Whirlpool GC2000XE 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal Review

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by Lisa Ward

Updated on: 12/28/2020

Product Overview

This kitchen garbage disposal is a great way to make the kitchen clean up quick and easy. You won't need to worry about making the trash smell bad or fighting a clogged sink with the Whirlpool GC2000XE Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal. It is designed to ensure that you can feed it at your own pace without it jamming or backing up.

When you feed your food waste to the Whirlpool GC2000XE, it will steadily grind it all up into a consistency that is ready and able to be flushed out through your plumbing. This disposal includes a protector to guard against the unit becoming overloaded, so you won’t have to worry about the whole thing getting jammed up. Having this garbage disposal at your disposal will make your cleaning up go more quickly and smoothly.

Whirlpool GC2000XE 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

Whirlpool GC2000XE 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

  • Stainless steel sink flange 
  • 1 piece plastic stopper
  • Overload protector with manual reset
  • 1/2 horsepower motor

Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Clean

As is true for most home appliances, it’s important to care for your kitchen garbage disposal. One of the biggest advantages of a food waste disposer is the lack of an ominous odor wafting out of your trash. Maintaining and cleaning your Whirlpool GC2000XE is easy and will keep it running and smelling like new. There are a few things you need to know to keep your garbage disposal running its best:

Water Matters

Your Whirlpool garbage disposal will run at its best if you turn on your cold water before you flip the disposal switch and keep that water flowing. You should always turn off the garbage disposal before you turn off the water so that there is a continuous flow of water moving through the disposal while it is grinding up your food waste.

Using cold water throughout this process may sound like a small detail, but it really will make a big difference. If you use hot water, it will interact with any fats that are in the disposal. The heat from the water can turn those fats to stick to the inside of the disposal and even gooey-up the blades of the disposal. In the worst-case scenario, the heat of the water could contribute to a garbage disposal overheating. Buy sticking with cold water and letting it run a full fifteen seconds after you’ve flipped off the disposal, you can reduce buildup and keep your disposal healthy.

Grind Some Ice

For the most part, your Whirlpool disposal will care for itself, but occasionally, it’s a good idea to toss some ice down into it. Not only does this offer similar benefits as cold water, but the chunks will also scrape out any residual sludge left behind in the unit. This makes a quick and easy way to clean out the main compartment of your Whirlpool disposal.

This is the one time when you do not want to run the water while you grind with your garbage disposal. Drop the ice cubes into the disposal and insert the stopper into the drain before turning on the disposal. The stopper will stop the ice from being launched like shrapnel when the blades of the disposal begin to spin.


One of the biggest sources of smell from the garbage in your disposal is grease and fat. While the Whirlpool GC2000XE can tackle a lot of food waste, these oils and fats aren’t solid enough to be broken apart by the blades and don’t mix well enough with water to be flushed down the drain. This will often leave them sitting in the disposal unit to begin to decompose in a very stinky way.

The easiest solution is to avoid putting any grease, oil, or fats down your kitchen sink drain. Inevitably it will happen at some point though, so don’t panic when your beloved child shoves those oily holiday drippings right down the sink. Just pull out some degreaser and pour it down as well. You can use a specific disposal cleaner, but a generic de-greaser will work just as well.

Citrus Smells Nice

If you ever want to make your kitchen smell great, grind up some citrus peels in your Whirlpool disposal. The rind from lime, lemon, or orange is the ideal consistency for the blades of your disposal, and the smell that is released will make your whole kitchen happy. Even better, the acid naturally found in these peels slows the growth of bacteria.


  • The stopper of this unit is a single plastic piece and is paired with a sink flange of stainless steel.
  • The grinding wheel is made of galvanized steel just like the shredder ring.
  • Not only does it include an overload protector, but it also has an easy to use manual reset.
  • This garbage disposal is easy to connect to a dishwasher, too.


  • Power – With only 1/2HP, this garbage disposal is one of the least powerful on the market. It will work well for households with 2-4 people only.
  • Size – At almost 15 inches tall, you’ll want to be sure that you have plenty of space available under your sink.


If you love the Whirlpool brand for your kitchen appliances, you’ll be happy to see that they make a great garbage disposal too. The Whirlpool GC2000XE Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal has good quality parts and will be a great addition to any kitchen. You’ll find that clean up is must faster and neater with this under your sink.

About the author

Lisa Ward is the owner and main author of Sink and Faucet. She has a degree in marketing and a passion for home design and architecture. When she is not working, you might find her doing home improvements at her own house, reading, or flipping through home design magazines at her favorite coffee house.