An affordable price point, powerful motor and great efficiency. Is the Sunmile Meat Grinder SM-G73 worth it? Read on to see what we think.
|Our rating: 4.2/5
Features of the Sunmile SM-G73 Meat Grinder
The Sunmile SM-G73 has the following notable features:
- 600 watt motor with 1000 watt max power
- Circuit breaker to prevent motor burnout
- Reverse function to remove clogged food
- Safety switch for emergency cut-off of power
- One (1) Stainless Steel Cutting Blade
- Three (3) Stainless Steel Cutting Plates
- Three (3) Sausage Attachments
- One (1) Plastic Food Pusher
The body of the grinder is made of aluminum in stainless steel wrapping. The grinder is advertised as “Stainless Steel” but you should not expect a full stainless steel grinder. It should not be a problem, but we know that it is important for you to know what your purchases are made of. The grinder is sturdy and it the overall “look” is not cheap.
As for the other parts of the grinder, the materials vary. The gears of the grinder are made out of plastic and not metal. The plastic came as a surprise to some people, but we think that this is expected given that this grinder has a very affordable price point. The cutting blade and the three cutting plates are made of stainless steel. The meat tray and feeding tube are made of aluminum. The food pusher and sausage attachments that come with the grinder are made of plastic.
The dimensions of the grinder are: 12.8 L x 7.28 W x 6.3 H (in inches). It weighs 13.56 pounds. This weight is pretty light for a grinder with a motor this size. This weight is great for those who do not want to own grinders that weigh more than 30 pounds.
Grinds up to 185 pounds of meat per hour. The grinder motor and auger can handle some chicken bones which is a good thing for those who are grinding pet food at home. Powerful motor can handle several hours of grinding without slowing down. It is best to freeze the food and thaw slightly before grinding, especially those that have a lot of fat.
Safety and Warranty
Sunmile meat grinders have UL certification and has also passed ISO9001 standards. The grinder comes with a One (1) Year Manufacturer Warranty (starts from the date of purchase).
How Does it Work?
The SM-G73 is very easy to operate. The grinder was designed to have three large buttons that are easy to navigate. These are the ON/OFF switch, Reverse Function, and Reset Function. Just press ON and feed meat into the feeder tube and you should be done in no time.
It only takes about 15 minutes to assemble or disassemble the grinder. Taking it apart for cleaning is very easy. It is important to note that proper washing, drying, and storage is important to prevent the parts from rusting.
After hand washing the parts in hot water with soap, make sure that you let the parts dry completely. Using food grade oil to lubricate the parts before storing can also help prevent rusting.
This grinder has a pretty good. The reviews are mixed. There are many who love it, but there are quite a number who are not pleased with the machine that they bought.
A survey of the reviews can show you that the positive reviews are quite consistent. Those who posted negative reviews experienced something quite drastic with the machine—turns of after a few minutes of using, doesn’t turn on at all, smoke started to come out of the machine.
It can be deduced that these people purchased defective grinders. There are some who were able to have the machine replaced and most have been able to get a refund in such cases. The mixed reviews can mean two things:
- The grinder is a good appliance, but
- Some people, unfortunately, received a defective machine
Overall, we can’t say that this grinder is not good enough since it performs well, and most of the reviews can vouch for it. We hope that, if you do end up buying this grinder, you’ll receive a blissfully perfect one.
- Fast, powerful motor. The motor of the SM G73 is very capable of grinding a lot of meat.
- Very affordable price. It is quite difficult to match the price of the SM-G73. If you have a tight budget, you should consider this grinder.
- Reverse and reset functions. Not all grinders at this price come with a reverse and reset function. For us, this is a good bonus.
Not really all stainless steel. The grinder is advertised as “STAINLESS STEEL” but, as we have explained above, the body is aluminum wrapped in stainless steel. Also, the gears inside the grinder are plastic are not metal. Again, we would like to stress that this grinder is has a great price tag. You can’t expect that it will come with all metal and stainless steel parts.
The feeding tube is quite small. This small tube means you would have to make cut the meat in sizes that can fit through the tube. A user reported that a chicken leg won’t be able to fit in the tube. We find that this is just a small problem since it is always best to grind smaller portions of meat. Smaller cuts prevent the grinder from clogging.
There are quite a few lemons out there. As mentioned above, some buyers received defective units. Hopefully, there aren’t any of these lemons left out there.
Should You Buy?
Overall, the price tag and performance of the Sunmile Meat Grinder SM-G73 won us over. It’s a great grinder to have at home. If you’re not iffy about the body being wrapped in stainless steel and the fact that the grinder has plastic gears, the SM-G73 is a steal. It won’t burn a hole in your pocket, and it can grind more than enough meat for you.
How Does the Sunmile SM-G73 Compare?
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