STX 3000-TF Turboforce review
A lot of consumers are on the search for their very first or their second meat grinder. Whether it is for grinding meat for recipes, making ground meat for pets, or just wanting to upgrade your very own machine, it is difficult to find that one great meat grinder that can serve you well for several years. For home cooks, hunters, and homemakers, the task of sifting through the hundreds of models out there could get confusing.
That is why we are looking at one grinder that boasts its high quality and the fact that it has sold thousands of units – the STX-3000-TF Turboforce 3-Speed Electric Meat Grinder. But despite the claims of having sold thousands and being of high quality, is it the right one for you?
Design – 4.5/5
The STX-3000-TF Turboforce Meat Grinder looks a bit industrial with its white exterior and polished food-grade cast aluminum. It looks aesthetically pleasing and can work great with white or black countertops and kitchens with a sleek and modern design. Its parts that are polished food-grade cast aluminum does give off the feeling of durability which can last you for a long time, but its body that is made from another material does not look as durable, however, it does look pretty well made.
When it comes to the buttons of the machine, all of it can be found on one side. The button layout is quite unique with this machine as it has been laid out on a metal indention – very different from the other machines which have a simple button on the surface or a switch that toggles through on, off, and reverse.
Accessories – 5/5
There are only a few meat grinders that have a lot of accessories with them, and thankfully, the STX-3000-TF grinder is one of them. Apart from the meat grinder, you will get a size #12 grinding head (which is bigger than most kitchen meat grinders), three stainless steel cutting blades, three sizes of tempered/hardened steel grinding plates, a set of three sizes of sausage stuffing tubes, and a kubbe attachment.
It’s great that this machine comes with three different cutting blades and grinding plates – which are course, medium, and fine – as that will give you a huge variety with the dishes that you can make. While a lot of the brands only give you two, with the others blades and plates available for separate purchase, it’s great that this machine comes complete with them. Having the three different sizes of sausage stuffing tubes also gives you variety and control when it comes to the sausage that you can make yourself at home. In addition, the kubbe attachment, which is quite uncommon among meat grinders, is a welcome addition as it will allow you to create Middle Eastern dishes for your loved ones.
All in all, it’s great that the STX-3000-TF has a lot of accessories, showing that consumers who purchase this machine can do a lot with it.
Power – 5/5
The name itself gives it away as the STX-3000-TF “Turboforce” – 3-Speed – grinder has 3000 Watts of peak output power, using 800 to 1200 Watts of power while grinding meat – which is really a lot. With this sort of power, you can expect to grind chicken, pork, beef, venison, and other types of wild game meat with no problems at all. In fact, the power behind the machine allows you to grind even the bones of the chicken.
It can go through several pounds of meat in minutes, saving you time, instead of the smaller kind of meat grinders which cannot handle different types of meat, bones, or simply struggle at grinding. This machine is so reliable when it comes to grinding that it can be used frequently in a week, and even weekly in a month, so you are sure to get ground meat for your recipes or your pets. And despite having such great power on this machine, it won’t grind the meat to the point of it being pasty.
Another great thing about the STX-3000 meat grinder is its feeding tube which is wide enough to accommodate chunks of meat, allowing the raw power of the grinder to do all the work for you. In fact, you won’t really need the meat tray attached onto the machine as it will process the meat for you so fast that you will just have to drop in the meat directly and expect great ground meat.
Ease of Use – 4.7/5
Thankfully, the STX 3000 Turboforce is really easy to assemble and disassemble, letting you go straightforward to grinding and/or cleaning. On this meat grinder, you will have around 6 parts to tinker with when putting it together, apart, or cleaning it. This machine would have gotten a perfect score if it had been dishwasher safe, but you will have to be content washing it manually, which is, to be frank, not that big of a deal. Just remember that if you do put some of the parts on the dishwasher, their luster will come off.
Verdict – 4.8/5
Overall, the STX-3000 Electric Meat Grinder is a great meat grinder and a monster of a machine. It lives up to its description of being quality made, and maybe even to the claims of it having been sold tens of thousands of units.
Looking at it, this machine thinks of its consumers as it has a number of different accessories which can really broaden your culinary reach. Not only that, but the power behind it allows you to grind whatever meat you choose, even with the bone still in. Having many accessories with that much power really makes this meat grinder a great machine to have, and is certainly worth the price tag of around $180 – a bit pricey, but since it does work really well, it’s a good buy. Its ease of use is also worth mentioning as you won’t have to spend time on things other than grinding meat.
If there was one flaw with the STX-3000 it would be its exterior that does not really give that feeling of durability. However, that is only aesthetics as this machine does prove to be capable of lasting you a long time. With that said, this machine really is a good buy.