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InSinkErator Badger 5XP 3/4 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Side-by-Side Comparison

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP vs InSinkErator Badger 5XP 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal: Induction motors vs Permanent Magnet Motors.

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InSinkErator Badger 5XP

GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

InSinkErator Badger 5XP 3/4 HP vs GE Disposall Green 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%Usability GE Disposall Green...InSinkErator Badger...7.46.68.68.45.33.67.87.7
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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
  • 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
3/4
3/4
Motor type
Induction
Induction
Averaged RPM
1480
1478
Family size
3-4 people
3-4 people
Dimensions
L4.8 x W6.3 x H12.6 inches
L5.2 x W6.3 x H13.3 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$141.83
$116.09

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
3.6
6.6

Scrap Mix

4.4
6.6
InSinkErator Badger 5XP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
15.46 ounces of fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
15.3 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking table.
0.37-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
3 min 16 sec
2 min 13 sec
Layer 1
15.5 oz (438 g)
12.3 oz (350 g)
Layer 2
15.3 oz (434 g)
15.5 oz (439 g)
Leftovers
0.4 oz (10 g)
0.1 oz (2 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

0.0
5.2
InSinkErator Badger 5XP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
8 ounces of visible pin bones in a mass of raw meat and skin from fish scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
2.4 ounces of visible pin bones in a mass of raw meat and skin from fish scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
5.51 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
8.0 oz (227 g)
7.0 oz (198 g)
Layer 2
2.4 oz (68 g)
1.8 oz (50 g)
Leftovers
5.5 oz (156 g)
3.9 oz (111 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

5.7
8.0
InSinkErator Badger 5XP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.67 ounces of crushed chicken bone, shredded tendon, and fatty tissue on digital scale on granite-looking top.
1.49 ounces of crushed chicken bone and cartilage, and shredded tendon and meat on digital scale on granite-looking top.
0.98 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
0.7 oz (19 g)
0.8 oz (24 g)
Layer 2
1.5 oz (42 g)
2.0 oz (58 g)
Leftovers
1.0 oz (28 g)
0.04 oz (1 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.8
8.6

In the Box

Badger 5XP 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 5XP with mount assembly and elbow tube. Showing 6.3-inch width, 12.6-inch height, 3.5-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.6-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
12.6" (32.0 cm)
13.3" (33.8 cm)
Weight
14.0 lbs (6.4 kg)
8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)

Mount Assembly

3-Bolt mounting assembly for garbage disposals with “insinkerator” engravings placed on white platform with stopper in position.
3-Bolt mounting 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
Top view of grinding components in InSinkErator Badger 5XP looking at layout of flywheel and impellers.
Top view of grinding components in InSinkErator Badger 5XP looking at layout of flywheel and impellers.
Precutter/grater ring in InSinkErator Badger 5XP showing layout of cutters and grinding teeth.
Grinding components in InSinkErator Badger 5XP 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 fl.oz.
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

8.0
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
3/4
1/2
Speed
1725 RPM
2600 RPM
Real Speed
1480 RPM
4615 RPM
Voltage
120 V (60 Hz)
115 V
Current
9.5 A
4.5 A
Wattage
1140 W
518 W
Heat
N/a
n/a
Reverse
No
No

Power Cord

Bottom view of InSinkErator Badger 5XP 3/4 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 5XP 3/4 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
7.7
8.4

Ease of Use

8.0
9.0

Installation

7.5
9.5

Smooth Operation

8.0
8.0

Unjam Mechanics

5.0
0.0
Bottom view of InSinkErator Badger 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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