General Electric GFC520V 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Review

by Paul

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A garbage disposal helps you to keep your kitchen fresh from the rotten food leftover smell and any kind of insects that attract them. A disposal is compulsory just like any other appliance in the kitchen. If you need a ½ hp disposal for your kitchen, let me introduce you to the General Electric GFC520V garbage disposal from the super brand itself.

General Electric is obviously one of those most renowned brands in the world that need no introduction. It is one of the most valuable brands in the world and highly known for their quality products.

The General Electric GFC520V garbage disposal is one of those quality products from their garbage disposal product line. Its beautiful design with strong making can easily grab your attention while purchasing a garbage disposal. But all we need to know is that how strong the operation and pleasant the overall user experience is.

General Electric GFC520V Price & Features

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1/2 HP


2600 RPM


9 Lbs


6.7 x 6.9 x 15.1

Feed Type


Grind Material

Stainless Steel

Septic Safe?



2-Year Limited 

Those of you who have a big family with lots of members and need to dispose of a lot of food leftovers every day can easily cut the hassle to half by installing a garbage disposal under the sink.

Even if you do not need a lot of food waste to dispose of every day, you will find a garbage disposal as a very handy option to disposal the regular food waste. A ½ hp garbage disposal is mostly suitable for a regular size family. Let’s look at the features the comes with this General Electric ½ HP garbage disposal.

Before I go to elaborate the product review, let me tell you that I totally love this disposal. It has both, pros and cons alike, but still, it stands up strongly to most of my benchmarks that I set to call a unit a good disposal. I have always put my most preferences to that disposal that operates smoothly.

Grinding waste to thinnest pieces is the first thing that you need from a disposal unit. So those disposals that operate powerfully and smoothly process the waste are my top favorites. The GFC520V from General Electric is one of those disposals that falls in that category.

Power & Speed

I love this disposal because of the power and speed. The General Electric GFC520V is a ½ hp continuous feed garbage disposal. This disposal motor can spin at a rate of 2800 rpm. The speed reaches immediately after the motor is turned on for disposing waste. It significantly reduces the chance of food waste getting jammed inside the disposal chamber.

Besides that, the most of the disposals of this price range cannot reach the speed of 2800 rpm, especially with a specification of ½ hp motor. This high speed process the food into thin slice and make sure a jam free, hassle free and long term use.

½ HP garbage disposals are good for small families. But this disposal is very efficient to cover the daily heavy use of a 4 to 5 people at home.

Convenient Design

The design of this garbage disposal is amazing. No doubt that General Electric’s appliance will be designed in a lucrative way. Beside the outlook, the making material as impressively good, it ensures a durable operation. The disposal is made of cold rolled carbon steel and the grinding parts are durable rust-free stainless steel.

Besides that, you can easily reach the reset button, as unlike many of the garbage disposals the reset button is not placed under the disposal. So reaching for the reset button is not a problem.


The disposal’s cost is quite convenient for your budget. For a powerful disposal like this, I think the pricing is totally worth it. Because of being on an affordable pricing range and amazing features, people love this disposal. If you are looking for a budget purchase, it is a perfect option for you.


General electric clearly provides all kind of instructions to complete the installation without any hassle. They put elaborate video instruction in their site, so one can easily install the disposal alone. The disposal uses EZ mounting system. But unlike the most disposals, the mounting is placed with two bolt system.

Although I have seen people complain about the installation of this disposal, I personally have seen and helped my friend to install this disposal in her house. It was not bad at all. Yes, I may be very familiar about installing a garbage disposal. But the friend was doing it for the first time. I did not see her get confused, the instructions are pretty clear provided by General Electric.

Installation Information

Installation Type

EZ mount




4.5 Amps

Max Sink Thickness

3/4 Inch

Dishwasher Hose Size

3/4 Inch

Drain Connection Size

1-1/2 Inches

Cord Included


Cord Length

48 Inches


You may find this disposal a bit noisy. For me, it is not very quiet, but not load enough to irritate me. The price you pay and the operation you get from the disposal is very reasonable. So the disposal makes a completely acceptable amount of noise, and I am ok with it. Unless you want to have a very quiet garbage disposal, you will not be disappointed with it.


The disposal is compact in size to fit within even a very small space under the sink. The height of the disposal is big but the width is not much wide. Fortunately, GFC520v disposal contains enough space within the grinding camber. It can easily grind a good amount of waste at a time.

Removable Splash Guard

This disposal contains a removable splash guard and a stopper for convenient operation. The splash guard helps to prevent messy flying water and object while operating the disposal. You can remove it when you need to clean the disposal.

Durability & Warranty

I can put full marks on durability for this garbage disposal. Though it is not possible to ensure the lasting time period of any appliance, but still I have seen many of people using this disposal for a long period of time.

They provide 1-year limited replacement plus 1-year additional limited parts warranty with this disposal unit. The warranty period is less than Waste King’s garbage disposal, but similar to other companies’ warranty periods.

Pros & Cons


  • Power & Performance is very impressive
  • Two level precutter
  • Best Value for money purchase
  • Removable splash guard
  • Tolerable noise level
  • Direct wire connection, no need to purchase power cord


  • Mounting is different from most of the regular disposals
  • Short warranty period


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Like most of the consumers, if you already have a good experience with General Electric’s appliances you will not be disappointed with this disposal's performance. It also fits in your budget easily with all the amazing features.

I think General Electric’s GFC520V garbage disposal can be a very convenient option if you are looking for a good ½ hp garbage disposal.