InSinkErator Badger vs Evolution Garbage Disposal Comparison

Is it time for you to install a new garbage disposal?

InSinkErator is a company that produes garbage disposal units and instant hot water dispensers.  Some of their most popular lines here include Badger and Evolution. These are under sink garbage disposal machines with capabilities compared to none. They work by shredding any solid food waste poured down the sink drain.

Even though both Badger and Evolution disposal series are manufactured by the same company, they tend to have different capabilities. The Evolution series came a few years after the Badger series hence some fantastic improvements were made to cater for the different feedback from users.

So what features make these garbage disposal units a must have in any modern kitchen?

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Insinkerator Badger vs Evolution Garbage Disposal Comparison

Multigrind Technology

The multigrind technology adopted by InSinkErator on its garbage disposal units allows them to break down food to waste completely. The word multi referrers to several levels in the grinding process. In the Badger, which is quite the earlier version, there is only one grinding stage while its counterpart has multiple stages. This means that food waste can be ground to a fine pulp that can easily be washed away. This is one of the major differences in features between the Badger and Evolution brands. The multiple grinding stages are one of the reasons that make Evolution series more popular.  The different models within these disposer lines also have different grinding stages. Evolution compact has three grind stages and Evolution Excel has only two grind stages.


Even though both models are known for their strong horse powered motors, Evolution shines in this arena.  It boasts of its ¾ Horsepower Dura-Drive Induction motor, while the Badger disposal unit comes in at ½ Horsepower Dura-Drive induction motor. Both of them however run on 120 volts of electricity. In simple terms the Evolution disposers will generally be able to grind more food wastage faster and much longer compared to Badger.

Sound seal

Most customers said that they would want a garbage disposal unit that produces minimum sound but still does the job well. They do not want their little ones scared when the machine goes on.  For this reason, if sound volume is of the utmost importance to you then you should definitely go for a model with the Evolution universe. The Evolution series had the SoundSeal technology used in them while Badger just had the standard sound seal. According to InSinkErator, SoundSeal technology delivers a very quiet performance as compared to a standard disposer. It should be noted that the Evolution models also have a different level of sound production. For example, the Evolution Excel uses advanced sound insulation and anti-vibration components to reduce noise.

Dishwasher Drainage Connectivity

Both these dispensers can be connected directly to the dishwashing machine.

Grind Chamber and Installation

Many customers also rated the Evolution series favorably when it came to its stainless steel grind chamber and wall switch. This means that unlike the Badger disposers, Evolution disposers did not have any rusting problems. They are also easily turned on and off because of the wall switch that is easily accessible.  Further, they both have continuous feed disposal feature as well as a Quick lock mounting system. This mounting system allows for easy installation or replacement of the disposal unit.

When we recently purchased a new garbage disposal we went with the Badger 5 and we can attest to the easy installation process. It’s Super Easy!

The features of the two disposers aren’t the only considerations that customers would have to make before making the decision to buy.  They may want to also look into the following:


Although from the same manufacturer, these disposal units have different warranty periods. The Evolution series will mostly have a 4-7 year warranty depending on the specific model while the Badger will come with 1-3 year warranty also depending on the model in the series. So I would of course be looking at one that caters for a long a period of warranty.


Because of recency in terms of year of introduction into the market, Evolution has had the advantage of having more features compared to Badger. This is because it was being manufactured to answer to some of the clients’ likes and dislikes. Consequently, you will find that Evolution will be more durable compared to Badger.

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Our personal experience:

As an anecdote, our old badger 5 had a quarter-sized rust hole in it and was the reason we needed to replace it. Now with that in mind, we did decide to go ahead and get another badger. Reason being, the price and the fact that that disposer had been in service since before we bought our home. So that little badger was probably in service for at least 6 years before it needed to be replaced (perhaps longer). Not bad considering the price if you ask me.


This of course is a major factor in a customer’s mind. We all want an appliance that we can afford and is durable. If you do not have any limitations in terms of budget, then Evolution disposal units would be ideal for you. However, if there were constraints, then by all means stick to Badger disposers because although they are not as expensive as Evolution, they will still do a very good job compared to many garbage disposers out there.

Models within the series

Each of these brands has several models and that is why they are called a series. Each brand comes with its specific attributes which a customer may look at and make their own comparisons. On one hand Evolution series comes in Excel, Compact, Cover control plus, Septic assist and essential XTR, while on the other hand the Badger comes in Badger 5XP, Badger 5 and Badger 1. Both of these models come in attractive colors as well different capacities. So choice would also depend on how much is being disposed. Important to note though is that because of their different capacities and attributes, they have different price tags.


So recently we needed to replace our badger 5 with a new garbage disposal, given the price, known durability and our desired budget for a new garbage disposal at the time we went another badger. Now, with that, I know that the Evolution line are superior machines. But you don’t always have to go with the top of the line in every situation. Also, while not completely silent, we found that our new Badger isn’t that bad, noise wise. It’s certainly quieter than the old one. But our considerations are based on our familial situation. We don’t have any infants or toddlers that can be awoken by the slightest disturbance let alone a loud cranky garbage disposal.

So, for us, the more aesthetically pleasing and quieter Evolution with its superior tech and larger sticker price was a bit overkill. But, your situation or desires may lead you to it. I think that you’ll be satisfied with either choice.

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