The 5 Best Meat Tenderizer Machines

The only thing worse than biting into a tough, sinewy piece of meat is spending upwards of $20 a pound for the good stuff. That’s where a home meat tenderizing machine comes in. Turn a flavorful but tough cut to fork tender in minutes by breaking down the connective tissue and opening the meat to marinades.

KitchenAid textured meat tenderizer, black

The KitchenAid textured meat tenderizer is an updated, modern version of a classic design, much like you might have seen in your grandma’s kitchen. The textured side is perfect for tenderizing all types of meats, and the flat side pounds out cutlets into the perfect thickness.

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The beauty of this tenderizer is its simplicity. It is made from strong, lightweight aluminum with no moving parts, so it cleans up easily. Just hand wash and store it in a drawer or hang from the hole in the comfortable, soft grip handle. All KitchenAid products are built to last a lifetime and come with a 1 year no-hassle warranty.

XSpecial Meat Tenderizer Tool

The XSpecial Meat Tenderizer utilizes 48 long, thin blades to tenderize tough cuts of meat. Pounding can damage and pulverize meat, so the XSpecial’s extra long and extra thin stainless steel blades pierce the meat to break down the connective tissue. Not only will the meat be tender but it will accept marinades much better and cook faster.

The XSpecial’s employs an ergonomic, arthritis friendly handle and requires almost not force to use. It is top shelf dishwasher safe too.

Just detach the blade cover from the handle before washing. After using the XSpeical meat tenderizer you’ll wonder why you’ve been spending extra money on expensive cuts of meat all these years.

At around $16, you will just have to try it for yourself, knowing that if you’re not 100% satisfied, you can send it back for a full refund. XSpecial will even pay the return shipping.

Weston Manual heavy Duty Meat Cuber/ Tenderizer

The Weston Manual Heavy Duty Meat Cuber/Tenderizer also utilizes blades to pierce tough cuts of meat, but it’s designed for heavy use. If you’re planning tenderizing multiple pounds of meat at a time you’ll appreciate the hand cranking, counter mounted design.

hand meat tenderizer

The Weston employs 31 stainless steel blades to tenderize the toughest cuts of meat. Run the meat through a second time for cubed steaks.

At about $125, the Weston is built to last. The cast aluminum 2 piece housing disassembles for easy cleanup. The crank and base are also heavy duty for years of use. It comes with 2 C-clamps for countertop mounting and includes a pair of stainless steel tongs for safe use.

In addition to tenderizing and cubing meat, there are attachments you can purchase for cutting jerky and motorizing the hand crank.

JY Cookment meat tenderizer

The JY Cookment meat tenderizer is similar to the XSpeical Meat Tenderizer. It’s a hand tool that utilizes 48 stainless steel blades to pierce less expensive, tougher cuts of meat.

The JY Cookment has a comfort handle and does not come apart for cleaning but is dish washer safe. At about $12 the JY Cookment tenderizer will do the trick.

Hakka Stainless Steel Meat Tenderizer

There are three main types of Meat Tenderizers on the market. The first is textured mallet that pounds out meat to tenderize and break down the fibers. The second is a hand tool that uses multiple straight blades to pierce the meat.

Finally, there are table top tenderizers that pass cuts of meat through rotary blades. The Hakka is a stainless steel table top tenderizer that uses two 37 blade discs to tenderize tough steaks and cuts of meat. At almost $260, it’s built to last a lifetime.

The Hakka boasts a large capacity and can tenderize steaks up to 1” thick. It disassembles for easy clean up and is compatible with the Hakka meat grinder.

Why a Meat Tenderizer Machine?

Think you can tenderize your meat yourself? Think again. A quality meat tenderizer will turn awkward frustration into a 60-second pounding session to make sure your meat is ready for marinades. Believe us, it makes a world of a difference!