“The budget wise disposer”
Another disposer that can be bought with a limited budget. The InSinkErator Badger 1 is priced somewhere below $100. Which is great for those wanting a budget friendly disposer.
But there are certain features in this disposer that isn’t as flattering as the others in the market.
To get to know more about the best and bad sides of the InSinkErator Badger 1, here is an evaluation.
- Type of Feed : Continuous
- On/Off Control : Wall Switch
- Motor : Single Phase
- HP : 1/3
- Volts : 120
- HZ : 60
- RPM : 1725
- Amp. (Avg. Load) : 6.3
- Time Rating : Intermittent
- Lubrication : Permanently Lubricated Upper & Lower Bearings
- Shipping Weight (Approx.) : 13 lbs.
- Unit Finish: Waterborne Grey Enamel
- Overall Height: 11-3/8”
- Grind Chamber Capacity: 26 oz.
- Motor Protection: Manual Reset Overload
- Average Water Usage: 1 Gallon Per Person Per Day
- Average Electrical Usage: 3-4 KWh Per Year
- Drain: 1-1/2”
- Anti-Vibration Connection: (Hose Clamp)
- Dishwasher Drain Connection: Yes
Practical in terms of spending
Being one among the cheapest priced disposer, this is a useful disposer to spend money on. In terms of built, it is 7 x 7 x 12 inches. It is small and can fit in tight fitted under-sink.
With performance wise, it can last a long time provided that it is well taken care of. The unit is small with a 26 oz. grind chamber and a 1/3 HP induction motor, meaning it will not be able to take in tough food garbage very well. This means hard bones, thick fruit peels and big chunks of food waste will be an issue. With its small power capability, it isn’t made to handle large amount of food, so only small pieces of scraps like left over pasta or Chinese food that you want to be grinded more can be thrown into this disposer.
However, for a person who doesn’t have much scraps at home, this will be suitable for you because it will definitely meet your simple needs.
It isn’t discreet in noise making as other disposers with a noise suppression technology. Nonetheless it isn’t too loud when in use. Most of the consumers who left reviews about the unit are very satisfied with the level of the noise generated by the motors grinding up.
Can it give more?
Unfortunately the unit does not have that much additional features to boast. However, the grind system is galvanized steel, so the shredding of your soft foods will be easy. But despite all these, the installation is quiet uncomplicated. There is no need to change mounting brackets if you are going to replace an old Badger with this new Badger unit, as the mounting collar is applicable to other disposers. It can be installed with no additional plumbing work required.
It is also worth to mention that the unit does not come with a power cord or a dishwasher connection kit. This means you have to purchase the required parts in your nearest hardware store.
Facing the facts, the Badger 1 unit is not as great as the InSinkErator Evolution series line. To compare the Badger 1 with other disposer, its advantage is the low price tag.
Some of the consumers also mentioned that the unit works fine but eventually cracks and leaks. But I did notice that most Badger 1 owners that complained that the unit prematurely dies and cracks, has the unit for 3 to 5 years. Some complainants even had it for 10 years and more.
A basic understanding that it is not made for heavy duty performance is a must to be able to take care of the unit properly. If it is well cared for, it can last for a long time without any concerns.
Compared to others
Badger 1 is convenient for those who needs to grind up egg shells and other soft foods. It has a voltage requirement of 120 volts. It weighs at 12.7 pounds and is quite small which is perfect for space saving.
To compare it with another known ISE Badger product which is the Badger 5, the Badger 1 has 1/3 HP while the Badger 5 has ½ HP. Both unit has the same size and same grind chamber which is 26 oz.
The Badger 1 has 1 year warranty and the Badger 5 has 2 years warranty length coverage, and both don’t come with a power cord.
And if compared with the Evo Spacesaver, both units has 1725 rpm and has a voltage of 120. But with grind chamber, the Evo Space saver has 34.6 oz. capacity and the Badger 1 has 26 oz. only. But price difference is a whopping $100.
The unit is covered for 1 year. This fairly good for a small unit. Again, as stated earlier, a well taken care disposer will last long with no serious problem.
But in any case problem arises, distinguish first the issue very well, call a repair service and describe the problem thoroughly and do not forget to inquire about the unit warranty. Also, ask the customer service representative if the parts and labor will be covered or if you have to purchase any additional parts for repair.
Pros and Cons
Coming down to the pros and cons of the Badger 1 unit, here are the conclusions that I gathered about the unit.
- Absolutely cheap
- Basic disposer
- Can last long with proper care
- Small and compact
- Only soft foods waste
- Prone to rusting and corrosion over time
- Leakage (as per customer review)
In the end, the unit needs proper care and usage to last a very long time. With installations, there wasn’t much trouble in taking out the old sink flange and having to put in a plumbers putty in the Badger 1 unit as the current one installed in the sink was just fine.
Despite having complaints over the internet, it still has a solid ground with satisfied customers. It is advantageous in terms of cost saving but a bit on the flat side with power and capabilities. But then again, if you only need a basic disposer, then this is the unit to buy.