BEST MEAT GRINDERS 2017

People use meat grinders for a variety of task, some use it to grind whole carcasses for pet food, and hunters need to grind 100s of pound/kilo of meat after a hunt, while others just want to grind enough meat for 4-5 burgers. Unlike most reviews, this review won’t list the top ten grinders but will pick the best grinders for a particular task. We have look and to a lesser extent tested a variety of grinders for a variety of task, and come up with 10 grinders. Each of these grinders are what we consider the best in their category. Some are the best for heavy duty, grinding hundreds of pounds of meat in one afternoon, others are great for grinding whole chickens for their cat and dog.

STX 3000 TurboForce
16.5 x 6.5 x 14.5 inches
4.1 Star Rating
SunMille SM-G31 Electric Meat Grinder
19.3 x 10.4 x 8.4 inches
4.2 Star Rating
Kitchen Basics 3-in-1 Meat Grinder
7.7 x 5.4 x 5.2 inches
4.1 Star Rating
BelleMain Manual Meat Grinder
10 x 6.4 x 5.5 inches
4.2 Star Rating
Weston Commercial Meat Grinder
8 x 20 x 15.5 inches
4.6 Star Rating
STX 1800 Magnum Meat Grinder
14 x 7.5 x 11.5 inches
3.8 Star Rating
SunMille SM-G73 Grinder
19.9 x 10.8 x 8.7 inches
4.2 Star Rating
Gideon Hand Crank Manual Meat Grinder
10.9 x 6.7 x 6.1 inches
4.3 Star Rating
LEM Clamp-on Hand Grinder
11.5 x 8.3 x 5.3 inches ; 9.4 pounds
4 Star Rating
Best Choice Electric Meat Grinder
18.8 x 11.5 x 8.2 inches
3.9 Star Rating

WHY YOU SHOULD BUY A MEAT GRINDER

A perfectly alright question to ask! Why do you need a grinder in the first place? Because it offers you lots of benefits. First, it saves you money in the long run. If you use ground meat regularly you either pay your grocery store butcher to get the job done( a luxury not always available ) or you buy prepackaged ground meat( that goes bad quickly and doesn’t even taste that good ). Investing in your own grinder frees you from these added costs over time.

Second, the meat you grind yourself is fresh. And tastes the best. You also get to choose what size of bits you want. And the flavor is great. Third, you have safer and healthier food. When you grind meat on your own, it is free from the added preservatives and chemicals that come with prepackaged food.

And finally, it’s also about your vanity. We all like to boast. And the best meat grinders for home use are great add-ons to your kitchen. Invite your friends over, prepare sausages for them in minutes and laugh at their astonishment when they see how easily you do it. So, if you’re convinced that a meat grinder can be a nice addition to your kitchen kit, lets talk about the different options available to you

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WHAT FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR A MEAT GRINDER

When buying a meat grinder, there are three main things most buyers would consider, The first, is how much meat are you planning to grind, the second is size and portability, the last is your budget.

The first and most important consideration is how much meat you are planning to grind and how frequently you plan to grind your meat. If you only use it occasionally, you are better off getting a smaller electrical grinder or a manual grinder, they are easier to clean, and don't take up a lot of room in the kitchen, like the Sunmile series. However, if you plan to grind a lot of meat if you are a hunter or a pet owner, it might be worth it to invest in a larger or industrial grade grinder like the STX 3000 Megaforce, LEM Meat Grinder or a Weston Meat Grinder.

The second consideration is the size of the grinder. Some of the larger grinders can weigh as much as 70 pounds, and can take up a whole kitchen counter. If you are a hunter and plan to grind meat at your cabin or lodge, this is one aspect you should consider. You need to get a grinder that has a large capacity, but compact enough.

The last aspect is your budget. There are a lot of different types of grinders, from stand alone electrical mixers, grinder attachments and manual grinders. Set a budget before you start looking for a grinder, because it should discipline so you won't get tempted into buying a grinder who's features you might never use

TYPES OF MEAT GRINDERS

Depending on their construction, meat grinders come in three types: manual, mixer attachment & electric grinders.

Manual Grinders, as the name suggests, require you to operate manually. They are cheap and suitable when you have to grind small amounts of meat. Mixer attachments come with your kitchen mixer as an addon. They may or may not be available depending on the kind of mixer you own. The third kind of grinder is an electric one that utilizes the power of a motor to grind meat.

If you’re looking for a dedicated meat grinder, which you should, then you have two buying options - the manual and the electric.

Manual vs. Electric - Which grinder should you buy?

As with all the product options, these two also have their own pros and cons. I have listed them out for you to help you better make the decision. First, the manual meat grinder - it is the cheaper, more economical option. It won’t increase your electricity bill as it needs no power supply. When you don’t grind large quantities of meat, you don’t need a lot of features. So you can save your cash and go with a manual one. However, it does have some disadvantages like it can get rusty in a few years - due to iron body. It also takes longer to grind meat and can get tiring if you have a large quantity.

At the other end you have the electric grinder. Although a more expensive option, it can grind large amounts of meat faster and with minimum effort from your side. You also get far more options like customizing the size of the bits. It is also safer to use and easier to clean. You do lose some portability though as it can’t be used without electricity.

COMPARISON TABLE

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ITEMS WEIGHT POWER GRINDER SIZE PURPOSE PRICE PURCHASE
STX-4000-TB2 Turboforce II "Quad" Air Cooled 13lbs 600W 12" HUNTER'S CHOICE $$
Weston No. 22 Commercial Meat Grinder 1 HP 66lbs 750W 22" PET LOVERS $$$$$
LEM W782A Stainless Steel Big Bite Electric #32 (1.5-HP) 77lbs 1100W 32" BONE CRUSHER $$$$$$
LEM #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder 8lbs N/A 10" #1 MANUAL GRINDER $
STX INTERNATIONAL 3000-MF Megaforce Air Cooled 12lbs 600W 12" GOURMET'S CHOICE $$
Sunmile SM-G50 ETL Max 1.3HP #12 Heavy Electric Meat Grinder 14lbs 350W 12" BARGIN HUNTER$
Sunmile SM-G73 ETL St #8 Electric Meat Grinder Max 1000W 11lbs 600W 8" LIGHT GRINDER $
STX INTERNATIONAL STX-1800-MG Magnum Air Cooled Grinder 13lbs 600W 12" HOMECOOK'S CHOICE $
Sunmile SM-G33 ETL Electric Meat Grinder 9lbs 400W 8" ALL IN ONE $
Rikon 10-308 Meat Saw With Grinder, 10-Inch 136lbs 500W 12" FARMER'S WORKHORSE $$$$$$

1. STX-4000-TB2 Turboforce (HUNTER'S CHOICE)

The STX-4000-TB2 Turboforce II is ideal for hunters, its compact, weighing in at just 13 pounds, meaning you can take to the cabin/camp site where you can hook it up to a generator.  Its peak output is 2000 Watts but has three settings - High, Low and Reverse.  The low setting is useful if the generator you are using has a low capacity. We tested this beast of a machine, and it can grind about 200 pounds (or 90 kilos) of meat in an hour. It comes with a patented Quad air cooling system that cools the grinder when in operation, thereby doubling its lifespan.   It comes with 3 Stainless Blades, 5 Grinding Plates, 1 Beaner Plate, Set of 3 Stuffing Tubes and Kubbe Attachment

PRO
CON
3 Year Warranty
Cannot Grind Bones
Grinds 200 lbs/Hour 
 
Sausage Making
 
2000 Watt Peak Power 
 


2. Weston No. 22 Commercial Meat Grinder 1 HP (PET LOVERS)

The Weston No. 12 Commercial Meat Grinder 1 HP is a great meat grinder for individuals or families who own cats or dogs, especially if you have many of them. Its bone-crushing ability allows you to grind whole carcasses of chicken, bones and all, so you can produce your own pet food. Making your own pet food is healthier for your pet, and at the same time, you save money. The ability to grind 700 pounds and hour ables you to produce enough food to feed your pet for months. However, own such a powerful grinder isn;t restricted to those who have pets, its ability to grind a lot of meat per hour is great for restaurants, especially restaurants that make a lot of sausages, hamburgers and other ground meat produces. Even for the home cook, it is ideal for Christmas or any special occasion. It has a reverse which comes in handy on the rare occasion that grinder is jammed. It includes two stainless steel plates for coarse (7 mm) and fine (4.5 mm) grinds, stainless steel knife and sausage stuffing kit including adapter, spacer & four different sized funnels.


PRO
CON
2 Year Warranty
Heavy and Bulky (66lbs)
Grinds 700 lbs/Hour 
Price Tag 
Grind Chicken/Rabbit Bones
 
1 Horsepower 
 


3. LEM W782A Stainless Steel Big Bite Electric #32 (1.5-HP) (BONE CRUSHER)

LEM W782A Stainless Steel Big Bite Electric #32 1.5-HP is ideal for hunters, its compact, weighing in at just 13 pounds, meaning you can take to the cabin/camp site where you can hook it up to a generator.  Its peak output is 2000 Watts but has three settings - High, Low and Reverse.  The low setting is useful if the generator you are using has a low capacity. We tested this beast of a machine, and it can grind about 200 pounds (or 90 kilos) of meat in an hour. It comes with a patented Quad air cooling system that cools the grinder when in operation, thereby doubling its lifespan.   It comes with 3 Stainless Blades, 5 Grinding Plates, 1 Beaner Plate, Set of 3 Stuffing Tubes and Kubbe Attachment

PRO
CON
3 Year Warranty
Cannot Grind Bones
Grinds 200 lbs/Hour 
 
Sausage Making
 
2000 Watt Peak Power 
 


4. LEM #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder (#1 MANUAL GRINDER)

LEM #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder is a premium hand grinder from LEM. The clamp allows you to exert maximum force when turning the grind, and with you should be able to grind about 40 pounds an hour. It all depends on whether your arm can grind for that long. In addition, the grinder is versatile, as well as grinding the most popular meats, it can also grind vegetables, nuts, and fruit. It comes with two grind plates, one for coarse and fine grinds. For sausage making it comes with three stuffing tubes. it's easy to assemble and clean.

PRO
CON
Ability to Clamp onto a counter
Pricey for Manual Grinader
Versility
 
Easy to Clean
 
 


5. STX INTERNATIONAL 3000-MF Megaforce Air Cooled (GOURMET'S CHOICE)

STX INTERNATIONAL 3000-MF Megaforce Air Cooled is ideal for hunters, its compact, weighing in at just 13 pounds, meaning you can take to the cabin/camp site where you can hook it up to a generator.  Its peak output is 2000 Watts but has three settings - High, Low and Reverse.  The low setting is useful if the generator you are using has a low capacity. We tested this beast of a machine, and it can grind about 200 pounds (or 90 kilos) of meat in an hour. It comes with a patented Quad air cooling system that cools the grinder when in operation, thereby doubling its lifespan.   It comes with 3 Stainless Blades, 5 Grinding Plates, 1 Beaner Plate, Set of 3 Stuffing Tubes and Kubbe Attachment

PRO
CON
3 Year Warranty
Cannot Grind Bones
Grinds 200 lbs/Hour 
 
Sausage Making
 
2000 Watt Peak Power 
 

6. Sunmile SM-G50 ETL Max 1.3HP #12 Heavy Grinder (BARGIN HUNTERS)

Sunmile SM-G50 ETL Max 1.3HP #12 Heavy Electric Meat Grinder is a great meat grinder for individuals or families who own cats or dogs, especially if you have many of them. Its bone-crushing ability allows you to grind whole carcasses of chicken, bones and all, so you can produce your own pet food. Making your own pet food is healthier for your pet, and at the same time, you save money. The ability to grind 700 pounds and hour ables you to produce enough food to feed your pet for months. However, own such a powerful grinder isn;t restricted to those who have pets, its ability to grind a lot of meat per hour is great for restaurants, especially restaurants that make a lot of sausages, hamburgers and other ground meat produces. Even for the home cook, it is ideal for Christmas or any special occasion. It has a reverse which comes in handy on the rare occasion that grinder is jammed. It includes two stainless steel plates for coarse (7 mm) and fine (4.5 mm) grinds, stainless steel knife and sausage stuffing kit including adapter, spacer & four different sized funnels.


PRO
CON
2 Year Warranty
Heavy and Bulky (66lbs)
Grinds 700 lbs/Hour 
Price Tag 
Grind Chicken/Rabbit Bones
 
1 Horsepower 
 


7. Sunmile SM-G73 ETL St #8 Electric Meat Grinder Max 1000W (LIGHT GRINDER)

The Sunmile SM-G73 ETL St #8 Electric Meat Grinder Max 1000W is ideal for hunters, its compact, weighing in at just 13 pounds, meaning you can take to the cabin/camp site where you can hook it up to a generator.  Its peak output is 2000 Watts but has three settings - High, Low and Reverse.  The low setting is useful if the generator you are using has a low capacity. We tested this beast of a machine, and it can grind about 200 pounds (or 90 kilos) of meat in an hour. It comes with a patented Quad air cooling system that cools the grinder when in operation, thereby doubling its lifespan.   It comes with 3 Stainless Blades, 5 Grinding Plates, 1 Beaner Plate, Set of 3 Stuffing Tubes and Kubbe Attachment

PRO
CON
3 Year Warranty
Cannot Grind Bones
Grinds 200 lbs/Hour 
 
Sausage Making
 
2000 Watt Peak Power 
 


8. STX INTERNATIONAL STX-1800-MG Magnum Air Cooled Grinder (HOMECOOK'S CHOICE)

We recommend The STX Magnum 1800 MG Series Electric Meat Grinder because of its versatility and speed in which it grinds bones. Its popular with both pet owners and hunters.

The most notable feature is its patented Cowl Air Induction Cooling System which is exclusive to this STX Magnum. This system provides much greater cooling for the motor, doubling the life of your meat grinder. AS many as '80,000' of the STX grinders have been sold in the past seven years with a 99.8% Customer Satisfaction Rating.

It has a Size #12 Head and it comes with many attachment and add-ons such as 3 Stainless steel cutting blades, 3 Grinding Plates, 3 Sausage Stuffing Tubes and a kibble device for juicing.

PRO
CON
Quality and Powerful Motor
Cannot clean with a dishwasher
Compact Size
Plastic Ring used to attached grinder tube fragile 
Quiet
 
 


9. Sunmile SM-G33 ETL Electric Meat Grinder (ALL IN ONE)

Sunmile SM-G33 ETL Electric Meat Grinder is ideal for the budget conscious, or for people who don't want to spend hundreds of dollars for a grinder. For under $70, the SM-G33 can break down a whole deer, but is still compact. It comes with reverse function, and full set of add-ons. It can break up to 170 lbs an hour.

It has a big capacity try, it has only one button for operation with reverse function. It also has a curcit break to prevent motor burnout. It has one steel cutting blade, 3 steet cutting plates, food pusher and 3 sausage attachments.

PRO
CON
Is easy to use
Cannot Grind Bones
Grinds 170 lbs/Hour 
 
Sausage Making
 
2000 Watt Peak Power 
 


10. Rikon 10-308 Meat Saw With Grinder, 10-Inch (FARMER'S WORKHORSE)

Rikon 10-308 Meat Saw With Grinder is combination of meat saw with a grinder attachment. It is great for hunters, farmers and butchers who want to break down whole carcasses quickly and safely. The meat saw disassembles easily for quick cleaning. The grinder can be used to grind meat for patties or sausages

Its a professional tool for a very affordable price. Most meat saws cost thousands of dollars. Some of our readers have said they can cut 12 aminals in one day using the Rikon

PRO
CON
Professional Meat Saw
Difficult to Clean
Meat Grinder
Difficult to Assemble 
Very durable blade