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.
There are in fact, quite a few similarities, so we will begin here.
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.
There are a number of ways you can activate garbage disposal. Both the Badger 5 and the Badger 500 are wall-switch activated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This is an area that has lead to some people’s disappointment and/or confusion. It is also closely related to the installation.
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.
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
A good quality garbage disposal can range from $60 to $150. Most will come with a warranty.
This garbage disposal sits in the middle of the average price range. It comes with a 2-year warranty.
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
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.