Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 1520
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jdigiova Evolution Excel Garbage Disposal - Awesome!
Works as advertised. I'm amazed at what it grinds with no issues and does it quietly.
October 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sams64 This + Cast Iron Sink = So Quiet!
I recently installed this with a Kohler Whitehaven enameled cast iron sink and it's amazingly quiet!
Having lived in several apartments with lesser disposals paired with a stainless steel sink I know all too well how loud a disposal can be with an empty sink, let alone when you have silverware or plates in the sink that rattle around from the vibration. It could easily wake up the whole house.
I'd imagine this disposal would be a bit louder with a stainless steel sink too as the cast iron is so heavy it likely helps deaden the vibrations almost completely, but the rubber vibration reduction collar on this disposal does wonders on it's own.
I'd highly recommend this product if you care about keeping things quiet most, but obviously admit it's pretty pricey.
September 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1stTimeInstaller Impressive disposal!!
I recently moved in and there was an existing, older 1/3HP Badger unit installed. It was jammed so I decided to not deal with it and just replace it with a new disposal. The Evolution is more than I wanted to spend, but the reviews were outstanding and the promise of a more quiet disposal was enticing. This unit is definitely solid quality from all aspects and appearances, and lives up to the claims...
I installed it myself and, though it isn't difficult, it does take longer than some estimates if you are not used to a few details. There are numerous videos out there that are helpful and I recommend reviewing a couple to get the idea before starting if you have no experience. One thing that none of them show, and I found the hardest part - getting that split ring on! The videos always stop before showing that step, and it is my belief they were edited as such to delete the colorful language that ensued. All disposals seem to use the same attachment method though, so you have to put up with it regardless. Once you get it on you'll be like, "That wasn't so bad" - but it takes a few tries and patience. The only other thing to watch for in a replacement situation is that this unit has a larger diameter at the top than many, so watch for potential interference up high.
Performance - unbelievable! "Quiet" is a difficult term to quantify. Honestly, this unit makes about the same noise when operating as the replaced, jammed unit did just turning on (if you're familiar with that noise level). It is that quiet and vibration free, at least on the simple things thrown at (in) it thus far.
It is difficult to spend 2 to 3 times the cost of another unit you could put in to "do the job." BUT, I have to say, whenever you flip that switch - yeah, it was worth it!
May 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HD123 Excellent Product
You get what you pay for with this unit. It's on the expensive side, but well worth the investment. Installation is relatively simple and it works flawlessly. It has a large capacity and outstanding grinding capability.
October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rose The Best
This is the second house we have installed this in because it's Quiet, easy to install and durable.
September 13, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by dave Only lasted about a year
It just got jammed up, and we could not unjam it. I called a plumber who said that he could not unjam the unit. He said that maybe the motor broke, but it would be less expensive to buy a new one then to rebuild the old one. So that's $528 down the drain. (Unit cost plus installation cost to put in a new unit.) So we had to buy a new one. It only lasted about 18 months.
August 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by al Effective and quiet
Easy to install - very clear directions. Quiet in use.
September 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jeremy Recommend for sure
I had to replace my old Badger five when it finally began leaking water severely on labor day. Of course that wasn't what I wanted to deal with whilst I was entertaining, but you play the hand you are dealt. Anyhow, I had reviewed this product when it was first released and contemplated replacing my Badger at that point. However, I chose not to spend the money as it was still working.
That being said, when the Badger finally did get past its useful service life I moved forward. The Excel is rather pricey, but certainly worth the money in my opinion. The disposal is quite large compared to the old one, but significantly more quiet. One would think that doubling the horsepower of the motor and going from one grind stage to three would be just the opposite. I am here to tell you that this BEAST is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Not only is it ridiculously quiet, it is powerful and sleek at the same time. Let's be honest, most of us don't have the cupboard doors open for decoration, but when you do, this will command some attention.
Some of the other things I really like about the product are what it can process. This unit literally destroys just about anything you can throw at it. Bones, fruits, pits, corn husks, corn cobs, bananas, egg shells, celery, onion, and the list goes on. The key is good water flow during the grind process. These new water conserving faucets can cause water flow issues which will result in a clog if you feet the unit more quickly that the water can flush away ground material. In case you didn't know, ALWAYS use cold water to prevent liquefying any meat fats that could clog the unit or the plumbing. ALWAYS have the unit on before feeding material in to it. REGULARLY grind ice or other hard material to help scour food waste from the grind chamber that can cause foul odor to plague your kitchen. Be sure to remove the sink baffle regularly and clean under and around it to remove any meat or food scraps that me be thrown upon the underside of it during the grinding process. Lastly, periodically grind lemon or other citrus peels to help freshen the disposal.
Now, let me address some of the things that the typically malcontent have to gripe about. Yes, the unit is expensive. Yes, the sink baffle that the unit uses to help mitigate the sound made from the motor and grind process does cause a slight pooling of water over the disposal opening. However, water being the dense fluid that it is makes a fantastic sound barrier. It will cause soap suds not to drain readily and you will have to use a little more effort to feed some bulky or larger items into the disposal. That being said, certainly not enough effort would be needed to place ones fingers in any harm. If you are that worried about it, use a wooden spoon handle or other object to press items through the sink baffle. If you cannot handle that, you should reevaluate your status as an adult. The extra resistance is nice to prevent unwanted items such as pressure cooker caps and other utensils from accidentally entering the grind chamber where they could cause or be seriously damaged.
And finally, the product is made here in the USA which supports American jobs! I am happy to pay a little more money for something to make sure my neighbors are employed. In addition, the unit is fully warranted for seven years in home parts and labor. How can you beat that?
September 14, 2016