Waste King 9980 Legend Series Garbage Disposer Review
When it comes to garbage disposals and other kitchen appliances, Waste King has been one of North America’s most trusted brands. Recently Waste King has revamped many of their most popular models to include new features and new technology – making them better than ever. Included in this list is the Waste King 9980 Legend Series 1 HP Continuous Feed Operation Garbage Disposer (see today's price). If you are looking for an entry level to mid-level disposal unit with an affordable price, the Waste King 9980 may be exactly what you are searching for.
This continuous feed garbage disposal features a 1 HP motor. The motor, which can reach up to 2,800 rpm, is powerful enough to grind up food with consistency and speed. Each component of the disposer, from the housing to the grinding blades, are made from corrosion free materials, and included sound insulation minimizes the amount of noise the Waste King 9980 makes while it is working. As an added bonus, the simple installation process makes this model an ideal choice for the DIY-er with a minimal amount of plumbing knowledge.
Read on to check out more of what this unit has to offer.
Best Features of the Waste King 9980 Garbage Disposer:
- High Speeds – The motor can reach up to 2,800 rpms which will pulverize food into little more than liquid.
- Included Power Cord – The included power cord measures a generous 36 inches, making it one less accessory you must purchase.
- Leading Industry Warranty – Waste King has always been known for its industry leading warranties, and the one for the 9980 is no exception. It has a lifetime, in home warranty that guards against manufacturer and material defects, as well as corrosion.
- Lightweight, Compact Design – This model weighs only slightly over 7 pounds, which makes it simple to install, and the compact design minimizes the amount of space it consumes underneath your kitchen sink.
- EZ Sink Mount System – Waste King’s patented mounting system provides for a no hassle mounting system.
My Story and Experiences
Recently, I purchased my own home. It was a proud moment, but in the normal course of events, it wasn’t two weeks after I received my keys that the kitchen garbage disposal went out. It was a rude awakening when I realized that there wasn’t a supervisor I could call to fix it for me. I was on my own.
Fortunately, I have a friend who is a plumber, and he recommended the Waste King brand to me. Although he offered to install a new one for me, I wanted to try it on my own. It was surprisingly easy! This garbage disposal is made in the United States, and when you hold it in your hand, it feels solid and well-made. It has a 90-degree angled “elbow” on the side of the unit, and that’s what hooks directly into the waste line.
The Waste King 9980 also has a three bolt connection that creates a tight wedge between the upper part of the disposer and the bottom of the sink. The installation guide was easy to read and offered complete step by step instructions. Overall, it took me just a little over an hour to install this by myself, and that was with no prior plumbing experience! However, if you are doing it by yourself, I would recommend using a scissor jack to prop the disposal up while you are hooking up the connection. It will save you a lot of frustration.
So far, I’m really pleased with this garbage disposal. With its high-speed motor, it offers sufficient grinding power to take down stringy foods and even small animal bones. Because all its parts are treated with an anti-rust component, I know I don’t have to worry about that, and I’m fairly confident that this model is going to last a while. One thing I have noticed is that you have to feed food waste into slowly in order to avoid jams and clogs. I’m unsure if this is normal with most garbage disposals, but it does help reduce the chances of developing a clog.
When it comes to noise, the Waste King 9980 is relatively quiet. Even though its design includes sound insulation, it makes a fair bit of noise when grinding tougher food waste, like bones or fibrous foods. That said, I think the noise level is reasonable when you consider what it is capable of grinding. The larger amount of waste it is grinding, the noisier it tends to be. When you first flip the switch on, you’ll hear a loud click as the motor engages for the first time. If you are sensitive to noise, then you might find this annoying.
When I was reading reviews about the Waste King 9980, I did notice that a few consumers had complaints about the unit clogging when food debris got caught up on the center of the cutting wheel. When this happened, the disposer had to be turned off and manually unclogged; however, I have yet to experience any of this trouble. All in all, I think this disposer is a sound investment.
With the amount of power and grinding capabilities the Waste King 9980 has to offer, it’s an excellent value. It’s not necessarily the best model you can buy, but for the budget conscious homeowner, it will save a few dollars. You will have to compromise and adjust to the amount of noise it produces, and it does seem prone to occasional clogs. The things I like about it most include its lifetime warranty against corrosion and defects, the included 36 inch power cord, and its stainless steel construction. I would buy this model again.