The 9 Best Sausage Stuffers: A Must Have Kitchen Gadget

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Sausage is delicious; that’s just a simple statement of fact. Sausage is one of the most versatile meats out there. You can put pretty much anything in it, make it with a variety of methods, and use it for any number of dishes.

Making your own sausage at home is surprisingly rewarding; all home cooked food tastes more delicious than store bought, for the most part, but there’s something about how processed sausage seems that would make you think it’s an exception.

It is absolutely not; home made sausage is delicious, and one of the only ways to effectively make it is a sausage stuffer. So we’re going to go over some great sausage makers, and some of the things that make a it great in the first place!

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Specifications

  • 18/8 Stainless Steel with aluminum piston
  • Total size: 20.7” x 12.8” x 9.8”
  • Cylinder size: 11.9” diameter 8.4” H
  • Cylinder capacity: 7 lbs
  • 4 tubes: 10 mm (.4”), 20 mm (.79”), 20 mm (1.18”), 40 mm (1.57”)

This huge Vivo meat stuffer is everything you could ever want from a sausage stuffer.

For a very reasonable price, you get everything you could ever need from a product like this. It has excellent capacity; 5 to 7 lbs (2.25 to 3 L), which is plenty for any of your home sausage making needs. Just short of being a viable commercial model, this meat stuffer has brilliant performance on its side, and even looks nice on your counter to boot, so long as your other home appliances trend towards cherry red or some other complementary color (black, silver, white, etc.).

The construction is sturdy but relatively lightweight, making this easy to take in and out of storage as you need it.

Not only that, but it comes with a variety of nozzles, giving you access to tubes as small as 10 mm and as large as 40 mm; a perfect range to make every kind of sausage known to man, including snack sticks. Perfect for hot dogs, salami, and everything in between.

It’s not motorized, but has a great set of smooth gliding gears that make using this meat stuffer a snap, with a minimum of effort.

For the price you pay, there is no other better sausage stuffer on the market.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Turns smoothly with a minimum of force.
  • Great capacity.
  • Relatively lightweight for the size and material.
  • Good variety of tubes.

Cons

  • Could use an extra bit of suction in addition to the rubber feet for added stability.

Specifications

  • Stainless steel and cast aluminum.
  • Overall dimensions: 12 ½” L x 9” W x 22 D
  • Cylinder dimensions: 5 ½” diameter 7 ¼” H
  • Capacity: 7 lbs (3 L)

Power, safety, convenience, and capacity: this sausage stuffer has it all.

While not a commercial unit by any means, it has a great 7 lb capacity, making cranking out medium to large batches of sausage quick and easy. This makes it perfect for you if you like making large batches of home made sausage to store or give to friends and family as gifts.

It has a number of options for sausage casing sizes, providing 4 stainless steel tubes: 2/3” (16 mm), 5/8” (22 mm), 1 ¼” (32 mm), 1 ½” (38 mm). This gives you a huge variety, and is great for everything from tiny Vienna sausages to enormous foot long hot dogs.

The construction is incredibly sturdy, a combination of stainless steel and cast aluminum; all rust proof and food safe, as well as being durable almost indefinitely if properly maintained.

The gears are a nice resin. You might think steel would be better, but metal gears tend to heat up more in these types of machines and make an incredible noise. Resin gears wear out a bit quicker, but are easier and cheaper to replace, and are comparatively whisper quiet.

The only real rub here is the price; compared to most of the other domestic sausage stuffers this unit is extraordinarily expensive. But, it provides everything you need for it to be more than worth its price.

Pros

  • Huge capacity.
  • Easy to use.
  • Cranks out sausage quickly.
  • Good variety of casing sizes from the tubes.
  • Excellent resin gears.
  • Durable and long lasting steel and aluminum construction.

Cons

  • Price is extremely high.

Specifications

  • Cast aluminum grinder body and attachments, stainless steel tray.
  • Includes 4 grinding plates: coarse, medium, fine, and kidney shape (for ground meat).
  • 3 stuffer tubes: .45”, .73”, 1”.
  • Dimensions: 9.1” x 5.8” x 8.5”
  • Total weight: 2.66 lbs
  • Requires Kitchen Aid stand mixer to use.

If you have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, why not give this a try? It works as both an electric meat grinder and a sausage stuffer, adding a whole lot of utility to your stand mixer. A lot of people swear by these sorts of attachments for mixers, and it’s easy to see why; they’re relatively cheap compared to other electric stuffers and slot into something you probably already own.

This one in particular I have a bit of experience with. It goes to the mixer I actually own at home. It works quite well. The mixer provides the power for it, and it puts out quite a lot of it, easily feeding the sausage through in a snap.

The parts are well made and durable, constructed of a chrome plated aluminum; corrosion free, lightweight, and long lasting.

The only issue you’re really likely to run into is that this doe sonly work with a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. If you don’t own one, give this a hard pass. People also report that electric sausage stuffers in general, including this one, have a tendency to mess up emulsified sausages (like frankfurters), “breaking” them, so if you plan to make a lot of those, avoid this stuffer as well.

Pros

  • Great value for an electric meat grinder.
  • Variety of grinding plates and tube sizes for a variety of sausages and functions.
  • Well made and sturdy.
  • Easy to use.

Cons

  • May break emulsified sausages.
  • Requires a Kitchen Aid stand mixer to use; worthless without it.

Specifications

  • Aluminum construction, silicone piston.
  • 4 tube sizes: 14 mm, 18 mm, 21 mm, 25 mm
  • Dimensions: 10.3” x 5.4” x 4.4”
  • Capacity: 2 lbs and 5 lbs
  • Total weight: 2.35 lbs

On the extremely low side of the pricing spectrum, we have this no nonsense sausage stuffer. It is fully manual, making it a poor choice for large batches of sausage, but if you’re looking to just stuff a bit of sausage for home use, you may not need all that capacity.

With that in mind, this is a great little stuffer. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t; no electric components whatsoever. That means you’re going to need to put a little elbow grease into it, but overall it’s not too cumbersome to use. Horizontal stuffers are typically easier to use than vertical stuffers since there’s not as much setup. Just slap the tube on the end, slap the meat into it (not necessarily in that order), and start cranking.

The suction cup on this is quite nice, holding it very still for your easy use. The crank turns easily and smoothly, giving you a quick stuff every time.

The tubes it comes with are a good variety, giving you most standard sausage sizes without any real hassle; you can make everything from snack sticks to full sized hot dogs with ease.

For the price you’re paying you can do way worse than this simple machine.

Pros

  • Extremely inexpensive.
  • Easy to use.
  • No electrical components.
  • Great for small batches of sausage.
  • Excellent grippy suction cup.
  • Easy to disassemble and clean.

Cons

  • Low capacity makes this unsuitable for large batches of sausage.

Specifications

  • Stainless steel construction with plastic tubing.
  • Product dimensions: 17” x 9” x 10”
  • Total weight: 12 lbs
  • 3 stuffing tubes: ½”, ¾”, 1”
  • 5 lb cylinder capacity

Here’s another vertical model. It has a great capacity cylinder for making sausages at home. 5 lbs is a great middle ground between the overly small 2 lb models and the larger 10 to 15 lb models.

Secured by a pair of very good suction cups, it has a satisfyingly deep cylinder to stuff whatever kind of meat you want into it. This one isn’t electric powered, but it has a very smooth and easy crank to turn. It still takes a bit of muscle, but not a whole lot.

The tubes provided are the standard sizes you need for most sausages: ½”, ¾”, and 1” tubes, which are good for all but the most massive sausages.

This one doesn’t have a whole ton unique about it; it’s just incredibly well made and constructed, a very thick chrome plated stainless steel tube with a good crank. It’s easy to clean, easy to use, and excellent in terms of performance.

Pros

  • Extremely solid, thick construction ensures longevity.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great capacity.
  • Simple to clean.

Cons

  • Very expensive.
  • Heavy for a device this size.

Specifications

  • Food grade plastic.
  • Barrel size: 52 mm diameter x 168 mm
  • 2 funnels: 15 mm and 20 mm
  • Capacity: roughly 8 to 12 oz of meat

If you’re on an extreme budget but still need a decent sausage stuffer, this is the tool for you.

It’s as simple as it gets; a small cylinder with a crank on the end that makes a fairly small amount of sausage at a time. Great for making sausages for single servings, if that’s the level you’re working at; no plans to make them for friends or family, just your own pleasure at home for a meal.

It’s not the most durable thing out there, but it gets he job done. Food grade plastic is lightweight and easy to hold, which is good due to the fact that it is entirely handheld; no setting this down for  easier use. You’ve got a handle, a crank, and your own power.

You can fit somewhere between about ½ lb and ¾ lb of meat in this sucker, which is great for what was previously mentioned. 1 or 2 go arounds and you have enough for a good meal, easy as that.

It’s far from the greatest sausage stuffer on the market, but for every small batches once in a blue moon, it’s the perfect little tool to have on hand without breaking your budget.

Pros

  • Extremely cheap.
  • Lightweight and simple to use.
  • Easy to hold and turn.
  • Decent capacity.
  • Great for simple meals.

Cons

  • Small, unsuitable for large food batches.
  • Plastic is less durable than steel.

Specifications

  • Stainless steel and aluminum construction.
  • Cylinder capacity: 10 lbs (6 L).
  • Total size: 18.5” x 15” x 5.2”

Goflame’s offering is a great high capacity manual sausage stuffer. While not quite commercial grade, it’s excellent for a dedicated hobbyist. If you’re the kind of person that makes their own summer sausages for gift baskets every year, or are a dedicated sausage aficionado that likes to keep every kind of sausage imaginable around the house in large quantities, this is the sausage stuffer for you.

High quality stainless steel and aluminum construction give you a long lasting and durable frame that will last you ages if well maintained, and won’t rust over time. The vertical construction gives it a fairly small footprint that makes it easy to put up and store away when not in use, and the crank glides easily.

The main problem you’re going to have with this stuffer stems from its greatest strength: the capacity. This much meat (about 10 lbs) is difficult  to stuff by hand, and you’re going to have to put your back into it if you want to stuff everything you need to stuff in any kind of timely fashion. It gets easier as time goes on and the meat depletes, of course, but getting this sucker started can be a real chore at first.

Pros

  • Very sturdy construction.
  • Great price for the size of the machine.
  • Easy to use and fill.
  • High capacity for a home use model.

Cons

  • Difficult to get going on a first shove; a natural consequence of the high capacity cylinder.

Specifications

  • Stainless steel and iron.
  • Total weight: 33 lbs
  • Cylinder capacity: 7 L (15 lbs)
  • Dimensions: 32.9” x 14” x 14”
  • 4 tubes: 1 ½”, 1 1/4”, ¾”, ½”

This massive monster of a sausage making machine has a great 15 lbs capacity; the largest we’re looking at today. This give you a huge amount of meat to work with, and is great for light commercial or heavy duty home use.

Much like the Goflame stuffer above, this one lives or dies on whether you need a he capacity; especially since this one really ups the ante on price compared to that.

This machine is huge; fully stainless steel and iron and weighing in at a massive 33 lbs, it might just become a permanent fixture of your countertop unless you plan to lug this thing around a lot. Still, that’s size more than makes up for itself with the performance, with a heavy duty piston system that makes slamming that meat through the tube almost a breeze.

If you’re planning to make a ton of sausage every day, or even every month, this sausage stuffer has you covered. Just don’t plan to make anything small with it out of the box; all of the included tubes are pretty huge.

Pros

  • Huge capacity.
  • Incredibly dense and sturdy construction.
  • Gets you going easily.
  • Great tubes.

Cons

  • Enormous capacity comes with an equally enormous price tag.
  • Heavy and hard to move.

Specifications

  • Materials: Stainless steel, coper, aluminum, ABS
  • 350 W to 2000 W motor; 110v.
  • Makes 3 lbs of minced meat per minute.
  • Not dishwasher safe.
  • Total weight: 7.55 lbs
  • Dimensions: 15.8” x 9.4” x 7.9”

Rounding us out is an excellent all in one electric machine. It slices, grinds, and stuffs in one machine, with a great 2000 W motor and a great output (3 lbs of meat per minute).

If you’re looking for something simple to get you started on the road to being a master sausage maker…or you just want to dip your toe in the water, this is a great unit.

It’s very easy to use, comes with a variety of different attachments (slicers, plates, grinders, and tubes) and is just all around a wonderful electric model, especially for the price.

The main rub, really, 9is that you don’t particularly want an electric sausage stuffer, at least not if you plan to make emulsified sausages, which break if too much heat is applied to them in the stuffing process, ruining them.

Still, for what it is, it’s perfect.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Super fast.
  • All in one machine.
  • Great price.

Cons

  • Electric motor can break emulsified sausages.

Final Verdict

VIVO

I like pretty much all of these. The only real exception is the LEM products model. It’s quite good in terms of overall performance, but it’s simply too expensive compared to models with similar performance and even a larger capacity.

The Vivo model still remains my favorite, closely followed by the Hakka and Xtremepower units, with an honorable mention to the BBDay electric model.

These all work extraordinarily well depending on your exact needs, and I can recommend any of these for particular circumstances. The others are a bit more of a mixed bag, but still good. They are very niche, is the main issue; you either need their main gimmick feature (huge capacity, handheld and portable, etc.) or you don’t.


How to Choose the Sausage Stuffer

When it comes down to it, sausage makers are pretty simple. The average sausage stuffer is a chamber with a hole in the bottom of it, a crank, and a piston that pushes that meat down.

So the main things you look for are the construction, the cylinder capacity, and whether it’s electrical or not.

Construction

Typically your meat stuffer should be made of some combination of stainless steel and aluminum. These are durable, rust proof materials that will last a lifetime (or longer) with only a modicum of maintenance.

They also usually tend to be dishwasher safe, or otherwise easy to clean, which is a godsend when trying to push large quantities of mulched meat through a small tube.

Cylinder Capacity

On average, if you’re just making sausage for your own use at home, a 5 lb capacity is great, and is about the perfect size to look for.

Larger sizes do exist, as do smaller ones, but typically any smaller and it’s not going to be practical for most uses, and any larger and you start to vastly scale up the price over time.

Only go for a small unit if you really want to just make sausages for as single meal at a time, which is fine, though the other major issue is small sausage stuffers tend to be made of plastic, which makes it less durable and more prone to staining.

Electric or Not?

Electric sausage stuffers are often both easier to use and more versatile (usually working as a meat slicer or grinder as well as a stuffer), but do have one major issue: they can break emulsified sausages, which don’t like to be overheated while stuffing.

For this reason, and because of the obvious other drawback (it’s electric; so it eats power and is hard to use outdoors), it may be recommended to avoid electric models unless you’re fine with that slight lack of versatility.

Price

Pricing varies widely with these. Don’t expect to pay less than $100 for a very good one, but try not to pay much more than $150.