For people who prepare their food at home, waste disposal is somewhat of a nuisance. Bad odors, extra food leftovers and food waste, in general, are a problem if you do not compost it at all. It has to wait for the garbage man, and every organic item is ideal for bacteria to live on.
We decided to take this compact InSinkErator model, and test its strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons, and see what kind of additional info you should know before buying. Let`s be real, everyone needs a garbage disposal unit, but, choosing the correct one to match your needs, that is a challenge.
So, stick around and follow us through this InSinkErator Badger 5 review in order to find out as much as possible about the unit, and how it could fit into your household, and adequately match your needs.
InSinkErator Badger 5 Specifications
When we said that this model is compact, we referred to its 1/2 HP Dura-Drive induction motor. This belongs to the medium-duty motor range, meaning that it should serve 2-4 people using it daily. But, ideally, with-executed adequate maintenance, it should withstand the workload made by 4 people with ease.
This particular model is a continuous feed type of garbage disposal, and if that confuses you, feel free to learn the basics about this type of machine (link to the main page here)
Now, don’t be fooled by the fact that this model is powered by only 1/2 HP. The grinding process requires less power, but delivers a powerful punch nevertheless. Plus, the installation of the unit is quite simple, and the unit itself doesn’t take up much space beneath the sink.
The Badger 5 comes together with: a stopper, a discharge tube, a flange, a gasket, jam-busting toolset and additional hardware like bolts and screws, should you need them for extra stability. However, the power cord is not included in this package.
It is also important to mention that all of the main parts are made of galvanized steel, so the grinding chamber is rust-free and shiny.
Customer Support and Warranty Policy
This company with a funny name is investing all of their resources to advance in the field of kitchen and bathroom sink systems. They are a main competitor in the field of garbage disposal and hot water delivery systems. This gives them extra credibility and allows a wide range of units you can pick from. The company can be contacted via traditional (landline, mobile) and website, email, live chat, so they are always at your service. They even have an active community built around them, which upload videos to help you out, like the below video.
When it comes to warranty, InSinkErator provides the world renown `We Come to You` in-home limited warranty, with this particular model being covered by a 2-year policy. This means that one of their many certified repairmen and plumbers will come to your aid and help you with installation, repairs and part replacement, free of charge. Just be careful not to meddle with the unit and make your warranty policy void.
What to Expect from InSinkErator Badger 5 Garbage Disposal?
Well, this unit can stand up to any challenge, but not as often. The recommended number of people in the household this machine will be serving in is 2-4. Ideally, you should try and spread out the usage, to keep the unit healthy.
Of course, with adequate maintenance and cleaning, you don’t have to worry about breaks. As mentioned in the user manual, you can process any type of food leftovers, besides larger bones, and be careful with fibrous foods, like bananas.
- Compact, easy to install and takes up little space under the sink
- Average electrical usage: 3-4 KWh per year, making it environmentally friendly
- Has an Anti-Vibration hose clamp, which lowers the noise levels of the unit
- Not a heavy-duty model, but with adequate use can withstand larger workloads
- Electric cord not provided with the unit
We challenged the Badger 5 with every food type the manufacturer said it can process, and we were satisfied with the results. As mentioned above, it is not a heavy-duty garbage disposal unit, but the 1/2 HP motor can do a lot on its own. Just clean the unit twice a month, and be careful not to clog it with metal or glass.
It is ideal for smaller households (2-4 people), and it will definitely make your kitchen fresher and easier to clean. Owning a garbage disposal unit nowadays is no longer considered a luxury, and it is available to everyone.
In this InSinkErator Badger 5 review, we hope that we have answered all of the important and essential questions you might have had. If you want to ask us anything else, feel free to do it in the comment section and we will provide an answer.