You’re already grinding your own beans (or thinking about it) so make sure you’re doing it the best way possible. We’ve provided a list of great options for your budget and/or brewing preferences along with a quick tutorial about the differences between blade and burr coffee grinders.
Burr Grinders $$
- Often ceramic
- Consistent Grind; Important for certain brewing methods
- Can be manual or electric
- Flat or Conical
Conical Burr Grinders $$
- Refers to the shape of the burr grinder; The conical shape forces coffee beans through the grinder and produces a very consistent grind.
- Adjustable: Settings allow you to space the grinders closer or further from each other allowing you to grind either finely or coarsely
- This style doesn’t necessarily require a power source so you will find manual, portable, or stylish antique models on the market that will work for years or even generations
Blade Grinders $
- Stainless Steel blades
- Less Expensive than Burr
- Noisier: Maybe your partner is still sleeping?
- Heat producing; Can affect coffee flavor/taste for those with sensitive palates
- Less accurate grind (think chopped vegetables versus julienne or cubed)
- Requires power source
- Can dull with time. Most blade grinders are not designed to be sharpened and require replacing parts (if possible) or sending to the dump.
BEST OVERALL GRINDER
OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder with Integrated Scale
- NAME: OXO Brew Burr Grinder with Integrated Scale
- PROS: OXO guaranteed.
- CONS: It’s not cheap. Maybe too sophisticated for some people.
- WHY IT’S GOOD: We love that the basket holds 16oz of beans….This is perfect for trying to roasts on a weekly basis. It’s easy to clean. If you’re particular about achieving the optimal amount (by weight) this machine doses by weight not by time! Wow. Accurate.
- OXO On Conical Burr Grinder built-in scale measures grounds by weight instead of time, eliminating the need for a separate scale; automatic shutoff ensures a precise amount of ground coffee every time
- Durable, 40 mm stainless steel conical burrs create uniform grounds for up to 38 settings -- from fine for espresso to coarse for French press or cold brew
- High torque/low speed motor won’t overheat beans, preserving flavor and generating minimal static for less mess. Built-in overheating detection protects motor for long life
- Use the single dial to switch between Cups Mode, Grams Mode or Manual Mode. In Cups mode, you grind based on the number of cups of coffee you would like to brew.
- No-bean detector won't let you grind if the hopper is empty.Voltage is 120V/60Hz
- Hopper holds 16 oz of coffee beans and features a "trap door" to hold beans in when hopper is removed. Grounds keeper holds up to 125 grams -- enough ground coffee to brew 12 cups
- The OXO Better Guarantee: If you experience an issue with your OXO product, get in touch with us to repair or replace it. We’re grateful for the opportunity to learn from your experience, and we’ll make it better
BEST CONICAL BURR GRINDER
- NAME: BARATZA ENCORE
- PROS: 40 grind settings! Replaceable grinders.
- CONS: Maybe it’s more than you need?
- WHY IT’S GOOD: This brand designs their grinders to be maintainable so you don’t have to send to the landfill if something goes wrong. 40 settings means you can use this for espresso machines, french press, or anything. This could be the ONLY grinder you’ll ever buy.
- SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNING GRINDERS - Baratza grinders are preferred by coffee professionals and backed by Baratza’s world class support.
- GO-TO ENTRY LEVEL GRINDER - Baratza’s best-selling grinder, with its small footprint, is THE choice for brewing coffee at home. Available in White or Black.
- USER FRIENDLY - A convenient, front-mounted pulse button, plus a simple ON/OFF switch make it easy to grind fresh coffee.
- 40 GRIND SETTINGS - Engineered with 40mm commercial-grade conical burrs that help you explore the extensive range of brew methods (espresso, Aeropress, Hario V60, Chemex, French Press, and automatic brewers).
- WARRANTY/QUALITY PARTS - Hardened alloy steel burrs manufactured in Liechtenstein, Europe, plus a powerful DC motor. This combination creates a consistent grind and durability to ensure the longevity users have come to expect from the Baratza brand. The Encore is backed by Baratza’s world class support and a 1 year warranty. 2020 Update has exact same trusted functionality with a sleek new exterior.
BUDGET BURR GRINDER
- NAME: Mr Coffee Burr Grinder
- PROS: Burr grinding for under $50!
- CONS: You can’t access the grinding mechanism to thoroughly clean the grinder
- WHY IT’S GOOD: It’s budget minded and from a large, reputable company. If you insist on a burr grind and don’t want to spend more than what a typical blade grinder costs, this is for you.
- 18 Custom Grind Settings. Cord length : 24 inches
- Removable Bean Hopper
- Holds up to 1/2 Pound of Coffee Beans
- Removable Grinding Chamber ; Watts: 160
- Cord Storage.Dual safety-locking switches
- Install the Bean Hopper onto the unit and turn clockwise (several rotations-will hear clicking as unit gets tighter) until it stops with the grind size indicator on Fine.
BEST PORTABLE MANUAL GRINDER
Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill
- BRAND: Hario “Skerton Plus”
- PROS: Inexpensive; Lots of grind settings
- CONS: Hand-powered.
- WHY IT’S GOOD: Simple, sturdy design. Off the grid. Tried and True.
- New and improved with stronger grind shaft and burr stabilization plate, enabling more uniform grind.
- Ceramic conical burrs ensure a precise, uniform grind.
- Nonslip rubber base keeps the Mill in place during grinding.
- Ergonomically designed crank handle detaches for compact storage and easy travel.
- Stepped grind adjustment mechanism is easy to use and change
BACK TO BASICS: A Simple, Well-built Blade Grinder
Bodum Blade Grinder
- NAME: Bodum Bistro Electric Blade Grinder
- PROS: Affordable quality
- CONS: Blade grinders are much less consistent than burr. You’ll need to eyeball your grind and get to know how long it takes to get your preferred measure/diameter.
- WHY IT’S GOOD: I’ve had mine for roughly ten years and it’s solid. The grippy sides prevent me from dropping it. It’s easy to clean with a damp paper towel.
"I've been using mine for over ten years! It;s NOT a burr grinder but it gets the job done, it's inexpensive, and it's very well built." Adam
- COFFEE GRINDER: BISTRO Blade coffee grinders take whole coffee beans from coarse to fine quickly and efficiently; fresh brewing from the comfort of your home
- BLADE & MOTOR: The blade grinder has a strong, durable stainless steel cutting blade that spins at a precise RPM, plus a powerful 150W motor
- SLEEK DESIGN: Push-button control allows for pulse action or continuous grind, and transparent lid allows the fineness grade to be observed to ensure coffee is made to your liking
- COMPACT: Small coffee grinder has convenient cord storage in the base of grinder, perfect if you plan to leave out on the kitchen counter
- SERVINGS: This powerful coffee grinder makes enough coffee needed for brewing 8 cups of French press; pair with Bodum coffee maker
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