Waste King 9980 vs 8000: Which Garbage Disposal Is Better?

These useful appliances made their way into almost every home in the USA. So it is no surprise that the competition is tough. Every manufacturer has many models. So it has become very hard to decide when some models differ by one number. We are going to compare Waste King 9980 vs 8000.  in order to solve the dilemma, at least when these two models are concerned, you will need to read the following article.

Waste King 9980 vs 8000

Waste King 9980 vs 8000

We are going to judge them by four characteristics that we feel are the most important when it comes to garbage disposal appliances.

  • Performance
  • Noise
  • Safety
  • Size
  • Installing and using

Waste King 9980 vs 8000: Performance

Waste King 9980

It is equipped with a powerful 1 HP (115 volts) permanent magnet motor, which can spin up to 2800 RPM. Needless to say that this is one hell of a motor, one of the most powerful you can find in a home-use garbage disposal units. It can go through anything you can think of. This machine will easily serve a family of 7. You would need about 5 minutes to grind food leftovers and food preparation garbage from a dinner for 7 people.

Waste King 8000

This model is equipped with the same 1 HP (115 volts) permanent magnet motor, so there will be no issues with the performance. The blades and the complete layout of the machine are the same too. Stainless steel grinding components can go through bones in a second. There are also no reports of jamming problems, even with onion skins or stringy and long garbage. Even plastics that are accidentally dropped into the machine are either shredded or bounce around. The only disadvantage of this model, compared to 9980 is the smaller feed opening, so if something gets stuck, there is less room to maneuver.

The winner is: it’s a tie

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Waste King 9980 vs 8000: Noise level

Waste King 9980 comparison

Waste King 9980

The noise levels recorded are 80dB during normal operation, and up to 90 at peak. This result doesn’t really make it a champion of the category since the quietest garbage disposals can produce noise of about 50dB. But it will place in the upper half of the table. We have to point out that those appliances cost up to three times as much, or have less power than the Waste King 9980.

Waste King 8000

Same motor and the same layout of the machine can only produce same amount of noise, so it is 80 dB at a normal run, and 90 dB at peak. Again, this result places it among average, or maybe a little above. To put things into perspective, a conversation in a restaurant or office is about 60 dB loud. Bird calls are about 44 dB. If you are standing 50 ft. from a freeway, you would hear a noise at 76dB.

The winner is: it’s a tie

Waste King 9980 vs 8000: Safety

Waste King 9980 Review

Waste King 9980

It is safe to use as long as you don’t have extremely long fingers that you want to stick into the opening while the machine is running. The Waste King disposal has a manual reset button – a safety feature that will shut it off in the case of an overload or the sporadic jam. By pressing the manual reset button, you will turn the appliance back on. One other safety feature, the replaceable splash guard, makes it easy to clean the disposal and recover fallen items. It does, however, have one drawback. It slows down the drainage, so some people use ladles to push the splash guard in order to speed up the process. Some even resorted to trimming them but can increase the noise levels.

Waste King 8000

Since both models are almost the same, there are no safety issues with this model either. It also has an automatic shutdown function, which can be overridden by a manual reset button, and a good and safe removable splashguard that sometimes can slow down drainage.

 

Waste King 9980 vs 8000: Size

Waste King 9980

The dimensions are 8.5 x 8.5 x 16 in, and the weight is 12.93 pounds, which places it in the middle of the category. That means that you will need some considerable space beneath the sink in order to install it. You can get smaller garbage disposal, as small as 5.2 x 5,2 x 11 inches, but a decrease in size also comes with lower power. These small models have three or four times weaker motors.

Waste King 8000 review

Waste King 8000

The dimensions are exactly the same as 9980, 8.5 x 8.5 x 16 in, so you will need exactly the same amount of space under the counter. If you are looking for a smaller appliance, you will have to settle for less power. And what does lees power mean during use? Smaller and less powerful will struggle or choke with larger items or bones, and will take more time to grind, so your work will take longer.

The winner is: it’s a tie.

Is it easy to install and use?

Waste King 8000

Waste King 9980

This appliance comes with the standard 3-bolt mounting system. It is not hard to install, and you don’t need any prior knowledge. Roughly estimated, you will need about an hour to dismantle the old garbage disposal and install this one. Note that sometimes the 3-bolt systems can differ, depending on the manufacturer, so you will not be able to mount the new garbage disposal unit on the installation that remained after the old one. Sometimes it can work and can save you some time, but not always. Anyway, it is recommended to change old installation with the new one. It will make your job longer for 10 minutes, but you will have a completely new installation.

Using this appliance is simple. There is an air switch for on-off function, and a manual reset button, in case the garbage disposal shuts down because of a jam or overload. The removable splash guard enables easy access.

Waste King 8000

The mounting system on this appliance is called EZ Mount, and it is, in fact, easier and less time consuming to install. You will save about 5 to 10 minutes for installation. The downside that this system makes the opening smaller and if you accidentally drop something in the appliance, there is less room to maneuver. Also, the material for the attachment system is mostly rubber and plastic, while the 3-bolt system is metal. So we suppose it will be more lasting. But for both appliances you get a 20-year warranty, so they both will last at least that long.

Using this appliance is simple. Like the Waste King 9980, this is a continuous feed garbage disposal.  You turn it on and start feeding it with garbage and leftovers. As soon as you are done, you turn it off. Plain and simple

The winner is Waste King 8000

Note. It won because installing is easier. Bu t it is a job that you will have to do only once, so it is probably not such a big deal.

Pros and Cons

Waste King 9980

Pros:

  • High power
  • high-quality stainless steel grinding components
  • great performance
  • the Long warranty period

Cons:

  • Splash ring slows down the drainage

Waste King 8000

Pros:

  • High power
  • high quality grinding components
  • great performance
  • the long warranty period

Cons:

  • Splash ring slows down the drainage
  • smaller feed opening.

Final verdict

Out of five categories, 4 were a tie, and Waste King 8000 won in one category. That makes the final result 5:4 in favor of Waste King 8000. The victory was by a thread, there is no clear winner.

The only difference between the Waste King 9980 and Waste King 8000 is the mounting system, 3-bolt system versus EZ Mount, so it’s just a matter of preference since you have to install it only once.

Whichever you choose, you will not make a mistake. For a modest price, you will get an appliance with characteristics of three times more expensive garbage disposal units.

 

 

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