Best Meat Grinders
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 this link. 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!
Recommended model – Sunmile SM-G31 ETL
One of the top rated budget models you can currently get is the Sunmile SM-G31 ETL. The SM-G31 has a 250watt motor, with a max power output of 800w. This gives it enough power for long term usage, and it will manage quite comfortably with most kinds of meat. It only has one speed setting, however it is misisng a reverse switch for those stubborn bits of meat. It has a large hopper, and the body is made out of brushed stainless steel which looks really modern and elegant. It comes with three cutting plates, including fine, medium and course. In addition, you also get three sausage making attachments. We should note that only the cutting blades and plate are dishwasher safe, due to the aluminum oxide coating. The SM-G31 comes with a one year warranty, and is a good choice for a budget home model as it is often for sale under $100. It is a bit on the noisy side, but to be honest it isn’t that different from many of the other grinders we have seen. That is the downside to an electric grinder, and there is no real way to avoid this unfortunately.
If you want more info on this model, you can head over to the Amazon product page to read some of the many happy customer reviews and check the current pricing.
Recommended model – STX Turboforce 3000
An even more popular choice than the SM-G31 above is the STX Turboforce 3000. As the name implies, this model has a very strong 3000w peak output motor which is one of the highest you can get in a home based model. It runs at 600w with no load, and hikes up all the way to 3000w if required, which will make quick work of even the toughest meat. There are two speeds of high and low to choose from, and also a reverse speed. Included with this model is a circuit breaker, to prevent any damage to the motor if something gets jammed in. It has a very elegant white & stainless steel design, which will look at home in any kitchen. It comes with three standing grinding plates including fine, medium and course. It has a larger grinder unit than most home models (including the Waring above), which means it will grind your meat quicker. Like the Waring above, you must hand wash the parts and dry them soon afterwards as the chemicals in dishwasher detergents can ruin the finish on the parts. It has a respectable one year warranty, and has many happy user reviews testifying how great the machine is. With a retail price of under $180, this model seems like a great choice. You can find out more about it on the Amazon page.
You might also want to check out the STX Megaforce 3000, which is an enhanced version of this model. It has a better cooling system than the STX Turboforce 3000, which means it should last longer. You can get more info and pricing on the Megaforce 3000 over here.