InSinkErator Badger 5 Review

InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Food Waste Disposer has been the best selling garbage disposer in for a long time. The badger line offers a wallet-friendly solution for waste disposal.

The 1/2 HP motor is more than capable of perfectly juicing organic wastes like fruit peels, vegetables, meat, and even small bones. It uses a single-phase Dura-Drive induction motor and is capable of running at a speed of 1725 RPM. The single-stage grinding system with two rotating hammers delivers enough crushing power to liquefy most household wastes.

The InSinkErator Badger 5 is not exactly a silent gadget, in fact, it is noisier than most of the high-end disposers. But considering the cost factor, it is easy to forgive this extra noise.


  • Type of Feed – Continuous
  • On/Off Control – Wall Switch
  • Motor – Single Phase
  • HP – 1/2
  • Volts – 120
  • HZ – 60
  • RPM – 1725
  • Amp. (Avg. Load) – 6.3
  • Time Rating – Intermittent
  • Lubrication – Permanently Lubricated Upper & Lower Bearings
  • Shipping Weight (Approx.) – 14 lbs.
  • Unit Finish – Waterborne Grey Enamel
  • Overall Height – 12-5/8”
  • Grind Chamber Capacity – 26 oz.
  • Motor Protection – Manual Reset Overload
  • Average Water Usage – 1 Gallon Per Person Per Day
  • Average Electrical Usage – 3-4 KWh Per Year
  • Drain – 1-1/2”
  • Anti-Vibration Connection – Hose Clamp
  • Dishwasher Drain Connection – Yes

This disposer is made of Galvanized steel and has a chamber capacity of 26 ounces which is enough for a small family. It has an approximate width (radius) of 7 inches and a height of 13 inches, a compact design suitable for any sink.

The InSinkErator Badger 5 comes with a quick-lock sink mount, a sink baffle, stopper, discharge tube and a wrenchette. It is easy to mount especially if you were using a similar waste disposer like its 1/3 HP version. Step by step installation directions is given in its installation manual.

It comes under a warranty of 2 years with any maintenance/repairs done free.

Reviews And Ratings;

InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Food Waste Disposer is the best selling product in its category. So far it has got 2400+ positive reviews which show how much popular this disposal is.

InSinkErator Badger 5 – Final Words

Like every product, this has some cons as well. Some users, though few when compared to the overall rating, had leaking issues resulting from the cracks on the disposal units. For most these issues happened after a service of 4-6 years, well out of the warranty period. Other than this, Badger 5 is the most desirable economic garbage disposal.

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