A coffee grinder is an essential for a coffee enthusiast, it is also the perfect gift for a coffee lover.
So which is the best coffee grinder to buy? How much do you need to spend to get a good one? Does brand matter?
All of these questions and more will be answered when we explore the top 10 coffee grinders on the market today.
Lets start with the best budget friendly coffee grinders. (Scroll down to find more indulgent purchases.)
Best Budget Coffee Grinders Under £20
This is the best coffee grinder for the least amount of money.
You can grind not only coffee, but nuts and herbs too.
The Savisto grinder would make an excellent inexpensive stocking filler present for a person who loves coffee.
The clear lid helps to to see when the contents has been ground to the right level. This lid must be down for the blades to work, (the button must also be pressed to activate the blade).
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The Andrew James coffee grinder is another cheap and cheerful coffee grinder with a simple one button control.
It allows you to grind herms, seeds nuts and other small ingredients.
This coffee grinder has a 70g capacity, which doesn’t sound like much, but is enough to make around 10 cups of freshly brewed coffee.
A transparent lid helps you to see if the contents is ground, (this saves mess as you don’t have to keep opening the lid to check.
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The Hunt Brothers manual grinder is award winning for its unique design and excellent performance.
There is a strand of doubt in the mind when you consider a manual grinder; will it be hard to turn? Will the handle get jammed? Will it provide as good of a grind as an electric grinder?
The answers are; no, it isn’t hard to turn, it has an ergonomic handle and a conical ceramic burr.
A ‘conical ceramic burr’ is the type of grinder which is different to a regular blades and works by ‘crushing’ the coffee beans.
The conical burr can be set at 18 different levels to allow a larger space between the grinding disks to achieve a very fine grind or a coarse grind. There 18 different settings in total.
It will provide a comparable grind to an electric grinder, the only difference is the time it takes to grind the coffee.
It takes around 1 minute of grinding for enough coffee for two large mugs.
One of the major advantages of the manual grinder is its ease of use whilst travelling. If you are going on a touring or camping holiday, or even staying in a caravan at the seaside, you will find it much easier to transport this manual grinder than an electric one.
Not only that, if you have no power source and you are camping, a manual grinder is a perfect thing to break out for the most wonderful cup of coffee.
The other thing I love about this manual grinder is that it is WAY quieter than using an electric grinder.. ever tried to make fresh coffee quietly in the morning using an electric grinder? Impossible. Whereas a manual one isn’t much louder than pepper mill sound.
Key features of the Hunt Brothers coffee grinder:
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The Duronic electric coffee grinder has a larger motor (250W) than some of the other cheaper grinders, meaning it will grind through almost anything with ease and without having to take breaks every 30 seconds.
The thing I like about this grinder is the metal cup that sits inside the clear plastic outer, it is removable to easily get the coffee grind to the brewing device.
It also makes the machine very easy to clean, the stainless steel bowl can be washed easily, the is good if you intend to use the grinder to grind more than just coffee.
(You need to make sure the blades and container are properly cleaned so you don’t transfer taste or smell onto the next thing that you grind.)
This grinder is small and easy to store or it can be left out on the work surface as it doesn’t take up much space and blends in well to a modern kitchen.
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5. Krups F20342 Electric Coffee Grinder
The Krups coffee grinder is actually the coffee grinder that we own in our house. We have had it for around 5 years! And they are still selling the same model! That is saying something.
The reason we liked this one is that is is super easy to use with a one button operation, we aren’t too fussy about different levels of blend fineness.
The Krups machine has two blades to make the grinding process quicker and more effective.
The capacity of the this coffee grinder would be sufficient to produce 15 cups of coffee.
The oval shape makes it easy to hold and to pour and they grinder is incredible small but effective and producing a fine grind.
If you want a coarse grind, hold the button for less time, if you want a fine espresso powder, hold the button for longer.
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Best Premium Coffee Grinders (Under £70!)
The Kingtop grinder looks very fancy and looks far more expensive than it actually is.
At just over £20 it is a bargain for the excellent and easy coffee grind you will achieve every time.
The level of finely ground coffee that you desire is controlled by how long you press the button for. (Ranging from 6 seconds, to 15 seconds.)
The Kingtop is ‘low noise’ which is great, as coffee grinders tend to be quite loud!
Although the lid has a weird lip where the ‘on’ button is, this doesn’t affect how easy it is to get the coffee out of the grinder.
This model of coffee grinder also comes with a brush to aid with cleaning.
(The cleaning utensils that most people have around the house are not really suitable for getting around the blades in the confined area of the grinder.)
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This Homegeek coffee grinder is still budget friendly and offers a lot more functionality for the money, than some other grinders.
If you’re a gadget geek, you will love the dial that allows you to select from 5 precision grind settings. The other sliding gadget allows you to set the machine to 2, 4, 8 or 12 cups of brewed coffee.
I really like that this grinder has a removable stainless steel inner bowl, which makes cleaning the thing much easier and more hygienic. I would blend herbs and spices in this container without the worry of flavour being passed onto the coffee afterwards as the stainless steel bowl can be properly cleaned.
A built in cooling vent at the bottom of the grinder helps the machine when it is grinding enough coffee for 12 cups. The cord can also be stored in the base to prevent clutter on worktops (something that drives me mad!)
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If you’re looking for an awesome new gadget for your kitchen, be prepared to find it, right now.
I really love this sweet little machine and like the fact even more that you can now be lazy, even when grinding coffee beans!
As quick as it is to open the packet, tip in the beans and hold the button to grind then to the desired finish, it’s even quicker when you can simply press a button and this is all done for you.
The one niggle I have about using a regular coffee grinder is that I am never quite sure just how many beans to use, its usual a guess and I sometimes use too many or too few.
However, the Krups Expert machine takes care of this. You only have to select the number of cups required using the neat dial on the front and press start and the machine will automatically grind the perfect amount of beans for you. (You can keep a small storage of coffee beans in the sealed chamber at the top toffee the supply.)
I wouldn’t keep too many beans in the container at the top for too long though as they can lose freshness after a day or two.
The Krups Expert grinder has a second dial which controls how find you would like the grind to be – very fine for an espresso or more coarse for use in a cafetiere.
I really like the easy of use with this machine and tit does seem like it would cost more than it actually does.
The effort involved in switching from a coarse grind to a fine grind is much quicker when using this machine than with a manual grinder.
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The Melitta coffee grinder is quite similar to the Krups expert one. You can store coffee beans in the top compartment to save you having to open the packet of coffee beans each time you want to make a coffee.
The design of this coffee grinder is quite quirky and modern and will fit nicely into most contemporary kitchens.
The ease of use with this machine is fantastic, there is no mess and there is a convenient plastic container where the ground coffee is collected.
The button and dials are very easy to work, you select how many cups you would like to brew and select the coarseness of the grind you would like.
The grinder in this machine is slightly different to others in that it is a ‘professional disk grinder’ which is supposed to last longer and be more efficient than a standard burr grinder.
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The Body coffee grinder is a really stylish looking grinder, it has the chic and minimalist design look, like the kitchenware by Joseph and Joseph.
The cone shaped tank on top can store 220g of coffee beans and it really easy and quick to top up. It sets the look off perfectly and means I definitely wouldn’t want to store this grinder away in the cupboard I would want to leave it out on show!
Bodum have included a push button for manual grinding control and a timer for set amounts of coffee. (the push button would be an ideal way to grind just enough beans for one mug of coffee.)
There is an adjustable dial to change the grind from a find espresso powder to a more coarse french press with ease.
Something that stand out about this grinder is the ‘borosilicate’ glass catcher (they are usually plastic) this glass is supposed to reduce the static cling of the coffee grounds to make transferring the grounds easier and to reduce the amount of mess (the fine powder does cling to the the sides).
It has stainless steel conical burrs, which Bodum claims ‘preserves the beans intrinsic flavour and aroma’ better.
Key features of the Bodum 10903-01 coffee grinder:
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