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Last Updated: 01/18/2021
Starting the day with a cup of coffee is the American Way. In fact, over 150 million Americans drink coffee every day!
There are over 60,000 coffee shops in the country too. Yet, the greatest cup of coffee is the one you make at home using freshly ground coffee beans.
That’s why you need one of these 5 best coffee grinders because they grind to perfection.
If you want total control over the grinding process and incredible results – look no further.
TOP RATED CHOICE
An incredible value coffee grinder with a huge grinding capacity.
BEST VALUE CHOICE
If you need a grinder that doesn’t make very much noise – this is easily the quietest.
We can’t get over how good the Smart Grinder Pro is.
Sure, it might be overkill for some… but if you really love coffee then you’ll want to get to the perfect grind. This Breville model has 60 grind settings so you’re good to go.
You use a digital screen to pick your grind size, grind time and the amount in a cup (and there are even more customization options).
Quick Fact: Breville is from Australia where coffee is so important that Starbucks has struggled to compete with local coffee shops. That means you’re looking at a great grinder here.
1. 60 possible super precise grind settings available
2. Grind timings can be calibrated in 0.2 second intervals
3. Can grind into anything that you need it to
1. The plastic impeller is prone to wear and tear
2. Can be something of a “grounds magnet” and need regular cleaning
3. Buying spare parts is somewhat of a challenge
This OXO is a super value purchase and one that rivals the Breville for excellence.
You can grind up to ¾ lbs. of coffee at a time which is the largest capacity of any grinder in our tests.
It’s very easy to get the grinds out of the grinder and into your filter without making a mess due to the clever lid system it employs.
There are a decent 15 grind settings to choose from too.
Quick Fact: It has a one touch setting which allows it to remember all the specifications of your last grind and then you hit a button and it does the same thing all over again. Very handy.
1. ¾ lbs. of grinding capacity is excellent
2. Ultra durable construction of the burrs for long lasting performance
3. One touch setting is very handy for those who want consistent results
1. Needs a bit of a shake to feed beans into it at times
2. Can make a little background hum even when not in use
3. It occasionally gets jammed and needs clearing out
While some grinders sound like they’re in combat with a grizzly bear, the Capresso Infinity simply makes a low purring sound which is perfectly acceptable even in a busy office environment.
The dial control to allow you to select how many cups of coffee you need a grind for is quite handy too.
We found it very easy to get beans from the container to the filter too.
Quick Fact: This grinder incorporates a unique gear reduction motor which means it can grind slowly without creating huge amounts of heat or friction and this means you get a better quality grind.
1. Lovely, ergonomic design
2. Easy to use and intuitive controls
3. 16 grind settings which deliver a good range of results
1. It is, by far, the hardest grinder to clean in our tests
2. We might wish for one more setting with a coarser grind
3. Reconnecting the hopper to the base is hard work
We found that this Cuisinart grinder with 18 modes was one of the strongest performers for that really coarse grind that we use in a French Press (or possibly, if you’ve more patience than we do, a cold brew).
We also liked the fact that they include a cleaning brush in the box which makes this one of the easier machines in our tests to keep clean.
Quick Fact: Cuisinart uses an automatic stop system to ensure that you can never over grind your beans. This can be a very useful feature if you’re not used to grinding your own beans.
1. 18 grinding modes and results in good outputs
2. Medium and coarse grinds are excellent
3. Large beans and grounds hopper
1. Uneven grind – somehow there’s always a little fine powder in each grind
2. Espresso grind is not great
3. Incredibly loud during the grinding process
The KRUPS model is also a very quiet grinder and while it’s not the most powerful grinder in our tests, it might be the right choice for a budget shopper seeking something that’s not too loud.
You can grind anything from parmesan cheese to herbs and spices with the adjustable grinding modes and it can turn out enough grinds for 12 cups in just 15 seconds, which is great.
Quick Fact: KRUPS use the patent-pending Vortex Spin Technology that is meant to pull the ingredients into the blades and then move them around so fast that grinding is effective and consistent.
1. Completely dishwasher safe removable components
2. Very versatile
3. Low Cost
1. Fewer settings than most coffee grinders
2. It’s quite difficult to clean the inside
3. It’s hard to remove the lid if you put it on with beans inside