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Waste King L3200 3/4 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Side-by-Side Comparison

Waste King Legend Series L3200 3/4 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: The strong isn’t always the one with the most power.

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Waste King L3200 3/4 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

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The Waste King L3200 3/4 HP and the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP are similar in a lot of ways. They both run on permanent magnet motors with high speeds, they both have stainless steel grinding components, and they follow the same chamber design. The biggest difference is their power rating.

You would assume that the one with more raw power is the better-performing one. But our performance evaluation shows that the GE Disposall Green outperformed the Waste King L3200 because the L3200 outright failed the Raw Fish Scrap test. It’s not the most important function in real-life contexts, but the data speaks volumes about the GE Disposall grinding capability.

Taking a closer look at the test results, the GE and the Waste King tie in the whether-or-not-it-can-handle-random-food-scraps-in-large-amounts category. This is the most important test since that’s the reason many of us buy these garbage disposals in the first place. 

When we upped the ante and introduced raw meat scraps, the L3200 failed to deliver satisfactory results. By contrast, the Disposall Green rose to the occasion and went through the two tougher tests like a champ—much to our surprise since it’s a smaller unit.

Right now on Amazon, the Waste King L3200 3/4 HP is being offered for less than the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP. With care, either of them can be good. They’re both effective at dealing with common food scraps even when in toppling amounts. The L3200 is bigger, so if size is an issue but budget is not, I would go with the GE Disposall Green.

Pros & Cons

  • Noise cancelation
  • High-speed motor 
  • Stainless steel grinder components
  • Lightweight build
  • Affordable
  • High capacity
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable
  • Can be loud
  • No noise/vibration insulation

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
3/4
3/4
Motor type
Permanent magnet
Induction
Averaged RPM
4917
1478
Family size
3-4 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L5.4 x W7.8 x H13.9 inches
L5.2 x W6.3 x H13.3 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$108.32
$116.09

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.0
6.6

Scrap Mix

7.1
6.6
Waste King L3200 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
7.6 ounces of visible fish pin bones in mess of ground assorted scraps, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
16.64 ounces of assorted ground scraps, including dietary fibers, bones, etc., on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
0.29 ounces of shredded pieces of fish backbone, on digital scale, on granite-looking top.
GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Scrap Mix Test
12.34 ounces of fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
15.48 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of assorted scraps, including fibers, bones, etc.
0.06 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Shredded fish vertebrae and pieces of dietary fiber.
Input Load
90.0 oz (2551 g)
90.0 oz (2551 g)
Time
2 min 32 sec
2 min 13 sec
Layer 1
7.6 oz (215 g)
12.3 oz (350 g)
Layer 2
16.6 oz (472 g)
15.5 oz (439 g)
Leftovers
0.3 oz (8 g)
0.1 oz (2 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

0.0
5.2
Waste King L3200 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
4.52 ounces of visible fish pin bones among mess of raw fibrous tissue on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
2.01 ounces of assorted fibrous tissues and shredded bones, on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
5.76 ounces of shredded fish skin among pieces of shredded backbones and one barely-shredded chop, on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Raw Fish Scraps Test
7 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Few pin bones among a mess of raw fibrous tissue.
1.75 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of assorted shredded bones and raw fibrous tissue.
3.9 ounces of ground fish scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded fish backbone and skin.
Input Load
49.4 oz (1400 g)
49.4 oz (1400 g)
Time
3 min
3 min
Layer 1
4.5 oz (128 g)
7.0 oz (198 g)
Layer 2
2.0 oz (57 g)
1.8 oz (50 g)
Leftovers
5.8 oz (163 g)
3.9 oz (111 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

5.7
8.0
Waste King L3200 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.58 ounces of shredded soft tissue, on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
1.68 ounces of fibrous soft tissue and pieces of shredded bones, on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
0.97 ounces of soft tissue and pieces of shredded cartilage, on digital scale, on granite-looking table.
GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.84 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded soft tissue and few pieces of shredded bones.
2.03 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded tendons and pieces of shredded bones.
0.04 ounces of ground chicken scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of soft tissue and pieces of shredded cartilage.
Input Load
7.4 oz (210 g)
7.4 oz (210 g)
Time
3 min
2 min 30
Layer 1
0.6 oz (16 g)
0.8 oz (24 g)
Layer 2
1.7 oz (48 g)
2.0 oz (58 g)
Leftovers
1.0 oz (27 g)
0.04 oz (1 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.0
8.6

In the Box

Waste King L3200 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal, EZ Mount on top, its box, user manual, stopper, elbow tube, rubber gasket, flange, and bolts.
GE Disposall Green 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top, next to its box, user manual, registration slip, sink stopper, elbow tube, and two sets of flanges and bolts.

Dimensions

Waste King 3/4-hp food waste disposer with mount assembly and elbow tube. Showing 7.8-inch width, 13.9-inch height, 4.3-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 7.3-inch depth to outlet, 5.4-inch distance to elbow tube.
GE Disposall Green 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal food disposer with mount assembly and elbow tube. Dimensions show 6.3-inch width, 13.3-inch height, 4.1-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.9-inch depth to outlet, 5.2-inch distance to elbow tube.
Length
5.4" (13.7 cm)
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Width
7.8" (19.8 cm)
6.3" (15.9 cm)
Height
13.9" (35.3 cm)
13.3" (33.8 cm)
Weight
8.8 lbs (4.0 kg)
8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)

Mount Assembly

EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform with splash guard in position.
EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform with splash guard in position.
Support ring, mounting ring, cushion mount, fiber gasket, rubber gasket, sink flange, stopper, removable sink splash guard.
3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. “Disposall” engraving on rim of sink flange. Sink stopper in position.
3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. “Disposall” engraving on rim of sink flange. Sink stopper in position.
Parts of 3-Bolts Mount assembly on white platform, including backup flange, mounting ring, snap ring, fiber gasket, stopper, cushion mount, sink flange with “Disposall” engravings, removable sink baffle, lower mounting ring.

Grind Chamber

8.5
7.5
Top view into chamber of Waste King L3200 garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Top view into chamber of Waste King L3200 garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Grind chamber of Waste King L3200 garbage disposal, showing two-level grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Grind chamber of Waste King L3200 garbage disposal, showing impellers and details of flywheel and grinder ring.
Top view into chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Top view into chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Grind chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal, showing two-level grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Grind chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal, showing impellers and details of flywheel and grinder ring.
Capacity
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
Verticality
6.8" (17.3 cm)
6.4" (16.2 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Assembly Material
Intermediate
Stainless steel
Layout
Stainless steel
Basic

Motor

9.5
9.0
A digital tachometer is showing the measurement of a motor/flywheel of the GE Disposall Green garbage disposal in our speed test. A smartphone is running the timer app.
Horsepower
3/4
1/2
Speed
2700 RPM
2600 RPM
Real Speed
4917 RPM
4615 RPM
Voltage
115 V (60 Hz)
115 V
Current
6 A
4.5 A
Wattage
690 W
518 W
Heat
n/a
n/a
Reverse
No

Power Cord

Bottom view of Waste King L3200 corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Bottom view of GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Length
34.5" (87.6 cm)
34.3" (87.1 cm)
Type
3-prong (type B)
3-prong (B)

Accessories

Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on granite-looking top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, bolts.
Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on granite-looking top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, bolts.
Width
3.3" (8.3 cm)
3.3" (8.3 cm)
Length
5.3" (13.3 cm)
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Material
PVC
PVC

Build Quality

9.0
9.0
Waste King L3200 3/4-horsepower Garbage Disposal with EZ Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
GE Disposall Green with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Noise Reduction
Yes
No
Vibration Reduction
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.9
8.4

Ease of Use

8.0
9.0

Installation

9.0
9.5

Smooth Operation

8.0
8.0

Unjam Mechanics

0.0
0.0
Inside view of permanent-magnet garbage disposal showing manual unjam mechanics with wooden stick in flywheel’s opening/gap.
Inside view of permanent-magnet garbage disposal showing manual unjam mechanics with wooden stick in flywheel’s opening/gap.
External
No
No
Auto Unjam
No
No