Which Badger Garbage Disposal is Right for Your Home?

A Buyer's Guide
The InSinkErator Badger series is a popular line of garbage disposals, and the models you've mentioned—Badger 5XP, Badger 500, and Badger 5—are among its best-known. Let's break down the primary differences:

Horsepower (HP):

Badger 5XP: 3/4 HP
Badger 500: 1/2 HP
Badger 5: 1/2 HP

The higher the horsepower, the more powerful the motor is, which means it can grind up tougher food waste more efficiently. A 3/4 HP motor, like that of the Badger 5XP, is notably stronger than the 1/2 HP motor found in the Badger 500 and Badger 5.


Given its higher horsepower, the Badger 5XP is better suited for households that frequently use their disposal or have more members. It can handle a larger variety of food wastes, including tougher substances.

The Badger 500 and Badger 5, with their 1/2 HP motors, are better suited for smaller households or less frequent usage.

Model Naming:

The Badger 500 is essentially a rebranded version of the Badger 5, made exclusively for certain retailers. Their specifications and performance are virtually identical.

They're all roughly in the same price range, around $150. However, prices might slightly vary depending on the retailer, location, and any ongoing promotions or discounts.

All three models are known for their durability, especially given their price range. However, with its slightly more robust motor, the Badger 5XP might have a slight edge in longevity if frequently put to the test with harder food scraps.
If the price difference isn't a significant concern for you, the Badger 5XP with its 3/4 HP motor offers the best performance and is likely to handle a wider range of food waste more efficiently. It's particularly suitable for households with more members or those who frequently cook and use the disposal.

However, for smaller households or those who won't be using the disposal as heavily, either the Badger 500 or Badger 5 will suffice. Given that the Badger 500 and Badger 5 are nearly identical, the choice between them might come down to availability, any retailer-specific warranties, or slight price differences.

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