A Review of the Insinkerator 444

For centuries, human beings used hooved animals to mill their grain and press their grapes. A mule or horse would be tied to a post and yoked to a large stone wheel, which would then roll over and press or crush whatever was placed along the path of the stone. Today, we no longer need a horse in our kitchen to mash things for us, but we still measure our garbage disposals mashing ability in horsepower. Although you will not need a whole horse, top of the line in-sink garbage disposals like the Insinkerator 444 provide nearly a whole horse's worth of power for your waste compacting needs.

The Insinkerator 444 represents one of our absolute favorite garbage disposals on the market, but many people have been asking us if it is by far and away the best choice for one's home. We decided to take this opportunity to put the Insinkerator 444 to the test.

Choosing the Right Garbage Disposal

The sink is one of the most overlooked and useful inventions in the modern kitchen. It is almost impossible to imagine a kitchen space without a sink. The days where one had to find a place to dispose of their broken spaghetti pieces and scraps of garnish are over. If it is soft, and it is unwanted, it can almost assuredly pass through the grind of the garbage disposal and into oblivion.

However, all these benefits instantly become woes if your garbage disposal breaks down. Now all of a sudden mechanical intervention is required in a device that is composed largely of spinning blades. The worse-case scenario is that your sink becomes unusable. The best possible solution is that you stick your hand into half-decayed food and a mouth of blades to dislodge that bone that the garbage disposal just cannot deal with. 

Fortunately, all these problems can be avoided by purchasing the correct garbage disposal. If your disposal is up to snuff, you won't be stuck fixing it or praying that nobody bumps the on switch while your fingers are stuck down within it. It is for those looking for a quality garbage disposal that we put together this Insinkerator 444 review.

The Review Process

After scouring the internet for the best garbage disposal solutions available on today's market, we composed a short list of promising candidates. These candidates were then scored according to the following criteria: price, ease of use, assembly time, design quality, and warranty. We then compared these scores with those that the Insinkerator 444 received.

What Is the Insinkerator 444?

As its name cheekily implies, the Insinkerator 444 is a garbage disposal that is installed inside your sink. This is the standard type of garbage disposal like one's that you have either owned before or have encountered at your friend's home. Its general form is ubiquitous, but it's the power that makes this one stand out from the crowd.

The Insinkerator 444 is more properly known as the Insinkerator 444 Three Quarters Horsepower Garbage Disposer. That's right, this tiny device packs the power of nearly a whole horse while still being able to fit in your under-sink cabinet. That means almost no type of food waste will stymie this garbage disposal. Onion skins, fish bones, and thick stews are no problem for the Insinkerator 444.

The Insinkerator 444 is a continuous feed model, meaning that you don't have to fill it up and then grind and then wait to fill it up again. Simply run the sink and turn on the Insinkerator 444 and any spare bits of food will be disposed of as they run into the device.

Product Specs

The continuous feed model lets food and waste fall into a disposal area made with entirely stainless steel grind components. The steel ensures a long life to this product. The Insinkerator 444 even comes with all its mechanical mounting hardware included with your purchase.

This garbage disposal runs off 115 volts of AC power, which is single phase, and it uses a 60-hertz motor. One of our favorite features is that the Insinkerator 444 came with an outer shell that provides sound reduction insulation.

The Insinkerator 444 weighs 16.8 pounds and measures about 8 inches by 8 inches by thirteen inches. It will fit beneath most sinks, and you may even be able to install it yourself. If not, it's will not be a costly call to the plumber.

Pricing

The Insinkerator 444 can be purchased for around $170. You may be able to find cheaper garbage disposals out on the market, but rarely do they work as well as the Insinkerator 444. If you are looking into one of the competitors we reviewed here, you can expect to pay for something around this price range.

We consider the Insinkerator 444's price point to represent the average for garbage disposals.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Waste King Legend L-3300 Continuous Feed Disposer
  • Kitchen Aid KCDB250G 1/2 HP
  • Moen GX50C 1/2 HP
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  • Genuine Replacement Part
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Ease of Use

If you have ever used a garbage disposal before, this process could not be easier.

Assembly Time

Some people require professional installation, but many are able to install this product on their own.

Design Quality 5 Stars

Many people report using this product for over a decade without incident.

Warranty 4 Stars

This product comes with a four-year warranty.

Pros

  • Four-year warranty
  • ¾ horsepower easily macerates disposed food
  • Reasonable price point
  • Can easily outlast warranty

Cons

  • Some people require professional installation
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  • HIGH-SPEED MOTOR: The 3/4 HP, 2700 RPM (115v) permanent magnet motor is sound-insulated and jams less
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To even compete with the Insinkerator 444, you need to put up similar horsepower. The Waste King Legend L-3300 Continuous Feed Disposer does exactly that. Clocking in at three quarters' horse power and boasting a continuous feed design, one could easily see similarities between the Waste King and the Insinkerator.

The Waste King Legend L-3300 Continuous Feed Disposer comes with a shocking ten-year warranty and costs a bit less than the Insinkerator. However, we cannot score it as highly because of its reputation for breaking down and being a huge hassle to install.

Ease of Use 4 Stars

This is a fairly easy disposal to use.

Assembly Time 3 Stars

For some sinks, installation is easy. However, many people report hard labor being required to get its 90 degree pipe in just the right place.

Design Quality 3 Stars

The stainless steel elements are well built, but the engine itself tends to break down.

Warranty 5 Stars

The Waste King Legend L-3300 Continuous Feed Disposer comes with a decade long warranty.

Pros

  • 10 year warranty
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Provides the necessary three quarters horsepower
  • Budget option

Cons

  • Can be difficult to install
  • No access to manually free the spinner if it jams
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  • Motor rotates at 1725 rpm for effective grinding
  • Connected to an electrical switch for ease and safety

Kitchen Aid has its fingers in nearly all pots concerning kitchen accessories. So it is not surprising that they put forth a competitor to the Insinkerator 444. We had to include the Kitchen Aid KCDB250G 1/2 HP for several reasons.


One, its brand is highly trusted, which can mean superior support and a wider range of customer opinions to help evaluate the product. Two, it provides many similar features to the Insinkerator 444, but it asks up to forty dollars less.

You may notice from the name that this garbage disposal packs a whole quarter of a horsepower less than the Insinkerator 444. Does this matter? Some reviewers are perfectly content with half a horsepower for their disposal, but we found that it meant several meals backed up in the sink.

Think of it this way: a horse with three legs can still do a lot of crushing; a horse with only two legs can do very little crushing at all. A quarter of a horsepower may not seem like it matters, but it does when it comes to onion skins and potato eyes backing up in your sink.

One odd benefit of the Kitchen Aid KCDB250G 1/2 HP is that it comes in a nice terra cotta red color. However, this matters very little when it comes to a utilitarian device that will not be seen for the majority of its use.

Ease of Use 5 Stars

The Kitchen Aid KCDB250G 1/2 HP is connected to an easy and safe electrical switch. We found it very easy to use when it was not clogged. 

Assembly Time 3 Stars

Although it can be easy to install if this is not your first in-sink garbage disposal, many users have reported difficulty attaching this model to older model's fittings.

Design Quality 3 Stars

One half horsepower is really too low for a modern garbage disposal. Several users have found that this loss of a quarter horsepower compared to the Insinkerator 444 does not really matter. We found that in terms of clogs, it mattered quite a bit.

Warranty 2 Stars

This model comes with a one-year limited warranty. This is four times less than the Insinkerator 444 and ten times less than other garbage disposal models.

Pros

  • Nice color design
  • Cheaper than the Insinkerator 444

Cons

  • Only comes with a one-year warranty
  • Poor design quality
  • One quarter less horsepower than the Insinkerator 444
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  • PERMANENT MAGNET: Vortex motor technology quickly and powerfully grinds food scraps
  • EASY-TO-INSTALL: Universal Xpress Mount fits Moen and most existing 3-bolt mounting assemblies
  • PREINSTALLED POWER CORD saves installation steps and money over other models where cord must be purchased separately

The Moen GX50C 1/2 HP really represents the middle price point in a series of three garbage disposals worth taking a look at. Moen provides three horsepower options that come with three separate price points.

If you are willing to spend around two hundred and twenty dollars you can receive a Moen GX50C that clocks in at a full one horsepower. However, if your food grinding needs are less, you can purchase their half horsepower or even third horsepower models for less than a hundred dollars in both cases.

Obviously the full horsepower model can outperform the Insinkerator 444 in certain scenarios, but most users find that this performance is not worth the additional money.

What would be worth the extra cash is the Moen GX50C's permanent magnet grinding mechanism. The Moen GX50C uses vortex motor technology to quickly and powerfully macerate food scraps into disposable waste. We were quite impressed with how well this spinning magnet technology worked, but it does mean that a more expensive fix is down the line should the Moen GX50C fail on you.

Ease of Use 

Each of the three Moen GX50C horsepower models are easy enough to use. Their vortex systems may complicate repair, but they work great when they are new and running.

Assembly Time 

The drain elbow and mounting assembly make this one of the easier garbage disposals to install. Many who have purchased this product installed it themselves.

Design Quality 

The vortex system, which utilizes magnets to grind up food, is quite impressive. However, the lower horsepower models do struggle with certain bits of food.

Warranty 

The warranty on the Moen GX50C covers you for four years. During this time, you can also receive in home assistance.

Pros

  • Vortex motor technology
  • Users can choose 1/3, 1/2, and full horsepower models
  • Not too difficult to install
  • Moen provides home assistance

Cons

  • Not all horsepower models are worth their price
  • Vortex parts can complicate repairs

Conclusion

When garbage disposals are working properly, they go unseen. Perhaps this is why so many people think there are not many differences between different models of garbage disposal. We were mystified to find that several models like the Moen GX50C and the Kitchen Aid KCDB250G 1/2 HP seemed to place an emphasis on their aesthetics over their actual performance.

Although others could compete with the Insinkerator 444's three quarter horsepower specs, none could out-compete it in terms of features and provisions for the user. Ultimately, the scores speak for themselves. The Insinkerator 444 is indeed the king of garbage disposals for its price point.

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Last update on 2019-11-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Bryan Navarro
 

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