Preethi Zodiac MG 218 is one of the best-selling mixer grinder in India. To call it merely a mixer grinder is an under-statement as it comes with an insta-juicer and a food processor attachment, making it a complete package for the prepping work for an Indian kitchen.
In this review, we talk about the features, performance, positives, flaws and other aspects that will help you make an informed buying decision.
First, let us take a look at the components that come in the package. Preethi Zodiac comes with 5 jars including a juicer and food processor jar. With sturdy handles, stainless steel body and elegant appearance, they are definitely worth the money spent. Now, let us look in to each in detail.
Jars & Housing
The mixer grinder that houses a powerful 750-watt motor has wide anti-skid base that prevents it from moving or vibrating even while doing heavy duty grinding. It also has an indicator that glows blue during normal functioning and glows orange in case the jars are overloaded.
The smallest chutney jar has a capacity of 500 ml. However, the manufacturers suggest maximum of 300 ml wet grinding and 200 ml dry grinding. We could find that it is pretty efficient in grinding coconut chutney for 2-6 people easily in a single go. It took hardly 2 minutes to make grinded paste without any lumps or un-grinded coconut pieces.
The dry jar has a capacity of 1 litre. However, it is not suggested to fill more than 3/5th of the jar at a time for better consistency and uniform grinding. We used it for dry grinding coriander and we weren’t able to find whole unground parts either. However, you can’t really expect the consistency of mill-ground coriander powder using a household mixer grinder.
The wet jar with a maximum capacity of 1.5 litre is best suited for maximum wet grinding of 700 ml. We were using 800 Watt-Sujatha mixer grinder earlier and the consistency of ground coconut paste, masala paste and even idili batter from Preethi Zodiac is at par.
Now, for the jars that take Preethi Zodiac a notch above the rest—3 in 1 insta juicer and master chef food processor jar.
The 3 in 1 insta juicer can be used to make fresh juice from fruits, extract tamarind essence and coconut milk. Removing the filter inside the jar and plugging the spout, you can use it as a blender for making milk shakes and lassi too. Though it has a maximum capacity of 1.2 litres, the manufacturers advice putting in a maximum of 500 gm fruits at a time for juicing and 600 ml for blending.
The master chef jar which is in fact a food processor jar has a whopping 2.1 litre capacity. It can be various blades and attachments for chopping, slicing, grating, kneading and citrus pressing. You can not only grate and chop vegetables and fruits but can also mince meat with this food processor. The maximum capacity for each functioning is—300gm for chopping, 500 gm for slicing and grating, 300 gm for kneading and 750 gm for citrus press.
Overall the unit with 5 jars takes up a little too much of storage space. But, considering the features and performance, it is worth the space.
The overall performance of the Preethi Zodiac MG 218 mixer grinder is above expectations. It grinds well with uniformity and consistency and is pretty good for mincing, chopping and kneading.
Thanks to the 750-watt motor, the mixer grinder with maximum RPM of 18000 cycles is pretty efficient, albeit a tad noisy. Those who were using a 500-watt mixer grinder earlier will find the mixer grinder too noisy. But if you are used to a 750-watt mixer grinder, the noise from Preethi Zodiac MG 218 won’t be a big deal for you.
Talking about the food processor attachments, though you can’t adjust the size or thickness, the slicing and chopping attachments are pretty sturdy and good. The atta kneader is also quite efficient, but a tad noisy too. The citrus juicer attachment however is a let down as it looks a bit flimsy and doesn’t seem like it is made from durable food grade plastic.
Using the juicer attachment, we made carrot, beetroot, apple and pineapple juice. Though the pulp wasn’t completely dry, the results were pretty good for a centrifugal juicer.
Performance wise, you can definitely say that it is completely worth the money spent.
Preethi Zodiac MG 218 Mixer Grinder has a number of safety features making it a user-friendly unit. The 3 legged anti-skid base ensures no vibration or movement while grinding, the overload indicator glows orange when the jar is too full. It also has a circuit breaker, insulated power cord and separate earth wire.
However, a major flaw lies in the design of the food processor design. The extremely sharp blades are cumbersome to change. These blades are as sharp high quality knife as and require special care while changing.
Almost all food processor units come with a locking system that prevents the unit from working unless the jar is properly locked and lid properly closed. However, Preethi Zodiac MG 218’s Master Chef jar doesn’t have such safety features. So, clumsy ones and those with kids, be quite careful around this unit.
Ease of Cleaning
The chutney, wet, dry grinding jar and the food processor are easy to clean. However, the juicer jar is not quite so. Cleaning the juicer filter and the spout requires a little more care and patience than usual.
Preethi Zodiac MG 218 mixer grinder may not be a perfect product. But it definitely is one of the best for an Indian household. With 5 multi-purpose jars, elegant yet practical design, fairly good durability and a wide customer care network (especially in South India), this mixer grinder will definitely serve you well in the kitchen.
Overall rating: 4/5 based on 442 customer reviews.