The first factor that you look at when buying a mixer grinder is its power. Most consumers are confused about whether to opt for a 500-watt mixer grinder or a 750-watt one. So, we thought of comparing both the segments in terms of built quality, pricing and other aspects. More importantly, we also tested out 500 and 750-watt mixer grinders to understand how it differs in terms of grinding performance.
You would have read almost everywhere that a 500-watt mixer grinder is not the best option for grinding spices and idli-dosa batter on a regular basis. And we concur. When it comes to heavy-duty grinding, you need a 750-watt mixer grinder.
You will be able to grind tough ingredients in a new 500-watt mixer grinder. But, with time, the motor, ball bearing and other components endure a lot of wear and tear due to the heavy load. As a result, it may break down quickly.
To test the difference in the grinding efficiency, we tried grinding garam masala and idli batter in two mixer grinders with 500 and 750-watt motors. The models we tried are Havells Vitonica, which has a 500-watt motor and Philips 7756 which has a 750-watt motor. Both come under a similar price range.
We ground each ingredient for a pre-set time and checked the difference in results. Here is what we found.
Upon grinding garam masala, we found that Philips HL7756 did a pretty good job. After grinding and sieveing the powder, there were just half a teaspoon of coarse residues, which is excellent.
But, Havells with 500 watt motor did not do a good job here. After sieving the garam masala powder, we obtained 3 tsp of coarse residue. A few pieces of cardamom strands were not even crushed properly. This showed a drastic difference in the dry grinding efficiency of a 500 vs 750 watt mixer grinder.
Upon grinding urad, the 750 watt mixer grinder gave a smooth, fine batter in about 45 seconds. But, the batter ground in 500 watt mixer grinder was lumpy and grainy.
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500-watt mixer grinders are generally available at a price range of Rs. 1500 to 3000. A 750-watt mixer grinder on the other hand comes at a price range from Rs. 3000 onwards. Depending on the features and functions, it may go as high as Rs. 10,000.
We have often observed 750-watt mixer grinders have larger jars. Generally, most of them have a chutney jar with 400 or 500 ml capacity, a dry grinding jar with 1-litre capacity and a wet grinding jar with 1.5-litre capacity. Of course, there are exceptions. For example, Philips 7756 has just a 300 ml chutney jar, while Preethi Blue Leaf Platinum has a whopping 1.7-litre wet grinding jar
A 500-watt mixer grinder often comes with smaller jars. The chutney jar usually has a 300-400ml capacity, the dry grinding jar has just 800 ml capacity and the wet grinding jar has just 1.2-litre capacity. This is not just because of the low price, but also because a 500-watt mixer grinder won’t be able to endure a higher load.
Being economically priced, 500-watt mixer grinders come with thin stainless steel jars and plastic lids. The plastic lids often become loose after a while and the overall built quality is not as good as most 750-watt mixer grinders.
750-watt mixer grinders, on the other hand, come at a wider price range. The cheaper ones have thin jars and average built quality, while the expensive ones have stronger jars, blades and use better quality components.
This brings us to the next point of consideration- Durability.
As mentioned earlier, 500-watt mixer grinders are more suitable for light-duty chores like making chutney, grinding ginger garlic paste, smoothies etc. If you limit your usage to such lighter chores, a 500-watt mixer grinder may last for 3-5 years maximum. However, when we look at various user reviews, many users do complain that their 500-watt mixer grinder has broken down in less than 2 years.
A mid-segment 750-watt mixer grinder is more durable. Even if you use it on a regular basis for grinding batter and soft spices, it can last for 5-7 years or sometimes even longer. That being said, we don’t recommend using them on a regular basis for grinding turmeric as it may damage the coupler.
Many websites say that 500-watt mixer grinders make lesser noise compared to 750-watt ones. But, we haven’t really found so. In fact, a 450-watt Usha mixer grinder made 90+dB and Havells Vitonica makes around 90-100dB, while Prestige Delight with 750 watt motor made just 87-92dB in our comparisons. So, we were not really able to find a correlation between wattage and noise. Generally, irrespective of the wattage, most mixer grinders are noisy.
Food habits vary from family to family and region to region. If you are someone who uses a mixer grinder sparsely, then a 500-watt mixer grinder would be enough for you. But, if you grind batter, chutney, masala etc regularly and not a day goes by in the kitchen without switching on the mixer grinder, then at least a 750-watt mixer grinder is highly recommended.