What’s the difference between Badger 5, Badger 500 & Badger 5XP

Badger series of garbage disposals is undoubtedly one of the economical and reliable like of products by InSinkErator. Badger 5 is one among the popular disposals, and there are two more models Badger 5XP and Badger 500.

Badger 5 vs Badger 5XP vs Badger 500

Badger 5 Vs Badger 500; what’s the difference?

InSinkErator Badger 5 vs Badger 500


Yes, you heard it right,

There is no difference between Badger 5 and Badger 500, both are absolutely the same, except maybe Badger 500 is pricier by a few dollars. There is absolutely no difference in the specifications or warranties of these products. Both Badger 5 and 500 come with the exact same specifications whether it is griding power, make or size. Their warranties are exactly the same, which is 3-years (it was previously 2-years).

Then why did InSinkErator make two exact same models? Badger 500 is the HomeDepot version of Badger 5, you can buy it directly from the store whereas to get a Badger 5 you will have to order it online. This convenience is also the reason why Badger 500 is priced a few more dollars than Badger 5.

There is a hack, by the way, to get Badger 500 for the price of Badger 5. Go to a home depot store, and tell them you are looking for a Badger 5. When they say they have only the 500 in stock look in disbelief. Then politely ask how Badger 500 is different from Badger 5 and once they tell you that both are exactly the same ask if it is possible to get the 500 for the price of Badger 5. The chances are you will.

Since both Badger 500 and 5 are the same I don’t see any point in doing any further comparison, so in the rest of my article, I won’t be writing anything about Badger 500. So let’s jump to;

Badger 5 Vs Badger 5XP

Badger5 & 5XP models of disposals are mostly similar to each other though there are a few differences. Let’s first see how they are similar.

InSinkErator Badger 5 vs Badger 5XP garbage disposals


Badger 5 and Badger 5XP both follow the exact same design, both have the same chamber capacity of 26oz, and both are very similar to Badger 1 (you can check my previous article Badger 1 vs Badger 5) They are continuous feed type disposals where you can add food wastes continuously to the grinding chamber.

Both Badger disposals run on Dura-drive induction motors at 1725 RPM. Both can be easily replaced with each other. They have grinding components made of galvanized steel, both come with the same set of accessories and are budget-friendly.


There are two notable differences here. The main difference between a Badger 5 and a Badger 5XP is the power. Badger 5 garbage disposal runs on a 1/2 HP motor whereas Badger 5XP is much more powerful with a 3/4 HP motor.

UPDATE: Both models now have the same 3-year warranty. The other is the warranty. Badger 5 comes with 2-year limited warranty whereas the other has a 3-year limited warranty.

Other not so noticeable differences include the overall height and weight where Badger 5XP exceeds its friend by a small margin. Badger 5XP has a height of 12-5/8 inches whereas the Badger 5 is only 11.5 inches in height.

Badger 5


Badger 5XP


Power 1/2 HP 3/4 HP
RPM 1725 1725
Feed type Continuous Continuous
Grinding chamber capacity 26 oz 26 oz
Height 11.5″ 12-5/8″
Grinding system make Galvanized steel Galvanized steel
Warranty 3 year (for the new version) 3 year
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Can I replace a Badger 5 with Badger 5XP

Yes, you can replace a Badger 5 with a Badger 5XP, and vice versa, as both garbage disposal units use the same 3-bolt mounting system, all you have to do is twist and disconnect one and twist and connect the other.

Which should you buy; Badger 5 or Badger 5XP?

The answer depends totally on you. I would choose Badger5XP had the price difference between them was negligible but its sometime around 30 bucks. So if you want a disposal unit with more power, go for 5XP else go for Badger 5.

In any case, before you buy don’t forget to check the competition by Waste King

And, here is a list of best garbage disposals if you are interested.

Charles John

A few years back I bought a garbage disposal for the first time in my life. And the buying experience wasn't good. There were lots of models in the market, and I was not sure about which one to buy. They all looked the same to me. So once I went through the experience I started this blog to randomly write things about garbage disposals. Then I got really interested in the subject and started to write comparisons of very similar garbage disposals with each other. A lot of my readers find them very useful in making the right buying choice. I hope it helps you too.

5 thoughts on “What’s the difference between Badger 5, Badger 500 & Badger 5XP

  1. Just a comment since this article. There is a minor difference between the two now. The 500 is about 1″ longer than the 5, granted they have the same exact grind chamber size.

  2. I can find nobody to answer my question. Do all insinkerater disposals come with a cord or do they come with no cord so that they can be hardwired into a switch? Or do some come with a cord and others not. Or do some come with a cord that you can take off and hard wire..Please help..this is driving me crazy..thank you

    1. Hi,
      Sorry for the late reply. Generally, InSinkErator garbage disposals DO NOT come with a power cord. That being said, you may come across some models that have preinstalled power cords but then that will be clearly mentioned in the product description.

  3. Great article. I wish I read this before going to Home Depot to buy the Badger. I just bought and already installed the 500 the other day without knowing the badger 5 … No wonder I didn’t see the 5 in the store….. I hate it when they do this to the customers…. From now on, I am going to shop at Lowes more for my future home projects.

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