Disposals are the ultimate convenience item. Scrape off food into the unit, turn the unit on and walk away. There are two types of disposers, Batch Feed and the more popular continuous feed disposer. Batch Feed is activated by a magnetic top to the disposer, whereas the continuous disposer is activated by a wall switch.
Disposals are measured by horsepower from 1/3 horse to 1 1/4 horse on the high end. For our purposes, we will compare the two best: the Commodore vs the Insinkerator Excel.
Insinkerator is by far the largest and most known brand in disposals, both commercially and residentially. In fact, Insinkerator invented the disposer in 1927 and is a division of giant parent Emerson.
Commodore is a somewhat new brand designed by the old executives at Waste King. In fact, it looks like Waste King but has updated features like a bio fresh liner to prevent odors, better horsepower and a magnetized top to prevent silverware from slipping into the disposer and being grinded. This is actually really cool.
Insinkerator vs Commodore Disposals
Commodore 11000 - $250
Insinkerator Excel - $359
This is a classic case of the established player versus the upstart. I like the pedigree of the Insinkerator brand plus the metal outer casing compared to the plastic outer casing of the Commodore. The outer casing doesn't grind the food.
It is hard to not like the Commodore. It grinds faster, has the Bio Fresh for odors and the magnetic top as mentioned before at a much cheaper price. For those hesitant to buy a new brand, the Commodore has a 10 year warranty (Yale is the warranty servicer).
I like Insinkerator, but its hard to not buy the Commodore when comparing prices and features.