InSinkErator Garbage Disposal

Last updated date: January 31, 2020

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9.5

InSinkErator Garbage Disposal

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We looked at the top Garbage Disposal For Apartments and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Garbage Disposal For Apartment you should buy.

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Overall Take

Installation is one of the most expensive factors in buying a new garbage disposal, which is why it's great that the InSinkErator Garbage Disposal can eliminate that cost. The disposal uses a locking mechanism that makes it easy to install, especially if you're replacing an existing InSinkErator disposal. You may still want to contact an electrician, but if you're handy around the house, you can probably tackle this job on your own.


In our analysis of 92 expert reviews, the InSinkErator Garbage Disposal placed 1st when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

For over 75 years InSinkErator has been known for building the world's best food waste disposers. Badger, our standard disposer line, is basic, reliable, and functional. Available in various models and sizes for a range of applications, InSinkErator also manufactures a premier line of disposers, the Evolution Series. InSinkErator food waste disposers are the only disposers that are proudly made in the U.S.A. InSinkErator has grown into the largest food waste disposer manufacturer and best-selling garbage disposer brand in the world.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.1
15 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.1
51,352 user reviews

What experts liked

There are lots of things I could praise about the Badger 5. It works smoothly, does its job more than adequately, has a great warranty, etc., but it was the ease of installation that sold me on the InSinkErator brand for life.
- Mr. Garbage Disposal
The unit is simplicity in design, durability in construction and appropriate strength in motor selection.
- Healthy Kitchen 101
October 18, 2019 | Full review
It’s true that all of InSinkErator’s food waste disposal systems are easy to install, and that’s even truer for the Badger 5 Food waste disposal system. The reason InSinkErator Badger 5 is the easiest waste disposer to install is its Bagdger 5 installQuick Lock sink mount that is made of stainless steel.
- Garbage Disposal Reviews
This sink garbage disposal comes with a 2 year In –Home labor and service warranty. This means in terms of defects and replacements they will come to your home, and you won’t have to bear the extra cost of fixing it within the warranty period.
- Disposal Suggest
April 30, 2019 | Full review
Best of all, this unit is made in the USA and comes with a two-year in-home warranty. That means that if any components break down in that time, it is possible for technicians to come to your house to fix it on the spot.
- Plumbing Lab
February 8, 2019 | Full review
The Badger 5 is a continuous feed garbage disposal, so you can get the dirty job done much faster than normal.
- Helpful for Homes
September 26, 2021 | Full review
The low price tag makes this a a good pick if you're looking to replace a similar unit. Easy installation makes it quick to set up.
- BestReviews
This locking mechanism is always unique thus it makes it simple for the users to remove and install a new InSinkErator unit. With this kind of locking mechanism, you can always do the installation yourself hence there will be no need of calling a professional plumber to do the installation for you.
- Garbage Disposal Mag
The disposer is very dependable and it saves you the stress of unmanaged food waste, that otherwise be unhygienic. More importantly, the disposer is very pocket friendly.
- Theme Country
July 24, 2019 | Full review
Easy to install especially when replacing an older InSinkErator unit
- Disposal of Garbage
June 29, 2016 | Full review
You can dispose all types of food from fruit peel, coffee remains, and even bones in the Badger 5 and even though it is only a 0.5 horsepower device, it will effortlessly crash the remains so it goes into the drainage system without any problem.
- iWater Purification
We also love that the Badger 5 provides everything you will need in the box, including the Quick Lock sink mount, a jam-buster wrench, tailpipe, tailpipe gasket, stopper and installation instructions.
- Helpful Habit
December 21, 2019 | Full review
You’ll find the InSinkErator Badger 5 is one of the calmer passage level disposers available, and it’s shockingly peaceful, particularly for its low evaluating.
- Reviews By People
Certainly, you don’t want to pay huge installation costs for a waste disposal unit. As such, you will tend to look for a unit that is easy and quick to install by yourself. Moreover, choose units that come with installation materials.
- Best Sink Disposal
September 13, 2018 | Full review
You can put anything from fruit peel, coffee grounds and even chicken bones down the new Badger 5 and although it’s only ½ horsepower, it will literally liquefy the food so it goes into the sewage system without a problem. Oh, and before you say anything it’s designed to work with our septic tank.
- Down the Sink

What experts didn't like

Here’s the other major problem: jamming. The Insinkerator Badger 5 will get jammed. That’s just factual. You either have to live with it or buy a high-end model, which has technologies specifically designed against such a problem.
- Healthy Kitchen 101
October 18, 2019 | Full review
A drawback is that you have to remember some tips to ensure trouble-free operation, but they are fairly simple and easy to follow. Avoid pouring grease or fat into the disposer. Use cold water when using your disposer and occasionally dispose of citrus fruit peels to freshen the disposer.
- Garbage Disposal Reviews
The power cord is not included with the unit. You need to spend extra few bucks for the power cord.
- Disposal Suggest
April 30, 2019 | Full review
Even with insulation, it can be loud
- Plumbing Lab
February 8, 2019 | Full review
Leaks could develop from the bottom plate and may need replacing every 2 to 3 years.
- BestReviews
The unit doesn’t come with a power cable thus you will need to spend an extra amount to get a power cable
- Garbage Disposal Mag
However, the disposer is not fitted with power cables thus the buyers will have to buy that separately.
- Theme Country
July 24, 2019 | Full review
The Badger 5 garbage disposal cannot handle kitchen grease or fat
- Disposal of Garbage
June 29, 2016 | Full review
The upper part is made of plastic – although it isn’t as rugged as metal, it is durable.
- iWater Purification
Less horsepower than some other models
- Helpful Habit
December 21, 2019 | Full review
Less Horsepower than other models
- Best Sink Disposal
September 13, 2018 | Full review

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Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations. You can find her show on Prime Video.

An Overview On Garbage Disposal For Apartments

When your garbage disposal stops working, it’s suddenly all too clear how useful an appliance it is. But shopping for a garbage disposal can be complicated. Not only do you have to contend with the cost of a new disposal, but you’ll probably have to pay someone to install it. Before you start looking around, note the brand of disposal you currently have. Some of the most popular brands include features that let you easily slide the old disposal out and replace it with a new one — no professional technician necessary.

The most important feature in any garbage disposal is power. Vicki Liston, host of “On The Fly…DIY,” says the amount of power required depends on how you’ll be using the disposal. If you’re only tossing softer foods and liquids down your disposal, you’ll likely find a ½-horsepower motor will more than suffice. However, for tougher jobs, you’ll need more power.

“I don’t recommend anything less than a ½ horsepower motor,” Liston says. “One-third horsepower units can clog easily, even if you only put soft foods into them.”

Even the most powerful motors can jam occasionally, which is why Liston also recommends choosing a disposal with either an auto-reverse or anti-jam mode. Most disposals come with a reset button in case your unit ever shuts off during a jam. Make sure the model you have not only includes a button, but that you can easily get to that button if you ever need it.

There are two major types of disposals: continuous feed and batch feed. Continuous feed is far more common, so you’ll probably find it tougher to find batch feed models if you prefer that mode. With continuous feed, the motor crunches items up immediately as you add them. Batch feed disposals force you to load all the food in and close it before it starts working. Batch feed disposals are, of course, safer, especially if you have young children, and Liston recommends them unless you have an adults-only household.

The Garbage Disposal For Apartment Buying Guide

  • One way to save money is to install the disposal yourself. There are several benefits to leaving it to a professional, though, perhaps the most important of which is that it’s safer. But professional technicians also know local regulations regarding garbage disposal installation. If you opt to DIY, Liston recommends checking into those regulations.

“Even in this day and age your local facilities may either require a permit and or may not even allow you to connect one, based on their capacity to handle food waste,” Liston says.

  • If you’re in an apartment, check your lease to determine whether there are restrictions. If your complex is on a septic system, dropping anything but liquids down your drain can strain the system, forcing it to require pumping more frequently. Septic customers often find they still need to dump most waste into the trash, even with a garbage disposal.
  • Grease and fat are never good for drains, even with a garbage disposal.
  • To keep it operating efficiently, use only cold water when you’re running your garbage disposal.
  • Sink drains and disposals can start to smell after a while, especially if food is lodged inside its parts. Peels from citrus fruits can keep things smelling fresh.
  • If your disposal doesn’t have a reset button, you can insert a wooden spoon into the mouth of the disposal to clear it.
  • Several factors combine to determine how powerful a motor is. In addition to choosing a ½-horsepower motor or better, you should also look at the revolutions per minute (RPM) and the sharpness of the blades.
  • In a smaller apartment, every noise can seem magnified. More powerful motors will often be louder, so it can really help to choose one that features solid insulation.
  • Your disposal will be exposed to plenty of liquids. Over time, that exposure can cause it to corrode. Some disposals build in corrosion resistance to extend their longevity.