Badger 5 and Badger 1 garbage disposals by InSinkErator are very similar except for a few things. While going through their specs people always get confused about which one to buy. I can’t blame them because the specs of both disposals are so close, and they even look the same. This is a humble attempt to point out the similarities and differences between the two models.
Similarities between Badger 5 & 1 garbage disposals
Both of them are of the same design, same color combination and the same build. Both disposals have a chamber capacity of 26oz. Both have galvanized steel grinding elements and stainless steel swivel lugs. Both run on Dura-drive induction motors at an RPM of 1725. They are continuous feed type disposals with a single grinding stage (Top models of InSinkErator have multiple grinding stages). As both are budget disposals they don’t have any high-end noise insulations but they will do just fine.
Differences between Badger 5 & Badger 1 disposals
The most notable difference between Badger 5 and Badger 1 garbage disposals is their motors. Badger 1’s motor has a power of 1/3 HP whereas Badger 5 uses a 1/2 HP motor. That makes the latter almost 50% more powerful than the other. Another notable difference between them is for warranty. Badger 1 has only a 2-year warranty whereas Badger 5 comes with a 3-year warranty.
Also in terms of dimensions, while the chamber capacity is 26 oz for both, Badger 5 is slightly bigger owing to a slightly bigger motor. That makes it a little bit heavier too.
|Power||1/2 HP||1/3 HP|
|Dimensions & weight||12-5/8″ height, 6-5/16″ width, 14 lbs||11-3/8″ height, 6-5/16″ width, 13 lbs|
|Grinding chamber capacity||26oz||26oz|
|Grinding system make||Galvanized steel||Galvanized steel|
|Warranty||3 year||2 year|
|View Price & Details||View Price & Details|
Can I replace a badger 1 with a badger 5?
Which is better? Badger 5 Vs Badger 1
Badger 5 has better specs and warranty than Badger 1. As you guessed the former is more costly than the latter but the price difference between them is only a few dollars, sometimes just 10 bucks. I will definitely go for Badger 5, what about you guys? Let me know in the comments.