Editor’s Note: We contacted the manufacturer on February 21, 2019 and learned this is out of stock, but is expected to be back on the market in a few weeks.
To cook with the freshest ground meats, it's often best to grind them yourself. Thanks to meat grinders like the STX Turboforce 3000, you can take control of the meat you grind to create your own hamburger patties, chili meat and more. This device offers a high level of performance in a compact device, bringing commercial-grade performance to the home kitchen. It boasts an incredibly powerful motor that makes it equipped to handle almost any type of food you want to grind, even boiled bones. For consumers in need of a stainless steel meat grinder without the commercial grinder price tag, this device proves itself in terms of performance and quality parts. For these reasons, this meat grinder earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.
The device isn’t intended for grinding nuts or other hard foods, instead focusing solely on grinding up cubes of meat. However, it still proves capable of handling both large and small chunks of meat, fat and tendon, soft bone and vegetables. With the right attachments, you could even make pasta with this device.
The STX Turboforce 3000 utilizes a locked wattage motor for delivering between 800 and 1200 watts of power while grinding meat. This equates to a performance of up to 2.4 horsepower, ensuring you can cut even the most sinuous meat without blocking the feed screw. The powerful motor is further complemented with a size 12 grinding plate, larger than most food grinders, made up of food-grade cast aluminum. This provides a wider feeding tube to facilitate upward of 4 pounds of ground meat per minute.
This device comes with low and high speed settings. The high speed setting is ideal for more tender meats and can process between 175 and 225 pounds of meat per hour. The low speed is intended for tougher meats, reducing the chance of jamming and increasing the thoroughness of grinds, producing between 110 and 140 pounds of meat per hour. In addition, the unit comes with a stop/reset button that should be used in the event of a jam. In the event that a clog is removed, the grinder will immediately resume operation if the “Stop” button isn’t pushed, and may result in injury.
This meat grinder's powerful motor is one of its greatest assets, but this is a rather expensive model. If you want a strong motor, but a much lower price tag, check out the Best Choice Products Meat Grinder.
The STX Turboforce 3000 is designed with a unique layout for its button controls. Whereas most other models have buttons flush along the side or top of the unit, this meat grinder recesses the controls. This is a great safety feature as it prevents operators from accidentally bumping buttons while in use.
This electric meat grinder with a unique feature: a circuit breaker. No other grinder we evaluated had this safety feature, which can actually prove quite invaluable in preserving the integrity of the motor and its gears. When a jam occurs, this can cause a potentially damaging electricity spike. In addition, power surges through your wall outlet could short an appliance. The included power breaker automatically cuts off all power to the device if it exceeds the peak wattage.
One way the STX Turboforce 3000 sets itself apart as one of the best meat grinders on the market is with paired blades and plates. Rather than offering a single blade that can be used between fine, medium and coarse plates, this unit offers a different stainless steel cutting blade for each plate. This ensures each blade stays sharper when used for its intended meat types and also provides a much faster and more exact grind texture for your meat. Few meat grinders offer more than a single cutting blade, which means you’ll be able to achieve even longer use from the device before needing to order additional replacements.
The cutting plates are among the largest you’ll find for consumer meat grinders. They are #12 grinding heads, which measure 2 3/4 inches in diameter, which facilitates its near 4-pounds-per-minute speed. The standard home grinders use a #5 grinding head, just over 2 inches in diameter. This small increase in size facilitates its ability to grind more than 200 pounds an hour on high speed and 140 pounds an hour on low speed, versus the 120 pounds an hour a #5 grinding head would accomplish, at best.
The three stainless steel grinding plates have a rather unique design. The coarse grinding plate utilizes a “wagon wheel” design with three large holes nearly an inch in size. The medium plate is designed with 1/4-inch holes, and the fine plate has 5/32-inch holes throughout. No matter the fineness of the plate you use, the manufacturer always recommends double-grinding your meat as this helps ensure fat and meat are completely mixed together for a perfect blend.
Whereas the standard warranty for meat grinders is one year, this device surpasses most by offering a three-year period of protection. The first 90 days are covered by a complete money-back or replacement guarantee wherein you can replace or send back the unit at no cost to you. The three-year warranty gives you a free parts and labor guarantee, versus the industry standard of a limited warranty where parts are prorated and labor might not be included. To redeem this benefit, all you need to do is register the purchase on the company website. The only expense that could likely add up is the cost of shipping to and from the manufacturer for repairs, due to the size of the grinder.
The STX Turboforce 3000 takes a unique approach to creating a positive experience for many home users through a high-power device that delivers incredible performance. This is the type of grinder hunters and home cooks alike will want if you regularly grind meat and grind it in large quantities at a time. It comes with multiple cutting blades for long-lasting performance, combined with two grinding speeds, a wider feeding tube for higher output grinding and a high-horsepower motor that reduces the potential for jams. The end result is a meat grinder that fulfills all the needs of home use without sub-par performance.