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InSinkErator Badger 1 Garbage Disposer Review

Garbage Disposer if You’re on a Budget

I walked into work one morning to discover a very disgruntled customer was giving one of my fellow sales people a right telling off about a garbage disposer they had purchased. The complaints I overheard appeared to be endless, and my co-worker was having a really hard time with it all.

First of all, she was trying to explain this particular model had been purchased a good few years ago and the warranty had expired after 1 year. This piece of information just seemed to go in one ear and out of the other. In the end, the manager was called and the customer was taking off to a nice quiet office at the back of the store. What happened after that, I couldn’t tell you!

InSinkErator Badger 1, 1/3 HP Garbage Disposal

InSinkErator Badger 1, 1/3 HP Garbage Disposal

Badger Problems

Anyway, I was curious to know what all the fuss was about and over our morning coffee I had a little chat with my poor co-worker and asked what product caused the issue.

She told me it was the InSinkErator Badger household waste disposer, I was surprised by this because I’ve sold lots of them over the years and have never had a complaint. So what was all the trouble?

I learned the customer had been using this disposer night and day for all sorts of waster for over 5 years, so I thought he was being a little unfair. I decided to find out more and immediately turned to one of my trusted friends who’s in installations.

Here’s what he told me (minus all the technical ins and outs that I couldn’t repeat if I wanted to).

My Friend’s Review

Overall, for the price this garbage disposal is pretty robust. The parts inside are made from galvanized steel and it has a 1/3 horsepower motor which will handle pretty much most waste your kitchen produces.

Unlike a lot of other models on the market, this unit uses less than 1% of an average household’s water consumption per day. But when it comes to the amount of electricity you use, this equates to a staggering 3-4 kilowatts per year! Of course, you will be doing your bit for the planet because the organic waste you produce will be sent via your sewage system (or when you have your septic tank emptied) to be recycled into other materials. It won’t end up in land-fill which can happen when you just throw it away.

Price Friendly
If you’re on a budget and still want to be able to dispose of organic waste without all the mess, InSinkErator have made it possible with the Badger 1. In fact, you can buy it for as little as $75 or less. Just take a look at the offers Amazon currently have.

The Cons
There aren’t any really as long as you don’t expect too much from this model. My co-worker explained the following (and he used to be a freelance plumber).
Don’t think you can keep throwing corn husks or chicken bones down it if you want it to last a good number of years. Expect a little more noise from this one than you would for other models. The price is low because certain “low noise” technology has not been used.

In conclusion: If you want a disposer that will do the job at hand without any “bells and whistles”, and don’t want to spend a vast amount of money, this is a model you should really consider.

If you are looking for something that has a bit more to it in terms of horsepower and noise reduction, feel free to take a look at the InSinkErator Badger 5 or the Waste King L-3300 which I have also reviewed for you. It will cost more but does come with extra warranty.

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