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InSinkErator Badger 5
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$80.70 - $124.82
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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.

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.

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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Badger 5 Cracking in the housing
Best Uses
We have had the Badger 5 insinkerator in our units for just over 3 years. We have had to replace several for the housing cracking in the seams of the unit. For what these disposals cost, they should not be cracking so soon.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Best Uses
Since we compost organics at our home we really did not use this product very often. Purchased 9/09 it has now seized up and no longer functions. We took it apart and found lots of rust in the cutting chamber but could not find the cause of the binding problem. Disappointed as we have had good luck with this brand in the past.
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)
Okay but limited Unit
Easily Installed
Made in the USA
Needs No Real Maintenance
Okay For A Small Kitchen
Relatively Compact Size
Relatively inexpensive
No Strain-relief Fitting
Not User Esrviceable
No User Repairable
Only Lasted 13 Years
Power Cord Not Included
Single Stage Grind
Best Uses
Small Homes Small Budget
Agree wholeheartedly with CR's rating.<br /><br />Bought mine in 2000. (Mine was the 5/8 hp model -- the one in the CR review looks like the 1/2 hp model). The unit's life expectancy is reportedly 10 - 12 years. Mine lasted almost 14 years before it developed a crack somewhere in the upper housing (possibly around the grinder plate) and began a slow drip down the side. ISE's website says that such leaks mean it is probably time to replace it. <br /><br />As best I can tell, there are no user servicable or replaceable parts that I could find. Self-help videos and repair guides can be found on the web but the repairs all look like short-term kludges.<br /><br />It was very easy to install and replace. The unit is short enough to leave room in the sink cabinet for storing supplies beneath it (a big deal for my small, old-house kitchen.) Be aware that none of the ISE models come with power cords or the strain-releif fitting. (The base plate has a been machined to accept a 1/2 strain relief fitting but they don't include that 50-cent part, either.)<br /><br />It works well with most cooking detritus but definitely not for use with large amounts of fibrous materials or peels. As with many single stage gringers, strips of peel, particularly potato peels, seem to slip through largely intact to plug the drain pipes. Had to snake out the sink drain line several times (generally, when somebody forgot about gathering the potato peels for the compost or the garbage.) Does not do bones and takes forever with cirtus rinds. Small hard things like olive pits and stem-ends from lemons can jam or rattle on seemingly foreever.<br /><br />Never had any problems with odors, though. <br /><br />Definitely noisy as CR says. If you've got a thin stainless stell sink, make that deaf-initely noisy --- like starting a lawnmower in my kitchen.A sink made of thicker materials will likely make a big difference for noies level.<br /><br />The leak that recently developed was a small slow drip. ENough to wet a small area of the base-cabinet floor over the course of a day, but not a flood. I left a kitchen towl under it until I could get a replacement.<br /><br />FWIW -- For a replacement I purchased another ISE, the Evolution Compact 3/4 hp model. It is the little brother of the the 1 hp Evolution Excel model that CR tested, but the Excel was too tall, roo heavy, and too expensive for my budget and my kitchen. The 3/4 hp Compact Evloution has been fine for me, so far. The Excell grinds exceedingly fine (three stage grinding) but the Compact Evolution's two stage grinding set-up (so far) has been fine even with the potato peels which were the bane of the Badger model. The new one is dramatically quieter, as well. Which would be expected for a unit costing about twice as much.<br /><br />In response to the several comments below about nver buying another ISE product, virtually all of the dispoals in the U.S. are mde by only two makers: ISE (with a US Plant) and Waste King (which seems to have off-shored its production to CHina). If you find a Frigidaire, Kitchenaid, Maytag, Viking, etc. -- it is made for them by ISE.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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