A few years ago, a friend of mine who is also an avid cook mentioned the meat grinder company STX International (here is their official website, but I trust Amazon more) and said I should check them out. I did, and after experimenting with a couple of the grinders, I found that these are some impressive products.
STX International has a couple of funky features for their products that distinguishes them the competition, including a novel air cooling system that it says doubles the life of the grinder. And they put some actual thought into the appearance of their products, so it’s nice to have grinder options that are both functional and also aesthetically pleasing.
As always, no product is perfect, and sometimes there can simply be so many options and add-ons with these models that it can be overwhelming if you’re just looking for a simple grinder. But that is a minor drawback given STX International’s overall good quality.
The top quality of the parts of these grinders is one of the biggest draws for me. The quality of the stainless steel and aluminum blades and other pieces is great; there’s no need to be concerned about them breaking or not doing the job. STX International put effort into producing grinders with blades and other parts that actually work, and it shows.
Some of the models also have this nifty “Cowl Air Induction Cooling System” that the company developed. At the risk of getting too technical, I’ll just say imagine a meat grinder fitted with an air conditioning system that gives the whole unit a longer shelf life. That’s particularly useful for cooks looking to have one grinder to last them a long time.
Accessories are something that STX International does really well across its various models of grinders. For example, the STX-3000-MF has a “beaner” plate which is a special device that makes it easier for stuffing sausages. And the STX-4000 TF has a special meat pusher which reduces the amount of physical effort needed to get the meat in the grinder.
These devices are also pretty compact, so it’s not hard to find space for them in the kitchen. For example, the STX 1800-MG is just 19 inches from front to back, 8 inches wide, and 14 inches high. Even in the most cramped kitchens, these things are easy to fit.
Processing quality is also good across the devices, with single-speed units like the STX 1800-MG able to grind between 175 and 225 pounds of meat per hour. Higher-end units, like that STX 3000-TF, come with dual speed options where the low speed gets you about 110 to 140 pounds of meat per hour, and the high speed does 175 to 225 pounds per hour.
Another benefit of the grinders is how easy it is to take them apart. It’s not confusing at all, and it’s very easy to reassemble them. This makes for stress-free cleaning for removing parts for hand-washing and is another reason to consider STX International’s grinders.
I’m making it sound like STX International can do nothing wrong when it comes to grinders, but as with any product, there are some potential negatives to consider with these units.
If simplicity is your goal, you might want to consider looking elsewhere for your meat grinder. One of the perks of the STX International products is the sheer number of add-ons and other features with their grinders, but that might be overwhelming for some cooks. It’s nice to have all those different blades and other functions, but sometimes simplicity is best.
One possible drawback for some cooks for think the appearance of their kitchen appliances is just as important as their functionality is the design of these models. Most of them are made in sleek gray and black for a very modern appearance that might not be for everyone. But even here there are at least some alternative options — for example the STX-3000 TF has a pretty neutral overall white color design that would fit most kitchens.
On balance, STX International ranks up there with the other top-name grinder producers. They make good-looking units that come with all the basic functions you need, as well as several models that go the extra step. I’m glad my friend turned me on to this company a few years ago because they’re definitely in the mix when I’m looking to buy grinders.