Last Updated: 30-07-2019

10 Best Coffee Bean Grinders 2019

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.

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:

 

The Best Coffee Bean Grinders

Best Blade Grinders

1.
AICOK Electric Coffee Grinder

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 60g

A generous 200W motor and double stainless steel blades get your coffee beans down into a fine enough powder for use in your chosen coffee machine.

An easy touch operation means you just press a button for it to grind and release it to stop, so you can get the grounds down to the precise way you need them. On average, it takes 8 seconds for french press coffee, 10 seconds for Mocha or up to 20 seconds for finely powdered espresso. After 30 seconds, the motor will cut out to prevent the unit from overheating, which can not only be dangerous but also cause your beans to burn and impart a horrid taste upon them. 60g can be made at any time, which is enough for around 12 cups of coffee.

All of the grounds are contained in a stainless steel bowl, so you can easily transfer them to your airtight container where they can keep for a few days. It also makes it easier to wash once you’re done, and dry thoroughly. It will also grind spices, nuts, seeds herbs, linseed, pumpkin seeds and more, which could come in handy if you’re a dab hand in the kitchen.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to keep clean
  • Can grind to a very fine powder
  • Can grind multiple items

Reasons to Avoid

  • Button is a bit stiff

2.
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

3.
KINGTOP Coffee Grinder

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 60g

The Kingtop grinder is the perfect example of not needing to spend a huge amount of money for a quality product.

Working at a high speed of 20,000-30,000 rpm, it can tackle beans quicker than a lot of other electrical blade machines. Simply pulse for around 2-3 seconds, give it a little break, and go again until you have the desired consistency. A coarse grind will only take around 8-10 seconds in total and a fine ground about 10-15 seconds.

There is a little cleaning brush included so you can get rid of any particles which are stuck around the blade area after use, as it isn’t recommended you wash the device with water. We would also suggest that, before you unscrew the lid of the storage tub, you give the edges a bit of a tap. Some powder does sit around the lip of the container, which then spills when opened, but this seems to clear it so there’s no mess.

When in use, the machine is relatively quiet for a blade device. It comes with a spare blade too, which initially made us think it wasn’t going to be any good and would give up with the first hint of a challenge. How wrong we were. As long as you follow the instructions, it doesn’t seem to be losing its efficiency anytime soon. So, it looks just to be a thoughtful addition.

We like the stainless steel finish, which keeps it looking new and clean as well as feeling very sturdy. When it isn’t being used, the cord can be wrapped around the base and tucked away, so everything is tidy and safe.

Reasons to Buy

  • Quiet

Reasons to Avoid

  • Smaller capacity than most other options

4.
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

5.
KRUPS F20342 Coffee and Spice 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

Best Burr Grinders

1.
Sage BCG820BSSUK the Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Grinder – Best Overall

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 – Best Hand Burr 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 KG79

Specifications

  • Power: Electric
  • Capacity: 120g
  • Burr Material: Stainless Steel
  • Shape: Flat

With a capacity of 120g of coffee beans, which is enough for 12 cups of coffee, this De’Longhi is ideal for anyone who likes to get it all done at once for the week ahead, or for anyone who really loves their caffeine.

There is the option to choose how many cupfuls of beans you want to grind, in case you like your coffee to taste as fresh as possible and would rather not store it for a few days. There is also the option to pick the exact grind, to suit your preferred machine or coffee making method. The transparent bean container will allow you to store the beans in there until you’re ready to grind them, and you’ll easily see when they need topping up.

The powder container is also transparent and removable. This makes it easy to wash, and also simple to transfer the grounds into a storage tub.  Should you want to store the entire appliance away, the integrated cord storage helps you keep it neat and won’t affect everything else around it. The product is equipped with safety measures too, so if either the bean or ground holder are removed when the grinder is whirring, the power will cut off.

It is a decent price for the amount it can hold and the overall quality. A little on the noisy side, but gives reliable results. Invest in a small pastry brush to clean the blades after use.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good capacity
  • Able to store the beans in the unit

Reasons to Avoid

  • Cable is short

4.
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

5.
Fecihor Manual Coffee Grinder – Best Antique Design

Specifications

  • Power: Manual
  • Capacity: 75g
  • Burr Material: Ceramic
  • Shape: Flat

Manual coffee grinders have been around for years and years. It is a traditional method, which came long before you were able to buy pre-ground versions.

So, if you want to make a nod towards this history and purchase an antique, vintage style coffee grinder, this is your pick. The crank mill is easy to turn, as it is situated at the side of the machine rather than on the top like many modern varieties which we liked.

It is also perfect for grinding any type of seed, herb or spice thanks to the lack of blades. The mechanisms are mostly made of cast iron which means they’re strong and won’t wear away, and we liked how the grinds fell into a small wooden compartment once they were ready for another traditional feel, which also adds to the aroma.

It takes ages to grind the beans, just like with any other manual device. It isn’t one for the regular coffee drinker or anyone who wants exact precision and perfection from the results. But for anyone who loves the idea of displaying such an item on their coffee station or kitchen worktop, but still wants to occasionally use it about once a day, it is a great buy.

The price isn’t bad – there are a couple of cheaper options available, but with this model, you are also paying for the build and style, as well as the quality. For a retro look which not only does a good job but looks brilliant on display, this Fecihor is the best vintage coffee grinder we found.

Reasons to Buy

  • Antique design and operation
  • Grounds drawer easy to remove and replace

Reasons to Avoid

  • Results can be hit and miss

Coffee Bean Grinder Buying Guide

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.

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.

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.

What is the best coffee bean grinder for me?

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. Cafetières 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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