Last Updated on June 30, 2022 by Ankit Kumar
Today’s post on “How to choose a mixer grinder in 10 minutes” is going to be very useful, especially if you are looking to buy a mixer grinder in India.
Whether you want to make a pudina chutney or a tomato puree real quick, a mixer grinder is your best kitchen friend, similar to a spice grinder, which is used to grind the spices in a few seconds.
However, the problem is, it is not easy to select a mixer grinder, given the fact, there are more than 1,000 mixer grinders available on Amazon India alone.
This is why, you should read this post to know the features of a mixer grinder, so you can make the right choice and select the best mixer grinder for your kitchen in 10 minutes.
How to Choose a Mixer Grinder in 10 minutes?
With so many choices and options for a mixer grinder, it is very important to understand each feature, and whether or not, you need that feature in your mixer grinder. These are the factors you should know and take into consideration before buying a mixer grinder for your kitchen.
1). Types of Mixer Grinders
The first thing you should decide while looking for a mixer grinder is the type of mixer grinder you want. There are 4 types of mixer grinders, each with a specific use, let’s take a look at the 4 different types of mixer grinders —
1). Juicer Mixer Grinder – A juicer mixer grinder, as the name suggests, is one tool that can be used for mixing, grinding and juicing. You can use ajuicer mixer grinder for multiple tasks in the kitchen such as chopping veggies for a salad, making chutneys, grinding, etc. A 500 watt juicer mixer grinder in India starts from 2,000 rupees.
2). Food Processor – The main purpose of a food processor is to blend, chop, dice, and slice, which helps to make a meal much quicker. You can buy a food processor for your kitchen if you do a lot of meal preparation tasks, and do not want to use a knife for all types of cutting.A 1000 watt food processor in India will cost you around 8,000 – 9,000 rupees.
3). Stand Mixer – If you are looking to mix batter, whisk eggs or knead dough, a stand mixer can be a good choice for your kitchen. A stand mixer comes with various attachments, and is very useful, if you are going for lengthy kneading sessions, and want to save a lot of time. For a 500 watt stand mixer, expect to pay around 4,000 rupees in India.
4). Hand Mixer – Unlike a stand mixer, a hand mixer is a handheld device which comes with a whisk attachment and dough hooks. You can use a hand mixer for kneading, whisking, blending, whipping, or beating. One of the key difference between a hand mixer and a stand mixer is the more manual effort you have to put in with a hand mixer. The price of a hand mixer in India ranges from 1,500 to 4,000 rupees.
Note: Depending on what you are looking to do with a mixer grinder, you can choose anyone from these 4 types of mixer grinders in India.
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Once you have decided the type of mixer grinder you want to buy, the next step is to identify the number of jars, as well as the capacity of these jars. Mixer grinders in India come with 1, 2, 3 and 4 jars. Depending on the size of your family, you can pick a mixer grinder.
If you have 1-2 people in your family, you can go for a mixer grinder with a single jar. If you have 3-4 people in the family, you can go for a mixer grinder with 3 jars. Lastly, for a joint or a large family, get a mixer grinder with 4 jars.
Most of the mixer grinders in India come with 3 jars, where you can use the large jar for juicing, medium one for wet grinding, and the smaller one for chutneys. Similarly, the size of the jar can vary from 200 ml to 2 litres in most of the cases.
3). Type of Blades
There are different types of mixer grinder blades, each blade has a specific use, so you may want to see which type of blade meets your requirement the most —
1). Wet Blade – A wet blade usually comes in the largest jar of the mixer grinder, which has a capacity of 1 to 1.5 litres. You can use a wet blade jar for ingredients such as lentils and grains. If you tend to prepare batter for dhokla, idlis, dosas, vadas, etc, you are going to need wet blades.
2). Dry Blade – A dry grinder blade as the name suggests is perfect for grinding dry spices and making masalas. If you like to grind your own masalas at home which includes chillies, turmeric, cereals, etc, you should go for a dry grinder blade.
3). Chutney Blade – A chutney blade is a perfect choice if you tend to make chutneys and pastes in the kitchen. The good thing is that a chutney blade is ideal for grinding both wet and dry ingredients, and you will see this blade in the smallest jar.
4). Whipping Blade – Since a whipping blade is perfect for making milkshakes, smoothies, lassi, etc, it comes with the largest jar of the mixer grinder. You can also buy this blade separately, if it is not available in the mixer grinder set.
5). Mincing Blade – If you do not have a vegetable chopper to chop onions and vegetables, you can use the mincing blade to fine cut veggies. You can also use this blade to grate ingredients such as coconut, cucumber, almond, cashew nuts, etc.
The power consumption of a mixer grinder in India varies from 500 to 1,000 watts. Needless to say, the higher the wattage, the more powerful will be the mixer grinder. This also means, you will have to pay more in the electricity bills for higher wattage mixer grinders.
You can choose a 500 watts mixer grinder if you are looking for grinding spices, nuts, chilies, ginger, garlic, etc. At the same time, for preparing dosa, idly and other food items, you will need a minimum 750 watts mixer grinder. A 1,000 watts mixer grinder is a heavy duty mixer grinder and can be bought, if you have a large family.
While you invest in a heavy duty mixer grinder, be aware of the fact the noise will also increase.
5). Speed of the Motor
The speed of the motor is a very important factor if you are looking to buy a mixer grinder for your kitchen. The higher the speed, the faster will be the grinding, cutting or mincing. The motor of the speed is measured in RPM, which means rotations per minute.
The RPM of a mixer grinder in India varies from 10,000 to 25,000. A 10,000 RPM means the blade will rotate 10,000 times in a minute. The good thing is you can get a 15,000 – 18,000 RPM mixer grinder which will satisfy most of your basic kitchen needs on a day to day basis.
Having said this, if your basic task is to grind spices or liquids, you should get a mixer grinder with a low RPM (around 1,200 to 1,500). Liquids and spices will not grind properly at higher speeds.
6). Overload Protection
The last thing you want in a mixer grinder is a technical failure due to overloading the mixer grinder. This situation can occur, if you have overfilled the mixer grinder jars. The extra pressure on the jar and the mixer can damage the motor of the machine, requiring a technician visit and more maintenance expenses.
In order to avoid this issue, look for a mixer grinder which comes with an overload protection feature, which enables the machine to switch off in the event, one of the jars has been overloaded. The good thing is most of the mixer grinders in India includes an overload protection feature.
7). Speed Settings
If you are going to use a mixer grinder for the 1st time, you will take some time to get used to the functioning of the mixer grinder. Every branded mixer grinder has 3 speed settings usually such as low, medium and high.
This is a very important feature in the mixer grinder, which will allow you to get different results every time you use a different speed setting. There are going to be delicate items that require a low speed of grinding, so this feature is extremely critical.
8). Noise Levels
Every mixer grinder will make some noise, especially when you are trying to grind something. The acceptable level of sound in the mixer grinder industry is between 80 and 90 decibels. The sound actually originates when the motor vibrates at a higher speed.
Having said this, you can reduce the sound of a mixer grinder by placing it on a sound dampening mat and moving your mixer grinder away from the wall. This will ensure the sound does not echo while you are operating the mixer grinder at higher speeds.
9). Blade Material
The material of the blade is a very crucial factor in determining the life of the blades as well as the results you will get from the mixer grinder. Blade material is usually of 2 types – stainless steel and polycarbonate. You should make surepolycarbonate material used in the blade is food safe.
Most of the times, blades for juicer jars are made frompolycarbonate, whereas, the grinding and chutney jars are made from stainless steel. The stainless steel material should be food grade and free from rust and corrosion.
10). Safety Lock
Similar to any electrical appliance, safety lock is an essential add-on for mixer grinders. The availability of this feature ensures there are no accidents or injuries while you are operating the mixer grinder.
In the past, when technology had not evolved, there were a few cases of accidents when jars opened while the mixer grinder was on. This is a very dangerous situation, and to avoid this, manufacturers started adding safety lock feature, which ensures the jar will get locked, and you can use the mixer grinder safely.
11). Anti-Skid Feet
Similar to the safety lock and overload protection feature, a mixer grinder must have an anti-skid feet. Suppose, you are operating a mixer grinder at high speed without the anti-skid feet, the appliance due to heavy vibrations can tumble off the floor and create a lot of mess in the kitchen.
The addition of anti-skid feet ensures the machine does not move, while you are using the mixer grinder, and creates a stable platform for a safe running experience.
12). Availability of Service Centers
The availability of service centers is a very important factor while you are trying to figure out, how to choose a mixer grinder in India. If the mixer grinder you are interested in buying does not have enough service centers near your location, you will have to incur a lot of additional expenses. The good thing is famous mixer grinder brands such as Sujata, Preethi, Prestige, Bajaj has a lot of service centers scattered throughout the country.
13). Customer Reviews
You should always check the customer reviews of a mixer grinder, before buying one. The good thing is E-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart allows you to check the star ratings of a product. Any mixer grinder with a 4+ star rating is a good buy.
While you should always check the reviews of a product, also be sure to make a distinction between all types of reviews, since some reviews are only subjective and may not have anything to do with your product at all.
In addition to checking the customer reviews of a mixer grinder, always check the warranty the mixer grinder brand is offering you. The warranty of a mixer grinder in India varies from 1 year to 5 years. Needless to say, the more the warranty, the better it is. While brands such as Preethi and Sujata offers a massive 5 year warranty, you will also see a 1 to 2 year warranty on most of the brands such as Bajaj, Prestige, Philips, Inalsa, etc.
Money is certainly a huge factor in deciding and influencing your buying decision. The price of a mixer grinder in India depends on the brand, wattage, number of jars, overall quality of the mixer grinder, etc. A mixer grinder with 500 watts of power consumption and 3 jars will cost you around 3,000 rupees, while a 1000 watts mixer grinder will cost you approximately 6,000 rupees.
Conclusion – How to Choose a Mixer Grinder in 10 Minutes?
A mixer grinder is a very important kitchen appliance which can take your cooking skills to a different level. While looking for a mixer grinder, you should analyse your requirements and cooking patterns. As a recommendation, you can choose Sujata Powermatic Plus 900 Watts Juicer Mixer Grinder or Preethi Zodiac MG 218 750-Watt Mixer Grinder with 5 Jars.
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