As with all things in life, you sometimes have to give something in order to get something, and this is certainly true when you want a powerful garbage disposal at a good price. One glance at the pros and cons for this machine will reveal exactly what it is you give up in order to gain a relatively powerful motor without breaking the bank.
This InSinkErator food waste disposer features a 3/4 horsepower motor, which is near the top-end power rating of typical garbage disposals. This means that it will be able to run for longer periods of time, even when dealing with fairly difficult food scraps.
The other 3/4 hp options on our list of garbage disposals are, generally, priced much higher than this one. For example, the InSinkErator Evolution Compact and InSinkErator Evolution Septic Assist are both about $80 more expensive.
This is because these feature stainless steel grind components instead of the cheaper galvanized steel, and also incorporate several special features this one does not. This unit has been stripped down to the basics in order to offer you a 3/4 hp motor at an easily affordable price.
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InSinkErator didn’t take everything away to keep the cost down of this garbage disposal. In fact, in addition to the 3/4 hp motor, it does have quite a few things to offer. Measuring only 12-5/8 inches tall, it is one of the more compact options we’ve decided to review on our site. The only smaller machine is the KitchenAid KCDB250G, which measures a mere 11.38 inches tall.
This small size also means, unfortunately, that you will have to accept a rather small grind chamber. At 26 ounces, the grind chamber of this machine can hold very few scraps when compared to the larger machines, which have a capacity of 40 ounces or more.
Backed by a 3-year warranty, the Badger 5XP also features a dishwasher connection that allows you to hook the garburator directly into your dishwasher. Any food scraps run through the garbage disposal after exiting the dishwasher, helping to keep your drains clear.
- Dishwasher connection allows it to collect and dispose of food waste from the dishwasher.
- Easy to install.
- 3/4 hp means that it will keep ticking for longer.
- Galvanized steel grind components are not as good as the alternative.
- Single-stage system doesn’t reduce waste as thoroughly as double or triple-stage systems.