Best Meat Grinders Rated by Consumers – 2017
Meat grinders are a very handy appliance to have at hand. Not only do they grind meat (as their name suggests) but most of them also do the incredible job of stuffing homemade sausages. And now, they have become a very popular machine with both home and commercial users.
Why would you need one? Well, first of all, buying ready ground meat is much more expensive than buying unprocessed meat, isn’t it? So the obvious merit of owning a meat grinder is the fact that you’ll get to save on a whole lot of cash. Eventually, the cost of buying the grinder will be justified by the amount of money you save on buying the processed meat.
Health reasons are perhaps another reason why people now want to own a meat grinder. You never know what’s stuffed in those sausages. You never know what chemicals have been used to preserve those ready ground meats. What you do know, however, is what you put in your own meat. And it’s that control that has driven people to search for the grinders.
Top Meat Grinders for 2017
Best Choice Electric 2.6 Hp 2000 Watt Meat Grinder
LEM Products 1158 LEM Mighty Bite Grinder
KWS SL-8 Commercial 450W 1/2HP Electric Meat Grinder
Meat Grinder Buying Guide
There is literally a grinder for everyone’s needs and budget. From the entry level through to the top tier grinders, the prices vary and features are diverse. So how do you know which one is right for you?
Things to Know About Entry Level Options
With prices ranging from as low as $40 up to $100, the entry level meat grinders are as varied in features as they are in price. There are the manual grinders that are at the bottom most rung of the chain. Yes, you operate these by hand. There’s no motor to power the machine, just your good old muscles. Seeing as these are losing popularity, we won’t dwell much on them. Go higher up and you find the motorized, stand alone meat grinders. This is where you want to be if you’re looking for quick and easy meat grinding at home. So, yes, the entry level grinders are mainly for light home use. The motors normally have a power output of about 400 up to even 1000 watts. The Horse power for these lies below 1 HP, anything between 0.5 to 0.75 HP.
Entry levels don’t have a strong build. The housing is normally made of a grade of plastic. The benefit of this is that it makes the grinder light. Most of these entry level meat grinders weigh from 6 to 10 pounds.
Their grinding speed is normally slow and after intense grinding, they’ll begin to overheat and even trigger the circuit breakers to cut off power from the motor. They mostly can’t work continuously for an hour.
One thing that these entry level meat grinders have in common is that they are noisy.
Things to Know About Mid-Tier Options
These cost from $150 to over $200. They are bigger and heavier than entry level grinders weighing above 15 pounds. Why are they heavier? Because their housing is made of metal, they gain a lot more weight. Some are made of aluminum, some are made of steel and the more premium ones are made of stainless steel. The good thing about this is that they are more durable and their heft muffles the noise produced by the motor inside.
Motors are also more powerful in this category. Since a mid tier meat grinder is used for heavier work than entry level ones, their motors bear more power that eventually does the work faster. Output could be about 1000 watts and the horse power is normally above 1 HP all the way to 2 HP. And this is nothing to sneeze at.
Things to Know About Heavy Duty Premium Options
These are the most expensive of the lot. They are also the most powerful and most diligent. If you own a restaurant or deli, then you’re better off spending the premium price of owning one of these. Their cost ranges from $200 and could go as high as $700.
However, what you get is a meat grinder made of stainless steel. And that’s everything, inside and out. Because of this, they are quite heavy. Weighing above 15 pounds, they aren’t machines to be moved about easily. They are, however, quite durable. You’ll use them intensely everyday and the motors won’t heat up or breakdown.
Plus, the stainless steel housing keeps the noise within. Motors have a horse power of above 2 HP. They work hard and they work fast. For sausage stuffing, these beasts do the work as well as any stand alone sausage stuffer. Therefore, these are best suited for commercial use.
Key Product Features in a Meat Grinder
If you’re serious about buying a meat grinder then you’ll need to know what it’s made up of. Let’s start from the top and work our way down, okay?
This part is raised above the body. It connects to the feeding tube and holds the meat chunks that await their fate. A good meat tray should be sturdy enough to hold a generous amount of meat.
It’s the chute into which the meat through to eventually be ground. Entry level meat grinders have narrower feeding tubes than the mid and top tier grinders.
Made of plastic in some models, it’s a separate piece that you use to, as the name implies, push meat down the tube. A good pusher has to be strong enough. Cheaper grinders have weak pushers that bend when subjected to heavy work.
This is a screw found inside the feeding tube. Its work is to grab the meat pushed into the tube and hand it over to the cutting blade for grinding.
This part is found just behind the grinder plate. It rotates and grinds the meat handed to it by the auger.
This is the flat plate on the front face of the meat grinder. It has holes of different sizes and is responsible for determining the size of the ground meat. Manufacturers of meat grinders include three of these; fine, medium and coarse plates.
Quick Questions to Ask Before Buying Grinders
Now that you’re acquainted with the grinder family, what are the key things to have in mind before spending money on these appliances? Good question. You can’t just pop into the appliance store and buy the first meat grinder you find. There has to be something that drives you towards that particular grinder. Ask yourself a few questions then candidly answer them. Write them down if you need to.
How Many Hours Will You Use It a Day?
By answering this question you should get a general idea on the type of grinder you need. If you grind only once or twice a month then you don’t need a high end grinder, do you? All you need is a basic grinder that comes out of storage when you need it and goes back in hiding once you’re done. However, if you grind regularly, perhaps once or twice a week, then you’re better off going for the mid tier or high end grinders.
What is your budget?
Question number two is a pertinent one. Prices within each group are varied. For instance, there are entry level meat grinders that cost as high as $12 yet do not outperform a grinder in the $70 range. Consider how much of a dent you’re willing to put on your wallet and that will direct you to the right category of grinders. Considering, of course, you already know what your frequency of use is, right.
What do you want to use the grinder for?
If you’re going to grind a whole deer at a time then perhaps you’re better off with more horse power. A mid tier grinder would be ideal. If you’re only grinding a few pounds of meat then an entry level one will do. If you own a restaurant then don’t be frugal, buy a high end grinder.
What is the level of maintenance required?
First of all, cleaning is mandatory after every use. The parts are supposed to disassemble easily. Find out whether it’s dishwasher safe or not. Find out what material it’s made of to know whether you can use bleach based detergents or not. Also, know whether the motor of the grinder has permanent lubrication. If so, then you won’t need to lubricate. Are the parts rust resistant? If not then they’ll need to be coated with cooking oil before storage.
How big or heavy do you want the grinder to be?
Is it heavy? What’s the size? These questions will dictate the storage arrangements you make for your meat grinder. If you own a top tier or mid tier grinder and you use it regularly, there isn’t a need to haul it into a cupboard, right? The weight and size don’t make storage easy.
What kind of warranty does it have?
Finally, you’ve made the choice on which grinder to buy. You know how often you’ll use it and what you’ll use it for. But wait, there’s one more thing you need to consider; warranty. Manufacturers give one to two years warranty on their meat grinders. Within which time, in the event of a part breaking, they offer replacement of that part. Past the warranty period, you might have to buy the part. However, there are some manufacturers who would still send you a part free of charge even after expiration of the warranty. Read user reviews to find this out. Others might even send you a whole other meat grinder if the part you require isn’t in stock. You’d be lucky if you find these manufacturers.
If you make the right choice of meat grinder then I’m certain you’ll squeeze out years of service from it without any problems. Happy grinding!
Entry Level Meat Grinder Comparison Chart
Compact and light weight
800W of power
Built to last
Die cast casing
Lightweight and compact
Gourmia GMG7000 Prime Plus Commercial Grade Meat Grinder Review
Gourmia, the US based manufacturing company says their mission is to engineer cooking tools for a healthy lifestyle. I don’t know about that but what I do know is that their design team needs a raise. In a meat grinder world where the designs are pretty much generic, Gourmia have created one that is unique. It’s got an appealing look, an entrancing feel, a genial attitude. It’s the compact design. It’s the smooth curves along the body and corners. It’s the sleek build. It’s everything about the creation from body to meat pan.
When it comes to standing out from the crowd, they did it right with this appliance. But still, looks isn’t everything in the meat grinder world. In fact it’s not anything if the grinder hasn’t got the punch underneath its beauty. So we sought to take the GMG7000 out for a spin.
Elite Platinum HA-3433A Maxi-Matic 550 Watt Aluminum-Die-Cast Meat Grinder Review
The name Elite Platinum is synonymous with state of the art, elegant kitchen appliances. And their products are also loved for their affordability. They have mastered the art of creating products that know what one wants in the kitchen. Therefore having their Meat Grinder, the Elite Platinum HA-34330 Maxi Matic, I was excited to see what they have built this time round.
What does one expect from a meat grinder? It’s obvious, isn’t it? We want it to grind our meat and perhaps we want it to stuff our homemade sausages. We want it to do all this with a smile. I add the last one because most meat grinders at the price point of the Maxi Matic begin to complain after a couple minutes of use. So, yes, the Maxi Matic is an entry level grinder for the home. However, does it offer service with a smile? Let’s find out.
Best Choice Electric 2.6 Hp 2000 Watt Meat Grinder Review
Best Choice Company has come a long way. They started by making pool tables in 2002 and diversified to selling musical instruments and patio furniture. Their work cannot be more diverse as now they also offer kitchen appliances. And their kitchen appliance that we’ll profile today is the Best choice Electric 2.6 HP 2000 Watt Meat Grinder.
Yes, I hear whispers about jacks of all trades. But listen, Best Choice have been hitting it out of the park with their products every time and their kitchen appliances are no different. This meat grinder is a darling of the home grinding aficionados. It’s affordable and powerful. It’s compact and lightweight. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, I’ll leave you to pore through this review and learn for yourself. So, ladies and gentlemen, introducing the Best Choice 2.6hp 2000 Watt Electric Meat Grinder.
Mid-Tier Meat Grinder Comparison Chart
Compact and light weight
Safety circuit breaker
Strong and durable
Reliable and durable
Della Meat Grinder Electric 2.6 HP 2000 Watt HD Professional Grinder Review
I have always insisted that meat grinders aren’t the prettiest of home appliances and that they are more functional than anything else. I’ve always insisted that manufacturers of meat grinders don’t even try to give them some semblance of beauty. I’ve never really had an issue with their looks anyway and I’m sure no one cares whether they’re attractive or not.
However, with the Della 2000 Watt Meat Grinder, I wish to amend that statement, just this once. The look is appealing. It’s got smooth curves on the side of its lovely white body. Even the design of the meat tray is attractive. But is that a good thing. For a meat grinder, a look of beauty comes with that feeling that it is cavalier in its duties. Is the Della up to the arduous task of meat grinding? Let’s find out in this Product review for Della Meat Grinder Electric 2.6 HP 2000 Watt HD Professional Home Sausage Stuffer Maker.
LEM Products 1158 LEM Mighty Bite Grinder Review
Living up to the reputation of an overachieving big brother is a lot of pressure. Everyone looks at you expecting that all he could do, you can too. Standing in his shoes, it feels like you’re constantly being weighed and measured up against him. If meat grinders could talk, the LEM Might Bite #8 Grinder would attest to this fact.
This grinder is the little brother to the bigger, overachieving Mighty Bite Grinders. So you can imagine the pressure that’s on it to perform to the standard of its elder siblings. But let’s be fair, the bigger LEM Mighty Bite Grinders are heavy duty commercial meat grinders. The 1158 isn’t. However, there is a family resemblance. Save for the difference in size, LEM went for a design and look that is tried and true for them.
So, with the spot light shining brightly on the Mighty Bite 1158, how does it perform? Let’s take a look.
Sunmile SM-G50 Heavy Duty Electric Meat Grinder Review
I stand before it with a chunk of meat in my hands, feeling a bit apprehensive. They say it’s a heavy duty grinder, don’t they? But it’s a bit dainty, isn’t it? I’m not sure what to expect. Should I stack it up against the bigger, heavier heavy duty grinders I’ve tried out? Should I demean it a little bit and decide it’s a light duty slicer? Wait! I get ahead of myself. I’m talking about the Sunmile SM-G50 Heavy Duty Electric Meat Grinder.
Sunmile, the Chinese company, tell us it can do the heavy work. They have made it clear that the SM-G50 is a beast of burden. But from first impressions, I’m not quite sure. However, passing judgment at this stage would be biased. We need to put it to the test and see how it does. That’s why we embark on this Product review for Sunmile SM-G50 Heavy Duty Electric Meat Grinder.
Top-Tier Meat Grinder Comparison Chart
Quad air cooler
Weston No. 22 Commercial Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer Review
Weston! They say their mission is to fuel a movement of food traditionalists with enduring well built products. A movement! That seems a bit ambitious, don’t you think? That was what went through my mind before I met a Weston product. I met one. I’m converted. A movement isn’t as far fetched as one would think. With products such as the Weston No 22 Commercial Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer, they are bound to create that movement of food traditionalists.
First of all, this meat grinder is called No 22. I have no Idea why so we’ll gloss over that piece of information. Second, it’s a commercial meat grinder. That means it packs a punch. It’s a workhorse. It’s got a bark and a bite. Third, its very look shows that it means business. It was created for the grind. To put it plainly, it wasn’t built to win any beauty contests so if you need an appliance to boost the aesthetics of your kitchen then you’re lost my friend. If you want an appliance that will grind, tear, crush meat and everything associated with it then, trust me, the Weston No 22 is the machine for the job. Okay, introducing the No 22.
KWS SL-8 Commercial 450W 1/2HP Electric Meat Grinder Review
KWS short for KitchenWare Station don’t just build appliances; they give them a personality. They make them with a soul. They give them intention. Looking at any one of their products, you feel as if its trying to tell you something. And that’s what the KWS SL-8 Commercial Meat Grinder looks like.
It has a certain look of eagerness. Once on the worktop, it seems like it can’t wait to get grinding. That makes me eager as well. It makes me want to indulge it and see what it can do.
Perhaps that’s the secret to the KWS 25 years of success. You see one of their appliances and you just want to use them.
LEM Products .35 HP Stainless Steel Electric Meat Grinder Review
Looks can be deceiving sometimes, I think. And that is the perfect way to introduce the LEM 8 Lb 35 HP Stainless Steel Electric Meat Grinder. At first sight you wouldn’t be blamed for dismissing it as a second rate meat grinder. What, with its rather smaller than average build and its less than average horse power. Stacked up against other meat grinders in its class, the LEM comes off as an underdog.
It’s modest, humble even. Its bigger counterparts look and feel intimidating. They boast of their power from miles away. But not the LEM. It retains a subtle demeanor. At least until you power it up and give it a whirl. And that’s what we did and were impressed.
STX Turboforce II Meat Grinder Review
The old STX 1800W meat grinder joined the fray and stole our hearts. It could grind like a pro often without breaking a sweat. STX did everything right with that model, except for one thing. It heated up after just half an hour of meat grinding action. So they went back to the drawing board. They racked their brains intently. They spent sleepless nights. Then, many brain storming sessions later, after numerous trials, they came up with their latest, the STX 4000 Turboforce II. And it was worth the wait.
They say it’s a beauty and that’s an accurate impression. This isn’t one of those appliances that you want to quickly shove back in the cupboard because it’s an eyesore. The STX 4000 is sleek and sublime. It’s nicely curved at the corners with beautiful grooves on the body. It has a bold black color that gives it an impression of dependability. No, really, the black just makes you trust it’s going to do what you need it to do.
Now that you’ve read the meat grinder reviews, you can make an informed decision on what will work best for you!
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