Coffee Grinder

7 Best Coffee Grinder Buying Guide 2020

If you'd like to grind your own coffee at home, a coffee grinder is a must. Food processors, mini choppers, and blenders are not reliable. While blade grinders resemble food processors and mini choppers, they actually have blunted edges that don't beat up the beans more than they have to. Their container is also smaller, which allows for a smaller amount to be processed better and more evenly. Most importantly, when coffee beans are ground, they release oils that often stain and linger in the container. No matter how many times you clean your food processor, mini chopper, or blender, chances are it will still smell like coffee.

OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

  • Durable 40 millimeter stainless steel conical burrs create uniform grounds for optimal flavor extraction
  • 15 settings (plus Micro settings) let you adjust your grind to suit your taste
  • One touch start timer keeps your last setting, just push to grind
  • Hopper holds up to 0. 75 pounds of Coffee beans. Product Dimension – 12×7.4×16 inch
  • Grounds container accommodates up to 110 grams (enough for 12 cups). never use water or other liquids to clean the inside of the grinder/burrs

In our tests, we were impressed with how the OXO burr grinder performed. It produced very even coffee grounds that could be used for espresso, cold brew, and everything in between. The hopper (where the beans are stored) features a UV-blocking tint and an air-tight lid, both of which help preserve flavor. It can also hold up to 3/4 pound of coffee beans, the largest capacity of all the grinders we tested.

The grinder operates with the touch of a button and grinds into a static fighting, stainless steel container. The container features a lid with a hole big enough to empty the grounds into a coffee filter without making a mess. The lid helps prevent grounds from shooting everywhere. After emptying the grounds, the container clicks securely into place, readying it for the next batch.

Coffee bean capacity: 3/4 pound
Grind settings: 15
Cup settings: None, but offers a 30-second programmable timer

Hamilton Beach Fresh Grind 4.5oz Electric Coffee Grinder for Beans

  • Quieter than competitors: whether it’s early morning or late at night, you can make fresh grounds without making too much noise
  • Removable grinding chamber: The grinding chamber removes for easy filling of whole beans or spices once finished, remove the chamber for easy cleaning
  • Make up to 12 cups of Coffee: you can grind up to 9 tablespoons of beans, enough for 12 cups of Coffee.Wipe the Base with a damp cloth
  • Hidden cord storage: a hide away cord storage at the bottom of the grinder stores the cord neatly and out of sight when it is not in use
  • Stainless steel blades: Durable stainless steel blades grind Coffee beans and spices with ease

While blade grinders are generally less expensive than burr grinders, this Fresh Grind Electric Coffee Grinder from Hamilton Beach stands out in terms of performance, too. It can confidently grind up to 9 tablespoons of coffee beans quickly and evenly. It’s also easy to operate with the touch of one button. The clear lid allows you to fully see inside to see how your beans are grinding, and the grinding container is removable, which makes it easy to empty out into a coffee filter.

Unlike other blade grinders we tested, the container also features 6-, 10-, and 12- cup coffee ground markings to better guide your experience. It also lists a maximum for spices, although we typically recommend grinding your coffee and spices in different containers. An additional unique feature is its cord storage system hidden within the base: Pull it down to expose a dowel that you can use to wrap the cord around, and pop it back up to hide it.

Coffee bean capacity: 9 tablespoons, according to the manufacturer’s instructions
Grind settings: Not applicable to blade grinders (only applicable to burr grinders); grind size can be controlled by how many times you pulse it or how long you process it
Cup settings: None, but can be controlled by how many tablespoons of coffee beans you grind at a time

Breville BCG820BSSXL The Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Bean Grinder

  • Stainless steel conical burrs designed to minimize grinding heat and protect the essential oils in the coffee bean
  • 60 precise grind settings from the finest Espresso to the coarsest French Press Grind. Voltage: 110 120 Volts. Power: 165 Watts
  • Precision Electronic Timer allows users to adjust grind time in 0.2 second increments and consistent dose every time
  • 18 ounce coffee bean capacity with locking system for easy removal, storage, and transfer of the bean hopper
  • Grind directly into portafilter, grinds container, gold tone filter basket or paper filter
  • Portafilter cradle small 50 54 millimeter; Portafilter cradle large 58 millimeter
  • Note: Refer user manual before use

The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is designed beautifully for the most picky espresso and coffee drinkers, including pour over! It features 60 grind settings that produce some of the most even results we’ve seen. The finest setting produces powdery results that don’t clump together, while the coarsest resembles the ground coffee you’d buy in a store. 

The grinder features a large, digital screen that allows you to effortlessly select the grind size, cup amount, and grind time. From there, if you prefer a stronger or lighter cup, you can adjust the grind time even further based on your preference. The grounds grind directly into a hard, plastic container with cup markings for espresso, drip, and French press coffee. The container also features a cover for the hole in the lid in case you don’t use all the ground coffee at once.

The most unique feature of this grinder is its attachment for portafilters. For the non-espresso making buffs, that means you can grind the coffee directly into the filter y0u use in your espresso machine. So long, measuring and filling with a spoon.

Coffee bean capacity: 1 pound
Grind settings: 60
Cup settings: 1 to 8 espresso shots, 1 to 12 coffee cups

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

  • Removable grind chamber holds enough ground coffee for 32 cups. Dimensions : 6.00 L x 7.13 W x 10.75 H inches. Cord length : 34 Inches

The Cuisinart Surpreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill offers 18 grinds, all of which are noticeably different from each other. The finest grinds well for espresso, the medium for drip and pour over, while the coarsest is perfect for cold brew and French press. The grounds container features a small hole through which grounds can pass easily and mess-free into a coffee filter. Plus, it returns to the base easily and securely with one hand. The grinder comes with a two-in-one coffee scoop and brush for easy cleaning.

Coffee bean capacity: 1/2 pound
Grind settings: 18
Cup settings: 4 to 18 cups

KRUPS Silent Vortex Electric Grinder for Spice,Dry Herbs and Coffee

  • POWERFUL, EFFICIENT AND SUPER SILENT: Grinds coffee beans for 12 cups in 15 seconds for drip coffee with minimum grinding noise.
  • INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY: Patent Pending Vortex Spin Technology pulls ingredients into the blades for fast and efficient grinding.
  • VERSATILITY: 3-in-1 Grinder for coffee, spices, and dry herbs. Effortlessly grinds whole coffee beans, hard spices like whole peppercorns, and dry herbs for flavorful meals.
  • LARGE CAPACITY AND DISHWASHER SAFE: The removable dishwasher-safe stainless-steel grinding bowl. Holds ground coffee for up to 12 cups of drip coffee
  • MESS-FREE: The removable bowl comes with a dedicated storage lid that seals the grinding bowl to perfectly store your freshly ground coffee, dry herbs, or spices! Dishwasher safe.
  • EASY ONE TOUCH OPERATION: Continuous and pulse grinding.

After a few unavoidable clanky pulses, the KRUPS Silent Vortex Electric Grinder was the quietest grinder we tested. While not silent, it had a muffled sound, which would benefit the sleeping members of any household. In addition to being quiet, it also produced even grounds quickly. It has a small footprint, making it even more perfect for apartment dwellers.

Coffee bean capacity: 12 tablespoons
Grind settings: Not applicable to blade grinders (only applicable to burr grinders); grind size can be controlled by how many times you pulse it or how long you process it
Cup settings: None, but can be controlled by how many tablespoons of coffee beans you grind at a time

Capresso Infinity Plus Conical Burr Grinder

  • No other conical burr grinder in its class preserves more flavor and aroma from coffee beans than the Infinity Plus
  • An innovative gear reduction motor allows for the slowest grinding speed available, creating less friction and heat for the best results at any grind setting
  • These commercial-grade solid steel burrs are built to last and allow you to choose between 16 fineness settings with precise, consistent and flavorful results every time
  • From ultra-fine to very coarse, this grinder delivers
  • Conical burrs grind for every time of brewing method (Turkish, espresso, drip coffee, French press, pour-over brewers and percolators)—no other grinder comes close

Out of all the burr grinders we tested, the Capresso Infinity Plus Conical Burr Grinder was the quietest. Like the KRUPS, it, too, made a noticeable low, muffled sound. It features 16 grind settings, each of which is easy to select with clearly labeled markings. The grinder also features a dial, which could be used to select how many cups you’re grinding from 1 to 12. The container is easy to pull out of the housing with one hand and ergonomic. It features a wide mouth, with minimal static, good for pouring the into a coffee filter.

Coffee bean capacity: 11 ounces
Grind settings: 16
Cup settings: 1 to 12 cups

JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder with Adjustable Setting – Conical Burr Mill & Brushed Stainless Steel Whole Bean Burr Coffee Grinder

  • BUILT-IN ADJUSTABLE GRIND SELECTOR – with over 18 click settings ensures you have 100% precision & control over the coarseness of your coffee beans making for the perfect grind to start your day.
  • CONVENIENT & EASY TO USE: Our removable hand crank mechanism consistently eliminates over 90% of the noise that electric grinders produce. No batteries, power, or long plastic cords needed to operate your portable compact manual grinder.
  • PATENTED CERAMIC COMBO BURRS – Our signature burr grinder blades are designed and tested through three professional grade inspections to last 5x’s longer than stainless steel blades.
  • COFFEE IS IN OUR DNA – Each JavaPresse product is designed to liberate and empower you to transform your favorite whole bean coffee ritual into an extraordinary daily experience.
  • FREE COFFEE – Every Javapresse grinder comes with an unique code to redeem a free bag of whole bean coffee ($21.99 value).

For those looking for the absolute quietest way to grind coffee, a manual coffee grinder is your best bet. It also makes for an inexpensive alternative to an electric burr grinder. The reason we recommend the JavaPresse over the two other manual grinders we tested is in its handle. It was the most ergonomic, easy to use, and didn’t slip off during testing. Its grind settings were also the easiest to control and we liked that we could see the coffee grounds through the viewing window on the container.

Coffee bean capacity: 6 tablespoons
Grind settings: Not applicable to blade grinders (only applicable to burr grinders); grind size can be controlled by how many times you pulse it or how long you process it
Cup settings: None, but can be controlled by how many tablespoons of coffee beans you grind at a time

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