Do you love cooking as much as I do? If so, then you know that there are few things more satisfying than making a delicious meal from scratch. But if you’re like me, you also know that sometimes it’s hard to get everything done at once.
That’s where a meat grinder comes in handy! In this blog post, we will compare KitchenAid meat grinder vs standalone meat grinder to help you decide which one is best for you.
KitchenAid Meat Grinder Attachment Review
KitchenAid meat grinder attachments are just what they sound like – attachments that you can add to your KitchenAid mixer. These attachments are very easy to use, and they can grind a variety of meats.
Grind fresh meat for sausages and burgers, hard cheeses, fresh bread crumbs, and more – using fresh ingredients you can feel good about.
Simply attach the Metal Food Grinder to the power hub of any KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Then let the mixer do all the work. And get creative with the fine, medium, and coarse grinding plates, and two sausage stuffer tubes. The larger food tray processes more ingredients in one batch.
The KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment is used in conjunction with your Stand Mixer for mincing and grinding meat, fish, vegetables, dried bread, nuts, firm-fleshed fruits as well as cheese.
Meat should be extremely cold, even partially frozen, for best processing results. It comes with a 2-sided, 4-blade self-sharpening stainless steel knife, coarse and fine stainless steel grinding plates, and a food stomper/wrench.
Pros and Cons:
If you already own a stand mixer, and you have the need for a piece of equipment that will grind food, the KitchenAid food grinder attachment is a good buy. It is cheaper than buying a standalone grinder, is easy to use, and is somewhat simple to clean. It grinds 2 1/2 pounds of meat in 10 minutes and is expandable with various separate attachments and accessories.
One negative is that the body is made of plastic, which is sturdy enough but won’t last forever. The food grinder attachment also requires a KitchenAid stand mixer, so if you don’t own one, you cannot use this piece of equipment.
If you’re looking for a tool with basic food grinding capabilities, but you don’t have a KitchenAid mixer already, you should not run out and buy one just to use the food grinder. Then again, it’s almost unimaginable that someone who’s into food likes to cook, and wants to grind their own meat wouldn’t have a KitchenAid stand mixer.
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Standalone Meat Grinder Review
Standalone meat grinders are, as you might have guessed, standalone devices that you can use to grind meat. These grinders are usually more durable than KitchenAid meat grinder attachments, but they can be more difficult to use. If you’re not familiar with how to use a standalone meat grinder, then it might be a good idea to watch some tutorials before you buy one.
There are two types of standalone meat grinders—manual and electric models. Manual meat grinders use a hand crank and handle for the grinding process, whereas electric meat grinders are powered by a motor.
The first meat grinder was invented in the nineteenth century by Karl Drais. The earliest form of the meat grinder was hand-cranked and forced meat into a metal plate that had several small holes, resulting in long, thin strands of meat.
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- Standalone meat grinders boast a robust build quality, and hence are able to resist a fair bit of wear and tear. They are mostly made from all metal or a mix of metal and plastic, so they will last for years on end with proper care.
- If you’re going to be grinding things such as a wild game or a full cow, a standalone meat grinder with a high wattage motor will do the job well.
- The best standalone meat grinder can grind more than seven pounds of meat per minute, so just imagine how quickly you can grind large quantities of meat.
- Standalone meat grinders are available of different sizes including larger 22-size models, which give you access to more grinding plate configurations.
- The parts of most standalone meat grinders can be washed in your dishwasher, making them easy to clean and maintain.
- Even though most standalone meat grinders weigh just a few pounds, they sit on your countertop, therefore take up counter space.
- Electric meat grinders are costlier than KitchenAid meat grinders but can grind faster and a larger amount of meat per minute.
- Due to their onsite motor, electric standalone meat grinder models can be noisy, especially when grinding for longer periods of time.
KitchenAid Meat Grinder vs Standalone Meat Grinder
As mentioned earlier, the KitchenAid meat grinder attachment sources power from the motor of the standalone mixer, which offers 300 watts of power.
The best standalone meat grinder models offer around 350 watts to 500 watts of power, but there are some commercial models that run on 3000-watt motors.
Quantity of meat ground per minute:
KitchenAid meat grinder attachments can grind approximately three pounds of meat per minute, which is the same for most mid-range electric meat grinders.
But then there are high-end meat grinders such as the LEM Big Bite meat grinder that cost a bit more but can grind approximately seven pounds of meat per minute.
Quality and types of grinds possible:
Both KitchenAid meat grinder attachments and electric meat grinders come with three grinder plates—coarse, medium, and fine, and the quality of grinds is the same.
However, there are a few bestselling yet affordable electric meat grinders that come with three grinder plates, and two blades such as the CHEFFANO grinder.
One of the other noteworthy features of the CHEFFANO meat grinder worth mentioning is that it is available in two colors including a highly appealing metallic blue model.
Ease of use:
In terms of ease of use, the KitchenAid meat grinder attachment has to be installed on the mixer to use it, but with an electric meat grinder, you can simply load the food tray, and hit the pulse button, so you save time and effort skipping this step.
But on a brighter note, KitchenAid meat grinder attachments can be put away easily when not in use, whereas electric meat grinders take up precious space on your countertop.
While both the KitchenAid and an electric meat grinder come with three grinding plates, you can do a whole lot more with an electric meat grinder apart from grinding such as make kubbeh.
However, the KitchenAid meat grinder attachment and most electric meat grinder models do come with sausage-making tubes, which allow you to make a variety of fresh sausages in the comfort of your home.
Both also come with large food trays, so you can process more meat each time.
Ease of cleaning and maintenance:
To clean the KitchenAid meat grinder attachment and electric meat grinder, you need to remove the grinder head, which consists of several other components such as grinder plates and a grinder knife.
However, the parts of most KitchenAid meat grinder attachments aren’t dishwasher safe, so you will have to wash them by hand.
Size, weight, and portability:
KitchenAid meat grinder attachments boast a compact footprint and sit atop your KitchenAid stand mixer. They weigh roughly two pounds, making them easy to store away after each use.
Electric meat grinders are bigger in size to accommodate the motor and other electric components, and also weigh more between eight pounds to twenty pounds.
With regards to portability, they aren’t your best choice, because some models are heavy to move around.
KitchenAid meat grinder attachments, manual meat grinders, and electric meat grinders can be made from plastic, metal, or a mix of both.
All are highly durable and offer long service life, as long as you buy the right products. Metal-made meat grinders tend to last longer than their plastic counterparts but may rust after a long period of use.
Warranty type and duration:
This depends on the model you buy, but KitchenAid meat grinder attachments such as the Aomixag grinder come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The warranty period for electric meat grinders can range from one year to five years. Both warranties protect the appliance against any manufacturer defects.
Price: The price of KitchenAid meat grinders ranges from $40 to under $150. The cost of electric meat grinders starts at $50 and can go up to more than $1000.
Value for money:
If you already own a KitchenAid stand mixer and don’t want to add another appliance to your countertop, buying the KitchenAid meat grinder provides great value for money.
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However, if you’re buying a KitchenAid stand mixer to do more than just ground meat such as straining fruits and vegetables, making juices and sauces, grinding wheat, oats, corn, or rice, or spiralizing your veggies, you can do it all with a single appliance.
Of course, you will have to buy each attachment separately, but this works out to be much more efficient than buying several different appliances for each task.
If you’re just going to grind meat, then buying an electric meat grinder or manual model is a great option, because some models cost the same as a KitchenAid meat grinder attachment.
Overall – Final Thoughts
The best between the two—KitchenAid meat grinders and electric meat grinders boils down to your needs.
You can buy both types for approximately the same price, but for the KitchenAid meat grinder attachment to work, you will need a KitchenAid stand mixer, so you have to buy two appliances if you don’t own one already.
For meat grinding purposes only, buying an electric or manual meat grinder is perhaps a wise choice.
Both the KitchenAid meat grinder attachment and electric meat grinder offer the same quality of grinds, are durable, and can grind meat at the same rate.
Choosing between a KitchenAid meat grinder attachment and a standalone meat grinder truly depends on your needs.