Badger 500 and Badger 900 garbage disposals are made by InSinkErator. Here in this article I am doing a comparison of these two models highlighting their differences and similarities.
The main difference between Badger 500 and Badger 900 is motor power. Badger 500 is powered by a 1/2 HP motor whereas Badger 900 is powered by a 3/4 HP motor. In addition, Badger 900 has a warranty for 6-years which is much longer than the 3-year warranty of Badger 500.
But these are not the only differences between these garbage disposals. Here is the side by side comparison of their specifications and features;
|Specifications||Badger 500||Badger 900|
|Power||1/2 HP||3/4 HP|
|Speed||1725 RPM||1725 RPM|
|Overall height||11.5 inches||12.625 inches|
|Overall width||6.3125 inches||6.75 inches|
|Construction||Galvanized Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Grind chamber capacity||26oz||26oz|
Comparison of performance
In terms of performance, Badger 900 is ahead of Badger 500 by a mile. Badger 900 is powered by a 3/4 HP motor while the Badger 500 has a 1/2 HP motor. This means Badger 900 has much more power at its disposal for grinding food wastes when compared to Badger 500. I think the comparison of performance is unfair because these two garbage disposals are at a different power rating.
The Badger 900 is a good choice for a larger household with 3 to 5 people while Badger 500 is best for a smaller household with 2 to 3 people. Even though the power rating of their motors is different both garbage disposals cannot dispose of fibrous or hard food items.
Both Badger 500 and 900 are continuous feed type garbage disposals where you can continuously add food wastes while running the units. This makes it easier to get rid of the garbage faster.
Even though both Badger units have different motors their chamber capacities are the same 26oz. This means that both the units take almost the same time to get rid of food wastes. The chamber capacity is not much relevant here because these are continuous feed type disposals however it limits the volume of food scraps you can shove into the units without jamming them.
Both Badger 500 and 900 use DuraDrive induction motors, and both of them run at the same speed despite the difference in their power ratings. The speed of 1725 RPM cannot be called fast when compared to that of many competing models but that is enough to grind food scraps into pulp.
Comparison of dimensions
The overall dimensions of Badger 500 and 900 are slightly different. Badger 900 is larger than Badger 500. The former has an overall height of 12.625 inches and a width of 6.75 inches while the latter has a height of 11.5 inches and a width of 6.3125 inches.
The shipping weight of Badger 900 is around 16 lbs whereas that of Badger 500 is around 11 lbs. This difference in weight and dimensions are due to the difference in their motor size. Since Badger 900 has a bigger motor it needs to be bigger than Badger 500 even though the chamber capacities of both units are the same.
While the dimensions of both disposals are different the heights of the disposals from the sink flange to the center of the drainpipes are the same. So is the length from the center of the unit to that of the elbow. What this means is that you don’t need to make any changes in your plumbing to replace Badger 900 with 500 or vice versa.
Comparison of construction
The build quality of Badger 900 is better than that of Badger 500. Badger 900 is constructed using Stainless steel. Its grinding components and grinding chamber are made of this metal while those of Badger 500 are made of Galvanized steel. As you know stainless steel is more resistant against wear and tear than galvanized steel in most cases so Badger 900 ought to be more durable than the other.
The designs of both garbage disposals are different. Badger 900, to my eyes, looks better than Badger 500 because it has a cleaner, minimal design. But that is just my opinion. In fact, people shouldn’t even look at the design of these things because they are going to be hidden away under the countertop, so I don’t see any sense in paying extra for a better-looking disposer. However, many people do it which is why they aren’t made ugly even though that would be more economical.
Installation of Badger 500 vs 900
Both Badger 500 and Badger 900 are installed the same way. Both of them use the same 3-bolt mount to connect them to the sink. It is a type of twist and lock system which makes the installation easier. It has stainless steel construction and has zero chances of leaking as it is durable against corrosion.
Can you replace a Badger 500 with a Badger 900?
Yes, a Badger 500 garbage disposals can be replaced with a Badger 900 and vice versa because they use the same mounting assembly and the length of the drain tubings, as well as the position of the drain outlet, is the same for both the units.
Let me clarify, as you can see in the above picture, the height of the drain pipe from the sink is 6 inches for both Badger 900 and 500. Also the length from the center of the garbage disposals to that of the elbow is the same 5 inches for both units. This means that there is no need to make any changes in the plumbing to replace one of these garbage disposals with the other. In short, it is pretty easy to replace a Badger 500 with a 900 or vice versa.
Warranty & price comparison
The warranty coverage offered for Badger 900 is for 6-years whereas that for Badger 500 is 3-years. This difference may be owing to the better build quality of Badger 900.
The warranty covers the costs of labor and parts, and the technician will come to your home at no costs. So basically, if any of these units has problems within the warranty period they will be repaired or replaced without any additional costs. Please note that this warranty is only for residential use of the garbage disposer units.
The price of Badger 900 us slightly more than that of Badger 500. Both Badger 500 and 900 are exclusive models made for HomeDepot so you can buy them only there.
Badger 500 or 900: Which is a better choice?
Badger 900 costs more than Badger 500. However, its better construction, longer warranty and extra power are well worth that additional price. I would recommend anyone to go with a Badger 900 if you can spend a little extra money.
Badger 5 vs Badger 900: What are the differences?
Badger 5 is exactly the same unit as Badger 500 but with a different badging. But just to reiterate;
The main difference between Badger 5 and Badger 900 is power. Badger 5 uses a 1/2 HP motor whereas Badger 900 uses a 3/4 HP motor. Badger 5 is made of galvanized steel whereas Badger 900 is stainless steel. Badger 900 is available only on HomeDepot but Badger 5 is available in all stores. Also, the warranty of Badger 5 is 3-years while that of Badger 900 is 6-years.
And yes, you can replace a Badger 5 with a Badger 900 just like in the case of Badger 500.