If you aren't routinely grinding hard meat bones, stringy vegetables and other scraps which are notorious for causing jams, you can probably get by with a less expensive garbage disposal. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive for the Waste King Legend 2600 1/2 Horsepower Disposer, which is similar in many ways to the Waste King Legend 8000 1 Horsepower Disposer (Est. $150). It has the same stainless-steel grinding components, which are covered under a lifetime corrosion warranty (but the mechanical warranty is limited to five years.) It also has the EZ Mount system and removable splashguard. Owners rave about the ease of installing this unit and are happy with the noise level and grinding performance. This 1/2-horsepower disposer is just 13.4 inches tall, which may fit better under sinks with limited space.
ConsumerReports.org includes the larger Waste King 8000 and Waste King Legend 3300 in its lineup, rather than the Waste King Legend 2600 1/2 Horsepower Disposer. However, we found numerous owner reviews of the Waste King Legend 2600 at Amazon.com, where it's a top-rated garbage disposal. HowStuffWorks.com provides background information about the Waste King brand without recommending specific models or conducting performance testing.
Nearly 200 owners have rated their Waste King Legend 2600 1/2 Horsepower Disposer at Amazon.com. The vast majority is positive and gives an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners praise the easy installation and customer service. A few say it runs louder than they would like.
Review: Waste King L-2600 Legend Series 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Operation Waste Disposer, Contributors to Amazon.com
Editors provide information about the most popular brands of garbage disposals, but they don't test or recommend the Waste King Legend 2600 1/2 Horsepower Disposer or other specific models. This article also provides insightful information about installing, cleaning and repairing a garbage disposal.
Review: How Garbage Disposals Work, Editors of HowStuffWorks.com