InSinkErator Badger 5XP (3/4 HP) Review

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The InSinkErator Badger 5XP is a small but powerful garbage disposal. While many of the garbage disposals that we reviewed have large chamber capacities of 30 to 40 ounce, the Badger 5XP has a 26 ounce grind chamber capacity. It’s intended for smaller kitchens. And as a Badger model, it’s a no frills product. It won’t have the same sound insulation as the InSinkErator Compact, Essential, or Excel, but it’s a reliable little workhorse nonetheless, featuring a 3/4 horsepower motor.

The InSinkErator Badger 5XP has the following features:

  • A single grind stage.
  • A 3/4 horsepower motor at 1725 RPM.
  • 26-oz. capacity chamber that is slim enough to fit under most sinks. Made of galvanized steel.
  • 3-year in-home limited warranty. For the entire warranty period, you will receive free house calls (including parts and labor) when your InSinkErator needs to be repaired or replaced. InSinkErator boasts a network of 1500 professionally trained service agents so you’ll be getting reliable, timely service.
  • A 3-bolt sink mount that allows for easy installation and replacement.
  • A 1-1/2″ drain connection and dishwasher drain connection.
  • Assembled in the USA.

Simple Workhorse

Featuring a 3/4 horsepower motor, the InSinkErator Badger 5XP is capable of grinding through many tough foods. This product would appeal to those looking for a simple product without compromising on power. It doesn’t have fancy stainless steel components or sound proof technology, but it will do its job in grinding whatever food scrap you throw at it.

26 oz. Grind Chamber

This InSinkErator garbage disposal is one of the smallest of its kind. If you don’t have much space to spare under the kitchen sink it will work very well for you. Inside the chamber there is a single layer of grind. Some larger disposals have two layers, meant to ensure well-chewed up food scraps. Even with a single layer of grind, it works well because of its 3/4 horsepower motor. We rarely recommend getting a 1/2 horsepower motor or less because those are not as capable to handle all sorts of food. So with this Badger you can ensure that it will grind up your food scraps properly thanks to its 3/4 horsepower motor. We do, however, strongly advise against putting too much at once into the disposal as it needs some space to work with and it has a smaller chamber.

What’s In The Box

  • 3-bolt sink mount
  • Stopper
  • Jam-Buster (Allen) wrench
  • Discharge tube
  • Clamp
  • Installation instructions
  • Note: Power cord NOT included.

InSinkErator Badger 5XP Review

The InSinkErator Badger 5XP remains one of the bestselling garbage disposals. Why? We have good opinions about it in terms of its function and simplicity, but we’ll also be showing you what other previous customers think after using their Badger 5XP. This will give you an accurate picture of what to expect when you purchase the InSinkErator Badger 5XP garbage disposal.


There are some concerns about the durability of the InSinkErator Badger 5XP. Some people have reported that their unit started leaking after a couple of years of usage. This could be due to the fact that the body is made out of galvanized steel and began to rust. If a disposal leaks at the body, the best thing to do is replace it since this is a difficult and costly area to repair. There are a number of things you can do to prolong the life of your garbage disposal however. Many people encounter problems because they do nothing to maintain it. Yet garbage disposals are used so often that they require maintenance more than any other home appliance. One of the simplest things you can do is to keep it clean. This will prevent your garbage disposal from rusting prematurely.

Power Cord

This unit doesn’t come with a power cord so if you don’t have one from an old InSinkErator, you’ll need to purchase one unless you plan to hard wire the disposal. The Badger series focuses on affordability so they are very basic and often do not come with a power cord. They also don’t have fancy features like sound insulation to dampen the noise level. If you want something with more features like noise reduction then we recommend taking a look at the Evolution series.


Many people were surprised by the power they get from such a basic garbage disposal. InSinkErator tends to make some of the best garbage disposal on the market so as long as you get something with a 3/4 horsepower motor or above you shouldn’t have any problems with achieving a powerful grind.

InSinkErator Badger 5XP Rating
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  • Motor Power
  • Noise Level
  • Performance

Overall Summary

The InSinkErator Badger 5XP is a basic and affordable garbage disposal with great grinding capabilities.

Should you buy the InSinkErator Badger 5XP?

The InSinkErator Badger 5XP is the perfect choice for those who want a simple, affordable garbage disposal that will fit under any kitchen sink with its compact size. Despite its small size it has enough power to chew through tough foods. We do not, however, recommend it if quiet operation is an important feature for you. There are many other disposals with better sound insulation than this one, which has almost none.

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