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GE Continuous Feed 3/4-HP vs InSinkerator Badger 5 Side-by-Side Comparison

If you often cook and have lots of food scraps daily, opting for a larger option is always the way to go.

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GE Continuous Feed 3/4-HP vs InSinkerator Badger 5

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The InSinkErator Badger 5 is one of the most popular garbage disposals in the industry. Its versatile build, delivering satisfactory power, durability, and affordability all in one package, makes it an attractive choice for the space-saving segment of the market. Although it’s not the most capable small disposal we’ve tested, the Badger 5 is a safe bet for the average home.

The GE GFC720N is a much stronger and larger option in comparison. It’s a suitable choice for homes who have the space and don’t mind investing in a little grinding power. Plus, the disposal’s magnet motor is very effective at preventing jamming.

Pros & Cons

  • Noise reduction
  • High speed 
  • Stainless steel grinding components
  • Strengthened chamber layout
  • High capacity
  • Compact design
  • Affordable
  • External unjam mechanics
  • Space-consuming design
  • Can be loud
  • No power cord
  • Mediocre performance
  • Heavy build
  • Non-removable splash guard
  • Loud operation

Key Specs

Type of feed
Continuous
Continuous
Horsepower
3/4
1/2
Motor
Permanent magnet
Induction
Averaged RPM
4544
1480
Family size
5-6 people
1-2 people
Dimensions
L5.4 x W8.4 x H14.6 inches
L4.8 x W6.3 x H11.5 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$150.33
$108

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.9
1.6

Scrap Mix

8.3
3.2
GE Continuous Feed 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
5.59 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Visible fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps.5.59 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Visible fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps.
16.55 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Mess of assorted scraps, including fibers, bones, etc.
0.15 ounces of ground products from a garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Shredded pieces of fish backbone and lemon peels.
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Scrap Mix Test
13.31 ounces of fish pin bones in mess of assorted scraps from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking top.
21.24 ounces of ground products from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking table.
0.58-ounce piece of lemon peel from garbage disposal on digital scale on granite-looking table
Input Load
90.0 oz (2551 g)
90.0 oz (2551 g)
Time
1 min 58 sec
4 min
Layer 1
5.6 oz (158 g)
13.3 oz (377 g)
Layer 2
16.6 oz (469 g)
21.2 oz (602 g)
Leftovers
0.1 oz (4 g)
0.6 oz (16 g)

Raw Fish Scraps

8.4
0.0
GE Continuous Feed 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
5.67 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Visible pin bones among mess of raw fibrous tissue.5.67 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Visible pin bones among mess of raw fibrous tissue.
2.54 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on a granite-looking table. Mess of assorted shredded bones and fibrous tissue.
1.16 ounces of ground fish scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Fish vertebrae among mess of shredded fish skin.
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Fish Scraps Test
4.77 ounces of visible pin bones in a mass of raw meat and skin from fish scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
2.55 ounces of visible pin bones in a mass of raw meat and skin from fish scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
8.56 ounces of broken fish vertebrae and shredded fish skin on digital scale on granite-looking top.
Input Load
49.4 oz (1400 g)
49.4 oz (1400 g)
Time
3 min
3 min
Layer 1
5.7 oz (161 g)
4.8 oz (135 g)
Layer 2
2.5 oz (72 g)
2.5 oz (72 g)
Leftovers
1.2 oz (33 g)
8.6 oz (243 g)

Raw Chicken Scraps

6.5
0.0
GE Continuous Feed 3/4 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
0.79 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of shredded soft tissue and few pieces of shredded bones.
2.67 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of fibrous soft tissue and pieces of shredded bones.
0.68 ounces of ground chicken scraps from garbage disposal, displayed on digital scale, placed on granite-looking table. Mess of soft tissue and pieces of shredded cartilage.
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal Raw Chicken Scraps Test
1.07 ounces of crushed chicken bone, shredded tendon, and fatty tissue on digital scale on granite-looking top.
1.09 ounces of crushed chicken bone and cartilage, and shredded tendon and meat on digital scale on granite-looking top.
1.92 ounces of shredded fatty tissue and broken cartilage from chicken scraps on digital scale on granite-looking top.
Input Load
7.4 oz (210 g)
7.4 oz (210 g)
Time
2 min
3 min
Layer 1
0.8 oz (22 g)
1.1 oz (30 g)
Layer 2
2.7 oz (76 g)
1.1 oz (31 g)
Leftovers
0.7 oz (19 g)
1.9 oz (54 g)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.0
7.5

In the Box

GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4 HP with EZ Mount assembly on top, next to its box, registration slip, user manual, installation instruction, sink stopper, adapter kit, elbow tube with rubber gasket, flange, bolts, and wire nuts.
Badger 5 with 3-Bolt Mount, box, register slip, user manual, stopper, elbow tube, rubber gasket, flange, bolts, and wrench.

Dimensions

GE GFC720N with mount assembly, elbow tube, sticker on dishwasher outlet. Showing 8.4-inch width, 14.6-inch height, 4.3-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 7.4-inch depth to outlet, 5.4-inch distance to elbow tube.
Badger 5 with mount assembly and elbow tube. Showing 6.3-inch width, 11.5-inch height, 3.5-inch depth to dishwasher outlet, 6.7-inch depth to outlet, 4.8-inch distance to elbow tube.
Length
5.4" (13.7 cm)
4.8" (12.2 cm)
Width
8.4" (21.3 cm)
6.3" (16.0 cm)
Height
14.6" (37.1 cm)
11.5" (29.2 cm)
Weight
10.3 lbs (4.7 kg)
12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)

Mount Assembly

EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. GE logo and “Disposall” engravings on rim of sink flange. Removable sink baffle/splash guard in position.
EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals placed on white platform. GE logo and “Disposall” engravings on rim of sink flange. Removable sink baffle/splash guard in position.
Parts of EZ Mount assembly for garbage disposals displayed on white platform, including support ring, mounting ring, cushion mount, fiber gasket, rubber gasket, sink flange with “GE Disposall” engraving, stopper, removable sink baffle/splash guard.
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Mount Assembly3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals with “insinkerator” engravings placed on white platform with stopper in position.
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Mount Assembly3-Bolt Mount assembly for garbage disposals with “insinkerator” engravings placed on white platform with stopper in position.
Backup flange, mounting ring, snap ring, fiber gasket, cushion mount, sink flange, stopper, lower mounting ring.

Grind Chamber

9.0
6.5
Top view through collar of Disposall GFC720N GE garbage disposal into chamber after testing, looking at layout of grinding components, highlighting swivel impellers, flywheel, and grater/grinder ring.
Top view through collar of Disposall GFC720N GE garbage disposal into chamber after testing, looking at layout of grinding components, highlighting swivel impellers, flywheel, and grater/grinder ring.
Inside view of GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4-hp garbage disposal, highlighting design of two-level grater/grinder ring, partially showing details of flywheel.
Inside view of GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4-hp garbage disposal after testing, highlighting design of impellers, partially showing details of flywheel and grater/grinder ring.
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Grind ChamberTop view of grinding components in InSinkErator Badger 5 looking at layout of flywheel and impellers.
InSinkerator Badger 5 1/2-HP Garbage Disposal Grind ChamberTop view of grinding components in InSinkErator Badger 5 looking at layout of flywheel and impellers.
Precutter/grater ring in InSinkErator Badger 5 showing layout of cutters and grinding teeth.
Grinding components in InSinkErator Badger 5 showing design of flywheel and impeller(s).
Capacity
30.0 fl oz (887.2 ml)
32.0 fl oz (946.4 ml)
Verticality
6.8" (17.3 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Flywheel
4.4" (11.2 cm)
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Assembly Material
Stainless steel
Galvanized steel
Layout
Strengthened
Basic

Motor

9.0
7.0
Horsepower
3/4
1/2
Speed
2700 RPM
1725 RPM
Real Speed
4544 RPM
1480 RPM
Voltage
115 V (60 Hz)
120 V
Current
6 A
6.3
Wattage
690 W
756
Heat
n/a
N/a
Reverse
No
No

Power Cord

Bottom view of GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4-hp non-corded garbage disposal with two pre-cut electrical wires. Information sticker showing model number, serial number, rotational velocity, power ratings, etc.
Bottom view of InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP garbage disposal without power cord.
Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Type
n/a
n/a

Accessories

Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals displayed on granite-looking top, including elbow pipe with rubber gasket, flange, and bolts.
Standard outlet/discharge set for garbage disposals on white top, showing elbow pipe, rubber gasket, flange, and bolts.
Width
3.3" (8.3 cm)
3.3" (8.3 cm)
Length
5.3" (13.3 cm)
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Material
PVC
PVC

Build Quality

9.0
8.5
GE Disposall GFC720N 3/4-HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposer, with EZ Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set installed. Orange sticker on dishwasher outlet.
InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal, with 3-Bolt Mount assembly on top and outlet/discharge set in place.
Noise Reduction
Yes
No
Vibration Reduction
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.8
7.6

Ease of Use

8.0
8.0

Installation

8.5
8.0

Smooth Operation

8.0
7.0

Unjam Mechanics

0.0
5.0
Bottom view of Badger 5 1/2-hp garbage disposal showing jam buster wrench in manual unjam slot.
External
No
Yes
Auto Unjam
No
No