After having a second Insinkerator garbage disposal in about three months give it up and start leaking, I started wondering if there might be a way to get drop-in replacement at a lower price.
I found it. Actually, I found several. Emerson, the maker of Insinkerator, sells a budget brand they call Evergrind. And an Evergrind garbage disposal costs several dollars less than a comparable Insinkerator while still using the same mount. Ace Hardware garbage disposals (their house brand) are the same, as are True Value Master Plummer garbage disposals. Essentially all three of them are Insinkerator Badgers with a different label and molded a different color.
Of course I don’t have a long track record with the house-brand disposals made by Emerson for someone else. The online reviews run the gamut; I can find people who talk about replacing 20-year-old Evergrinds and Aces and people who talk about having theirs fail after just over a year. One explanation for that could be drain cleaner.
Since the life expectancy on a disposal is 10 years and there isn’t a lot to them, I would expect both of those to be outliers.
There are less expensive options out there–GE and Waste King are two that come to mind–but if you’re willing to pay a few dollars more for a quick fix that’s Insinkerator compatible and can find an one of the house brand models, it’s worth a look.