KitchenAid KitchenAid Blade Coffee Grinder BCB110B
If you want a basic blade coffee grinder to start grinding your own beans instead of using pre-ground but you’re not ready to invest in a burr grinder; this KitchenAid coffee grinder is a great choice. It’s much quieter than others on the market with a clear cover to allow you to easily see the consistency of your grinds as you go. Just push down on the cover to begin grinding and release to stop. A durable stainless steel blade and strong motor mean it will work for years, for coffee as well as for whole spice grinding. This model can grind enough whole coffee beans to make 12 cups of coffee for a crowd so you won’t have to do several batches. The removable bowl also features measurement markings on the inside, so you know at a glace the quantity of coffee beans needed to make 4, 8, 10 or 12 cups of coffee. Another feature we love; the bowl lifts out making it easy to transfer ground coffee to the coffee maker with less countertop mess.
JavaPresse Javapresse Manual Conical Burr Grinder
The highly rated Javapresse Manual Coffee Grinder is an excellent choice for coffee connoisseurs who travel and want to take their custom coffee grinding on the go or grind without power (think camping, hiking, or backpacking!) A built-in adjustable grind selector has over 18 click settings to give excellent control over the coarseness of your grind. An ergonomic hand crank mechanism is much quieter than an electric grinder too so you can avoid disturbing office mates or still-sleeping friends or family members. This coffee grinder uses durable ceramic burrs and is extremely easy to use and easy to clean. It’s also small and lightweight enough to fit in a handbag, with a removable handle making it perfect for travel. However, it can only grind coffee for 2-3 cups so is best for individuals vs. frequent use for a group. We also love the included comprehensive guide to help you use the grinder for every type of coffee making technique; from pour over to French press to drip to espresso. Javapresse gets rave reviews online for it’s above and beyond customer service and generous philanthropic programs; making it a feel-good purchase too.
Cuisinart Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
If you’d love to have burr-quality grinding capabilities for large amounts of coffee but don’t want to make a big investment the Cuisinart DBM-8 is a great choice for you. It features a removable grind chamber that holds enough ground coffee for 32 cups as well as a removable 8 oz bean hopper; making it easy to swap out bean types and conveniently store coffee in the freezer too. This Cuisinart coffee grinder uses flat-style steel grinding disks (vs higher priced ceramic or steel cone-shaped disks). It works very well on coarse grinds for drip, filtered, or pour over methods of coffee brewing. However, we found it creates a significant amount of mess from the static electricity the flat disks generate and it isn’t suited for making fine grinds necessary for espresso brewing. However, it’s still a huge step up from blade coffee grinders at a very reasonable cost. This model also features an 18 position grind coarseness selector, a 4-18 cup dial adjustment for the # of cups you’re grinding for, as well as an electric timer that automatically shuts off when the grind cycle is complete.
Breville Breville Smart Grinder Pro
The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is the highest priced model in our roundup but doesn’t disappoint when it comes to ease of use, multitude of grind adjustment features, and quality of the grinds produced. With 60 precise settings from the coarsest for French press to the finest for espresso, this highly programmable conical steel burr grinder is our recommendation for Best Grind Control. Loaded with features, this model lets you choose between 'cups' for French press or drip coffee and 'shots' for espresso to get the right dose for the coffee you're brewing. Its “Dosing IQ” system allows you to adjust and program your grind time in 0.2 second increments for hands-free operation. It holds up to 18 oz of coffee beans and grinds directly into your espresso basket, an air-tight grind container, gold tone filter basket, or paper filter. We had excellent and consistent results with every grind from fine to coarse with minimal grinding heat. At $200 it’s certainly a bit of a splurge for a single-purpose appliance. But if you’re serious about your espressos and coffee making game and want total programmable control over your grinding this coffee grinder will be worth every penny.
Capresso Capresso Infinity 260 Coffee Grinder
If you want to start using a conical burr grinder for higher quality coffee making but don’t want to spend more than $100 the Capresso Infitinity is a great choice. It features 16 unique grind settings and an automatic and very accurate time-dosing dial. It also happens to be the quietest electric grinder of all we tested – a bonus for early morning use when others are still sleeping! This model’s burrs are very high quality and easy to clean but unfortunately they aren’t replaceable should they wear or break. The Infinity holds up to 4 oz. of ground coffee and 8 oz. of beans but the hopper and bin are made of flimsy plastic and need to be treated gently. We got very consistent and delicious results with a medium grind on this model but found some variability for fine and coarse grinding. However, it does a fantastic job of not heating the beans and generating static; which can ruin the flavor of your coffee and make a mess. And at such a reasonable price plus grind and timing adjustments this coffee grinder is a great value pick to enjoy conical burr grinding.
Baratza Baratza Encore
Baratza is a specialty company that only makes high-end European burr coffee grinders and that quality shows in their entry-level Encore model. This reliable powerhouse produces a consistent grind required for delicious pour over, drip, or espresso coffees at a fraction of what similar quality burr grinders cost. It takes up a modest amount of counter space, grinds more evenly than other models we tested, and is easy to clean and maintain. Baratza also uniquely allows you to change out your burrs if they wear out, giving you years of use from one purchase. This model has 40 clear adjustments on the base so you can easily tweak and repeat your grind choice. However, as Baratza’s base model the Encore only has an on/off switch, so it doesn’t allow for a timed grind and it also doesn’t include a built in scale. Instead, it has a "pulse" button that adds a gram or two at a time. Espresso purists will need to use a separate gram scale to make sure they aren’t under or over-dosing. The Encore's dosing chamber also fits at bit awkwardly into the body, making it complicated to use until you get the hang of it. But for super high quality, reasonably priced, barista-style grinding for all types of coffee-making this model can’t be beat.