To inspect the key differences between the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP and the InSinkErator Badger 5XP 3/4 HP, we focus on their grinding chambers and motors. On paper, the Badger 5XP should have the upper hand in this showdown as it has more power. In reality, the Disposall Green is the better-performing garbage disposal with a more effective motor-chamber combination.
For a small unit, how the Disposall Green handled our evaluation tests was rather remarkable. To be specific, the disposal was able to deliver solid results when dealing with random common food scraps and impressively held its ground against raw meat scraps.
Meanwhile, the Badger 5XP struggled to churn out passable results, even failing one of the tests. What frustrated us the most was how the Badger 5XP couldn’t effectively handle scraps from normal foods, either; by that, we mean its output was very chunky. It can break up chicken bones (cooked or uncooked) pretty well, though.
Our working theory for the staggeringly differing results is that induction motors are not as efficient as permanent magnet motors—at least with garbage disposals. We also think that the Badger 5XP's chamber is too large that it reduces the chance of breakage.
In short, we think the GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP is the better choice here since the two products cost roughly the same. We do recognize the build quality of the InSinkErator Badger 5XP 3/4 HP as it is a well-crafted machine, and this would be a much harder debate if the disposal worked better.
Pros & Cons
- High capacity
- Compact design
- External unjam mechanics
- High capacity
- Stainless steel grinding components
- High-speed motor
- Mediocre performance
- Heavy build
- Non-removable splash guard
- Loud operation
- No noise/vibration insulation
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Analysis and Test Results
Raw Fish Scraps
Raw Chicken Scraps
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Behind the Comparison
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.
Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.