Reviewers and owners agree the Waste King Legend 8000 1 Horsepower Disposer is best for quickly and finely grinding bones and vegetables. In fact, its 2,800-rpm grinding blades are the fastest we found. Although experts rate the noise level as good overall, this garbage disposal isn't the quietest. Waste King provides an impressive lifetime in-home warranty, due to the stainless-steel grinding components and corrosion-resistant grinding chamber. Installation, owners say, is easy for experienced do-it-yourselfers, particularly if replacing an existing continuous-feed disposal (so the switch is already wired). If you want to spend less or need a more compact unit, reviewers highly recommend the Waste King Legend 2600 1/2 Horsepower Disposer (*Est. $75).
We found the best professional reviews of the Waste King Legend 8000 1 Horsepower Disposer at ConsumerReports.org, where it's pitted against 12 other models of continuous-feed garbage disposals. We also read numerous owner-written reviews at Amazon.com, where the Waste King garbage disposal receives mostly positive remarks. At Bestcovery.com, writer Mariette Mifflin recommends garbage disposals in five different categories; however, she doesn't perform her own testing and we don't know her sources. HowStuffWorks.com provides background information about the Waste King brand without recommending specific models or conducting performance testing.
ConsumerReports.org performs comprehensive testing of 13 continuous-feed garbage disposals, including the Waste King Legend 8000 1 Horsepower Disposer, and two batch-feed garbage disposals. They rate how fast and how finely they grind up table scraps like beef ribs, potatoes and celery as well as evaluate the operating noise level. This is easily the most complete test we found of garbage disposer systems.
Review: Make Short Work of Garbage, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Aug. 2009
The Waste King Legend 8000 1 Horsepower Disposer gets a good amount of owner feedback at Amazon.com, and it's largely positive. The 400-plus reviews are a mixture of three other models in the Legend Series, so you have to read through to find the ones specifically for the Legend 8000. Most agree it's easy to install and relatively quiet while operating.
Review: Waste King L-8000 Legend Series 1 HP Continuous Feed Operation Waste Disposer, Contributors to Amazon.com
Writer Mariette Mifflin selects favorites in five different categories. The Waste King Legend 8000 1 Horsepower Disposer is picked as the best garbage disposal overall. However, Mifflin doesn't perform her own testing on the models selected in the article, and we don't know her sources.
Review: Best Garbage Disposals, Mariette Mifflin
Editors provide information about the most popular brands of garbage disposals, but they don't test or recommend specific models like the Waste King Legend 8000 1 Horsepower Disposer. This article also has useful information about installing, cleaning and repairing a garbage disposal.
Review: How Garbage Disposals Work, Editors of HowStuffWorks.com