Sportsman MEG300 350w Meat grinder review
Some home cooks, homemakers, and hunters are looking for a meat grinder that will not only grind meat well, but can grind a lot of meat in a small amount of time. A lot of the meat grinders out in the market today tend to boast of their different features, but not really making any mention of just how much they can grind in a certain period of time.
The Sportsman MEG300 3/4HP 350W Electric Meat Grinder is a machine that has a lot of features, but can it process a generous portion of meat in a short period of time? Find out if this is the meat grinder for you.
Design – 3.8/5
The Sportsman MEG300 Electric Meat Grinder has a unique look to it. Its silver accents and off-white exterior can work well in kitchens that sport a contemporary or simplistic theme. What makes this meat grinder a bit different from other machines, aesthetically speaking, is that it looks quite a bit retro with its shape and buttons.
This machine has some metallic finishes but aside from those, the body is made from a different material which does not necessarily scream durability. But that is not to say that it is not durable. The machine is well made; it just does not give you that feeling of strength. This exterior may not be for the ones looking for that durable look that some consumers are looking for, or those that want a more modern looking machine on their kitchen countertop.
Accessories – 4/5
When it comes to accessories, the MEG300 meat grinder does give you a good set of items that will help you make your dishes. Along with the meat grinder itself you will get: three cutting plates (coarse, fine, and medium), a kubbe attachment, a food stuffer, and a sausage tube.
The three cutting blades that come with the machine are very much appreciated as only some brands give you three blades. This will allow you to have more control of the kind of grind you can have with your meats. It’s nice to see that the Sportsman MEG300 is one of the few machines that has a kubbe attachment as it allows you to create unique Middle Eastern dishes, while the sausage tube will allow you to make those traditional encased meats that everyone loves.
This meat grinder would have gotten a higher score if it came with a set of attachments, instead of just giving you one piece per function. But still, these accessories are great to have.
Power – 4.5/5
Time to tackle the true measure of a meat grinder and to find out if Sportsman’s Electric Grinder does process meat efficiently, saving you time. This machine has a rated power of 250W, with 350W as its max power and boasts that it can grind 100 pounds per hour, which really is not that bad.
You would be surprised to know that it performs better than what it claims it could do. Just put in different meats such as pork, beef, chicken, and wild game and you are guaranteed ground meat. What’s great about this meat grinder is that even when you grind large quantities of meat for long periods of time, it will not seize up on you. In addition, what would probably take a couple of hours to process meat on other machines would take only more than half an hour on this meat grinder – it’s that efficient!
Its power can even handle chicken bone, which is really surprising for a machine with this kind of power. Some other brands that have the same kind of power cannot even handle bones, so you can take comfort in the fact that the MEG300 Grinder is a good meat grinder to have in your kitchen.
And despite the power it has, it does not really have that much noise. You can grind late in the evening if you want to and you won’t wake your neighbors up. This is a great quality for a meat grinder to have as the loud noise can be a huge turn off.
Ease of Use – 4.5/5
Other meat grinders are so complicated to deal with that it will take you a while to assemble and disassemble it, making grinding and cleaning a few minutes further away from you. With the Sportsman MEG300 meat grinder machine, assembly and clean-up is a breeze. All you really need to do when cleaning it is to turn the black screw and twist off the head and you can start cleaning it up.
This machine would have gotten a perfect score if it was dishwasher friendly, but that really is just a minor issue. Make sure not to put it in the dishwasher. Despite its claims of being stainless steel, which is dishwasher friendly, it is not. Yes, it is a blatant false advertising, but cleaning it manually isn’t really that hard.
Verdict – 4.3/5
The Sportsman MEG300 is for the home cooks, homemakers, and hunters that want an efficient grinder, and one that can handle generous amounts of meat and process them for long periods of time. For its size and motor, its power is surprising, being able to handle different kinds of meat, bone in for chicken, and not give out on you. It can handle these meats in less time it claims it could do it, and even less time than other meat grinders with the same power.
It has a good number of accessories to aid you with your recipes too. The number of accessories is good; it’s not lacking, and it’s not too much. As for its ease of use, it’s pretty simple to operate and assembling/disassembling as well as clean up is easy.
The only flaw that it may have is its aesthetic design. Some consumers base the meat grinder of their choice solely on its appearance and with the Sportsman MEG300 3/4HP 350W Electric Meat Grinder’s sort of retro look and non-metal exterior takes away some points from it.
But all in all, for the price of around $60, this meat grinder is a great buy as you can really trust it to do the job for you. Anyway, you can always store it away if its appearance is not to your taste.