Whether you are new to garbage disposals, replacing an old unit or having a complete kitchen refit, in this the first of our best garbage disposal reviews we are going to review the InSinkErator Badger 5. No, it's not made by a reformed variant of the 1990s boy band which featured Justin Timberlake InSinkErator if you have not heard of them, they are a fairly well know garbage disposal brand manufactured by a company called Emerson from Wisconsin USA.
In this article we are going to walk you through the InSinkErator features, talk about its pro's and con's and also give it some ratings out of a possible maximum of five hopefully by the end you will have a good understand of what this garbage disposal unit can offer you.
Why the InSinkErator Badger 5?
Designed for a user who has limited space underneath their sink the InSinkErator Badger 5 is a capable device which with a power rating of 1/2 HP (Horsepower) you may think it is not capable of meeting your needs. Whilst we agree that it is not particularly powerful it has been designed to meet the specific needs of a small family, couple or even a single person.
Types of Food It Can Dispose Of
No matter whether you are connected to a sewage system or have to dispose of your household waste into a septic tank, you can literally turn the likes of chicken bones, fruit and vegetable peels and coffee grounds and more into an easy to dispose of liquid.
Featuring one stage grind technology the Badger 5 has an in-built grind-shear ring made of galvanized steel which enables it to deal with difficult pieces of food waste efficiently.
Key Features of the InSinkErator Badger5
Now for the part, you have been waiting for in this our first of the best garbage disposal reviews, features! You may have a number of expectations or hopes about this so we will try not to disappoint you.
If you are a hands-on kind of person then you do not often have someone come around and fit or fix something for you. If we're right the designers of the InSinkErator Badger 5 probably had someone like you in mind when designing this garbage disposal unit because mounting it is simple and it's easy to install, the manufacturer claims it is as simple as twisting it into place.
One piece of advice we would give you prior to installing this device is, keep the old mounting bracket and sink flange ... and follow the step-by-step installation guide which you will find in the box. Also, if you have a dishwasher make sure you take out the drain plug as a device has a dishwasher outlet.
Dura-drive Induction Motor
As you may or may not know, every garbage disposal unit comes with a motor however, InsinkErator has chosen to use a 1/2 Horsepower induction motor in the badger 5, which runs at 1725 rpm (revolutions per minute). Furthermore, this heavy-duty motor was designed by InSinkErator specifically for this device to exacting standards which means it provides extremely high performance and has a much working longer life than the average motor.
Single Stage Grind Technology
Moving on to grind technology, the Badger 5 incorporates a single grind process, which we think is a limiting factor for any disposal unit, but they are common among cheaper models, as they are the least expensive for a manufacturer to incorporate into a design. Whilst it will limit you to the types of waste you can dispose of it will do a good job as long as you understand those limitations.
Whilst the grind feature itself may be a little disappointing the good news is that overall capacity is good, at 26 oz the Badger 5 is capable of reducing as much waste as you like into a disgusting liquid.
In addition, if you throw in the fact that it has protection features to prevent overload then it does its job really well!
Final Thoughts of the garbage disposal reviews
If you are interested in reading the best garbage disposal reviews because you need something that is relatively inexpensive, Eco-friendly and offers you a good amount of features for the price, then this InSinErator garbage disposal unit will do just that.
However, and this is an important piece of advice, make sure that you read the included instruction booklet thoroughly if you are considering self-installing. And follow the manufacturer's guidelines as to what food waste you can put through it because if you don't follow them you may end-up on the market for a new one sooner rather than later.
One other piece of advice would be to remember to pick up a compatible power cord, the last thing you want to do is start the install only to find out you can't use it!
Finally, if you have a small budget, live on your own, are part of a couple or have just started a family the InSinkErator Badger 5 could be for you. However, if you have a larger budget you should consider a unit with at least two grinding chambers because not only are they more versatile, but in the long run could save you money due to the larger variety of food waste they can dispose of.
- Build Quality: We have decided to give a 9-star rating for this due to its overall sturdiness and how light weight it is.
- Ease of installation: Whilst not as easy as the manufacturer suggests it is relatively easy and still gets 8 out of 10.
- Value for money: With some great features at an affordable price it gets 9 stars.
- Technological innovation: Whilst firmly aimed at the lower end of the market, but still offering some good features, we give InSinkErator Badger 5 6.5 out of 10 stars.
If you have a small budget, live on your own, are part of a couple or have just started a family the InSinkErator could be for you!