Internet #203144509

Model #Badger 500

Store SKU #795477

Store SO SKU #1000114582

Badger 500 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

  • Sold exclusively at The Home Depot
  • 1/2 HP Dura-Drive heavy duty induction motor
  • 3-year In-Home limited service warranty
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Product Overview

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InSinkErator Standard Series

With several models to choose from, there is a Standard Series disposal to fit your basic disposal needs.

Assembled, Designed Invented in the USA

America’s #1 Disposal Brand

There are more InSinkErator garbage disposals in homes around the world than all other brands combined.

Diverting Food Waste Since 1938

Where is your food waste going?

95% of all food waste is incinerated or landfilled – over 80 billion pounds. InSinkErator disposals divert food waste from landfills.

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Long-lasting and dependable Dura-Drive induction motors have the most jam-busting torque based on the industry standard load testing.

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Unmatched Value

Standard Series Disposals meet your basic disposal needs and budget.

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Handles most food scraps

Standard Series disposals are designed to handle most kitchen food scraps in your home.

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Keeps Kitchens Clean

InSinkErator disposals eliminate household food waste effortlessly, leaving you with a cleaner and fresher kitchen.

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Long Lasting

Our Standard Series disposals feature galvanized steel grind components for lasting durability.

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1/3 – 1/2 Horsepower

Depending on the model, our Standard Series disposals feature 1/3 to 1/2 Horsepower motors.

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Dependable Grind

Standard Series disposals feature a single stage of grind that’s suitable for most household food scraps.

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Easy Swap Installation

Our Quick Lock mount system makes it fast and easy to switch out one InSinkErator garbage disposal for another.

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Standard Sound

All Standard Series disposals are engineered to deliver standard sound performance.

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Depending on the model, our Standard Series disposals feature 1-year to 3-year limited warranties.

Badger Food garbage disposals are a reliable and functional choice when affordability is the prime concern. Badger 500 features a 1/2-horsepower heavy-duty quiet Dura-Drive induction motor, rugged galvanized steel construction and a space-saving compact design.

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NamePrep Series 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal with Power Cord and Universal MountBadger 500 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage DisposalPrep Series 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal with Sound Reduction and Universal Mount1/2-HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal
Horsepower (hp)1/2 hp1/2 hp1/2 hp1/2 hp
Disposal FeedContinuous FeedContinuous FeedContinuous FeedContinuous Feed
Commercial/ResidentialCommercial ResidentialResidential
Power Cord IncludedYesNoYesNo
Grinding Speed (RPM)2600172526002600
Grind chamber capacity (oz.)30.82630.831
Product Height (in.)13.37511.513.37513.5 in
Voltage (volts)115120115120
Kitchen Product TypeDisposalDisposalDisposalDisposal
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Appliance Category
Disposal Feed
Continuous Feed
Flange Color
Grind chamber capacity (oz.)
Grinding Speed (RPM)
Horsepower (hp)
1/2 hp
Mounting Hardware
Included Accessories
Disposer Only
Kitchen Product Type
Pack Size
Power Cord Included
Voltage (volts)

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
UL Listed
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year parts and in home service

Questions & Answers


if i have a small amount of water in my dishwasher is that due to a broken garbage dispsal

Asked by tula February 20, 2021

Most dishwashers leave a small amount of water in the bottom. Make sure the drain hose from the dishwasher is looped above the bottom of the sink before it connects to the disposer.

I am confused. Why doesn't it have a power cord? It needs electricity to run doesn't it? What ...

Asked by KAH February 17, 2021

Hi KAH, thanks for reaching out. We offer both corded and un-corded units as each person's electrical situation is different. Most installations are direct wired and do not use a power cord that's why many retailers choose to carry the un-corded units with a separate power cord kit in order to accommodate as many people as possible.

Hi can you grind citrus in this like lemons and limes, or is it bad for this disposal? Thanks!

Asked by Ave February 10, 2021

It's not bad for the disposal, but it is for the drain line. The pulp can accumulate and plug the pipes.

How many amps or watts does a b900 use when running ?

Asked by Dls February 8, 2021

Hi Dis, the Badger 900 has 9.5 amps. The wattage per usage depends on how long the disposer is run and on the grind load. Additionally, the electrical usage is so low and insignificant that we only have data for average yearly usage, which is 6 kWh/year. Here's the specs sheet for your reference: For amp circuit requirement, we recommend that disposers, whether wired directly or plugged in, be connected to a 15 to 20 amp circuit due to immediate spike for less than a second upon start up. I hope this helps!

Does anyone install this

Asked by Installation February 1, 2021

Dear Valued Home Depot Customer, to better answer your question, please contact our customer service department at 800-430-3376 call any day between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST, or call your local store, they can either answer your question or transfer you to your local store to answer your specific question.

Is the grind chamber made of stainless steel? Or is it only the grind components (blades) that a...

Asked by SSDisposal February 1, 2021

Hi, thanks for reaching out! This model has stainless steel grind components with plastic grind chamber.

This garbage disposal stronger then 1/2

Asked by Alba January 30, 2021

Hi Alba! Yes, the 3/4 HP has more power than the 1/2 HP.

Air Switch compatible?

Asked by Kerm January 28, 2021

Hi Kerm! Yes, it is compatible with air switch. We recommend you use the InSinkErator SinkTop Switch for best results.

Does the disposal come with a power cord.

Asked by Mcb January 25, 2021

No. The disposal is direct wired to a electrical wire that is usually installed when the house was built. If you’re replacing a unit, the wire is in place.

Do you install? How much to install?

Asked by Larry January 24, 2021

I installed it myself and it was my first time doing it. I had not done anything like that before but it was pretty easy to do. I did need a little help with holding it but it went pretty smooth and works great.

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.5
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Good, easy to install but with an caveat
I was shopping for a new garbage disposal and this one had great reviews so I gave it a shot. It was an easy install since my old one was the same brand. So after a day, I noticed my dishwasher wasn’t draining anymore. I thought it was weird, but since it is an old dishwasher, I did all the troubleshooting on the dishwasher and found no issues. I thought it was very coincidental that dishwasher had issues around the same time I installed the new garbage disposal. So I went back to check it out and to my surprise, the hole for the dishwasher drain hose was plugged, as you can see in the picture. Nowhere in the instructions says that hole is plugged. To avoid having to return the thing, I just drilled the hole myself and now it is working as intended. I guess there must have been a quality control issue. Just make sure that whole isn’t plugged before installing to save the aggravation. Other than that, great product!
by Serjien
2 people found this helpful
Easy to install and is working properly...
Easy to install and is working properly
by HomeDepotCustomer
1 person found this helpful
Easy to Install
Easy to install with included instructions. This product replaced same model from over 10 years ago. New disposal was shorter in length but all connections for pipe, dishwasher hose, and electrical were the same.
by Ladybug
3 people found this helpful
Requires Halex 3/8 in. Cable Clamp
If you're buying the Badger 900 3/4 HP Continuous Feed disposal without the power cord, be sure to pick up a 5-pack of Halex 3/8 in. Twin-Screw Cable Clamp Connectors while you're at the store. The disposal requires one but does not say so on this product page or on the box. It was an annoying trip back to the store for $1.87 bag of clamps. Not sure why they can't just include one with the product. Other than that caveat, I think that the Badger 900 3/4 HP Continuous Feed disposal is a good product. The installation instructions are clear and the Home Depot has an excellent walkthrough on YouTube which basically sold me on the disposal to start with. Installation followed the YouTube walkthrough exactly, except for the Cable Clamp issue and the fact that my p-trap disintegrated when I took the old disposal off. The Badger 900 is a fraction quieter than the Insinkerator that I replaced. The previous Insinkerator had been working fine since before we bought the house a decade ago, but just started leaking from the bottom and needed replacement. I'm anticipating a decent lifespan out of this one. If I hadn't had to run back to the store for the clamps and PVC, installation would've taken about an hour and a half and I'm probably a 3 out of 10 on the home-handyman competency scale. This was my first time doing an electrical + plumbing replacement and it was pretty easy overall. Also purchased: Halex 3/8" Cable Clamp (pack of 5, needed 1) Bag of assorted wire nuts 1-1/2" PVC Trap adapter Everbuilt 1-1/2" P-Trap Kit Everbuilt 1-1/2" Slip Joint Drain Tailpiece Extension Tube Everbuilt 1-1/2 in. Sink Drain Pipe Plastic Slip-Joint Nut with Rubber Reducing Washers
by m4ttie0
14 people found this helpful
The hole for the dishwasher discharge was completely seal, I had to drill a hole on the In SinkEr...
The hole for the dishwasher discharge was completely seal, I had to drill a hole on the In SinkErator to be able to drain the water from the dishwasher.
by Pitu
Response from InSinkEratorDec 21, 2020
Hi Pitu, I’m sorry to hear you missed that step in our manual - (it’s instruction #15). We hope your kitchen is okay!
1 person found this helpful
I bought this incinerator 2 yrs ago and have noticed that the button part is all rusted
by TonyD
Response from InSinkEratorNov 30, 2020
Hi TonyD, thanks for sharing your comments. We are always working hard to improve our products and your feedback is very valuable to us. Rust/corrosion is something we generally consider normal wear and tear. It will not affect the life or performance of the disposer. Should you still need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at and we’d be happy to help!
3 people found this helpful
Easy Install.
Replaced a similar Insinkerator unit that failed after about 8 years of service. The failure was a perforation by corrosion of the lower hopper chamber, which allowed water inside the motor housing and then out the bottom of the unit. The replacement unit installed easily. Hoping this one lasts 8 years too!
by Ojars
Leaking after just three years
I bought this garbage disposal in 8/2017. It started seizing up after two years, requiring a turn from an allen wrench to make it work again. Then it started rusting. It started leaking out the bottom recently (from multiple points) but I didn't realize until yesterday, so the bottom shelf of my cabinet got damaged. I will replace it with a different brand tomorrow.
by JKG
Response from InSinkEratorOct 23, 2020
Hi, I apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused you. Be assured that we have stringent quality control methods in place to ensure you receive a high quality, long-lasting product. Just as is expected with other small home appliances, the life of an InSinkErator® Disposer is entirely dependent upon service conditions, usage patterns, and local water quality. We're always working hard to improve our products and your feedback is very valuable to us.
13 people found this helpful
My plumber recommended it and I picked up to have it ready for his visit. My plumber's apprentice...
My plumber recommended it and I picked up to have it ready for his visit. My plumber's apprentice removed the existing unit (which had been leaking). Then he opened the Badger 500 carton that I had purchased the previous day. The only problem was that someone had already replaced the unit that I purchased, with a used one, and apparently resealed and returned a used the Badger 500. My plumber had his apprentice reinstall the old unit, advised me to replace the unit I had just purchased, and made an appointment to come back the next day. I returned it to my local Home Depot store where the staff heard my tale of woe and exchanged the product. My plumber returned the next day and completed the installation. He quickly removed the old disposal unit, and then installed the new one. I was only charged for one unit and one plumbing trip. So, "All's well that ends well!"
by Murray
10 people found this helpful
Super easy install! Put my lady muscles to the test and it was awesome! A few you tube videos and...
Super easy install! Put my lady muscles to the test and it was awesome! A few you tube videos and I attached the power cable and installed the new disposal. If I can do it, you can too!
by HowamIsingle
33 people found this helpful
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