Badger 5 vs Badger 500: Which Garbage Disposal is Better?

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Having a garbage disposal unit attached to the underneath of your sink is the perfect solution for easy cleanup and they reduce the number of food scraps that we add to our trash, effectively helping the environment. On top of that, a garbage disposal unit will help keep your drains clear from pieces of food that go down the sink drain.

Today, we are going to look at two InSinkErator models, the Badger 5 vs Badger 500. We will discuss their power and abilities, their appearance, and their installation. We will place all of the information in a comparison chart and finish up with some pros and cons of each.

Badger 5 vs Badger 500

There are in fact, quite a few similarities, so we will begin here.

Badger 5 vs Badger 500 – Similarities

Motor

The motor of garbage disposal is essentially what will provide the power for turning food waste into liquids. They have a ½ horsepower motor. This is ideal for small to medium-sized families. The Dura-Drive Induction motor makes an easy job of grinding harder food.

Activation

There are a number of ways you can activate garbage disposal. Both the Badger 5 and the Badger 500 are wall-switch activated.

Installation

There is no need to be an expert to install the Badger garbage disposals. The Badger 5 and the Badger 500 comes with a Quick-Lock mount system and a straightforward installation manual. They are both connected to the drain by a 1 ½-inch cushioned slip joint.

Grind Chamber

The Badger 5 and the Badger 500 have a 26oz grind chamber capacity. The chambers are made from galvanized steel for extra durability. The upper and lower bearings are permanently lubricated. The two Badger garbage disposals are suitable for continuous feed. They have a grinding speed of 1725 RPM.

Certifications

The Badger 5 and Badger 500 are both UL certified. This means they have been tested and have passed all of the necessary safety requirements.

As we have now covered what they have in common let’s move on to how the Badger 5 and the Badger 500 are different.

Quick Glance

Badger 5

Badger 5

  • Size: 7x7x13 inches
  • Weight: 13.75lbs
  • Capacity: 26 oz
  • Horsepower: 1/2HP
  • Grinding Speed: 1725 RPM
  • Motor: Dura-Drive Induction Motor
  • Grinding Chamber: Galvanised Steel
  • Joint: 1 ½-inch cushioned slip joint
  • Continuous Feed: Yes
  • UL Certified: Yes
  • Warranty: 2-years
Badger 500

Badger 500

  • Size: 6.3×6.3×12.63 inches
  • Weight: 13.9lbs
  • Capacity: 26 oz
  • Horsepower: 1/2HP
  • Grinding Speed: 1725 RPM
  • Motor: Dura-Drive Induction Motor
  • Grinding Chamber: Galvanised Steel
  • Joint: 1 ½-inch cushioned slip joint
  • Continuous Feed: Yes
  • UL Certified: Yes
  • Warranty: 2-years

Differences Between Badger 5 and Badger 500

Appearance

Badger 500 Comparison

There isn’t anything that stands out about the appearance of the two garbage disposals. You will see the chamber which has an outlet on the top that is to attach to your drainage system. Colors and sizes will vary depending on the brand.

Badger 5

While it looks black, the official color is waterborne gray with an enamel finish. It is 7 x 7 x 13 inches and it weighs 13.75 pounds.

Badger 500

The color is exactly the same but the size is slightly different. It measures 6.3 x 6.3 x 12.6 inches and weighs 13.9 pounds.

The Winner Is- A Tie

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Accessories

Badger 500 Review

This is an area that has lead to some people’s disappointment and/or confusion. It is also closely related to the installation.

Badger 5

The Badger 5 doesn’t come with a power cord but you will have to buy one separately in order to connect it to a power source. It also comes with a Quick-Lock Sink Mount, a jam buster wrench, a tailpipe, a tailpipe gasket, a stopper, and instructions.

Badger 500

To clear up the confusion, we referred to the InSinkErator website. The Bader 500 also doesn’t come with a power cord. This is because the badger 500 is directly wired and therefore doesn’t require a power cord. It also comes with a Quick-Lock Sink Mount, a jam buster wrench, a tailpipe, a tailpipe gasket, a stopper, and instructions.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Value for Money

Badger 5 Review

A good quality garbage disposal can range from $60 to $150. Most will come with a warranty.

Badger 5

This garbage disposal sits in the middle of the average price range. It comes with a 2-year warranty.

Badger 500

It is a bit more expensive than the badger 5 but it also comes with a 2-year warranty.

The Winner Is- The Badger 5

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Pros and Cons

Before we offer our final verdict, here are some pros and cons to help you clear up any final doubts you may have.

Badger 5

Pros:

  • It’s incredibly easy to install without any plumbing experience
  • It is very durable and will last for years
  • Works great on most types of food waste

Cons:

  • Some people may find it noisier than other garbage disposals

Badger 500

Pros:

  • Also works very well on most food waste
  • It is well made and solid construction
  • Easy to install, even more so when you are replacing an old Badger

Cons:

  • It might be more of a challenge to install if you aren’t confident with the direct wire.

The Final Verdict

It is quite hard to choose between the Badger 5 and the Badger 500, mainly because they are so similar. If you go back to the comparison chart you will notice that in terms of power and ability, there is no difference. So we could not base our decision on this.

Finally, we chose the badger 5. When you take out how it works on food waste, you are left with value for money and the installation. Now, it is a little silly that InSinkErator doesn’t provide the power cord but this is easy (and cheap enough) to fix. We found that this installation method was probably more suitable for people who aren’t used to plumbing and electrics. Realistically, there is little point in buying the Badger 500 for a higher price when the Badger 5 does a fantastic job and will save you a few dollars.


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