Having used different mixer grinders over the past decade and half at my in-laws, parents and my own home, I can simply vouch for the performance of Sujatha Dynamix mixer grinder. Powered with an 810-Watt motor, Sujatha Dynamix is a no frill mixer grinder that has served us pretty well for the past five years.
Except for the breakage of chutney jar, which still did not affect its performance, there have been no complaints so far. I wouldn’t say that I grinded turmeric using it (as shown in many mixie ads) but it simply is one of the best mixer grinders for Indian cooking.
Now, if you are looking for a mixer grinder that offers superior functionalities, then Preethi Zodiac is a wonderful choice.
In addition to using it as a mixer grinder, you can chop vegetables and knead atta using its Masterchef jar, while you can the 3-in-1 insta-fresh juicer jar can be used not only for extracting juice, but also for making fresh coconut milk and extracting tamarind juice.
Now, let us get on to the important aspects to look in to while buying a mixer grinder as well as check the best mixer grinders in India.
How To Choose A Mixer Grinder
Choosing a mixer grinder is a fairly easy process. There are just a few basic factors that have to be considered namely-
Power shown in watts represents the motor’s capacity in grinding and mincing. Almost always, higher means better.
In India, we mostly see mixer grinders with 550 Watt and 750 Watt. While 550-Watt mixer grinders are pretty good for domestic use, if your family often uses mixer grinder for grinding spices and is in to hardcore Indian cooking, then, we would recommend that you buy 750 Watt mixer grinder.
Number of Jars-
Most of the mixer grinders in India have three jars— the smallest one being for for chutney, the medium sized one for grinding coconut and other pastes for curries and the largest one for juices or for grinding batter. This is sufficient for families with 4-5 members.
Fortunately, most of the Indian brands of mixer grinders have basic safety features. Decades back, we used to read about incidents of mixer grinders blasting, but such incidents are rare or close to non-existent these days. That being said, ensure that the mixer grinder you choose has shockproof ABS plastic body and protection from voltage fluctuations and overloading.
It needs to be especially mentioned that in terms of safety, Panasonic AC400 is among the best in class.
In addition to above-mentioned features, it also has a double locking mechanism meaning the jar as well as the lid has safety locking mechanism. So the mixer grinder will not start functioning unless the jar as well as the lid is properly locked.
Other than dry and wet grinding, mixers these days come up with features that helps extract juice, knead dough, chop vegetables like onion, garlic and mince meat—basically act as food processors.
But quality wise, most of the food processors aren’t really up to the mark.
Preethi Zodiac however seems to be an exception as its kneading and chopping functionalities work pretty well in the long run.
Most of mixer grinders emit a burning smell on first use due to heating of motor varnish. This usually disappears in subsequent uses and needn't be considered as a complaint unless it recurs.
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Best Mixer Grinders In India
My mother-in-law gifted me this mixer grinder when we moved to our new home. Honestly, I was skeptic at the beginning, as I had never heard of the brand before. But when I started using it, all skepticism simply vanished.
I had used Panasonic mixer grinder earlier and comparatively, Sujatha has far superior grinding capability. Its motor is pretty powerful and sharps are quite blade.
After using it for about three years, the plastic body of the chutney jar cracked. Even so, it did not affect the performance. Though I bought a replacement jar, I still use the old cracked jar as it works fine.
Powered with 810-Watt motor with double ball bearings, the mixer grinder is low maintenance and runs without any major complaints for years.
The motor is capable of running non-stop for up to 90 minutes—making it the preferred juicer and mixer grinder in juice bars and small restaurants.
The blades are made of stainless steel and the mixer itself is vibration free and shock proof.
The smaller stainless steel jars can be used for dry grinding and chutney making, while the dome jar is suitable for wet grinding idili and dosa batter.
In case you need extra jar, you can buy it online too.
Now, taking about the negatives, a complaint that can be seen in some of the online reviews is that the jar blades become a little blunt after a while. However, I personally haven’t found any such problem.
Tip- Grind some rock salt in the mixer grinder every month to keep the jar blades sharp and clean
It is also seen that the jars spill if it is overloaded.
Overall rating: 4.6/5 based on 107 customer reviews.
Featuring five jars including 3 in 1 insta juicer and food processing jar, Preethi Zodiac is not just a mixer grinder, but, a complete food processor with which you can knead dough and chop veggies.
The 3-in-1 insta juicer can be used to make juice from fresh fruits, extract tamarind essence and coconut milk as well as be used as a blender to make shakes and lassi.
Using the master chef jar with 2.1 litre capacity, you can knead chapatti dough and chop vegetables easily. It can also be used as citrus presser, for grating, slicing and mincing meat. But a point to be noted is that unlike usual food processors, you have to manually change the blades of the master chef jar for different functions. These blades are as sharp high quality knife as and require special care while changing.
Thanks to the three-legged anti-skid base, the mixer grinder doesn’t move or vibrate even when it does heavy duty grinding. The system also has an overload indicator that glows orange when the jars are overloaded.
In terms of safety, Preethi Zodiac, in addition to overload protection system, it also features circuit breaker, insulated power cord and separate earth wire.
Overall rating: 4/5 based on 442 customer reviews.
The highlight of this mixer grinder is its double lock mechanism, whereby the machine starts working only if the jar as well as lid is correctly locked.
Thanks to the suction pad, the mixer doesn’t move even during heavy grinding. The mixer also has a circuit breaker that prevents the motor from burning in case of overload.
In addition to 200 ml chutney jar and two larger stainless size jars (the dry jar having 500 ml capacity and wet jar having 300 ml capacity), it also comes with a transparent polycarbonate juicer jar with excellent quality nano-sieve that collects fruit/vegetable pulp filtering the juice perfectly.
While most of the mixers have rotary button, Panasonic has push buttons for different speeds.
Talking about the efficiency at grinding, though the grinder’s motors aren’t as powerful as Sujatha, Panasonic makes up for it using samurai edge blades that ensure high performance and durability.
Another advantage is that the blades can be easily removed thus helping in thorough cleaning of the jars.
Overall, it is a fairly powerful mixer grinder. My sister-in-law has been using Panasonic’s similar older model for the past seven years. It had to be serviced once due to a problem with the lock, but otherwise, it has worked above satisfaction.
Few users are found to have difficulty in understanding how the locking mechanism works. If in case you have such difficulty, then the below video would be helpful. Watch from 2.30 minutes on.
Overall rating: 4.2/5 based on 464 customer reviews.
With jars and blades made from 100% stainless steel, this mixer grinder comes with 750-watt motor that helps grind masala, spices and batter with ease.
The jars feature flexi lid, which is interchangeable, helping you convert a 1.5 litre jar to 1 litre capacity.
Safety wise, the jar has ABS plastic body and the device features heat sensitive cut-off, which protects itself against voltage fluctuations and overload.
Though you cannot really expect the grinding efficiency and finesse of Sujatha or Panasonic, it still does a fairly decent job.
Another drawback stated frequently in the reviews is that it is a bit noisy compared to other 750-watt mixer grinders.
Overall rating: 3.9/5 based on 407 customer reviews.
Bajaj Rex is one of the economical mixer grinders available in the market. The mixer grinder comprises 1.25 litre wet grinding jar, 0.88 litre wet and dry jar and 300 ml chutney jar.
The multi-function stainless steel blade system and strong motor helps achieve RPM of 18000, which grinds all types of food easily.
Talking about negatives, over a period of time, the blades lose its sharpness. It is also found to be pretty noisy for a 500-Watt mixer grinder. Its wire is also found to be just 1-metre long. So, close access to the power socket is necessary.
Though it has a few negatives, considering its price tag, it is overall a value for money product.
Overall rating: 3.8/5 based on 2937 customer reviews.
Prestige Iris powered with 750-watt motor comes with four jars including three stainless steel jars for wet and dry grinding and a juicer jar. The larger steel jar has a capacity of 1.5 litre, the smaller one 1 litre while the chutney jar has 300 ml capacity and juicer has 1.5 litre capacity.
The mixer features efficient blade system that helps grind all types of food easily. It also features an attractive design and sturdy handle.
When it comes to safety features, Prestige Iris comes with overload protector and anti-skid base.
On the downside, the blades are found to lose sharpness after extended use. The jars are also found to be a little lightweight.
Overall rating: 3.7/5 based on 50 customer reviews.
Bajaj Twister powered by 750-Watt mixer grinder comes with 3 jars with capacity 1.5 litre, 1 litre and 0.3 litres used for liquidizing, dry/wet grinding and chutney grinding respectively.
The dry/wet grinding jar and liquidizer has lids with locks, making it leak proof.
Safety wise, it comes with anti-skid base and overload protector.
A negative however is that the motor is a bit noisy and the jars get overheated too.
Overall rating: 3.8/5 based on 224 customer reviews.