Having a good coffee grinder can make all the difference for your morning (or afternoon...or evening) cup of coffee. Whether you're looking for a basic but reliable grinder that gets the job done on a budget or a top-of-the-line grinder that creates the best grind possible, we've got a recommendation for you below. Keep reading to get your fix!
Did you know that there are two main kinds of coffee grinders? Most at-home coffee drinkers have a blade grinder, which, as you may have guessed, uses a blade to grind coffee beans much in the same way a food processor or blender processes other foods. This type of grinder is typically much cheaper and often more compact than a burr grinder.
Burr grinders grind coffee beans by moving them between two rotating abrasive surfaces. While manual burr grinders can be compact and affordable, electric burr grinders are often large and expensive (if it costs less than $50, it's usually not a true burr grinder). However, they are usually preferred by afficionados and craft coffee drinkers because they produce a more uniform grind while also creating less heat, making for a more perfectly flavored cup of coffee.
Burr grinders also tend to take slightly longer to grind your beans, but can handle larger batches at a time, which is helpful when you're making coffee for a crowd.
That depends entirely on you! If you want something cheap, quick, and basic that works fine, a blade grinder may be the choice for you.
If you're more focused on savoring your coffee and making it the best it can be, a burr grinder is the clear winner. A burr grinder is also the best choice when making coffee for a large crowd or grinding beans for espresso.
Let's start with the basics, shall we? These are our top blade grinders that combine affordability with function.
If you need a basic grinder that helps you avoid over- or under-grinding your beans, this Mr. Coffee grinder is the clear choice. It doesn't take up much space on your countertop, but it's smart enough to allow you to select the number of cups you're making and the size of the grind desired (coarse, medium, or fine). Check the price on Amazon.
This little grinder has only one button for those who like it simple. Its sleek and clean design with locking safety lid makes grinding easy and painless. We particularly recommend this one for those who like to have a little personal control over how long and in what way (e.g. pulsing vs. continuous) the beans get ground. Check the price on Amazon.
On to the more luxurious options! We've rounded up some burr grinders that offer excellent grind quality while not being wildly expensive (trust us, some burr grinders truly cost a fortune).
If you want true burr quality without a high price point and don't mind the idea of manually grinding your beans every time you want a cup of coffee, this little tool is for you. It may be a little more work, but for the value, this manual burr grinder is unbeatable! Best for those who only make a cup or two at a time. Check the price on Amazon.
This fancy Breville model is the most expensive on our list, coming in at just under $200 (check the current price here), but you get plenty of value for that price. It has a total of 60 smart settings to help you get the perfect grind and can hold up to 16 ounces of beans at once. Plus, it gives you the option of grinding into a grinds container or directly into a portafilter for those making espresso.
This Capresso model is another popular option and costs somewhat less than the Breville, around $120 (check current price here). It has 16 grind settings ranging from extra fine to very coarse and can store 8.5 ounces of beans at once. You're unlikely to find a decent true burr grinder at a lower price, making this a great choice for those interested in trying out a burr grinder without making a huge investment.
We chose to include this grinder as a supplement to the main list because it's a bit of a special case. Marketed as a burr grinder and being under $50 (check current price here), this grinder is a very popular choice for those looking for an upgrade but on a budget.
However, it's not quite as high quality as the true burr grinders on this list: its grinding mechanism is more of a hybrid between a blade and a burr grinder. However, for those looking for something better than the classic blade grinder but cheaper than the classic burr grinder, this may be the best option.
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