The 9 Best Coffee Grinders of 2020 – Reviews & Complete Guide

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    Key Features

     Materials: stainless steel (overall), ceramic (burrs)

    Coffee grinder type: manual conical burr grinder

    Dimensions: 1.8” x 1.8” x 7.5”

    Total weight: 9.4 ounces


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    Taking a sip of freshly ground and brewed coffee is an exceptional experience. There’s nothing wrong with a good pre-ground coffee, but it definitely loses a lot of zing as compared to the freshly ground stuff. Rich, tasty, and ground to your exact specifications, it opens up a whole new world of coffee; not least because no you can enjoy all sorts of coffee blends that you can’t even buy pre-ground.

    But how do you sort the good from the bad? What’s the difference between all the various coffee grinders on the market? Well, that’s what I’m here to go over. Let’s get started.


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    Top 9 Best Coffee Grinders Reviews

    1. JavaPresse Manual Burr Coffee Grinder with Adjustable Setting

    Pros:

     Very simple to use
     High quality materials increase both durability and functionality
     Good price for the quality

    Cons:

    Manual burr grinders require a bit more physical exertion than many people might be comfortable with before they’ve had their coffee

    Specifications:

      • Materials: stainless steel (overall), ceramic (burrs)
      • Coffee grinder type: manual conical burr grinder
      • Dimensions: 1.8” x 1.8” x 7.5”
      • Total weight: 9.4 ounces

    While as simple as they come, this is still an exceptionally high quality grinder.

    It’s a manual grinder, so you’ll need to put some effort into it, but the materials are great, and perfectly maximize durability for the grinder while minimizing grind time.

    The solid stainless steel tube can stand up to a lot of wear and tear over the years, and the grinder handle is similarly durable. Inside, rather than the standard stainless steel burrs, you get ceramic ones, which last around 5 times as long as steel ones and get the job done faster and with less effort, though they will slowly grind down over time and need to be replaced every year or so.

    For the price, you’re getting a very high performance coffee grinder. As long as you don’t mind expending a bit of your elbow grease first thing in the morning, every morning, it’s potentially a very good pick.


    2. Sboly Stainless Steel Adjustable Grind Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

    Pros:

     Easy to use
     Wide variety of coffee grinding options, both in size and fineness
     Very quiet operation
     Can make up to 12 cups of coffee for storage
     Airtight storage container keeps coffee fresh longer

    Cons:

    Fairly bulky, and takes up about as much space as the average coffee maker

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall), stainless steel (burrs and trimming)
      • Coffee grinder type: electric conical burr grinder
      • Dimensions: 7.6” x 9.6” x 12.3”
      • Total weight: 4.95 lbs.

    Sboly brings us a full sized, powerful grinder that will make an excellent addition to your kitchen appliance collection. As you might expect, it’s a bit expensive compared to a lot of this list, but if you grind a lot of coffee or would like to store some for later, this grinder is more than worth it.

    The powerful motor can grind up to 12 cups of coffee at once, and store them in an airtight container for maximum freshness preserving capability. It can produce any kind of grind you like, from the coarsest to the most fine, and it does it with a very easy to understand gradient swivel that has 19 settings listed on it.

    The conical burr grinding is uniform and consistent, and provides the highest quality coffee available.

    The only potential real complaint is the size; it takes up about the same amount of space as your actual coffee maker, so if you don’t like to grind large volumes of coffee very often, it could be a bit annoying to have around, especially since it’s about double the price of the average model.


    3. Krups Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades

    Pros:

     Easy to use
     Variety of grind types
     Does both coffee and spices
     Very inexpensive price point
     Lightweight and compact; takes up a very small amount of storage space

    Cons:

    Blade grinders get an inconsistent grind compared to burr grinders, which may annoy people with very specific tastes

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall), stainless steel (blades)
      • Coffee grinder type: electric blade grinder
      • Dimensions: 3.5” x 3” x 6.75”
      • Total weight: 1 lbs.

    This is a good and cheap little coffee grinder, this time a blade grinder instead of a burr grinder. That bit is important, as we’ve discussed, especially if you’re a real coffee nut. Burr grinders allow for a much more consistent grind, and massive control over the exact type of grind you want. Blade grinders work just as well at making a rough or inconsistent grind, so they get the job done, it’s just if you have very specific preferences it’s not going to do what you want.

    But for the price, that performance gap can be forgiven. This is a very inexpensive electric grinder, and  its lightweight compact nature means it takes up a very small amount of cabinet or counter space.

    In terms of raw performance and materials, this grinder is really nothing special. It’s simple plastic, with a sub-par blade grinder, and roughly average capacity. But as far as simple and easy to use grinders with a low price point go (and there are a lot of them), you can do a whole lot worse than this model.


    4. Mueller Ultra Grind Professional Series Conical Burr Grinder

    Pros:

     Can make huge amounts of coffee in one go and keep them stored away
     Stay fresh container included.
     Huge variety of grinds available for use
     High quality conical burr coffee grinding
     Perfect for light commercial or high end hobby applications

    Cons:

    Fairly expensive buy in, especially given it grinds a volume most people won’t need or desire

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall), stainless steel (burrs and trimming)
      • Coffee grinder type: electric conical burr grinder
      • Dimensions: 18.03” x 10.79” x 5.83”
      • Total weight: 7.24 lbs.

    If you have enormous coffee consumption and grinding needs, this is the perfect choice for you.

    Much like the Sboly model above, this is a more expensive, larger, and higher volume coffee grinder. However, it takes all of those qualities and amps them up even more.

    You get a great quality grind, no matter what you choose from between the 10 major grind styles, between coarse and fine. There are also gradients in between each of these major options, allowing for a ton of customizability in your grind; your exact preferences made reality.

    It can also grind a huge amount of coffee at once, and keep it well contained and fresh for long periods of time.

    This is the perfect grinder for light commercial applications; if you have a small business with a custom coffee blend to sell, or just like to supply your friends and family with freshly ground coffee as a hobby, this is perfectly able to keep up with any demand you throw at it.

    Of course, this quality and volume output comes with a massive price tag compared to most; about 4 times what the average electric coffee grinder costs, and 6 times what a cheap one does.


    5. Hamilton Beach Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder

    Pros:

     Very inexpensive overall
     Grinds a good amount of coffee at once; enough for a full 12 cup pot of coffee
     Easy to use
     Grinds quickly

    Cons:

    No grind settings, so you need to eyeball it

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall), stainless steel (blades)
      • Coffee grinder type: electric blade grinder.
      • Dimensions: 7.5” x 4.2” x 3.7”.
      • Total weight: 1.4 lbs.

    A cheaper coffee grinder this time, but not too bad. It’s a lot like the Krups model above, and comes in at about the same price point overall. The main difference here is a severe reduction in overall design.

    I don’t like the shaping of this model, simply said. It’s slimmer at the bottom and thicker toward the top, leaving it feeling quite unbalanced. The plastic also feels significantly flimsier.

    In terms of raw grinding ability though, it holds up well. It’s a simple blade grinder and can make up to 9 tablespoons of coffee at once. That’s enough for a full pot of coffee, so long as you don’t mind a little bit of inconsistency in the grind.

    This isn’t the greatest grinder on this list, but it’s cheap and it works well, so it’s worth considering.


    6. Secura Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

    Pros:

     Has a notably sweet aroma and an even better flavor
     Quite a wholesome, healthy meal as it contains very little calories and zero preservatives
     Takes a relatively short time to prepare
     The size makes it suitable for a multi-person meal

    Cons:

    The price tag is a bit high compared to other lasagne in the same bracket

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall), stainless steel (blades)
      • Coffee grinder type: electric blade grinder
      • Dimensions: 3.5” x 3” x 6.75”
      • Total weight: 1 lbs.

    Another mid to high end electric burr grinder, this one unfortunately falls a bit short for the better ones above. Thankfully, it just squeaks its spot in the list by being a bit cheaper than those options as well, providing a decent alternative if you want to shell out a bit less in cash for it.

    The performance is pretty good, a solid conical burr grinder design that supports 17 grind types (coarse to fine, and gradients between) and can grind between 2 and 12 cups worth of coffee grinds at once, though it is a bit strange that there’s no single cup option.

    The see through design for the top and bottom are nice, letting you see exactly how much coffee you have left kept fresh in the machine, in terms of both beans and grinds.

    Overall, not a bad pick if you like to grind a lot of beans at once, but it simply pales a bit in comparison to better, though more expensive options.


    7. LHS Manual Coffee Grinder with Ceramic Burrs

    Pros:

     Easy to understand operation
     Easy to fill with coffee beans
     Makes enough for up to 4 cups of coffee
     Grinds coarse and fine coffee in up to 4 adjustable levels
     Very low price

    Cons:

    Plastic construction will break down fairly quickly over time

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall), ceramic (burrs)
      • Coffee grinder type: manual conical burr grinder
      • Dimensions: 7.3” x 4.4” x 3.3”
      • Total weight: 16 ounces

    This is another nice little manual coffee grinder, with a lot of nice features. Primarily, the main feature that it’s extremely inexpensive, less than half what the Java Presse model above would run you.

    It is, of course, significantly worse in a lot of ways. The primarily plastic construction is flimsier and will break down a lot faster than a sturdy stainless steel coffee grinder would, but the construction is made to get the job done, and it doesn’t really take much of a hit in raw performance at least.

    The ceramic burrs are just as high quality as that JavaPresse coffee grinder, and can grind your coffee to one of four presets grinds, from coarse to fine, and can grind enough for somewhere between 1 and 4 cups of coffee before filling up, so it’s perfect for making a fairly small amount of coffee with relative ease.

    Of course the inherent issues of a manual coffee grinder come into play (namely that it’s manual, and some might not be up for a vigorous cranking first thing in the morning), but all in all what you get is more than good enough for the asking price.


    8. Shardor Electric Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades

    Pros:

     Inexpensive electric coffee grinder
     Easy to use
     See through top for added control over grind type
     Includes a cleaning brush
     Makes enough coffee for one to two people

    Cons:

    Less consistent grind than a burr grinder
     No automatic grind level or amount settings; everything needs to be estimated

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall), stainless steel (blades)
      • Coffee grinder type: electric blade grinder
      • Dimensions: 1.18” x 3.94” x .79”
      • Total weight: 1.78 lbs.

    This is a smaller electric coffee grinder, both in terms of size and total capacity. It comes in with more of what I’d expect a person to keep around their house whenever they want fresh ground coffee. It makes enough for 1 to 4 cups of coffee, similar to the manual coffee grinders we’ve covered, and does it quickly, quietly, and with minimal effort.

    However, the main issue with it is the lack of automatic grind settings. You put the beans in and then use the transparent cover to eyeball what the grind is going to be based on your preference. Shardor electric coffee grinder is combined with the drawbacks of this being a blade grinder, which also gets a much more inconsistent grind on average than a burr grinder.

    It’s not terrible, by any means, but simply is not going to give you the best results. In most cases I’d actually say to go for one of the manual coffee grinders over this one, as at least they’re conical burr grinders and will give you an inherently better grid, even if you do still have to make a guess as to when the grinding is done.


    9. Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

    Pros:

     Extremely high capacity
     Sturdy stainless steel construction
     Easy to load wide mouthed bean hoppers
     Adjustable grind level
     Great price for the capacity

    Cons:

    Extremely bulky, both wide and tall; take sup a huge amount of counter space
     Awkward to use, with an annoying and hard to turn grind selector

    Specifications:

      • Materials: stainless steel (overall), plastic (containers)
      • Coffee grinder type: electric conical burr grinder
      • Dimensions: 10.75” x 7.13” x 6”
      • Total weight: 4.5 lbs.

    As the high volume electric burr coffee grinders go, this is an interesting one. It’s significantly cheaper than the Mueller option, and runs a bit less than the Sboly option as well. In terms of capacity, it matches the Mueller and dwarfs the Sboly, so it’s a great budget option for someone who wants raw volume over everything else.

    Unfortunately, in terms of quality it falls a bit flat. The range of grind types from coarse to fine is still there, but it’s quite annoying to choose between them. Turning the selector is cumbersome and awkward.

    Combined with the bulk, you have an option that comes so close to being great, but the apparent flaws make it an iffy choice. If you have a ton of counter space and don’t mind the cumbersome elements, Cuisinart Supreme Grind is a solid choice, given the price. But ease of use might be worth even a doubling of price in this case, for something you plan to use regularly.


    Final Verdict

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    It was hard to pick a winner here. Eventually, JavaPresse and Sboly won out, but it as a near run thing. Ultimately I think any of these would be good to pick up if they meet your needs. The gap in quality between any of the one in the same price range is fairly small, and so would be any regrets if they don’t quite live up to your expectations.

    Pick the one that does what you want it to do, at a price you like, in a form that you’re most comfortable with, and you’ll be fine.


    What Should I Look for in a Coffee Grinder?

    Choosing a good coffee grinder is a pretty simple task, all things considered, and it starts with a single choice: manual grinder or electric grinder?

    Choosing a Good Manual Grinder

    Picking a good manual grinder all comes down to materials. While a good, thick plastic can be fine, it has some issues.

    A plastic grinder will pick up nicks and scrapes a lot quicker than a stainless steel option, and that can make them harder to clean (and pick up the faint taste of soap if you clean with soapy water). They’re also a bit flimsier, and will break down a lot quicker under the stress of continued use, especially at the handle join.

    Stainless steel is the better material in pretty much all ways. While you end up with a grinder that’s a bit heavier and will add up to some hand strain over time, but you’ll get a coffee grinder made to last a  lifetime; the only thing that might need to be replaced is the handle cap and the screw holding the handle to the grinder.

    Conical burr grinding is pretty much the only option for manual grinders, so you’re good there. However, the main drawback of manual grinders (besides the manual part) is that it’s harder to perfectly dial in your perfect grind. You’ll need to practice and get a feel for it over time.

    Choosing a Good Electric Grinder

    Electric grinders don’t rely on materials as much. While steel is preferred over plastic, even some of the best electric coffee grinders are made primarily of plastic.

    Where the material does matter is in the grinder portion itself. Stainless steel for the main frame is a must, and stainless steel is commonly used for the blades or burrs of the grinder as well.

    Choosing whether you want blades or burrs is the bigger choice here, and is largely what determines the raw performance of your grinder.

    Blade grinders are simply made and significantly cheaper than burr grinders, and universally use blades of stainless steel. They’re easy to operate and more importantly easy to clean, and great for use on both coffee beans and spices. Basically, they’re a simple blender or food processor billed as a coffee grinder.

    Conical burr grinders have a body made of stainless steel, but the material on the burr is negotiable. Both stainless steel and ceramic are used, with ceramic being the better option, but not so much better as to disqualify a steel burred grinder from being used.

    Conical burr grinders make better coffee (a lot better), but are usually significantly more expensive due to the more complex design. As far as drawbacks, the only one is that they’re harder to clean; there’s a lot of little nooks and crannies for dust to get stuck in.