InSinkErator Badger 5 vs Badger 500

InSinkErator is one of the leading manufacturers of residential garbage disposals. The Badger line is quite popular and affordable. When shopping online at the InSinkErator website, you will see three models of Badger garbage disposals listed, along with pricing for each.

There are some differences in the specifications. The Badger 5 motor is 1/2 HP, compared to the 5XP at 3/4 HP. The Badger 5 weighs 14 pounds, while the 5XP weighs 15 pounds. The Badger 1 differs in that it is 1/3 HP and weighs 13 pounds. These differences are reflected in the prices. The Badger 5 is an affordably priced disposal that is claimed to be easy to install to your kitchen sink drain outlet using the InSinkErator Quick Lock sink mount.

The basic specifications for the Badger 5 are:

  • Continuous feed
  • Wall switch operated
  • Single phase motor
  • 1/2 HP
  • 120 volts
  • 60 HZ
  • 1725 RPM
  • 6.3 average amp load
  • 14 lbs in weight
  • 12-5/8” in height
  • Grind chamber capacity of 26 ounces
  • Manual reset overload for motor protection
  • 1 gallon of average water usage per day
  • 3-4 KWh per year average electrical usage
  • Has a dishwasher drain connection option
  • Steel grinding elements
  • 2 year in-home warranty

According to technical support at InSinkErator, the Badger 500 is identical to the Badger 5. You won’t see the 500 listed for sale on the manufacturer’s website. This is because the 500 model is the 5 rebranded only for sale at The Home Depot.

When comparing the InSinkErator Badger 5 vs Badger 500, you won’t find any difference in specifications, warranty, or performance. What you will find is a difference in price. The Badger 500 sells at a higher price point than the Badger 5 at The Home Depot. In my research, I found that The Home Depot offers both the Badger 5, listed at around $75, and the Badger 500, listed around $99. With either disposal, you have to purchase the InSinkErator Power Cord Accessory Kit if you intend to plug the unit into a wall outlet mounted within the sink cabinet. The kit sells for around $12.00.

I wondered why anyone would you go to The Home Depot and pay more for the Badger 500 if the 5 is the same and less expensive. I discovered that it is simply a matter of convenience. The Badger 500 is stocked on the shelves in the store. You can just go in and purchase it quickly. If you want the Badger 5 from The Home Depot, you will have to order it. You can order on The Home Depot website or through a sales clerk in the store. The order for the Badger 5 will be shipped to the store where you can pick it up.

I came across and interesting tip from an online customer review of this product: You can ask the sales clerk at The Home Depot to order the Badger 5 for you at the lesser price or suggest that he or she sell the 500 to you for the price of the 5. For their own convenience, they may accommodate your request.

InSinkErator garbage disposals are well priced and have a good warranty service program. Like any appliance, they don’t last forever. And, you will need to have some basic electrical work done to accommodate the installation, unless you are purchasing the disposal to replace an existing one.

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Justin Curtis

I am not a professional plumber, but I do feel like I am pretty handy :). I would love to hear your comments about this post or others. Thanks for reading!

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Dal Andrew - January 9, 2017

Justin, thank you for your contribution. It is helpful.

I have another problem i do not understand with my Badger model 9. I hear the motor coils energize with hum. But, no rotation of the grinder element. Element is free to rotate via light torque applied via hex wrench from bottom, or even from a probe from within the grinder cavity.

Red reset button under grinder has no effect.

Are gears that could be stripped between the motor shaft and the rotor itself?

TIA, Dal

    Justin Curtis - January 11, 2017

    Hi Dal – I really don’t know what it could be…that’s a tough one. Have you tried contacting InSinkErator? They could probably solve the issue over email or phone. Good luck!

Jaymel - January 12, 2017

Thanks. Helpful information. Just saved me $20.

MSteve - October 15, 2017

Thanks for this article. It sounds like Home Depot has picked up some ideas from mattress companies on how to market the same product with different names. Usually I buy from Home Depot, but will order the badger 5 on-line.

Scott - November 13, 2017

Wow! What a long winded write up. DO NOT BUY THE BADGER 500!

I hope somewhere in this lengthy write up – didn’t have time to read it – is a caution that the Badger 500 DOES NOT INCLUDE A POWER CORD.

Sales folks will tell you you can simply remove and use your old Badger 5 power cord. Not necessarily so. For me the (metal) retaining clip fell down into the motor and was irrevocably stuck to the magnet. Had to then disassemble the old unit to recover it. Then still couldn’t ‘simply’ remove the old cord. Gave up and took the unit back. Buying the Badger 5 from Amazon.


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