Badger 1 vs Badger 5: Which InSinkErator Garbage Disposal is Better?

It’s a disgusting job having to scoop out the food waste from your kitchen sink. Not only that, but the food waste that goes down the drain ends up in landfills and water treatment plants, adding to our environmental problems.

Insinkerator is the leading brand of garbage disposals in the US and the world’s largest manufacturer. The company combines function, style and value for money. We are going to look at the Badger 1 and the Badger 5 to compare their similarities and differences. All of the specifics can be found in a side-by-side chart and we will include some pros and cons.

Badger 1 vs Badger 5

The Badger 1 and the Badger 5 are very similar, so we will begin here.

Badger 1 vs Badger 5 – Similarities

Uses

The Badger 1 and the Badger 5 are continuous feed garbage disposals with an on/off wall switch. They are designed to break down most types of food waste. Although they will work on small bones, it’s not recommended.

Power

In terms of voltage, the Badger 1 vs Badger 5 both has 120V and 60HZ. This allows for 1725 RPM, revolutions per minute.

Installation

Both of these Insinkerator garbage disposals are designed to fit existing Insinkerator systems. They come with a 1 ½-inch cushioned slip joint drain connection and a Quick Lock Mount which means the Badger 1 and the Badger 5 just twist on to the system that is in place.

Grind Chamber

The grinding chamber is where the blade works to break down the food. The grinding chambers for the Badger 1 and the Badger 5 are 26 ounces and have 2 stainless Steel 360º swivel lugs.

Motor Protection

The Badger 1 and the Badger 5 have manual reset overload protection.

Side by Side Comparison

Badger 1

Badger 1

  • Size – 7 x 7 x 12 inches
  • Weight – 12.8lbs
  • Garbage Disposal Type – Continuous feed
  • Horsepower – 1/3Hp
  • Motor Type – Dura-drive induction with galvanized steel components
  • Voltage – 120V
  • Hertz – 60Hz
  • RPM – 1725PRM
  • Grind Chamber – 26Oz
  • Installation – Quick Lock Mount- compatible with all existing Insinkerator systems
  • Wall Switch – Yes
  • Manual Rest Overload Protection – Yes
  • Warranty – 1-year full warranty on parts and in-house service
Badger 5

Badger 5

  • Size – 6.3 x 6.3 x 11.5 inches
  • Weight – 13.75lbs
  • Garbage Disposal Type – Continuous feed
  • Horsepower – 1/2Hp
  • Motor Type – Dura-drive induction with galvanized steel components
  • Voltage – 120V
  • Hertz – 60Hz
  • RPM – 1725PRM
  • Grind Chamber – 26Oz
  • Installation – Quick Lock Mount- compatible with all existing Insinkerator systems
  • Wall Switch – Yes
  • Manual Rest Overload Protection – Yes
  • Warranty – 2-year full warranty on parts and in-house service

There are a few differences that will determine which of the Insinkerator garbage disposals you choose.

Differences Between Badger 1 and Badger 5

Appearance

Badger 1 Comparison

They look very similar in design and color but vary in size.

Badger 1

This is the larger of the two garbage disposals and measures 7 x 7 x 12 inches. It weighs 12.8 pounds. It comes in a waterborne grey enamel color.

Badger 5

Though smaller, at 6.3 x 6.3 x 11.5 inches, it weighs a little more at 13.75 pounds. It comes in the same waterborne grey enamel.

The Winner Is- A Tie

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Horsepower

Badger 5 Review

The horsepower of a motor will determine how powerful the garbage disposal is and allow for a smoother action with less potential jamming.

Badger 1

This has a 1/3 horsepower dura-drive induction motor. It has galvanized steel components for extra durability.

Badger 5

The motor still has galvanized steel components, but the dura-drive induction motor is more powerful at ½ horsepower.

The Winner Is- The Badger 5

 

Value for Money

Badger 1 Review

Prices will vary depending on the horsepower and warranty; however, the average prices can range between $100 and $200 and most will come with a 1-year warranty.

Badger 1

This comes at a great price, below average. It also comes with a full 1-year warranty on parts and in-home service.

Badger 5

It is more expensive but not by a great deal, still sitting around the lower end of average. The advantage is that the warranty on parts and in-home service is extended to 2 years.

The Winner Is- The Badger 5

Pros and Cons

Finally, we will look at some of the Pros and Cons of the Badger 1 and the Badger 5 before we offer our final verdict.

Badger 1

Pros:

  • Really simple installation that only takes a few minutes, there are plenty of online tutorials too
  • It’s good for homes with 2 or 3 people and daily use
  • Incredibly durable and will last for years

Cons:

  • It’s a little bit louder than we would like

Badger 5

Pros:

  • No experience needed for installation, instructions are clear and easy to understand
  • It’s perfect for larger homes of 3 or 4 people
  • No jamming as long as you don’t put unsuitable food waste down it

Cons:

  • Some people have had small leaks from the bottom

The Final Verdict

Just so that there are no shocks when you open the box, be aware that the power cord isn’t included with either the Badger 1 or the Badger 5.

The great thing about these two products is that whichever one you choose to buy, they will be easy to install onto your existing Insinkerator system, regardless of your plumbing experience. They are also both made of excellent quality materials that will last for a very long time.

We decided that the overall winner today was the Badger 5. The additional horsepower made the process of getting rid of food waste much easier and quicker. Over time there were fewer jams too. It was also a benefit that it was a little smaller and it took up less of our storage space.

There was only about a $10 difference between the Badger 1 and the Badger 5, but on top of that, the warranty on the Badger 5 is twice as long and therefore it works out at much better value. Really, we didn’t see much sense in trying to save a few dollars for a garbage disposal that is less powerful.


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