Moen GX50C 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Review

by Paul

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Kitchen appliances make our everyday life comfortable and convenient. To keep your kitchen clean and fresh, a disposal is an excellent choice to have. Like many other popular kitchen fitting and appliance manufacturers, Moen contains a line of garbage disposals. Among all their disposals, Moen GX50C ½ HP is a great garbage disposal that got quite popularity among users.

Moen has been Producing great kitchen fittings and faucets for a long time. Their garbage disposals are not different from the other quality products. With great service, powerful device and compact design; Moen has been able to grab the attention of a lot of garbage disposal users.

Moen GX50C 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

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1/2 HP


2600 RPM


12.33 Lbs


9.69 x 9.39 x 14.88

Feed Type


Grind Material

Stainless Steel

Septic Safe?



5 year 

I love having good appliances in my home that increase my convenience while working. The extra little time I get for myself by using an appliance to do a part of the chore is worth every penny I spend on it. So, I love to research about those electric devices before buying one. And most of my friends ask for my help while deciding to buy a new product.

One of my colleagues who knew my madness about finding and reviewing new appliances was asking about my opinion about Moen garbage disposal. He was already a loyal customer of Moen and impressed about Moen’s great designed disposals. But he did not know about the performance of those disposal units.

I was quite puzzled. I knew Moen as a very good manufacturer of amazing faucets & fittings, but I had no idea about Moen’s disposal units. So, I started looking for real users with Moen garbage disposals. There were just a few among my friends and colleagues who started using Moen garbage disposal and they knew about my passion for these things (weird, right?).

That was the first time when I got few ideas about Moen garbage disposals. I read many reviews online and suggested my colleague Moen GX50C as per his needs. I knew this disposal has started to get popular by the users. I knew the pros and cons. After thinking overall, he decided to go for one.

Power & Speed

Moen GX50C is a continuous disposal of Moen GX series, that comes with a ½ HP 2600 RPM Vortex permanent magnet motor. It is a light use garbage disposal that is most suitable for a family with two to four people. It may not be as powerful as a disposal with ¾ HP unit, but it is good enough to clean all the regular food waste of a small family.

As I suggest to everyone, you should not put hard bones and big fruit pits inside a garbage disposal, I’ll suggest same here. This disposal starts with full speed unlike many of the garbage disposals. This prevents jamming to occur in the disposal.

Universal Xpress Mount

The disposal is very easy to install. It uses the universal mounting system of 3-bolt mounting. If you are replacing an old badger or any other disposal with 3-bolt mounting, the new Moen can easily fit into that unit. But before using the old mounting, please make sure the mounting is new and in a good quality to be used for a new unit.

If you are thinking of installing it with the mounting by yourself, the I’ll suggest to go for it. You can find the proper installation information on Moen’s website. The video instructions are pretty good for any non-professional or first-time installer. You just need to follow the steps.

Beside that I can suggest you something very important regarding installation. This disposal is quite heavy and big in size. While installing the disposal with the mounting, you may need someone’s help to hold it for you.

Otherwise, you should manage to have a hard surface where you can put the disposal that makes it on the same level as the mounting needs. This will let you work with both the hands and easily complete the installation by yourself.

Installation Information

Installation Type

3-Bolt Mount




4.5 Amps

Max Sink Thickness

1/2 inch

Dishwasher Hose Size

7/8 Inch

Drain Connection Size

1-1/2 Inches

Cord Included


Cord Length

33 Inches


There are complains about this disposal being noisy from the users. I have seen many garbage disposals while grinding garbage. I have seen this one too. I think the noise level is tolerable. But this disposal is much quieter than the old badger disposals.

If you have been using a badger disposal and going to replace with it, then you will find it very quiet. If you want to compare it with the other high-end garbage disposals of Insinkerator, then you may find it bit louder.

Design & Material

Moen disposals are very praised for the design and material. The making and material give it a premium touch. The disposal is well designed inside too. Unlike an Insinkerator this disposal’s reset button is places in side are of the disposal. It is much easier to reach.


For a ½ HP garbage disposal, it is quite big and heavy. It has a lot of space inside the chamber. It can be a plus point for grinding a good amount of waste altogether. But can be a problem if you have a small space under the sink. Beside that the heavy weight may make it hard to install it on your own.

Price and Warranty

This disposal is good for a medium budget purchase. I think the price is okay for a ½ HP disposal and not too low as few of Waste King disposals. I think the price is worth for what you get.

Moen GX50C comes with a 4 year in-home warranty period. The warranty is fairly good, more than many of the disposals available in market in this price. If you use the disposal properly, it will last a much longer time period than 4 years.


  • Good Design & Material
  • Power cord included
  • Fairly long-term warranty
  • Very big space in grinding chamber
  • Easy to install the universal 3-bolt mounting system
  • Removable Splash Guard included


  • No Allen Wrench included to clean jam
  • Heavy weight can make it hard to install
  • Takes a lot of space under the sink


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A garbage disposal lets you get rid of the waste instantly when it's still fresh. It also helps you to get rid of any kind of unwanted rotten smell in your kitchen. Those families with two to four people who need light usage of a garbage disposal every day should go for a 1/2HP garbage disposal like Moen GX50C 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal.

So, if you need a small garbage disposal for your kitchen, you can easily go with this. For a more powerful garbage disposal from Moen you can go for their ¾ HP garbage disposal.