Last Updated: 03-06-2020

10 Best Coffee Grinders 2020

We all love the speed, efficiency and lack of mess which using pre-ground coffee granules or pod machines brings.

But sometimes, there is just nothing better than preparing a cup of coffee from fresh, and this means grinding the beans yourself just before they are used.

If you don’t have the luxury of having a bean to cup machine which does all of this for you, you probably have been looking at separate grinders. Only a few minutes exploring the availability will have probably confused you as there are just so many. Do you need a burr or blade machine? Is hand or electric better? What even are the differences?

Here is our little guide to the best coffee bean grinders on the market, as well as explaining which is best for your needs:

 

Our Top Picks

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Sage BCG820BSSUK the Smart Grinder Pro
  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 450g
  • Burr Material: Stainless
  • Steel Shape: Conical
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De’Longhi Blade KG49
  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 90g
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Rhino Compact Hand Grinder
  • Power: Hand
  • Capacity: 42g
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The Best Coffee Bean Grinders

1.
Sage BCG820BSSUK the Smart Grinder Pro

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 450g
  • Burr Material: Stainless
  • Steel Shape: Conical

The perfect cup of coffee needs the perfect amount of beans and the precise grinding level. This can result in a lot of experimentation, failed attempts and lacklustre mugs before you get it right.

This is where the Sage Grinder Pro steps up to the task.

Thanks to Dosing IQ Technology, no matter how many beans you use, the desired results will be achieved. There are programmable time, cup and dose settings, as well as being able to set the machine you’ll be using. You can adjust the strength without altering the number of cups too, which is handy. In fact, there is a total of 60 grind settings in all.

If you have found your perfect grind setting by adjusting the settings manually, you can save this for easy access at a later date. All the grounds are dropped into the basket and ready to be used straight away.

There is a vacuum pot included, so you can grind your coffee down in preparation for a later date and keep it fresh for when it is needed which we thought was a nice touch.

No beans got trapped in the hopper when we used it, no matter the amount we used, and removing the basket which holds the grounds was also really easy and – most importantly – didn’t result in coffee granules spilling all over the kitchen surface.

Yes, it is the most expensive option by quite a little bit. But it is for the serious coffee lovers who find grinding their coffee beans to be the best way to get that perfect taste. If you are after a grinder, taste is probably one of the main factors in your cup of coffee anyway.

And it isn’t like the money is wasted. This was the best performing coffee bean grinder we tested by far thanks to the wide range of settings and effectiveness.

Reasons to Buy

  • Large capacity – good for commercial use or future preparation
  • Huge range of settings
  • Large LED display

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

2.
Hario Medium Glass Hand Coffee Grinder

Specifications

  • Power: Manual
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Burr Material: Ceramic
  • Shape: Flat

One of the most popular hand grinders on the market over the past few years, thanks to its ergonomic, timeless design and adjustable grind size.

With the ability to grind your beans into a fine powder for espressos, and leave them a bit coarser for iced coffees, this is a product which can cater to any tastes or coffee varieties.

It is also very reliable; the ceramic burrs will last longer than stainless steel versions, and they’re seen as being a lot more consistent too.

As it is a hand model, it is only really suitable for grinding small amounts of beans at any one time. But it does seem quite strong and stable, so there is nothing to stop it being used regularly from what we can see.

Adjusting the settings for the coarseness of the grind isn’t obvious at first, but if you take the grinding handle off you, will see a little screw/washer. The further you turn it right, the tighter the mechanism will get and the finer the coffee will be.

Hand grinders will unsurprisingly take longer than their electric counterparts. Not only do you have to go a bit slower, but it is also more effort. It will take about 2 minutes to fully grind enough coffee for one cup, but the flavour at the end does seem to be relative to the time spent.

Essentially, it is a product for anyone who wants the effectiveness and consistency of a burr grinder but doesn’t want to fork out for an electrical device. On the downside, it is more expensive than the majority of other manual options on the market. We understand that you pay for quality, but there are versions which aren’t far off for less than half the price.

But the simplistic nature means not much can go wrong with the mill, and all the individual parts seem quality so it should last for years to come.

Reasons to Buy

  • Glass feels strong

Reasons to Avoid

  • Occasionally clogs up with beans

3.
De’Longhi Blade KG49

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 90g

For its size, this blade grinder holds a surprising amount of beans, making it ideal for larger households or anyone who likes to plan ahead with their coffee grinding schedule.

With the capacity to grind between 4 and 12 cups of beans, it is surprisingly powerful and should cater to any need. The transparent powder holder is not only removable, but you can easily check on the update of how the grinding is getting on.

To help you out a little bit, there is also a set of LED lights which indicated the consistency of the grind. It will turn red when your desired level is reached, on coarse, medium and fine, so there is a lot less guessing involved than with a lot of other models in a similar price range.

This indicator seemed to be pretty accurate, so there was no disappointing ‘opening of the jar to find it hadn’t quite worked’ moments. Just remember to constantly hold down the grinding operation for the lights to work; we kept pausing after a few seconds at first which seems to reset the entire process.

We will say that it is definitely one of those devices which seems to work better when fuller rather than empty. It coped better when filled up to the maximum line, rather than putting the very minimum in. For this reason, we would say that it isn’t an option for anyone who just makes one cup at a time or likes to grind as they go rather than preparing it and storing.

There is a little brush included for cleaning it out and quite a generous power cable length. You can wind any unused cable around the base when not needed. In all, it seems like a good little product you could get plenty of use out of for the price.

Reasons to Buy

  • Indicator lights
  • Easy to press grind button

Reasons to Avoid

  • Is a bit messy when opening

4.
Rhino Compact Hand Grinder

Specifications

  • Power: Hand
  • Capacity: 42g

This is the best travel coffee grinder we found – if this is what you are after.

Or, it can simply be for home use but take up little space in your kitchen cupboards in between uses. It is a hand grinder, so compact and there is no need for power supplies.

You get an AeroPress adapter with it, so it is perfect if you are going camping and want something to go along with your coffee maker, as well as a carry bag to keep it safe in your bag and dust-free in storage. It can be used for other kinds of brewing methods too though, such as pour-over or mugs.

Coffee tastes better when the beans are freshly ground, and this grinder also allows you to carry around the beans – which will be much tidier than carrying the grounds.

Reasons to Buy

  • Portable
  • Grinds directly into an Aeropress
  • Comes with carry bag

Reasons to Avoid

  • You will need a bit of arm muscle

5.
Dualit 75015 Coffee Grinder

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 250g
  • Burr Material: Stainless Steel
  • Shape: Conical

A very stylish piece which looks evidently like a grinder – just in case you want all of your visitors to know that you are at that level of coffee making.

There is a handy portion control option, so if you will be making four cups of coffee, you only grind enough for that. You can do up to ten portions, so it is good if you want to prepare ahead too. With a choice of multiple grind settings, it will also suit many coffee brewing methods (except espresso).

Thanks to the conical system, all of the beans are ground evenly. The maximum amount of aroma is also released, as it can spin slower than the likes of a blade grinder. This produces less heat and maximises efficiency.

The burrs can easily be removed for a thorough cleaning, and the large hopper can actually hold 250g or 35 portions of beans so can store them ahead of time too.

Reasons to Buy

  • Can store 35 portions of beans ready to grind
  • Stylish feature piece
  • Choice of grind settings and portion amounts

Reasons to Avoid

  • Doesn’t grind fine enough for espresso

6.
Krups Expert Burr Grinder GVX2

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 225g
  • Burr Material: Stainless Steel
  • Shape: Conical

Of course Krups have a burr grinder, and it is a pretty good one as you’d expect. You have the choice to grind your beans down to suit both the machine you are using and the desired taste you are after, so it is flexible.

You also have a handy cup selector option, between 2 and 12, so you can grind just the right amount to make your current coffee for optimum freshness, or you can bulk prepare and store it in an airtight dedicated container.

There is the choice to switch it off manually, but it will also cut off when the desired consistency has been reached so you can largely leave it to the job. It has 17 grind options and positions, so all from a percolator to a filter machine can be catered for.

Reasons to Buy

  • Large choice of grind settings
  • Option to bulk grind

Reasons to Avoid

  • Buttons are a little fragile

7.
Bodum 10903-01UK Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 220g
  • Burr Material: Stainless Steel
  • Shape: Conical

Bodum is a well-loved brand when it comes to all areas of coffee preparation and drinking, and if you have some other products in the range, this is the perfect addition.

Whether you be using their French Press, or you take one of their thermos flasks on your commute to work, this little device can prepare the coffee granules you will need for the best-tasting coffee under the circumstances.

The conical burrs crush the beans rather than slicing and chopping them as blades would, which preserves some of the flavours and also means consistent results are delivered. Adjusting the level of grinding is easy enough; you just twist the upper bean container to choose one of the 12 programmed settings.

Coffee grinds fall into the borosilicate glass container included, which is static-free so you won’t get any granules jumping around or sticking to the pot when you go to empty it.

Looks-wise, it has all the typical Bodum styling aspects. There is a rubber grip surrounding the glass jar, and the entire body of the grinder is made from soft rubber. This does make it look a bit like a garden power tool, but on a more positive note allows it to match other products in the Bodum range well. Black, red, silver, copper and off-white are the choices, so whether you want an exact match or a pop of colour, there should be an option for you.

A push button operates everything, and as well as being able to adjust the grinding level there is also a pre-set timer so you can set the number of seconds it runs for depending on the result you want.

It does take a bit of experimentation to get exactly right, and the burr is stainless steel, so we don’t feel it is as effective as the ceramic alternatives, but it is still a great option.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to adjust settings
  • Glass container holds grains well

Reasons to Avoid

  • Stainless steel burr could become problematic

8.
KRUPS F20342 Coffee Mill Grinder

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 75g

With two stainless steel blades and a 180W motor, this Krups grinder faces no problems with chopping and cutting your coffee beans.

The single speed helps to keep you on top of the grinding mechanism, as you simply know that the longer you blend for, the finer the powder becomes. No messing about with a bunch of settings, just a bit of manual monitoring.

It is important to remember to follow the instructions carefully. Just like with any blender, you should always use it for 20 seconds maximum and then give it a break for a minute, although we would say to cut this down further to about 15 seconds as a slight burning motor smell starts to emerge.

The 75g capacity is enough to make up to 15 small cups of coffee at one time, which is great if you are entertaining. There is nothing to stop you only preparing enough for two cups, of course.

Electrical devices can always bring an element of danger to your kitchen, especially when they include blades and sharp pieces. The safety switch will prevent the mill from operating unless the lid is locked safely in place, so not only will there be no pieces of coffee flying everywhere, but no hands can come anywhere near the blades while they are at work.

Other users have commented that it is also useful to grind things such as peppercorns, seeds, oats and cloves into a fine powder, so if you are a frequent baker or cook as well as a coffee lover, it could be a perfect 2-in-1 item.

To clean, all it needs is a bit of attention with a small brush. There are dedicated options available, but we have found in the past that an unused paintbrush is perfectly adequate. Then just give it a wipe with a damp cloth if there are any marks. Because it is electric, it isn’t recommended that you wash it in water, and you can’t take it apart to care for every part separately, unfortunately.

Reasons to Buy

  • Can make very fine coffee
  • Generous capacity

Reasons to Avoid

  • Cleaning is difficult

9.
Cooko Manual Coffee Grinder

Specifications

  • Power: Manual
  • Capacity: 100g
  • Burr Material: Ceramic
  • Shape: Flat

Small and lightweight, this grinder would be the perfect addition to any camping trip or day out for anyone who simply can’t let being away from home keep them from their coffee fix. You could even take it to work with you or keep it in your caravan as an affordable, practical grinder which doesn’t require power.

The glass bottle feels strong enough to suffer from a slight bit of wear and tear, and there is also a silicone lid for this part if you want to pre-grind the coffee ready for when you need it next. The cap is a high standard, so no moisture or air will get into the jar.

It is labour-intensive, so not for those who are always in a rush or hate putting effort into their cup of coffee. But for the price, the quality of the coffee grains at the end is decent. The granules aren’t all uniform, which is usually something a burr grinder avoids, but your coffee machine will hopefully not see this as an issue.

The uneven results come from there being no bearings in the burr, which usually stops them both swinging from side to side. It isn’t the end of the world, as a bit of patience and time can make this less of a problem. Trial and error will sort it all out.

The low price also means that if you want to see what all the fuss is about with grinding your own beans, it is achievable on a budget.

Reasons to Buy

  • Handle is easy to hold
  • Ceramic grinder for the price

Reasons to Avoid

  • Uncomfortable to grip to hold it still

10.
Andrew James Electric Coffee Grinder

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 70g

With a transparent lid, this Andrew James offering is great for anyone who likes to have full control over the consistency of their beans.

You can see how the grinding process is coming along, so whether enough has been done or they need another little blast. All you do is turn the machine on with the switch, and then off again when you need to have a pause or are finished. This degree of control is something which a lot of people will probably like, especially if your tastes regularly change depending on how you feel and your chosen blend for the day.

The angled, tapered design seems to mean the majority of the beans are chopped by the blades pretty quickly with none left behind in corners or too far away from the blade. It is also quite shallow, so even though you can’t wash it in water, it is easy to wipe around if you’re careful of the blades.

Looking at the beans is, unfortunately, the only way to see the progress. There’s no indicator lights or settings to change, so it is a big guessing game essentially, and you’ll get the right result if you strike lucky. Thankfully, it seemed to be the case that we were more lucky than unlucky.

But for the price, it is an effective little kitchen companion for any coffee lover. Grinding experts would always to say to go with a burr grinder, but this small electrical device is affordable and does the job better than some other more expensive blade grinders available.

It will hold 70g of beans too, which is enough to make 10 cups. Nothing to stop you making some ahead to save a bit of time.

Reasons to Buy

  • Simple to control
  • Easy to access to clean/brush out

Reasons to Avoid

  • Window lid sometimes isn’t clear enough to see into

Coffee Bean Grinder Buying Guide

What Is a Burr Grinder?

Burr grinders are the option which most coffee connoisseurs would pick, as they generally achieve a much more consistent result and in a lot less time.

If taste is a big factor for you and you can really tell the difference between blends, flavours and granule sizes, then a burr could be the best choice.

They work by grinding the beans down between two rotating flat surfaces, milling them almost. This means that nearly every bean gets the same amount of attention and power until the required consistency is achieved. Think of the way a pestle and mortar works, but with a lot more effectiveness.

Most are adjustable, so can grind beans into different sizes by moving the surfaces closer together.

What Is a Blade Grinder?

These are generally the cheap and cheerful options, acting as a kind of blender which uses blades to chop the contents. You are basically grinding your beans down in the same way you’d make a smoothie.

Manufacturers usually will give a recommended bean amount to use in grinders, which should yield the best results. Over- or under-filling the machine could mean a lot of inconsistency. The best results are achieved by using the blades in spurts rather than all in one go, leaving a bit of a break in between cycles.

This is because they bash, chop and break the beans down all at one time. Not everyone will necessarily get the same amount of attention. The beans go from whole to coarse grinds to finer grinds the longer the machine goes on.

Because they are so powerful and require a lot of time to grind into a fine powder, there is a risk that if they over-grind the beans, they could burn them. The blades create friction, which in turn generates heat, which in turn can burn the beans and cook the oils which have been released.

You may or may not be able to taste this in the coffee. Finer grounds also create a more mellow taste, but larger is seen as more powerful or bitter. This could give you a mixed taste of coffee, but it all boils down to how you like it.

However, if you follow instructions and run the machine for a few seconds and then give it a break to cool down, this should solve this issue. Modern devices are a lot more capable than the original models.

Blade grinders are commonly also used for nuts, spices, seeds and breadcrumbs.

Electrical or Manual?

Whether an electrical or manual coffee grinder is the best option depends on whether you want the work done automatically with the press of a few buttons, or prefer the traditional method. Some say that the more effort you put in, the better the results, after all.

Bladed options are usually electrical, so the correct amount of necessary power can be achieved, but burr grinders can be both hand or electrical. The latter option usually caters to a larger number of beans, and perhaps in a more commercial environment.

A bonus of having a manual device is that it can be portable, so you can use it as a travel grinder to accompany an Aeropress or a travel Moka pot.

How To Find the Best Coffee Bean Grinder For You

It all depends on:

  • Your budget

  • The level of grind you are ideally after

  • The coffee you drink

  • The coffee machine you will be using

  • How many beans you will need at a time

  • Whether you’ll actually be able to taste the difference

If you already have your coffee machine, there may be certain limits as to which grind of coffee you can use.

Cafetieres usually require a coarser grind to ensure no bits escape through the press, but a filter machine may just need a very fine blend if the mesh traps everything but the liquid. Bear this in mind before you buy a grinder.

As well, espressos require a finer grind than most other coffee types to get the job done a bit quicker, but there also needs to be a shorter time between grinding and brewing to lock in more flavour. An electrical burr grinder is the best option.

Sometimes it boils down to taste as well. Coarser grinds usually result in a stronger, occasionally more bitter taste, but finer grinds (such as instant coffee) are often weaker.

Should your taste buds be pretty well defined to the tastes of coffee, a high-end electric burr grinder may be the best pick for the best results. If you simply want the next step up from instant or all coffee tastes the same, think about whether you’d be able to tell the difference between a blade grinder which costs £30 or one that costs £300.

If you live in a large household and you all have coffee at the same time, you’ll need an option which will accommodate enough beans and also be able to cope with the pressure. But should you live on your own or just in a couple, a smaller manual machine could just be sufficient.

Likewise, if you buy expensive beans, you want to treat them in the best way possible. Supermarket value beans will likely taste the same in either machine no matter how they are ground.

Price

Hand burr grinders and cheaper blade grinders can be found for below £20, and can increase to around £50. Electrical burr grinders are usually around double this as they have larger capacity and often more control and automation over the entire process.

It is important to remember that a higher price doesn’t necessarily mean a better quality product with some of the blade and manual models.

FAQs

Can I prepare flavoured coffee in the same grinder?

This is not recommended. Flavour extracts, such as oils, will coat the grinder material when in use, and these oils and aromas are basically impossible to remove.

They can be cleaned of course, but the more they are used, the harder it would be to remove all traces of the previous coffee product. You don’t want to risk spoiling the flavour of your flavoured coffee with your strong morning flavour.

The same applies if you occasionally like decaf rather than caffeinated. Depending on your model, you may be able to purchase a second container.

How do I clean my coffee grinder?

Electrical machines cannot be cleaned with water apart from wiping them with a damp cloth. Always allow to dry thoroughly before using again. The internal workings are usually easy to access, and if a cleaning brush does not come with the product, you can easily use a small paintbrush or toothbrush to sweep away any excess powder left behind.

Non-electrical items can often be wiped or washed with water and taken apart easier, but always follow manufacturer’s guidelines – you don’t want to get water on it if it will affect the workings.

 

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