5 Things to Know About InSinkErator Garbage Disposals

Garbage Disposal Lineup (side view - small)

Some of the popular InSinkErator Evolution models.

InSinkErator is probably the best known brand on the market for garbage disposals. If you don’t own one of these disposals you probably know someone who does. 

In this article we will highlight 5 features of this brand. If you are unfamiliar with disposal brands, have never owned an InSinkErator or are looking into purchasing a different disposal for any reason, read on to determine how this brand stands out. 

For those in the market for a new unit, checkout our roundup of the best garbage disposals on the market, regardless of brand.


1. History Lesson

InSinkErator has been in existence since 1938 when John Hamme and his sons began marketing their unique design to eliminate kitchen waste. Hamme had been perfecting his design for 11 years before the company officially formed. 

In the 1960s the InSinkErator brand was bought out by Emerson Company and is now known as Emerson InSinkErator, the leading brand in home garbage disposals. Many people appreciate the longevity of this company and the experience that comes with it. If you're the kind of person that feels comfortable with a known entity and gravitates toward a company that is well established, InSinkErator is an excellent choice and won’t disappoint.

InSinkErator Emerson Page

InSinkErator Emerson home page.

The experience of so many years in the industry will prove invaluable if you need help troubleshooting a disposal or have a problem of any kind. This company takes very seriously it’s designs and patented technology and strives to remain the number one seller of garbage disposals in America.

2. Warranty

All InSinkErator disposals come with a limited in home warranty of eight to 10 years. In addition to being confident in the experience of the company, the warranty lends that extra insurance that InSinkErator “has your back” if there is a problem with their product.

If you like to be reassured that you won’t have to struggle under the sink on a Saturday afternoon with a manual and a pair of pliers trying to fix your disposal, this feature is dynamite. Knowing that if there is a problem you are covered for up to a decade by a warranty and the company will send a technician to your home to repair the issue is a major plus for lots of homeowners. Without the warranty you could also be stuck paying as much or more than the cost of the disposal to have it repaired if you don’t want to tackle the job yourself.

An in home warranty for that long also says something about the way the company views their products. The biggest disposal sellers in the country wouldn’t be offering to service everyone’s unit for a decade if they tended to have poor quality products. InSinkErator is confident you will be satisfied and they are willing to bet the cost of repairs that you won’t need to use that warranty for eight to 10 years.

3. Series

InSinkErator disposals come in three different categories:

  1. Quiet series
  2. Power series 
  3. Standard series 

The fact that they have organized their product line to reflect the primary function of the disposals makes finding a disposal that you love that much easier. Shopping for appliances can be confusing unless you have done it before or have a really good sense of what features you want. 

Quiet Series

Each line has been tailored to meet high quality standards in a particular arena. The quiet series (Evolution) features patented SoundSeal technology to dampen noise from the disposal, along with the specialized Quiet Collar which limits the sound that travels up into the sink. Customers in small spaces or those with young children will love the minimal sound that these disposals produce. Now you don’t have to worry that you won’t be heard chatting when the disposal is on, or choose between cleaning up the kitchen and waking the baby. 

Power Series (Badger)

The power series (Badger) gives extra torque and motor strength for the hardest working kitchens. If you love to cook, prepare large meals or use the disposal for bulky items this series will help you rest assured that the Badger Series with Dura Drive Induction motor disposal can take whatever you throw at it.

Badger Series - One of the Best Garbage Disposal Models

A few of the Badgers in the InSinkErator series

Something to note here:

The use of an induction motor versus a magnetic motor means turning on the disposal before adding food waste is imperative. These motors work by gradually gaining power instead of turning on at the level of power with which they grind. If the waste is in the chamber before the motor reaches maximum speed you risk the food jamming in the disposal.

However, there is no need to baby these units when preparing even large meals with lots of tough scraps like veggie peels.

They'll take care of all that waste without a problem so you can get on with feeding those crowds.

Standard Series

If you aren’t quite sure which category you fall into or neither of these sounds exactly right, the standard series is a balanced choice. 

It offers excellent quality in general and is perfect for mid-sized families who maybe don’t mind the grinding sound associated with a traditional disposal. These models aren’t wimpy and don’t sound like a freight train either.

InSinkErator gets consistently high ratings for noise and grinding capability in all their product lines.

4. Designed to be Interchangeable

If you have an InSinkErator disposal or are purchasing one for the first time you should know that the company has designed all of their disposals to be installed the same way.

This means that changing any InSinkErator out for another InSinkErator is extremely easy and can be done in a matter of minutes. Such a seemingly small change on the part of the manufacturer can make a world of difference to consumers when replacing an old disposal. InSinkErator knows you don’t relish the thought of putting in a garbage disposal and has taken much of the guesswork out of the process so replacing your disposal doesn’t have to be an all-day event. 

Universal Mounting Design

The mounting design also speaks to how confident the company is that you will be back for another model once your first InSinkErator needs to be replaced. It's a brilliant strategy on the part of the company because it communicates their confidence in their product while incentivising customers to return to purchase another InSinkErator. Many reviewers appreciate the mounting system and the fact that they can buy another disposal without worrying that it won’t be compatible with the old one. 

5. Registry

Once you decide to purchase an InSinkErator garbage disposal be sure to register the disposal with the company

InSinkerator Registration Page

Doing so will insure that if there are ever any recalls that affect you or other product information you won’t miss out. The company takes seriously the loyalty of their customers as well as the quality of their products and getting registered is a good way for the manufacturer to contact you with any pertinent information for the future.

Registering is fast and painless and once you do you know the company has your contact information in their database so that they can get in touch in case of a recall.

If there is a recall, the excellent customer service and warranty will kick in and hopefully your family’s garbage disposal won’t miss a beat. 


InSinkErator is an outstanding company that makes superior quality products and conducts business in a way that endears customers and makes them want to come back.

If you are in the market for a garbage disposal and haven’t considered InSinkErator, you definitely should. We aren’t saying there aren’t other fantastic companies out there - there definitely are - but, if you tend to be someone who appreciates the "tried and true" and would rather have a long track record to back the company you purchase from, we think Emerson InSinkErator is a really excellent choice.

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2 thoughts on “5 Things to Know About InSinkErator Garbage Disposals

  • We have a 3 year old home with model 5-87a it started leaking from the bottom of the disposal in the center, are these units repairable ? I’m thinking
    it might have been run without the water being turned on immediately, it drips for a couple of minutes after everything has been turned off. If I decide to go to a 3/4 hp unit, will everything fit the same or will some of the plumbing have to be modified? I prefer to not have to do any modifications

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