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InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Side-by-Side Comparison

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP vs InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: The contemporary vs the conventional.

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InSinkerator Badger 5

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Overall Verdict

Being around for a long time, the InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP has been proven effectively durable with years of reports to support it. However, its design seems officially outdated now when put next to a newer generation of garbage disposals such as the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP. With better and smoother motors, these disposal models are capable of better efficiency. 

When we compare small garbage disposals, we mainly focus on how they handle themselves against random kitchen scraps like citrus peels or avocado pits, even cooked chicken bones and fish bones. In this category alone, the Disposall Green outperformed the Badger 5 rather easily as the Badger takes much longer to produce passable results.

It was somewhat the same story with raw meat scraps, only with a bigger gap. Here, the Disposall Green impressed us by how poised it was when processing raw chicken and raw fish scraps. The Badger 5, in its turn, failed both tests. Although small garbage disposals are not fit to process raw meat scraps as they aren’t strong enough to produce drain-safe output, these tests highlight how capable newer 1/2 HP models actually are.

The only thing the Badger 5 has over the Disposall Green is its well-known quality; people who have spent years with a Badger 5 often vouch for its motor’s long lifespan and how the disposals usually last. The Disposall Green costs about $20 more (in sale seasons, they’re practically the same price) and is a much younger model whose support can’t compare yet. Though that may be, its impressive performance has definitely won us over.

Pros & Cons

  • High capacity
  • Compact design
  • Affordable
  • External unjam mechanics
  • High capacity
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • High-speed motor
  • Affordable
  • Mediocre performance
  • Heavy build
  • Non-removable splash guard
  • Loud operation
  • No noise/vibration insulation

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
1/2
3/4
Motor type
Induction
Induction
Averaged RPM
1480
1478
Family size
1-2 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L4.8 x W6.3 x H11.5 inches
L5.2 x W6.3 x H13.3 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$108
$116.09

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
1.6
6.6

Scrap Mix

3.2
6.6
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
13.31 ounces of fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
21.24 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking table.
0.58-ounce piece of lemon peel from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking table
GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Scrap Mix Test
12.34 ounces of fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
15.48 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of assorted scraps, including fibers, bones, etc.
0.06 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Shredded fish vertebrae and pieces of dietary fiber.
Input Load
90.0 oz (2551 g)
90.0 oz (2551 g)
Time
4 min
2 min 13 sec
Layer 1
13.3 oz (377 g)
12.3 oz (350 g)
Layer 2
21.2 oz (602 g)
15.5 oz (439 g)
Leftovers
0.6 oz (16 g)
0.1 oz (2 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

0.0
5.2
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
4.77 ounces of visible pin bones in a mass of raw meat and skin from fish scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
2.55 ounces of visible pin bones in a mass of raw meat and skin from fish scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
8.56 ounces of broken fish vertebrae and shredded fish skin on digital scale on granite-looking top.
GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Raw Fish Scraps Test
7 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Few pin bones among a mess of raw fibrous tissue.
1.75 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of assorted shredded bones and raw fibrous tissue.
3.9 ounces of ground fish scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded fish backbone and skin.
Input Load
49.4 oz (1400 g)
49.4 oz (1400 g)
Time
3 min
3 min
Layer 1
4.8 oz (135 g)
7.0 oz (198 g)
Layer 2
2.5 oz (72 g)
1.8 oz (50 g)
Leftovers
8.6 oz (243 g)
3.9 oz (111 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

0.0
8.0
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
1.07 ounces of crushed chicken bone, shredded tendon, and fatty tissue on digital scale on granite-looking top.
1.09 ounces of crushed chicken bone and cartilage, and shredded tendon and meat on digital scale on granite-looking top.
1.92 ounces of shredded fatty tissue and broken cartilage from chicken scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.84 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded soft tissue and few pieces of shredded bones.
2.03 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded tendons and pieces of shredded bones.
0.04 ounces of ground chicken scraps from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of soft tissue and pieces of shredded cartilage.
Input Load
7.4 oz (210 g)
7.4 oz (210 g)
Time
3 min
2 min 30
Layer 1
1.1 oz (30 g)
0.8 oz (24 g)
Layer 2
1.1 oz (31 g)
2.0 oz (58 g)
Leftovers
1.9 oz (54 g)
0.04 oz (1 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.5
8.6

In the Box

Badger 5 with 3-Bolt Mount, box, register slip, user manual, stopper, elbow tube, rubber gasket, flange, bolts, and wrench.
GE Disposall Green 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top, next to its box, user manual, registration slip, sink stopper, elbow tube, and two sets of flanges and bolts.

Dimensions

Badger 5 with mount assembly and elbow tube. Showing 6.3-inch width, 11.5-inch height, 3.5-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.7-inch depth to outlet, 4.8-inch distance to elbow tube.
GE Disposall Green 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal food disposer with mount assembly and elbow tube. Dimensions show 6.3-inch width, 13.3-inch height, 4.1-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.9-inch depth to outlet, 5.2-inch distance to elbow tube.
Length
4.8" (12.2 cm)
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Width
6.3" (16.0 cm)
6.3" (15.9 cm)
Height
11.5" (29.2 cm)
13.3" (33.8 cm)
Weight
12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)
8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)

Mount Assembly

InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Mount Assembly3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals with “insinkerator” engravings placed on white platform with stopper in position.
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Mount Assembly3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals with “insinkerator” engravings placed on white platform with stopper in position.
Backup flange, mounting ring, snap ring, fiber gasket, cushion mount, sink flange, stopper, lower mounting ring.
3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. “Disposall” engraving on rim of sink flange. Sink stopper in position.
3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. “Disposall” engraving on rim of sink flange. Sink stopper in position.
Parts of 3-Bolts Mount assembly on white platform, including backup flange, mounting ring, snap ring, fiber gasket, stopper, cushion mount, sink flange with “Disposall” engravings, removable sink baffle, lower mounting ring.

Grind Chamber

6.5
7.5
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Grind ChamberTop view of grinding components in InSinkErator Badger 5 looking at layout of flywheel and impellers.
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Grind ChamberTop view of grinding components in InSinkErator Badger 5 looking at layout of flywheel and impellers.
Precutter/grater ring in InSinkErator Badger 5 showing layout of cutters and grinding teeth.
Grinding components in InSinkErator Badger 5 showing design of flywheel and impeller(s).
Top view into chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Top view into chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal after testing, showing layout of grinding components.
Grind chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal, showing two-level grinder ring and details on flywheel.
Grind chamber of GE Disposall Green garbage disposal, showing impellers and details of flywheel and grinder ring.
Capacity
32.0 fl oz (946.4 ml)
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
Verticality
4.5" (11.4 cm)
6.4" (16.2 cm)
Flywheel
5.3" (13.3 cm)
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Assembly Material
Galvanized steel
Stainless steel
Layout
Basic
Basic

Motor

7.0
9.0
A digital tachometer is showing the measurement of a motor/flywheel of the GE Disposall Green garbage disposal in our speed test. A smartphone is running the timer app.
Horsepower
1/2
1/2
Speed
1725 RPM
2600 RPM
Real Speed
1480 RPM
4615 RPM
Voltage
120 V
115 V
Current
6.3
4.5 A
Wattage
756
518 W
Heat
N/a
n/a
Reverse
No
No

Power Cord

Bottom view of InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP garbage disposal without power cord.
Bottom view of GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP corded garbage disposal with type-B power cord.
Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
34.3" (87.1 cm)
Type
n/a
3-prong (B)

Accessories

Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on white top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, and bolts.
Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on granite-looking top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, bolts.
Width
3.3" (8.3 cm)
3.3" (8.3 cm)
Length
5.3" (13.3 cm)
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Material
PVC
PVC

Build Quality

8.5
9.0
InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal, with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set in place.
GE Disposall Green with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed.
Noise Reduction
No
No
Vibration Reduction
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.6
8.4

Ease of Use

8.0
9.0

Installation

8.0
9.5

Smooth Operation

7.0
8.0

Unjam Mechanics

5.0
0.0
Bottom view of Badger 5 1/2-hp garbage disposal showing jam buster wrench in manual unjam slot.
Inside view of permanent-magnet garbage disposal showing manual unjam mechanics with wooden stick in flywheel’s opening/gap.
External
Yes
No
Auto Unjam
No
No

Behind the Comparison

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Be Nguyen is a writer and product reviewer. Being naturally curious about technology and its real-world applications, Be spent several years in university studying engineering before joining the team at HealthyKitchen101 where he disassembles, tests, and rates household appliances.

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