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InSinkErator Badger 5 garbage disposer

 
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$78.99 - $129.99
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Type: Continuous-feed garbage disposers
About - InSinkErator Badger 5

The InSinkErator Badger 5 is part of the garbage disposer test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, garbage disposer models like the Badger 5 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Speed:
We judged each model's speed of grinding beef bones and vegetable scraps. The speed of grind was based on the amount of bone that was ground in one minute of operation.

Fineness:
We judged each model's fineness of grinding beef bones and vegetable scraps. The fineness of grind was based on the distribution of particle size after all bones were ground to completion.

Vegetable scraps:
For vegetable scraps, whole celery stalks and whole potatoes were used.
Features & Specs - InSinkErator Badger 5
info HP 1/2
info Warranty (yrs.) 2
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User Reviews - InSinkErator Badger 5
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Delivers As Advertised - No More No Less
2/2/2015
Pros
Affordable
Easily Installed
Cons
Noisy
Not powerful
Best Uses
Basic Function
Cost effective
Comment:
I had a Badger 5 from 1999 that I finally had to replace after 15 years when the motor froze (it was 6 years old when I bought my house). <br /><br />Before buying a replacement, I read the Consumer Reports reviews, user reviews, & InSinkErator product information. For those looking at buying a disposal, I think it's important to consider what function it needs to fulfill. I use the disposal only for waste that sneaks past the screen I keep in the drain. I also don't want to spend a lot of money on something hidden under a sink. For how the Badger 5 is marketed, an affordable and functional option, it delivers as advertised - no more, no less. It's a cost effective, basic, entry-level disposal. If you grind bones & fibrous waste, require heavy duty use, or want quiet operation, this is probably not the disposal for you. <br /><br />The Badger 5 was easy to install, taking about 1.5 hours, including removing the old disposal. The installation instructions are clear & straightforward so it's a project that's achievable for a non-plumber. <br /><br />It's only been installed for two months, but so far I haven't had issues with leaking, cracking, excessive vibration, or odors.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Garbage (AKA lousy performance)
11/26/2014
Pros
cheap
Cons
Noisy
Not powerful
Best Uses
None
Comment:
Our Badger was installed by the builder.<br />Low end special.<br />Would never buy it myself.<br /><br />It is very nosiy.<br />It fails miserably at disposing of raw fish skins.<br />It takes a very long time to grind up uncooked beef and pork bones.<br /><br />We will probably replace it next year even it is working.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Durability no longer good.
11/22/2014
Pros
None really
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
Our first new house came with one that lasted 15years. The one in our second new house died after 4 years. Thought, ok, this could sometimes happen, even with the best of products. Replaced it with the same model in Oct. of 2010. One week ago, again, 4 years later, it started leaking from the bottom of the unit. Obviously, quality and durability dosen't mean much at in sink erator anymore.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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