Product Review

Waste King L-1001 Garbage Disposal Review

by Holly Curell

A high-quality garbage disposal is going to be one of the best options for your home. Choosing one that is able to take a good beating and last a long time will help.  

Waste King Legend 1001 is one of the best options for anyone to choose. Please take a look at our Waste King 1001 reviews to see why this is such a good option.  

The Good 
  • Quiet and does not make a lot of noise 
  • Good value for the money 
  • High-speed motor to last 
  • Splash guard removal to help keep clean 
  • EZ mounting capabilities 
The Bad 
  • Does not work for large families 
  • More expensive than other options 
  • Compatibility is hard in some sinks 

Unique Features of The Waste King Legend 1001 

Waste King L-1001

There are a lot of unique features that come with the Waste King Legend 1001, which is what makes it such a great option for many homeowners to choose. Some of the benefits include: 

High Build Quality 

This garbage disposal is meant to last. The high speed motors will chop through food in no time, and the grinding components are made out of stainless steel, so you know that they will last. Add in the EZ mounting, the splash guard removal, and the strong grinding chamber, and this is an excellent choice for your home.  

Quiet 

Some garbage disposals are loud and can wake up the whole house. This is not true with the Waste King Legend 1001. This unit is quiet enough that you can enjoy it all the time, without having the loud noise.  

Waste King L-1001 build quality

Small and Compact 

This garbage disposal will not take up a lot of room or ruin some of the space in your sink. It is easy to install and packs a powerful punch for such a small item on your list. It is even suitable for smaller apartments.   

Value for the Money 

This is a great product to choose if you want good value for the money. The cost is a bit higher than other garbage disposals, but it can last a long time and will not need to be repaired all the time, which can save you down the road.  

Good for Singles or Couples 

This device may not be able to handle the heavy use of larger families, but it is perfect for singles and couples who do not want to waste their time when it comes to cleaning the kitchen.  


Waste King 1001 Garbage Disposal 

Waste King 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal with Power...
  • HIGH-SPEED MOTOR: The garbage disposal has a...
  • EASY INSTALLATION AND CLEANING: EZ Mount for...
  • NO ELECTRICAL EXPERTISE NEEDED: Pre-installed...
  • DURABILITY: Compact and lightweight garbage...

There is a lot to love about this garbage disposal. The high-speed motor will make sure that it can chop up any food that you send down the drain, without all of the hassles along the way. We really enjoyed the EZ mount that made it easier for us to install the garbage disposal on our own instead of having to call in the professionals. The pre-installed power cord also helps to prevent any need for electrical work to get it to start. Following all of the steps accordingly, we were able to install the new garbage disposal in about 15 minutes! 

Once the garbage disposal is installed, it will be nice and quiet. If there is any noise in the home, you may not even be able to hear it, which is a nice addition to this option that you can't find with other garbage disposals. And the splash guard will make it easy to clean out the disposal before anything gets stuck.  

Waste King L-1001 button

This garbage disposal is lightweight and compact, which will save some space under the sink, especially if only a few people need to use it at a time.

The continuous feed disposal, which you can activate by a switch on the wall, will help to grind up food while you have it running. And with a 2-year limited warranty, you know this one will last.  

The biggest issue that we found with this garbage disposal is that it is not designed for heavy use, like large families would do to it.

This one does best with smaller families, especially for individuals and couples. If you need to handle waste for a big family, then you need a more powerful motor.  

This garbage disposal is lightweight and compact, which will save some space under the sink, especially if only a few people need to use it at a time. The continuous feed disposal, which you can activate by a switch on the wall, will help to grind up food while you have it running. And with a 2-year limited warranty, you know this one will last.  

The biggest issue that we found with this garbage disposal is that it is not designed for heavy use, like large families would do to it. This one does best with smaller families, especially for individuals and couples. If you need to handle waste for a big family, then you need a more powerful motor.  

This small and compact garbage disposal is going to help take care of your disposing needs and will ensure that your kitchen stays clean.  

Specifications 

Horsepower 

½ HP 

Motor 

2600 RPM

Dimensions 

5.25 by 5.25 by 1275 inches 

Grind Chamber Capacity 

27.3 Oz 

Dishwasher Drain Connection 

Yes 

Warranty 

 2 years 


Comparing The Waste King Legend 1001 With The 2600 & 111 Models

Waste King 1001 Vs. 2600 

The main difference between these two is their sizes. The Waste King 1001 will be a little smaller than the 2600. This helps it fit into the sink a little better, but it may not be strong enough to handle some of the work families need. The power of the 2600 will be slightly more than the 1001 due to the size, but both bring in a good punch, each with a 1/2HP motor. The 2600 may be better for families.  

Waste King 1001 vs. 111 

These both are from the same company and have the same method of working through the food. However, the 111 will not have the same strength or RPM as the 1001 model. The 1001 is much bigger and is able to run at ½ HP compared to the 1/3 HP of the 111. The RPMs will be faster too, helping it be more efficient at chopping up the food.  


Comparing Waste King with Other Branded Garbage Disposals 

Waste King 1001 Vs. InSinkErator Badger 5 

The Waste King 1001 is smaller than the InSinkErator Badger 5. The latter is 7 by 13 inches, which allows it a chance to handle more work, but will take up more room in the sink. They both have a lot of power, but the Waste King 1001 is a little more expensive for homeowners to choose from.  

Waste King 1001 Vs. InSinkErator Badger 1 

Both of these products are good, but the Waste King 1001 is the better option. The InSinkErator Badger 1 has some problems with their components and the noise that they make. This disposal is made out of galvanized steel components, which run the risk of rusting compared to the Waste King 1001. The competition is also much louder than the Waste King, which is a big drawback.  

Waste King 1001 Vs. Moen GX50C 

Moen GX50C Disposer Prep Series 1/2 HP...
  • POWERFUL GRINDING: 2,600 RPM, ½ horsepower...
  • SIMPLE SWAP: Fits most existing assemblies,...
  • NOISE REDUCTION: Designed with SoundSHIELD...
  • SEPTIC SAFE: The half-horsepower garbage...

For this comparison, the Moen brand is sometimes seen as the better option. It is safe for septic use and reduces the noise while also providing a 5-year warranty compared to the 2 years of the Waste King choice. They both have a lot of features that are similar and fit nicely into a small sink for couples and individuals.  


People Also Ask (FAQs)

What do I do if my Waste King 1001 is jammed? 

Turn off the power to your unit and then check whether there is an item stuck inside. Remove it completely before turning the power back on to your device and using it again.  

Why does my Legend 1001 have a humming sound? 

If you have checked to see that the garbage disposal is turned off, there may be something wrong with the electrical components of the unit. Have an electrician take a look to make sure that there is nothing wrong.  

Where is the Waste King Legend 1001 reset button? 

The reset button is going to be found directly under the unit.  

Where can I buy the Waste King 1001 for a good price? 

There are several places where you can purchase this garbage disposal for a reasonable price. Amazon frequently has some deals that you can choose from, or you can buy right from the Waste King site.  


Conclusion

When you are looking for a compact garbage disposal that will last a long time and can get the work done, then the Waste King 1001 is one of the best to choose.  

Holly Curell is the editor extraordinaire for Plumbing Lab. Having grown up in Michigan, Holly has spent time living in New York, Virginia, & currently North Carolina, where she lives with her husband & family. Holly loves DIY & has years of experience with at-home plumbing problems that arise from having 3 kids & living in colder climates. When she's not writing about her plumbing knowledge, Holly enjoys reading, hiking & relaxing with family.

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