Let me tell you something I’ve learned over the years: when you have the right recipe and kitchen tools, it’s hard to beat homemade food – both in taste and the entire preparation experience.
My husband instantly loved the idea of making our sausages instead of buying them, and since our boys love the smell of the breakfast links in the morning so much, there wasn’t much to talk about – we were buying a sausage stuffer.
If you’re thinking about making the same switch to homemade, let me help you find the best sausage stuffer for the job.
With the models I picked out, it will seem a lot less like a chore, and a lot more like a fun family thing to do.
The orientation of the cylinder determines the two types of sausage stuffers available on the market – the horizontal and the vertical ones. Even though it all comes down to personal preference, in my experience, the vertical ones a bit easier to use – that’s why I have a vertical one in my kitchen as we speak.
2. Cylinder Size
So, why does the size of the cylinder matter anyway? Because it will determine how fast you can finish processing the batch of meat you prepared (later on, I’ll talk a bit more about speed, but for now, let’s stick to the cylinder size as a factor).
These usually come in sizes like 5 or 7 pounds – that’s their capacity, which means that’s the amount of meat they’re capable of handling at a time. So, before you decide on a particular model, make sure the cylinder’s capacity will suit your needs.
3. Different Sizes of Stuffing Tubes
Another thing to be considered is the stuffing tubes; does the unit you plan on buying come with several different nozzles? They are usually available the ½-inch, ¾, and 1-inch diameters; this will allow you to make your sausages in multiple sizes, instead of just one.
It's not only about the material used, but it's also about the construction, too.
Ask yourself this: is this unit built to last?
If you’re not entirely sure about the answer, then you should keep looking. When it comes to appliances that you’ll use for food preparation, you shouldn’t have any hesitations about the quality. Also, it’s much better to spend a bit more on a high-quality sausage stuffer once and have it last for years to come than to have to buy a new one every couple of years.
It’s best to opt for a unit that has metal gears and a stainless steel body; those do come with a higher price, though. There are also those with plastic parts, but keep in mind what I just said about the quality of the tool you plan to buy.
5. Price Tag
As I always say, don’t let the price be your only guideline in choosing a kitchen tool – sometimes it’s better to pay a bit more than to deal with a poorly made unit. Of course, this is only the case when a higher price means higher quality, which, as we all know, isn’t always right.
On the other hand, you shouldn’t go over your budget; set the limit and stick to it as much as you can. It’s okay to spend a bit more than planned, but don’t take it too far – you have a set budget for a reason.
6. Additional Features
More Than One Speed – When you're working with a significant amount of meat, more than one speed might come in handy – and some of the sausage stuffers available on the market come with two different speed levels. However, if you’re new to using these devices, be careful and start with the slower one until you get the hang of it (which shouldn’t take a lot of time in my experience).
Warranty – Even though this isn’t a must-have, one thing I’ve learned over the years is: kitchen appliances (especially those that withstand heavy use) are prone to malfunctioning, so I’d recommend getting one that has at least a year-long warranty provided by the manufacturer.
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If you’re looking for durability and sturdiness, there’s no point in looking any further.
One thing that might be an issue with an all-metal unit is that there might be some sharp welds; as long as you handle it carefully, you’ll be fine.
The large, 7-pound cylinder is made to handle large amounts of meat all at once, which, as I said earlier, is always a plus.
Another thing worth mentioning is the four nozzles; their dimensions are 0.62, 0.86, 1.25, and 1.5 inches. They are also made of stainless steel, which is a considerable advantage of this model over some other ones on my list. Oh, and let’s not forget the two available speed levels.
One disadvantage that comes to mind is that the crank doesn’t have a reverse-lock.
Why is this an issue?
Because if you let go of the crank at any point, it will start to spin backward under the influence of pressure build-up in the chamber.
Other than that, this is a solid, high-quality unit that will last for years to come.
It’s made out of stainless steel
The 7-pound cylinder can be tilted or wholly removed
The VIVO sausage stuffer is a heavy-duty kitchen tool.
What do I mean by that?
Well, first of all, it’s made out of a combination of stainless steel (used for the cylinder and spout) and durable metal (used for gears and pistons). So, if you’re looking for a unit that’s built to last, this is the one.
The size of the cylinder is suitable for large quantities of meat – it has a 7-pound capacity. That will work exceptionally well for those of you that find themselves processing vast amounts of meat; it will be less time consuming than having to divide the meat into several smaller batches.
Of course, you can use it for small amounts of meat as well, but since this is a big unit, I wouldn’t recommend it – it will only take up a lot of storage space without ever being used to its full potential.
When it comes to stuffing tubes, they come in four sizes – 0.4, 0.79, 1.18, and 1.57 inches. It offers unquestionable diversity for those of you that like to make all kinds of sausages.
I have to mention one thing, though; the tubes are plastic, which some of you might consider a huge flaw.
Personally, I think it's a small issue when compared to how fantastic this sausage stuffer is.
This LEM’s vertical sausage stuffer is a manual unit, made from stainless steel; tubes, however, are made of plastic. I know that, given the things I mentioned previously, this might be a deal breaker for some of you, but stick around to see what this sausage stuffer has to offer before discarding it.
The cylinder has a 5-pound capacity, which means it’s on the smaller side; if you plan on working with large batches of meat, you’ll either have to do it in several turns or move on and get a stuffer with more capacity – it’s entirely up to you. But if you don't usually process more significant quantities, then this one will work just fine.
Those of you that would like to have the option of making sausages in different sizes will benefit from this unit’s three tube sizes – the ½, ¾ and 1-inch. Anything from little breakfast links to huge sausages is doable with this one.
Another thing I’ve noticed with the LEM’s sausage stuffer is that it doesn’t leave a lot of waste behind.
If you’re not new to making your sausages, then you probably know that some of these kitchen tools, no matter how useful they are, tend to leave some meat behind.
With this one, however, you’ll be sure that when the piston reaches the bottom, you won’t be left with more than half a hand-full of waste.
The Super Deal sausage stuffer is a solidly designed, vertical unit with a stainless steel body.
Even though the cylinder isn’t as big as in some of the models on this list, I have to say that the fact that it can be tilted for quicker filling almost entirely diminishes this already minor flaw.
The stuffing tubes are available in four sizes – 2/3, ¾, 1-1/4, and 1-1/2 inches, which means you can make all sorts of sausages for you and your family instead of limiting yourself on one kind only.
The nozzles are also metal, so you don't have to worry about them getting damaged quickly; they will last as long as the unit itself.
Two adjustable speed levels will allow you to set the pace; whether you’re a beginner and need to take it slow until you get the hang of it or an expert that can work at a faster rate, this sausage stuffer will do the job.
What makes it stand out is the fact that it’s designed in a way that suits both right-handed and left-handed users; none of the other models I picked out has a unique build like this.
I'm glad that the manufacturer paid attention to detail like that and made design adjustments to appeal to a broader range of users.
When I was picking out the sausage stuffers to include on my list, I decided that another HAKKA model deserves a place on it; this is also a vertical unit, the same as all the other ones I reviewed today.
The body of the sausage stuffer is made out of stainless steel, which should be considered a standard by now.
It’s also important to mention that all the parts that come in contact with meat during the sausage making process are compliant with the SGS Food Hygiene Standard, so you don’t have to worry about any potential health hazards.
The cylinder is a large, 7-pound one, which means you can process large quantities of meat much faster since you won’t have to refill it very often.
The stuffing tubes are made of plastic, though; if you prefer the metal ones, but wish to stick to this particular brand, consider the other HAKKA model I reviewed. Diameter-wise, there are four nozzles to choose from; 0.39, 0.78, 1.18, and 1.57 inches.
With two available speed levels to choose from, you can be sure that this sausage stuffer will accommodate your skill level; remember, slow is ideal for beginners, while fast is more suitable for homemade sausage experts.
Easy to use and clean
Large capacity cylinder
It has two speeds
The tubes are plastic
Doesn’t come with clamps for the counter
As you might know by now, I like to announce the winner of the roundup at the end of my articles, but hopefully, you already have a personal favorite of your own.
Because in my personal experience – and I do have a lot of it in this field since homemade sausages are a favorite in my household – this particular model has a lot to offer regarding durability and versatility; on top of that, it’s pretty affordable.
Trust me, you’ll be happy with the purchase. 🙂
For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.