In the good old times one bought a Sumeet mixer grinder and that was about it.
Now there are so many products and so much competition that one is left confused about which one to choose from a massive range of products.
So how do u choose a mixer grinder?
The best option is to ask a good cook amongst your relatives or by asking your local kitchen appliance repairer. Finally when it comes down to it u don’t know a product until you check it, use it, and get comfortable with it . Review sites like Mouth shut do help.
Ergonomics and Design
There are many factors that go into the decision of buying a mixer.
In a city like Mumbai where a sq foot costs 6000+ a small sleek model is mighty handy and space saving. But watch out for a badly designed mixer which dissipates heat improperly tending to overheat and trip quickly.
Price and Quality.
This is a big tradeoff , so find a good mixer which is available at a good price
Check out the built quality of body, blades and jars and see how things fit, if the jars are well balanced or wobbly, before you buy a mixer.
Branding and Service Standard:
I don’t believe much in brands, because most often than not brands let you down in terms of service and spares over the long term, especially if they are non standard .. Yes brands do matter but what matters most is a proper study of the product.
Technical Specifications :
The heart of a Mixer is its motor . Check the
1. Wattage : Power consumed by motor 350/400/500 /550 /600 /750 watts is normal wattage range for mixers.
2. RPM : 12000-18000 Speed : Rounds per minute :
Higher the wattage higher the RPM , but remember the heat and noise increase with increase of wattage .
3. Rating: in minutes : Is the recommended continuous operation time of a mixer grinder. Expect it to be 30 minutes.
4.Safety : Proper Earthing and Cutout are a must.
5. Standardization of parts: Mixers offering unique jars or are non standard become a headache if one cannot procure spare parts in long term.
6. Quality/Design of Body and Parts: Check the built quality of the mixer and choose the design that suits ur kitchen. A bad quality body which cannot support the motor will soon depreciate .
Speed heat and operating time are a tradeoff you must consider. The higher the speed , higher the heat and rpm. But this decreases the rating and motor life most often than not.
A good mixer is one that is 550 to 600 watts with a good 30 minutes rating at least.
My Recommendations :Caution Check products before purchasing !
Butterfly Mixers : Well built mixers with great jars. Reccomend Ivory Plus, Rhino and Jet.
Rico-MG-series : Very Compact , all steel and high speed 650 wt motor.
Sumeet AKM : The old workhorse /The premium Sumeet product. <
Boss Excel : Compact , all steel and 600 wt motor.
Oster Mixers : Well built mexican import
Anjali MG 3009 or Anjali Regular : Classic design/ good built
Premier : This is one of South Indias quality products
Inalsa Food processors : Best of Food processors.
Jaipan: The cheapest mass market products that work.
Roksham Avatar : Good design new company
For more commercial or heavy duty mixer for large workload
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