Image Brand Design Performance Features Price Image Brand Design Performance Features Price • Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill • 7.6" x 12.4" x 8.7"
• Elegant Stainless Steel Design
• Separate one-touch power bar
• Convenient cord storage
• 4.5 lbs
• Uniform and consistent grinding
• Great coffee flavor
• Very durable
• 18-position grind selector
• Slide dial from 4 to 18 cups
• Heavy-duty motor
• Electric timer w/ Automatic Shut off
$49.95 • KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder • 3.5" x 3" x 6.8"
• 1 lb
• Compact and relatively easy to clean
• Consistent grinding
• Reliable and durable enough for long-term use
• Easy to use
• A little noisy
• 200-watt motor
• Yields up to 12 cups of coffee
• Lid activated safety switch
• 2 year worldwide warranty
$19.99 • Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder • 4.1" x 3.6" x 7.2"
• 1 lb
• Unique internal cord wrap
• Small and portable
• Easy to clean
• Good grind for its price
• Suitable for everyday use
• Safety on/off button
• Stainless steel blades
$12.85 • Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder • 4.5" x 7.2" x 14.5"
• Shipping weight: 12.4 lbs
• 54mm ceramic burr set
• Digital Display
• High-class look
• May be frustrating with the options to choose from
• Great for Greek/Turkish Grind
• Seemingly flawless grinds
• Built to last
• 230 distinct and repeatable grind settings
• Grind on Demand with Electronic Dosing
• Three user-programmable grind weight buttons
$449.00 • Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder • 14.6" x 9.6" x 7.8"
• 4 lbs
• Upper conical burr is removable for easy cleaning
• Slow grind preserves aroma and flavor
• Sturdy grinder with basic functionality
• Quiet motor
• 100-watt conical burr grinder
• 16 grind settings
• Built-in timer
• Safety-locking system
Last updated: February 24th, 2017
Coffee aficionados everywhere agree that the best cup of coffee comes from the freshest grind of coffee beans. That makes it a very special beverage because unlike beer, wine, or even tea, freshly brewed coffee involves a two-step process. Our ancestors have been grinding beans for centuries now with the handy-dandy mortar and pestle, and although we could tell you to go ground your own coffee beans yourself, we know the hustle and bustle of today’s hectic environment doesn’t really allow time for that anymore. Our ancestors were lucky with all the free time they had – when they weren’t busy hunting their own food or fighting to defend their territory.
Why Coffee Grinders Are So Great
So what makes the coffee grinder so great and why should you think about getting one? If you’re a true coffee lover, and probably tired of going to coffee shops all the time just so you can enjoy a nice, fresh cup of espresso, then you’ll want your own coffee machine and your own grinder. The secret to a heart-stoppingly delicious cup is consistency and fineness.
If you have a bad blade grinder for your coffee beans, any home brewer who appreciates great coffee will tell you you’re not doing the beans justice. The grinds need to have consistent texture and size so the extraction of solubles stay even, and dull blade grinders will massacre your beans and cut them down to tiny inconsistent dust bits.
This shopping guide is for all of you out there who share a deep appreciation for great coffee but don’t always have the time and energy to use a hand grinder. We’re featuring 5 of the Best Coffee Grinders in the market this 2017 and sharing our personal opinions about them. The reviews are impressive for these grinders that we’ve hand-picked ourselves from a pool of other competitors. Chances are, you won’t regret getting any one on the list, but since brewing needs will vary from person to person, your ideal model will also vary.
Things to consider
A quality coffee grinder doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. In fact, as long as you can find one that consistently grinds the coffee beans to your preferred size, you’ve already found the perfect one. More expensive ones will come with more features which other home brewers will be using a lot of. Still, the features don’t really dictate the price of the grinder because what would you do with something that’s so technologically advanced yet can’t grind the way you want it to?
Pros and Cons
Some pros outweigh the cons, and the opposite is equally true. Getting to know the model will be tricky if you don’t have it in front of you, but we want to be the one to inform you of everything you need to know about them – both good and bad. Maybe you’ll have to sacrifice a larger capacity for a feature you really want, and maybe the price isn’t something you would normally go for; consider what you’re willing to settle for and what you’re really after in a coffee grinder.
Grinds and Different Blade Types
The more affordable coffee grinders use a steel blade type. Different models contain different grinds and blade types for your brewing needs, and some do the job better than most. Also, when you’re thinking of a specific coffee type, be aware that it can’t be duplicated with just any kind of grind. The coffee beans have to be grounded a certain way for you to achieve a specific aromatic and flavorful experience from your coffee.
Capacity & Size
The capacity means the quantity of coffee beans the device can hold and the grinds it produces. Size is the actual measurements or dimensions of the device itself, so you know how much counter space to clear out before actually purchasing a grinder. Make sure to think about whether you plan on leaving the appliance out in the open or store it somewhere it can’t be seen until the time you need it. Even your storage area may not have enough space for it too so better find out beforehand.
We’re including the ease-of-cleaning in this category because a good grinder is also one that you won’t need to spend a lot of time maintaining. Time is of the essence, and we know a good device is one that’s low-maintenance while still being able to deliver superior results. Different features are available on various model types, and they seem to have that special something that gives them a distinguished edge over other competition. We’ll be covering the features in this guide, so watch out for ones that you feel you’ll often be able to take advantage of.
Our 5 Ultimate Coffee Grinders List in 2017
- Produces uniform grind and great flavor
- Sleek and elegant look
- Heavy-duty device
- 18-position grind selector: ultra fine to coarse
- Easy cord storage
- Measurements: 6″L x 7.13″W x 10.75″H
- Automatic shut-off timer
This is a very popular model that’s racking up great reviews on Amazon. The Cuisinart DBM-8 claims to take your coffee experience to a new level, but just how good is it when it comes to coffee grind? We think that for its current retail price, you won’t be disappointed. Burr mill grinders are popular for a reason. The heat doesn’t detract that much from the flavor of the coffee beans and you’ll get consistent size of grinding, although some have reported a small quantity to turn out smaller than needed (but never larger).
It does give you some powder, but that’s to be expected from a coffee grinder that costs you under $200. It can grind for about 16 cups each day for drip machines, and judging from the reviews, every cup takes you on a tremendous flavorful journey into caffeine land.
- Large grinding capacity
- Yields up to 12 cups
- Design and stainless steel blades guarantee uniform grinding
- Versatile: grinds nuts, spices, and grains
- 200 watts
- Lid-activated safety switch feature
- Compact design
- Size: 3.5 x 3 x 6.8 inches
The KRUPS F203 has already been embraced by countless product owners as a top-performing grinder, with a very consistent grind and versatility for other uses not limited to coffee beans (think crackers and herbs). It’s a no-brainer machine without features to brag about, but since it’s priced under $30 you won’t expect it to be anything fancy either. You only have one grind button to play with and you let it keep grinding until you achieve the fineness you want, which makes us wonder why the results are surprisingly consistent.
The only thing we think should be called a feature is the safety switch on the lid, but aside from that this grinder is very basic but delivers a satisfying grind every time according to reviews. Its size makes it a welcome addition to the kitchen, not taking up a lot of space and even compact enough to bring with you on out-of-town trips. Turkish or espresso also retain that great taste and flavor with the fine grinds this product gives you. All in all, worth your money and ideal for buyers who are looking for a simple, versatile, and direct approach to grinding.
- Yields 12 cups of coffee
- 1/2-cup bean capacity
- Stainless steel blades and bowl
- Retractable cord
- See-through lid
- Can grind herbs, nuts, and spices
- Safety on/off button
- Durable with high RPM motor
- Appealing futuristic design
The Proctor Silex E160BY looks fairly standard as far as grinders go. The main reason why we have it on our list is that it’s also very direct about what it’s supposed to do, and it does get the job done at the price of $13. Very durable product with a high RPM motor that lets you grind anything from coffee beans to almonds, and its ease of use make it so you don’t need to be doing anything but grinding. It’s really a coffee grinder that’s built to last and make the clean-up process easier and faster.
Another recommended model for those who are always on the road and would like to have a grinder ready for when they want to enjoy a wonderful cup of hot Joe. The size makes it so you can carry it with you on vacations or business trips, but maybe hold the grinding till when you’re alone or when you’re sure no one will get disturbed. It makes so much noise that you’ll be worried about waking people up when you feel like grinding up beans for a fresh brew.
- Measurements: 7 x 5 x 14.5 inches
- Weighs approx. 11 lbs
- 230 repeatable grind settings
- Includes metal portaholder
- LED display features
- 54mm ceramic flat burrs
- Advanced dual cam grind setting
- Quiet grinding (almost no noise)
- 3 memory presets for Dip, Press, and Espresso
Now we’ve moved from affordable to high-class. The Baratza Vario is a beast of a coffee grinder that looks like it should be in an executive lounge than a home kitchen. That’s not an exaggeration since it is a commercial-grade product that’s sure to be able to handle any kind of brew customers or family members would think to get. It also has 54mm burrs that are guaranteed to stay sharp for a long time since ceramic has a longer life compared to burrs made of steel.
You’ll be happy to find your coffee beans to be ground consistently and uniformly, which is good because for a $400 grinder, you’d be crazy for getting it if it didn’t grind beans like a boss. People who’ve had the chance to use it fall in love with it, so yes it’s a hit with everyone — especially with coffee connoisseurs. It does fall short of customers’ expectations in one department: the LCD display. It costs so much money that you’d expect the panel to be LED for better viewing. To get a good read at the display, you may have to tilt it around or crouch down, so that’s a serious flaw in design. Performance-wise, you’ll have a hard time finding anything that can beat it.
- 100-watt commercial-grade conical burrs
- 16 grind settings to choose from
- Container holds 8-1/2 ounces; grounds holds up to 4 ounces
- Built-in timer
- Measurements: 7-2/3 by 5-2/5 by 10-4/5 inches
- Low RPM for maintaining flavor profile
- Easy to disassemble for cleaning
- Cuts at an accuracy of 0.1mm
Capresso is a company that’s been garnering a lot of attention the last decade with their wide array of innovative coffee makers and grinders. At the $100 range, this is a machine that puts quality and affordability in harmony. And with 16 different grind settings, this machine will not disappoint when it comes to grind size and consistency. Because this is a Low RPM grinder, you retain a lot of the flavor and profile of the coffee, making it a favorite despite its slow conical mills. The Capresso 560.01 is also very simple to use, with straight-forward settings and buttons that make using it a breeze.
One issue we think we’re allowed to gripe about is the static that’s created inside the grounds container. More than a handful have complained that the coffee grounds jump out of the container and all over the place. That’s a shame because it means more kitchen clean-up. But the pros of the product outweigh the cons, and we love the consistency of the grinds so we’re recommending it to coffee lovers who don’t mind an occasional emergency clean-up in case the coffee grounds develop a mind of their own during the grinding process.