Pros / This meat grinder comes with pasta attachments to create a variety of noodles.
Cons / You have to cut meat chunks quite small to prevent jams.
Verdict / With numerous accessories and quality manufacturing, this low-budget meat grinder is the ideal device for many home users.
Some meat grinders are quite expensive due to high-wattage motors and costly accessories. In contrast, the Sunmile SM-G31 is an appealing low-cost alternative with a small motor that still performs well. For many home users, it's an ideal balance between high-output performance and inexpensive consumer-grade appliance. The device comes with numerous attachments that allow you to make a variety of foods, including sausages to pasta noodles. The noodle attachment is rare for a meat grinder in this price range. For these reasons, this meat grinder earns our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
When you buy a meat grinder at this price point, you expect to sacrifice a bit of performance. The Sunmile utilizes a 350-watt motor, which equates to 1/2 horsepower of force. In comparison, many grinders offer motors that operate at an average of 500 watts, which can make a significant difference in the number of jams you’ll encounter. This means the device takes longer to cut up meat in comparison to more powerful food grinders, it can still produce more than two pounds of ground meat per minute. Special consideration should be made for the types of meat you place in the device, as its blade is not able to handle anything other than boneless meat and most vegetables. Many grinders can handle boiled bone and hard bone pieces, but bones can cause this device to jam.
By cubing meat small enough, you can get this stainless steel meat grinder to perform at the same speed and performance as some more expensive models. Provided you clean the main components regularly, you can expect this device to perform at a consistently high level for a long time. If you want a more powerful meat grinder, although it does come at a higher cost, take a look at the STX Turboforce 3000.
This electric meat grinder has a simple and sleek body mounted on rubber feet to prevent the device sliding while in operation. On its side is a single button to control turning the device on or off. It has enough resistance to help prevent accidentally activating the device when you bump into it. The Sunmile SM-G31 is UL approved, which speaks to the standards of its manufacturing. This approval verifies that the manufacturer makes the meat grinder in accordance with UL requirements, which should limit the potential for malfunction or defect.
A common issue among meat grinders is how difficult it is to clean its individual parts in a dishwasher. In many cases, manufacturers don’t recommend putting them in a dishwasher as this removes the stainless steel coating on its parts. Though the Sunmile's cutting plate, cutting blades and feed screw should never be placed in a dishwasher, the other parts are advertised as safe for such cleaning methods.
Design & Accessories
While the small motor provides major cost savings point for the device, the manufacturer didn’t skimp on the quality of its cutting blade. The blade is made of stainless steel, complemented by three stainless steel cutting plates. These are among the most critical elements of the best meat grinders, and with a stainless steel coating, the blade requires less sharpening and will provide better results over a longer period of time than aluminum parts.
An extra benefit of meat grinders is they can be used for a variety of purposes beyond grinding meat. This unit also comes with three different sizes of sausage stuffing tubes, in addition to a kibbe attachment. Beyond that, this grinder has three unique pasta-making attachments that allow you to make spaghetti, fettuccini and star noodles. No other meat grinder we evaluated comes with pasta attachments, which makes this a very versatile device.
Warranty & Support
The product comes with a one-year warranty that protects all parts of the grinder, including all the attachments and the motor itself. However, you have to contact the manufacturer’s main offices in China in order to reach customer support, which means making long-distance phone calls or waiting on email responses. The website offers limited resources for this product, and we couldn’t find any online versions of the meat grinder’s manual. However, the support department is quick to respond and quite helpful in addressing specific questions or concerns.
The Sunmile SM-G31 fits in the category of small and lightweight meat grinders for home use. Despite its compact size, the device can holds its own against larger and more expensive models. It can also produce a wide range of products, including pasta noodles. The unit may require a little extra work since you have to cut food into small chunks, but it is a durable machine with plenty of power for most consumers.