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General Electric GFC520V Garbage Disposal Review

Dispose of Your Waste without Taking up Space

One of the reasons I decided to set-up this website is to help people make an informed decision about what type of waste disposal they should buy. Not only do I sell kitchens as a complete package, I also get involved in the appliances within them.

What I have discovered when I talk to customers is how they all seem to turn to the internet so they can educate themselves on certain items they would like in the kitchen, and who wouldn’t? After all, that’s where you’re looking now. The internet has a vast wealth of knowledge to offer, but I can understand why so many of my customers walk through the door scratching their heads.

General Electric GFC520V 1/2 HP Garbage Disposer

General Electric GFC520V 1/2 HP Garbage Disposer
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Take the General Electric GFC520V ½ horsepower garbage disposal for instance. At first glance you’ll notice the cost. After all, this is what gets your attention and I have to say, I think this unit from GE is actually very well priced. However, what’s your next move? That’s right, you look at the reviews.

Mixed Reviews

This is where the trouble starts! This particular model seems to be a little confused. Some people think it’s a breeze to install (when doing it on their own), and others state what a nightmare it is. Who do you believe? Well, that’s why I’m here to help. There are several points I’m going to make about the installation:

  • Don’t install it on your own if you’re not an avid DIY person and know something about how garbage disposal units should be fitted.
  • DO get a professional in if you haven’t got the slightest idea what the instructions mean.
  • If you do decide to buy the GFC520V as a replacement for a waste disposal unit that’s already installed, again, think about getting a professional to do it for you.

The overall point I’m trying to make is this robust little garbage disposer will do the job it’s built for, but in my opinion it needs a professional to pop it under the sink for you.

If you still decide to do it yourself, make sure you thoroughly read our article on installation and replacement.

The General Electric GFC520V

Here’s why you should consider this model:
Once installed, you won’t have a problem with all kinds of organic waste produced in your home. You can simply flick a switch, run some water and empty what you have down the sink.

The dual swivel blades are made from stainless steel and have been designed so they don’t jam. In addition, you also benefit from a removable splash guard (we all know how messy life can get when you don’t have one of these)!

Space Saving
Many of my customers are on the market for a new garbage disposer because they’re fed-up with not having enough room for storage under their sinks. This model will solve that problem for you. It measures a mere 12.5 inches high and 5.5 inches wide, so it won’t encroach on your storage space.

Other Features
Although this model has a ½ horsepower motor and a 2800rpm grinding action, certain parts have been insulated so your coffee cup doesn’t got travelling across your countertop and the dog doesn’t put his paws over his ears when you use it!

Oh, and I can’t forget about the large capacity this disposer has so dealing with large amounts of food left on plates (which hopefully won’t happen too often) won’t be an issue.

If what I’ve had to say isn’t enough to convince you, take a quick look at Amazon. They have some great prices on offer at the moment, but remember to get that plumber in to fit it for you.

Waste King models are usually a little easier to install, and I think the L-1001 and L-2600 both are excellent alternatives to the General Electric GFC520V. Price, power and capacity of the Waste Kings is just as good as with the GFC520V, but it’s more likely you can install them yourself.

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