Preethi Zodiac 2.0 Review (MG 235) | is it worth buying?

A conventional mixer grinder can be a one-dimensional product because you cannot use it for anything other than mixing and grinding.

However, cooking involves other aspects like mincing, grating, cutting, kneading, and preparing the batter, among others.

Preethi Zodiac 2.0 Mixer Grinder MG 235
Preethi Zodiac 2.0

How would you react if we say that you can do all these activities besides mixing and grinding using a single appliance? It sounds great.

Here is the Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235 mixer grinder that can perform all these activities within no time.

Regular Preethi users will find comparisons with the Preethi Zodiac MG 218 model. The Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235 is an advanced version of the Preethi Zodiac MG 218 appliance.

Before we review the Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235, let us compare both versions quickly to get a fair idea about the product.

FeaturesPreethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235Preethi Zodiac MG 218
Motor750 Watts750 Watts
Body MaterialABS PlasticABS Plastic
Speed ControlsFour speedsThree Speeds
Number of JarsFour Jars2.1L Master Chef plus Grinding jar1.5L Liquidizing Jar0.5L Chutney Jar1.2L Juice Extractor JarFive Jars2.1L Master Chef plus Jar1.0L Grinding Jar1.5L Liquidizing Jar0.5L Chutney Jar1.0L Juice Extractor Jar
Preset MenusFour preset grinding menusNo preset menus
Safety FeaturesOverload protectionError indicationSuction feetOverload protectionSuction feet
WarrantyTwo years on the product plus five years on the motorTwo years on the product plus five years on the motor

What makes the Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235 different from Preethi Zodiac MG 218?

Here are some obvious differences that are easily visible.

Preethi Zodiac MG 218 comes with five jars, whereas the advanced version Zodiac 2.0 MG 235 has four. Though it seems like a disadvantage, it is not because four jars are sufficient for a typical Indian kitchen. 

The upgraded model, Zodiac 2.0, features four-speed controls plus a Pulse option. In contrast, the Zodiac MG 218 operates at three speeds plus having a Pulse option. 

Preethi Zodiac 2.0  four-speed controls

While Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235 offers four preset grinding options, its earlier version, Zodiac MG 218, does not have any. 

Besides the noticeable differences, there are a few subtle variations that merit mention.

The Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235 comes with a distinct ‘OFF’ option on the speed control dial. It is a significant feature because it serves as an additional precaution to users. One should ensure to turn the knob to the ‘OFF’ position after completing their grinding sessions.

If you do not do so and point the knob towards the ‘ON’ position, the machine will not start when you switch on the main power supply. It will display blinking lights, and the speed controls will not work. The remedy is to switch off the mains supply, turn the knob to the ‘OFF’ position, and then switch on the mains again.

The machine does not display blinking lights and is ready for operations. This feature is a safety measure and serves as a ‘Child Lock’ alternative

Such a feature is not available in the earlier version, Zodiac MG 218.

The Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235 User Experience

As a regular user myself, I can vouch for its utility by stating that the Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235 is a complete mixer grinder in all respects. It is an absolute asset for the Indian kitchen because it can perform all kinds of preparatory work to assist my cooking.

Let us see how the four preset menus function.

Batter

The Preethi Zodiac MG 218 has a significant demerit that it was not the ideal appliance for preparing idli batter. Competitive models like the Bosch TrueMixx Pro with its 1000W motor seemed a better bet.

Now, the revamped version, Zodiac 2.0 MG 235, features a unique preset Batter preparation option. The operation is simple. You add soaked rice and/or urad dal up to the optimum level marked inside the jar and select the ‘Batter’ preset option. The machine starts grinding automatically, and your batter is ready within two minutes.

You can pause the machine in between and check the grinding quality if necessary. It is an ideal machine to prepare idli and dosa batter in small quantities. If your requirements are more, you can always go for wet Grinders.

Coconut Chutney

Preparing delicious coconut chutneys is a dream using the Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235. Take some coconut, green chilies, coriander leaves, and Bengal gram in the small chutney jar and select the ‘Coconut Chutney’ preset option.

You can pause the machine after a few seconds to add some water. Your chutney is ready within a minute.

Puree

You can use the Puree preset option to prepare tomato purees conveniently. Take some tomatoes and green chilly in the large grinding jar and add onions if required. Select the ‘Puree’ option and sit back to watch the appliance prepare your puree within seconds.

Atta Kneading

Atta Kneading  Preethi Zodiac MG 235

Homemakers will vouch that kneading atta for chapatis is one of the most challenging and messy jobs in the kitchen. The Atta Kneading preset menu makes it easy to knead the flour.

Fix the kneading blade to the Master Chef jar and add flour to it. Select the Atta Kneading option and start the appliance. You can add water gradually as the machine kneads your dough within no time. You can make the softest of chapatis with absolute ease.

Other Operations

Besides the four preset options that make it convenient for everyone, the Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235 can perform other essential culinary functions like mincing, chopping, slicing, grating, juicing, and many more.

This appliance comes with unique settings and blades to grate beetroots, carrots, and other vegetables.

The Master Chef jar proves handy for all these activities. You can fix the grating blade at the respective location in the Master Chef jar.

One should be careful when handling these blades because they are sharp and can cause injuries. Use the feeder tube to push the beetroots or carrots into the jar. Please switch it on and get grated vegetables within a few seconds.

Similarly, you can mince vegetables like potatoes, carrots, onions, radish, etc., using the mincing blade instead of the grating option. This machine offers two blade options, 1.2mm, and 2.4mm, to enable easy mincing and chopping of vegetables.

People with non-vegetarian dietary habits can use this machine to mince their requirement of meat in minutes. 

Preparing coconut milk is easy on the Preethi Zodiac 2.0 MG 235. You have special blades that help extract coconut milk and tamarind juice. The dry grinding blades are sharp enough to grind hard foods like turmeric into powder within seconds.

preethi zodiac 2.0 mg 235 Juicer

The juicer arrangement allows you to prepare fruit and vegetable juices, milkshakes, and smoothies with ease. You have to use the juicer jar that comes with a special mesh to separate the pulp and the seeds from the fruits.

This machine is a centrifugal juicer with an outlet situated at the bottom. You can fix the tube provided with the appliance to collect the juice in a different container. The citrus juicer arrangement can help prepare juice from fruits like lemon, oranges, and sweet limes. 

When you use the jar for preparing milkshakes and smoothies, you can remove the mesh and use the entire jar. Do not forget to seal the outlet before starting the smoothie preparation.

Safety Features

We have discussed the unique safety feature during our comparison with the Zodiac MG 218 model. Besides, this model also features an ‘Overload Protection LED Indicator.’ If you inadvertently overload the jars, the motor trips, and the LED indicator changes color from Blue to Red.

You have to reduce the load, reset the overload protection button provided beneath the motor, and restart the machine. 

One way to avoid overloading is to fill up the ingredients up to the ‘Optimum’ level marked inside the mixer jars. It prevents overloading the machine and the tripping of the motor. As a result, it protects the motor from damage and enhances its lifespan.

This machine features unique 3D air cooling technology that helps to cool the motor quickly after continuous use. As far as its noise levels are concerned, it is between 80 to 90db, much low compared to other mixer grinders.

Preethi Zodiac 2.0 Cleaning and Maintenance

Maintaining the machine is crucial as it is your most trusted ally in the kitchen. Cleaning the jars and blades is easy.

You can add lukewarm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid and run the machine for a minute or two. The swirling action removes all food ingredients sticking to the sides of the jar and the blades. Repeat the procedure with plain water and remove the traces of soap. The jars and blades come out clean and ready for use again.

One should note that the steel blades can be extremely sharp. Therefore, it is advisable to handle them with utmost care. 

Positives

  • The food-grade plastic body makes the machine hygienic to use. Besides, it also adds to its sleek appearance.
  • 3D air cooling technology extends motor life considerably.
  • Excellent safety features make this mixer grinder one of the safest to use in your kitchen.
  • Performance-wise, this mixer grinder delivers an all-round excellent performance and caters to your every requirement in the kitchen.

Negatives

  • You cannot whisk eggs or grind coffee seeds in this machine
  • The machine jars are not safe for use in dishwashers. However, you can clean them comfortably.

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