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Top Of The Best Blade Grinders Reviewed In 2018Last Updated November 1, 2018
№1 – Electric Coffee Grinder – InstaGrindz Black One Touch Easy Plug in Unit with Stainless Steel Blades. Quietly Grinds Coffee, Beans, Nuts, Seeds, Spices, and Herbs.
№2 – Idealchoiceproduct 1800W 2.4HP Electric Stainless Steel Meat Grinder Sausage Stuffer 3 Cutting Blades
№3 – KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder – Onyx Black
How to Get the Right Grind
There are currently two types of grinders on the market: blade and burr.
Blade grinders pulverize beans with a simple spinning blade. These grinders are cheap and easy to maintain, but they make it nearly impossible to control the coarseness of the resulting grind. That means blade grinders may make a passable batch of grounds for the drip brewer, but grinding beans for a viable espresso is nearly impossible.
Burr grinders, on the other hand, give the user close control over the grind’s texture, meaning they can dial in a coarse grind for French press brewing or grind a fine powder for brewing espresso with a gorgeous crema. Burr grinders can be expensive, and their grinding mechanisms much be replaced or professionally sharpened periodically, but this is the type to choose if you’re committed to offering the best coffee achievable.
There’s a seemingly endless number of ways to brew coffee, and each process requires coffee to be ground to a different texture. The coarseness of the grind determines how coffee interacts with water, and in turn impacts how the coffee tastes and smells. Some folks will will want to complicate matters, but ground coffee’s texture can be grouped into coarse, medium, and fine.
Fine, powdery grinds are ideal for brewing espresso and Turkish coffee.
Size and Consistency
The strength of your coffee will depend on the size of the ground-up particles and the type of brewing method you’re using. Basically, the larger the grind, the weaker the coffee. That’s why espresso grounds are dust-like.
However, what’s most essential is consistency. In other words, the grounds should be all coarse or all fine and all the same size. If the grounds are inconsistent, some will have too much water passing around it while others won’t have enough resulting in unappealing flavors and strength.
The best manual coffee grinder is the one that grinds consistently, produces the right size of ground you need for your style of brewing, has solid construction, and fits your budget.
Handground Precision Coffee Grinder
The Handground Precision Grinder is another great hand grinder. What makes this one better than the Hario Skerton is the triple mounted axle that keeps the burrs in place so there is no wobbling. No wobbling means a more consistent grind no matter how fine you set it.
The adjustment ring has a large range of settings, and the vertical, wooden handle has solid construction while giving you great leverage so you don’t have to grind too long to get the amount of grounds you want.
Though it’s easy to clean, not all the Handground’s parts are dishwasher-safe, so you will have to wash it by hand every time. Cleaning is easier if you don’t store any beans in the top compartment for too long due to the beans’ natural oils.
The Handground Precision Grinder is lightweight, but is slightly larger than other hand grinders, so it may not be suitable for many travelers.
You can choose between white and black finishes. As an upgrade, you can also choose a stainless steel finish, although it could show imperfections too much and may not be worth the extra money.
Porlex JP-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
The Porlex JP-30 is another popular choice for travelers. At only 11.ounces and with a sleek design, it packs easily in any luggage, although it is larger than the other travel grinders reviewed here so far.
The range of settings is wide enough to accommodate any style of coffee you want, from espresso to French press or Aeropress. The grind doesn’t slip during use because of an inner spring that maintains its consistency even when it’s set to grind coarsely. This also helps to make the grinding feel almost effortless. You can grind enough beans to produce a half cup of coffee in under 90 seconds.
The durable stainless steel body makes the grinder more durable and static free, a common problem with manual grinders.
Two important items of note are the burrs and the handle. The ceramic, conical burrs are easy to clean and long lasting; however, the beans can sometimes get caught in between the burrs and never get crushed as they should. And, the handle detaches for easier storage when you are not using it, but it can become too loose over time.
Another thing you’ll notice is, since the Polex JP-30 is made in Japan, the instructions are all in Japanese. Fortunately, you can easily find videos and instructions in other languages on the internet that will walk you right through it.
Despite these minor issues, the Porlex JP-30 is a great choice whether you are traveling or using it right at home. It’s especially the best manual coffee grinder for French press brewing.
ROK Coffee Grinder
The ROK Coffee Grinder is an attractive manual burr coffee grinder suitable for all forms of homemade coffee brewing. It works especially well for finer grinds such as espresso and Turkish coffee.
The chamber is ROK Coffee Grinder made of hearty die-cast aluminum and has two 48mm plastic conical burrs (stainless steel also available). The settings can easily be adjusted between stepped and stepless grinding with the removal of washers so you have an infinite number of grinding options. However, the setting can accidentally shift and throw off the grinding consistency.
Grinding is exceptionally quiet and takes minimal effort. ROK boasts that it only takes 30 seconds (6revolutions) to grind enough beans for a double shot of espresso. And, each grinder includes a grounds cup for measuring beans and catching wayward grounds.
Static build-up and the mess it causes is a common problem with manual grinders including the ROK. Fortunately, if you use oily beans instead of dry beans the problem almost completely goes away.
The ROK weighs only 5.pounds and is small enough to fit in a cabinet, but attractive enough to keep on your counter as a beautiful kitchen accessory.
The price is much higher compared to the other grinders reviewed here, but it’s still highly affordable for the quality you get. The ROK might be the last coffee grinder you ever buy.
The pros and cons of blade grinders
If you’ve never ground up coffee beans before, an electric blade grinder might be a good choice to learn how to do it. And, it’s certainly a step up from store-bought ground coffee.
Learn How to Grind Coffee Beans from Roasty Coffee on YouTube
Electric burr grinders have an adjustable set of either metal or ceramic burrs (milling cutters) that crush rather than chop the beans. You can set the burrs to a range of grind sizes. The ground-up beans then fall out of the burrs and into the holding container (the hopper).
The pros and cons of burr grinders
Overall, burr grinders will give you a higher quality cup of homemade brewed coffee than blade grinders. Though they are more expensive than blade grinders, the consistency of the grind and the quality of the parts make it worth your while.
Before we start talking more about blade coffee grinders, let us first look at of the best out there on the market right now, based on three factors: price, the number of buyer reviews, and the average rating for that particular coffee grinder.
Electric grinder with 200-watt motor provides fast grinding
Grinding For Your Brewing Method Of Choice
Grinds can either be done coarsely or fine, depending on if you are brewing for drip coffee, French Press, espresso, or other brewing methods like Chemex, Cold Brew, or Turkish style.
GRINDER OF THE MONTH
Who this is for
A good grinder makes all the difference in brewing a balance, flavorful pot of coffee. Photo: Michael Hession
If you consider your morning (or afternoon, or anytime) coffee a serious matter, you’ve likely already heard that the most important item in your brewing setup is a quality burr grinder. Unevenly ground coffee will brew unevenly, yielding a muddied or overly bitter cup. So a good grinder is integral to keeping the most essential part of your brewing technique—the coffee itself—at its most flavorful, and it will ensure the consistency required to produce, and reproduce, that flavor.
A good grinder will turn an alright coffee routine into a great coffee routine. If you’re currently brewing pre-ground coffee (which is quickly going stale from the minute it’s ground), or using a subpar grinder (especially a budget, blade-style grinder), switching to a reliable burr grinder will significantly improve the flavor of your cup. Drinking coffee brewed from fresh, properly ground coffee, you’ll quickly detect the difference in aromatics, flavor, sweetness, acidity, and dimension and body.
A good grinder will turn an alright coffee routine into a great coffee routine.
A burr grinder also allows for a broad choice of brewing devices and types of coffee: it can grind coarsely enough for a good French press or cold brew batch, but also nails a medium-grind for drip. Whether you make coffee at home once a day or once an hour, whether you brew with a Hario V60 and precision scale or just dump it all into a French press carafe or automatic drip basket, and whether you buy your whole beans at the grocery store or order them direct from Norway, how well your grinder performs will have a tremendous effect on the end brew.
How we picked
From left to right: the Baratza Encore, Baratza Virtuoso, Porlex Mini Hand Grinder, and Capresso Infinity. Photo: Michael Hession
When researching and testing grinders, we prioritized grind size consistency as the number one thing good grinders do right. It’s the most important feature if you want to get the most even, balanced extraction with every brew. From there, we sought out a variety of other grinder features, ranging from the essential to the nice-to-have:
How we tested
The full lineup: Seven electric burr grinders, one blade grinder, and two hand grinders. Photo: Michael Hession
We tested the grinders in a rigorous setting (with access to professional palates and a suite of brewing and analytical equipment), taking over the Counter Culture Coffee lab in Manhattan. Counter Culture pros Matt Banbury and Ryan Ludwig helped us grind, brew, and taste one of their staple coffees, the Fast Forward blend, and measured how well the coffee extracted from the grounds using professional tools.
To find the right grind setting on each machine for brewing, and to test for grind-size consistency, we used Kruve coffee sieves, specially invented to help coffee professionals eliminate under-ground “boulder” coffee particles and over-ground “fines.” The Kruve is a set of stacked screens that separate coffee pieces at the target grind size (in our case, the ideal size for the drip coffee machine we used) from any irregular particles. When we arrived at the grind setting that had the most target-sized particles and least overs and unders, we stayed on that setting for our brew test.
The Kruve sifter separates out fines and boulders. Photo: Michael Hession
During the grinding process, we timed how fast each grinder performed at different settings, as well as how easy it was to use and clean. We also paid attention to ancillary issues like whether the machines were noisy or made a huge mess on the countertop, and we kept an eye out for potential durability issues or weaknesses in workmanship as well.
Counter Culture’s Matt Banbury inspects grounds from the OXO Barista Brain. Photo: Michael Hession
Then we brewed coffee from each grinder on an 8-cup Bonavita BV1900TS brewer (the runner-up in our guide to coffee makers). After tasting each coffee for a balanced, delicious brew that fell in line with what the Counter Culture team expected of Fast Forward, we used a refractometer to measure the extraction percentage (essentially, how much coffee you get from the coffee grounds). This measurement let us know how much of the coffee was dissolved into the water, and thus how successful the extraction of the grinds was. A well-extracted cup of coffee should measure at between 1to 2percent extraction on a refractometer, says Counter Culture’s Matt Banbury. For their Fast Forward coffee, the team found it tasted best when results measured between 19.and 20.percent.
Measuring TDS and extraction. Photo: Michael Hession
Timing our grind. Photo: Michael Hession
A commercial-grade Mahlkönig EK4grinder. Photo: Michael Hession
We also used the refractometer to measure the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of each brew. TDS, explains Counter Culture’s Banbury, is a helpful way to measure how many solids are in a solution based on the light refracted by the particles within. For the purposes of our testing, it provided a useful guidepost for evaluating the grind quantitatively as well as qualitatively. But it’s not necessarily a be-all-end-all decider when evaluating coffee, says Banbury. “Presently, there is no tool on the consumer market capable of substituting for a developed palate when it comes to coffee extraction. Tasting the difference between over- and under-extraction remains the best tool for ‘dialing in’ a brewing recipe.”
The even grind of the professional-grade Mahlkönig EK4 Photo: Michael Hession
Coffee ground in the Baratza Encore (on a slightly finer setting than the Mahlkönig EK43). Photo: Michael Hession
The same grounds from the Encore, after sifting in the Kruve. Photo: Michael Hession
Coffee ground with a blade grinder, exhibiting many boulders and fines. Photo: Michael Hession
While it’s physically inescapable that even the most consistent burr grinder will produce at least some amount of particles smaller and larger than the target grind size, we found the Encore performed best at grinding evenly. Using the Kruve sieve set to measure the amount of oversized and undersized particles created on a medium grind setting, the Encore hit the target best of all the home grinders we tested. The professional-grade Mahlkönig EK4yielded a more uniform grind than anything else, but the Encore (along with the Virtuoso) came closest. As expected, the grinder that produced the most consistent grinds also produced the best tasting coffee to our panel, results that were also corroborated by Counter Culture’s coffee refractometer. The coffee we brewed with the Baratza Encore had an extraction percentage of 19.5percent—right on the money, and the best of all the grinders we tested (with the Virtuoso a very near second)—and a TDS measurement of 1.3on our very first try. (The Capresso Infinity, our budget pick, also scored well in this evaluation.)
All of this underscores how impressed we were with this grinder for making it supremely easy to produce a great cup of coffee. Absent the bells and whistles of nearly all the competitors we tested—like the built-in scale on the OXO Barista Brain or the precision of the Breville SmartGrinder Pro—the Encore boasts only a modest on/off (actually it’s on/off/on/off!) toggle dial on the side and push-down pulse button on the front of the machine. But we don’t see its simplicity as a real drawback. Other machines we tested, like the Breville SmartGrinder Pro, were confusing, with dials and digital settings that were unintuitive or overly detailed (the Breville has 60 different grind settings and a timer that measures fractions of second). The Encore, on the other hand, is easy to use and more than sufficient for the average home coffee drinker.
Grind settings on the Encore. Photo: Michael Hession
The Encore’s amusing on/off/on/off switch. Photo: Michael Hession
Looking inside the conical burrs of the Encore. Photo: Michael Hession
You can adjust the grind size easily on the Encore by turning the hopper to the preferred tick mark (measured in numbered intervals from 0 to 40, 40 being the coarsest) on its base, allowing you to quickly move from setting to setting and remember your preferences—generally a common feature among the grinders we tested, except the Krups whose intervals between grind settings were inconsistently sized. It took us 30 seconds to grind 6grams of medium-grind coffee appropriate for filter brewing—enough to make several servings, depending on your coffee machine’s interpretation of the word “cup.” This speed fell about in the middle of the other grinders we tested at this setting.
Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder
If you’re willing to pay more, the Baratza Virtuoso is a nearly identical grinder to the Encore, but it has a slightly speedier burr set, a timer-switch on the side, and a heavier base that helps the grinder stay in calibration. In a previous version of this guide, the Virtuoso was our top pick, but in more recent testing, we found the grind consistency comparable to that of the Encore. So, since you’re paying more for the features rather than the performance, we think it’s only worth the investment for serious coffee lovers.
The Virtuoso is also a little better-looking than the Encore, with a cast zinc body that may complement modern decor better than the simple matte black Encore. But none of its extra features was enough to convince our team to recommend a nearly hundred-dollar-higher spend over the Encore. While it’s a little more convenient for repeatability to have a timer switch instead of one you flip on and off, that timer is still somewhat vague: there are no numbers or time increments indicated, just different thicknesses of lines (the Capresso Infinity’s timer is very similar). Absent the (theoretical) precision of actual countdown timers like on the OXO On grinder or Breville SmartGrinder Pro, this added feature on the Virtuoso is good but not great.
The Baratza Virtuoso’s timer switch. Photo: Michael Hession
Nick Cho, Throw Away Your Blade Coffee Grinder, Serious Eats, January 6, 2014
The Beginner’s Guide To Buying A Burr Grinder, Prima Coffee
Lauren Crabbe, Slave to the Grind: Coffee Grinders Tested and Rated, Wired, April 12, 2013
Nick B, Grinders 10- A Beginners Guide!, Whole Latte Love
The burr grinder
Hand grinders do remain popular but they do take some physical effort and they do take time to create a good grind. Most people just don’t have the time to do this, and although they do appreciate the benefits of freshly ground coffee, they just want a machine that will do the work quickly.
That means using something with a bit of electrical power, and that can either be the blade style that we will discuss here, or the burr grinder which you can read about by clicking here.
Blade vs Burr Grinders There is a long debate out there about from coffee purists that you should only ever use a burr grinder. This is because the blade style using a chopping action to makes the beans turn into grains, whereas the burr uses a set of burrs that squeeze and grind the beans and as such retain more of the flavour. The video below does a good job of explaining the difference.
Well I have conducted a few experiments on this and found out that it is impossible for me to tell the difference, between a cup of coffee that has been made with beans ground using a blade style, and the same beans being ground using a burr style. Some people say they can tell the difference but I have to be honest and say I can not. It is supposed to be smoother and richer in taste if you use a burr grinder.
Now this may well be true and perhaps my palette is not just sensitive enough to pick this up.
The big difference for me is that without doubt the uniformity of the grain size is much better with a burr grinder. Still this article is not about having that debate. Below I have given you as much information as I know about some of the beast blade grinders in the UK market today.
Picking the Best Blade Grinder There are plenty of good choices to be had and your choice will come down to main factors:
Many people today buy a grinder not just to grind coffee but also to grind nuts and spices. Not all coffee grinders are good at doing all of these tasks. Generally speaking blade grinders cost between £at the lower end and up to about £40 at the higher end of the price point range. There are about 150-200 of these in the market place so I have narrowed these down by those that get the best buyer reviews.
It is also worth adding that I also look at the number of reviews. Newer products can rate very highly with just a few good reviews and that can be misleading. I like to see consistent ratings from a large number of buyers as that gives me a lot more confidence. So a product with a rating score of at least out of stars, and confirmation of that by over 100 buyer reviews is a solid method of doing this.
Weight = 69grams
This electric blade grinder has a powerful 150 watt motor and has a stainless steel blade. At £I think this is very good value for money and probably the best right now in the UK market place.
It can grind enough coffee (up to 50 grams) which is about enough for cups of coffee.
It can also handle nuts and spices. Many buyers also liked the fact that it has a transparent lid, and that allows you to look inside and see the grain size. Many other models do not have this important feature.
Buyers clearly liked the price on this one, but the fact that it has got such very high ratings also tells me that this is a good quality product. Buyers have used this for grinding coffee and most of them say that the best way of using this model is to start with short bursts that will crack open the beans. The continue on using short bursts and checking through the lid until you get the desired grain.
Weight = 75grams
It can grind enough coffee (up to 70 grams) which is about enough for 8-cups of coffee.
The reason for its popularity is that it can also handle nuts and spices and that makes it a very useful small kitchen appliance.Like the first one mentioned above this one also has a transparent lid, and that allows you to look inside and see the grain size. Many other models do not have this important feature.
People do clearly like the fact that this is a brand name and the James Martin is of course a very good brand. It can grind beans, herbs, nuts and spices so that makes this a very good all round grinder. It is also small and compact and that makes for easy storage. This has been designed in conjunction with the German “Wahl” company, and excellent high quality brand.
Weight = 45grams
It can grind enough coffee (up to 75 grams) which is about enough for 12-1cups of coffee.
It can also handle nuts and spices. Many buyers liked the fact that it has a stainless steel bowl, a powerful motor and is oval shaped to assist with uniform grinding.
This twin blade coffee mill has just sold a lot and has still managed to maintain a very high rating. That proves to me that the quality is very good and it also lasts, which for me is a very important thing. Is it worth paying twice as much as I would for the Jacobson? The only thing that might sway me on that is that this one can grind more coffee at one time.
Weight = 79grams
Due to quite a competitive price point, this blade grinder from the brand Savisto, has started to make a large number of sales. The price, along with the fact, that it can also be used for grinding nuts and spices, makes it a popular choice for many kitchens.
It has a 150 watt motor, so larger than most of the best blade grinders, and that ensures a faster chopping action. It has a 70 gram capacity.
Four rubber feet keep it firmly in place, and provide a nice solid grip. Have a look at the video review below.
This grinder operate by simply pushing one button, once the lid is on. It also has a see through lid so as you can see what is happening, without having to remove the lid.
Weight = 630 grams
Another attractive price for this Andrew James model. People seem to buy this one as it can also be used for grinding nuts and spices, and that makes it a popular choice for many kitchens.
It has a 150 watt motor, so larger than most of the best blade grinders, and that ensures a faster chopping action. It has a 70 gram capacity.
Four rubber feet keep it firmly in place, and provide a nice solid grip. Have a look at the video review below.
The proper size of the grinds is one of the most important things in making your coffee. For French Press, on a scale of one to ten, with one being finest and ten the coarsest, you need at least a seven. However, keep in mind that not all machines are the same. Always check the design of the machine, especially the blade.
Here is a short video that shows how the grind of beans to be used for French Press coffee is different from others.
When choosing the best coffee grinder for French Press, you also have to make sure that it is easy to clean. This means that its best quality can be retained over time without the need to exert a lot of effort on your end. There should be removable parts, which will be easier to clean. With this, you can extend the lifespan of the coffee grinder. Consistency To make the best French Press, you need to have grinds with consistent size, which will be vital for the optimal extraction of flavor for the best taste and aroma. Your grinds should be coarser compared to espresso and drip coffee. If the grinds are too fine, you will have a hard time pushing down the filter It is common for coffee grinders to make a loud noise, especially if you live in a small place. This can be annoying. The motor and the burr are the ones to be blamed for this loud noise. To avoid it, choose manual coffee grinders. Also, a motor with low revolving speed is recommended if you want to keep the noise down. Tips For Maintaining Your French Press Coffee Grinder Regardless of the French Press coffee grinder that you choose, the important thing is to make sure that it is well-maintained. This will help to extend its lifespan. With this, here are some of the things that you can do to make it last longer: If you still have no idea on what makes the best choice, below are five of the products that we can recommend.
KRUPS F20Electric Spice And Coffee Grinder
The 200-watt motor of this coffee grinder is one thing that you might love. Given its sleek profile, the powerful motor will guarantee its efficiency to grind your beans as quickly as possible, while also providing you with the assurance of consistency.
It also comes with a lid activated safety switch, which means that the blades will not start spinning unless you already have the lid attached properly. This ensures that only the coffee beans will be ground and not your finger!
Another thing that can make this an excellent pick is the stainless steel blade, which optimizes the ability to grind coffee beans. The best thing is that it is versatile since it can be used for nuts, herbs, and spices, among others.
Lastly, we also like its large capacity. Despite its small size, it can grind up to ounces of coffee at a time. This is more than enough for making 1cups of coffee in your French Press. Also, you do not have to wait long before your grinds are ready. Within a few seconds, you can already start making your caffeine fix!
Epica Electric Coffee Grinder And Spice Grinder
This is another option worth considering in your search for the best coffee grinder for French Press. It is powered by a 250-watt motor, which is basically the one responsible for delivering powerful performance despite being an economical choice.
There are many features to make sure that it is going to be user-friendly. One that you might love is the clear lid. This will easily let you know how much coffee is inside the container. To add, it also has a large activation button.
When comparing coffee grinders, take a look at the quality of the blade. In this product, the blade is made from premium stainless steel, which can grind even chunky beans in an effortless manner. It is also food-grade, providing you with the confidence on your safety.
If you are concerned about your safety, you have another good reason to choose this above other alternatives. It has a safety lock to make sure that the blades will start grinding only once the lid is in place. This is a good way to prevent injuries, especially with kids around the kitchen.
Grinding coffee is actually ground specific to your favorite brewing method. So let’s first know the different types of coffee grind and where they are often used.
Course Grind are best used for French Press (press or pluger pot), Vacuum Coffee Maker, Toddy Makers (cold brew), and Percolater. A Medium Grind is great for Auto Drip Makers with flat bottom filters while A Medium/Fine Grind are for Drip Makers with cone shaped filters. Additionally, Fine Grind are for Stove Top Espresso Pots and some Drip Makers with cone shaped filters as well. Lastly, a Super Fine Grind is perfect for Espresso Machines.
Metallic flat burr grinder for coffee lovers
Burr mill system avoids overheating, preserves aroma and has grind fineness selector for a precise grinding
grind levels: From fine (espresso) to coarse (french press) to perfectly grind every type of coffee beverage
The cheapest of the cheap, the blade grinder works by smashing and cutting the beans up. As you can imagine, this does not result in very even grinds, nor very tasty coffee, as the grinds will end up being heated and scorched by the intensity of the blades. I do not recommend them at all, so I will dedicate no more time on this blog to them.
Zassenhaus Turkish Mill RRP £75.99
For the Turkish coffee drinker, producing a powder find grind is crucial. Don’t be fooled that your regular grinder can produce such a result – few electric grinders can even grind fine enough for a Turkish coffee. You will need a specific coffee mill, like this one, which is tall and thin, and although time consuming, produces the authentic product!
Secura Electric Coffee Grinder
If you’d like to use your grinder for more than just coffee, having two grinding cups is an excellent way to keep the flavors and aromas completely separate. The Secura Electric Grinder is small but powerful. It is excellent for smaller kitchens but may prove to be frustrating for people who grind larger amounts of coffee at ones since the machine only has a small capacity.
Spare parts are available, but the smart overheat protection system means that the motor keeps working for longer and you’re less likely to need spare parts any time soon.
This is an excellent machine for households with a single coffee lover or a small kitchen. The Secura is affordable but does not compromise on quality. ✓ Clear top to monitor grind ✓ year warranty ✓ Affordable ✗ Not very easy to clean
KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder
As coffee grinders go, the Kitchenaid Blade Coffee Grinder is actually a little controversial. While it is well-built and well-designed, it’s not quite as quiet as the adverts suggest and some people have experienced inconsistent grinds and even beans getting stuck under the blade.
Whenever you’re looking at a product, it’s important to consider the price context. The Kitchenaid is a very affordable grinder, which does mean that it lacks some of the qualities that higher end grinders deliver. It is very much a multi-functional kitchen gadget rather than just a coffee grinder, which goes some way to explaining some coffee lovers’ dissatisfaction with it – it does come with a few spice grinding accessories as well – if you would like a coffee grinder that can cope with spices such as cumin this is an excellent buy for the money. However, if you would like a dedicated coffee grinder that offers very consistent grinds, this is not the grinder for you. ✓ Quality burrs for consistent grinds ✓ 40 settings ✓ Quiet ✗ Grinder knob is prone to falling off ✗ Have to turn machine upside down to empty hopper ✗ Can heat up
Baratza are one of the few companies who specialize in coffee grinders, offering some of the best burr grinders on the market. Burr grinders are seen as the better option above blade grinders, offering a more consistent grind and quality.
The grinder itself is excellent – you can use a timer to get the right grind or the 40 pre-programed settings that cover everything from 250 to 1200 microns so you can get precisely the grind you want. It offers consistent grind quality and can cope with larger amounts of coffee too. It’s a very well-build machine made from quality materials, especially for its price point.
The main problems with the grinder relate to everything round the grind; to empty the hopper you need to turn the entire machine upside down. Also, the grind knob is not attached very well so is prone to falling off and rolling across the kitchen. ✓ 60 settings ✓ Large capacity ✓ Can grind directly into a portafilter ✓ LCD screen with precise details ✓ Consistent quality ✗ Some grinds can get stuck in the grinder and go stale
Epica Electric Coffee Grinder & Spice Grinder
The Epica grinder is a small, simple grinder with a powerful motor. It’s extremely simple, with a single button, clear lid to monitor your grind, and you just have to hold the button until your coffee is ready to use. It’s simple, cheap, and cheerful, but grinds both standard and more oily coffee beans with ease and comes with a year warranty.
The button is almost twice the size of other grinders, which means that you don’t need strong hands to work it – a benefit for so many coffee lovers who may struggle with more traditional designs. The cup is removable and you can also remove the blade to make it easier to clean as well. This feature also extends the life of your grinder since there’s no need to get any part of the mechanism wet – you can just clean the cup separately. You can even put it in the dishwasher.
If your grinder does break, you can easily order and replace spare parts rather than buying an entire new grinder, which makes it an even better investment.
However, there is only a single setting so if you would like pre-programed grinds and more flexibility, you would be better off buying a burr grinder, which costs more but will suit your needs. ✓ year warranty ✓ 1settings ✓ Large capacity ✓ Quiet ✗ Can leave a powder residue ✗ Does not always grind all the beans in hopper
Choosing your grind
Once you know the basic principle of how grinding works, you can easily decide what type of grind you need for your coffee:
If you are unsure about what constitutes a fine or coarse grind, it may be a good idea to buy a pre-programed grinder so that you can select the option instead of guessing with a single-setting grinder.
Single setting vs. multiple
Most high end grinders have multiple settings so that you can choose exactly the fineness of your grind without having to monitor it or hold down a button while it works. This is generally the preferred approach but timbers and the mechanisms to create programs increase the cost of these grinders. If you are looking for a cheaper grinder, it’s likely it will have a single button that needs to be held down until your grind is complete.
Blade vs burr
Burr grinders are widely acknowledged to be the better quality grinders – they use a number of small milling wheels to grind coffee beans and deliver a much more consistent texture than blade grinders by grinding the beans down.
Blade grinders are essentially just small blenders – it shreds the beans, which can mean that it produces an inconsistent texture that can then affect the flavor. However, blade grinders are more versatile (they can be used for spices as well as coffee) and they are considerably cheaper than burr grinders, which is why they are still a popular option.
Burr Coffee Grinders
Burr coffee grinders grind coffee beans by spinning a grinding wheel along a fixed surface area. The burr can be calibrated to make coffee grounds a set reliability. The fineness of the coffee grounds is determined by the range between inner and outer wheels of the burrs.
Burr grinders offer a grind similar in outstanding quality to what you would get commercially. If you use a coffee maker, French press, or vacuum coffee maker, it is essential to purchase a burr coffee grinder to prevent nasty flavored coffee.
Conical Burr Coffee Grinders
Conical burr grinders are a more specialized kind of burr grinder. Conical burr grinders take benefit of continually formed grounds of all grinders. They are considered the market conventional and are used for all professional coffee purposes.
Conical burrs are the only kind of gear that works with very oily or flavored coffee without jamming. They are the least prone to heating up coffee grounds because they edge and their cone-like shape dissipates warm effectively.
A blade grinder is a popular option in this days and ages. It appears sooner in the market than the burr grinder. Therefore, the machine inherits a variety of excellent features from many generations in Europe in general and Italy in particular. A blade grinder includes a small blade in the center of the unit, which provides power to grind coffee. All you need to do is using a handle to start the grinding process. The smart machine works simply, looking like a kitchen blender. It is obvious that the blade grinder is more reasonable than the Burr type. As a result, it meets different types of budgets well. If cost is the first priority to consider, the blade grinder is an ideal option. This is because there are less complicated parts in a blade grinder. You don’t have to spend much money for using or replacing its components. Some automatic grinders come with a cheap price and great variations.
The consistency of a coffee grinder is expressed through the equal size of coffee grains. Some cheap coffee grinders lack this feature; therefore, they are less efficient in brewing. A grinder with appropriate consistency often delivers stronger motors and high-quality parts. Think carefully about the model you want to spend money.
Blade and Burr There are two main types of coffee grinders: blade and burr grinders. Many professional cooks and experts will try and sway you from a blade grinder. Blade grinders produce uneven particles and this non-uniform grind will not produce a predictable brewed cup of coffee each time. The blade grinders are cheaper and more affordable for those who cannot afford a more expensive burr grinder. And all our panel testers agreed a blade grinder will still produce a better cup of coffee than stale old pre-ground.
What do you want to use your grinder for? The type and size of grounds you need will depend in part on the type of coffee machine or pot you use. You will want to have coarse grinds for cold brews and French Press or Percolators. A medium grind works best in drip machines and pour-over pots. Fine grinds are typically used in espresso. There is also a Turkish grind though not as common which will produce a light powder, this cannot be used in most machines on the market
How much speed do you want to grind your coffee? Having the option of a quick grind for when you are in a hurry, or a low speed which many think helps to maintain the flavor of the bean, are both good features to consider when searching for your next electric grinder.
Performance & Use
This grinder helps you prepare the coffee grinds without losing the flavor of coffee beans. Not only that but it does double duty in your kitchen by chopping nuts, herbs and spices. What will your friends say when you prepare a gourmet meal with fresh ground herbs and spices, and finish it off with cafe quality coffee? The performance was also noticeably quieter than other electric mill grinders, as I myself have tried this best home coffee grinder and the results were very pleasing. The taste of the coffee was delightful with all the health benefits of drinking coffee.
The most attractive aspect of this grinder is the one-touch operation. The One-touch operation makes it convenient and easy to use for beginners, no complicated manuals or instructions. The stainless-steel blades are made to shred and chop your coffee beans quickly, though it is not powerful enough to grind down nuts as some mills with more powerful motors can.
We all are busy nowadays, and sometimes a fresh cup of coffee could lighten up our day. For a quick and efficient grinder, I would suggest you try our budget pick. It performs well and has all the features you need. This coffee grinder hits the key points I look for in the best home coffee grinder.
Performance & Power
Those who are searching for a fast and efficient grinder must try the Infinity Conical Burr because this product comes with many unique features which are not found in most of the other products we tested. It is a commercial graded grinder equipped with a powerful 100-watt motor with high capacity bean hopper and an optional setting for low-speed grinding. A built-in timer can be set for up to a minute of grinding and there is a pulse button feature. The gear reduction motors which allow for low-speed grinding also reduces static charges and quiet run-time. None of our other tested products were built with such ultra-durability and for long-lasting performance to provide years of use.
As one of the most advanced coffee grinding machines on the market, as our research report shows, it comes equipped with a powerful 100-watt conical burr motor featuring 1grind settings for a variety of tastes and textures. With these optional speeds, you can get ultra-fine for Turkish grinds, fine for espresso grounds, traditional American blends and anything in between. An optional setting for low-speed grinding is great as some experts believe grinding at a low speed helps to preserve the coffee bean flavors betters.
A large capacity bean hopper combined with the commercial-grade conical burrs can grind up to 8.ounces of beans at a time, that is enough for four full pots of freshly brewed coffee. For convenience, it has an electric timer, and a heavy-duty zinc die-cast housing with slow speed grinding helps to maintain the flavor of the beans. These advanced features enabled us to label it to be the best-advanced choice. The price for this product is a bit on the higher end compared to the best pick, but with many higher-end features, the cost value is worth it and you can try any type of coffee you want.
Design & Use
Not as small and compact as other models and will require more kitchen countertop space for storage. However, it does offer a transparent clear bean container that lets you view the beans and grinds without opening the safety lid. The burr, bean and grind containers are removable for easy rinsing and cleanup, best of all they included the burr cleaning brush
Design & Performance
DBM-has a capacity of producing grinds for 1cups of coffee at a single time making it one of the largest capacity grinders available. The aesthetic appeal feature of this grinder is that it has a stainless and appealing body which can be used without any difficulty or confusing instructions.
Power and Performance
To compensate for automatic feed machines that get beans stuck and to help in slowing the burr, they created a combination of gears and electric speed reducers, ensuring a smoother bean feed. These features also reduce static buildup, heat, and noise. The efficient and strong motor is one of the key features putting this best home coffee grinder on the list.
Power & Performance
The automatic coffee grinder has the power capacity of a 250W motor which provides a fast and powerful grinding experience and delivers a consistent grind over long-term use. The high-quality blades allow for it to be used as a chopper, spice and herb grinder, even walnuts. It can grind and produce up to 2.ounces of coffee at one time
A List of Other Products We Tested
Hamilton Beach 8036Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder>>>Positive Features as seen on our research report
Mr. Coffee Automatic Burr Mill Grinder with 1Custom Grinds, Silver, BMH23>>>Positive Features as seen on our research report
Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder>>>Positive Features as seen on our research report
Proctor Silex E167CYR Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder>>>Positive Features as seen on our research report
Bodum BISTRO Burr Grinder, Electronic Coffee Grinder with Continuously Adjustable Grind>>>Positive Features as seen on our research report
Mr. Coffee 1Cup Electric Coffee Grinder with Multi Settings, IDS77>>>Positive Features as seen on our research report
The Merits of Owning a Coffee Grinder
There are many benefits and sound merits as to why you need to invest in a coffee grinder. Though some may tell you it is a waste of money and adds an additional step into your coffee making process it is well worth the hassle.
If you are still unsure if a coffee grinder is a right purchase for you, we have outlined the key reasons that you cannot be without a coffee grinder.
If anyone out there is like me a bad cup of coffee just won’t do. Numerous times I have brewed a cup of coffee just to throw it out and brew another. The inconsistent flavor you get from store bought pre-ground varieties no matter how cheap or how deep a discount you received on the sale, I know for me, is offset by the amount of coffee wasted on a bad brew.
A grinder gives you the flexibility to create coffee grinds at a coarseness and texture that will work best with your type of drip machine, French press or espresso pot, and your coffee preferences. Don’t spend money outside just to get a fresh tasting cup of joe.
At home ground coffee beans will using a high-quality grinder will give you the options to achieve the best and richest tasting coffees anytime you choose.
A dedicated coffee grinder is designed and built to perform one task and perform it well. Don’t settle for some cheaper multifunction coffee machines that are not optimized for grinding or grind and brew simultaneously it will not achieve the desired results.
Most important is the freedom to have coffee when you want it and how you want. You can adjust your preferences daily and play around with grinder settings to make your coffee experience fun and new.
Don’t fall for the trap!
You should know what you’re buying when it comes to blade and burr coffee grinders. That’s what we’re here for. By the end of this article, you’ll know which type of grinder will empower you and which to avoid at all costs.
Read: Why Your Grinder Is The Most Important Piece of Coffee Gear
Blade Coffee Grinders
Blade grinders are all made with the same design: a double-pronged blade at the bottom of a chamber spins rapidly, chopping up anything it touches (in this case, coffee). Most have only a single button that, when pressed, causes the blade to spin.
Coffee beans that are hit by the blade are blasted into a bunch of differently-sized pieces. The fine grounds fall to the bottom of the chamber where the blade is and get chopped all over again. The boulders (big grounds) stay towards the top, occasionally getting hit by the blade.
This grinding style produces coffee grounds of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, halved-beans are left after a blade grinding session (a big coffee no-no!). The heat produced by the rapid blade spinning can alter the flavor of your coffee grounds, eliminating some of the fresh flavors that would make your coffee taste incredible.
Read: Things That Ruin Your Coffee
Differently sized grounds brew at different rates, so coffee made with grounds from a blade grinder is bound to be unbalanced and disappointing. You’ll be able to find these cheaply made grinders at any kitchen or grocery store, but they won’t provide you the coffee experience you deserve.
Inconsistent – You never know what size your coffee grounds are going to be.
Manual grinders are ones that come with a handle that you can crank to finely grind coffee beans. Though manual grinders can take longer to produce finely ground coffee beans, it can offer you a very distinct experience as you feel the burr grinding mechanism slowly pulverize the coffee beans as you crank the handle.
Electric grinders are also known as blade grinders. These types of coffee grinders are run by powerful motors that power sharp rotating blades to dice coffee beans.
What’s great about electric coffee grinders is that it can help you make finely ground coffee beans within a minute. However, these types usually come with a bit of noise, especially when paired with powerful motors.
A smaller grinder will have a smaller feeding tube, while a larger one will have a larger feeding tube. A smaller size will also have less power than a larger one.
So, what are you getting a grinder for? Are you looking to grind up some burgers or meatballs for you and your family every now and then? Do you plan on entertaining lots of friends? Are you planning on making big batches of homemade sausages? Or do you need a meat grinder to process your game meat? These questions will help you determine what size meat grinder you need.
What Are You Grinding
If you are just grinding up meats like beef, chicken and pork, then most grinders will be able to do that without a problem. Game meats like vension, elk and wild boar are a tad tougher but any of the grinders that I’ve reviewed shouldn’t have a problem with being able to grind those meats.
I would say that the most important consideration when it comes to buying a meat grinder is the cost. Most of us have a budget so there’s only so much we can spend on a meat grinder. That’s why I’ve created pages with different price ranges so you can look for a grinder that will fit your budget.
Don’t forget to think of your meat grinder as an investment, especially if you are making your own dog food or processing your own game. You will be saving a lot of money in the long run, so get a grinder that is going to last.
If you want a stainless steel grinder, you are going to be paying much more for it than for a grinder that is made from aluminum or steel. However, you can’t beat the look of a stainless steel appliance. If you will be grinding a lot then a stainless steel grinder is definitely the way to go as they are heavy duty and more durable, since the internal gears are made of metal and not plastic.
Stainless steel grinders also come with stainless steel accessories, so you can put them in the dishwasher to clean afterwards which is a nice bonus.
The third option is to hand grind the coffee beans using a manual grinder, this is the most affordable option as hand grinders are usually cheaper that electric ones. Baristas i know who use manual grinders like the satisfaction of hand grinding each bean that they will use in their brew. Some even go as far as roasting their own coffee but that is a whole other article. We have review some great manual coffee grinders and found what we believe are the best.
The following are the best Manual Coffee Grinders you can buy online in 2018
The Rancilio HSD-ROC-SD Rocky is a professional grade coffee bean grinder. Built for heavy-duty use, this solidly built machine can process up to 7.pounds of beans an hour, which is comparable to the machines used at most specialty coffee shops.
50mm Grinding Burrs made from plate steel for an even smooth grind
Powerful motor that runs at 172rounds per minute at 16watts
Removable fork that holds portafilter in place so that you can grind right into filter
Tinted hopper that protects beans stored in it from damaging light
Bean hopper can hold up to a half pound of beans at a time
Plastic bits can get mixed with the ground meat
Weston Realtree – Best Electroplated Metal Meat Grinder
This is a classic looking grinder from Weston, with a metal body and a wooden handle to boot. It is a dedicated meat grinder, with two different plates for coarse or fine grinding. The electroplating ensures that all surfaces are safe to handle food items. The machine is just the right size and can be easily mounted on a counter-top, either permanently or temporarily using suction cups. It can handle beef chuck as well as pork with ease.
As with most grinders, remember not to cram in too much as it can get clogged. Also, try to remove all connective tissue to ensure smooth operation.
As for the cons, there are a couple of issues that we encountered with this Weston grinder. The suction cup legs do not anchor the machine securely and can result in some wobbling. And for a brand new machine, the knife does feel a tad blunt in our opinion.
Rather a blunt knife
With a smooth and shiny stainless steel finish, this is a great looking grinder from LEM. The clamp on this one is pretty efficient, which is an improvement on suction cups that are used in many other grinders. The wide clamp will fit on many different counter-tops with ease. You get two standard steel plates for different quality of grinding, along with a set of three different stuffing tubes as well. The knife is also steel, and the whole machine is quite rust proof and safe to use.
There are some minor issues related to fit and finish on the machine, with some jagged edges and imperfectly milled parts. They could turn this machine into a perfect grinder if only they improved the Quality Control over at manufacturing. And thanks to the clamp, it sits pretty low and close to the edge, which can be an issue for collecting the ground meat.
Despite these minor concerns, the LEM is a sturdy piece of machinery that can chew up pretty much any cut of beef, pork or game that you throw at it. It is a great option if you want nicely ground burgers and sausages at your home.
Clamp needs to be wider
ALISKID Meat Grinder – Best Grinder For Pasta And Noodles
Plastic grinders come with their own set of weaknesses and limitations. And this grinder from ALISKID is no exception. If you can make peace with its obvious flaws, this is a capable machine at a good price. But if you want some thing that can chew up any meat that you throw at it, you better look at metal grinders.
Can get clogged often
YOFIT Meat Grinder – Best Compact Meat Grinder and Pasta Maker
Since it is rather small, you can only make smaller quantities of ground meat. Though durable, it cannot handle heavy duty tasks, and cannot be used on a daily basis. And it gets very easily clogged if you use tougher cuts like pork butt.
Does not work on tough beef and pork pieces
SOLOOP Meat Grinder – Best Modern Looking Meat Grinder
The pieces need to be under inches in size for best results. Also, remove bones and sinews for a more comfortable grinding experience.
The SLOOP grinder looks cool and can handle basic meat and vegetable grinding in your kitchen. It may be a great option for people who need an affordable grinder to handle leftover meat, as well as softer cuts of chicken and fish. It offers great value for money in a very stylish package.
Ideal Features & Attachments
Manual meat grinders should ideally have at some or all of the below-mentioned features. Depending on the budget, some of the attachments may or may not be present. If you are on a budget, at least ensure that all the safety features are available.
Grinder Plates: these determine how coarse or fine the ground meat is after you pass it through the grinder. The most common grinder models come with two plates, one rated fine and other coarse grinds.
Fully covered blades: an essential safety feature that ensures that your fingers or hands to not come anywhere near those sharp blades. This is a pretty much essential feature if you want to keep your fingers intact. It also helps if the grinder comes with a meat pusher to feed the pieces into it.
Sausage Accessories: these optional attachments include sausage tubes and in some cases, a handy funnel as well. Though not as efficient or neat as a dedicated sausage stuffer, these accessories are nevertheless useful for home cooks who want to make their sausages.
Ergonomic handle: Since a manual grinder exerts a lot of strain on your hands, a well-designed handle is essential to avoid unnecessary stress and fatigue. Wooden handles are often the best option, usually found on classic metal based grinders.
Manual or electrical coffee grinder
There are many types of coffee bean grinders. Long ago, people have to content themselves in manually grinding their coffee beans. Today, more and more models of coffee grinders have surfaced, featuring new mechanisms and methods in coffee grinding. Electrical grinders are what mostly used today, but manual coffee grinders are still available in the market and are still popular choices for some.
One of the things that make manual grinders attractive is their price. Since grinders of this type do not use electricity, and are relatively simpler in terms of its mechanical components, their prices are relatively much cheaper than electrical types. And it is also for this reason that makes it portable and can be used whenever and wherever you want. However, if you want to reach a finer consistency it will take a longer time for you to grind the beans, which is not advisable when making an espresso, or any coffee for that matter. It’s good for a few cups or so, but very tiresome if you want to grind for a whole pot. It will also require more effort from you and most manual grinders cannot ground coffee in the right consistency and texture.
Electrical coffee grinders on the other hand, although more expensive than manual types, are more convenient to use. You can ground coffee with just the flick or push of a switch, and even adjust the settings for a wide range of grinding options. Being faster than manual grinders, electric-powered ones are also capable of handling more amounts of beans, depending on the capacity of the model. However, the problem with these kinds of grinders is that they make too much noise, unlike the manual ones. For those early morning brewers, this has been an inconvenience. And since they need electricity, you can’t just use them anywhere you want.
Blade vs. Burr coffee grinder
Coffee grinders can also be classified into two categories, blade or burr grinders. Blade coffee grinders are older types of grinders, using a propeller-like blade to grind the coffee. But because it only uses blade, it makes more noise and it cannot properly ground the beans and leave them with an uneven texture. Achieving a fine and consistent product is nearly impossible with a blade grinder. In addition, the spinning blade of the grinder can produce a high temperature, and as high temperature burns the coffee, it will affect the flavour of the resulting brew badly. Because of this, blade grinders are cheaper in comparison, which is good for those in a tight budget, and they are also readily available in stores. Most blade grinders are also smaller in size and can thus be portable and consume less space.
In comparison, burr coffee grinders are better than the other type. Instead of using blades, burr types grind coffee in a chamber made of wheels or discs with equally serrated edges. This ensures that the ground beans that go through it are evenly ground and are consistent in texture. Most models of burr grinders can also allow you to adjust the setting of the grinder to reach your preferred consistency, from coarse to fine, even to Turkish style. Burr grinders also make relatively less noise than grinders that use blades or propellers, and thus are less disturbing in mornings. One downside to this type is that most models of burr grinders take time to finish grinding, as compared to blade grinders, which are relatively faster. They are also more expensive, perhaps the most expensive, type of coffee grinder.
Nowadays, some coffee grinder models incorporate the characteristics of the different types. For example, there are now manual and electrical grinders that both use either burr or blades to grind coffee beans.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Blade Grinders wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Blade Grinders
- №1 — Electric Coffee Grinder – InstaGrindz Black One Touch Easy Plug in Unit with Stainless Steel Blades. Quietly Grinds Coffee, Beans, Nuts, Seeds, Spices, and Herbs.
- №2 — Idealchoiceproduct 1800W 2.4HP Electric Stainless Steel Meat Grinder Sausage Stuffer 3 Cutting Blades
- №3 — KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder – Onyx Black