspects. When I started looking at the prices and comparing features at my local orange home improvement store, I started looking on Amazon. On Amazon, Waste King floated to the top. The reviews are incredible and they seem to offer a superior product for a better price and all with a better warranty. I decided to give things a try and replace my existing 1/2 HP disposal with the Waste King 2600 1/2 HP. I couldn't be more please. Everything arrive quickly (as expected from Amazon) and in great condition. All necessary parts were included. The only modifications I made were to remove the pre-wired cord and connect my BX wire from the previous disposal. I went back and forth on whether to get the EZ Mount or a stan... Read More
A better alternative to the ISE Badger 5
I have installed dozens of Insinkerator Badger 5 garbage disposals (1/2 HP), and my customers were happy with the price and performance. However, within the past year, several of the disposals have developed leaks in the grinding chamber causing water to enter the electrical compartment. I switched to Waste King based on Consumer Reports ratings, and now recommend them exclusively to my customers. The L-2600 is a perfect choice if price is an issue. If not, I recommend the L-8000 (1 HP) model that has a lifetime, in-home warranty. Both disposals have removable splashguards and come with a lifetime corrosion warranty. Waste King disposals are actually easier to install than Insinkerator if you read the instructions carefully. They do make a different sound when running. Some customers find them louder while others find them quieter. Amazon has the best prices for Waste King disposals. Update: I installed an L2600 disposal yesterday, 3/6/19, and noticed the EZ Mount flange was plain stainless steel without the Waste King etched logo on it. I called Waste King, and they said a design change had been made to their flanges that are now brushed stainless. The in-home warranty is still 5 years, and Amazon’s current price of $67.19 is very cheap for this fine product.
Great garbage disposal, super easy installation!
This garbage disposal is super easy to install! When my InSinkErator Badger 5 got totally rusted in less than 2 yrs (my husband installed it at that time), I saw this one on sale and decided to give a try. Now I am super glad I did since it was almost half the price (with the sale) and the installation was breeze. First, all the pieces were connected when the product was shipped, and I thought some of the parts were missing so I called the customer service. The customer service was very prompt, and the representative sent the part in free of charge very next day without thousands of questions. How nice! Also, at that time I found out waste king was part of Moen, even better! Anyway, with superior customer service, I finally installed it and I just couldn't believe how easy it was compared to InSinkErator Badger 5. Waste King's EZ mount system is fool proof for real. I you read through the instruction as it recommends, then you are good to go. One down side of this garbage disposal is it comes with the plug in cord. So if you don't have an outlet under the sink, you either have to create one or have to cut the cord and do hardwire it. I really wanted to make an outlet under the sink, but I was not handy so I just cut the cord and hard wired it. It is working beautifully and I think the noise level is almost same or slightly less than InSinkErator Badger 5. I have been using it for few months now, and really there is no complaint!
Works great, much quieter than old insinkerator
I used to have an old insinkerator badger 5 disposal and after I had backsplash installed some of the grout must have gotten in there and it stopped working. The handyman tried to fix it, and did, but ended up breaking something else because it started leaking. Rather than spending over $100 to have a plumber come out and trying to resolve the issue, I decided to just buy a new one after seeing the prices and ratings of WasteKing. I hired another handyman and he was able to remove the old, install the new disposal and hardwire it so it would work with my wall switch. All was done in less than an hour. The new disposal runs much quieter and I was worried it wouldn’t be “strong” enough because the old one seemed a lot more aggressive but this is not the case. Same power, just quieter. It’s also smaller so it freed up some under the sink space. Anyway, if your disposal starts leaking or stops working, don’t waste your money on a plumber, just get a new disposal - for that price, you really can’t go wrong. Kinda love my new disposal 🙂
Quiet, reliable, and won't die of rust
I had to replace a Badger 5, which rusted and seized up. This is my second Waste King. The first one also replacing a Badger 5 under another sink and 3 years later it is still working great. So when the need arose I bought this brand again. Unlike the Badger 5, the Waste King does not use components that can rust and seize up. Our water apparently eats Badger 5s for lunch as I've had to replace a lot of them before I found Waste King. The install was very easy. The only hard part was getting the old Insinkerator mount off, as it's not compatible. One other benefit - this disposal has an actual power cord that plugs into an outlet. This is much better than the Badger which required hard wiring to the inside of the unit. As a result, if the Waste King has to be removed it's a lot easier. The directions are on the box itself and very clear. Assuming you have a dishwasher, don't forget to pop out the plastic piece that blocks the dishwasher waste inlet.
Reviews Need Reviews...lol.
When reading Amazon reviews you have to first determine how smooth the reviewer's brain is. This has a proprietary mounting system. Use it and you'll be fine. Mine had a brushed stainless drain finisher with no branding stamped into it. Plenty attractive to throw mushed food scraps into. The discharge hose is a standard flange type. No, your threaded Insinkerator hose won't fit and you'll have to replace it with a $3 part. Why would you leave a bad review over that? Why not stroll over to Insinkerator and leave them a bad review for using that threaded nonsense? So far, it works, it sounds good, and it saves some money over the box store brands. My only complaint is that it doesn't have an allen key slot or similar to unstick it but that isn't insurmountable.
Best thing going in disposals -- I'm a convert!
Waste King is definitely the best thing going in disposals these days. I'm now a convert from InSinkErator, and will likely always be moving forward with future disposal replacements. The InSinkErator mounting system is an archaic design and ridiculously difficult to install because you're working in a confined space under a sink. The Waste King EZ mount is just that -- easy. It's literally one big screw ring to install the sink flange. It takes like 5 seconds and it's really easy to get it seated correctly and tightened. With the InSinkErator mount you're having to deal with three different screws, a snap binding ring, multiple brackets, etc. Because I have a stainless steel sink, the Waste King disposal didn't even require plumber's putty for the flange. Also, the metal mount ring on the Waste King only had two points of contact to worry about rather than three on the InSinkErator, which makes it so much easier to lift the disposal and properly tighten the mount ring. You don't have to use a screw driver to pry/force the mount ring around to tighten it, etc. It's just a MUCH better design and installation process. It literally took me 4x as long to remove the old InSinkErator (especially the mount) as it did to do the entire Waste King disposal install. The Waste King is much quieter than my InSinkErator Badger 5, it came with a pre-installed power cord, it has a 5-year rather than 2-year warranty, it has stainless steel internals (rather than galvanized), and it was $40 ... Read More
The Waste King price was already low
I was already looking at this disposal unit when my Insinkerator unit rusted through, but I hadn't made a decision to go with this Wast King unit or another ISE unit. The Waste King price was already low, but when it went on sale for about 50% off, I decided to give it a shot. Installation was a breeze. Maybe this was because I read through the instructions, maybe it was because I had already been doing research by reading other reviews and watching youtube videos. In any case, I had no problems whatsoever with the installation. After removing my old rusted out unit, the new Waste King went in with about a half-hour's worth of effort, with no leaks afterwards. The E-Z installation is really simple to work with, and it helps that this unit is really light as well. I like that it comes with everything it needs for installation, and that it does not require plumber's putty for a stainless sink. The unit itself is shrouded in plastic rather than metal, which is probably why it's not as heavy as other types. It does seem to operate a lot quieter than my old one, even though it's more powerful. My only gripe at this point is with the chrome sink flange. It looks really nice at installation, but the flange is plastic - it's going to get beaten up and scratched. I lightly dragged a knife across it before installing just to see how durable it was - it's not. The chrome finish scratches very easily. I can't help but feel that a brushed stainless steel finish would have been better.
Bought from Amazon and installed it 8-years ago
Amazon reminded me I never wrote a review for this Waste King that I bought and installed over 8-years ago. I bought it to replace the InSinkErator Badger 5 that came in my house built in 2000. The Badger 5 cracked and leaked water regularly for awhile. After learning that's a common problem with InSinkErator, I decided to try a completely different brand and bought this from Amazon due to its good reviews. It was easy to install with the supplied instructions. It's still going strong over 8-years later and sees daily use. It has already outlived the length of its warranty. 8-years later, the only complaint I might have is a very minor one: the rubber splash guard won't stay in place. It's still in good shape, just pops out easily. It should be easy enough to just silicone it in, if I were so inclined. Performance-wise, it does the job, and is much quieter than the InSinkErator was. Would buy again, though I doubt I will need to unless I move to a new house and need to replace another InSinkErator.
I really like these Waste King disposals
I've had Insinkerator in the past, because they are sold at the big box home improvement stores. The teeth are stainless, but the spin plate and housing were iron and eventually rust and hold stinky smell. The Waste King are truely stainless teeth, spin plate and housing. I've had mine for a few years now. I recently replaced my mother-in-law's rusty Insinkerator after a chunk of rust broke off and jammed the teeth against the housing. I told her "time for a Waste King".