Today we will be discussing meat grinders, and how to choose the ideal one for your needs. To begin with we will talk about some of the features you should look for, and after that we will check out some of the current top rated models. If you already have an idea of what kind you want, you can head right onto the recommended models section using. Otherwise keep reading to get an idea of what features you should be looking out for before you spend any money.
What features are important?
With so many different models on the market today, it can be quite a task trying to find a grinder that is reliable and efficient. To help you out, we are going to start off by discussing some of the important features and specifications to think about before you make a purchase decision.
The first and probably the most important feature you will need to consider is the motor of the unit. This is essentially the heart of the machine, and if it doesn’t have enough power or torque, you will get poor results from the machine. On top of having poor results from a underpowered motor, a lack of power will put additional stress on the motor which will greatly decrease the lifespan of the model. Many cheaper machines have motors which will burn out after a few months of use, simply because they do not have enough power to operate effectively, so you must remember to get a model that has enough power. So how big a motor do you actually need? This can be tricky, especially since some manufacturers list the normal operating power output, whilst others list the peak operating output. We think looking at the peak power output is without a doubt the best option, as it gives you an idea of how well the motor will function using tougher meats and bones.
As a rough guide, you should look for a motor that has a peak power output of at least 800w. This will ensure that it will have the ability to work efficiently without burning out the motor. Many cheaper models come with 600w or less, which simply is not enough to easily grind the meat.
Another important item to consider is what kind of gears the unit has. Cheaper models will come with plastic gears, whereas the more powerful models come with metal gears. If you are looking at using the machine on a frequent basis, then we would recommend you look for one with metal gears. Plastic gears are acceptable for occasional use, but we would not recommend them for long term use as metal gears are much more durable.
Next up, you should have a look at the variety of attachments and accessories that the model comes with. Many machines as standard will come with three main grinding plates, giving you the ability to choose between fine, medium and coarse meat. In addition to the grinding plates, most units come with sausage attachments, allowing you to make a variety of different sized sausages.
Something else you may not have considered is a reverse function. Why is this a good feature to have? Mainly because sometimes very tough bits of meat can get stuck in the grinder, and the reverse feature allows you to remove the stuck piece without damaging the equipment. This gives you a quick and easy solution to this particular issue, although if you have a powerful enough machine this doesn’t happen too often.
One last little feature to keep an eye out for is a circuit breaker. Some of the better models have these, and they help to prevent the motor from getting damaged. The circuit breaker kicks in when the motor is overloaded, such as when a piece of meat gets jammed. The circuit breaker switches the machine off, thereby preventing the motor from taking too much strain. Remember to keep an eye out for this it could save you some money in the long term!
Above are some of the little details you should remember to look out for. Now lets have a look at some of the best meat grinders you can currently get!