There is no better way to ensure your morning coffee is as fresh as possible than to get a good coffee grinder. All coffee beans begin losing their taste and freshness about a day or two after roasting, but whole beans maintain freshness far longer and can still deliver full-flavor coffee up to a few weeks later. Ground coffee begins to taste noticeably stale within just a few days, so the ability to grind beans yourself will provide you with the best and most flavorful coffee experience possible.
While there are many things to consider when choosing a coffee grinder, oft-overlooked factors like the consistency of the grind size are critical because they can drastically affect the flavor of your coffee. With all of the different models and features available, it’s hard to decide on the best grinder for your needs. To help you narrow your search, we put together these reviews of our favorite grinders — along with some pros and cons — to guide you in your search. Let’s get started!
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||KRUPS Vortex Electric Grinder||CHECK PRICE|
|Best Value||LHS 171002 Manual Coffee Grinder||CHECK PRICE|
|Premium Choice||Bodum 10903-01US-3||CHECK PRICE|
|Mueller Austria 550K||CHECK PRICE|
|Hamilton Beach 80335R||CHECK PRICE|
The 9 Best Coffee Grinders – Reviews 2020
1. KRUPS Silent Vortex Electric Grinder – Best Overall
The Silent Vortex Electric Grinder from KRUPS is our top pick for convenience, price, and performance. This is an electric blade grinder, which means grinding your coffee will be as easy as holding down a button. Although blade grinders are typically far less consistent than burr grinders, this grinder creates a vortex to pull larger pieces of coffee into the blades to grind your coffee into a uniform consistency. Operation is extremely quiet, so this grinder will be your go-to for fresh coffee first thing in the morning, even if others are sleeping. Our favorite thing about this electric grinder is the fact that all of the grinding is done in a removable, dishwasher-safe cup, so cleanup is refreshingly straightforward. Grinding is also high-speed, and you can consistently grind enough coffee for around 10-12 cups of coffee in under 30 seconds!
There aren’t preset grinding “profiles,” but with a simple timer, you’ll be able to get consistent grounds and delicious coffee from this grinder.
2. LHS 171002 Manual Coffee Grinder – Best Value
This is a manual grinder, which means that there is no electric motor to grind the coffee, and instead, you’ll need to turn the crank manually to feed the beans into the burrs. This does require far more work and will take longer than electric options, but the burrs lead to a more consistent and uniform grind size than most electric blade grinders. This grinder is very affordable, and it’s made from durable materials that feel like they’ll last through many mornings of grinding fresh coffee. There are four different options for grind size, so you can get consistency in your coffee whether you’re making espresso or brewing coffee via French press, a pour-over cone, or a drip machine. The adjustment for coarseness is effortless to operate, so switching between brewing methods will be simple. The grinder can be disassembled and washed, so clean up will be quick and easy as well.
The fact that grinding is more physically demanding kept this grinder out of our number one spot, but especially given the price, we think this is the best coffee grinder for the money.
3. Bodum 10903-01US-3 Bistro Burr Grinder – Premium Choice
If you’re looking for the highest quality, most consistent cup of coffee from a premium grinder, and don’t mind paying more to have the best, the Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder is likely the best option for you. This is an electric burr grinder with an excellent grind size consistency. The electric motor makes grinding as simple as choosing your desired size and pressing the ON button. The conical burrs that crush your beans produce consistency and repeatability in your cup, which leads to delicious coffee every time. The grind size adjustment is continuous, which means you effectively have countless grind sizes possible, so you can grind coffee for espresso makers, French press, and everything in between with reliability.
This grinder includes a glass canister to catch the grounds and reduce the amount of coffee grounds that stick to the sides due to static electricity, which is common with plastic canisters. Everything about this grinder screams premium, so the price is the only factor that kept this grinder out of our top two spots.
4. Mueller Austria 550K HyperGrind Precision Electric Coffee Grinder
This is another electric blade grinder on our list, so it isn’t as consistent as a burr grinder, but the operation is effortless. It’s made of high-quality and durable materials, and it feels like it will last for quite a long time, even with regular use. Grinding is high-speed, so you can expect to have enough grounds for a full carafe of drip coffee in about 20-30 seconds. There are no preset grind sizes, so you’ll have to grind based on time or how fine the grounds look, and this can lead to inconsistent flavors in your brewed coffee.
This grinder doesn’t have a removable and washable grinding cup, so you will need to be very careful while cleaning not to get water inside the machine or in the motor. It’s reasonably silent in operation, so you’re unlikely to wake up others who may be sleeping while you’re working on getting your caffeine fix. It’s also very affordable and is of better quality than many other blade grinders we tested.
5. Hamilton Beach 80335R Fresh Grind Electric Coffee Grinder
This electric grinder uses blades to grind the coffee, so operation is effortless and straightforward. However, there is far less consistency in this grinder than in a higher-end blade grinder or a burr grinder, and it doesn’t include any preset grinding profiles. It grinds coffee beans very efficiently, and you’ll be able to produce enough coffee grounds for around 10-12 cups of coffee in under 30 seconds. It includes a removable grinding cup, so clean up is very simple and straightforward, and it will be easy to pour your grounds into your filter after grinding is completed.
It’s about average in noisiness during operation, but you’re unlikely to wake anyone up in your home if they’re sleeping while you grind your coffee. This grinder feels less durable than our more highly rated options, but it still feels like it will hold up to regular use for quite some time. It includes a convenient mechanism for cord storage, so it can stay out on your counter without looking messy.
6. KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder
This blade grinder from KitchenAid isn’t as precise or consistent as burr grinders, but we did find that the motor is powerful and feels more than capable of grinding every day for a long time. The grinder is visually appealing and will make an excellent addition to your countertop. It comes with two grinding cups if you want to grind spices separately, and the cups are removable for cleaning.
The plastic cover that encases the grinding cup doesn’t seal to the metal top, so we found that a substantial amount of grounds flew over the top of the grinding cup and settled against the lid. This gap not only led to a mess on our counter when opening the cover but also a loss of coffee grounds. Because of this design flaw, the instructions note that it’s not suitable for grinding for espresso machines, as finer grounds are lighter and will escape more readily. Additionally, what does escape from the grinding cup can very quickly become lodged in crevices in the base, making cleanup a pain.
7. Cuisinart DCG-12BC Grind Central Coffee Grinder
This grinder has a very striking, brushed stainless steel exterior and will fit in beautifully on your countertop. It uses a standard blade to grind, so while it is powerful and will stand up to heavy grinding, it isn’t as consistent as burr grinders or blade grinders with preset grinding sizes. It includes a removable cup to make cleaning more manageable, and the cup has the largest capacity for coffee beans we’ve seen on an electric blade grinder.
However, we found that this grinder suffered from the same issue as the previous one, where coffee grounds easily escape during grinding. There isn’t a seal on the cup, which is frustrating and wasteful, and unfortunately, it seems to be unavoidable. The escaping coffee can also easily get lodged in the area where the motor is seated, making cleaning very difficult, and we’d worry that it might be dangerous for operation. This grinder is also not suitable for grinding espresso given this design flaw, so you’ll only be able to use it for more coarsely ground coffee. The materials used to construct this grinder are visually appealing, but they feel cheaper than other options.
8. Kaffe KF2010 Electric Coffee Grinder
This grinder from Kaffe is sleek and modern, so you won’t have any issue keeping it out on the counter for regular use. It uses a blade to grind the coffee, so it’s less consistent than a burr grinder, and we found that the blades are very dull, leading to even more inconsistency in grind size than most other blade grinders. Even timing our grinds, we either ended up with a very inconsistent size that included whole or half beans in some cases, or very fine powder that would even be too fine for an espresso machine.
The grinding chamber is not removable, making emptying and cleaning rather tricky, but the grinder does come with a cleaning brush to aid in the cleaning process. This grinder has a lower capacity for beans and will only be able to grind enough coffee at one time for between eight and ten cups of coffee.
9. DR MILLS DM-7441 Electric Dried Spice and Coffee Grinder
This is another electric blade grinder on our list, so again the consistency of your coffee grounds won’t be equal to that which you’d get with a burr grinder. It does grind very rapidly, but it has a small capacity that will allow you to grind enough beans for around six or seven cups of coffee. The lid doesn’t seal against the grinding chamber, so we found that this is another option that causes quite the mess on your counter and loss of coffee, especially with larger volumes at once. There isn’t a removable grinding cup, so cleaning the chamber and pouring grounds out into your filter can be rather frustrating.
It offers very little consistency that is almost unsuitable for brewing coffee. There are no preset grinding profiles, and it seemed the only two options were a big mix of coarse and fine grounds or an extremely fine consistency that would only be suitable for Turkish coffee. Given the very poor consistency achievable with this grinder, the limited capacity for beans, and the difficulty we had with cleaning, we would recommend against this grinder.
Coffee grinders have a relatively simple job, so you may think that finding a reliable grinder that makes delicious coffee every morning is an easy task. However, there are some key features you should be looking for in any coffee grinder you consider. Whether you choose one of the grinders above or continue looking for other options, keep the below factors in mind to help choose a reliable and functional grinder.
By far the most critical aspect of a coffee grinder is the consistency of the coffee grounds it can produce. Everything enjoyable about coffee — the strength, mouthfeel, and flavor — is dictated in large part by the consistency of the grounds you use. Burr grinders are generally better at providing repeatable results, but most are expensive. Finding a blade grinder manufactured with consistency in mind can still produce good quality, consistent coffee, and it will be more affordable. You’ll have to choose which is more important to you: cost or repeatable quality.
Ease of Use
There are two types of grinders: electric and manual. Electric grinders use a motor powered by electricity to grind the coffee, while manual grinders require that you turn a crank to grind the beans. Manual grinders are far more cost-effective, but you’ll have to put in some physical work each morning to grind your coffee. Electric grinders often just require you to push a button, but they’re also more expensive. Again, you’ll have to choose which suits your needs best.
No one likes the taste of stale coffee, and to enjoy the benefits of using a grinder, you’ll have to clean it regularly. You should pay close attention to how easy it is to clean any grinder you’re considering. Some have detachable and machine washable grinding chambers, which make cleanup effortless. In contrast, others require using a brush or damp cloth to clean around certain mechanical parts and in crevices on the machine’s exterior. You’ll be cleaning your grinder often, so this is an essential factor to keep in mind!
As you’ll have realized by now, the way your grinder functions during use is essential as well. Some grinders lead to loss of grounds and a mess on your countertops regularly, while others are just easy to use. Since you’ll be using your grinder every day, you need to make sure the one you choose works consistently and isn’t inconvenient in any way.
As you can see, there are many considerations that should go into a coffee grinder that might not be obvious right away! To make your life easier and your coffee experience significantly better, you’ll want to make sure you choose a grinder that gets the job done consistently and quickly and is easy to use and clean. Hopefully, these reviews have helped you narrow down your search and decide what kind of grinder is best for your needs.
Our top pick overall is the KRUPS Silent Vortex Electric Grinder. It’s sleek, very affordable, easy to use and clean, and provides a remarkably consistent grind size for delicious and bold cups of coffee every time. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, we would recommend the LHS 171002 Manual Coffee Grinder. It requires a little elbow grease, but it produces consistently flavorful coffee, and it’s as easy on your wallet as it is to clean!
Table of Contents
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 9 Best Coffee Grinders – Reviews 2020
- 1. KRUPS Silent Vortex Electric Grinder – Best Overall
- 2. LHS 171002 Manual Coffee Grinder – Best Value
- 3. Bodum 10903-01US-3 Bistro Burr Grinder – Premium Choice
- 4. Mueller Austria 550K HyperGrind Precision Electric Coffee Grinder
- 5. Hamilton Beach 80335R Fresh Grind Electric Coffee Grinder
- 6. KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder
- 7. Cuisinart DCG-12BC Grind Central Coffee Grinder
- 8. Kaffe KF2010 Electric Coffee Grinder
- 9. DR MILLS DM-7441 Electric Dried Spice and Coffee Grinder
- Buyer’s Guide