The Waring Pro MG855 is a compact and professional quality meat grinder that is ideal for home use. If you want to know exactly what is in your food or are looking to get more creative in the kitchen, then the Waring Pro MG855 does the job. It comes with all the accessories you need to get started, including 2 sausage stuffing tubes, 3 cutting plates and a sausage stuffing plate. So, you are getting 4 cutting plates, which is more than the 2 or 3 that are included with other meat grinders. And it is small and light so you can easily store it and move it around the kitchen. With all that said, is this grinder the best value for your money? Read on and I’ll let you know what I think.
Read on for rest of the Waring Pro MG855 Review
- 1 Waring Pro MG855 Power and Capacity
- 2 Grinder Plates and Cutting Blade
- 3 What are the parts On the Waring Pro MG855 made of?
- 4 Controls
- 5 Cleaning and Taking Care of Your Waring Pro MG855 Grinder
- 6 Sausage Attachments
- 7 Features
- 8 Accessories
- 9 Dimensions
- 10 Pros
- 11 Cons
- 12 Consumer Ratings for the Waring Pro MG855
- 13 Price
Waring Pro MG855 Power and Capacity
The Waring Pro MG855 has 350 watts of power. You may be confused about this as Amazon and several other sites has it listed as 450 watts. However,I’ve done my homework and I can assure you that this is a 350 watt meat grinder. It is stated on the unit itself as well as on the manufacturer’s product description page that it is indeed 350 watts. It also has a high peak output of 1000 watts
Don’t worry though, at 350W, the MG855 has more than enough power for most home uses. Whether you are looking to make sausages, burgers, meatballs, etc., the Waring Pro can handle it with ease. The manufacturer recommends cutting up some fat pieces and running it through the grinder to lubricate it before you grind your meat. If you are looking to grind bones though, the Waring Pro cannot grind bones.
The grinder can grind up to 4 pounds a minute. You can grind up enough burgers for a backyard BBQ in about 15-20 minutes. And you’re not just serving some frozen burgers you bought at the store, but your very own homemade burgers. What’s even better is that you’re not just limited to grinding meat. You can also grind fish and vegetables. Why not make some veggie burgers for all your vegetarian friends as well. That way, everyone leaves your party happy!
A reviewer commented that although the grinder is strong and compact, it doesn’t wobble or move around when you are grinding. This is great to know because not only is it annoying but it can be dangerous as well if your grinder were to fall off the counter.
Grinder Plates and Cutting Blade
The Waring Pro MG855 comes with 1 cutting blade and 3 cutting plates. The Waring Pro MG855 is a size #8 grinder so the plates measure 2 1/2″ in diameter.
The 3 cutting plates, or grinder plates, come in fine, medium and coarse sizes. I can’t find any information on the exact sizes of each grinder plates. However, Waring’s manual does recommend different uses for each plate size.
The fine plate is used for spreads, pates, baby food and hamburgers.
The medium cutting plate is used to ground meat for soups or for making sausages.
The coarse plate is used to ground meat for chili or to grind up vegetables.
These are just recommendations from the manufacturer. I personally like to grind my burgers with the medium grinding plate. But, that’s the beauty of having different size cutting plates. You can experiment with the various plates to see what you like.
What are the parts On the Waring Pro MG855 made of?
The body of the grinder is made from brushed stainless steel and is the only part the grinder that is stainless steel.
The meat hopper, feeding tube and auger are all made of aluminum.
The grinder plates, sausage making ring and cutting blades are made from carbon steel.
The meat pusher and 2 sausage stuffers are made of plastic.
The internal gears are also made of plastic.
The Waring Pro meat grinder is controlled by flicking a switch to On, Off or Reverse. If you need to use the reverse function on the grinder, flick the switch to the Reverse position then quickly release it 3 times. This should take care of most jams.
Cleaning and Taking Care of Your Waring Pro MG855 Grinder
The grinder is easy to take apart to clean up after you are done. Because the parts are made from steel or aluminum, they need to be hand wash in warm soapy water and then dried immediately. If not, they can rust or discolor. I know that you want to be able to put the accessories in the dishwasher afterwards. Unfortunately, you’d need the parts to be stainless steel and stainless steel meat grinders are much more expensive.
A tip to make cleaning your grinder a bit easier is to run some stale bread through the grinder to help remove any residual meat that can get stuck in there. Also, don’t forget to oil all the parts and accessories with food grade oil before you put it away.
The Waring Pro MG855 comes with 2 sausage stuffing tubes and a sausage making ring or sausage stuffing plate. When you are stuffing sausages, the sausage making ring is used instead of the cutting blade and cutting plate. This way, you will only be stuffing the sausage with the ground meat rather than grinding the meat twice. The sausage attachments work well and the manual even comes with several sausage recipes to help get you started.
Extra large hopper
The Waring meat grinder has an extra larger hopper or meat tray so you can hold a lot of food in it. It’s nice to be able to spend more time grinding and less time replenishing the tray when you are grinding a lot at a time.
Storage inside pusher
The pusher that comes with the grinder doubles as a storage for the sausage attachments and plates. This is a nice and convenient feature to keep all your accessories stored in one place. If you’re anything like me then you’ll be searching for that missing piece when you go to use your grinder. With a neat little storage compartment inside the pusher, you don’t have to go searching around for where you left the grinder accessories.
The downside to this is that sometimes when you use the pusher to push the meat down into the feeding tube, the top can pop off.
- 3 cutting plates
- 1 cutting blade
- 2 sausage stuffing tubes (1 large and 1 small)
- 1 sausage making ring or stuffing plate
Replacement parts can be bought from Amazon or Waring Pro.
- Size: 9D x 10.5W x15.5H
- Weight: 13.8 lbs
Made in China
Limited 5 Year Motor Warranty
Manual: download manual
- Grinds efficiently and reasonably quickly
- 3 different grinder plate sizes
- Looks great
- Compact and lightweight
- Accessories stored in pusher
- Easy to assemble
- Great customer service
- Not entirely stainless steel
- Plastic gears
- Small diameter feed tube
- Cap on pusher comes off during use at times
Consumer Ratings for the Waring Pro MG855
The Waring Pro MG855 has a lot of good reviews. Of the 51 reviews on Amazon, 4 reviewers said that their grinder broke. 1 review said that the grinder wasn’t able to grind partially frozen vegetables. The other 2 reviews that gave the MG855 a 2-star rating said that the grinder worked as described but found it to be too noisy. There were a few other mentions of this grinder being really loud as well. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of kitchen appliances like meat grinders, blenders, juicers, etc. Almost every grinder has complaints about noise levels.
Other than the noise, most users were really happy with the performance of the Waring meat grinder. I read that America’s Test Kitchen gave the Waring MG855 high marks as well. And most reviewers were very happy with Waring Pro’s customer service, which is another plus.
The Waring Pro MG855 is a great meat grinder if you are not looking for a heavy duty grinder to process hundreds of pounds of meat. This is a grinder that is made for home use. I love the way it looks and have no doubt that you will be able to make all kinds of delicious foods with it. Waring Pro has been around for a long time and with a 5 year limited motor warranty, it tells me that they have faith in their products.
The price for this Waring Pro MG855 is what you would expect for a professional
quality meat grinder. It is not what most people would consider a budget grinder but it isn’t too expensive either for a grinder from a well-known brand. For about the same price, you can get a more powerful grinder like the STX Turboforce 3000 (you can read the review here). Or for the LEM 575 Watts for less. Unlike the Waring Pro, which has a stainless steel housing, the STX and LEM have plastic housing and offers 1 less grinder plate.
While the LEM and even the STX are marketed towards the hunting crowd or those that want to process a lot of meat, the Waring Pro’s market seems to be home cooks or chefs. And while looks might not be the most important factor in a meat grinder, there’s something to be said about a nice shiny kitchen appliance. With its brushed stainless steel body and compact size, it was made to be used in the kitchen. It all comes down to what you want a meat grinder for. If you think you will want to grind a lot of meat often then one of the other 2 grinders will offer you more value for your money. If you just plan on grinding infrequently and not hundreds of pounds of meat at a time, then I think the Waring Pro MG855 will get the job done and look good while doing it.