Read our Weston 36-2201-W No. 22 Manual Meat Grinder review to know why we don’t recommend buying this grinder.
|Our rating: 3.4/5
Features of the Weston No. 22 Manual Meat Grinder
The Weston 36-2201-W, also known as the No. 22 is a manual grinder that you can use to make your sausages, burgers, meat pies and even fresh pet food. It is the bigger brother of the Weston #10 Meat Grinder which we reviewed.
The No. 22 comes with the following accessories:
- One (1) Knife/Blade
- Two (2) grinding plates: 4.5mm (3/16”) for medium grinding and 10mm for coarse grinding
- Three Sausage Stuffing Funnels: 20mm, 30mm and 40mm
Some of the relevant design or construction elements of the grinder are as follows:
- Cast Iron construction. This manual grinder is not made of stainless steel. The material used is cast iron with a food-safe tin coating.
- 6.5” x 10.2” x 8.8”, 11.6 pounds. This Weston No.22 is a bit bigger than the No. 8. It weighs 11.6 pounds which is not too heavy for a grinder. Some electric grinders can weigh more than 30 pounds, and this is a far cry from that.
How Does it Work?
This grinder is easy to operate. Make sure that you read the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly before you start grinding food. We recommend securing the grinder to a counter or tabletop for stability.
The Weston No. 22 meat grinder is easy to disassemble. You can hand-wash the parts in hot water with soap, or you can put the parts in a dishwasher. Let the parts dry or wipe them down before storing. Remember that this product is not made of stainless steel so drying it is essential to product care.
The Weston No. 22 Meat Grinder has an average rating. A number of customers loved the product. The rating of this grinder is average and is not the best out there. However, we can tell you that it fared better that the Weston No. 8.
Here are some of the important highlights of the reviews we found:
- Good grinder. The grinder can handle chicken bones. Some manual grinders are not built to cut through bones, so this is a good thing going for the Weston No. 22. Those who are looking for a grinder to make fresh pet food should be happy to hear this about the Weston No. 22.
- Quality Control needs improvement. Quite a few people have complained that they received defective parts. The manufacturer needs to improve its quality control measures.
- Not fitted with a clamp or suction base. This grinder needs to be bolted down to a table. Unlike other manual grinders that come with a clamp or suction base, this one does not. The grinder looks like it can stand on its own but many users have noted that it needs to be bolted down. This bolting can be an inconvenience for those who do not want to bolt down a kitchen appliance.
Does what it needs to do. The Weston No 22 can grind meat well. As mentioned above, it can go through chicken bones. It’s also a good exercise for your arm.
You have to bolt it down. This grinder does not come with a clamp or suction mechanism that can help in stabilizing it. You have to find a way to bolt it on a work surface. This bolting can be cumbersome for some people. But hey, if you’ve got the skills, then go for it!
Should You Buy?
If you’re looking for a better alternative to the Weston #8 from the same manufacturer, this is it. That is if you’re willing to spend more than the other model.
The Weston #22 is quite pricey for a manual grinder. Another option you can consider is the Sunmile SM-G31.
But if you’re some sausage making sensei who needs to teach his eager apprentice the manual way of grinding meat, then by all means, buy this. If you’d ask us, though, by adding your budget can get you something better, and something you do not need to bolt down in your pretty kitchen countertop.