A lot of users have asked me which ground coffee should they pick. To be honest, I don’t prefer pre-ground coffee and I only use them when I am in a rush. If you are after a cup of top quality espresso, I highly recommend getting a pack of coffee bean and grind it yourself. Pre-ground coffee loses its freshness due to the air and moist. Only grinding your own bean can give you the unique luxury freshness and flavour.
There are loads of coffee grinders in the market: electrical or manual, burr or blade etc. Here’s the full guide on how to pick the best grinder. In this post, we will go through some of the best selling coffee grinders in the UK and US. Click on the list below and jump straight into the product review.
- Bodum Coffee Grinder
- Krups coffee grinder
- Dualit coffee grinder
- Kitchenaid coffee grinder
- Hario coffee grinder
- James Martin
- Tefal Twin Blade
- Lloytron E5602SS
- Xett Coffee Bean Grinder
- Porlex Tall Hand Grinder
There are two types of Bodum Bistro coffee grinder – the blade and the burr one. The blade one is small which can hold 60g of coffee bean while the burr one can hold 220g of bean. The blade one is also a lot cheaper. Here are the reviews for each of those:
Bodum Bistro Burr Electric Coffee Grinder
Everything that you’re looking for in a coffee grinder is probably already in the Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder. First, it gives you control because it has an adjustable grind that will allow you to switch from one setting to another within seconds. It also doesn’t keep you waiting for your caffeine fix because it grinds coffee within seconds. It also saves you from unnecessary mess and hassle because the coffee ground that this grinder produces do not stick to the container unlike what happens to other coffee grinders. Apart from all of these, this unit is easy to clean and it just takes you a piece of cloth or an old brush to wipe it dirt-less. It’s a really great addition to your kitchen equipments.
This coffee maker is made up of rubber, plastic and glass. The main body is rubber, the bean container is plastic and the bean collector is glass. It has a 220-gram capacity and has a pre-set timer that will help you grind the exact amount of beans that you need. This way, no beans will be wasted. The friction clutch protects the grinding gear from damage and the glass catcher prevents grinds from sticking.
The seal of the lids are delicate and could easily come off so these must be handled with care and must not be exposed to children. This unit is quite expensive so you have to spend a bit more. Despite these, this grinder is still one of the best.
Bodum Bistro Blade Electric Coffee Grinder
This coffee grinder is the perfect epitome of the common adage small but terrible. It is small enough to fit into tiny spaces so you can easily whack it on the kitchen counter and despite its size, it can make enough coffee grinds for a litre of coffee. It can also be used for seeds and spices, not only coffee. Another thing to be loved about this coffee grinder is that you can keep track of the coarseness of the grinding due to the visibility that the lid offers. Unlike other coffee grinders and despite how fine this machine can grind coffee and seeds, it doesn’t make too much noise so using it is guaranteed to be fun and enjoyable. And most of all, it’s just right for your budget.
This coffee grinder has a blade that’s strong and made from durable stainless steel that spins at an accurate rotation per minute rate. Its relatively small size plus its rubberized sides allows you to easily take a hold of the unit. It has a 60-gram capacity and has a space in the base for cord storage. It also has a transparent lid that can help you keep track of the fineness of the grind.
Transferring the last contents out of the container can be a little bit tricky especially if you are dealing with remnants that stick around the blades of the unit; so this can be considered as a disadvantage. But then it’s merely a tiny hiccup compared to the quality of this coffee grinder.
If you are an experienced coffee drinker, you must have heard of Krups. They make some of the most popular coffee machines in the market. For example, the Krups Nespresso and the Dolce Gusto coffee pod machines. Apart from these, they also produce other coffee products like coffee grinder and milk frother etc. “In 1961, KRUPS turned its attention to making the best electric coffee grinder, revolutionising the quality of home-ground coffee.” – Krups official site
Krups Expert GVX231 Burr Coffee Grinder Review
Unlike most coffee grinders, the Krups Expert Burr Coffee Grinder has a removable ground coffee container and upper burr. These features allow the users to easily transfer the ground coffee to a coffee maker and to easily clean the unit. Your safety while using this grinder is already ensured, thanks to the safety lid that helps you avoid spillages and accidents. This safety lid feature also prevents unnecessary spills so you really don’t have to worry about messy spill outs and the likes. Since this is a burr coffee grinder, it crushes, rather than chops, the beans of your coffee resulting to uniform fine grains, which give out a good tasting coffee. To top it off, its price is very affordable and easy to use.
It has a fineness selector that allows you to choose from 17 different positions from fine to coarse. Its dimensions are 16x 26x 12 cm, weighing approximately 2.3 kilograms so it easily fits into your kitchen counter and doesn’t take too much space. It has a capacity to grind 225 grams of coffee, perfect for a maximum of 12 cups. It has a cup capacity selector too, which enables you to grind the exact amount.
The on/off button, which also features a blue LED light, is electronic instead of mechanical so it’s very delicate. Pushing the button too hard if the unit refuses to work will result to breakage so avoid doing that. Other than that, it is a really perfect addition to your kitchen.
Krups Twin Blade Coffee Mill Review
(Update: There is a newer version of this grinder: Tefal Twin Blade) Versatility is what this coffee grinder lives for and it’s clearly reflected in its feature that allows the buyers to use it for various purposes such as grinding coffee and dry spices. It’s also a major bonus that this coffee grinder has a large capacity, being able to grind approximately 85 grams of beans. It’s very safe to use too because the grinder will not work unless you lock the lid in place. You also don’t have to get bored while waiting for your coffee to grind because it only takes 16 seconds at most, depending on the beans, to achieve that finely ground coffee that you want or need. It is also made of stainless steel so you can make sure that it is truly durable.
Aside from versatility, the Krups Twin Blade Coffee mill is also known for its durability and quality. This coffee grinder has two blades, which are made from stainless steel so these blades are very sharp and long lasting. It also features a lid activated safety switch, which will prevent the machine from working unless the lid is properly placed. It has the dimension of 8.9 x 7.6 x 17.1 cm and it weighs 454 grams.
One downside of this product is that it doesn’t grind cumin and other similar spices because these spices have a specific chemical content that can cause the metal blades to be corroded. This unit is also difficult to clean just like other grinders. But overall, this product is still worth your money.
Dualit‘s coffee grinders are not the cheapest grinder here, they cost just less than GBP 100. However these grinders are sturdy and reliable. The performance is consistent and the motor is very powerful .
Dualit 75015 Coffee Grinder Review
The fact that this coffee grinder consistently produces fine and a highly uniform grind makes it one of the best coffee grinders out there in the market. Its burrs are removable so that you will not be hassled in cleaning the unit after using it. It is also very sturdy so you can make sure that it will not shake or get dismantled whenever you are operating it. This feature is a big advantage since it ensures the safety of the user. From the box up to when you already position the unit in your kitchen counter, everything is easy. It is easy to assemble and easy to operate. It looks very modern and makes less noise. And the cheery on top is that this coffee grinder is affordable.
Dualit 75015 showcases power and beauty all at once because you will never think that behind its sophisticated appearance lies a powerful motor and rear gear that produces slow and cool grind, ensuring finely grind coffee. It has 10 grind settings varying from coarse, medium to fine. Its dosing selector also brings convenience because it makes sure that the unit only delivers the amount of beans that you need for a single grind or cup.
The only down side of this unit is that its hopper is a little bit small and shallow that is why there are times when the beans miss the opening and don’t fall down onto the grinder. Apart from this tiny flaw, the unit is great and it performs wonderfully.
Dualit Burr Coffee Grinder 75002
Sometimes it is not just enough that your coffee grinder works great. Aesthetic value and appearance are also factors that must be considered when buying a product. This coffee grinder is so great because it gains a check mark on both appearance and performance. It has the innovative design and great quality that consumers are looking for in a grinder. It is perfectly simple to operate and it doesn’t make you wait too long for your coffee to grind. Not just that. It also produces a fine grind that is fit for espresso. Unlike the common coffee grinder, this unit doesn’t make too much noise. The opening of the bean hopper is designed to make pouring easy so there’s no hassle for you. It’s simply amazing.
This coffee grinder has a massive capacity and can grind up to a maximum of 250 grams. It features a 1 to 10 portion control switch and a fine to coarse grinding setting so you are in control on the force that the unit exerts on your coffee beans and on how fine you would like your coffee to be. The unit weighs approximately 2.3 kilograms, making it suitable to be placed in a kitchen counter.
Since price is also a great consideration, the fact that this coffee grinder is a little expensive can lead affect the buying decision for some. Also, the static can make beans stick to the container and make them hard to transfer into a container. But despite these, it is still a must-buy.
If quality is the main factor that you are looking for in a high end coffee grinder, you can find it in KitchenAid Artisan Burr Coffee Grinder. Guaranteed to be well manufactured and built from premium quality materials, it will not accidentally topple over since it is very sturdy and weighty. It comes with a cleaning brush for easy maintenance of the unit. Also, its motor is strategically placed on the side so you can make sure that the stale ground coffee will not go to it, unlike other grinders whose motors are placed underneath. Another thing about this grinder is that you can recalibrate it if and you can adjust the grinders depending on how fine you want your coffee to be.
Weighing 6 kilograms, this high end coffee grinder is constructed in stainless steel. Its parts are made from metal so its durability and sturdiness is surely guaranteed. It has the dimensions of 30 centimetres in depth, 34 centimetres in length and 15 centimetres in width. It has a grind container, which is made of glass and minimizes the static clinging of the coffee, and a sealing ring, which reduces spillages. It also has 15 adjustable grind settings.
There are two major downsides of this grinder. One, it is relatively expensive compared to other brands but with its quality, the money that you’re going to pay is truly worth it. And two, its glass jar is very thin and might be susceptible to shattering if you are not careful.
Flexibility is what separates the Tefal Twin Blade Coffee Grinder from most of the coffee grinders in the market because its purpose isn’t only for grinding coffee. It is also flexible and strong enough to grind spices, nuts and wholegrain. One look at it and you can really see that it is well made and safe for day-to-day use. It has a large capacity and grinds a lot in one go. It performs fast, taking only 10 to 20 seconds to grind your beans into fine granules. It is also small and compact so it does not take too much space in the kitchen. Maintaining and cleaning the unit will not be a hassle because it is very easy to clean. It truly is small and very marvelous.
This coffee grinder is the perfect result when design meets functionality. It looks sleek and sophisticated with its stainless steel interior and stainless steel cutting blades plus it has a large 75 grams capacity, which is equal to roughly 15 cups of coffee. It also features a handy lid activated switch, which inhibits the unit to function unless the lid is properly placed. The unit is shaped as an oval to allow uniform and even grinding.
Due to the impressiveness of this coffee grinder, there are almost no flaws in terms of performance and aesthetics. Be sure to read the manual first before using the unit in order to avoid malfunctions. It is good to note that coffee grinders are only as good as the way you handle them.
Update: We have come across a very detailed review for the newest Hario Grinder on Minimalgoods.co. It has a lovely olive wood and ceramic design, definitely worth checking.
Since this manual coffee grinder is slim, you can easily store it away and you can easily fit it in cramped spaces. It doesn’t take too much space in the kitchen and doesn’t pose as a major eye sore. It’s lightweight so it is easy to handle and it’s got a compact design so the parts stay together making it durable and robust. It doesn’t wear easily and doesn’t rust because its mill is made up of ceramic. It’s also easy to use and easy to clean so using and maintaining this grinder is hassle-free. And most importantly, it produces a consistent and uniform grind. Having this coffee grinder next to your coffee maker is a good combination especially if you’re a fan of good coffee.
It has the dimensions of 18.5 x 11.4 x 8.1 cm and it weighs only 318 grams. It is really cute and tiny but very powerful since it can grind coffee beans finely. It is made up of ceramic, nylon and stainless steel, which make it very sturdy and invincible to rust. It also features a helpful calibration or scale on the container to help you measure the amount of beans that you need accurately.
One major flaw about this coffee grinder is that it has a manual that’s written in Japanese. However, English translations are always available in the Internet so this flaw is manageable. It also produces static, which makes some of the grounded coffee stick to the container. As each flaw has a remedy, this machine is still a great buy.
The first thing that makes this grinder a beautiful addition to your kitchen is the fact that it’s made from stainless steel. This means that the unit is durable, a lot safer compared to grinders made from aluminium and the unit won’t easily break. It is also designed to have parts that are assembled compactly so you don’t have to worry about it looking like a nuisance in your kitchen. Not only that. It contains wire storage to save you the awful sight of clutter and you won’t have to worry about wires sticking out of nowhere. It not only grinds coffee but dry spices and herbs too! It easily fits in spaces and it can be neatly stored away if it’s not used.
With its push-button control, this grinder is easy to use. Its safety lock-in lid feature ensures that the grinder will only function once the lid is in place. It also has a built-in space for the cable for easy storage. Its domed transparent lid will let you know what’s going on and will tell you if the coffee is already grounded finely. It has a 70-gram capacity, which is equivalent to roughly 10 cups.
Its 70-gram capacity is a disappointment especially if you’re opting to make several mugs of coffee. This model cannot be washed and since this is the case, the flavour of the first thing you grind will mix with the next, especially if you also use this in grinding herbs.
This coffee grinder is indeed a jack-of-all-trades. Coffee beans are not the only thing that this can grind but also nuts, seeds and spices which makes this product reliable during times of trouble. It also has a massive operating button that doesn’t need to be pressed very hard for it to function. It looks very durable and it also has a beautiful design. It doesn’t make too much noise so you will not be annoyed at unnecessary sounds whenever you’re using it. It’s easy to clean and it doesn’t operate unless the lid is safely locked in place. You also don’t have to worry about messy cables because it has a space under the base of the grinder where the cable can be kept.
This coffee grinder has a beautiful stainless steel finish which makes the unit sturdy and looks more sophisticated. The stainless steel material also makes the unit resilient to wearing. It has a 50-gram capacity and a 150-watt maximum power, which means that it can grind a lot faster. Its dimensions are 10 x 37.5 x 10 cm and it weighs approximately 200 grams. It has a one-touch pulse operation, which makes usage a hassle-free experience.
The only disappointing flaw with this coffee grinder is that the base part of the unit cannot be detached so that means cleaning this part can be a little bit tricky. But nonetheless, this product is a really great addition to your wonderful kitchen at a truly reasonable price.
One great advantage about this grinder is that it has a lid that can serve a dual purpose because it can be conveniently used as a cup. It was made with great quality, which is a great factor that all consumers must look for in any kitchen appliance or machine. It also gains a check mark on other factors such as ease of usage, affordability and maintenance. It’s very easy to operate, its price will not leave you bankrupt and the parts are very easy to dismantle if you want to clean the unit. It is also versatile enough to grind beans and spices. On top of all, this coffee grinder can produce consistent and finely grind coffee. It’s definitely worth 10 out of 10.
It has a powerful 150-watt motor and stainless steel dual blade that ensures to produce finely ground coffee with rich and strong aroma. It has a 70-gram capacity that can fill up 10 cups of coffee. It has a stylish modern and sophisticated design that’s very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It has a stainless steel casing so it’s very durable and robust. It’s also designed to grind beans, nuts, grains and spices.
Nothing’s perfect and this grinder is not an exception. Two flaws of this unit are that the blades are not detachable so it’s tricky to clean and it also doesn’t have a removable dish so emptying the contents is hard. However, these are just minor flaws compared to its features.
The thing that is very lovable about this manual coffee grinder is that it is very handy and you can carry it anywhere due to its compactness. It is small enough to be carried on trips and on travels so you will not have to feel bad about leaving it at home. Unlike most coffee grinders, this one is also water washable and can be properly cleaned with water whenever necessary. You don’t have to worry about losing this coffee grinder to rust because it has blades that are rustproof. Its handle can also be easily put away whenever you want to store the unit. It’s also easy to disassemble for cleaning, it doesn’t use electricity and on top of all that, it’s cheap and affordable. Brilliant!
The reason why this hand grinder is guaranteed to not easily rust is because the blades are made up of tough ceramic, the main body is made up of stainless steel and the handle is made up of iron. It looks like a thermos because it is little, it looks so good and it’s made up high quality materials. It is only 19.3 in height and 4.8 in diameter and can easily be stashed away.
The downfalls of this unit include the delicate ceramic blades, which can easily shatter if not handled properly and the fact that it is hand operated. This can cause cramps to those who are untrained and impatient. But the pros still outweigh the cons and this unit is still amazing.