The multi-grind technology found in Evolution units allow their disposals to break down food to waste completely. The word multi referrers to several levels in the grinding process. In the Badger, there is only one grinding stage while its counterpart has many stages. This means that the disposals grind food waste to a fine pulp that is easy to wash down the drain. This is one of the major differences in features between the Badger and Evolution brands. The multiple grinding stages make the 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.
Both models are known for their strong horse powered Dura-Induction motors. But the Evolution shines in this arena. While the Badger has 1/2 horsepower, the Evolution has a 3/4 horsepower motor. Both of them run on 120 volts of electricity. In simple terms the Evolution disposers are more powerful. You will be able to grind more food waste faster with one than the Badger.
Most customers said that they would want a garbage disposal unit that is quiet and yet gets the job done. I am sure that you know from experience that garbage disposals can be shocking when first turned on.
So, if sound is super important to you go for a model within the Evolution universe.
The Evolution series has SoundSeal technology while Badger has the standard sound seal. And it makes a humongous difference. But even within the Evolution series, each model has different sound deafening technology. For example, the Excel uses sound insulation and anti-vibration components to reduce noise.
Dishwasher Drainage Connectivity
You can connect either the Badger or the Evolution directly to the dishwasher.
Grind Chamber and Installation
A Stainless steel grind chamber makes the Evolution series stand out. This compares favorably to the Badger disposals whose grind chambers rust. Evolution models do 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 a Quick lock mounting system. This mounting system allows for easy installation or replacement of the disposal unit.
We recently purchased a new garbage disposal. Our choice was the Badger 5 and we can attest to the easy installation process. It’s Super Easy!
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.
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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 budget limitations, then Evolution disposal units would be ideal for you. But, if there were constraints, then by all means stick to Badger disposers. Although they are not as feature rich (or expensive) as the Evolution, they will still do a very good job.
Models within the series
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. Do note that because of their different capacities and attributes, they have different price tags.